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Federal Judge Rejects Hallmark Channel Owner’s Effort To Dismiss Former ‘Home & Family’ Host, Mark Steines’ Lawsuit

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It was a good legal day for Mark Steines. The former co-host of Home & Family, who was suddenly dumped from the popular morning series on the Hallmark Channel, scored a victory against his former employer.

According to Deadline: District Court Judge Cormac Carney definitively wrote on Tuesday that ‘Defendants’ motion to dismiss is denied, and ‘Defendants’ motion to strike is denied, and that Crown Media lost every part of the motion they filed back on November 11th to halt Steines’ retaliation and wrongful termination lawsuit.  A copy of the court documents can be found here.

The back-story: this past May, Steines was all of a sudden let-go from the morning show. Later, Steines went public with the behind the scenes intel at Home & Family where he had his pay cut, and was eventually let go for sticking up for women who had been allegedly harassed by now former series EP, Woody Fraser.

Subsequently, Fraser was removed by Crown Media after female executives and staffers took their term claims to attorney Lisa Bloom (who is repping Steines) and Steines complained to the powers-that-be.  It appeared that Steines’ move did not go over well with the company and he was soon after given his walking papers.

“There is no merit to the legal claims Mr. Steines is asserting against Crown Media,” the Hallmark Channel owner said in September in response to their former host’s lawsuit. “Crown Media is also surprised that Lisa Bloom is representing Mr. Steines in this matter since she has a consulting agreement with Crown Media.”

Bloom said,  “We look forward to proving our case at trial, where we are confident we will prevail.”

So, what do you think about what went down to terminate Mark Steines from Home & Family? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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This looks shady as all hell on Hallmark’s part. And, no offense, but, being a network that primarily targets women and families, this is disappointing on their behalf. Hope Mark wins big and is able to find a new platform; whenever I’d catch moments of Home & Family, I always loved to see Mark as host!

Charday
Charday

Sorry to hear about the drama. I did like Mark Steines on Home & Family. Let’s hope for justice, whoever is right in the case.

Patrick
Patrick

– I – HOPE – Mark Steines WINS his legalese

and takes them for a bank roll ride

Cameron Mathison is no where near .. no where … in the same league as Mark Stein

Cameron 15 minutes has long gone… do your entertainment tonight reporting.. AND stay put

you have an affable enough persona… however that does not equate to good enough acting

nancy dillingham
nancy dillingham

Wow! Who knew? MeToo has shaken the bushes–ensnared Woody Fraser. Some hypocrisy underfoot when the EP of a show called “Home and Family:?!! Will be interesting to see the outcome of this lawsuit.

blake
blake

Get ’em Mark Steines! Glad he called out Hallmark Channel, they look really bad now. I hope he wins this lawsuit against them.

Becky Kolemainen
Becky Kolemainen

Kudos to Mark Steines. That took a lot of courage to stand up to corporate bullies, maybe more than anyone knows. I enjoyed the working relationship Mark had with his previous co-host Christina and Mark was one of the reasons I continued to watch HH&F after Christina was let go. I haven’t watched since. I also have other issues with the programming and stale story lines of the Hallmark movies, but grasp why they are so popular. I wish Mark profound success with this mission. I hope it leaves a …wait for iiit…”mark” on Hallmark.

karen lampson
karen lampson

I think what they did to him and why was wrong. I also didn’t like what they did to Christina. I enjoyed the show daily. I do not watch the show at all anymore. I hope Mark wins his lawsuit.

Amarylis
Amarylis

Too bad Mark didnt go to bat for Cristina when she was let go. You reap what you sow.

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