William H. Macy: Comments About Nepotism and Giving Daughters a ‘Leg Up’ Surface

Some old comments that Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin made in the past are definitely haunting them in the wake of the college cheating scandal. Now an old William H. Macy interview where he mentioned nepotism and giving his daughters “a leg up” is circulating.

William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman at NBC's 70th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards/
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy | Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

What is Operation Varsity Blues?

The investigation into the college admissions scandal, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, according to NBC News, “uncovered a network of wealthy parents who paid thousands of dollars to a California man who boosted their children’s chances of gaining entrance into elite colleges… by paying people to take tests for their children, bribing test administrators to allow that to happen, and bribing college coaches to identify the applicants as athletes.”

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli paid $500,000 to get both of their daughters accepted to USC as members of the crew team, while Huffman and Macy paid $15,000 to get one of their daughter’s SAT scores improved.

Felicity Huffman’s old comments are under attack

After news of the college scandal broke, some old statements from those involved made a reappearance, such as a 2016 tweet from Huffman where she asked: “What are your best ‘hacks’ for the back-to-school season?”

You can bet that people had a field day with that one, with one person tweeting: “Answer: Paying bribes to get kids in college.”

An interview of Huffman in which she spoke about being a role model for her children also surfaced. She noted at the time: “I want to model for my daughters, being a woman of agency, having a voice in the world, and that means having influence and having power and to tell you the truth, having money.”

William H. Macy’s comments on nepotism surface

In light of the admissions scandal, Macy’s 2004 comments about nepotism in Hollywood seem to give some more perspective.

The actor talked with ET while promoting the film Cellular, explaining how he wouldn’t hesitate to use connections to help his daughters in the entertainment business if they wanted to explore that path. He remarked: “One can help your children in this business, and the nepotism works, and I have no problems with it. If I can give them a leg up, I absolutely would. It’s a great way to make a living. It really is.”

In an interview earlier this year with Men’s Journal, Macy noted the best advice he received was to not lie, explaining: “It’s the cheapest way to go. Lies cost you a lot, and they’re never worth what they cost.” 

Loughlin’s old comments bubbled up as well

One 2017 video featuring Loughlin and daughter Olivia Jade has also resurfaced, in which the two discuss, among other things, the lyric “England is my city” in Jake Paul’s “It’s Everyday Bro video.” Loughlin notes: “If you would have said, ‘England is my city,’ I would say, ‘Why did I pay all this money for your education?’”

A 2018 tweet from Loughlin is likely to haunt her as well, in which she noted: “There are more important things than money. Like doing the right thing. Words to live by.”