Lori Loughlin Returns To Acting After College Admissions Scandal
Lori Loughlin is making her return to TV.
The actress is slated to guest star on the second season of When Hope Calls, a drama series on the Hallmark Channel. She’ll appear in the premiere episode titled, When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, which will air Dec. 18.
The role marks the first time the Full House star has returned to the screen since she was charged and imprisoned for her role in the college admissions scam last year. Loughlin pleaded “guilty to a conspiracy charge in May and admitted to paying the scheme's mastermind $500,000 to get her two daughters into the University of Southern California under false pretenses,” reported CNN in December.
Loughlin started her sentence on Oct. 30 at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, and was released just after Christmas in 2020.
As for her role in the spin-off of the Hallmark Channel series When Calls the Heart, Loughlin will reprise her role as Abigail Stanton, whom she previously portrayed during the show’s sixth season before being booted off in 2019 due to her involvement with the college admissions scandal.
“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 including Garage Sale Mysteries, an independent third-party production," said Hallmark's parent company in a statement to CNN at the time.
Loughlin’s comeback comes amid her daughter Olivia Jade, a popular vlogger and beauty influencer, making a return to the limelight with a stint on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.
Fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, Loughlin’s husband and Olivia Jade’s father, also did time in prison for his involvement in the scandal and was released from a California prison earlier this year.