Officials say the actresses were involved in the nation's largest-ever college admissions bribery case prosecuted by the Justice Department.
Lori Loughlin has been ousted by Hallmark's parent company, Crown Media, after she was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with a sweeping college admissions scheme.
On Wednesday, Loughlin appeared in court and was released for $ 1 million in bail. She and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly agreed to pay $ 500,000 to guarantee their two daughters – Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose – admission to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, although it was not an athlete.
By Thursday, the scandal was impacted by Loughlin's career, with Crown Media announcing it was cutting ties with the "Full House" star, who had long been a staple on its networks.
Lori Loughlin's involvement in the alleged college admissions bribery scandal is starting to affect her career. (Photo: RICH FURY, Invision by AP)
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"We are saddened by the latest news surrounding the college admissions allegations. We are no longer working with Lori Crown Media Family Networks said in a statement sent to USA TODAY. Loughlin and have stopped the 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.
Loughlin, 54, played Abigail Stanton on the Channel's Hallmark Channel's "When Calls the Heart," which captured a series-best 2.5 million viewers during the February's Season 6 premiere, finishing second to The Walking Dead in Sunday night cable Drama.
Despite the show's success, Hallmark has said they will not air "When Calls the Heart" Sunday amid the scandal, leaving the remainder of the season in the air.
"We are evaluating all the creative options related to the" When Calls the Heart "series," the network told US TODAY in a statement.
The drama series of films in Canada, where a judge has allowed Loughlin to travel for work until she has to surrender her passport in December, unless further ordered by the court.
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Most recently, Loughlin was in the middle of the production of the latest chapter in "Garage Sale Mysteries," a movie franchise at Hallmark Movies & Mysteries that the company also dropped Thursday.
Her other projects for Hallmark included 2016's "Every Christmas Has a Story" and 2018's "Homegrown Christmas," the most-watched nonsports cable program the week it aired.
Loughlin has also appeared on Full House's Full House Reboot, Netflix, which was recently renewed for a fifth and final season. The streaming service has declined to comment on Loughlin's status on the series, but did not notice that production for the final season has not begun.
Earlier Thursday, Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade had a similar blow when Sephora announced it was no longer working with the social media influencer.
Olivia Jade had a longtime Instagram partnership with the cosmetics powerhouse, introducing the $ 28 Olivia Jade Sephora Bronze & Illuminate Palette with the Sephora Collection in December. However, Thursday, a rep for the retailer, Emily Shapiro, issued a statement from the company to USA TODAY that the working relationship was completed.
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"After a careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately," read the statement.
The "Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman was also charged with a sweeping $ 25 million scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and insiders at college testing centers to help them get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country.
Contributing: Maria Puente, Bryan Alexander
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