Bella Thorne: Disney Channel almost fired me for bikini when I was 14

Former Disney Channel starlet Bella Thorne says she was almost made to say goodbye Shake it up!due to a choice of beachwear.

As a new guest on the High low with EmRata Podcast, Thorne opened up about instances of being sexualized as a youngster and teenager, including an incident where she said at age 10 that a casting agent reported to her mother, “She’s not moving forward because the director has Felt like she was flirting with him. and he was really uncomfortable.”

Thorne later spoke of a photo that almost ended her run as a co-star (opposite Zendaya) on the sitcom Shake it up!

“I almost got fired from Disney Channel once for being 14 and wearing a two-piece suit to the beach,” Thorne shared. “This stylist I was hanging out with put this chain on me that’s like a body chain…. There was a fan, they took a picture of me on the beach, I almost got fired.

“It was all over the media, it was viral back then,” Thorne added, recalling that the criticism à la How dare you little girl do that?”

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“Shake It!” (Everett Collection)

Shake it up! debuted in November 2010 and ran for three seasons/75 episodes. In addition to Thorne and Zendaya (as CeCe and Rocky), the cast included Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Davis Cleveland, Caroline Sunshine and Kenton Duty. Others who walked through the Disney series were Phil Morris (as Rocky’s father, Dr. Curtis Blue), Tyra Banks (as the librarian Ms. Burke), Maggie Wheeler, Cat Deeley, Leslie Jordan, Ben Savage, Loretta Devine, Noah Centineo , Cameron Boyce, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alfonso Ribeiro and fuure white lotus Breakout Haley Lu Richardson.

Thorne said while Disney refrained from giving in to “pressure to fire me.” Shake it up!her 14 year old self was urged to be more careful about what she wears in public. Also on the beach.

“They said, ‘Hey, we get a lot of excitement for this, everyone is Get heat for being on the beach in a bikini. So she needs to make sure next time she’s at the beach she goes out in boy shorts and a loose t-shirt.’”

TVLine has reached out to the Disney Channel for comment on Thorne’s anecdote.

Thorne’s postShake it up! TV credits are included Famous in love, Scream: The TV Series, Paradise City and an episode from August 2022 American Horror Stories.

https://tvline.com/2022/12/28/bella-thorne-almost-fired-disney-channel-bikini-photo/ Bella Thorne: Disney Channel almost fired me for bikini when I was 14

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