- Bella Thorne says she was bullied by Freeform when shooting “Famous in Love.”
- She told the Los Angeles Times that she was called “ugly” in emails.
- She also said there was an incident on set.
Bella Thorne claims she was bullied by Freeform, the network behind her canceled show “Famous in Love.”
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the 21-year-old actress and singer said she was seen as “uncontrollable and crazy” by the network and claims they called her “ugly” in emails.
“There were some things – there were some comments made that – I don’t know,” she said. “I’m trying to find a way around it. One issue is when you have a girl, a young girl who is on your show, you can’t tell her that she’s ugly or she’s fat or she’s this or she’s that because that’s going to make her feel bad.”
She added that on top of the emails, “there was another thing that was in front of everyone on set,” but didn’t say what had happened. Thorne said cast members texted her with apologies for the experience afterwards.
“After, the cast was texting me, ‘Oh, my God, Bella. I am so sorry. That was so awkward. I feel so bad. Do you want me to come over to your room?’ ‘Oh, my God, I can’t believe they did that.'” she said. “It was all supposed to change on season two, and it didn’t.”
Freeform declined to comment for the Los Angeles Times article.
When “Famous In Love” was canceled in June 2018, Thorne tweeted about hearing the news on Twitter.
If this is how I find out our show is canceled..I’m going to be so upset. Very hurtful freeform. I woulda liked a phone call maybe. https://t.co/B6Q5BX8hkt
— BITCHIMBELLATHORNE (@bellathorne) June 26, 2018
Freeform denied the cancellation saying no decision had been reached at the time.
A report from The Hollywood Reporter said a feud between showrunner I. Marlene King and Thorne contributed to the cancellation.
“Despite what may be out there I am not in a feud w/ @bellathorne,” she wrote. “We have, and have always had, a friendly and professional relationship.”
Despite what may be out there I am not in a feud w @bellathorne. We have, and have always had, a friendly and professional relationship.
— I. Marlene King (@imarleneking) June 27, 2018
Thorne also denied the feud to the LA Times.
But just days after the initial report and denial, Freeform confirmed the show was coming to an end.
“We are proud to have had the opportunity to air ‘Famous In Love,'” a Freeform spokesperson wrote in a statement. “After many discussions, we have made the difficult decision not to renew the show for a third season. We want to thank our colleagues at Warner Horizon and our incredible producers, writers, cast and crew, especially Marlene King, for their creativity, hard work and dedication.”
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