As the cast prepares for the fifth and final season of “Fuller House”, the experience is bittersweet in more ways than one.
As Andrea Barber explains, she and the other stars of Netflix’s “Full House” revival are not just mourning the show coming to an end, they’re also coming to terms with doing it without longtime co-star Lori Loughlin, who was fired after she and husband Mossimo Giannulli were hit with multiple felony charges for their roles in the college bribery scandal.
Speaking with Us Weekly‘s “Watch With Us” podcast, Barber — who’s reprising her “Full House” role of Kimmy Gibbler in the reboot — shares her complicated feelings about Loughlin being axed after she allegedly paid a $500,000 bribe in order to ensure her daughters’ acceptance into UCLA.
“It’s very sad,” Barber, 43, says of Loughlin, 55.
“She was a big part of ‘Fuller House’. She wasn’t in every episode, but her presence was definitely felt,” Barber adds. “We loved every single time she came on the set. So we have definitely felt her absence this season.”
While this is obviously an outcome that nobody in the cast expected, she says they’re all feeling the loss of their longtime co-star.
“We wish it wasn’t that way, and we wish she could be here because it definitely feels like there’s a hole in our hearts and a hole on our set,” Barber admits. “But we understand that this is the decision that was made, and we respect it. But she’s always in our hearts forever. Every time we step on stage, she’s in our hearts.”
Loughlin and Giannulli entered pleas of not guilty to multiple felony charges, inluding conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, honest services mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
If found guilty, Loughlin and Giannulli could face up to 40 years behind bars.