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Report: Lori Loughlin eyed for role on ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’

Will the former ‘Full House’ star join ‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ after the college admissions scandal?

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Lori Loughlin departs federal court Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Boston, after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. At far right is her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Lori Loughlin departs federal court Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Boston, after a hearing in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. At far right is her husband, clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli.

Steven Senne, Associated Press

Multiple reports suggest Lori Loughlin might receive an offer to star on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” a reality show based on wealthy women living in southern California.

What’s going on:

  • Andy Cohen — an executive of the Bravo Network with ties to “The Real Housewives” series of shows — is reportedly interested in adding Loughlin to “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” once her prison sentence is over from the college admissions scandal.
  • Life & Style magazine first reported that Cohen — who has his own late-night talk show with Bravo — has been in contact with Loughlin for the role.
  • Cohen reportedly hopes Loughlin will accept the role and appear on the show’s 11th season.
  • An insider told Life & Style: “Lori has everything that makes a good housewife: beauty, fame, celebrity friends and scandal. Plus, she knows full well that she’s going to find it difficult to find a job again.”

What does this mean?

  • Of course, this appears to be speculation and insider gossip. But it speaks to the larger question about whether i Loughlin will find work after the college admissions scandal.
  • Experts have speculated about what Loughlin’s first television role would be if she returns to television. Experts told me back in February that she would likely play a villain.
  • Brand and reputation management expert Eric Schiffer  told me: “With a guilty verdict, and even her doing time, it’s going to be very difficult and will take time for her to get TV opportunities. Except for maybe playing villains, or characters that she wasn’t known for. And her brand isn’t aligned with.”
  • “The Dobermans of destruction in Hollywood will not be nice and easy on her. But producers may see an angle to benefit from the publicity post-guilty verdict could put her in as the evil bad character, the antagonist or the criminal, you know, of conspirer. So she’d end up playing roles similar to what she was alleged to have done.”
  •  Longtime Hollywood crisis manager Howard Bragman told me in May that Loughlinwill need to appear in a TV interview before taking on new roles.
  • “She’s gonna have to be humble. If she continues to fight it and say, ‘Oh, I don’t think we were wrong,’ it’s not going to play well for her in the court of public opinion I don’t believe.”