Lori Loughlin Fired from ‘Fuller House’ Amid College Admissions Scandal
Lori Loughlin paid a bribe for her daughters’ acceptance at USC
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are facing criminal charges for participating in a college admissions bribery scheme. Specifically, according to court documents, Loughlin and Giannulli paid “$500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — even though they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
USC sent a letter to the college community about the scandal
In response to the college admissions scandal, the University of Southern California sent a letter to their community to explain they are conducting their own investigation of the matter and “began the process of identifying donations that may have been received in connection with the alleged scheme.”
In the letter, provided to CNBC, USC wrote: “We will determine how best to redirect those funds for scholarships benefiting underserved student applicants.” The university further noted it would “deny admission to applicants in the current admissions cycle who are connected to the alleged scheme” and that it has “initiated a case-by-case review of current students and graduates who may be connected to the alleged scheme.”
Loughlin was fired by the Hallmark Channel
The Hallmark Channel was swift in firing Loughlin in the wake of the scandal, explaining on Twitter: “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 featuring Lori on the Crown Media Family Network channels — including #GarageSaleMysteries.”
They added in a followup tweet: “[When Calls the Heart] will not air this Sunday March 17 while we are evaluating all creative options around the When Calls the Heart series. #Hearties please keep checking back to our social for all updates related to the beloved When Calls The Heart.”
For those fans concerned about the fate of When Calls the Heart, the Hallmark Channel assured them on Twitter: “#Hearties, we assure you that Hallmark Channel has no plans to cancel When Calls the Heart. Hope Valley has many more stories left to share and we will let you know the details soon.”
Loughlin has reportedly been cut loose from Fuller House
Though Netflix and the Fuller House social media accounts have yet to release a statement about whether or not Loughlin will appear on the Fuller House final season, Deadline reports that she has been fired from the show.
A source remarked: “She’s toast, it’s over” of the possibility of Loughlin continuing her recurring guest role as Aunt Becky.
Loughlin’s daughters have reportedly dropped out of USC
Loughlin and Giannulli’s daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, are reportedly dropping out of USC following the scandal.
A source told PEOPLE that Olivia Jade “can’t handle anything right now. She seems more and more upset every day. She just wants to stay home.”
The insider added: “She feels she has worked very hard to get different work deals and everything is just gone. She thought she knew what the future had in store for her, and it all just crumbled. It’s a never-ending nightmare for her. She understands the serious consequences her parents are facing and she is very scared.”