Longtime Home & Family co-host Cristina Ferrare is exiting the Hallmark Channel’s morning show. She’s being replaced by Debbie Matenopoulos, former co-host of The View and Home and Family‘s resident lifestyle expert, who will join co-host Mark Steines. The network made the announcement Tuesday.
“Cristina Ferrare has been instrumental in making Home & Family one of daytime’s most popular lifestyle series,” said Michelle Vicary, Hallmark Channel’s EVP Programming & Publicity, before announcing Matenopoulos’s promotion. “Her natural flair and expertise, along with her warmth and grace, set a standard for all of us at Home & Family, and we are forever indebted to her. Debbie has quickly become an audience favorite among our family of multi-talented lifestyle experts, and we look forward to her continued unique and exciting contributions going forward.”
Ferrare joined Home & Family in 2012, replacing Steines’ original co-host Paige Davis. Ferrare recently had been missing from the show, and she revealed on her Facebook page today that her absence will be permanent.
“I feel it’s important to finally step up to the plate and let you know what is happening. First may I say that my family and I have been so thankful and appreciative for all the love, support, prayers, and good wishes you have been sending me on a daily basis for the past three weeks. It pained me so that I was unable to let you know what was going on out of respect for everyone on Home and Family and the Network. I was asked to wait and I have but now I feel I should out of respect for YOU let you know. It’s really very simple, Home and Family will have a season 5 which I am so happy for and the Network decided that they want a new co-host and that will be Debbie. She will do a great job!”
Ferrare, a former model and host of local Los Angeles chat shows, has written various lifestyle books, including Cristina Ferrare’s Family Entertaining.