Hallmark drops Lori Loughlin over ‘bribes’

Brunilde Fioravanti
Marzo 17, 2019

The actress, who was released on $1 million bond after being arrested for her alleged connection to a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal, is no longer featured in promotional images for the brand. The girls' parents, along with other wealthy individuals, have been named in a fraud investigation.

According to TMZ, a "well-placed production" source said that Aunt Becky will not be written into the fifth season of "Fuller House".

The scandal has been hard for both girls, but particularly Olivia.

Martin Cummins and Lori Loughlin appear in an episode of Hallmark Channel's "When Calls the Heart".

Rumors swirled that Olivia Jade dropped out of USC amid the controversy, though the school confirmed to Newsweek she was still enrolled.

Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli joked in a vlog post previous year that she was "literally never at school", as the young YouTube star's past videos draw new scrutiny amid a massive college admissions scandal that resulted in Loughlin's arrest this week. Olivia, an established YouTube influencer, has already lost one of her business ties, Sephora, because of the controversy. A Sephora rep told TMZ, "After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately".

The Hallmark Channel was swift in firing Loughlin in the wake of the scandal, explaining on Twitter: "We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. They love their parents dearly and realize they only wanted the best for them but they are starting to realize how very serious the charges [against] their parents are at their expense", the source said. "They are average students". My sister goes to the same school and we are pretty much inseparable, so it was nice following in her footsteps in a little bit.

"So nearly every other adult, both cast and crew, I have reached out to [the kids] to make sure that they are okay", the insider continues. Their focus was never about getting straight As. Olivia always talks about her vlog. "She never really understood why she needs to go to school". The university further noted it would "deny admission to applicants in the current admissions cycle who are connected to the alleged scheme" and that it has "initiated a case-by-case review of current students and graduates who may be connected to the alleged scheme".

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