The Hallmark Channel's parent company, Crown Media, has chose to sever its relationship with Lori Loughlin after federal authorities charged the actress in connection with an elite nationwide college cheating scheme this week.
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Actress Lori Laughlin and her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli at an event for Crown Media Family Networks, which owns the Hallmark Channel, in Beverly Hills, California, in 2015. That's because USA Today is reporting that Hallmark Channel's parent company has dropped Loughlin from any and all future projects.
"We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations", the company said in a statement. She's been among its so-called "Christmas queens" who topline a slate of popular holiday movies, and also starred in the ongoing "Garage Sale Mysteries" movies and the series "When Calls the Heart". The most recent entry in the franchise, Murder in D Minor, premiered last August on the Hallmark Channel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hallmark has severed all ties with the When Calls the Heart co-star following her arrest.
On Thursday, Hallmark Channel issued a statement distancing itself from Loughlin, who was arrested on Wednesday and charged with multiple iterations of mail fraud. She was taken into custody Tuesday and released the same night.
Federal authorities allege that Giannulli, Loughlin and other wealthy individuals paid a combined $25 million to bribe college coaches and administrators to doctor test results and falsify athletic records for their children.
Garage Sale Mystery: Three Little Murders was due to wrap production on March 21. And if you don't, they rein you back in and say, 'You have to follow. The series was filming in Canada at the time Loughlin, 54, was indicted.
"[They] agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the [University of Southern California (USC)] crew team-despite the fact that they did not participate in crew-thereby facilitating their admission to USC", court documents said.
Loughlin has not yet entered a plea in the case, and her attorney declined comment Wednesday after her first appearance in a Los Angeles federal court.