Lori Loughlin spent six seasons playing coal mine widow Abigail Stanton on “When Calls The Heart” before the Hallmark Channel cut ties with her in the wake of the college admissions scandal. Now, fans are wondering whether Loughlin and her character of Abigail will be making a comeback, now that Loughlin has completed her two month prison sentence.
Hallmark cut ties with Loughlin after she was accused of paying $500,000 in bribe money to have her two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as members of the crew team, even though neither girl had ever rowed before.
“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” Crown Media Family Networks said in a obtained by US Weekly in March of 2019. “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.”
When “When Calls The Heart” returned in May of 2019, it was revealed by Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) that Abigail left the town to help her sick mom.
“It’s been a week since Abigail got word that her mother had taken ill back east. True to her nature, Abigail wasted no time in rushing off to care for her,” Elizabeth said in the episode. “Abigail is much more than a friend, she’s family. I will miss her and Cody deeply — we all will, but we must get by as best we can. In her absence, we must soldier on and we will. We are a community, we are strong, we are Hope Valley.”
Loughlin finished her prison sentence at the end of December after she finally pled guilty to the charges related to the college admissions scandal.
“I thought I was acting out of love for my children, but in reality, I had only undermined and diminished my daughters’ abilities and accomplishments,” she said during her sentencing hearing last August. “While I wish I could go back and do things differently, I can only take responsibility and move forward. I have great faith in God and I believe in redemption and I will do everything in my power to redeem myself and use this experience as a catalyst to do good and give back for the rest of my life.”
It remains to be seen whether or not a Hollywood comeback is in the cards for Loughlin.