Candace Cameron Bure’s promise to emphasize “traditional marriage” in her work doesn’t sit well with fellow actress Hilarie Burton.
Earlier this year, Bure announced that she was leaving Hallmark Channel — her professional home for more than 14 years — to join a more conservative network, Great American Family. When asked if viewers could expect the network’s programming to include stories about LGBTQ people, the “Fuller House” actor said no.
“I think Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at heart,” she told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Monday.
His remarks elicited a frosty response from Burton, who has appeared in a number of Hallmark original films over the years.
Bigot, Burton wrote on Twitter Monday evening. “I don’t remember that Jesus liked hypocrites like Candy. But on. Earn your money, honey. You ride that wave of prejudice all the way to the bank.
The “One Tree Hill” actor also called out former Hallmark CEO Bill Abbott, who co-founded Great American Family last year.
“Now they openly admit their bigotry,” Burton tweeted. “I called this shit years ago when Abbott was at Hallmark. Glad they dumped him. Being LGBTQ is not a “trend”. This guy and his network are disgusting. You too Candy. There is nothing extraordinary about same-sex couples.
The Hallmark Channel has taken a number of small but important steps to diversify its programming over the past few years. In 2020, the network unveiled “The Christmas House,” its first original holiday movie starring a same-sex couple. One of that movie’s stars, Jonathan Bennett, will appear next month in “The Holiday Sitter,” Hallmark’s first Christmas movie with a gay romance at its center.
Bure, who has drawn the ire of the LGBTQ community on more than one occasion, never singled out the network’s efforts to include queer stories as her impetus to leave. Speaking to Variety in September, she said it was simply a business decision.
“My contract happened to expire when Great American Family started,” said Bure, who has more than two dozen Hallmark movies to her credit. “So we didn’t start having those discussions until we were well into negotiations with the Hallmark Channel for the renewal. And as every business person knows, you have to do what’s right for the contracts. It didn’t work out with Hallmark so we started talking to Bill [Abbott].”
In her conversation with the Journal this week, Bure said she hopes Great American Family will allow her to produce films with “more meaning, purpose and depth behind them.”
“I knew the people behind Great American Family were Christians who loved the Lord,” she explained, “and wanted to promote religious programs and good family entertainment.”