Hallmark Cuts All Ties With Lori Loughlin After Her Arrest

We all know that if you do the crime, you have to face the punishment.

But some fans of movie and TV star Lori Loughlin say the Hallmark channel is taking things too far, as the actress embroiled in a bribery scandal is being cut out of upcoming programs and films.

Loughlin, 54, and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, 55, were both charged in the nationwide college bribery scandal dubbed “Varsity Blues” by investigators.

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Loughlin stars in Hallmark’s TV series ‘When Calls the Heart.’Crown Media

Loughlin was arrested Wednesday and charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

Investigators say they have evidence that Loughlin and her husband paid $500,000 in bribes to send her daughters to the University of Southern California.

Hallmark, and the channel’s parent company Crown Media, have officially cut ties with Loughlin and say she will no longer appear in the network’s programming following the charges.

Crown Media issued the following statement about their decision to several media outlets:

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 that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production.

It’s a huge upset for Loughlin, who was a mainstay of Hallmark’s programs for years. She has roles in their original series When Calls the Heart, stars in the Garage Sale Mysteries franchise, and had leading roles in several of the network’s Christmas films.

In fact, Loughlin’s 2018 movie Homegrown Christmas was the most watched non-sports program on cable the week it aired, so Hallmark is losing some serious star power by dropping her.

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Loughlin was filming a new installment of ‘Garage Sale Mysteries’ when she was charged.Crown Media

Another four installments of the Garage Sale Mysteries series were set to be made, but after the announcement their future is up in the air.

An upcoming episode of When Calls the Heart featuring Loughlin has already been pulled from Hallmark’s schedule this week, while the channel considers “all creative options” including editing out the star’s character.

While Loughlin also stars in the Netflix sitcom Fuller House, the streaming service has not announced if her character, Aunt Becky, will appear in the show’s upcoming fifth season.

Loughlin isn’t the only one in her family whose career has suffered because of the bribery scandal.

While she was not named in court documents related to Loughlin’s charges, the actress’ 19-year-old daughter, YouTube blogger Olivia Jade, has lost advertising deals with Sephora and TRESemme since he story broke.

Loughlin has not entered a plea yet.

[H/T: Global News, Entertainment Weekly]

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Felicity Huffman And Lori Loughlin Named In Alleged College Admissions Scam

An investigation into an alleged college admissions bribery scam turned up two very surprising names: TV stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

The stars were among the list of more than 40 people indicted in a federal bribery case in Massachusetts Tuesday.

Federal authorities say coaches and test administrators were bribed.Blogtrepreneur

Charges of racketeering conspiracy were also brought against coaches at several U.S. colleges including Wake Forest University, Georgetown, and the University of Southern California.

Investigators allege the coaches took bribes to admit students to their schools as athletes, regardless of their actual athletic skill.

NBC News reports that several parents paid William Rick Singer, the founder of a for-profit college prep business in California, who passed money on to college coaches and SAT or ACT officials.

The alleged amounts paid range from thousands of dollars to $6 million, with more than $25 million in bribe money handed over altogether according to court documents.

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Loughlin and her husband have both been charged.Jon Kopaloff – FilmMagic

Federal authorities say Fuller House star Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team – despite the fact that they did not participate in crew – thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”

Loughlin’s daughter, YouTube blogger Olivia Jade, attends USC.

Investigators say Singer helped to fabricate profiles for other students which presented them as star athletes despite their lack of actual talent.

Desperate Housewives star Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, allegedly “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000… to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter.”

“Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so,” authorities say.

Investigators say several students were helped to cheat on their ACT and SAT tests as part of the scheme.

In some cases, impostors allegedly sat the tests for students, while in other cases they were provided with test answers, or had their answers corrected by bribed test administrators.

Federal agents allege they have evidence including emails obtained from Loughlin and a recorded phone call between Huffman and another witness to back up their case.

Huffman and Loughlin are both charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. Warrants have been issued for their arrest.

According to the unsealed indictments, William H. Macy has not been charged.

So far neither actress has issued a statement about the charges, and there is no evidence that the colleges were involved in any of the wrongdoing.

[H/T: Deadline, NBC News]

We’ll share more on this story as it develops.