Lori Loughlin has been dropped from Netflix's Fuller House after she was charged in this week's massive college bribery scandal. Loughlin, who has pl
Lori Loughlin has been dropped from Netflix’s Fuller House after she was charged in this week’s massive college bribery scandal.
Loughlin, who has played Aunt Becky on the original Full House as well as Netflix’s revival, will not return for the show’s fifth season.
A production source told TMZ that Loughlin was a guest star during the previous four seasons and ‘there are currently no plans for her to return to the fifth season’.
The news come hours after it was revealed the Hallmark Channel was cutting ties with Loughlin, who allegedly paid $500,000 to get her daughters into USC.
Lori Loughlin has been dropped from Netflix’s Fuller House after she was charged in this week’s massive college bribery scandal
The news broke just hours after it was revealed Loughlin’s daughters Olivia Jade, 19, (left) and Isabella Rose, 20, (right) have decided to withdraw from the University of Southern California
Loughlin’s daughters Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella Rose, 20, also decided to withdraw from the University of Southern California on Thursday.
Sources told TMZ that the girls were afraid they would be ‘viciously bullied’ if they returned to the Los Angeles school.
Olivia had been enjoying spring break on a yacht owned by Rick Caruso, the chairman of USC’s Board of Trustees, when news of her mother’s indictment broke.
But now the former YouTube star, who was dropped by both Sephora and Tresemme on Thursday, ‘is a mess and despondent’, one source said.
The teen is ‘feeling like it’s the end of the world’, they added.
The girls (pictured in December) made the decision two days after it was revealed Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli paid a $500,000 bribe to get them both in the school
Sources said Olivia and Isabella plan to ‘lay low’ and that Loughlin and Giannulli are in full support of their decision to withdraw from USC
Sources said Olivia and Isabella plan to ‘lay low’ and that Loughlin and Giannulli are in full support of their decision to withdraw from USC.
Both Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli each had to post $1million bail and put their family’s Bel Air home up as collateral after they were charged.
The girls have no immediate plans to try and enroll in another school, the source added.
Caruso confirmed to TMZ on Wednesday that Olivia had been with his daughter Gianna and several other friends on the billionaire’s yacht in the Bahamas when news of the college admissions scandal broke.
‘My daughter and a group of students left for spring break prior to the government’s announcement,’ he said on Wednesday.
Sources said that the girls fear they would be ‘viciously bullied’ if they returned to the Los Angeles school
Olivia had been enjoying spring break on a yacht (pictured) owned by Rick Caruso, the chairman of USC’s Board of Trustees, when news of her mother’s indictment broke
Caruso (left) confirmed that Olivia had been with his daughter, Gianna (center), and several other friends on the billionaire’s yacht in the Bahamas
‘Once we became aware of the investigation, the young woman decided it would be in her best interests to return home.’
USC officials had also confirmed on Wednesday that the school was reviewing the applications of students whose families were implicated in the bombshell college admissions scandal. Many wondered if Isabella and Olivia would be expelled.
Olivia has previously come under fire for admitting in her vlogs that she didn’t really care about school’ but wanted to experience game days and partying’.
And the teen revealed in a podcast interview that she hadn’t initially wanted to go to college but that her parents ‘really wanted me to go’.
But the scandal hasn’t just affected Olivia’s degree prospects. On Thursday Sephora confirmed that it was cutting ties with the teen.
Just last year, Olivia had released her own palette as part of a collaboration with the Sephora Collection.
‘After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,’ the brand told DailyMail.com in a statement.
Sephora ended its partnership with Olivia on Thursday, hours before sources confirmed she would not return to USC
Last year Olivia released her own palette as part of a collaboration with Sephora Collection
The decision comes after customers threatened to boycott Sephora stores if it didn’t cut ties with Olivia and remove all collaborative product from its shelves.
Sephora has not yet confirmed whether it will continue selling the Olivia Jade x Sephora Collection Bronze & Illuminate Palette in stores, however as of Thursday it had been pulled from the company’s website.
Australian fashion retailer Princess Polly, which has worked with Olivia Jade on a number of occasions in the past, also removed her dedicated page from its website on Thursday. The brand has not yet announced whether it has ended its partnership with the teen altogether.
Just hours after Sephora dropped Olivia, the Hallmark Channel announced it was cutting ties with Loughlin over the scandal.
Hallmark said it was ‘saddened’ by the allegations involving the actress and revealed on Thursday that the network would no longer be working with her.
It has also stopped development of all productions involving Loughlin.
Isabella was pictured returning to the family’s Bel Air home on Wednesday night
Prosecutors say the parents pretended that Olivia and Isabella (pictured returning home on Wednesday) rowed crew to pass them off as athletic recruits at the school
The former Full House star had been among the channel’s so-called ‘Christmas Queens’, starring in a slew of Hallmark’s popular holiday movies.
Loughlin also starred in the ongoing Garage Sale Mystery films, as well as the Hallmark Channel’s original series When Calls The Heart.
The show’s sixth season is currently airing on the channel, but Hallmark said a new episode will not air on Sunday as planned. There are seven episodes left in the season.
‘We are evaluating all creative options related to When Calls the Heart series,’ the channel said in the statement
The 54-year-old was shooting in Vancouver for the channel when news of the scandal broke. She flew back to Los Angeles on Tuesday to face charges.
While Giannulli had to surrender his passport to judges, Loughlin’s lawyers had asked that she be allowed to continue to travel to Vancouver for work – which was granted.
Loughlin and Giannulli were among 50 parents, along with actress Felicity Huffman, who were charged in what investigators have dubbed ‘Operation Varsity Blues’.
All three are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, a felony which carries a maximum sentence of five years behind bars.
William Rick Singer, the founder of Key Worldwide Foundation, had been identified as the alleged mastermind behind the scandal.
Many wondered if Isabella and Olivia would be expelled earlier this week after USC officials confirmed that the school was reviewing the applications of students whose families have been implicated in the bombshell college admissions scandal
Loughlin and Giannulli were among 50 parents, along with actress Felicity Huffman, who were charged in what investigators have dubbed ‘Operation Varsity Blues’
Charging documents claim that, since 2011, Singer has received $25million from parents to bribe individuals who could ‘designate their children as recruited athletes, or other favored admissions categories’.
Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly emailed Singer in 2016 about their daughters’ college prospects, stating that they wanted to do the necessary work to see that the girls got into USC as opposed to Arizona State University.
Emails obtained by investigators revealed that it was soon decided that bribes would be paid to have the girls recruited onto the crew team, despite the fact that they did not participate in the sport. Photos were even taken of the girls on rowing machines.
Dr Donna Heinel, USC’s senior associate athletic director, first presented Isabella as a potential athletic recruit and she was approved for conditional admission.
It was then asked that a check be sent to Heinel for $50,000 from Giannulli.
Isabella received her admission letter the following March, which was followed by another note requesting a donation of $200,000 to Key Worldwide Foundation.
Just hours after Olivia was dropped by Sephora, the Hallmark Channel announced it had cut ties with Loughlin after she was charged in the scandal.
Giannulli (left) was released on bond on Tuesday as was Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman (right), who has also been implicated in the scandal
This same exact process was then repeated with younger daughter Olivia, the documents claim.
Problems arose however when Olivia’s guidance counselor became curious as to how she managed to receive admission based on her involvement in crew when she did not even row.
Rick Singer is the ‘mastermind’ behind the scheme. He cooperated with the FBI and is facing a maximum of 65 years behind bars
At the same time, Loughlin complained that her daughter was having difficulty filling out her other college applications, prompting Singer to ask an employee to take care of the task.
This was done so as not to draw attention to the fact that it was already confirmed Olivia had received conditional admission to USC.
Then, at some point, there was a very heated and public altercation between Giannulli and the counselor, which elicited an email from Heinel asking that this not happen again in the future so as to avoid further detection.
Loughlin and Giannulli were later told by Singer to say they had given the $500,000 to the foundation to help ‘underserved kids’.
But everything began to fall apart in October 2018 when the IRS audited Key Worldwide and began to look into donations made by parents whose children were then admitted to USC.
Singer was charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
He has pleaded guilty and faces 65 years behind bars.
Loughlin’s husband put their home up as collateral for his bond to get out of jail on Tuesday
The Loughlins fly a USC flag next to a USA flag at their property (pictured). Now neither daughter will graduate with a degree from the university