Hallmark will not touch Lori Loughlin with a 10-foot pole.
The channel told ET Canada they are cutting all ties with Loughlin following her arrest in a college bribery scandal. “We are saddened by the recent allegations surrounding the college admissions allegations,” said a rep for Crown Media Family Networks, the parent company of Hallmark.
“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,” the statement continued. Those productions include “Garage Sale Mysteries”.
And while nothing official has been announced, it appears likely she’ll be written out of Hallmark Channel’s period drama “When Calls the Heart”, with Deadline reporting that Hallmark Channel is putting the show on hold for the time being — which includes pulling the upcoming March 17 episode off its schedule while producers seek “creative solutions” for what to do with her character, Abigail Station.
According to a source, the Vancouver-shot series is “absolutely not cancelled,” but “all options are being explored on how to take the already filmed episodes forward without Loughlin.”
Loughlin and her husband, along with “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and others, are among those accused of paying large bribes to get their children ahead in colleges. News of the FBI’s investigation “Operation Varsity Blues” was made public on Tuesday.
Loughlin and her husband are accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as rowers, despite prosecutors claiming neither daughter has ever competed in the sport.
Other wealthy parents under investigation are accused of paying between $200,000 and $6.5 million to admit their children into elite universities such as Yale and Stanford. Everything from fake SAT scores to fraudulent athletic recruitments are on the table.