Ex-con Lori Loughlin is living large after being freed from jail — securing $150,000 per episode to return to the small screen, Radar has exclusively learned.
Loughlin, 57, spent two months in jail in connection with the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal. Hallmark cut ties with the actress following her involvement in the scandal — but fans rallied and begged the network for her to reprise her role as Abigail Stanton, the former mayor of Hope Valley, in When Calls the Heart.
After some initial confusion, Hallmark came out with a statement to clarify that Lori is actually joining season 2 of When Hope Calls — a spin-off — on GAC Family, not When Calls the Heart.
"Hallmark Channel has not cast Lori Loughlin in any current projects, including When Calls the Heart, nor do we have any plans to cast her in the future. She was cast by GAC Family, a wholly separate cable network not affiliated with Hallmark Channel or Crown Media Family Networks," Hallmark said in a statement.
“The producers know she sells,” a source told Radar. “Lori’s like a wreck on the highway. Everybody wants to see her return — especially because of her tarnished track record.”
Sources told us producers only cast Olivia on the show after she agreed to produce her parents Lori and Mossimo Giannulli for a live taping.
"When it became clear the Lori was not yet ready to return to the spotlight after prison, the show went after her daughter Olivia Jade to join the cast, although they made it clear that mom and dad needed to show up in the audience to support her,” an insider spilled.
Our source revealed the EP Tyra Banks originally wanted Lori to appear on the show but she refused to appear. Olivia has survived so far on the show while four other contestants have been eliminated.