Lori Loughlin’s “Fuller House” fate is officially still up in the air – but it’s not looking good.
A source suggested Friday that Loughlin’s once beloved Aunt Becky character is far from indispensable.
“Lori is a recurring guest star, not a series regular,” the source said. “Production is not impacted.”
The source spoke after Loughlin, 54, was indicted and arrested this week in the college admissions bribery scandal that sent shockwaves across the country and also snared “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman.
A source reportedly told TMZ.com late Thursday that Loughlin was not expected to return to the Netflix reboot of the popular sitcom “Full House.”
“Lori is a guest star and was during the previous four seasons and there are currently no plans for her to return to the 5th season,” the source reportedly said.
The new show revolves around Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin, former child actors from the original show who now play sisters and fellow moms DJ Tanner-Fuller and Stephanie Tanner.
Representatives for Netflix, the show’s streaming service, and Warner Horizon, the show’s production company, both declined to comment when reached by The News on Friday.
Loughlin’s fellow franchise members have been noticeably mum about her alleged crimes — at least publicly.
Bure shared a cryptic social media post Friday that stated simply, “If you can’t get someone off your mind, pray for them. You may be the only one that cares enough to do so.”
The Hallmark Channel was much more aggressive with its response to the scandal, dumping Loughlin on Thursday from a slate of projects.
The feel-good, family-friendly network was in the middle of shooting Loughlin’s “Garage Sale Mystery: Three Little Murders” for its Hallmark Movies & Mysteries channel when the U.S. Attorney in Boston made the stunning announcement Tuesday that Loughlin and dozens of other wealthy parents paid massive bribes to get their kids into elite universities.
Authorities said Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli paid at total of $500,000 to get their daughters into USC with fake athletic credentials.
The couple allegedly sent staged photos of the girls on rowing machines as part of the scheme to designate them as rowing recruits – even though they had no prior competitive crew experience.
“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations. We are no longer working with Lori Loughlin,” the statement said.
The company said it was pulling the March 17 episode of Loughlin’s popular show “When Calls the Heart” from its schedule.
“We are evaluating all creative options related to ‘When Calls the Heart,’” the company said.
Loughlin’s lawyers Marc Harris and Perry Viscounty did not respond to requests for comment from The News.
Loughlin and Giannulli were both arrested this week and released on separate $1 million bonds secured by their Bel Air mansion.
They’ve been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud — the same as Huffman.