Hallmark Fires Lori Loughlin After Arrest in College Admissions Scandal
Hallmark has cut ties with Lori Loughlin following her involvement in the college admissions scandal.
Just hours after Sephora ended their partnership with her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, The Hallmark Channel announced their decision to fire the actress from all current and upcoming projects with the company, including her role as Abigail Stanton in the successful period drama When Calls the Heart.
“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” Crown Media wrote in a statement on Thursday (Mar.14). “We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production.”
This is huge and devastating news for Loughlin, who has worked for the channel for years. However, it's not surprising considering the severity of the allegations made against her. As previously reported, Loughlin and her husband were among the dozens of parents—along with Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman—who has been accused of paying large bribes to get their children admitted into elite colleges.
As of right now, it's unclear if Loughlin's role as Aunt Becky in the fifth and final season of Fuller House is at risk as well, but we'll be waiting to hear from Netflix.