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Eating For Free

Dec 15, 2022

Once upon a time, a Hallmark CEO scandalously quit his job after pulling a wedding ad for a gay couple. Now he's back (alongside Candace Cameron Bure) with a mission to save Lori Loughlin Christian Christmas movie at a time! Over the next two weeks, we'll dive deep into Great American Family, former Hallmark CEO's new Christian family network that streams almost exclusively Christmas movies!
  • How Great American Family and Candace Cameron Bure are angling for Hallmark's holiday movie crown [USA Today, Oct 31]
  • Hallmark Channel Chief Bill Abbott Stepping Down In Wake Of Ad Controversy [Deadline]
  • Candace Cameron Bure Says Great American Family Projects Will Focus on 'Traditional Marriage' [People, November 15]
  • Neal Bledsoe Exits Great American Family in Support of LGBTQ Community After Candace Cameron Bure Drama [Variety, December 5]
  • Danica McKellar weighs in on co-star's exit after Candace Cameron Bure’s comments on ‘traditional marriage' [Fox News]
  • What Is Great American Family? Everything to Know About Hallmark and Lifetime’s Holiday Movie Competitor [Variety]
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Hosted by journalists Joan Summers and Matthew Lawson, Eating For Free is a weekly podcast that explores gossip and power in the pop culture landscape: Where it comes from, who wields it, and who suffers at the hands of it. Find out the stories behind the stories, as together they look beyond the headlines of troublesome YouTubers or scandal-ridden A-Listers, and delve deep into the inner workings of Hollywood's favorite pastime. The truth, they've found, is definitely stranger than any gossip.

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