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March 26, 2019

Hallmark Channel dumps Lori Loughlin due to college bribery scandal

March 14, 2019
Lori Loughlin in a publicity photo for the Hallmark show “When Calls the Heart.” (Eike Schroter/2014 / Courtesy of Crown Media)

Lori Loughlin’s cozy relationship with the cozy channel is no more.

The Hallmark Channel cut ties with the actress Thursday following her indictment and arrest in the college admissions bribery scandal rocking the country.

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In a statement, Hallmark’s entertainment company Crown Media expressed disappointment over allegations Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli paid $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to USC with fabricated athletic credentials.

In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, center, poses with daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, and Isabella Rose Giannulli at the 2019 "An Unforgettable Evening" in Beverly Hills, Calif.
In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, center, poses with daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, and Isabella Rose Giannulli at the 2019 “An Unforgettable Evening” in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Chris Pizzello / Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. 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,” the statement said.

Hallmark said the moratorium includes Loughlin’s “Garage Sale Mysteries,” an independent third party production.

The company also said “When Calls the Heart” will not air on Sunday, March 17. The series loosely based on a series of Christian novels

Hallmark also said Loughlin’s longtime show “When Calls the Heart,” a Canadian frontier drama based on a series of Christian novels, will not air as previously scheduled on Sunday, March 17.

“We are evaluating all creative options related to ‘When Calls the Heart,’” the company said.

Attempts to reach Loughlin’s lawyers Marc Harris and Perry Viscounty were not immediately successful Thursday.

Sources previously told the Daily News that Loughlin was in Vancouver early Tuesday when agents showed up at her gated residence to arrest her and her husband.

She was in the middle of shooting “Garage Sale Mystery: Three Little Murders” for the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel.

She also stars in Hallmark holiday fare such as the 2018 original movie “Homegrown Christmas.”

The “Full House” star, 54, was taken into custody shortly before 9 a.m. local time Wednesday, an FBI spokeswoman confirmed.

She was allowed to quietly surrender the morning after arriving back in Los Angeles late Tuesday.

During Loughlin’s court appearance Wednesday afternoon, Harris said his client had multiple upcoming acting gigs slated to shoot through November in the Vancouver area, where Hallmark has a major production hub.

Giannulli, 55, made his first court appearance Tuesday. Both spouses were released on $1 million bonds secured by their Bel Air mansion.

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Federal prosecutors in Boston allege Loughlin and Giannulli the eye-watering $500,000 to sidestep the rigorous admissions process at USC and fraudulently designate their daughters special recruits to the university’s crew team — despite the fact the girls had no competitive rowing experience.

Loughlin and Giannulli have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in a flurry of indictments out of Boston that also snared “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman.

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