Lori Loughlin has been ousted by Hallmark’s parent company, Crown Media, after she was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with a sweeping college admissions scheme.
On Wednesday, Loughlin appeared in court and was released on a $1 million bail. She and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly agreed to pay $500,000 to guarantee their two daughters – Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose – admission to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, though neither was an athlete.
By Thursday, the scandal had impacted Loughlin’s career, with Crown Media announcing it was cutting ties with the “Full House” star, who had long been a staple on its networks.
“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,” Crown Media Family Networks said in a statement sent to USA TODAY.
Loughlin, 54, played Abigail Stanton on the the Hallmark Channel’s drama “When Calls the Heart,” which captured a series-best 2.5 million viewers during February’s Season 6 premiere, finishing second to “The Walking Dead” in Sunday night cable dramas.