Everywhere you look, everywhere you go, there’s a scam (there’s a scam!), a bribe to hold on to. Lori Loughlin, who was one of the many rich people indicted by the U.S. Attorney for their alleged involved in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, will not be appearing in the upcoming fifth and final season of Fuller House. Various Netflix sources confirmed to THR that there are “no plans” for Loughlin’s beloved character, Aunt Becky, to return in a recurring capacity. (She had appeared in about 20 percent of the show’s total episodes.) This follows the decision of the Hallmark Channel — by all means Loughlin’s main creative home for the last decade — to cut ties with the actress following the scandal.
“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” Hallmark said in a statement. “We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions.” Loughlin was a main character on the long-running drama series When Calls the Heart, and also appeared in numerous Garage Sale Mysteries films. She was also a staple in the network’s colossal slate of Christmas films every year.
Earlier this week, it became public knowledge that Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly paid bribes up to $500,000 to an “admissions consultant” who helped fraudulently present their two daughters as crew team recruits for the University of Southern California. Loughlin appeared in Los Angeles federal court on Wednesday, where she was released on a $1 million bail. Her next court appearance is set for March 29 in Boston.