Hallmark cuts ties with Lori Loughlin after she was charged in college admissions cheating scandal for paying $500,000 to get her daughters into USC
The Hallmark Channel revealed Thursday it has dropped actress Lori Loughlin
Network has also stopped development of all productions involving Loughlin
It comes a day after her arrest in the college admissions cheating scandal
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying bribes to gain their daughters’ college admissions
The Hallmark Channel has cut ties with favored actress Lori Loughlin after she was charged in the college bribery scandal.
Hallmark said it was ‘saddened’ by the allegations involving the actress and revealed on Thursday the network would no longer be working with her.
It has also stopped development of all productions involving Loughlin.
The decision came a day after her arrest in a college admissions scam put the family-friendly network and extended Hallmark brand in uncomfortable proximity to a headline-grabbing scandal.
The company initially took a wait-and-see approach after a federal investigation of the scam involving more than 30 parents, many of them prominent, was revealed on Tuesday.
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying bribes to gain their daughters’ college admissions.
She’s been among its so-called Christmas queens who topline a slate of popular holiday movies.
She also starred in the ongoing ‘Garage Sale Mysteries’ movies and the series ‘When Calls the Heart’.
The 54-year-old, well known for her role as Aunt Becky in ‘Full House’, has a sunny smile that proved a good fit for Hallmark, which specializes in romantic dramas and comedies with a wholesome touch. Her media-friendly personality allowed her to expertly tout her shows on her website and in TV appearances.
Loughlin’s publicist declined comment Thursday on Hallmark’s decision to drop her.
Loughlin and her husband were among more than 30 parents who paid a consultant to ensure their offspring’s place in college with bribes and falsified exams.
Prosecutors allege the couple paid $500,000 to have their daughters – Olivia, 19, and Isabella, 20, labeled as crew-team recruits at USC even though neither is a rower.
Loughlin and Giannulli were taken into federal custody and later released on separate $1 million bonds on Wednesday.
Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman was among other prominent parents, including a lawyer, doctor and hedge fund manager, indicted in the scam.
Source:: Daily times