Antonio Sabato Jr. whines about how his Trump-support ended his H’wood career

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If there’s one thing I love, it’s dudes being shocked that their words and actions have consequences. They think they can align themselves with Nazis, rapists and misogynists and when there are consequences, they think they’re being persecuted. So it is with Antonio Sabato Jr. Sabato supported Donald Trump in 2016, and he still supports him now. Sabato even spoke at the 2016 Republican convention. Now Sabato says that his Trump-support ended his Hollywood career. You can read the full feature at Variety here. Some highlights:

His career was over after 2016: “I had to sell everything. I had to pay all my debts. I was blacklisted. All my representatives left me, from agents to managers to commercial agents. I literally had to move, find a new job to survive and take care of my kids. It’s been terrible. It’s mind-blowing. It’s a disgrace. It’s tough, because if you’re in that environment in Hollywood and you have something to say that they don’t like, they’re going to let you know.”

He relocated to Florida & now he works in construction. “I’m on the ground. I go on the job at two in the morning, and I’m making sure that the job is controlled and supervised by me. I’m in the car all day, driving, going through all the sites. Five days a week, nonstop.”

He went on TV called Obama a Muslim. He has no regrets. “I was the first celebrity to come out and talk about the president [Trump], and he had my vote from day one. I was the first one to say he was going to win. My integrity is intact. What I believe in is still intact. What doesn’t break you makes you stronger–that’s what they say. So I’m stronger than ever, and I didn’t have to lie about who I am.”

Sabato claims that all of his Hollywood jobs just disappeared: “I had a contract with ABC from two summers ago. They offered me a job and they pulled it. I’ve been working as an actor for 30 years. I haven’t done anything else. I did very well for 30 years… I was talking to a distribution company about producing a film that was set to go, and they told me to my face, ‘We will never distribute a movie with you in it because of your affiliation with the president.’ The reality is the power that makes movies happen in Hollywood–casting directors, producers, executive producers, directors–they’re all liberal. They hate anyone or anything who supports this president.”

Does he still support Trump in 2020? “Of course. The country is doing fantastic. I think he’ll be elected by 100 million votes.”

[From Variety]

He worked in Hollywood for 30 years – by his own claims – and worked constantly in TV shows and such, and yet… he was living paycheck-to-paycheck and he had to sell everything immediately in 2016? That doesn’t make much sense from a personal-finance situation. Methinks that the money and work had already dried up years beforehand, and yes, his vocal Trump-support and vocal Birther conspiracies didn’t help his career at all. I don’t want to work with someone stupid enough to go on TV and claim that Obama is Muslim either. It’s bad enough that Donny Smallhands did that. Repeatedly. Anyway, we live in Idiocracy and I can’t with these f–kers.

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  1. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Cry me a swamp.

    • SM says:

      I know, right. A disgrace? How about the public officials who have sworn to serve the country, including a veteran of war talking truth to power and following their duty at the impeachment trial getting fired and moved by a petty orange liar who lied his way out of the military duty? Now that is a disgrace for the entire country

    • charo says:

      SOME stars could get away w/it w/o losing it all, he wasn’t that much.

      Even Clint Eastwood, who embarrassed himself badly w/that “chair” skit, didn’t get that much blowback. But he’s a legend.

      This guy is a nobody.

      • CB says:

        Sounds to me like he has a way better life now Being an actor is no great life especially having to be silenced/blacklisted for your beliefs. This is America people. I don’t think he is complaining, he is just stating what has happened. Why is everyone so hate filled?! I am a dem and not a trump supporter but we are all entitled to vote how we want. #democracy

    • Drea says:

      The degradation of having to work a real job… oh the struggle.

    • tiredTreaded says:

      It’s a real lesson in “blame”, no? When the psyche can’t grapple w tougher issues, it falls on the easy excuse….I love that I read this today. Buddha cat, out.

  2. Erinn says:

    “I’m on the ground. I go on the job at two in the morning, and I’m making sure that the job is controlled and supervised by me. I’m in the car all day, driving, going through all the sites. Five days a week, nonstop.”

    HAHAHAHA. Oh tell me about how hard it is to have a real job. And why the heck are you visiting these sites at 2am. That sounds like a load of BS, and he’s clearly just trying to sound like he’s doing way more than he actually is. Dude probably has some sort of administrative / consulting role, and I’m going to assume he knows exactly nothing about construction. But gotta make it sound like he’s just another every day joe.

    Maybe he should buddy up to Tim Allen – he seems to be working steadily.

    • Yup, Me says:

      Also, if he stands by what he said and did, then what is he bitching about? Go drive your car and do an honest day’s labor and shut up.

      I used to think he was so gorgeous back in the late 90s. But he was never such a stellar actor that he was getting things going. He was always basically a “hey, that guy” who happened to be extremely attractive.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      NO ONE IS ENTITLED TO A HOLLYWOOD CAREER, TONY.

      JAYSUS, the entitlement of this guy! people lose their jobs and/or careers ALL THE TIME for sh*t they say or do. and maybe, just maybe, people don’t want to work with a guy who thinks it’s “fantastic” that we’re putting kids in cages and that the world hates us.

      “I had to pay all my debts” welcome to the real world, hun.

    • Lady D says:

      His IMDB profile states he’s working constantly. He’s also supposedly worth $8million.

      • Mac says:

        He’s acting like his hit show was canceled. Prior to 2016 he was a character actor that popped up on TV shows.

    • Drea says:

      I work in construction. The 2 am start times are for real. Especially in a climate like Florida where the sun is killer. On the other hand, unless you’re running a second shift because you’re behind schedule (in which case it’s a new crew anyway) everyone is offsite by noon or 1.

  3. Snazzy says:

    I don’t even remember him acting in anything else but General Hospital, and that was like 100 years ago

    • Redgrl says:

      This. He figured aligning with the orange Cheeto would give him a new base but he’s too stupid to realize Trump’s base would hate him because he doesn’t have what they would see as a ‘murican name. Idiot. Go do an honest day’s work and shut up.

      • Tiffany says:

        When he was at the RNC he was booed his entire speech because the audience thought he was Latino. Irony is totally lost on this dude.

      • anon says:

        Tiffany I was at both the RNC and DNC in 2016 covering it for a national publication.

        He was not booed.

        That said, he’s still an ass-licking moron who should in no way be in charge of “construction” sites. I am scared for the quality of these buildings.

  4. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    He has never been an in demand actor. Last thing I ever saw him in was Melrose Place in the late 90′s. Maybe 2000-2001. I only know of him having a kid or two with Virginia Madsen. But okay…..Antonio.

  5. Allergy says:

    He didn’t have one!

  6. Arpeggi says:

    I dunno what HW career he thought he ever had cuz I read the headline and was “Who?!?”

    I read the whole thing and still have no idea who he’s supposed to be.

  7. Aang says:

    He looks and sounds like perfect fit for Hallmark Channel

    • Redgrl says:

      Yeah he can go hang out with Lori Loughlin, Candace Cameron, Scott Baio and the other failed lunatics.

  8. Kari says:

    Ummmm who??? I don’t know her 🤷🏽‍♀️

  9. Me says:

    I remember when he ran for Congress. He was in my district. I didn’t realize he had to move. I work in a restaurant where most of Hollywood’s top producers and directors hang out. Many of them are Trump supporters. It’s actually shocking how many people in SoCal love Trump. I find it hard to believe he couldn’t find work, even in the town he ran in. We are one of the most conservative and wealthiest areas of the country. The neighbors out here mostly have high functioning social skills. If he was kind to his neighbors, they would have helped. I’m shocked he couldn’t oversee construction jobs here considering so many people needed their homes rebuilt after the fire.

  10. Eleonor says:

    I’ll do a Mariah On ths one
    I don’t know him….

  11. MMRB says:

    Lots of stuff none of us have heard of. IMDB doesnt lie ANTONIO! https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004645/

    I think he had to sell all his stuff because his long-suffering wife divorced him, but whatever narrative helps you get through the day.

  12. Carol Saves says:

    This man’s is Jewish & his grandmother was a holocaust survivor – yet he supports our fascist president & his racist, segregationist policies? His family emigrated to the states in 1986, but apparently he thinks the gate should have been shut after them.

    Antonio hasn’t been a star since his career peaked in 95 when he appeared on 7 episodes of Melrose Place. Since then, he’s appeared in 4-5 episodes of TV shows &/or films/year. That may support some people, but 3 divorces and multiple children can be expensive. He has worked about the same from 2016-2020 as he has since 1997.

    He has been the host of a home remodeling show since 2013, which is probably his so-called construction job comes into play.

    His net worth is about $8million.

    Cry me a river.

    • Beanie says:

      Exactly! Cry me a river at having to work a real job like a lot of other actors. Also frankly he’s never been that good an actor anyway.

  13. lucy2 says:

    Oh FFS. The guy has 10 credits on his imdb from 2016 on, including a regular on a series. He’s got 3 things in post production. If you look back beyond that, he was never doing more than a few projects a year, and usually small guest spots. He was never an A list, in demand actor, and he’s apparently too stupid to realize we all know and can see that?
    Sounds like he’s trying to blame everyone else for his problems and see himself as a victim. Classic Trumper. Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, Antoniio!

  14. Valiantly Varnished says:

    Dude didn’t HAVE a career to begin with. I remember him from General Hospital…when I was a teenager. But I think most people would be hard-pressed to name anything else he has done since then. He was a $hitty actor then and I doubt he’s gotten any better. No I think what happened is that he thought his endorsement of Trump would magically lead to more work and that didn’t happen so now he wants to play the blame game and say that being a Trump supporter ended his career. You would have to have a career to begin with hun.

  15. Neners says:

    1) Antonio, you never had an A-list career. Ever.

    2) By all means, loudly voice your support for the Fascist in Chief but do understand that we, the public, have the right to not support any of the meager projects you manage to slither your way into, which in turn will make you even less hireable than you were before. Straight white men seem to be the only people on the planet that don’t get this.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      “Straight white men seem to be the only people on the planet that don’t get this.”

      because entitlement. they’ve been used to being “on top” and untouchable for so long and now they’re actually (clutch your pearls here) BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE.

  16. Christin says:

    He and Chachi were the two “stars” actively supporting candidate orange. That’s all I remember – that two maybe b-list TV guys from years ago were the celebrity supporters.

  17. Lightpurple says:

    He really should check his IMDB listing. He has as many credits, if not more, in the past 3 years as he did in the 3 previous years. I’m fed up with these whiny right-wingers constantly claiming they are being discriminated against. James Woods, Jon Voight. Kelsey Grammer, Tim Allen, Clint Eastwood, and Patricia Heaton work constantly. They aren’t losing work because of their political views.

    • Holly hobby says:

      Actually I think James woods was forced to retire. Don’t remember the circumstances but it was twitter and inappropriate comments

  18. Stacy Dresden says:

    Ha ha, fool!

  19. Jess says:

    Umm his career ended loooong before Trump came along! In fact it was long before that god awful reality show he did where he was looking for “love” and we saw what a douchebag he was. If he was “very successful for 30 years” he shouldn’t have to work at all anymore.

  20. Tangie says:

    He must not be very well spoken or smart. He could have tweeted the Don and got a job at Faux news or something. Maybe he didn’t fit their mold which is even funnier. Maybe Hallmark will take him like another poster suggested. Oh well (sips tea and moves on to a different article) :-) .

  21. OriginalLara says:

    What on earth is he talking about? Go to his imdb page and you’ll see that in the years leading up to 2016 he almost exclusively had guest roles in TV-series nobody has ever heard of or was an also-run in TV movies. And even those roles were highly limited. Then in 2017 he actually got a steady gig and since last year has six additional roles (four still in post-production). If anything his career got better.

  22. sealit says:

    I met a few celebrities in Los Angeles in the 90’s. He was the biggest d-bag of them all.

  23. fluffy says:

    It appears that some of Trump’s “suntan” got smeared all over this douche’s stomach. No offense to douche.

  24. Tiffany says:

    Thoughts and prayers Antonio, thoughts and prayers.

  25. gelya says:

    I don’t think this dude understands the construction industry. I call him on all his BS. Dean Cain is a Trump supporter and he’s actively working. They are not big titles but he’s working. Antonio Sabato Jr is just a whiny baby tears dude. There are a lot of Trump supporter’s in Hollywood. Not a Trump Supporter but live in a Red Trump loving area with a lot of D-List entertainer’s that talk about Trump and Hollywood all the time.

  26. Texas says:

    What a loser.

  27. booboocita says:

    This line from his Wikipedia entry says it all:

    “By the early 2000s, most of his acting credits were guest appearances, reality television, and budget films.”

    So his “career” trajectory was downward long before Cheeto showed up. Pendejo.

    • Tiffany says:

      It does indeed. Instead of admitting that he was a very narrow marginally talented dude with a decent face and body 30 years ago, he wants to blame politics as the reason.

  28. What. . .now? says:

    I can’t roll my eyes hard enough. 30 years in the business and you can’t make ends meet? Hmmmm. . .

    Oh consequences suck? Yeah, well, that’s what the real world is dum dum.

    Get over yourself!

    • Still_Sarah says:

      Wikipedia said he had past problems with crystal meth. That’s where the money went.

  29. Mrs. Peel says:

    Haha – Nelson Muntz

  30. LUCAS HELIO PINHEIRO says:

    Kristy Swanson and Dean Cain are Trump’s vocal supporters and they keep working. It makes no sense.

  31. jferber says:

    Eff him. He was a no-talent pretty boy and he’s aging= end of career. Boo hoo.

  32. Tricia says:

    Bye Felicia

  33. Yeeee says:

    Hahahahaha! Oh, ahem. Let me compose myself.

    Hahahaha!!! You sow what you reap! No sympathy from me.

  34. Steph says:

    Can’t be sad that no one wants to support a racist- endorsing racist.

  35. anony7 says:

    He was gorgeous in that Janet Jackson video “Love Will Never Do.” That’s all I got.

  36. SJR says:

    Ya know, generally speaking, I like my men pretty but dumb.
    Antonio my Dear, you are pretty but in your case the dumb is stronger than the pretty.
    Disappointing I must say.
    Lips that support The Orange Idiot Trump shall never touch mine.
    Hit the road, Antonio, take that Orange Tool with ya. Bye!

  37. Reece says:

    Even if I did believe that to be a real reason, which I don’t, firstly what happened to his money from the career he had before? Bad financial management.
    Also. and let me say this in the best way possible
    GOOOOD!!! I DON’T CARE.

  38. Valerie says:

    Ew. What did he do again? I vaguely remember the name, and I’m not even trying to be snarky. I forget what he was famous for, having a six-pack?

  39. serveaux says:

    His dad played the outrageously hammy Dablone in 70s B-movie Escape 2000. You might know it from MST3K.

  40. Mel says:

    His last steady, long term job was General Hospital and that as in the 90’s. He quit because he thought he was going to be a star, forgetting that he wasn’t that good at acting. Go sit down somewhere.

  41. Sass says:

    First thing I thought was, he says he had to pay all his debts and sell everything and move across the country just to survive, but then claims he had a successful 30 year career that abruptly ended because he admitted to being a bad person? Which one is it?? If you’re in debt like that you aren’t successful.

  42. MeghanNotMarkle says:

    Who is he? I guess his career wasn’t that great to start with. Poor sausage.

  43. Suz says:

    The last time this guy was relevant was the late 90s…

  44. Natasha says:

    If he’s in Florida he should just be a male stripper, older ladies love him!

  45. MC2 says:

    Can we even this out & have a post next about a hot guy who says really on point things with compassion & accountability*? Maybe a nice Captain America post?

    *please include a shirtless pic cuz this social distancing has me needing that

  46. Isadora says:

    Antonio needs to sit with the rest of these douchebags has beens.