Sharon Osbourne Thinks Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Deserve Fines For College Bribery Scheme, Sheryl Underwood Says Hell No They Don’t
People had plenty to say when news came out that actresses Lori Loughlin, aka, Aunt Becky from Full House, and Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives fame, were arrested and indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. They were just two of a number of parents accused of paying staff and coaches at quite a few elite universities across the nation to ensure entry for their kids into the schools. They didn’t know that the FBI had been investigating these dealings for years under the moniker, Operation Varsity Blues. The leader of this scheme, William Rick Singer, admitted to helping to secure college admission fore more than 700 families.
In the midst of all the parents and school staff who got their hands dirty for money and the chance to secure a spot for their undeserving kids, what should happen to Loughlin and Huffman? They are two well-known stars from beloved programs, and that may be why some, including Sharon Osbourne, think they deserve a slap on the wrist. However, Osbourne believes Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade, known for her open disdain for school and being a YouTube star and beauty influencer, should get a slap somewhere else for being obnoxious.
“I think they should be fined and I think they should have to do community service. I really do,” said Sharon Osbourne on Wednesday’s episode of The Talk. “Listen, we all BS about our lives to some proportion, but this is totally living a lie. And as far as the one parent paying half a million to get her daughter into USC, she should have paid something to get that girl’s attitude changed cause her attitude is so entitled. It’s so ‘Don’t you know who I am? I’m special.’ I’m this, I’m that. And it’s like, where’s the humility? Where’s the nice kid? Where’s the nice, genuine personality? And I’m sorry, that is a reflection of the parenting. So goodness! Only knows what goes on in that house.”
But someone on the panel who didn’t believe in a light punishment for the famous moms and anyone involved in this scheme was Sheryl Underwood. She spoke up for the many people who say that everyday people without money or privilege wouldn’t be given the same treatment, and aren’t.
“I would say there might be some people who are saying they should go to jail,” she said. “We already know they have money to pay the fine, and if anybody else had done this that didn’t have fame or a CEO, or something like that, they might face actual jail time. And I think in this country, people want to see people held accountable for their actions.”
In a follow-up clip, Underwood went on to compare the legal drama of Huffman and Loughlin to that of Jussie Smollett, and the consequences he’s faced for allegedly committing a crime some might say is similar.
“I just want to do a little comparison,” said Underwood. “Jussie Smollett allegedly lied, and so did they. Jussie Smollett allegedly conspired to do this, and so did they. And if his career is suffering, he’s been written out of Empire, don’t even know if he’s going to come back, then there needs to be a consequence to their action as well. That’s all I’m saying. They can be forgiven, yes, but there needs to be a consequence to your action.”
Both Loughlin and Huffman were released on bail, Loughlin on a $1 million bond. Her daughter is already feeling the consequences of her mom’s actions, losing a deal with Sephora after releasing a bronzer palette with the popular beauty retailer in December.
“After careful review of recent developments, we have made the decision to end the Sephora Collection partnership with Olivia Jade, effective immediately,” Sephora said in a statement to NBC News on Thursday.