Relentless Church Pastor John Gray’s television show, “The Book of John Gray,” is not being renewed for a fourth season on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
A network spokesperson confirmed to The Greenville News this week that there are no plans for new episodes after the show was part of the network’s programming for three seasons since 2016.
In late 2018, while addressing controversy over the purchase of a Lamborghini for his wife, Gray had said he was working to produce the show’s fourth season.
The website of the show at Oprah.com describes “The Book of John Gray” as a “dramedy docu-follow hybrid about the life of John Gray and his uniquely humorous way of helping people.”
Officials at the network did not respond to follow-up questions about why the show was discontinued.
Gray and his wife, Aventer, meanwhile, are considering other TV and film opportunities, according to Holly Baird, their spokesperson.
John Gray has been associated with celebrities, renowned musicians and star athletes. On Wednesday, Aventer Gray shared photos on Instagram of her and John Gray on a yacht with actor Tyrese Gibson and his wife, Samantha Gibson, during a recent vacation.
An associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston who formed Greenville’s Relentless Church in 2018, John Gray made national headlines over the past several years for controversies such as buying his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini for an anniversary gift. He publicly spoke out on national television about an “emotional affair” with another woman.
He has also drawn national attention for generous giving during his worship services. He extended an open invitation for people in need to take from offering baskets during a Sunday in November.
Following public scrutiny over his Lamborghini gift, Gray took to Instagram to clarify the gesture and his source of income, making reference to a fourth season of “The Book of John Gray.”
“For those of you who don’t know, my wife and I have a show on the Opray Winfrey Network,” he said. “We’re working on Season 4 right now. Shhh, don’t tell anybody. That’s four seasons, OK? And I’m not an actor on it; I’m a producer of it. Get that straight.”
Gray went on to say he’d just signed his second book deal for “Win From Within” and that it and the television show “come with resources.”
Gray formed Relentless Church in 2018 after Redemption Church’s Ron and Hope Carpenter moved their ministry to California, leaving behind the Greenville congregation and its facility.
Relentless Church bought a $1.8 million house in Simpsonville to be the church parsonage and Gray’s home in order to attract a pastor of Gray’s caliber, a church official said.
More recently, Gray has been in the spotlight over a legal dispute over Relentless Church’s Haywood Road location, which is still owned by Redemption Church. Redemption has filed an eviction notice and says that Relentless has not met financial obligations to lease the space, but Relentless contends that the church is up-to-date on payments and with the terms of its lease agreement.
SOURCE: The Greenville News, Daniel J. Gross and Nathaniel Cary