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“Curb Your Enthusiasm” EP Says Lori Loughlin Was 'Totally Game' to Parody Her 2019 College Admissions Scandal Involvement

"Everything we threw at her, she was game to do. She makes the episode," executive producer Jeff Schaffer said of Loughlin's performance on the HBO show

<p>John Johnson/HBO</p> Larry David and Lori Loughlin on

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Larry David and Lori Loughlin on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

Turns out Lori Loughlin has a sense of humor when it comes to her infamous involvement in the 2019 college admissions scandal.

The Full House alum, 59, was the latest celebrity to make an appearance on Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Sunday's episode saw Loughlin play a heightened version of herself who is rejected from country clubs around Los Angeles due to her tarnished reputation post-scandal.

David eventually sponsors Loughlin and gets her approved for membership after performing a motivational speech. When the actress eventually cheats in golf, lies to redeem handicap benefits and gets the best tee times through NSFW ways, David regrets advocating for her membership.

<p>John Johnson/HBO</p> Lori Loughlin on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

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Lori Loughlin on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

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Jeff Schaffer, executive producer for Curb Your Enthusiasm, revealed that Loughlin was more than enthusiastic about parodying herself on the show's 12th and final season.

“This was an idea that we loved from a writer named Teddy Bressman. But it’s not going to be funny with some sort of thinly veiled surrogate. It only works if we get Lori,” Schaffer recalled to The Hollywood Reporter. “So we called her manager up, who loved it, and who then talked to Lori, and she said: ‘I’m in, I’m totally game.’ And she was. She was so great."

"Everything we threw at her, she was game to do. She makes the episode. I’m so glad she wanted to do it,” he added.

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<p>John Johnson/HBO</p> Lori Loughlin on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

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Lori Loughlin on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm'

Though Curb writers had various ideas of how to incorporate the actress in the story, they asked Loughlin if she would even be open to making an appearance before writing a script.

“We pitched the general concept of: ‘You get into the club, and then we find out how ultra-competitive you are, and how you’re willing to bend the rules or break them,'" he recalled. "And then once she agreed, we really started hammering out the details of the script."

"She saw how funny it was and was into it immediately,” Schaffer added.

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In May 2020, Loughlin admitted to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, while her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and one count of honest services wire and mail fraud.

According to the criminal complaint against them, the couple was accused of paying $500,000 to Rick Singer and Key Worldwide Foundation to falsely designate their daughters, Olivia Jade Giannulli, 21, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 22, as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though neither ever participated in the sport.

In August of the same year, Loughlin was sentenced to two months in federal prison while her husband received a five-month sentence for their role in the scandal. The actress was eventually released from prison in December 2020 after serving almost two months of her sentence.

Since then, Loughlin has slowly been making her return to TV, beginning with reprising her role as Abigail Stanton in When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas — a spinoff to When Calls the Heart — in December 2021 on Great American Family.

She also starred opposite James Tupper in the network's January 2023 TV film Fall Into Winter and appeared with Tupper and Jesse Hutch in A Christmas Blessing the following November.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on HBO.

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