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‘Fuller House’ star says Lori Loughlin and the college admissions scandal is ‘painful’ for the cast

Juan Pablo Di Pace said the recent scandal news isn’t good for the cast.

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Jodie Sweetin, front row from left, Jeff Franklin, Candace Cameron-Bure, John Brotherton, Dave Coulier, Scott Weinger, Lori Laughlin, Andrea Barber, and bottom row from left, Juan Pablo di Pace, Bob Saget, and John Stamos pose in the press room with the a

Jodie Sweetin, front row from left, Jeff Franklin, Candace Cameron-Bure, John Brotherton, Dave Coulier, Scott Weinger, Lori Laughlin, Andrea Barber, and bottom row from left, Juan Pablo di Pace, Bob Saget, and John Stamos pose in the press room with the award for favorite premium comedy series for “Fuller House” at the People’s Choice Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, in Los Angeles.

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“Fuller House” star Juan Pablo Di Pace said recently that Lori Loughlin’s legal trouble is having an effect on the cast.

Di Pace told Us Weekly that the cast is thinking about Loughlin — who plays Aunt Becky on “Fuller House” and “Full House” — as she heads to trial for the college admissions scandal. Speculation about Loughlin’s future kicked up this weekend after fellow celebrity mother, Felicity Huffman, was sentenced to prison for 14 days in the scandal.

Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Gianulli, are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, could be team crew recruits for the University of Southern California.

“Well, we all love Lori because Lori’s part of this family too,” Di Pace told Us Weekly. “So, it’s an upsetting situation and we wish her … I mean, we wish her the very, very best on this really difficult situation, but she is part of the family, so it’s painful for everybody.”

Di Pace said he doesn’t know how the script changed after Loughlin was accused in the college admissions scandal earlier this year.

“I actually don’t have an idea,” he said. “They don’t tell me about that. We don’t talk about that.”

“Fuller House” star John Stamos doesn’t want to talk about Lori Loughlin right now, partly because he doesn’t understand what’s going on.

Stamos told GQ in a recent interview that he has “gotta be careful” with what he says about Loughlin and the ongoing college bribery scandal.

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters could be team crew recruits for the University of Southern California. Lori Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded not guilty in the case.

“I want to wait until the trial happens,” Stamos said, ”if it does, or whatever the result is, and then talk about it.

“I’ll tell you one thing that has been strange is: Honestly, I can’t figure it out. It doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Stamos said he talked to Loughlin on the morning when the scandal broke.

“I just can’t process it still,” he said.

“Whatever happened,” he said, “I’m pretty sure that the punishment is not equal to the crime, if there was a crime.”

Back in June, Stamos told Entertainment Tonight that Loughlin won’t factor into the final season of “Fuller House.” He said he wasn’t sure how executives planned to deal with the scandal on the show, either.

“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 said, according to the Deseret News. “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.”

The rest of the “Fuller House” cast has remained mostly silent on Lori Loughlin and the college bribery scandal. One exception came during the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards when they seemed to address the idea of family, which some, including The Washington Post, took as a reference to Loughlin and her case.

“Thank you for voting ‘Fuller House’ as your favorite funny TV show! You have been laughing alongside our family for four seasons. And this family has a lot of heart,” said Andrea Barber.

Candace Cameron Bure added, “And where there’s a lot of heart, there’s a lot of love.” She added, “And a loving family sticks together no matter what. They stick together through the hard times, they support each other, they encourage one another, they pray for each other — and they stand by their side no matter how tough it gets. And a loving family that sticks together also celebrates the really good times together.”