Lori Loughlin dropped by Hallmark after she's accused in college admissions scandal

Brenda Watkins
March 15, 2019

Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, despite that neither girl ever rowed crew.

Lori Loughlin has always been a staple on the Hallmark Channel and its sister channel, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries, with the show What Calls the Heart and the Garage Sale Mysteries movies for years.

"We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations", the Hallmark parent company said in a statement Thursday.

As Loughlin faces a federal indictment, Crown Media said that is "no longer working with" her and that it has halted development of all its productions involving her, including "Garage Sale Mysteries", even though the series is made by an independent third party.

Actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the People's Choice Awards 2017 in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 18, 2017.

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Louglhin's younger daughter, 19-year-old Olivia Jade, lost her Sephora partnership. She has also starred in various holiday films for the channel, including Every Christmas Has a Story and When the Heart Calls.

When reached by Fox News, a rep for Loughlin said that they "have no information to share". She was later released on a $1 million bond and put up her home for collateral as part of the bond.

Hallmark, initially silent when the allegations were announced, issued a statement Wednesday, the day Loughlin surrendered to authorities. When Calls the Heart, which stars Loughlin as a schoolteacher in a turn-of-the-century Canadian coal town, is now airing its sixth season. She appeared in Los Angeles federal court Tuesday looking visibly exhausted, before posting $250,000 bail and surrendering her passport.

Hallmark Cards, the Kansas City, Missouri, enterprise started in 1910, has moved quickly before to respond to any flare-ups, such as in when it removed a gift wrap from circulation after one person complained of seeing a swastika in its pattern. But the white-collar crime Loughlin is accused of is akin to that of another unlikely scofflaw: Martha Stewart, who was convicted in 2004 of obstructing justice and lying to the government about a stock sale. Loughlin's publicist declined comment Thursday on Hallmark's decision to drop her.

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