Fuller House star John Stamos has opened up about the current status of Lori Loughlin on the series. After her name was tarnished for being a part of the infamous college admissions scandal, Loughlin was reportedly given a pink slip by Netflix. This meant Aunt Becky wouldn't be showing up in the upcoming fifth and final season of Fuller House, but Stamos himself still isn't sure how the series will be addressing the character's absence. "I haven't been on the show yet and it hasn't come up, so I'm going to talk to some people about it this week and see what's going on," Stamos says. "I'm just going to wait a little longer before I talk about it. It's a difficult situation for everyone involved. I don't mean just on our side."
While the cast of Fuller House has been mostly silent about the scandal, John Stamos isn't the only one to publicly address it. Last month, Candace Cameron Bure was also pressed about Loughlin's potential involvement (or lack thereof) in the final season, and said something similar to Stamos. "It hasn't been discussed, I have absolutely no answer," Bure stated at the time. It would appear that the powers that be have not so much as brought up the subject to any of the cast, leaving them just as much in the dark as the fans. Perhaps Becky's absence will be explained by a simple line of dialogue stating the character is busy elsewhere, similar to how the series addressed why Michelle Tanner wasn't a part of the show.
As an actress, Lori Loughlin is perhaps best known for her role as Aunt Becky, which was first portrayed on the original series Full House. Initially, she met the Tanner family through the patriarch Danny, as she served as his co-host on Wake Up San Francisco. A romance would blossom soon after with Uncle Jesse, leading to the two marrying and moving into the Tanner household. For the first four seasons of the revival series Fuller House, Loughlin reprised the role, appearing again as Aunt Becky in sporadic appearances. While she's not a part of the main cast, it will still feel like something is missing if the series closes out without a scene featuring the entire rest of the family.
Life was good for Loughlin until she was exposed as part of an alleged college admissions scandal. According to prosecutors, Loughlin and her husband had paid $500,000 in bribes to ensure both of their daughters were enrolled in the University of Southern California. Along with actress Felicity Huffman, Loughlin was the most famous of the 50 parents accused of making these kinds of bribes. Rather than pleading guilty, however, Loughlin is going to take her chances in court with an innocent plea. If acquitted, Loughlin will have better luck resuming her acting career, but the train seems to have left the station as far as ever playing Aunt Becky again.
Realistically, the odds are probably heavily against seeing Aunt Becky showing up in the final season of Fuller House. While the character has always been appreciated by fans of the series, Netflix will likely want to avoid any of the negative publicity that could come along with bringing back Loughlin. We'll see what happens when the final season premieres on Netflix later this year. This information comes to us from Entertainment Tonight.