Defending her: John Stamos, 59, defended Lori Loughlin, 58, on Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast earlier this week, claiming she was a minor player in the Varsity Blues scandal;  seen in 2016

John Stamos claims Lori Loughlin only had a minor role in college admissions scandal

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John Stamos Claims Lori Loughlin Had Only A Minor Role In College Admissions Scandal… And Says He Sent Out His Time: ‘Went To Damn Jail’

John Stamos defended his former Full House co-star Lori Loughlin by claiming she was just a peripheral part of the college admissions scandal in a recent podcast chat.

The 59-year-old actor claimed that Loughlin, 58, was “in the background” of the scandal in his conversation earlier this week with Dax Shepard for his Armchair Expert podcast.

Stamos also claimed that Loughlin had been sufficiently punished for her crimes after serving a prison sentence.

Defending her: John Stamos, 59, defended Lori Loughlin, 58, on Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert podcast earlier this week, claiming she was a minor player in the Varsity Blues scandal; seen in 2016

Stamos and Shepard seemed to be on the same page about Loughlin, as the former Beach Boys guest referenced Shepard’s complicated feelings about the disgraced actress and how he “said some really nice things about her.”

Last night we talked about you. It was something you were saying about how you hate it when people bring it up because if you defend it, people get mad,” Stamos said. “If you don’t stand up for her, then you feel bad because she’s a great person.”

Although Stamos had previously been very quiet about Loughlin’s crimes, which earned him a two-month prison sentence in late 2020, he was now more forthcoming with his permission.

‘I’m going to say this, and she said she could. She wasn’t really the architect of any of it, she was at the bottom of the road,’ she claimed. She didn’t know what was happening.

Just a pawn?  'I'm going to say this, and she said she could.  She wasn't really the architect of any of it, she was at the bottom of the road,' she claimed.  'She didn't know what was going on.';  Full House publicity photo from 1993

Just a pawn? ‘I’m going to say this, and she said she could. She wasn’t really the architect of any of it, she was at the bottom of the road,’ she claimed. ‘She didn’t know what was going on.’; Full House publicity photo from 1993

Enough: He also said that she deserved a break after serving her sentence.  She also paid a lot of money.  She created a college fund for boys and went to jail, man';  photographed in 2018

Enough: He also said that she deserved a break after serving her sentence. She also paid a lot of money. She created a college fund for boys and went to jail, man’; photographed in 2018

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Gianulli were indicted in March 2019 on bribery charges.

She ultimately pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in May of the following year, while her husband pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud.

She was fined $150,000 for the crime and required to complete 100 hours of community service, in addition to spending two months behind bars.

In his interview, Stamos said that the offender’s punishment was reason enough for people to give him a break now.

He also paid a lot of money. He created a college fund for boys and went to jail, man,” he added.

Making amends: Loughlin went to prison for two months and paid $150K in fines while doing 100 hours of community service as punishment

Making amends: Loughlin went to prison for two months and paid $150K in fines while doing 100 hours of community service as punishment

As part of their plan to get their daughters into college, Loughlin and Gianulli paid William Rick Singer $500,000 to help create fake résumés for daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella on the University of Southern California rowing team. although neither was a rower or had any experience with the sport.

Prosecutors said they posed their daughters in rowing teams, though Olivia and Isabella allegedly misunderstood the plan to get them into college under false pretenses.

Although prosecutors presented evidence showing that Olivia had been copied in several emails related to the scam, she was never charged for it.

Family: Paid $500K to get daughters Olivia and Isabella into USC under false pretenses.  Olivia was copied on scam-related emails, but she was never charged;  (From left to right) Olivia, Lori and Isabella in 2019

Family: Paid $500K to get daughters Olivia and Isabella into USC under false pretenses. Olivia was copied on scam-related emails, but she was never charged; (From left to right) Olivia, Lori and Isabella in 2019

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