Oprah Winfrey Network Reportedly Cancels Pastor John Gray's Reality TV Show after 3 Seasons Amid Lawsuits
The Oprah Winfrey Network has reportedly canceled Pastor John Gray's reality TV show after airing it for three seasons amid his lawsuits.
"The Book of John Gray" is not going to be renewed for a fourth season on the Oprah Winfrey Network, after numerous controversies over the past few years including his purchase of a Lamborghini which people questioned.
Gray and his wife Aventer are considering other TV and film opportunities following their show cancellation.
THE DOWNFALL OF GRAY'S PUBLIC IMAGE
Currently, the pastor faces two separate lawsuits, including one that is trying to evict him and his congregation from the facilities owned by Ron and Hope Carpenter. Despite this, Gray and his wife Aventer are considering other TV and film opportunities following their show cancellation.
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This has been the most necessary, painful, growth inducing, man-making, flesh stripping, battle filled year of my life. I wish I could have remained the immature, undisciplined kid from cincy who got by on his gifts. But I learned from Bishop Donald Clay that gifts don’t mature-character does. To my wife @iamaventergray, thank you for working from some supernatural place of strength to fight with me for our family, our future and our shared calling. I didn’t know how to let anyone fight with me-I’m an only child-but truly two is better than one. And with God a three fold chord is not easily broken. I defy the devil and any attempt at killing what God has predestined for our lives. Let’s go! Av, The story will one day be told years from now-but until then, I offer a heartfelt, sincere and humbly offered eternal thanks. I love you. No matter what, this is what I’ve learned this year-the fight proves the worth. And to @myrelentlesschurch family-thank you. You all are amazing and I’m grateful for each member and every single staff person. May God bless you and your families forever. And to my extended Instagram family. I pray God’s best for you in every area of your life. So From my family to yours-eat all the leftovers! And Happy Thanksgiving! #GrayFamilyThanks 📸: @dreanicolephotography Thank you for our little family shoot!
Gray's bad publicity sprung from when he gifted his wife a Lamborghini Urus for their eighth wedding anniversary, which people bashed endlessly.
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African American men live an average of 72 years. I’m 46 years old. You do the math. My life has been a journey of self discovery and awakening. God, in His love, sends exactly what you need to become what He intended for you to be in the first place. Throughout this journey I didn’t realize how scorched portions of my heart had become. And the only salve for a scorched heart is love. Not love like on tv. Real love. Love that heals. Love that speaks. Love that breathes. Love that lives in and of itself. A love that resuscitates. A love that expands. A love that fights. 9 years ago I was a recipient of THAT KIND OF LOVE. @iamaventergray, thank you for teaching me what married love is. I love you more each day. I am in love with you in a way I didn’t understand or had the capacity to give at any other point in my life. You are a gift to me. My life is exponentially better in every way because of you. In nine years of being married to you I have seen five versions of myself show up. From the boy who was wounded inside a man trying to grow all the way up to today-who is now a man who knows exactly who he is and what my calling is. You have loved me In each season. And I love you for it. May I be the champion of your dreams in the years I have remaining as you have been for mine. Thank you for our children, our home and this life. You’re more than enough. Thank you for showing me that my understanding of love was not wrong-just incomplete. Now I see. And I see it because of you. May the years I have left reflect that the words I typed match the life I lived. Forever yours. Me. #121110 #GraysAre9
DEFENDING HIS ACTIONS
“First of all, it wasn’t a pastor that bought the car. It was a husband that bought the car. Get that in your spirit. I’m a husband first. Don’t confuse what I do with who I am. What I do is I pastor God’s people. Who I am is a husband and a father. And I’ll do anything to honor them. And I won’t ask permission from anybody to do it. No man should."
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This is pastor @johnk.jenkins. He is the pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden. Look him up. Listen to his teaching. FOLLOW HIM ON INSTAGRAM. He doesn’t know why I asked him for this picture. He doesn’t know I’m posting. He’d probably rather I don’t. But I can’t help it. He’s brilliant, anointed, relevant. But that’s not the reason I’m posting this. I’m posting this because after years and years of successful, historic ministry, over 25,000 members, countless souls saved, successful marriage and kids serving the kingdom, you’d give him grace to rest on his laurels. No. I watched him as he took notes IN HIS CHURCH while @bishopjakes taught us this past Saturday. He was typing in his iPad and wouldn’t stop. He was eager to take it in. I learned a lesson I’ll keep with me forever: never get too big to keep learning. Be humble enough to receive. Be big enough to defer. Thank you man of God for teaching me a most critical lesson. I hope to be a life long learner.
FACING TWO LAWSUITS
Shortly after that, he revealed he wanted to end his life after allegations of his infidelity came to light.
The latest of his woes came after the Carpenters, who co-founded the Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, South Carolina, gave him and his church a lease termination notice after their business relationship fell apart.
His other lawsuit came after Richard Travis Hayes, his former chief operating officer for Relentless Church, filed a lawsuit against the church and Gray for more than $75,000 in unpaid money.