Candace Cameron-Bure stands by Fuller House co-star Lori Loughlin amidst the latter's college bribery scandal. The former and and husband, Mossimo Giannulli were among 50 people (including Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman) indicted with regard to said scam involving them paying for their kids' acceptance in certain high-profile schools such as the University of Southern California (USC), Stanford, and Yale. Allegedly, the couple paid half a million dollars to have their two daughters who are both social media influencers get accepted into USC. Loughlin was taken into custody, but is now currently out on bail.
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Playing DJ and Aunt Becky, respectively, in the 1980s/1990s family sitcom Full House, Cameron-Bure started working with Loughlin in her early teens until the series ended in 1995 after eight seasons. The two were reunited however in 2016 when Netflix greenlit sequel spinoff Fuller House, putting DJ's character at the forefront with the older cast members such as Danny (Bob Saget), Joey (Dave Coulier), Uncle Jesse (John Stamos), alongside Aunt Becky becoming recurring cast members. And true to their show's brand, the cast seems to be standing by Loughlin despite her alleged crimes - at least Cameron-Bure.
During a recent guest appearanceon the Today Show, hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb asked Cameron-Bure and Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) if there's anything they can add to the conversation regarding the ongoing college scandal that Loughlin is involved in. While Cameron-Bure didn't defend her co-star, she said that they're "family, and we stand by each other.” She also admitted to having a hard time talking about this specific issue since it's "too personal" for them. This was the same sentiment the actress said during their acceptance speech for Fuller House's Favorite TV Show win during this year's Kids' Choice Awards. Watch the clip shared by Kathie Lee and Hoda below for her full answer:
“It’s too personal to us. We never wanna talk about someone that’s such a dear and close friend. But I think I’ve already said that we are family, and we stand by each other.” @candacecbure on Lori Loughlin pic.twitter.com/EBLbaTTP9V— Kathie Lee and Hoda (@klgandhoda) April 2, 2019
While a majority of the cast of Fuller House seems to be sticking by Loughlin, Netflix isn't. Shortly after the scandal broke out, Hallmark channel ended its working relationship with the troubled actress and removed her from their ongoing series When Calls the Heart. The streaming giant followed suit with the announcement that they'll not be bringing her back to reprise Aunt Becky in the final season of the Full House sequel, which is scheduled to air later this year. Principal photography has yet to begin, but Netflix says that Loughlin's woes won't have any impact on their timetable. It'll be interesting to see though how they'll explain Aunt Becky's absence in the sitcom's upcoming outing, especially since she and Uncle Jesse have just returned to San Francisco after living in Los Angeles for a couple of years.
For Cameron-Bure, Sweetin, and those who've worked with Loughlin for years, seeing the actress go through this mess is understandably difficult. They've been co-workers for so long, and have remained in contact even between the years of Full House and Fuller House. Whether or not they knew about Loughlin's wrongdoings is a different conversation, but it's understandably hard for them to just simply write her off. At this point, the best they can do is politely decline to comment on the matter so as not to get entangled with it. But now that DJ and Stephanie have shared their two cents, its curious what the third Tanner sister, Michelle (Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen), might think of this whole situation.
Source: Kathie Lee and Hoda