Lori Loughlin Reportedly Cut From 'Fuller House' Amidst College Cheating Scandal
Netflix is reportedly dropping Lori Loughlin's character from the popular sitcom, 'Fuller House'.
Loughlin was revealed to be one of 50 people indicted this week in a college admissions bribery scandal, along with her husband Mossimo Giannulli, and actors Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy.
The 54-year-old actor currently plays Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis (a.k.a. Aunt Becky) on Fuller House, the Netflix reboot of the iconic '80s/'90s sitcom, Full House.
The fifth and final season of the show is set to air later this year -- but the streaming service is reportedly cutting Aunt Becky from the script following Loughlin's arrest.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, "production won't be impacted by Loughlin's legal issues as there are no current plans for her to return".
Netflix and Warner Horizon Television have not officially commented on Loughlin's alleged involvement in the scandal or her future on Fuller House.
Loughlin's co-stars have remained tight-lipped amidst the widespread coverage of the alleged scheme, although John Stamos seemed to allude to the drama on Instagram, posting a cute video of his one-year-old son, Billy.
"For those of us who just need a good smile right now xo," the actor wrote.
Stamos' co-star Candace Cameron-Bure, who plays DJ Tanner on Fuller House, replied: "I definitely needed this right now".
Earlier this week, the Hallmark channel announced it would be ending its relationship with Loughlin following allegations she and her husband committed fraud to secure placements for their daughters -- Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli -- at the University of Southern California as rowing recruits.
“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations," Hallmark's parent company wrote 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,” the Hallmark parent company said in a statement, per Variety.
Brands including Sephora have also distanced themselves from Loughlin's daughter Jade -- an influencer with 1.4 million Instagram followers -- following news of the university admissions scandal.
Loughlin was arrested by FBI agents on Tuesday and appeared before a federal court in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon, facing a charge of mail fraud in connection to the scheme nicknamed 'Operation Varsity Blues' by investigators.
She and her husband were released on $US1 million bail each and are due to appear before a federal court in Boston on March 29.
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