Lori Loughlin's Costar Shares Cryptic Message of Support Following College Admissions Scandal
Lori Loughlin’s When Calls the Heart costar Erin Krakow returned to social media after a month-long hiatus with a message seemingly of support.
The actress, who plays teacher Elizabeth on the Hallmark Channel series, broke her silence Monday with a photo of a blooming pink flower accompanied by a quote offering a note of support to an unknown recipient.
“ ’You are always there for me’ ‘And I always will be’ 💕,” Krakow’s tweet reads.
Though it’s unclear just who the tweet is referring to, Twitter user @shannonfreer17 pointed out that the quote is lifted from a When Calls the Heart scene between Loughlin and Krakow’s characters.
Krakow, the star of the show, had not tweeted since March 11 — one day before it was revealed Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli were among dozens of people charged in an alleged college admissions cheating scandal involving elite colleges and universities including Yale, Georgetown, the University of Southern California and Stanford.
In the wake of her arrest, the Hallmark Channel cut ties with the star, halting the development of future projects and claiming it would not air any past content featuring Loughlin.
Despite her removal from When Calls the Heart, series producer Brian Bird has maintained that the show is not canceled, and will return with new episodes after a “retooling” hiatus.
“#Hearties, thank you for your love, support, and patience these last several days as we have all been preoccupied with the news about Lori Loughlin and her family, and the decisions our colleagues at the Hallmark Channel USA needed to make,” he and his fellow producers said in a statement on March 16. “As you can imagine, everyone involved with When Calls the Heart was surprised by these developments, so we hope you can forgive us for initially staying silent while we sorted through how to respond.”
Bird revealed on Twitter on March 30 that he knows when the show is returning, but stopped short of offering up the date.
“I guess you’ll just have to wait along with the rest of the #Hearties until we’re ready to announce it,” he wrote in response to a fan who asked if he knew when it would come back.
The series teased something special on its Instagram story Monday with a message that read, “Something is happening on your cable and satellite systems Wednesday at 2 p.m EST… You really, really do not want to miss it. Really.”
Loughlin, 54, and Giannulli, 55, are facing felony charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud after they allegedly paid $500,000 to have daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose recruited to the USC crew team, despite the fact that neither rowed. (It is unclear whether or not Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose are believed to have known about the alleged scheme.)
The couple appeared before a judge for the first time last week in a Boston courtroom, where they waived their right to a preliminary hearing.
They also agreed to several pretrial conditions, including surrendering their passports and no possession of firearms. Loughlin and Giannulli have yet to enter pleas in the cases against them.
Prior to her court appearance, Loughlin was upbeat as she signed autographs and posed for photos with fans upon touching down in Boston.
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Still, former costar Krakow’s seeming message of support comes after a source told PEOPLE that many of Loughlin and Giannulli’s friends were attempting to distance themselves from the couple.
“Lori and Mossimo are finding out quickly who their real friends are,” the source said. “It’s not like they are victims of a crime. They are the crime… Many of their friends don’t want to be associated with them right now.”