Neal Bledsoe Exits Great American Family After Candace Cameron Bure's "Traditional Marriage" Comments

In the wake of Great American Family's Candace Cameron Bure's controversial comments about the network's stance on marriage, one of the network's actors has spoken out against her.

By Daniel Trainor Dec 05, 2022 11:05 PMTags
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Candace Cameron Bure's inflammatory comments about "traditional marriage" continue to spark outrage.

Neal Bledsoe, who starred 2021's The Winter Palace and this year's Christmas at the Drive-In for Great American Family, spoke out against the actress—who is also the network's chief creative officer—in a Dec. 5. statement to Variety

"As an artist, I yearn to be proud of the work I create," Bledsoe said. "But, the thought that my work could be used to deliberately discriminate against anyone horrifies and infuriates me. I hope GAF will change, but until everyone can be represented in their films with pride, my choice is clear. I look forward to working with creators who put no limits on the stories we tell and follow through on their message of values with open arms."

The actor, who has also appeared on shows like Ugly Betty and Shameless, said that personal, long-lasting relationships with those from the queer community made it impossible for him not to say something.

"My life wouldn't be where it is today without the love, support, and guidance of the LGBTQIA+ community," he explained. "From my mentors in college, to the myriad of agents and managers, writers and directors, teachers and colleagues, and, of course, my dear friends and family, who have all touched my life, I owe them a great debt."

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In a Nov. 14 interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cameron Bure said the Great American Network would strive to "keep traditional marriage at the core."

The comments were met with wide criticism from many across the entertainment spectrum, including JoJo Siwa, Hilarie Burton, Jonathan Bennett and even Cameron Bure's former Full House co-star Jodie Sweetin.

On Nov. 16, Cameron Bure responded to the backlash in an Instagram post, writing, "I have great love and affection for all people," she wrote. "It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I intentionally would want to offend and hurt anyone."

She further explained, "I had also expressed in my interview, which was not included, that people of all ethnicities and identities have and will continue to contribute to the network in great ways both in front of and behind the camera, which I encourage and fully support." 

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In addition to his statement, Bledsoe shared that he had donated to True Colors United, an organization focused on the LGBTQ+ youth homeless population.

"If these words have any resonance with you," he urged, "I hope you will join me."

When reached by E! News, reps for Cameron Bure had no comment. Reps for Great American Family have not responded to E!'s request.

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