Olivia Jade Fires Back at ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Over a Line About Lori Loughlin Going to Jail
Olivia Jade Giannulli is setting the record straight about one particular scene in the premiere episode of HBO Max’s Gossip Girl reboot.
Over the weekend, the 21-year-old influencer watched the first episode of the teen drama reboot and more than halfway through it, she heard her name and a reference to her mom, former Full House star Lori Loughlin. In the snippet, a group of friends took turns consoling a character named Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander). While reassuring Julien, Luna La (Zión Moreno) dropped the line, “And everything will be fine so long as you win. Olivia Jade gained followers when her mom went to jail.”
After seeing this moment on the show, Olivia took to TikTok to share her candid reaction and rebutted the statement. With the scene playing in the background, Olivia shakes her head and said, “No, I didn’t.” She repeated these same words in the video’s caption.
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Last year, Lori and Olivia’s father, Mossimo Giannulli, were sentenced in the nationwide college admissions scandal. The parents pleaded guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to have Olivia and her sister, Isabella, admitted into the University of Southern California. As a result, Lori served two months in prison and was given a $150,000 fine and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. Mossimo was set to serve five months (he was released to home confinement) and given a $250,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.
Amid the bribery scandal, Olivia went on a hiatus from social media, including Instagram and her YouTube channel, which lasted for months. In December 2019, she returned to the spotlight posting new photos on Instagram and uploading a two-minute YouTube video entitled “hi again” expressing her desire to come back to the platform.
A year later, Olivia spoke out about the scandal during a Red Table Talk interview on Facebook Watch. “For so long, I wasn’t able to talk about this because of the legalities behind it,” she explained. “I never got to say ‘I’m really sorry that this happened’ or ‘I really own that this was a big mess up on everybody’s part.'”
She later added, “I think what was important was for me to come here and say, ‘I’m sorry. I acknowledge what was wrong.’ And I wasn’t able to say that for so long. So I think people almost thought, ‘Oh, she must not care.'”
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