Chris Pratt and more Guardians of the Galaxy stars react to firing of director James Gunn

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Aug 6, 2018, 12:59 PM EDT (Updated)

Further Guardians of the Galaxy stars have reacted to the firing of director James Gunn, who was fired by Disney over some years-old offensive tweets that were resurfaced in recent weeks.

Yesterday, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Pom Klementieff became the latest actors from the franchise to speak up on social media, following previous statements of support from cast members Dave Bautista and Michael Rooker.

Saldana (Gamora) wrote on her Twitter page Sunday: "It’s been a challenging weekend I’m not gonna lie. I’m pausing myself to take everything in before I speak out of term. I just want everyone to know I love ALL members of my GOTG family. Always will."

Presumably in response to Gunn's firing, Pratt (Star-Lord) shared a bible verse on Sunday that read: "Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters. Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger."

Meanwhile, Klementieff (Mantis) shared a video of a note she wrote, which reads, "We are Groot. We are a family. We stand together."

Before being fired by Disney, Gunn had been putting the finishing touches to the script for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The director was ousted after a series of offensive tweets from around 2009-2012 resurfaced, including jokes about rape and pedophilia.

Gunn made a public apology for his comments and jokes shortly before it was announced that he had been fired, saying he was "very, very different than [he] was a few years ago," and that he now tries to "root [his] work in love and connection and less in anger."

Over the weekend, Bautista (who plays Drax) defended Gunn as "one of the most loving, caring, good-natured people" he has ever met. Rooker (Yondu) even quit Twitter in frustration at the situation, again supporting Gunn.

Gunn's brother, Sean Gunn (who plays Kraglin), also took to Instagram Saturday, to write a lengthy post in support of the director, which he signed off by saying: "Working on those movies made my brother a better person, and they made me one too. I’ll always be proud of that. Peace."

Outside of the cast, comedian Bobcat Goldthwait took to Instagram Sunday, to ask Disney for his voice to be removed from the upcoming attraction 'World of Color – Villainous' in protest at their decision, calling Gunn a "loyal friend," and "super talented, passionate and kind."

Other stars have been taking to social media with messages of support, including Hellboy star Selma Blair. Urging fans to sign an online petition, Blair tweeted: "Marvel: RE-HIRE JAMES GUNN … Because if people are punished despite changing, then what does that teach people about owning mistakes and evolving? This man is one of the good ones." She also tweeted directly to Gunn: "I thank you for your talent, your decency and your evolution as a man."

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still scheduled to open in 2020, though it is not yet clear on how Gunn’s exit will be dealt with by Disney.