After announcing Lori Loughlin (Abigail) had been dropped from the show due to her connection with the college admissions scandal, Hallmark and the show's cast and crew had been staying fairly silent about the series, only letting fans know that it hadn't been canceled and would return at some point.
"#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.
"It's just taking some time for it to sink in that what she was allegedly doing could be considered illegal", a source close to Loughlin, 54, told People magazine.More news: Here's the first trailer for season two of Big Little Lies
Loughlin now faces new charges and increased jail time - after turning down the plea deal she was offered - and is now reportedly realising the severity of her actions.
A source told People magazine, "She is very concerned about what a guilty plea would do to her daughters, who may not have grasped everything that was going on".
Three episodes of the show aired before the scandal broke, causing the show to go on a brief hiatus.
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Federal prosecutors added money laundering into the set of accusations against celebrity Lori Loughlin, her fashion husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and 14 other notable parents Tuesday in the college admissions bribery case, raising the strain on them to plead guilty as other parents have agreed to perform. "We can't wait to welcome you back to Hope Valley and share more all-new stories with you".
Why? Because, the way Loughlin apparently saw it, she was just being a good mom! The 12 parents and she consented Monday to plead guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit honest services and mail fraud mail fraud.
Actress Felicity Huffman arrives holding hands with an unidentified man, left, at federal court in Boston on April 4, 2019.
Loughlin and her designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are charged with paying $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as fake recruits for the crew team. She is accused of paying $15,000 to modify her daughter's SAT scores. They were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering, said the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA. Loughlin and Giannulli rejected the plea deal.More news: Lille thump Paris Saint-Germain to put title celebrations on ice
Huffman, Loughlin and Giannulli have not publicly addressed the allegations against them.