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Lori Loughlin said she had ‘a real family’ on Hallmark before being dropped by channel in resurfaced interview



Lori Loughlin said she had ‘a real family’ on Hallmark before being dropped by channel in resurfaced interview

Lori Loughlin is not only out of a job, she also lost “a real family” along the way.

In a resurfaced February 2018 interview with Us Weekly the actress described how she had “a real family” on the set of Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart.”

“I love everyone I work with,” said the 54-year-old at the time. “We have a real family. There are many levels to it that make you happy… I love the fact that it’s the same cast and crew and we get together and it’s like a family. I feel very blessed.”


“And nowadays… things come and go so quickly,” the actress continued in the resurfaced interview. “You do two episodes and then they pull you because you don’t have a high enough rating or something. I feel like the fact that this show has resonated with people and keeps growing… [has] been really wonderful.”

One day after Loughlin was ensnared in a bombshell college admissions investigation and released on a $1 million bond, the actress was dropped by the Hallmark Channel on Thursday.

Back in 2016, Loughlin gushed to Fox News about how thrilled she was to be part of “When Calls the Heart,” a period piece about a young school teacher from a wealthy eastern family who migrates from the big city to teach in a small coal-mining town in the west. Loughlin had been part of the series since 2014.

“We have a community again, women coming together, children — lots of children are back in the mix,” she explained at the time. “And we also have romance. So it’s really a nice blend of many, many things happening at the same time.”


“One of the things that I love… is my character, who in Season 1 when we meet her, lost her husband and her son in a tragic accident, is united with an 8-year-old orphan,” she continued. And she takes him in. I really like that because even though we’re set in the early 1900s and it’s a period piece, I think that it speaks to a lot of single women out there. Because now my character is not involved with anyone but brings in a child and starts the role of parenting all over again. I think that’s relatable to a lot of single moms out there.”

On Thursday, a rep for Crown Media — the umbrella group that includes the Hallmark Channel — confirmed to Fox News that the company has cut ties with the 54-year-old star.

“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” the statement read. “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.”

Crown Media also added that the series, “When Calls the Heart,” will not be airing on Sunday, March 17.

“We are evaluating all creative options related to ‘When Calls the Heart’ series,” the company stated.


When reached by Fox News, a rep for Loughlin said that they “have no information to share.”

Loughlin and the Hallmark Channel were deeply intertwined. She’s been among its so-called “Christmas queens” toplining a slate of popular holiday movies, and also starred in the ongoing “Garage Sale Mysteries” movies.

The company initially took a wait-and-see approach after a federal investigation of the scheme, in which several dozen prominent parents have been implicated, came to light earlier this week. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying bribes to secure their daughters’ admissions to top college programs.

On Wednesday, the “Full House” star was taken into custody over her alleged connection to the scheme. She was released later that day on a $1 million bond.

As part of her bond arrangement, Loughlin is being permitted to travel within the continental U.S. as well as British Columbia, where she is currently filming. She will have to surrender her passport in November when her projects are expected to wrap.

Actor Lori Loughlin appears in this court sketch at a hearing for a racketeering case involving the allegedly fraudulent admission of children to elite universities, at the U.S. federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mona Shafer Edwards NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. - RC1430C91200

Actor Lori Loughlin appears in this court sketch at a hearing for a racketeering case involving the allegedly fraudulent admission of children to elite universities, at the U.S. federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mona Shafer Edwards NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE. – RC1430C91200

On Tuesday, Giannulli appeared in court and was released also on $1 million bond, secured by the couple’s home. The judge also ordered that Giannulli restrict his travel to the continental United States and surrender his passport.

Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribes to have their two daughters designated as recruits for the University of Southern California crew team. This, though neither child had participated in the sport. Their daughter, YouTube star Olivia Jade, attends USC. It was not clear if their other daughter, Isabella, has attended the university.


In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin poses with her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, at the 2019 "An Unforgettable Evening" in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin poses with her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, at the 2019 “An Unforgettable Evening” in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Fellow actress Felicity Huffman, an Academy Award nominee, was arrested at her home on Tuesday for her alleged involvement in the scheme. She appeared in Los Angeles federal court Tuesday looking visibly tired, before posting $250,000 bail and surrendering her passport.

Loughlin, Giannulli and Huffman are all ordered to appear in federal court in Boston on March 29 for a preliminary hearing.

More than four dozen people have been charged in the nationwide scam, which is alleged to have placed students in top-tier schools like Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, the University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Texas. A federal investigation into the matter – dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues” – has been ongoing for more than a year.

Fox News’ Mariah Haas, Jessica Napoli, Sasha Savitsky and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Lara Logan, formerly of CBS, sounds off on media’s treatment of Trump, other liberal bias




Lara Logan, formerly of CBS, sounds off on media's treatment of Trump, other liberal bias

Former CBS News journalist Lara Logan says the mainstream media is not allowing President Trump to be “normalized” as the nation’s leader and accused CNN, among others, of passing off opinions as fact in a Fox News interview set to air Sunday.

“I’ve never seen the press corps behave the way they do today,” Logan told host Mark Levin on “Life, Liberty & Levin. “So, it stands out to me because it’s a departure from what I’ve seen throughout the last three decades. There is something actually much more significant about what you’re seeing happen with the White House press corps.”


Logan added: “Why is [Trump] not allowed to change how the White House operates in terms of its communications and the rules of the White House press corps and how these things happen? He’s not allowed to be seen as an instrument of change. That’s a propaganda talking point of the progressive political movement. He’s not allowed to be normalized as a president. So whatever changes he makes have to be resisted by the Resistance.”

Last month, while appearing on a podcast hosted by former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland, Logan said that journalists were “mostly liberal” and pushing narratives. The comments that lead to a backlash against the former correspondent.

Logan said she was “cheering” when former ABC News “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel told an audience earlier this month that President Trump was not mistaken that the “establishment press” was out to get him.

“I know I’m not the only journalist who’s watching in horror as opinion and pejorative language is passed off as fact,” Logan said.

The former “60 Minutes” reporter also criticized “CNN Tonight” host Don Lemon for not admitting he is an “opinion person” and called CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter “anti-Fox.”

“He’s not allowed to be normalized as a president. So whatever changes he makes have to be resisted by the Resistance.”

— Lara Logan

“I was wondering myself this morning … Is Don Lemon an opinion person? Like, I know Sean Hannity is [on the] right, he makes no secret of it. So does Tucker Carlson. So does Laura Ingram. But what about Don Lemon? Is he an opinion person?  Rachel Maddow, I know where she sits. So what about people like Don Lemon … There’s a lot of opinion in his show,” Logan told Levin.  “In fact it’s almost all opinion from beginning to end and Stelter, who is the media guy… appears to be the anti-Fox guy.”


Logan also told Levin that  America’s academic institutions and newsrooms lacked political diversity.

“It’s no secret that the vast majority of academic institutions in this country are liberal,” Logan said. “So what bothers me is that one political ideology dominates all of your academic, almost all, of your academic institutions. And that same political ideology dominates all of your newsrooms, almost all, of your newsrooms. I mean, let’s face it, until Fox News in television. Where did you go if you weren’t a liberally minded moderate, if you, like, if you wanted to hear an alternative point of view or a conservative point of view?”

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‘Knightfall’ star Tom Cullen recalls working alongside ‘Star Wars’ icon Mark Hamill, befriending Kit Harington




‘Knightfall’ star Tom Cullen recalls working alongside ‘Star Wars’ icon Mark Hamill, befriending Kit Harington

Tom Cullen admitted he was starstruck when his childhood idol, Mark Hamill, appeared on set for the first time.

The “Star Wars” icon and BAFTA-winning voice of The Joker, 67, is going from lightsaber to sword in Season 2 of History Channel’s drama series “Knightfall.” The actor plays Talus, a battle-hardened Knight Templar veteran of the Crusades, who survived captivity for 10 years and is tasked with training and new initiates to the Order.


Cullen of “Downton Abbey” and “Gunpowder” fame stars as headstrong Templar Knight Landry who will embark on a journey that explores the dark, brutal side of the 14th century.

Tom Cullen in History Channel's "Knightfall."

Tom Cullen in History Channel’s “Knightfall.”
(History Channel)

“My younger brother is on ‘Knightfall’ as well this season, and we grew up obsessed with ‘Star Wars,’” Cullen told Fox News. “So it was a real treat for us and everyone who got to work with him because I think that Mark is so interwoven into lots of childhoods. But the thing about Mark is as soon as he arrives on set, he is just the most humble and hardworking guy. He’s so much his character in the show that you kind of just forget who Mark is and you just see his amazing character. And it was a pleasure to work with him. He’s great in the show.”

The 33-year-old revealed that the Hollywood star was incredibly humble and easily approachable while filming the gritty show.

“It was so surprising,” gushed Cullen. “You always have so much fear when someone is that famous, that they might turn up and not be the nicest people, but he couldn’t be a lovelier man and he’s become a really good friend…. And there’s a lot of young actors on the show. Some of them, it’s their first… job. And he kind of just came in and took everyone under [his] wing and would tell stories. It was a really special experience.”


Mark Hamill in "Knightfall." — History Channel

Mark Hamill in “Knightfall.” — History Channel

Cullen has plenty of reasons to celebrate, other than the opportunity to work alongside Hamill on a show he stars in. “Knightfall” first premiered in December 2017, just a few months after Season 7 of HBO’s wildly popular fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” concluded on August 27 of that year. Several TV critics pointed out “Knightfall” was the ideal choice to fill the void.

But Cullen warns both shows are completely different and it wouldn’t be fair to compare one with the other.

“I mean, ‘Game of Thrones’ is amazing,” said Cullen. “I have many friends in it and I love watching it. So, it’s not a bad thing to be compared to ‘Game of Thrones,’ but we’re a different show, and there are lots of similarities, I guess. But we’re trying to do our own thing. I would say if you like ‘Game of Thrones,’ you should definitely tune in. And if you like ‘Vikings,’ which is also on History — it’s an amazing show as well. We’re kind of all sitting in that ballpark, but trying to cut out our own little corner in it.”

Cullen has a close connection to “Game of Thrones.” His good pal is Kit Harington, who famously plays Jon Snow. The two actors have known each other since drama school and, in 2017, co-starred in the historical miniseries “Gunpowder.” Cullen shared there’s one memory of his time attending the Central School of Speech and Drama in London alongside Harington, 32, that still sticks out to him.

Kit Harington stars as Jon Snow on the HBO hit series "Game of Thrones."

Kit Harington stars as Jon Snow on the HBO hit series “Game of Thrones.”

“I came from Wales, which is a really small country next to England,” he explained. “I grew up in rural Wales and so I was suddenly in London and it was very exciting. And I had a girlfriend, but we kind of broke up as soon as we got to London. I was absolutely heartbroken. Kit came over to my house and took me out. And I didn’t know him at all. We got very drunk and he looked after me. So that’s my first memory of Kit.”


But these days the pair have been keeping busy with their shows. And Cullen, in particular, had to embark on a no-nonsense training regimen that involved wearing a 50-pound costume for hours to get in shape and fight like a knight.

“It’s super intense,” said Cullen. “… The Knights Templar themselves, they used to train about six, seven hours a day. And then the rest of the time they’d pray. That was their life. It was kind of a mix of warrior and monk. … But for us, the training was very much about being able to carry the heavy weight of the costume and to physically get through the difficult schedule. It’s every day for seven months in freezing cold weather and boiling hot weather. I broke my toes on the first two days.”

“I tend to work every day, nearly in every scene,” continued Cullen. “So the times that I have to learn the fight scenes are often on my lunch breaks or on weekends. Just snap times. And then you’re suddenly in battle with 100 people around you swinging swords. You just have to really dive in and go for it. It can be pretty scary. You do get some wacks because you don’t always remember the choreography. Sometimes it’s real. And that’s probably the hardest part, but it’s also the most fun as well.”

While “Knightfall” takes place hundreds of years ago, Cullen insisted the medieval period has plenty of lessons for audiences in 2019. And as the story unfolds, things will only become more shocking.


“I think the medieval period, in general, is a really fascinating period of time because I think that in many ways, that was the birth of our modern society,” said Cullen. “For example, the Knights Templar, who are the centerpiece of ‘Knightfall,’ they set up the first banking system and they became kind of the world’s first conglomerate, which is a bit of history that I didn’t know before the starting this show. And I think that we feel the history of that period still vibrating in the world that we live in today.”

“Knightfall” premieres March 25 at 10 p.m. on the History Channel.

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The five biggest ‘View’ bombshells we learned from ex-host Jenny McCarthy




The five biggest 'View' bombshells we learned from ex-host Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy‘s time on “The View” appeared to be anything but a walk in the park.

The former co-host, who appeared on the ABC daytime talk show from 2013 to 2014, opened up about her time to Ramin Setoodeh in his upcoming book, “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View.”

McCarthy, who is currently one of the judges on Fox’s “The Masked Singer” and has her own SiriusXM radio show, apparently was “miserable” every single day she went to work.


“It really was the most miserable I’ve been on a job in my 25 years of show business,” she admitted in an excerpt of the book published on Vulture.

Here are five bombshells we’ve learned:

1. McCarthy claims Walters once ‘blew up’ at her

McCarthy appeared on the show in 2007 to promote her own book, “Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism.” She says that the show’s co-creator, host, and executive producer Barbara Walters wanted to speak with her beforehand.

“I walked into her dressing room and she blew up at me,” McCarthy said. “She was screaming, ‘How dare you say this! That autism can be cured?’ My knees were shaking. I remember my whole body was shaking.”

“This lasted for about seven minutes,” she added. “Finally, someone pulled me out of the room. I went back to my dressing room, not knowing what the f— to do. One of my heroes just chewed me a new a—hole, and I’m going on live TV. I’m freaking the f— out.”


2. Walters allegedly told her she ‘had to change’ outfits 

Walters supposedly controlled what McCarthy wore on-air.

“We would all show up in the makeup room. Barbara would check out what I was wearing. If she didn’t agree with it, or it didn’t complement her outfit, I had to change. Mind you, she doesn’t look at anyone’s clothes but mine,” McCarthy claimed.

“She wanted to start dressing like me. There were times when she’d say ‘change’ and she’d make people run out and get that dress in her size. I was a human Barbie doll.”


3. There were apparently on-set feuds

Walters and “The View” co-host and moderator, Whoopi Goldberg, feuded all the time.

McCarthy claims the former “Today” anchor would ask Goldberg if she could moderate and the EGOT winner would shut her down.

“There was a war between Barbara and Whoopi about Barbara wanting to moderate. This is one of the reasons I decided not to ally with Whoopi. It broke my heart when Barbara would shuffle to Whoopi and say, ‘Can I moderate, please?’ And Whoopi would say no,” she recalled. “How can you do this to a woman who paved the way for so many female journalists?”

4. She was supposedly told to fix a bathroom problem 

There was once a problem happening in the backstage bathroom and Walters told the radio host to “do something” about “a tampon floating in the toilet.”

“I don’t know what to do. She’s standing in the hallway where the guests are, yelling at me about a tampon. I don’t know,” McCarthy said. “Maybe in her brain, she went, ‘I’m the youngest, newest person here, because obviously she has her period and left a tampon floating.’ This is Barbara Walters. I’m not going to yell at her. So finally, I said, ‘I’ll take care of it. I’ll take one for the team and I’ll flush it.’”


5. McCarthy was in tears at works 

They hired McCarthy to replace conservative TV personality Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

“They did try to change me. They wanted Elisabeth back and I wasn’t Elisabeth,” the “Two and a Half Men” actress insisted. “I would literally have meetings before the show of them trying to input opinions in me to go against Whoopi. I was going to work crying. I couldn’t be myself. My fans were telling me, ‘Where’s Jenny? They aren’t letting you be you.’”

Walters’ rep declined to comment when contacted by Fox News.

“Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View” will be released on April 2.

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