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HALLMARK CHANNEL “RETOOLING” THE SHOW “WHEN CALLS THE HEART” AFTER LORI LOUGHLIN FIRING

The producers of the Hallmark Channel series When Calls the Heart assured viewers that the drama will not be canceled following the firing of star Lori Loughlin for her alleged involvement in the college admissions scandal

The show’s co-creator Brian Bird and other members of the production team said in a statement posted on Instagram: “Hearties, thank you for your love, support and patience these last several days as we have all been preoccupied with the news about Lori Loughlin and her family, and the decisions our colleagues at the Hallmark Channel USA needed to make. As you can imagine, everyone involved with When Calls the Heart was surprised by these developments, so we hope you can forgive us for initially staying silent while we sorted through how to respond.”

“As for the show itself, we know millions of fans are on pins and needles wondering what will happen now. Let us reassure you, When Calls the Heart has always been bigger than the sum of its parts, and it HAS NOT BEEN CANCELED. With the full support of the network, we have gone on a creative hiatus to do some retooling on the remaining season 6 episodes. That process has already begun. Hope Valley will return to your TV screens as soon as we can bring the episodes to you.”

Hallmark Channel announced on Thursday, March 14, that it had fired Loughlin in the wake of the college scandal news. Loughlin starred on When Calls the Heart since January 2014.