Hallmark Channel Chief Bill Abbott Exits Following Same-Sex Wedding Ad Controversy

He had been Crown Media Family Networks president and CEO for 11 years

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Bill Abbott joined Crown Media Family Networks in 2000, starting in the ad sales division and leading the company for the past 11 years. Getty Images

A month after Hallmark Channel sparked outrage for briefly pulling several ads from wedding planning brand Zola that featured a same-sex couple kissing at their wedding, the network’s chief is exiting the company.

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