We all remember the infamous college admissions scandal. Many parents were famously busted for joining a widespread bribery scheme and cheating their children’s way into their colleges of choice.
Celebrity parents, including A-list couple Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, also took part. The scandal filled the news and social media. Huffman even pled guilty and served jail time as a result.
But since the commotion died down, we don’t know much about how this affected the Hollywood husband and wife. So, how has their involvement in the scandal changed the path of their successful careers? Has it altered their massive net worths?
Huffman And Macy’s Net Worths In 2022
Both Huffman and Macy boast estimated net worths of $45 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. This gives them an impressive combined net worth of $90 million.
Since Macy managed to stay more distanced from the scandal than his wife, it hasn’t affected his career very much. He finished his decade-long run as Frank Gallagher on the popular dramedy series, Shameless, in 2021. He also co-starred with Amanda Seyfried in the limited series, The Dropout, which premiered in March 2022.
Huffman’s career, on the other hand, suffered after the scandal. The Desperate Housewives actress hasn’t appeared in a new project since the story first broke in 2019. In November 2020, it was announced that Huffman would be returning to television in an upcoming ABC single-camera comedy series. However, in 2022, there have been no updates on the series. Whether the series pans out or not, the rumors of Huffman returning to work likely indicate that we’ll see her back on the screen soon enough.
Their Involvement With The College Admissions Scandal
The college admissions scandal affected Huffman’s and Macy’s net worths, so let’s take a closer look at exactly what happened. In 2017, Huffman paid $15,000 to cheat on her daughter, Sophia Grace Macy’s, SAT exam. The money paid for Sophia Grace to have extra time to take her test. It also scored her a proctor to be in the room with her and correct wrong answers.
Unlike others involved with the massive scandal (like Full House and ex-Hallmark Channel darling, Lori Loughlin), Huffman owned up to her actions once the story broke. According to Huffman, Sofia Grace had been seeing a neuropsychologist for medical reasons since she was 8 years old. She claimed that this motivated her to request extra time for her daughter to take her SAT and subsequently take part in the bribery scheme. Even so, Huffman maintained that Sofia Grace had no prior knowledge of her mother’s involvement in her SAT scores.
Huffman said in a statement, “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community… I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”
Huffman Pled Guilty
Huffman subsequently pled guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. She served only 11 days of her already short 14-day sentence in prison and was released in late October of 2019. She received a fine of $30,000 and 250 hours of community service.
It appears that Macy knew about the extreme measures Huffman was taking in their daughter’s college application process. However, he didn’t seem to be directly involved the way Huffman was. As a result, only Huffman suffered legal repercussions, and Macy faced no jail time. Since the scandal, Sophia Grace was accepted to college based on her own merits and abilities, without the help of her parents or any cheating schemes.
A mother’s love knows no bounds, but we hope Huffman (and Macy) learned how to express their parental feelings more appropriately. At least they don’t have to worry about financial stability as Huffman seeks to rebuild her career.