Actor and model Antonio Sabato Jr. says his support of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is affecting his career.
The Trump-supporting soap opera star claims he has lost projects he was working after his speech at the Republican National Convention last month.
“When I got back from the RNC, I had some projects lined up, and basically they pulled those projects out because of my affiliation with the Republican Party,” Sabato said on “Fox and Friends Weekend” on Saturday.
The 44 year-old actor, who was born in Italy, said his agent was questioned by producers and directors if Sabato would still be a client in light of his RNC appearance.
“That’s the way it is, though. It’s OK,” Sabato said. “I can’t change that. We’ve just got to move forward.”
Sabato, who first rose to fame as a Calvin Klein model and for his role on the soap opera “General Hospital,” spoke recently with Variety magazine about the way he has been bullied in Hollywood and on social media for his political views.
The actor said:
“I was never a politician. I care about my country. I put God first. For the last seven-and-a-half years, I’ve seen this country led by a leader that’s made mistakes. I spoke my mind about it. But because I’m in the industry, you can’t talk about that. The media and the liberals act the way they act: The will back up the president until the end. It’s been interesting. I’ve had fantastic directors who have said officially to my agents and managers they will never hire me again. They will never even see me for projects. That’s unfair. It’s just like Communism.”
Sabato also noted that there are others in Hollywood who are facing the same backlash just for attending the convention.
“The reality is if you’re associated with the Republican Party, the casting directors and producers already blacklist you based on that. I know people that just showed up, they didn’t speak — and they are not getting work because of it,” he said.
“A lot of the bosses, a lot of the executives, they own the channels, they own the media. They donate millions to Hillary Clinton and President Obama,” Sabato added. “I’m just a normal dude speaking my mind. So be it. I will keep fighting for what I believe, and I will keep looking for work.”
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