Lori Loughlin reportedly won't be a part of the final season of Fuller House, but cast member Michael Campion says the actress is still part of the family. In an interview with MEA WorldWide, Campion talked about Netflix's decision to drop Lori Loughlin from the upcoming fifth and final season of Fuller House amid her alleged involvement in the nationwide college admissions scandal.
Campion, who plays DJ Tanner Fuller's (Candace Cameron Bure) teen son, Jackson Fuller, on the Netflix hit, didn't work with Loughlin during the original Full House days. In fact, he hadn't even been born at that time. However, the young actor had grown to love the series star after working with Loughlin for four seasons of Fuller House.
Of Loughlin, who plays Aunt Becky Katsopolis on Fuller House, Campion said that he is saddened to lose her for the show's final season.
"It is kind of sad losing a member like that because I didn't think that she wasn't going to be on the show anymore but that was Netflix's decision. It is sad and I think that we're going to go on and honoring her on the show, she is our family after all."Campion also added that the scripts for the fifth season of Fuller House were still being written when the college admissions scandal broke, so there wasn't much that had to be changed regarding Loughlin's character.
"She's great, and I love her," the Fuller House star said of Loughlin.Lori Loughlin appeared in 13 of 57 episodes of Fuller House during the show's first four seasons. According to TV Line, there are no plans to bring Lori Loughlin back as Rebecca Donaldson Katsopolis during the Full House spinoff's farewell season, and Michael Campion's comments about his co-star seem to confirm that.
However, a source previously told Radar Online that Lori Loughlin is "beloved" by the entire Fuller House cast and production team, and that there is a possibility she could film some "secret" scenes away from the studio audience. The insider told Radar Online that Loughlin "would secretly film her scenes with other cast members" later this summer, for a total of four episodes.
While Lori Loughlin was immediately fired from her Hallmark series When Calls the Heart, her Fuller House co-stars have been supportive in the wake of the scandal. When Fuller House won the Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Funny TV show earlier this year, series stars Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, and Andrea Barber used their acceptance speech to say that "family sticks together no matter what," as was previously shared by The Inquisitr.
Lori Loughlin's expected exit from Fuller House comes after she and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters, Isabella and Olivia Jade, into the University of Southern California. The two daughters allegedly posed as fake crew team recruits. Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty to the charges, but face up to 40 years in jail if convicted.
You can see Michael Campion talking about Fuller House -- and Lori Loughlin -- in the video below.Fuller House will return to Netflix for its final season later this year.