John Stamos has been standing by his “Full House” co-star and longtime friend Lori Loughlin since news of his involvement in the college admissions scandal died down.
During his appearance on Dax Shepard’s ‘Armchair Expert’ podcast, the ‘Big Shot’ star claimed he “didn’t know what was going on” at the time.
Stamos revealed that he recently spoke with Loughlin about Shepard regarding his scandal.
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“You said some really nice things about her… We talked about you last night. It was something you were saying about how you hate it when people bring it up because if you stick up for her, the people go crazy. If you don’t defend her, then you feel bad because she’s a great person.”
Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were arrested in March 2019 for their involvement in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal.
The famous couple admitted in May 2020 to paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, even though neither girl was a rower.
After Loughlin received two months in prison and a $150,000 fine and Giannulli was sentenced to five months in prison and a $250,000 fine, the two men were both released from prison in the fall of 2020. .
Meanwhile, Stamos continued to defend Loughlin – who played his TV wife on the 90s sitcom “Full House” – and added that she was not the mastermind behind the scandal.
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“I’ll say this, and she said I could. She wasn’t really the architect of any of this — she was in the background,” he explained on the podcast.
He pointed out that Loughlin tried to redeem himself amid the scandal.
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“She also paid a lot of money. She started a college fund for kids, and she went to jail.”
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Other “Full House” cast members have defended Loughlin during the scandal.
David Coulier revealed he didn’t expect Loughlin to go to jail.
“If you had said at the start of ‘Full House,’ ‘Who’s the only person who’s going to end up going to jail?’ Lori was last on the list,” he said during an interview with E! News from last summer.
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Since the controversial incident, Loughlin made her first red carpet appearance in June at the 2022 DesignCare Gala for the HollyRod Foundation in Los Angeles, Calif.