Thursday, May 30, 2024

Lori Loughlin Gets Fired by Hallmark Hall of Fame in All Their Businesses, Actress Punished for Arrest in College Admissions Scandal


Lori Loughlin has been fired from Hallmark Hall of Fame and all her businesses with them. Loughlin stars in a series there called “When Calls the Heart.” She even got the judge to let her return to Vancouver to film more episodes, but it seems like that may be over. She also specials for them. That’s over, too.

Loughlin, of course, was arrested and charged with bribing college officials this week on behalf of her daughter, who didn’t want to go to college in the first place. Loughlin and her husband paid $500,000 to bribe college officials for both of their daughters. (You’ve read the whole story ad nauseum.)

Hallmark aka Crown Media said the following: “We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” the company said. “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.”

This is the first wave of many for the parents of all the kids who allegedly bribed officials and will now stand trial or plead out. For the bankers and lawyers it won’t be so public. For Loughlin and husband Massimo Gianulli, who owns the Massimo fashion line, and for actors Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, the waves could turn very nasty.

I hope they don’t, especially for the Macys. Their share of this mess– $15,000– is paltry, and they may have more of an explanation at some point. The Macys don’t live a high life. While many actors change as they become more successful, they have remained– at least on the surface– reasonable and still human. There has to be something else to this story.

Loughlin paid half a million dollars. On top of that, her daughter Olivia seems just awful. It’s ironic. Loughlin came from nothing, working class background in Happauge, Long Island. She got a job on “Edge of Night” at age 15 and parlayed that into a huge career via “Full House.” Gianulli is very wealthy and seems self-made. They completely misunderstood the American dream. They turned it into a nightmare.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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