Lori Loughlin Reportedly Loses Job Following College Admissions Scandal

Joann Johnston
March 15, 2019

The Hallmark Channel's parent company, Crown Media, has made a decision to sever its relationship with Lori Loughlin after federal authorities charged the actress in connection with an elite nationwide college cheating scheme this week.

The former "Full House" star has been a mainstay on the Hallmark Channel - starring in numerous shows and movies since coming on board in 2013.

Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives", "American Crime") was among the other prominent parents, including a lawyer, doctor and a venture capitalist, indicted in the scam. Officials say wealthy parents paid for good scores on their children's SATs and ACTs and bribed college coaches and admissions officials to get their kids into elite schools.

"We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations".

The network prides itself on its clean image. "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".

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One day before Crown Media Family's decision, a US federal court judge granted Loughlin permission to return to British Columbia to continue working on her Hallmark projects. "This is our format, this is what we do,"' Loughlin said in an interview past year with The Associated Press about the Christmas movies.

Loughlin was taken into custody by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Los Angeles early Wednesday after being one of over 40 people charged in a college admissions cheating scam, including her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.

The daughters were billed as crew athletes, even though neither one actually played the sport.

Olivia Giannulli, the 19-year-old daughter of "Full House" actress Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli, is a social media "influencer" who goes by the name Olivia Jade online.

Loughlin did not appear in court on Tuesday because she was filming a movie in Vancouver at the time of Giannulli's arrest.

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