Lori Loughlin loses Hallmark Channel role after collegiate arrest


The actress starred in Hallmark's "When Calls the Heart" TV series and in the "Garage Sale Mystery" series.

Hallmark Channel cuts ties with Lori Loughlin after arresting the actress in a corruption scandal at a college.

Loughlin, star of the cableur series When is the heart calling and in the Mystery garage sale TV series, will no longer work with the network, said Crown Media's parent company, Crown Media, on Thursday. Loughlin has also appeared in several popular Hallmark Christmas films.

"We are saddened by recent news regarding allegations of college admissions," the company said. "We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin and have stopped the development of all of the productions on Loran Loughlin's Crown Media Family Network, including: Mysteries of the garage sale, independent third-party production.

Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Gianulli, were among about fifty charged in a national college admissions scandal, in which prosecutors alleged that families had paid bribes to women. University officials and manufactured standardized test scores to be admitted to colleges, including Yale, Stanford and the University of Southern California.

Actress Felicity Huffman, Hollywood investor Bill McGlashan and several college coaches and sport administrators are also being sued. William "Rick" Singer, who ran a college readiness business in Newport Beach, Calif., Pleaded guilty to racketeering charges in connection with the scam.

Loughlin was arrested Wednesday and released on bail of one million dollars. One condition of her release was that she could go to Vancouver for work; both When is the heart calling and the Mystery garage sale movies are filming in and around the Canadian city.

Gianulli and Loughlin reportedly paid US $ 500,000 to USC via Singer to have their daughters named as recruits to the school's crew – even though none of them rowed – to guarantee their admission. Prosecutors said their daughters Olivia and Isabella Gianulli posed for photos on rowing machines. According to court documents, other parents have also made sports achievements for their children.

When is the heart calling is currently broadcasting its sixth season. At the time of publication, a new episode had yet to air as planned Sunday. The series has an average over 2 million viewers in the first broadcasts.

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