The Hallmark Channel has announced that it has cut ties with 'Fuller House' actress Lori Loughlin after she was charged in the college bribery scam on March 12. The channel has said that it was "saddened" by the allegations that involved the star and revealed on March 14 that the network will not be working with her any longer.
The network also revealed that it doesn't have any plans for her to return for season five of 'Fuller House', in which she was a guest star, and have also canceled March 17's episode of 'When Calls the Heart' while it evaluates her role.
Crown Media, Hallmark's parent company, said that they were "saddened" by all the allegations against the actress and that they are not working with her anymore. They have also announced that they have stopped all productions that she once starred in, the Daily Mail reported.
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
The decision to cut ties with Loughlin came after she was arrested and charged in a massive college admissions scam that put the family-friendly network and the extended brand of Hallmark uncomfortably close to the scandal. March 14 was also a bad day for Loughlin's YouTube star daughter, Olivia Jade, who lost her partnerships with Sephora and Tresemme.
The hair care brand Tresemme said in a statement: "We take this very seriously and are no longer working with Olivia." Hallmark had initially pursued a "wait-and-see" approach to the federal investigation into the scam that involved around 50 parents and coaches, many of them prominent figures, was revealed on March 12.
Loughlin along with her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were two of the accused who paid bribes to get their daughters admission into Ivy League colleges. Loughlin was one of Hallmark's so-called Christmas queens who has starred in several popular holiday movies.
She also starred in the on-going Garage Sale Mysteries films and had been halfway through filming season 6 of When Calls the Heart. The series is being filmed in Vancouver, Canada and the actress flew back to California a little after the news of the charges against her broke on March 12.
The season 6 premiere of When Calls the Heart in February was watched by 2.5 million viewers, a series best. It was the highest for the series so far and was only behind 'The Walking Dead' in the Sunday night cable dramas.
The 54-year-old mother-of-two is well known for her role as Aunt Becky in "Full House". Hallmark realized she was a good fit for them and their romantic dramas and comedies which have a wholesome touch.
MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) previously reported that Loughlin and husband Giannulli had allegedly paid to have both their children labeled as USC crew team recruits even though neither of the girls was a rower. Olivia has since been in the spotlight for "ignorant" comments that she made about college, including an interview in the Zach Sang Show where she had confessed that she only went because she was forced by her parents.
She said in the interview before joking that her parents were "hypocrites": "Mostly my parents really wanted me to go because both of them didn't go to college... I think they did fine. I'm so happy they made me go, that sounds so terrible. They didn't make me. My sister goes to the same school and we're pretty much inseparable."