Dennis Quaid, CeCe Winans Clarify Intent of Involvement in COVID-19 Campaign Interviews

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They each shared video messages on social media explaining that their involvement in their respective interviews was "not political."

Dennis Quaid and gospel singer CeCe Winans have each taken to social media to clarify the non-political intent of participating in interviews related to COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic.

According to a report from Politico on Friday, an ad was ordered by President Trump and conceived partly by former Department of Health and Human Services official Michael Caputo with the purpose of  defeating "despair" caused by the coronavirus outbreak. The outlet reported that it will feature a number of recorded video interviews with stars, including Quaid and Winans, and administration officials discussing the Trump administration's response to the virus.

Following Politico's story, Winans posted a message to her Instagram account on Friday, clarifying that that the intent of her involvement was "not political at all."

The singer said in a video message, "I was asked a couple of weeks ago to do an interview with the surgeon general, Jerome Adams, about the coronavirus. And this interview stresses how important it is for everyone to wear a mask, and it also gives us other instructions on how to get on the other side of this pandemic."

She goes on to say, "It was not political at all. We have lost so many lives because of COVID-19, let's all do everything we can so we won't lose any more. God bless you."

Quaid on Saturday recorded his own video message via Instagram, where he clarified that he was simply involved in an interview with Dr. Fauci and that he was not endorsing Trump in any way.

"I have to say, that right now I am feeling some outrage and a lot of disappointment about a PSA and interview that I did with Dr. Anthony Fauci, a few weeks ago," said the actor. "It is being used by the cancel culture media that I was doing a campaign ad and endorsement of Donald Trump and that I was paid handsomely for this by diverted CDC funds. Nothing could be further from the truth."

He went on to say, "What I was doing, is I did a PSA for Dr. Anthony Fauci and he was kind enough to grant me an interview as well, and the interview and PSA were about raising awareness of COVID-19 and what we can still do to prevent lives being lost by this terrible, terrible virus. It was about the importance of wearing a mask, about social distancing, and it was in no way political and in fact Dr. Anthony Fauci and I both talked about it before that it was not to be political. This virus is not political."

He clarifies that he was not paid "one penny" for participating in the interview and directs viewers to listen to his podcast interview with Dr. Fauci via his podcast, The Dennaissance.

View the message from Winans below and Quaid's video here.

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Sept. 26, 1:48 p.m.: Story updated, video message from Quaid included.