Hallmark's 'When Calls the Heart' Addresses Lori Loughlin Scandal

Lori Loughlin, Pascale Hutton, and Erin Krakow in When Calls the Heart
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It's been close to a week since Lori Loughlin was indicted in an alleged college scam. With more deets about her reported participation come to light, both Hallmark and Fuller House decided to severe ties with the woman we once loved to call Aunt Becky. With Lori's arrest left many people questioning the fate of the show, and now it looks like we have our answer. Producers for When Calls the Heart are speaking out about Lori's scandal and how it will affect the show.

  • Last week, Hallmark revealed it "stopped development of all productions" involving Lori Loughlin in light of the scandal.

    "We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations," the Hallmark Channel noted in a statement about Lori Loughlin. "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."

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  • But producers of "When Calls the Heart" want to assure fans the show will go on.

    "As you can imagine, everyone involved with When Calls the Heart was surprised by these developments, so we hope you can forgive us for initially staying silent while we sorted through how to respond," the producers' statement for the show reads in an Instagram post.

  • ... *without* Lori Loughlin.

    "As for the show itself, we know millions of fans are on pins and needles wondering what will happen now," the statement continues.

    "Let us reassure you, When Calls the Heart has always been bigger than the sum of its parts, and it HAS NOT BEEN CANCELED. With the full support of the network, we have gone on a creative hiatus to do some retooling on the remaining Season 6 episodes. That process has already begun. Hope Valley will return to your TV screens as soon as we can bring the episodes to you."

    Welp, looks like that's that.

  • Needless to say, the statement is getting lots of attention. A good number of people are ready to stop watching Hallmark,

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    The reaction to When Calls the Heart's decision is certainly getting mixed reviews. Lots of folks feel Lori is being unfairly targeted as she's not the only person who used their wealth to ensure their kids have a better chance of success at life.

  • while others think the network made the right decision to part ways.

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    Given receipts are allegedly starting to surface, if a person does the crime, should said person also do the time? Sure, Lori might not be the only one who's done things she's been accused of, but does that automatically absolve her from facing the music?

  • Looks like it's time to say goodbye to Abigail Stanton.

    Like it or not, Hallmark is distancing itself from Lori Loughlin. Those who are cool with the decision can continue binging all the Hallmark movies their hearts can take.

    Should, however, anyone be against it, it's likely time to change the channel.

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