The late actress Kirstie Alley said she was “blackballed” by Hollywood after she came out in support of President Donald Trump.
Alley passed away on Monday at age 71 after a short battle with cancer.
Before she died, however, Alley was one of the rare outspoken Trump-supporting conservatives in Hollywood.
During an interview with Tucker Carlson last year, Alley revealed how conservatives are cast aside by the entertainment industry.
“People go, ‘You’re so brave,’” she told Carlson.
“I go, ‘No, I think I’m stupid.’
“Because honestly, it is a real blackballing situation.
“You can be cooking meth and sleeping with hookers, but as long as, apparently, you didn’t vote for Trump.
“I feel like I’m in The Twilight Zone a bit, with the whole concept of it.”
Alley said when she endorsed Trump in 2016: “HELLO BOYS! this is my formal endorsement of @realDonaldTrump & I’m a woman! (last I checked) And Rudy, U R amazing!”
She said in 2020: “I’m voting for @realDonaldTrump because he’s NOT a politician.
“I voted for him 4 years ago for this reason and shall vote for him again for this reason.
“He gets things done quickly and he will turn the economy around quickly.
“There you have it folks there you have it.”
I’m voting for @realDonaldTrump because he’s NOT a politician. I voted for him 4 years ago for this reason and shall vote for him again for this reason. He gets things done quickly and he will turn the economy around quickly. There you have it folks there you have it🙄
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) October 17, 2020
On Tuesday, the 45th president paid tribute to Alley, writing on Truth Social: “Kirstie was a fantastic person and a big supporter of America First & MAGA.
“She will be greatly missed!!!”
Other celebrities offer their tributes as well.
John Travolta said, “Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I’ve ever had.
“I love you Kirstie. I know we will see each other again.”
Tim Allen said:
“A sweet soul pass on in Kristie Alley.
“Sad, sad news. Prayers for all her family.”
Kelsey Grammer said: “I always believed grief for a public figure is a private matter, but I will say I loved her.”
Her children issued a statement that said:
“To all our friends, far and wide around the world, We are sad to inform you that our incredible, fierce, and loving mother has passed away after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered.
“She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead.
“As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more amazing mother and grandmother.
“We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at the Moffitt Cancer Center for their care.
“Our mother’s zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren, and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled and leave us inspired to live life to the fullest just as she did.
“We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time.”
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) December 6, 2022