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Hallmark cuts ties with Lori Loughlin after college admissions scandal  1 Week ago

Source:   USA Today  

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.

Despite the show's success, Hallmark said they will not air "When Calls the Heart" Sunday amid the scandal, leaving the remainder of the season up in the air. 

"We are evaluating all creative options related to the 'When Calls the Heart' series," the network told USA TODAY in a statement. 

On Friday, Hallmark added a post reassuring fans it was not canceling the series. And by then, Loughlin had been scrubbed from promotional photos like the banner on the show’s Facebook page.

“Hearties, we assure you that Hallmark Channel has no plans to cancel 'When Calls the Heart,' " the networks promised. "Hope Valley has many more stories left to share and we will let you know the details soon."

The drama series films in Canada, where a judge has allowed Loughlin to travel for work until she's to surrender her passport in December, unless further ordered by the court. 

Most recently, Loughlin was in the middle of production of the latest chapter of "Garage Sale Mysteries," a movie franchise on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries that the company also dropped Thursday. 

Her other projects for Hallmark included 2016's "Every Christmas Has a Story" and 2018's "Homegrown Christmas," the most-watched non sports cable program the week it aired.

Loughlin has also appeared on the "Full House" reboot "Fuller House," on Netflix, which was recently renewed for a fifth and final season. The streaming service declined to comment on Loughlin's status on the series, but did note that production for the final season has not begun. 

Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade had a similar blow on Thursday when Sephora and TRESemme announced they were no longer working with the social media influencer. 

Olivia Jade had a longtime Instagram partnership with the cosmetics powerhouse, introducing the $28 Olivia Jade Sephora Bronze & Illuminate Palette with the Sephora Collection in December. However, a rep for the retailer, Emily Shapiro, issued a statement from the company to USA TODAY that said their working relationship was finished.

"After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately," the statement read. Her palette is no longer listed on Sephora.com. 

Hair product company TRESemme followed suit, announcing that they are no longer working with Olivia Jade.

Just last month, Olivia Jade shared an Instagram post sponsored by TRESemme in which the beauty vlogger showcased her "fave products." She added the hashtag "#trespartner."

Olivia Jade has also partnered with Amazon, Smile Direct Club, Clinique, Windsor, Dolce & Gabbana, Conair, Boohoo and Princess Polly on Instagram in the past year. Her future with each company remains unclear. 

However, the teen's December collaboration with Australian fashion boutique Princess Polly appears to have been pulled from their website, suggesting another lost sponsorship. 

"Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman was also charged in connection with the sweeping $25 million scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and insiders at college testing centers to help get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country.

 

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