Priyanka Chopra responds to criticism over 'The Activist': 'You were heard'

Priyanka Chopra responds to criticism over 'The Activist': 'You were heard'

The show was initially announced as a competition series, though it has now been changed to a documentary. 

Priyanka Chopra is speaking out for the first time since a wave of backlash flooded social media over the premise of her upcoming CBS show The Activist, which was announced last week. 

On Thursday, the 39-year-old actress —who was set to serve as judge and co-host alongside Usher and Julianne Hough— took to Instagram to share a statement after the network announced that they were changing the unscripted show's format from a competition to a documentary. 

"I have been moved by the power of your voices over the past week. At its core, activism is fueled by cause and effect, and when people come together to raise their voice about something, there is always an effect", she wrote. "You were heard."

"The show got it wrong, and I'm sorry that my participation in it disappointed many of you", Chopra continued. "The intention was always to bring attention to the people behind the ideas and highlight the actions and impact of the causes they support tirelessly. I'm happy to know that in this new format, their stories will be the highlight, and I'm proud to collaborate with partners who have their ear to the ground and know when it's time to hit pause and re-evaluate."

"There is a global community of activists who fight the fight every single day and put their blood, sweat and tears into creating change, but more often than not, they are rarely heard or acknowledged. Their work is so important and they too deserve to be recognized and celebrated", she concluded. "Thank you to each and every one of you for all that you do."

The series initially planned follow six activists from around the globe as they competed to "bring meaningful change to one of three urgent universal causes: health, education and the environment". Their success was set to be measured by social media engagement through digital campaigns. 

The show quickly drew criticism from the activist community, resulting in CBS and the show's producing partners Global Citizen and Live Nation announcing the removal of the competition element and reformatting the series as a primetime documentary special. 

Furthermore, The Activist's premiere date has been pushed back indefinitely and it remains unclear how Chopra, Hough and Usher will fit into the reestructured show.  

In case you missed it, the actress' husband Nick Jonas recently celebrated her 39th birthday with an emotional tribute. Read it here!

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