Yesterday, we reported that former “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison for her role in the college admissions scandal. Now, experts are weighing in on whether she will able to make a comeback in Hollywood.
“I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process and in doing so I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass,” Loughlin said during her sentencing hearing. “I have great faith in God, and I believe in redemption and I will do everything in my power to redeem myself and use this experience as a catalyst to do good.”
Andrew Gilman, president & CEO of CommCore Consulting Group, spoke to Fox News about the possibility of Loughlin’s acting career being salvageable after her prison sentence.
“If she accepts the punishment, pays the fine, and puts in the hours of community service, she will have paid the price to the court of law,” he said. “In the court of public opinion, restoring her reputation and getting hired again will depend on time, her sincerity and [if] producers and audiences [are] willing to forgive and forget.”
Gilman went on to question if “values-based networks like Hallmark might be slower to accept her being cast.” Loughlin had made a career of starring in Hallmark’s original romantic holiday movies like 2018’s “Homegrown Christmas” and 2016’s “Every Christmas Has a Story.”
Eden Gillott, president of Gillott Communications, said that “a reputation isn’t like a computer on the fritz. You can’t just flip a switch and restore a career as if nothing happened. She’s going to need a hard reset.”
He added that for Loughlin to make a comeback in Hollywood, it’s “going to require laying low and being as un-newsworthy as possible while she redefines what’s important to her and her family.”
Howard Breuer, CEO of a Los Angeles-based PR firm Newsroom PR, described her sentencing amid a pandemic as being “serendipitous” because very few TV and movies have returned to production. This means that by the time that many projects will resume, Loughlin will be out of prison.
“Think about all that we are going through now and what the next year will be like. Will anyone care?” he pondered.
Irwin Feinberg, a founding partner at the FMBK law firm, disagreed to a degree. He said that Loughlin “played by a whole different set of rules. Rules that didn’t apply to the ‘little people.'””In essence, she used those rules to buy her daughters’ admissions into the schools that she wanted for them. If she’s going to seek redemption in the public’s eye, she going to have to find a level of humility,” he added. “[Loughlin] needs to establish that’s she’s contrite… and is determined not to repeat those mistakes.”
Loughlin is set to begin her prison sentence on November 19.
This piece originally appeared in UpliftingToday.com and is used by permission.
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