- Olivia Jade Giannulli did a TikTok about a “Gossip Girl” reboot scene nodding to her parents.
- A line in the pilot episode says that Olivia Jade has gained followers for the college admissions scandal.
- Olivia Jade’s TikTok, viewed 1.1 million times, shows her reacting to the scene.
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Olivia Jade responded to a line from the “Gossip Girl” reboot that signaled her parents and the family’s involvement in the college admissions scandal.
The new HBO Max series, which premiered Thursday, made some pointed pop culture references in the pilot episode. In the episode, three characters criticized the college admissions scandal during one scene by pointing to Olivia Jade and her family.
“You, as a person who loses, is bad for business,” said one character.
Another added, “And you’ll be fine as long as you win. Olivia Jade gained followers when her mother went to jail.”
On Saturday, Olivia Jade made a TikTok video to address the scene and appeared to crush assumptions that she had gained followers on social media thanks to her family’s controversy. The video had been viewed 1.1 million times at the time of writing.
“No, I didn’t,” Olivia Jade, 21, wrote in the caption. The video shows her with the pilot of “Gossip Girl” on
play in the background with visible subtitles.
Olivia Jade, who was once known for her career as a beauty influencer and YouTuber, made headlines in 2019 after her parents, actress Lori Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli, were involved in the admissions scandal at the ‘university. They were among a number of parents accused of paying William “Rick” Singer $ 25 million to get their children into elite universities like Stanford and Yale.
The scheme involved bribing athletic coaches and entrance exam administrators to fake the SAT and ACT answers. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people.
Prosecutors released photos that appeared to show Olivia Jade and her older sister, Isabella Giannulli, posing as athletes for their college applications. Court documents alleged that the two men posed on rowers as part of the scheme.
Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded guilty in May 2020, resulting in Loughlin being sentenced to two months in prison and Giannulli to five months.
“I made a terrible decision. I accepted a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process,” Loughlin said in a court statement. “In doing so, I ignored my intuition and let myself be diverted from my moral compass.”
The couple have since been released from prison. Olivia Jade was silent on her social media accounts amid the scandal and lost brand deals. In December 2020, Olivia Jade appeared on Red Table Talk to address the scandal and publicly acknowledge her privilege. She was told in May that she was “publicly ashamed”.
Representatives for Olivia Jade did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment for this story.