Candace Cameron Bure Calls Lori Loughlin 'Family' amid College Scandal: 'We Stand by Each Other'
"We would never want to talk about someone that’s such a dear and close friend," she said
Bure opened up about the scandal during an appearance on the Today show Tuesday, saying she and the rest of the cast will “always be there for each other.”
“It’s too personal to us and we would never want to talk about someone that’s such a dear and close friend,” she said. “I’ve already said that we are family and we stand by each other and pray for each other and we’ll always be there for each other.”
“Thank you for voting Fuller House as your favorite funny TV show. You have been laughing alongside of our family for four seasons and this family has a lot of heart,” said Barber, 42.
“And where there’s a lot of heart, there’s a lot of love,” added Cameron Bure. “And a loving family sticks together no matter what.”
Without specifically mentioning Loughlin — who did not attend the ceremony — by name, Cameron Bure said that family sticks “together through the hard times.”
Loughlin, 54, and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, 55, are among a list of 50 people, including actress Felicity Huffman, who have been indicted as part of an alleged nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
Loughlin and her husband allegedly paid $500,000 to make it appear that their daughters were members of rowing teams, the indictment states. (Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella Rose, 20 are not currently listed on the USC women’s rowing roster. It’s unclear if they were aware of the alleged scheme, and neither has been charged.)
Since it was revealed that Loughlin and Giannulli were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud earlier this month, the actress faced swift and immediate backlash.
Loughlin was dropped from all Hallmark Channel productions, with the network telling PEOPLE in a statement, “We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations.”
Meanwhile, her future at Fuller House is uncertain.
A source recently told PEOPLE that in the wake of the scandal, the actress and her husband, as well as their daughters, are staying under the radar, though they are due in court Wednesday.
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“The whole family is still laying low at their Bel Air home,” the source said. “It’s still a very stressful time for them all.”