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Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 9:25PM EDT
Mark Steines sues: Hallmark Channel fired me for backing female staffers' sex harassment complaints
Source: BuzzFeed News
Steines, who was blindsided by his abrupt firing from Home & Family in May, is suing Hallmark Channel's parent company Crown Media, alleging he faced retaliation after reporting and relaying alleged sexual harassment, gender discrimination and verbal abuse against executive producer Woody Fraser. Steines, who had co-hosted the daily lifestyle show since 2012, says in the lawsuit that he personally witnessed Fraser engage in sexual harassment and abusive behavior. He alleges that things got worse for him in 2017 after he agreed to cooperate with attorney Lisa Bloom, who was representing two female staffers who accused Fraser of sexual harassment. Fraser, an 83-year-old daytime veteran who was an early mentor to Roger Ailes, called the allegations “an attempt to label me the next ‘Roger Ailes.'” Steines' lawsuit alleges that management failed to take action. Bloom, who is now representing Steines, says "everything changed, with the network taking away his voiceover work, diminishing his role on the network, reducing his profile at industry events, cutting his salary by 25%, and ultimately firing him months before the end of his contract." Asked to respond, Crown Media said it had not seen the lawsuit, but that the decision to let Steines go was "a measured, strategic and difficult decision" due to the show's ratings decline.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Hallmark Channel taps Cameron Mathison to replace Mark Steines on Home & Family
The Entertainment Tonight correspondent has been guest co-hosting the daily lifestyle show for the past five years, becoming a regular substitute when Steines was abruptly fired in May.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Home & Family addresses Mark Steines' abrupt ouster in an emotional on-air moment
Steines, who was let go for "creative reasons," was an "amazing friend to all of us here at Hallmark Channel," his co-host Debbie Matenopoulos said while fighting back tears. “I’m here to share some news, and the family has joined me because we truly are a family, and while we just had a really great show, we have a very hard announcement to deliver,” Matenopoulos said. “Our dear friend, our very good friend, and my wonderful co-host for years, Mr. Mark Steines, is no longer with Home & Family.”
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Hallmark Channel abruptly parts ways with Mark Steines
Source: TV Guide
The former Entertainment Tonight correspondent, who has co-hosted Home and Away since 2012, was announced as exiting the lifestyle series in a Hallmark Channel tweet this morning. "We are extremely grateful to Mark for his incredible work and wish him all the best success in his future endeavors," said the cable network. UPDATE: A Hallmark Channel source tells The Wrap there wasn't “anything negative” behavior-wise with Steines -- they're just going in a different direction.