Former CEO of Hallmark Channel Bill Abbott smiles while arriving for an event
Why Are Multiple Hallmark Stars Leaving To Join Great American Family? Here's What We Know
Lifestyle News
The Great American Family Network has become a serious rival to the Hallmark Channel, sweeping up some of their biggest stars. Hallmark Channel's former CEO, Bill Abbott, purchased the new network after pulling a controversial commercial that showed two women kissing and facing backlash about the lack of diversity in their movies.
Candace Cameron Bure, the queen of Hallmark movies, followed to pursue more "family-friendly" programming. She said, "My heart wants to tell stories that have more meaning [...] I knew that the people behind Great American Family were Christians that love the Lord and wanted to promote faith programming and good family entertainment."
"Full House" star Lori Loughlin also made the move to the new channel after Hallmark dropped the actress following her legal trouble. At least 24 other Hallmark stars will be taking on roles with GAF, including Cameron Mathison, Rukiya Bernard, Cindy Busby, Maggie Lawson, and Chad Michael Murray.