An Official Timeline of Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman's College Cheating Scandal

By | March 15, 2019

Summer of the Scammer Part 2 has ARRIVED, and it’s literally still winter. As you’re probably aware, Full House actress Lori Loughlin and Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman have been accused of ~doing crimes~ to get their kids into prestigious universities. It’s a cheating scandal of epic proportion and the internet just can’t get enough.

So I’ve gone ahead and laid out a timeline for ya of what has to be 2019’s most WTF story yet. Check back for the most recent updates, and scroll all the way down if you wanna go back, back to the beginning.

MARCH 15, 2019

12:27 p.m. ET

Lori Loughlin is reportedly being fired from Fuller House because of the cheating scandal.

It’s not official-official yet, but a Deadline source said, “She’s toast, it’s over.” A TMZ insider added that, “Lori is a guest star and was during the previous four seasons, and there are currently no plans for her to return to the fifth season.”

10:15 a.m. ET

Welp, just like Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman has deleted all her social media accounts.

In the days she left it live after the college scandal broke, many mocked Felicity’s old tweets, including one that ironically asked “What are your best hacks for the back-to-school season?”

MARCH 14, 2019

6:03 p.m. ET

According to TMZ, Lori Loughlin’s daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella will not be returning to USC after all, despite the fact that the school hasn’t made any formal public decisions about their enrollment post-admissions scandal.

The outlet says Olivia and Isabella made the call themselves—with support from mom and dad—because they’re worried they’d be “viciously bullied” otherwise.

TMZ’s sources added that they never really wanted to go to USC in the first place, but even so, Olivia “is a mess, despondent and feeling like it’s the end of the world.”

5:00 p.m. ET

The Hallmark Channel announced that it’ll stop working with Lori Loughlin, who was a frequent star in the company’s TV movies and the series When Calls the Heart.

“We are saddened by the recent news surrounding the college admissions allegations,” the company said in a statement. “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.”

3:11 p.m. ET

Sephora announced that the company is scrapping Olivia Jade’s makeup products in light of the scandal.

In a statement, the company said, “After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately.”

MARCH 13, 2019

6:09 p.m. ET

According to a staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Lori Loughlin has been released on a $ 1 million bond. She’s allowed to travel back to Canada to finish her “film projects,” but she has to surrender her U.S. passport in December. Yikes!

12:09 p.m. ET

Loughlin is officially in FBI custody. A FBI spokeswoman told ET that Loughlin will be booked at the Metropolitan Detention Center is L.A. The actress is expected to appear before a federal magistrate (aka a JUDGE) sometime this afternoon. Yikes!

MARCH 12, 2019

8:28 p.m ET

TMZ reports that Lori Loughlin is in Vancouver and making her way back to the U.S.A. FYI, her husband Mossimo had already been arrested at this point and was released on a $ 1 million bond.


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8:09 p.m ET

TMZ reports that Felicity Huffman has been released on a $ 250K bond following her morning arrest (scroll down for more on that yikes-y moment). She apparently had to hand over her passport to authorities.


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5:34 p.m. ET

James Van Der Beek tweets the perfect response after learning that the FBI named their operation “Operation Varsity Blues.”

Circa 4:00 p.m. ET

The internet realizes that Lori has deleted her Instagram:



12:39 p.m ET

People unearths footage of Lori’s influencer daughter Olivia Jade saying she doesn’t care about going to class, which, woof, is not a great look:

I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend but I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.

Olivia later apologized, saying, “I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically. And it totally came across that I’m not grateful for college—I’m going to a really nice school. And it just kind of made it seem like I don’t care, I just want to brush it off. I’m just gonna be successful at YouTube and not have to worry about school. I watch it back and I read the comments, and I’m just really disappointed in myself.”

10:13 a.m ET

NBC and The Hollywood Reporter report that Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among 40 people charged with conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud thanks to allegedly scheming to get their kids into university.

The scam involved paying millions of dollars to a man in California who runs a “business” helping students cheat on standardized tests and get falsely recruited as athletes. Huffman used the service for her eldest daughter, and TMZ reports that she made a “charitable contribution of $ 15,000 to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme” which ensured her daughter was given “twice the amount of time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterward.”

Meanwhile, Loughlin and her husband allegedly “agreed to pay bribes totaling $ 500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team—despite the fact that they did not participate in crew—thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”

9:00 a.m. ET

Felicity Huffman is arrested at her Hollywood Hills home after 7 FBI agents—according to TMZ—”show up at her door Tuesday morning with guns drawn.”

Felicity, her husband William H. Macy, and their two daughters were sleeping at the time (it was only 6 a.m. on the west coast), but here they are awake and on the red carpet in 2014 before Felicity was an alleged criminal!!!!


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AUGUST 24, 2016

3:10 p.m. ET

Felicity Huffman posts the below tweet. Let’s just say it’ll come back to haunt her.

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