Lori Loughlin reportedly dropped from 'Fuller House' over college admissions bribery scandal
If you're a millennial, you probably grew up watching Full House, and realized as an adult the show was pretty cheesy. But when you were a kid, you loved it! The sitcom was about Danny Tanner, a chipper neat freak widower who moves in with his rock 'n roll brother-in-law, Jesse Katsopolis, and stand-up comedian best friend, Joey Gladstone, to raise his three young daughters. (In my fan fiction, the show ends with the dead mother coming back as a zombie, attacking them all.)
Lori Loughlin was originally cast to do a six-episode arc as Becky Donaldson, Danny's morning show co-host. But the producers liked her so much they hired her as a full-time cast member. Becky sparked a romance with Jesse and they got married, having two twin boys, Nick and Alex. After eight seasons, 192 episodes, and countless hugs over sappy music, the family-friendly show finally came to an end in 1995.
But like the zombie of Pamela Tanner in my fan fiction, the show was resurrected back to life. In 2016, Netflix release Fuller House, a revival that centers on the oldest Tanner daughter, D.J., a widowed mother-of-three who moves into her childhood home with younger sister Stephanie and longtime best friend Kimmy Gibbler. It is not explained why the Tanners's spouses keep tragically dying, from generation to generation - have they been cursed by an evil witch!?
For four seasons, 'Fuller House' has ran on Netflix, recapturing the sentimental spirit of the original show. Along the way, the old cast members reprised their characters, showing fans what Danny, Becky, Jesse and Joey are up to in the 2010's. In January, the Netflix greenlit the nostalgia bait machine for a fifth final season - but don't expect to see Aunt Becky.
This week the FBI accused 50 people of cheating to get the children of wealthy parents into prestigious colleges, like Yale, Stanford and USC. The scheme involved inflating students' standardized test scores and bribing college officials to accept the students as star athletes, even if they did not play the sport. The dozens of parents accused included real estate tycoons, private equity CEO's and two Hollywood actresses - Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.
The FBI says Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, spent $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters recruited as athletes to the USC rowing team. To fabricate athletic credentials, they are said to staged a photo of the girls on a rowing machine. Loughlin, like the other individuals, was arrested and faces a single count of mail fraud.
The scandal sparked outrage on social media that has led to professional repercussions. Makeup giant Sephora cancelled its partnership with Olivia Jade, Loughlin's 19-year-old daughter, a beauty vlogger and 'social media influencer.' (We don't know if Olivia was aware of her parents' scheme. But we do know she said "I don't care about school" in a YouTube video. And when the news broke, she was reportedly lounging on a billionaire USC trustee's yacht, enjoying a vacation in the Bahamas.)
Shortly afterward, The Hallmark Channel cut all ties with Lori Loughlin, star of the television drama When Calls the Heart,and the telefilm series Garage Sale Mysteries. Both projects are expected to move forward without her. And now Netflix is reportedly following suit. According to multiple outlets, including TMZ and Deadline, Loughlin will not return to Fuller House for the fifth and final season
A production source told TMZ, "Fuller House is not currently in production. Lori is a guest star and was during the previous 4 seasons and there are currently no plans for her to return to the 5th season." Another insider echoed the sentiment to Deadline, stating, "She’s toast, it’s over." Season five is not in production yet, which means Aunt Becky's absence will probably be explained by a few lines of dialogue - similar to what they did for the missing youngest daughter, Michelle Tanner. (Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen were evidently not interested in coming back.)
Well, Netflix, if you want a killer series finale for Full House, hit me up. I've got a great idea: Both Pamela Tanner and Tommy Fuller come back as zombies, and attack everyone!