How should the final season of Fuller House handle Aunt Becky's story? Netflix has yet to say anything on the subject, but Lori Loughlin will reportedly not be returning for the fifth and final season after the charges against her in that crazy college admissions scam. If that stays the case, Fuller House could always go the Michelle Tanner route -- just reference her off-screen -- but Wendy Williams suggested they just kill off Loughlin's character:
She's like the queen of the Hallmark Channel. Such wholesome programming. Is this the woman you want to represent you? I mean she's a thief. She's a liar. And dragged her daughters into it. ... I was rethinking Fuller House last night. Alright, Fuller House too shouldn't be canceled and I'll tell you why. Candace Cameron Bure, she's so lovely. She's not stealing. John Stamos just had a baby. They're expensive. He needs his money and the rest of them are funny. It's a funny show. So what they should do is kill off Lori Loughlin and have the rest of them continue on.
Wendy Williams is Wendy Williams, so she always has an opinion on everything. It doesn't really matter what Williams said on her show (via TooFab), but it's interesting to see the quick reactions everyone always has to celebrity scandals.
Lori Loughlin has already been dropped from Hallmark in addition to her reported drop from Netflix's Full House continuation.
Earlier this week, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to designate their two daughters as recruits to the USC crew team, even though the students didn't row crew. According to CNN, Loughlin faces charges of felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. According to Forbes, if both Lori Loughlin and fellow accused celeb Felicity Huffman continue to cooperate with authorities and show contrition for what they allegedly did, they are likely to walk away with big fines and perhaps probation, but not jail time.
Since Fuller House Season 5 is not in production right now, it is possible Lori Loughlin will be able to tie up Aunt Becky's story in a less dramatic fashion than killing her off for a college admissions scandal.
Rebecca "Becky" Donaldson–Katsopolis has been part of the Full House family since Season 2. She's now married to John Stamos's Uncle Jesse Katsopolis, and the Becky-Jesse relationship is sacrosanct to fans. It would be a shame to see Becky killed off to punish the actress who plays her, but it wouldn't be the first time a TV show went that route. The Full House cast has stayed pretty quiet when it comes to commenting on the charges against their co-star. Maybe they're waiting for the furor to die down.
TMZ had reported from a production source that Lori Loughlin was a guest star for the previous four seasons of Fuller House but "there are currently no plans for her to return for the 5th season." That doesn't mean plans couldn't change. We'll have to wait and see how Fuller House handles things for the final season. Maybe they will just say Aunt Becky is visiting Michelle in New York again, like they did in the Season 4 premiere.