Due to her recent involvement in the “Varsity Blues’ college admissions scandal, as well as the recent announcement of additional charges of money laundering, Lori Loughlin will not be returning to the airs waves this season.
The Hallmark series she was previously a lead star of, “When Calls The Heart,” has gone under some major reorganization and retooling after having announced that they had fired Loughlin last month.
Even though the series is reportedly gearing up for the announcement date of their Season 6 return, the return will not feature Loughlin. In a statement to Fox News, Hallmark did indeed confirm that they had fired Loughlin from the series, and subsequently cut all ties to the actress.
In a statement released by Crown Media, owners of Hallmark, "We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin." The company went on to say that they have stopped all current development of productions that involve Lori Loughlin, including her fan favorite “Garage Sale Mysteries.”
Although the whole situation did indeed stall the production of the upcoming season, Deadline reports that Hallmark plans to announce the series return sometime next month. Admittedly it will be interesting to see how the series addressed the loss of Loughlin's character, the network admits that it will be handled effectively, and with some really creative editing, Loughlin’s character will also be removed from any future series episodes.
The “Fuller House” star, along with her designer husband and fourteen other parents, was indicted previously on alleged college admission scamming. Then, this past Tuesday, additional indictments were handed down for Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, including both fraud and money laundering charges.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of having paid $500,000 in a bribery attempt to secure both their daughter's admissions to the University of Southern California. The daughters were to be recruited for the school’s crew team, even though never one had ever played or knew of the sport.
Loughlin and her husband initially pleaded not guilty to the original college admissions scandal, but no word as of yet on their plea for the newly added fraud and money laundering charges. Loughlin has also remained silent throughout the whole time, with no comments to the press or media forthcoming.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Will these new charges prove to be the nail in the coffin for Loughlin’s acting career?