Patricia Heaton has ‘really pulled away from politics,’ is focusing on charity instead


I haven’t been a fan of actress Patricia Heaton as she’s made it known for years that she’s a Republican, but she’s actually spoken out against Trump. She tweeted, in 2016, “If he’s the nominee then it won’t be my party.” However she did try to take that back about a year later and she’s been quiet ever since. This wasn’t always the case for Heaton. In 2012 she really showed her ass on Twitter when she went on a misogynistic rant against a woman who testified in front of Congress about the need for health insurance to pay for birth control. Heaton tweeted, among other things, “Stop buying toothpaste, soap and shampoo! You’ll save money, and no one will want to sleep with you!” She deleted those tweets, went off Twitter for a bit and then issued an apology.

Heaton’s ABC sitcom, The Middle, ended last week after nine seasons. (Seriously OMG WTF has a recap of the finale!) I watched the first two seasons but it didn’t stay as funny to me and I gave up, which is common. It’s rare that a show remains good into the third season. Anyway she’s hustling for another job I think. She talked to People about her marriage of 28 years, her four boys who are all young adults (I can’t find their exact ages) and the fact that she’s feeling blessed at 60. She should be, she looks 15 years or more younger without looking plastic. I came away from this interview kind of liking her up until the point where she talked “politics” and refused to take a stand. She tried to stay neutral and she turned it around into discussing her charity work with World Vision.

On her marriage of 28 years
The fact if you’re going to stay committed to the same person for the rest of your life you have to have a vision beyond those parenting years. We are committed to our marriage. We encourage each other to figure out how to make things better.

On “politics”
As I’ve seen the national dialogue become very hostile, very divided, I’ve really pulled away from politics. The way I can combat the tone that’s happening in the country right now is to pour my energy into those places where I can really make a difference. No matter who is in the oval office I can actually save a life today by bringing clean water to people through World Vision.

As Americans we might be fighting, we might be angry about things but really if you just step back and look at our lives we live in nirvana compared to many people living Africa and the middle east who are living in war torn countries who are being bombed, who don’t have clean water, hospitals, education… we can all do something about that. That’s where I really committed my time.

On turning 60
There’s wonderful new ways of thinking about women and women feeling that they can be all that they can be at any stage of the game. I am so aware of how blessed I am. I think the key is to keep curious. It’s important to realize there’s more you can learn. There you keep pushing yourself, the more you’re going to grow.

[Transcribed from People TV]

Her argument that people are worse off in other countries sounds like she’s using the fallacy of relative privation. We can be mad that Trump is a racist treasonist f-k who is jeopardizing the fate of the entire world AND we can do our best to help people. Those things are not mutually exclusive, but I don’t think she’s telling other people that they should do it her way, just that focusing on charity works for her. At least it’s keeping her from sticking her foot in her mouth on the regular. I wish she would take a stand but she doesn’t want to piss off other (racist a-hole) Republicans who love Trump.

As for the fate of The Middle, Patricia says that it was the cast and writers’ decision to end the show and that “We wanted to go out on top. The journeys of these five characters were feeling pretty full. That doesn’t make it any easier.” She also said that it’s hard to keep in touch after a show ends.

Patricia is shown 1-9-18 and on 4-18-17 at the ceremony for Gary Sinise getting his star on the Walk of Fame. Credit: WENN and Instagram/Patricia Heaton

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  1. grabbyhands says:

    You know another good way to support children in war torn countries in the middle east? Quit supporting a party that cozies up to people like Putin who consistently undermines humanitarian efforts in those areas, if they’re not ignoring them completely.

    Also, and I know this will blow your mind, did you know it was possible to speak out about the dismantling of this country as a democratic republic and STILL do works for others in other countries? It actually isn’t an either/or situation.

    • Hoopjumper says:

      This comment is perfect.

    • lucy2 says:


    • Va Va Kaboom says:

      With all due respect, I think it’s wrong to only characterize the Republican Party as war hawks when we dropped more than 20,000 bombs in six countries during Obama’s terms. We try to justify it as “humanitarian” efforts, but that whitewashes the huge amount of death and destruction we’ve helped create in the world.

      I’m a Democrat who voted for Hillary because Trump terrified me, but I was under no delusions about who and what the Establishment-wing of the Democratic Party has become. They like to talk about peace to their constituents, but when push comes to shove most seem all too ready to fall right in line with their war-mongering colleagues every time. We do it under the flag of “peace”, but bombs are bombs and unfortunately we’re rarely as efficient at building up a country as we are in destroying one. Somehow, for all their good intentions, its normally just giant corporations and the military industrial complex that truly benefits.

      • zeynep says:

        @Va VA Kaboom Thank you, thank you, thank you. All American administrations drop bombs in the Middle East, not just the outwardly repugnant Republican ones.

      • Betsy says:

        Regretfully, Obama inherited two wars of choice. I wish we could have just walked away from them, but that’s not how it works. And I think we’ve always dropped bombs on our enemies – but the bombs are much smarter and more finely targeted and we tend to find out about it. I don’t think we always knew back in the day when actions were undertaken on our behalf, so to speak.

        That’s not to say I love it, but Obama couldn’t solve everything and the Democrats are still miles apart from the GOP in terms of war lust.

      • Spicecake38 says:

        VaVa Kaboom very well said !

  2. LAK says:

    What would really help is to stop bombing people in poor countries so they can start living their lives instead of turning into refugees.

  3. Jillian says:

    I tried to get into The Middle but I thought the kids were brats. Maybe i’ll try it again

  4. Peeking in says:

    Why doesn’t she bring clean water to
    Flint, Michigan?

    • adastraperaspera says:

      No kidding! I guess because she would have to work against her GOP buddies who have refused to do their jobs.

    • JennaR says:

      You took the words right out of my mouth! I even hit Ctrl F before typing my response because I knew Celebitchy has smart readers and someone would probably have mentioned it already.

  5. JustJen says:

    She doesn’t look plastic?? Says who? Her forehead is flat as a pancake and shiny as a brand new Lego.

    • Tate says:

      Yeah, that first pic really shows that she has had work done.

      • BILLYPILGRIM says:


        Oh yes, she’s had boob job, tummy tuck for sure. Which I’d have too if had the monies.

        I think fillers and Botox too.

    • jana says:

      She just had an interview on E where she admitted she had a face lift after The Middle ended…and it was the best thing she’d ever done.

    • Amylouloulou says:

      She looks beautiful. I think “not plastic” means not blown up and stretched out and cat-lipped. Sure, she’s had a gentle nip and tuck and great lasers and creams and makeup. So be it. Her looks are her livelihood. My looks are not how I make a living, however, I’ll save these images for my reminders of the face I want at 60!! Or 55…52? 🙂

  6. Tania says:

    Yes, that’s just great Patricia! POC don’t have the privilege of just pulling away from politics and focusing on other things because they’re being arrested, shot, harassed and subjected to racism every day. On one hand you have Jane Fonda understanding her white privilege and then you have Patricia who is blind to the beast she helped create and can focus on other areas. Ugh.

    • tealily says:

      Exactly. If you don’t like the current political landscape, it’s time to be MORE involved, not less.

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      Amen. Since she is so focused on charity, she can start by donating some of her privilege to PoC!

  7. Neelyo says:

    Nope, she’s still terrible, just quieter about it.

  8. Lightpurple says:

    Patricia has always whined about her politics, repeatedly teaming up with Kelsey Grammer to whine about how hard it is for conservatives to work in liberal Hollywood & we’re supposed to ignore that both of them have worked consistently for decades.

  9. lucy2 says:

    Never cared for her, she always strikes me as rude and kind of nasty.

  10. HeyThere! says:

    I actually loved The Middle. Found it’s form of humor hilarious. I’m from the Midwest and really enjoyed it. I was sad to see it go.

  11. Pia says:

    I liked the Middle and the kids were brats, but the show never shied away from showing their brattiness.

    I will say I think World Vision is a Christian charity that does some proselytizing, something I do not like with charities.

    • Neelyo says:

      I just checked and yes it is a Christian charity. In other words, we’ll give you some water once you accept Christ into your life.

      I didn’t think Patty would just be giving stuff away without strings attached. Gotta make sure they won’t get abortions or support stem cell research!

      • Muffy says:

        World VIsion is an evangelical Christian charity that prohibits its workers from being in same sex relationships and yes, they are trying to convert the people they serve. It’s the 11th biggest charity in the US.

  12. poppy says:

    very telling she says it is difficult for the cast to stay in touch afterwards. sounds like she is anticipating and is aware
    cough nobody liked her cough

  13. Lala says:

    What I always found…AMAZING about “The Middle”…is that…her TV family was living in the state of Indiana…and living check to check…due to ALL OF THE REPUBLICAN POLICIES THAT HAVE DECIMATED THE WORKING CLASS!!!! Draining the public school system of monies…ESPECIALLY for children with special needs…as one of the child characters had…not having access to affordable and competent and consistent healthcare…low pay and no benefits…factories and jobs leaving the town in droves with NOTHING to replace them….the high cost of college education with Pell Grants and other avenues being drained…the list is ENDLESS! That she was exploiting that reality as a dyed in the wool Republican…NEVA ceased to amaze me….

    • jana says:

      I agree! But unfortunately it’s truth based. I was born and raised in Indiana most of my life, and I am dumbfounded by the stupidity and hypocrisy of most of the Republican residents in my hometown. They just don’t get it.

  14. Doodle says:

    Once she started spewing vitriol years ago about women having abortions she lost me. I’ve never been her fan.

  15. VeronicaLodge says:

    She’s an asshole and I canceled her a way back.

  16. Jayne Birkinb says:

    Jeff Flake, Mitt Romney, John McCain, and others criticize Trump and temain conservative. Why can’t she do the same?

  17. Tanesha86 says:

    She’s forgotten about Flint and Puerto Rico huh? There are people here who need help too and that aid should come with no strings attached.

  18. Amelie says:

    I didn’t even realize she was on TV after Everybody Loves Raymond! I had no idea she was on The Middle but I could never get into that show. The children were annoying and the parents were always exasperated, not a family dynamic I wanted to get invested in.

    If she doesn’t want to talk about politics, I don’t really have an issue with it as I am tired of talking about politics myself. I do my best to stay informed but I only read headlines now, the reality of everything is so depressing and talking about it only gets me angry and feeling hopeless. I didn’t know she had problematic views from past comments so that’s disappointing to hear. But I think I would rather her not say anything then say something that might get me mad. As the saying goes, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

  19. Jailnurse says:

    She’s always struck me as your typical whiny rich witch with a martyr complex simply for the fact that she had kids. She has massive chip on her shoulder. I worked with a woman like this who had a massive rage boner for women who were “promiscuous,” (her opinion), or who had an abortion. Once you got to know her she would regularly say things like “I hate my kids… my son is my worst nightmare come true… I wish they were never born, etc.” Proof positive that some women – and men, should never have kids. Hell this coworker of mine was such a sociopath she should’ve never been in the same room with a child. Yet she was the most Christiany Christian who ever Christianed. That woman’s glazed over stare and fake sh*t eating grin remind me a lot of this “Christian” ding bat. I don’t trust anyone with that look.

  20. Floydee Mercer says:

    Dang Skippy she is woke focused. Fer Shure. No goose stepping to see here folks. Nosireee. Nope. Her, too, all the way. Awww, she even has homemade cookies for us.

  21. No Doubtful says:

    I don’t watch her simply because of her politics and awful views.