ET is showing support for Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell and her husband Parenthood actor Dax Shepard in their fight against paparazzi who harass celebrities' children in order to get photos.
Since the birth of their daughter, Bell and Shepard have been vocal on this topic and decline interviews with media outlets known to purchase images from the paparazzi who harass children of celebrities. Both actors have passionately campaigned, especially through their personal social media platforms, to motivate others and bring more attention to this cause.
ET and the couple hope that additional press outlets will follow their lead.
Bell states, "The support of ET, the most influential national entertainment newsmagazine, is invaluable in the fight against paparazzi taking photos of the children of celebrities without consent. By creating a greatly diminished demand for these images, it is my hope that these children will no longer be subjected to being followed, yelled at, taunted and having their privacy invaded on a daily basis. Hopefully, these children can return to their routines without having cameras relentlessly pointed at them. I am so grateful to Entertainment Tonight for helping us pave the way on this issue..."
"We are proud to support Kristen Bell and other celebrities in their efforts to protect their children from intrusive paparazzi," said ET Executive Producers Linda Bell Blue, DJ Petroro and Co-Executive Producer Linda Fuller. "It is our sincere hope that having ET take a leadership position on this issue sends a clear message to the photographers taking these shots, that this behavior will not be tolerated or supported."
In September 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill aimed at keeping paparazzi away from the children of celebrities after emotional testimony to California lawmakers by actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner. Other Hollywood actors supporting the cause include Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Aniston, Amy Poehler, Orlando Bloom, Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Busy Philipps, Nia Vardalos, Ian Gomez, Amy Adams, Michelle Williams, Jason Bateman, Scarlett Johansson, Hilary Duff, Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Sophia Bush.
ET will have the first interview with Bell and Shepard discussing this topic tomorrow evening, February 21.