Hallmark Channel cuts ties with Lori Loughlin following arrest

Sergio Cunningham
March 15, 2019

The Hallmark Channel brings to mind holidays, happy endings and now, incongruously, a college admissions scam that involves one of the channel's favored actresses.

One day before Crown Media Family's decision, a USA federal court judge granted Loughlin permission to return to British Columbia to continue working on her Hallmark projects. That's because USA Today is reporting that Hallmark Channel's parent company has dropped Loughlin from any and all future projects.

"We are saddened by the recent allegations surrounding the college admissions allegations", the statement reads.

Hallmark has chose to cut ties with actress Lori Loughlin - the longtime face of its cable channel - following her arrest in the ongoing college bribery scandal. In February, the season six premiere of "When Calls the Heart" was watched by a series-best 2.5 million viewers, putting it behind only "The Walking Dead" in Sunday night cable dramas.

Hallmark Channel released a public statement announcing their separation with Loughlin.

Lori Loughlin's "Full House" character took part in a school scam
The FBI reportedly recorded phone calls in which Loughlin discussed the scheme with a cooperating witness and Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman .

Loughlin was taken into custody by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Los Angeles early Wednesday after being one of over 40 people charged in a college admissions cheating scam, including her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.

Federal authorities allege that Giannulli, Loughlin and other wealthy individuals paid a combined $25 million to bribe college coaches and administrators to doctor test results and falsify athletic records for their children. While the elite school bribery scheme indicted Loughlin is fired from the show, the Michael Landon Jr. developed series based on Janette Oake's books is absolutely not cancelled, I hear. Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were allowed to put their house up as collateral to secure the bond according to TMZ. The couple faces charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Giannulli and Loughlin are accused of paying a $500,000 bribe to have their daughters listed as potential recruits for the University of Southern California's crew team, even though neither played the sport.

Loughlin has reportedly been arrested for her alleged involvement in a scam that helped her daughters get into USC.

Felicity Huffman appeared exhausted and emotional in court yesterday.

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