John Stamos Reveals How He Warned ‘Full House’ Wife on College Scandal

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John Stamos has been an American TV heartthrob for nearly 40 years. He used his charisma and carefree demeanor to score roles in Glee, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Scream Queens, You, and most recently, Big Shot. Yet, the veteran actor is best known for his breakout performance as Uncle Jesse in the long-running sitcom Full House. The show’s legacy would create ever-lasting bonds as Stamos remained close to several cast members. This would even include supporting his now infamous TV wife, Lori Loughlin, who faced prison time over her 2020 fraud charges.

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The ’80s and ’90s were arguably considered “the Golden Era of Sitcom Television.” The advent of cable television forced networks to invest in more content, and the most popular genre was ‘situational comedy’ or sitcoms. This would give rise to classics such as, The Golden Girls, Alf, Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends, and Full House.

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Full House centered around a loveable extended family filled with lively and eccentric personalities. Each episode showcased wholesomely humorous hijinks as a widower (Bob Saget) with three daughters (Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) navigated life with the help of his stand-up comedian best friend (Dave Coulier) and his rock star brother-in-law (Stamos).

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The series would be a hit with its family demographic with its debut in 1987. It would run for eight seasons and catapulted the careers of many of its stars like the Olsen Twins, Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin and John Stamos. Full House remained such an embedded part of 80s-90s nostalgia that Netflix would feature a five-season modern revival with most of the original cast called Fuller House.

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Stamos returned to the new series, along with his TV wife, Lori Loughlin. Loughlin maintained an acting presence in the public eye by starring and producing multiple Hallmark Channel Christmas movies for nearly two decades. However, her seemingly upstanding reputation was tarnished when she was accused of bribery and fraud. It was uncovered that she and her husband funneled $500,000 through a fake charity, along with authorizing fake athletic credentials and rigged test scores to get their two daughters into a prestigious university.

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Loughlin claimed the accusations were false for nearly year after the scandal went public. The actor’s legal team attempted multiple tactics to have the case dismissed, yet the FBI’s involvement escalated the severity of the charges. This prompted Loughlin and her husband to ultimately plead guilty to ‘conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.’ Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison, as well as fined $150,000 and required to complete 100 hours of community service.

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Despite her fall from grace, John Stamos has revealed in a new memoir that they have maintained their closeness. He divulged that they were speaking to each other the day the scandal went public. Stamos stated he asked her about the rumor, but Loughlin waved off the concern.

Then the actor professed, “Then, switching on the news, the story breaks big time. I immediately text Lori. ‘Are you watching the news?’ An FBI agent is announcing the largest college admissions scandal ever handled by the Department of Justice.” He continued, “Turn on the TV Lori, now! There’s a big press conference happening.”

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Even in spite of her criminal behavior and initial denial of it, Stamos presented no regret in warning her when the investigation went public or what ensued afterwards. He articulated, “No matter how hard she was hit, how desperate everyone was to cancel her and throw her in with the pile of brutal criminals, she stood fast, protecting her daughters from the mud hurled at them day after day after day.”

He finished, “When it came time for her to face the consequences, I watched Lori embrace her responsibility, fulfill the legal requirements with her husband and dust herself off with unwavering determination. What struck me most was her sheer grit and her ability to gather the pieces of her shattered world and rebuild.” The Hallmark Channel must agree with Stamos because Lori Loughlin went on to star in Fall Into Winter for the network last year.

John Stamos’ memoir “If You Would Have Told Me: A Memoir” is scheduled for release today, October 24, 2023.

What do you think of Stamos’ comments? Should Lori Loughlin have had a longer jail sentence? Does she deserve to be publicly cancelled?

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