Hallmark Channel cuts ties with Lori Loughlin following arrest

  • Hallmark Channel cuts ties with Lori Loughlin following arrest

Hallmark Channel cuts ties with Lori Loughlin following arrest

Lori Loughlin in a courtroom sketch in Los Angeles on Wednesday. She's been among its so-called "Christmas queens" toplining a slate of popular holiday movies, and also starred in the ongoing "Garage Sale Mysteries" movies and the series "When Calls the Heart". Asked about Hallmark's success, Crown Media CEO Bill Abbott told The Washington Post that in an "undeniably contentious" national environment, "we are a place you can go and feel good".

The channel's parent company, Crown Media Family Networks, issued a statement Thursday revealing it has stopped development of all productions involving the "Fuller House" star.

Loughlin's career and the Hallmark Channel were deeply intertwined. The company said it has severed its relationship with Loughlin.

Loughlin was taken into custody by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents in Los Angeles early Wednesday after being one of over 40 people charged in a college admissions cheating scam, including her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli. "When Calls the Heart" tapes in Canada, and a judge ordered Loughlin's passport to be surrendered in December after grudgingly allowing her to cross the border for work until then. Garage Sale Mystery: Three Little Murders was set to wrap filming on March 21, one week before Loughlin's next scheduled appearance in federal court in Boston on Mar. 29. She allegedly paid $15,000 for the college consultant company to help her elder daughter cheat on her college placement exams and was released on $250,000 bail. According to multiple reports, the actress landed at LAX on Tuesday during her husband's court hearing. That show has been renewed for a fifth and final season and word is that Loughlin has already filmed her scenes for that show.

Loughlin and her husband are accused of paying a $500,000 bribe to have their two daughters, the elder of whom is a YouTube star and social media influencer, labeled as rowers to get into the University of Southern California. This, though neither child had participated in the sport. It was not clear if their other daughter, Isabella, has attended the university.