Fans of Lori Laughlin Hallmark shows such as When Calls The Heart and Garage Sale Mysteries have to say goodbye. The channel that promotes hometown values has cut all ties with the actress. Lori was arrested in the college bribe scheme. Fans should not expect to see her on the channel anytime soon. This is what we know so far.
Lori Loughlin’s Special Deal
On Tuesday, Lori Laughlin was indicted in the college admissions bribing scheme. She and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli were charged with bribing officials with $500,000. The actress, who was best known as Aunt Becky, had been in the Vancouver area, filming the latest installment of Garage Sale Mysteries. She was arrested on arrival and was let out on $1 million dollar bail.
Judge Steve Kim made an exception for her, and allowed Lori to keep her passport until December. This would allow the actress to continue working. She had many scheduled Hallmark roles from March through November. The stipulation was that she could travel in the states or the Vancouver area. As she is no longer with Hallmark, there is no information on whether she now needs to surrender her passport.
Hallmark Channel is severing ties with Lori Loughlin: "We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin" https://t.co/S8oOpEvZqY #CollegeCheatingScandal pic.twitter.com/WZV6ilywMQ
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) March 14, 2019
Lori Loughlin Was The Face Of Hallmark
Lori Loughlin is easily one of the most popular faces of Hallmark. She has filmed nearly 20 Garage Sale Mysteries, six seasons of WCTH, and a cornucopia of stand alone movies for the popular channel. It would be safe to say that she is one of the top three actresses on the channel.
On Wednesday, Hallmark spokeswoman, Pam Slay, had spoken to the New York Daily News on the future status of Lori Loughlin. She confirmed that Loughlin still worked for the channel, and the official line was that “Crown Media Family Networks is aware of the situation and is monitoring developments as they arise.”
By Thursday, Hallmark dropped all ties to Loughlin. According to TV Line, fans on social media demanded the dismissal of Lori Loughlin from the channel. They certainly listened, as Hallmark made a formal statement explaining that they cut ties with Lori. Lori will not be returning to Hallmark for any reason.
“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 that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third party production.”
"Hallmark has also pulled When Calls the Heart from its schedule for Sunday, March 17 and is "evaluating all creative options" related to the series, the network said."https://t.co/GadPcSMAKD
— Elena Ladd Han (@ElenaLaddHan) March 14, 2019
Hallmark Pulls When Calls The Heart
Hallmark has taken this removal of Lori Loughlin quite seriously. They have even pulled the March 17 planned airing of a new Season 6 episode of When Calls The Heart. Lori is currently a season regular, playing Abigail Stanton.
According to TV Series Finale, there is no information on when the show will continue airing. Instead, the Hallmark spokesperson informed them that “We are evaluating all creative options related to When Calls the Heart series.”
This could mean many things. They may decide to shelve the series until a later time. Perhaps Hallmark could decide to change the storyline and kill off Loughlin’s character. Maybe Hallmark has a third option, and they are now scrambling to make that work. For the channel to shelve such a big show demonstrates how serious Hallmark is about Loughlin’s charges related to the college bribery scandal.
Garage Sale Mysteries Gone From Website
Lori’s big mystery series, Garage Sale Mysteries is no longer even mentioned on the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries page. There is no longer any sort of reference to the series, not even a photo. Anyone making a search will discover that there are no Garage Sale Mysteries movies airing anytime soon. Hallmark has not made a formal announcement on whether they have pulled this show, but it does appear that the channel has deleted any trace of this popular mystery series.
What About Fuller House On Netflix?
Fuller House will end with Season 5. Will Aunt Becky be back for that finale? Lori has already filmed her bit parts for the show. Fans should expect to see her in the final season.
Page Six has noted that the cast of Full House has not said anything about Lori’s arrest. John Stamos, who played Jesse Katsopolis, said “no comment.” Bob Saget was on Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday evening, but Lori was never mentioned. Because of this scandal, they are avoiding talking about her.
Will Lori Loughlin Go To Trial?
Currently, only the parents charged will suffer the consequences of their illegal involvement. Lori’s case will probably not go to trial. Prosecutors believe that the students were unaware of any illegal activity. Because of this, they may end up saving themselves a bit.
Many could easily dispute this claim. Court documents revealed a lot of interesting information. When they took their college entrance tests, students were told to act stupid. This could buy them extra testing time.
Lori Loughlin’s daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Rose Giannulli, were even photographed in rowing machines. They were admitted into USC as members of the rowing team. Neither student is on the USC rowing team. Because of this, you have to wonder how they pulled it off.
Speaking of Olivia Jade, she has had her own career woes after the scandal. Sephora has dumped her highlighter palette after negative online reviews. It is unclear if she will ever regain her online influencer status after this scandal. There is some irony in the midst of this story. Her parents were willing to cheat to get her into school, yet Olivia Jade demonstrated that she was doing pretty well on her own. She was savvy enough to build an incredible online following, something only a few marketers could ever accomplish. She could probably teach her own marketing class.
Do you think that Hallmark was right to fire Lori Loughlin, or do you think that she should have remained on the channel? Do you think it was right that they pulled When Comes The Heart? What do you think will happen to WCTH or Garage Sale Mysteries? Please share your comments and opinions below. She currently appears on Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart Season 6 and fans will miss her.
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