Cut it out! When Calls the Heart is making its way back to the Hallmark Channel on Sunday, May 5, but sorry, folks, you will not see Lori Loughlin on your TV screens. Why? Well, because she literally was cut out. The 54-year-old’s character, Abigail Stanton, a.k.a. the Mayor of Hope Valley, has appeared in the show since 2014. Unfortunately, due to Lori’s involvement in the nation-wide college admissions scandal, Hallmark decided to end their relationship with the mom-of-two, once and for all. “ We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” the Crown Media said in a statement. “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.”
On Wednesday, April 10, Executive producer Brian Bird took to Instagram to share the news of the show’s return from their break which consisted of evaluating “all creative options” for the show. “Life throws all of us painful curveballs, and the only way to survive is to walk right through them with courage, grace, a forgiving spirit, and most of all, hope. Many of you have wondered what the future holds for our cast and crew, and for the citizens of Hope Valley. Your care and concern means the world to us, and the best way we can thank you is to encourage you the way you encourage us because … Hope always lives here.”
Aunt Becky is also reportedly not expected to return to Netflix’s Fuller House, but don’t worry, the Tanners still have her back. Have mercy? After the scandal broke, Lori’s co-star Candace Cameron Bure, who plays D.J. Tanner on Fuller House, expressed her love and support for her friend on The Today Show. “It’s too personal to us and we would never want to talk about someone that’s such a dear and close friend,” Candace, 43, revealed. “I’ve already said that we are family and we stand by each other and pray for each other and we’ll always be there for each other.” As for her other castmates? Well, Michelle Tanner would probably say: “You’re in big trouble, mister.”
In case you missed it, the 90210 alum and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were indicted on March 12 after they allegedly agreed to “pay bribes totaling 500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters [20-year-old daughter Isabella and 19-year-old daughter Olivia] designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.” But that’s not all. On Tuesday, April 9, the couple were hit with new money laundering charges, after they rejected a plea deal. Now, however, Lori is “looking at a possible 21-year prison sentence,” State and federal criminal defense attorney Lou Shapiro revealed to Us Weekly.
The actress really is not doing too well, and it’s pretty visible. A source recently told In Touch that “Lori is losing weight. She looks skinnier than ever. It’s not good. The case is definitely getting to her.” Hey, at least this will all be over … one day.