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'The Middle' Star Patricia Heaton Says She's Lost Work Due to Her Conservative Views

by PopEater Staff, posted May 19th 2011 6:30AM
Patricia HeatonPatricia Heaton, star of 'The Middle' and 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' is known in left-leaning Hollywood for her conservative stance on weighty issues like abortion and stem cell research.

Although Heaton is happy to explain how important her Christian faith is to her, and how it shapes her views and career choices, she feels that her views have caused her to lose potential roles in the past.

"My feeling is all these things come from God and as long as I know I'm staying in line with Him, I don't have to worry if there is backlash," she told me during a visit to AOL's New York offices. "God will open any doors he wants to open and if he closes doors that's fine to."

Telling me that she has many gay friends and doesn't oppose gay marriage, Patricia gets frustrated being automatically lumped together with other conservatives, a characterization she says has cost her possible work.

"We know for a fact there are some people who have said they wouldn't want to work with us because of our politics," she said, with her husband David Hunt adding, "We get lumped in with lunatics."

So instead, Patricia has teamed up with her director-husband to produce and distribute their own show, 'Versailles,' a new 8-part comedy web series airing on My Damn Channel. Patricia plays a deceased B-movie actress whose presence looms large over her two children (one played by David) as they produce a public access talk show. Watch the first episode below.

"Around the house if he tries to tell me how to do something I say 'don't tell me, don't control me.' But when we did this he was terrific as a director. I was nervous about having him direct me," Patricia tells me.

"I don't think I could have afforded her if we weren't married," David jokes. "I was a bigger star then she was when I met her. She owes me. I took a decade off my career to raise the kids. Plus, a big bonus is she gets to sleep with the director."

It wasn't until she hit 35 that Patricia's career really took and she spent years struggling and sleeping on friends' futons before 'Raymond' made her rich and famous.

She also isn't at all surprised that the Britneys and Lindsays of the world crash and burn being so successful so young.

"Too much money and too many 'yes' people around you at early age. Fame didn't come to me until I got married and had kids. When we got married neither of us had anything," Patricia tells me. "I've let go of needing to be an to an actor so if that pipeline shuts down I wouldn't be upset. I'm perfectly happy."

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If you are going to publicly denounce a group of people because of the way they were born, be a bigot, or say things that are inflammatory, of course you are going to lose work and respect from people. It's not her conservative views that bother folks, it's the fact that she won't shut up about something she isn't being asked about and she is quite frankly a mean-spirited bigot, especially when it comes to gay people. She gets that response from people because that's what she deserves.

I'm so tired of these so-called "conservatives" who interject with their commentary and tell everyone else that they are "doing it wrong" or butt into personal lives of others but somehow get offended when people say to stop it. You're not victims, you're bullies.

May 19 2011 at 9:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to limonflavr's comment

Congratulations limonflavr. Way to "interject with your own commentary & tell everyone else that they are doing it wrong."
I love it when people are just as full of it as those they try to denounce.
Liberals & Conservatives: The cause of all our problems & the source of a great deal of laughter.

May 19 2011 at 10:26 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Brandon's comment

This is an article about Patricia Heaton's political views causing her to lose jobs/fans/etc. My comment isn't just being interjected, it's actually quite on point and on topic with the OP. The difference between what I have done and what Mrs. Heaton does is that she talks about politics all the time when her job is to be a television actor. She doesn't stay on point and talk about her show, she deviates and talks about her personal political views. She is of course FREE to discuss whatever she wants whenever she wants, but she also has to accept the consequences of what she says, as a public person who relies on a Q score and fans to get jobs. Playing a victim of circumstance ("woah is me, people don't agree with me so that's why I don't get jobs") while creating the circumstance is really pathetic in my opinion.

May 19 2011 at 12:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

So Clooney can worship at the altar of Left leaning communist libs, but Patricia isn't allowed to have other beliefs?

May 19 2011 at 9:27 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to devinmcmusters's comment

Spot On!

August 22 2011 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you make at least 100x what i make in a year.
also, do what i do - don't let potential employers know your political views.

May 19 2011 at 7:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to tingrin87's comment

Your class envy is showing.

August 22 2011 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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