The Hallmark Channel brings to mind holidays, happy endings and now, incongruously, a college admissions scam that involves one of the channel's favored actresses. Many fans noted expressed in the scandal's wake that they were ambivalent or uncomfortable watching Loughlin on screen now, while others sprung to her defense.
Even though Loughlin has not submitted a plea to the charges yet, Crown Media and its affiliate networks have cut ties with the actress, halting production and development of any new projects with Loughlin, according to The Hollywood Reporter.More news: 'Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett enters not guilty plea
Crown Media Family Networks, the company that owns the Hallmark cable channel, stopped working with its "Garage Sale Mysteries" star, Lori Loughlin, after she was charged in a college admissions scandal, it said on Thursday.
Hallmark announced it was cutting ties with the face of its made-for-TV movies earlier Thursday, and later said the When Calls The Heart premiere would not air on Sunday, March 17 as previously scheduled.
Loughlin and the Hallmark Channel were deeply intertwined. She was later released on a $1 million bond and put up her home for collateral as part of the bond.More news: Avengers: Endgame harks back to MCU's early days
"The company does not now have a relationship with either of them", the company said in a statement to CNN. The series was filming in Canada at the time Loughlin, 54, was indicted.
Then came Tuesday's bombshell government allegation that Loughlin and her husband were among more than 30 parents who paid a consultant to ensure their offspring's place in college with bribes and falsified exams. Prosecutors allege the couple paid $500,000 to have their daughters labeled as crew-team recruits at the University of Southern California, although neither is a rower.
Olivia Giannulli, the 19-year-old daughter of "Full House" actress Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli, is a social media "influencer" who goes by the name Olivia Jade online.More news: Volkswagen to Launch 70 Electric Cars by 2028
Loughlin has reportedly been arrested for her alleged involvement in a scam that helped her daughters get into USC. Loughlin was arrested in California in Wednesday and appeared in court.