Hallmark favorite and former Full House star Lori Loughlin is out of the big house after serving just under two months behind bars for her role in last year's infamous college admissions scandal. When Loughlin began serving her two-month prison sentence on Oct. 30, there was speculation that she could be released early and just in time for Christmas due to her release date falling on a weekend. That didn't turn out to be the case, but the good news for Loughlin is that she'll be able to ring in the new year as a free woman.
This whole fiasco began in March 2019 when Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were named as part of a large-scale college admissions scandal involving 50 parents using bribery to get their kids into college. For Loughlin and Giannulli, the couple was accused of paying $500k in bribes for their two daughters to be enrolled into USC. Initially, Loughlin and Giannulli insisted that they were innocent, only for both to later plead guilty in court.
Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was also a part of the scandal, but she took a different approach in handling it. Rather than dragging out the legal process, she took full responsibility by confessing to the crime and accepting the consequences that were to come along with it. For Huffman, that meant a two-week sentence that later became 11 days when the actress was released early. With the incident in her rearview mirror, Huffman is already back to work after landing a role in a baseball comedy pilot at ABC.
Because Lori Loughlin was well-known as a "wholesome" actress because of her roles on the Hallmark Channel and Full House, the scandal has caused serious damage to her career. She missed out on reprising the role of Aunt Becky to say goodbye when Netflix fired her from the cast of the spinoff series Fuller House during its final season. Hallmark also cut ties with Loughlin as well, booting her from her recurring role on the series When Calls the Heart. With any luck, Loughlin too will be able to start working again after some time has passed.
Earlier this month, Loughlin's daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, broke her silence on the whole scandal on Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk. She said she felt "ashamed" and "embarrassed" by the whole situation, noting that the scandal had been devastating for the whole family.
"It's been hard, I think, for anybody," explained Olivia, who would drop out of USC amid the controversy over her enrollment. "No matter what the situation is, you don't want to see your parents go to prison. But I think it's necessary for us to move on and move forward."
While she's now out of prison, Loughlin's legal troubles aren't yet completely behind her. She'll be on two years of supervised release and has also been ordered to complete 250 hours of community service. Meanwhile, her husband remains behind bars for a while longer to serve the duration of his five-month sentence. This news comes to us from TMZ.