AceShowbiz - Neal Bledsoe clearly took issue with Candace Cameron Bure's "traditional marriage" that he decided to leave Great American Family. The Toronto-born actor announced his departure from the network on Monday, December 5.
"As an artist, I yearn to be proud of the work I create," the 41-year-old said in a lengthy statement to Variety. "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," he continued. "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."
Neal, who starred in 2021''s "The Winter Palace" and this year's "Christmas at the Drive-In" for the network, said it is impossible for him not to address the matter considering his relationships with members of the queer community.
"My life wouldn't be where it is today without the love, support, and guidance of the LGBTQIA+ community," he elaborated. "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."
Candace faced backlash in November after her interview with The Wall Street Journal was published. Asked if GAF, which she serves as the chief creative officer, will feature same-sex couples in its Christmas movies, she replied, "I think that Great American Family will keep traditional marriage at the core."
The "Fuller House" alum, however, has clarified her comment. "All of you who know me, know beyond question that I have great love and affection for all people," the 46-year-old began. "It absolutely breaks my heart that anyone would ever think I intentionally would want to offend and hurt anyone."
"If you know me, you know that I am a person who loves fiercely and indiscriminately. My heart yearns to build bridges and bring people one step closer to God, to love others well, and to simply be a reflection of God's huge love for all of us," Candace added. She also criticized the media "for using this opportunity to fan flames of conflict and hate," though she said she still loves them.