THR has confirmed that Hallmark Channel is severing ties with Lori Loughlin after the actress was arrested in a college admissions bribery scandal.
Recall that the When Calls the Heart actress and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among almost 50 people indicted in a nationwide college admissions scandal, in which prosecutors alleged families paid bribes to college officials and fabricated standardized test scores to gain admissions into schools including Yale, Stanford and the University of Southern California.
Now, Hallmark parent Crown Media said Thursday in a statement that, “We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin, including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third-party production.”
Hallmark has also pulled When Calls the Heart from its schedule for this Sunday and is “evaluating all creative options” related to the series, the network said.
When Calls the Heart, in its sixth season, averages better than 2 million viewers for initial airings.