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Hallmark axes Lori Loughlin following college bribery arrest

15 March 2019

Loughlin was one of dozens of people to be charged in the ongoing college admissions scandal, with prosecutors accusing her of paying her daughters' way into the University of Southern California.

Loughlin was now involved in the Garage Sale Mysteries movie series and When Calls the Heart, which is in its sixth season.

The company distanced itself from Loughlin in a statement on Thursday, saying it was "saddened" by the allegations she's facing.

As Loughlin faces a federal indictment, Crown Media said that is "no longer working with" her and that it has halted development of all its productions involving her, including "Garage Sale Mysteries", even though the series is made by an independent third party.

On Wednesday, the "Full House" star was taken into custody over her alleged connection to the scheme.

Technology giant Hewlett Packard also removed an ad featuring Loughlin and daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19.

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Loughlin, who was on the cast of the hit 90s sitcom "Full House", is accused of spending $500,000 in bribes to help her two daughters gain admission into USC.

"I wanted to thank you again for 91 your great work with [our older daughter], she is very excited and both Lori and I are very appreciative of your efforts and end result!"

One day after receiving the go-ahead to return to Vancouver and resume filming her various Hallmark Channel projects, Lori Loughlin has been dumped by the company. Their lawyer has declined comment. Her 2018 holiday movie, "Homegrown Christmas", was the most-watched non-sports cable program the week it aired.

The New York City native with a sunny smile proved a good fit for the channel that specializes in romantic dramas and comedies with a wholesome touch, while her media-friendly personality allowed her to expertly tout her shows on her website and in TV appearances. When Calls the Heart, which stars Loughlin as a schoolteacher in a turn-of-the-century Canadian coal town, is now airing its sixth season. But the white-collar crime Loughlin is accused of is akin to that of another unlikely scofflaw: Martha Stewart, who was convicted in 2004 of obstructing justice and lying to the government about a stock sale.

"There are other actresses out there, whether they find or develop another to replace her", said Ries.

Hallmark axes Lori Loughlin following college bribery arrest