The two actresses were among 50 suspects who allegedly paid a collective total of $25 million to guarantee admission of their offspring into elite schools. Loughlin and her husband allegedly paid $500k to have their daughters look like recruits for USC's crew team, despite never participating in the sport. Huffman is accused of dropping $15k on a scheme involving college entrance exams.
While Joy Behar said she wasn't exactly surprised -- only "surprised they got caught" -- both Ana Navarro and Sunny Hostin took the opportunity to point out the hard workers who don't get admitted to some Ivy League schools in favor of these alleged scammers.
"I was shocked. I was shocked to learn that I could have gone -- if my parents had enough money -- I could have gone to school pretending I was a gymnast," Navarro joked.
"There are so many black and brown kids and poor white kids at these schools who are told and made to feel they don't belong there," she continued. "There are people who go against affirmative action, they have filed lawsuits, have said rich white people are getting discriminated and to know they are gaming the system this way and the ones that don't belong there and don't deserve to be there and are paying to be there are these kids, not those kids, just angered me."
"For me, I thought, how mediocre must you be if you have to game a system that disproportionally advantages you anyway," she said.
While she said legacy admissions and donations have long been part of the system, this scandal "is very, very different and that sickened me."
For Sunny, the athletic angle bothered her the most, as the mother of a teenage son who works his ass off playing three sports.
"I've been the mom seen him sitting in the Epsom salt bath every night ... I've been the mom that wakes him up at 4:00 in the morning because he's going to swim practice at 5:30 when his friends are still in bed ... I've been the mom where he's gotta leave our summer vacation because he has preseason football," she explained. "And these parents are superimposing their kids' faces on my kid's face, that's ridiculous!"
After acknowledging she often brings up her family on the show, McCain did it once again, explaining her personal connection to the scandal.
She called out "Aunt Becky's husband," Mossimo Giannulli, for "talking crap" about Arizona State University. In one of the e-mails from Giannulli that was included in court documents, he made it clear he didn't want his daughter attending the school.
"We just met with (our older daughter's) college counselor this am," read the e-mail. "I'd like to maybe sit with you after your session with the girls as I have some concerns and want to fully understand the game plan and make sure we have a roadmap for success as it relates to (our daughter) and getting her into a school other than ASU!"
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"They find students, identify, develop and train a global network of character driven leaders that I have the luxury to be a part of that institute," she explained. "And [ASU] was chosen because ASU is a premiere educational system as well. Maybe it isn't as good from Hollywood elites as Harvard or Yale, but let me tell you something, ASU has a president Michael Crow who is an incredible president and has been doing incredible things for a long time."
"I'm very proud to have my family's name attached to ASU," she added. "It's an incredible, incredible college and Aunt Becky's husband, whoever the hell you are, I had no idea who you were until yesterday, sorry. Your kid probably wouldn't have been good enough to have even gotten into ASU, okay?"
They wrapped it all up with Navarro dropping another joke, saying, "I want Becky with the good hair to go do jail."