Candace Cameron Bure revealed why she left the Hallmark Channel for GAC in a new interview.
The actress said “it didn’t work out” during contract renegotiations.
Bure will star in an upcoming Christmas movie and work behind the scenes on additional holiday productions this season.
Ever since Candace Cameron Bure announced in April that she would end her relationship with the Hallmark Channel and move on to work with GAC media, fans have wondered what lead to the sudden shift. After all, the Full House star was the face of Hallmark for over 10 years, gifting us 30 movies to marathon during the holiday season (including 18 from the fan-favorite Aurora Teagarden Mysteries franchise). In a long-anticipated interview, Bure revealed why she left Hallmark and what we can expect from her next—which, thankfully, includes more Christmas movies.
In the interview published in Variety, Bure shared how the transition began. “The truth is, I’ve been under contract with Hallmark for a very, very long time. And those [years] have been absolutely wonderful. It just so happened that my contract was expiring when Great American Family started up,” she said. “So we did not start having those discussions until we were well into negotiations with Hallmark Channel for renewing. And as every business person knows, you’ve got to do what’s right for contracts. It didn’t work out with Hallmark and so we started talking to Bill [Abbott].”
Abbott, the former CEO and president of Hallmark Channel who has since launched the Great American Family network, has known and worked with Bure for many years. “I felt like Bill gave me my first shot coming back into the business and I will always be grateful for him for that. I really grew alongside of him as he built the network,” she said.
Bure then admitted that her close relationship with Abbott played a large role in her decision to ultimately leave the Hallmark network. “I trust what Bill has done over the years and that really means a lot to me,” she said.
So, what can we expect to see from her on GAC? While the Hallmark Channel may’ve lost Bure, along with a few others like actress Danica McKellar, there’s still a lot to look forward to. Bure recently announced on Instagram that she would star in a new GAC Christmas movie titled A Christmas…Present, which will premiere in November. She also told Variety that she has an executive role with the network that’s allowing her (and her production company, Candy Rock Entertainment) to work behind the scenes on many of their upcoming projects, including Candace Cameron Bure Presents: Christmas on Candy Cane Lane, which will star Bure’s Full House co-star Andrea Barber, per Deadline.
Plus, Bure revealed that fans may’ve not seen the last of Aurora Teagarden, adding that a reboot isn’t off the table. “It’s definitely something we would like to revisit for Great American Family. It’s about putting puzzle pieces together, but it’s very possible,” she said.
Bure has previously opened up about her work with the Hallmark Channel. In February 2021, the actress clapped back at people who assumed her work in Hallmark films was easy. “I get that all the time. ‘How hard is it to be in a Hallmark movie?’ Like, ‘Can I be in a Hallmark movie?’” she said. “And I’m like, ‘Are you a professional actor? No? Then no, you cannot.’”
Fans first received confirmation of Bure’s move with an Instagram post by McKellar who also signed with GAC Media. The image shows a selfie of the two with the caption: “Beyond thrilled that my good friend @candacecbure has joined me at @gactv!! She’s one of the smartest, most admirable human beings I know, both personally and professionally. And I’ve known her since our days on The Wonder Years and Full House.”
And if Hallmark Channel is still your go-to, no worries. In June, they announced Andie MacDowell (a pro-aging trailblazer) will officially return to Hallmark in a new original series The Way Home. Additionally, in May, Hallmark announced that they signed on two new stars: Aimee Teegarden of Friday Night Lights and South Beach Love’s Taylor Cole.
So, no matter what channel you choose, it’s bound to be an entertaining holiday season.
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