'Queen of prison': Scandal-hit Felicity Huffman trolled over comeback in 'The Good Doctor' spinoff episode

'Queen of prison': Scandal-hit Felicity Huffman trolled over comeback in 'The Good Doctor' spinoff episode
Felicity Huffman has landed a guest role in an episode of ABC's 'The Good Doctor' which is the pilot to a new spinoff titled 'The Good Lawyer' (Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Actress Felicity Huffman will soon make her television comeback, nearly four years after serving time in prison for her role in the college bribery scandal. As per reports, the 60-year-old has landed a guest role in an episode of ABC 'The Good Doctor'. A legal spin-off show titled 'The Good Lawyer' will be introduced in this episode. 

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The episode starring, which airs on March 6, will be her first on-screen appearance since her brief incarceration in 2019. Huffman will play Janet Stewart, an experienced lawyer with a fierce intellect and dry wit, according to Yahoo Entertainment. Her character earlier represented Richard Schiff's Dr Aaron Glassman. 

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In the upcoming episode, Huffman's character will work under Joni DeGroot, a lawyer with obsessive-compulsive disorder after they are both hired by doctors on the show. Ever since becoming the subject of the college admissions controversy in 2019, Huffman has maintained a quiet profile. 

Scandal-hit Huffman was brutally trolled online over her plans for a TV comeback with 'The Good Doctor'. One user tweeted, "Is felicity going to be the lawyer cause uh the irony." Another user wrote, "FELICITY HUFFMAN OH LAWRD." One user questioned, "How is felicity huffman getting a role now? Didn’t she pay off some colleges for some s**t?"

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Another user wrote, "So we're just supposed to...forget...all the bribery...and jail?" One user wrote, "Queen of prison." Another commented, "Celebrity privilege."



 

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Huffman's college scandal

In October 2019, Huffman was charged alongside over 30 other parents for paying money to William "Rick" Singer, the mastermind behind the college admissions scandal, in order to help her daughter Sophia get into college. She was sentenced to 11 days in a low-level Dublin, California prison. After using his services to raise her daughter's SAT score, Huffman was later found to have paid one of Singer's associates to cheat on the test without her knowledge in order to have a "fair shot" at getting into a university. 

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"I am deeply ashamed of what I have done. At the end of the day, I had a choice to make. I could have said, no," she told the judge, as reported by Daily Mail. Along with serving almost all of her two-week term, she was also compelled to pay a $30,000 fine, which many people considered to be only a light punishment.

As part of the scam, actress Lori Loughlin from the hit TV show 'Full House' was also indicted. She received a two-month prison sentence for paying $500,000 to get her daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella into USC. 

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