“I’m not a superspreader because there is nothing to spread,” Dodd said in another video.
“Our core values of wellness, community, diversity and inclusion should be reflected by our brand and anyone associated with it,” Zach Muchnick, the company’s head of brand, said in the written statement. “(I)t has become clear over the past few months that Kelly’s controversial views and opinions have distracted from our primary objectives, so effective today, we are no longer affiliated with Kelly Dodd-Leventhal.”
“We welcome all people — however they are and whatever they are passionate about — to Positive Beverage. But there must always be an underlying layer of respect,” Positive Beverage CEO Shannon Argyros said in a written statement also posted on the company’s Instagram Stories.
“Unfortunately, we feel Kelly’s stance is no longer congruent with our core values. We appreciate her contributions during our affiliation, and she will always be a part of Positive Beverage’s history, but we do not align with her opinions or global views while we uphold our own values.”
Dodd responded to the company on her verified Twitter account.
“I’m glad I could help put Positive Beverage on the map and wish them well,” she tweeted. “I’m also really excited about my next venture in the beauty industry, which is my real passion. Stay tuned!”
It’s not the first time Dodd has faced backlash for her comments about Covid-19.
“Of course, I regret saying that,” Dodd told Cohen. “It was a question: ‘Why do pandemics happen like this? Is it God’s way of thinning the herd?’ It was a stupid thing for me to say. It was insensitive, and I apologize if I hurt or offended anybody because that wasn’t really my intention.”