One of this week's tabloids claims Felicity Huffman's "Desperate Housewives" co-stars are furious over her involvement in the college admission cheating scandal. Gossip Cop can debunk the bogus story. It's completely made-up.
As Gossip Cop has reported, Huffman was one of 50 people charged with allegedly paying bribes to get their kids into elite colleges. The actress is being accused of paying $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter's answers on an SAT test.
According to the National Enquirer, Huffman's former co-stars, specifically Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross, fear they're going to lose millions of dollars over the actress's college admissions controversy. How so? A supposed source tells the magazine, "Each cast member earns a fat royalty every time 'Housewives' airs anywhere around the world."
The supposed source adds, "Eva and Marcia planned on cashing those checks for years and now Felicity has messed that up. We're talking millions of dollars lost. They're steaming mad and nothing Felicity can say or do will help."
The tabloid's story, which was picked up and spread online by outlets such as RadarOnline and Celebrity Insider, is flat-out incorrect. "Desperate Housewives" isn't in syndication. The show doesn't play in reruns the way classic sitcoms do, such as "Seinfeld" and "Friends," which air daily on various networks. Longoria, Cross and the other stars of the ABC drama, which ended back in 2012, aren't worried about losing millions of dollars that aren't on the table.
Despite the outlet's story being based on a false premise, Gossip Cop still reached out to Cross's spokesperson, who calls it downright "dumb." A source close to Longoria similarly assures us there's no truth to the report, adding, "The royalties are not affected and they are all still friends."
The magazine's bogus story is suspiciously similar to an article about Lori Loughlin that we busted earlier this week. That report said the "Full House" actress's co-stars were angry over the college scandal because they also feared they'd lose millions in residuals. Reruns of "Full House" do in fact air on TV, but only infrequently and the cast members aren't collecting million-dollar checks.
Additionally, there's also been zero indication that any network plans to pull reruns over the controversy surrounding Loughlin, who's only a supporting player on the show. Regardless, the majority of the "Full House" cast has publicly stated they're standing by their co-star.
Unfortunately, the college admissions scandal has spawned a lot of fake tabloid stories. Last week, Gossip Cop busted Life & Style for falsely claiming Huffman and her husband William H. Macy were headed for a divorce over the situation. The spouses of more than 20 years aren't having marital issues. In reality, Macy is supporting his wife amid her legal troubles and the two were even photographed holding hands while arriving at a Los Angeles courthouse last month. This latest article involving Huffman's "Desperate Housewives" co-stars is similarly untrue.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.