One of TV’s more unusual mysteries was solved Sunday when viewers learned just how “When Calls the Heart” would handle the exit of Lori Loughlin, who was let go from the series in the wake of her involvement in the college admissions scandal.
Fans of the Hallmark Channel show didn’t have to wait long during the new episode to see what fate awaited Loughlin’s character, Abigail, the mayor of Hope Valley.
The episode opened with Elizabeth, played by Erin Krakow, narrating a letter.
“We never know how life will turn,” she began. “It’s been a week since Abigail got word that her mother had taken ill back east. True to her nature, Abigail wasted no time in rushing off to care for her.
“Abigail is much more than a friend, she’s family. I will miss her and Cody deeply, we all will, but we must get by as best we can. ... We all keep Abigail and her family in our prayers in her absence and wish her Godspeed. In her absence we must soldier on and we will. We are a community, we are strong, we are Hope Valley.”
“When Calls the Heart” was in the midst of its current sixth season when news broke that Loughlin, 54, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among dozens of parents charged in the college admissions scandal.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California. They have pleaded not guilty to charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.