'Fuller House' Season 5 Won't Likely Have Lori Loughlin
Lori Loughlin as Aunt Becky on Fuller House will not likely be back for season 5. The actress, who has been part of the sitcom's revival on Netflix since the beginning, is experiencing the downfall of a bribery scandal that recently grabbed the headlines in the U.S.
A well-connected source told Deadline that Loughlin's time on Fuller House season 5 is done. Though Netflix and Warner Horizon Television have not commented on her return to the series, the source relayed that the final decision from both companies might be out in a couple of days.
According to TV Line, Fuller House season 5 has not yet started production, but there are currently no plans to have Loughlin reprise her role. The series is set to premiere its final season on the streaming platform in late fall.
As Aunt Becky, Loughlin has popped in on the Tanner-Fuller household in the last four seasons of Fuller House to touch base with her TV nieces DJ (played by Candice Cameron Bure) and Stephanie (played by Jodie Sweetin). She has played the character since the 1990s in the original show, Full House.
But while Netflix has not yet commented on Loughlin's case as of press time, Hallmark has dropped Loughlin from the production of When Calls the Heart. As a result, the network announced it would not air the episode set for Sunday, March 17, as per Variety.
Authorities arrested Loughlin while she was filming the period series in Vancouver last Wednesday, March 13. The network, however, confirmed that the show would not be canceled. Instead, it will sort its options now that one of its lead stars is out.
Crown Media has also cut its ties with Loughlin, who appears on Garage Sale Mysteries. "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," the production company's statement read.
A year-long investigation conducted by the FBI revealed that Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, have allegedly committed fraud and paid bribes to the University of Southern California to accept their daughters' college applications. The girls were designated as rowers recruits, but neither played the sport. Thirty other Hollywood parents are also embroiled in this bribery scandal.
The Fuller House star remains off prison because she paid bail for $1 million. Loughlin is expected to be back in court for her preliminary hearing on March 29.