The Hallmark Channel is essentially the straitlaced, goody two-shoes cousin of the significantly saucier (and now overwhelmingly murder-focused) Lifetime channel, which has historically helped the network from ever having to weigh in on controversies. That was before our collective innocence was shattered by the FBI’s “Varsity Blues” operation, though, which revealed—in the most shocking discovery of all time—that rich people have been using their money to get things they don’t necessarily deserve. Those entitled motherfuckers! (Sorry, we’re still just in shock that rich people would do something so unseemly.)
Anyway, one of the famous people named in the investigation was Lori Loughlin, who allegedly paid the University Of Southern California a series of bribes totaling $500,000 to guarantee admission to her two daughters. Loughlin is most famous for her role on Full House, but she also happens to have starred on Hallmark’s When Calls The Heart, repeatedly starred in the network’s Garage Sale Mysteries, and appeared in a number of Christmas movies. Given her apparently deep connection to the network, The Hallmark Channel has now been forced to distance itself from Loughlin, announcing in a statement (via Variety) that has “stopped development of all productions that air on the Crown Media Family Network channels involving Lori Loughlin.” The statement notes that this even includes Garage Sale Mysteries, which is an “independent third party production.”
It’s worth noting that Loughlin was actually in Vancouver filming the latest Garage Sale Mysteries movie when the “Varsity Blues” charges started coming in, which means the decision to suspend production is impacting all of the people who would otherwise be up there working on it. Way to go, rich person.