Lori Loughlin returns to television after prison time for college admissions scandal

Federal authorities revealed in 2019 that Loughlin participated in “Operation Varsity Blues" and the actor was later sentenced two months in prison.

Actor Lori Loughlin is set to return to television for the first time since going to prison for her role in the 2019 college admissions scandal.

Loughlin, best known for her role in ’90s sitcom “Full House,” will be renewing her role as Abigail Stanton on the second season of “When Hope Calls,” which originally aired on the Hallmark Channel but will now be broadcast on GAC Family Channel. The news comes more than two years after Hallmark Channel’s parent company said it terminated development of all productions with Loughlin.

Lori Loughlin begins prison sentence in college admissions scandal

Oct. 30, 202001:15

She is set to guest star in a two-part holiday premiere, titled “When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas,” on Dec. 18, GAC Family said in a news release.

Federal authorities revealed in 2019 that Loughlin participated in what they dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” a scandal involving wealthy parents who paid fixers to get their children into elite universities.

Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, admitted to paying $500,000 to Rick Singer and Key Worldwide Foundation to falsely designate her daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, 20, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 21, as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team.

Neither girl was a rower. The couple went as far as to pose the students on rowing machines for their admissions application.

Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison, a fine of $150,000 and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service upon her release. Her husband was sentenced to five months in prison, a fine of $250,000 and 250 hours of community service.

“When Hope Calls” is a spin-off of the channel’s popular period drama “When Calls the Heart.” Production was abruptly paused for “When Calls the Heart” following the revelation of Loughlin’s involvement in the admissions scandal.

She was written off “When Calls the Heart” after six seasons by having her character leave to take care of an ailing family member. It’s unclear whether she will also return to the series, which was renewed for a ninth season in May.

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