Two days after Lori Loughlin flew into town from a Vancouver set to face charges and arrest over the elite college entrance fraud scheme, Hallmark Channel has cut all of its various ties with the actor.
“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” a Crown Media spokesperson told Deadline. “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.”
The statement does not mention When Calls the Heart, on which Loughlin has starred since its 2014 launch. Last week’s Season 6 debut of Hallmark Channel’s small-town drama was the highest-rated premiere in the series’ history.
It was the latest installment of the long-running Garage Sale Mysteries movie series that Loughlin was working on this week when the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts announced the nationwide indictments.
No word yet from Netflix about whether it plans to dump Loughlin from Fuller House. It might be a moot point as writing on the fifth and final season of the Full House sequel of sorts hasn’t even started.
The UTA-repped Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli were part of a yearlong investigation that also snared American Crime star Felicity Huffman and more than 30 other parents. The couple are accused of paying “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,” according to the 200-page indictment announced Tuesday.
Taken into custody on Wednesday, the Aunt Becky of Full House and now Fuller Housepreliminary hearing fame was arraigned before Judge Steve Kim. Like her husband, Loughlin was released on a $1 million bail bond. Also like Giannulli, the actor is allowed only to travel only within the continental U.S. ahead of a set for March 29 in Boston.
However, unlike Huffman, who was released on a $250,000 bail bond already on March 12, and Giannulli, Loughlin reluctantly was granted the ability to travel to Vancouver for work on the multiple Hallmark projects she had signed on for.
Those trips to the western Canadian metropolis might not seem so vital now.
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