With the news that Felicity Huffman is returning to acting after serving time for her role in the college admissions scandal, all eyes turned to Lori Loughlin. While talk of a Hollywood comeback is a bit premature since Loughlin is still behind bars, the thought of what her career will look like post-prison is a bit curious. Hollywood insiders are saying the two situations are completely different — and yes, it’s going to be a difficult road for Lori.
The optics on the two situations are completely different and that’s why the entertainment industry is welcoming Huffman back much quicker than they will with Loughlin. Here’s why — accountability. After getting arrested, Huffman just “wanted to do the right thing,” an insider tells Variety. She isn’t taking her new comedy gig at ABC for granted either, she’s “grateful there is work available for her.”
Huffman felt remorse about her actions from the moment her crimes were revealed. The pain echoed not only in her professional life, but in her personal life. A court document revealed she felt that she “betrayed” her daughter, and it’s a “transgression” she will “carry for the rest of [her] life.”
On the flip side, Loughlin and her husband stalled on taking a plea deal and maintained their innocence for over 12 months. They finally gave in to their legal situation and admitted that they paid college insider Rick Singer $500,000 to get their daughters, Isabella and Olivia, into the University of Southern California as crew recruits — and we certainly know now that they had never rowed a day in their lives. This is the sticking point that’s going to affect Loughlin’s comeback — waiting to take ownership of their misdeeds.
Hollywood crisis manager, Howard Bragman, weighed in on the two situations for Variety. He believes that Huffman “handled a very bad situation very well” and exhibited “humility, great class and great sincerity” in fessing up to her role in the scandal. Her remorse was so letter-perfect that “it couldn’t have been done any differently.” For Loughlin, it’s a tougher mountain to climb.
Bragman thinks that Loughlin didn’t handle “the situation quite as deftly,” especially since this was a “wealth and power scandal.” The public perception is going to be tough to get around, especially in an era of cancel culture.
The crisis expert recommends that both women do a “catharsis interview” because they were “the poster children” of the college admissions scam. Their fans want to hear their side of the story and how truly sorry they are for their participation in the scandal.
ABC has welcomed Huffman back with open arms, but Hallmark’s parent company, Crown Media, had no comment for Variety about Loughlin’s possible return. Even sources close to the former Fuller House star revealed that “there is no discussing work” while she’s in prison. For now, Loughlin’s main focus is putting her legal case behind her.
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