John Stamos is expressing support for his former "Full House" co-star, Hauppauge-raised Lori Loughlin, who, with her husband, faces trial in the recent college-admissions bribery scandal.
"I gotta be careful," Stamos, who recently turned 56, says in the new issue of GQ. "I want to wait until the trial happens, if it does, or whatever the result is, and then talk about it," he said.
He added, “Honestly, I can't figure it out. It doesn't make sense. I talked to her the morning everything hit. I just can't process it still.” Stamos said he remains convinced that "Whatever happened, I'm pretty sure that the punishment is not equal to the crime, if there was a crime."
Stamos, in addition to reprising his role as Jesse Katsopolis on Netflix's "Fuller House," the sequel series to ABC's 1987-95 family sitcom hit, is an executive producer of the show, on which he and Loughlin, who plays his wife, Rebecca, have appeared as recurring guest stars. Trade reports in March, citing anonymous sources, said Loughlin was not expected to return for season 5, scheduled for late this year.
Stamos told "Entertainment Tonight" in June he had not yet worked on the new show's fifth season and was unclear on her involvement. "I haven't been on the show yet and it hasn't come up, so I'm going to talk to some people about it this week and see what's going on," he told "Entertainmnent Tonight." "I'm just going to wait a little longer before I talk about it. It's a difficult situation for everyone involved. I don't mean just on our side."
Loughlin, 55, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among the more than 30 parents charged in March in a federal investigation of parents bribing colleges to guarantee their children's entry. The couple allegedly paid $500,000 for their daughters to be admitted falsely as recruits to the USC crew team. In April they pleaded not guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering, and face up to 20 years in prison for each charge.
In March, the Hallmark Channel dropped Loughlin from the drama series "When Calls the Heart" and other network programming.