Hallmark Channel has cut ties with Lori Loughlin in the wake of college admission scandal. The When Calls the Heart star was found to be involved in elite college admissions fraud scheme after a year-long nationwide investigation.
Lori Loughlin Fired!
Now, it seems that Netflix will not be inviting her back for the fifth and final season of the sitcom, Fuller House, where she plays the role of Aunt Becky. Her daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli (19) and Isabella Rose Giannulli (20) are dropping out of University of Southern California due to fear of being bullied over the massive scandal.
Lori and her husband, Mossimo Giannuli (fashion designer) were arrested and indicted Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles on conspiracy charges.They are out on $1 million bond each and are supportive of their daughter’s decision to leave university. Reportedly, Olivia and Isabella didn’t want to attend USC, but their father wanted them to get 'into a school other than Arizona State University'.
Lori and Mossimo allegedly paid $500k to get their daughters into USC by pretending the sisters were competitive rowing recruits.
According to court papers, Mossimo had to send plot mastermind William 'Rick' Singer a photo of Isabella on a rowing machine to pull off the alleged scam. TMZ has reported that the girls are planning to 'lay low' and won’t enroll in any school for a while.
After she was caught in the scandal, she has deleted her social media accounts. Now, it’s clear that Lori, who plays one of the main cast members, Abigail Stanton in Hallmark’s hit series, When Calls the Heart, won’t be back for the show.
We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions featuring Lori on the Crown Media Family Network channels -- including #GarageSaleMysteries. pic.twitter.com/VDisz1J3SU— Hallmark Channel (@hallmarkchannel) March 14, 2019
At the same time, producers for WCTH are exploring a variety of options to continue without Abigail Stanton’s character for the rest of season 6 episodes and beyond. The long-running Garage Sale Mysteries, TV movie franchise starring Lori has also been axed by Hallmark.
Along with Lori and 30 other parents including, American Crime star, Felicity Huffman were caught trying to juice the system. While the charges carry a sentence of potentially five years behind bars, people are wondering what March 29’s preliminary hearing in Boston will bring for the actress.
On top of the scandal, a mother has filed a $500 billion lawsuit against the individuals alleged of bribing authorities to get their children into top schools.