Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Hallmark severs ties with Lori Loughlin after college admissions scandal

Hallmark severs ties with Lori Loughlin after college admissions scandal

The Hallmark Channel's parent company, Crown Media, has made a decision to sever its relationship with Lori Loughlin after federal authorities charged the actress in connection with an elite nationwide college cheating scheme this week.

On Wednesday, Loughlin returned to Los Angeles to surrender to federal authorities, and was released to continue her work in Vancouver after posting a $1 million bond.

Even though Loughlin has not submitted a plea to the charges yet, Crown Media and its affiliate networks have cut ties with the actress, halting production and development of any new projects with Loughlin, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations", the statement read. She starred in the network's period drama "When Calls the Heart", beginning in 2014 and regularly appeared on "Garage Sale Mysteries", a series of crime drama flicks made for television, along with a number of Christmas movies for the channel. The most recent entry in the franchise, Murder in D Minor, premiered last August on the Hallmark Channel.

Crown Media also added that the series, "When Calls the Heart", will not be airing on Sunday, March 17.

Loughlin and the Hallmark Channel were deeply intertwined.

While Hallmark has taken a wait-and-see attitude on Loughlin, there's more at issue than whether her appeal survives.

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.

Mossimo Giannulli and Lori Loughlin in April 2015. And if you don't, they rein you back in and say, 'You have to follow. Giannulli was arrested on Tuesday an arraigned. While the elite school bribery scheme indicted Loughlin is fired from the show, the Michael Landon Jr. developed series based on Janette Oake's books is absolutely not cancelled, I hear. Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, despite that neither girl ever rowed crew. It was not clear if their other daughter, Isabella, has attended the university.

Felicity Huffman appeared exhausted and emotional in court yesterday.

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