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'The Mandalorian' star Gina Carano is fired from the series over social media posts
Gina Carano during a San Diego Comic Con panel
Gina Carano during a San Diego Comic Con panel Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

After the star of "The Mandalorian" and former mixed martial arts fighter received backlash online Wednesday for sharing a series of incendiary social media posts and memes mentioning Jeffrey Epstein and comparing conservatives in the U.S. to Holocaust victims, Lucasfilm confirmed that Gina Carano is no longer a part of the popular Disney+ show.

The news comes on the heels of the hashtag #FireGinaCarano trending on Twitter Wednesday as fans screen-grabbed the star's deleted posts, including an anti-Semitic Instagram story that she shared from another user that equivocated the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust to a disagreement over beliefs: "How is that any different from hating someone for their political views?"

Carano was a frequent guest star on "The Mandalorian" since the first season, often helping the title character on his mission to keep Grogu, aka Baby Yoda, safe from Imperial forces hunting the tiny alien creature.

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British couple discovered Star Wars memorabilia worth $525,000
British couple discovered Star Wars memorabilia worth $525,000
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The Times newspaper reported Thursday that a couple, from Stourbridge in central England, discovered a batch of Star Wars memorabilia worth $525,000 in bin bags left to them by a neighbour. The couple was initially unsure what to make of the jumble of dolls and spacecraft their neighbour had spent decades collecting, but their son called in an auctioneer.

From Storm Trooper helmets to R2D2's eye, memorabilia from one of the world's biggest movie franchises can fetch eye-watering sums at auctions.