Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Hallmark cuts ties with Lori Loughlin following arrest

Hallmark cuts ties with Lori Loughlin following arrest

The Hallmark Channel has announced it is cutting ties with Lori Loughlin, who starred in the network's show When Calls the Heart, after she was arrested on a charge of mail fraud in connection with the widespread college admissions bribery scheme. You could count on seeing her in Christmas movies, too. Her daughter, the social media influencer Olivia Jade, lost her Sephora partnership, and now it seems that Loughlin's own contracts are being reassessed.

Actress Lori Loughlin may be free on bail following her arrest over her role in the ongoing "Operation Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal, but that doesn't mean her troubles were over.

Loughlin is a big presence for Hallmark and its Crown Media Family Networks channels that include the flagship Hallmark Channel.

Federal law enforcement officials went to Loughlin's home in Los Angeles on Tuesday and discovered she was out of the country, according to TMZ. The network doesn't specify if they'll continue to air the current season of When Calls the Heart but it seems likely that they will.

Felicity Huffman ("Desperate Housewives, " "American Crime") was among the other prominent parents, including a lawyer, doctor and a venture capitalist, indicted in the scam.

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Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli accused of paying a USA $500,000 bribe to have their two daughters - the youngest being YouTube star and social media influencer Olivia Jade Giannulli- labelled as rowers to get into the University of Southern California.

Loughlin surrendered to law enforcement Wednesday, one day after the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced it indicted dozens of people allegedly involved in the scam. "We are aware of the situation and are monitoring developments as they arise", the channel said. It has fostered local and state ties and shown a resistance to any hint of controversy.

Hallmark Cards, the Kansas City, Missouri, enterprise started in 1910, has moved quickly before to respond to any flare-ups, such as in when it removed a gift wrap from circulation after one person complained of seeing a swastika in its pattern. Loughlin's publicist declined comment Thursday on Hallmark's decision to drop her.

She's among the so-called "Christmas queens" who topline a slate of popular holiday movies.

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