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Lori Loughlin attends the Hallmark Channel Holiday Party and 'Once Upon a Christmas Miracle' screening, in Los Angeles in 2018.
Lori Loughlin attends the Hallmark Channel Holiday Party and ‘Once Upon a Christmas Miracle’ screening, in Los Angeles in 2018.
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Former Hallmark movie darling Lori Loughlin has been dropped by the network in the wake of the college admissions scandal that shook the news cycle on Tuesday.

On Thursday, Hallmark Channel issued a statement distancing itself from Loughlin, who was arrested on Wednesday and charged with multiple iterations of mail fraud.

Loughlin was currently involved in the Garage Sale Mysteries movie series and When Calls the Heart, which is in its sixth season.

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.

Loughlin had also appeared in some of Hallmark’s signature Christmas movies, such as Northpole: Open for Christmas, Every Christmas Has a Story, and Homegrown Christmas

Jezebel (and Mashable’s own Nicole Gallucci, above) noted Wednesday that Loughlin has inadvertently become “the face of the Hallmark Channel” with her ubiquity in its programming. Many fans noted expressed in the scandal’s wake that they were ambivalent or uncomfortable watching Loughlin on screen now, while others sprung to her defense.

Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman were named in a massive college admissions scam in which parents used bribery as well as false test scores and scholarships to help their children into reputable universities. 

The story has been mocked and memed on Twitter, including Full House references and ironic old tweets from Loughlin and Huffman alike. There have also been more serious examinations of the flawed higher education system and racial and financial privilege.

Loughlin’s representatives did not immediately respond to Mashable’s requests for comment.

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