The co-hosts of The Real weighed in on the possible fate of actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin on Tuesday, revealing they are not confident justice will be served in either case in the wake of the college admissions scandal.
Huffman pleaded guilty in federal court to to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud on Monday. Prosecutors suggested a sentence of four months in prison as part of the Desperate Housewives actress’ plea deal — as well as a $20,000 fine and 12 months supervised release.
Lori Loughlin, who is best known for her role as Aunt Becky in Full House, entered a not guilty plea in April in an attempt to fight the charges against her, which include money laundering and conspiracy to commit fraud.
Guest co-host Yvette Nicole Brown didn’t hold back in sharing her opinion about Loughlin, saying “women like her are not going to be made an example of.”
“Let’s not act like we don’t know there’s a different justice system for some people and another one for others,” she continued. “Lori’s gonna be fine. She’s just fine. Mark my words.”
Meanwhile, fellow panelist Loni Love felt that Felicity Huffman’s recommended 4-month prison sentence was light compared to what a less privileged person would have received.
“Her name is ‘Felicity’ but if her name was ‘Felicia’ she would have gotten more time,” Love said.
Some agreed with the hosts of The Real that Huffman and Loughlin’s privilege affords them advantages others don’t have.
Thanks Yvette. Lori Loughlin will never serve any years because of her white privilege.— 4thOfUlie (@4thOfUlie) May 14, 2019
I wish @YNB would specify why she thinks Lori Laughlin will get a lesser sentence if it's race or money, because it's probably both, but she is right Lori will basically get away with this.— Cheryl (@ShutterbugSaid) May 14, 2019
All should be treated the same as normal people would be cause they rich its different?? Dnt sound right to me.— Courtney Huff (@Courtne44472538) May 14, 2019
Love made sure that the true injustice of the scandal wasn’t lost in all the debate, telling viewers “I want to remind people the reason why this is wrong. They took someone’s space. That’s someone who could have actually earned it and worked hard.”
But not everyone felt that Huffman and Loughlin were getting off easy. On her own show, Wendy Williams took a very different stance.
The host revealed she has sympathy for Huffman, saying, “I feel sorry for Felicity Huffman. I know she’s wrong. She’s dead wrong. She needs to do all 4 months.”
She still went on to explain her affection for the actress.
“You know how you like somebody but you know they did the crime? I still like O.J. even though I know he did the crime. I feel bad about that but he’s charming, what can I say?” Williams said.
Williams also said she understood why she felt Huffman, Loughlin and other parents embroiled in the scandal went to such great lengths to get their kids into colleges they may not have deserved to attend.
“We go to the ends of the earth for our children,” said Williams. “Even if sometimes it involves breaking the rules and we know we’re breaking the rules. Her statement was met with cheers and nods of agreement from her studio audience.
Not everyone on Twitter agreed with Williams’ take.
Just heard Wendy Williams say she felt sorry 4 OJ & Felicity Huffman acknowledging that both did the crime WTF is wrong w/her?Will not watch her show again— Roxie (@dawnlong922) May 14, 2019
@WendyWilliams Nope NOPE & NOPE Wendy! You feel bad for Felicity Huffman??? First off there are policies in place for persons with learning & other disabilities. AND besides that, they have the resources to help their children!!! I DO NOT FEEL BAD AT ALL! 😐😐😒😒😒— Queen Carlene Okafor (@memsfabulous) May 14, 2019
Sober Wendy on O.J.: She feels bad about the crime but likes the murderer.— AZ Suze (@AZSuzeQ) May 14, 2019
...this she reveals on air as she compares her conflicted feelings about Felicity Huffman's consequences for college admission cheating crimes.
Girl, you've lost it sober.
Others, however, thought Huffman should indeed get some leniency for her willingness to fess up to the accusations.
@FelicityHuffman it’s a crooked world, you went along in your Mother’s love for your daughter. Admire u for fessing up, move on— Cornelia mara susie (@CorneliaBinkley) May 14, 2019
She knows she did wrong unlike the other actress who plead not guilty— California Matthew (@EmeryvilleMatty) May 14, 2019
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