Hallmark cuts ties with Lori Loughlin after college admissions scandal



Lori Loughlin has been ousted by Hallmark’s parent company, Crown Media, after she was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with a sweeping college admissions scheme.

On Wednesday, Loughlin appeared in court and was released on a $1 million bail. She and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly agreed to pay $500,000 to guarantee their two daughters – Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose – admission to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, though neither was an athlete.

By Thursday, the scandal had impacted Loughlin’s career, with Crown Media announcing it was cutting ties with the “Full House” star who had long been a staple on its networks.

“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,” Crown Media Family Networks said in a statement sent to USA TODAY.

Loughlin, 54, played Abigail Stanton on the the Hallmark Channel’s drama “When Calls the Heart,” and was most recently in the middle of production of the latest chapter of “Garage Sale Mysteries,” a movie franchise on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

Her other projects for Hallmark included 2016’s “Every Christmas Has a Story” and 2018’s “Homegrown Christmas.”

Loughlin has also appeared on the “Full House” reboot “Fuller House,” on Netflix, which was recently renewed for a fifth and final season. USA TODAY has reached out to Netflix for comment regarding Loughlin’s future at the streaming service.

Earlier Thursday, Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade had a similar blow when Sephora announced it was no longer working with the social media influencer.

Olivia Jade had a longtime Instagram partnership with the cosmetics powerhouse, introducing the $28 Olivia Jade Sephora Bronze & Illuminate Palette with the Sephora Collection in December. However, Thursday, a rep for the retailer, Emily Shapiro, issued a statement from the company to USA TODAY that said its working relationship was finished.

“After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” the statement read.

“Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman was also charged in connection with the sweeping $25 million scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and insiders at college testing centers to help get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country.

Contributing: Maria Puente, Bryan Alexander

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