One day after her arrest and subsequent release on bail for her involvement in the college admissions scandal known as Operation Varsity Blues, Lori Loughlin has been released from the Hallmark Channel. She had been the star of a series of TV movies called Garage Sale Mystery as well as a principal cast member on the show When Calls the Heart. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hallmark said in a statement, “We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations.” The network added, “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.”
Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid $500,000 to an “admissions consultant” named William Rick Singer who helped to fraudulently present their daughters as crew-team recruits for the University of Southern California. They don’t actually row at all, and one of the daughters, Olivia Jade, is a known YouTube influencer. More than 40 people were indicted in connection with the fraud ring by federal authorities, including Felicity Huffman and entertainment executive Bill McGlashan. The investigation spanned activity from 2011 to 2019 and stretched across six states.