Lori Loughlin’s daughter, Olivia Jade, has fired back at the makers of a new HBO “Gossip Girl” reboot using her social media influence to a jibe about her in the revived series.
The social media star set the record straight after she was referenced on the premiere episode of the HBO Max series. Find out what happened.
In the HBO Max show, the character Monet De Haan (Savannah Lee Smith) says, “You as someone who loses is bad for business,” to which Luna La (Zión Moreno) replies, “And everything will be fine so long as you win. Olivia Jade gained followers when her mom went to jail.”
Watching the Gossip Girl reboot, Olivia Jade, daughter of former “Fuller House” star and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, shared a video of herself on TikTok watching the clip as shook her head and wrote, “No, I didn’t,” in the caption of her video.
Wondering where did that come from?
In 2019, the influencer found herself at the centre of the college admissions scandal (also known as Operation Varsity Blues) after it emerged that her mother, Full House star Lori Loughlin, had paid $500,000 (£359,000) in bribes to get her daughters into the University of Southern California. The sisters were admitted as crew recruits, although they had never played the sport.
Loughlin eventually pleaded guilty to the crime and served two months in prison last year. She also paid a $150,000 fine and was asked to do 100 hours of community service. On the other hand, her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was sentenced to five months for his role in the scandal. He also agreed to pay a $250,000 fine and served 250 hours of community service.
Loughlin was released from the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Dublin, Calif. back on Dec. 28. Whereas, Giannulli spent five months at a federal prison in Lompoc near Santa Barbara, Calif., and was released in early April.
This high-profile case is referenced in the opening episode of HBO Max’s Gossip Girl reboot, which dropped on the US streaming platform this week. The reboot follows a new group of privileged teens living in New York’s Upper East Side.
After news broke of the college admission scandal, Olivia Jade, 21, lost some followers on YouTube, going from around 1.9 million followers to 1.8 million at present. Olivia Jade’s Instagram followers also took a similar dip with them dropping from 1.4 million to 1.3 million over the course of the college-admissions news cycle. In addition, she also lost lucrative deals with Sephora, Tresemme, and Estee Lauder at the time.
However, despite the turbulance caused in Olivia Jade’s life due to the case, she bounced back. After staging her tell-all with a December 2020 appearance on Red Table Talk, the influencer was back on YouTube with a daily vlog in January. Since then, each of her videos has amassed more than 100,000 views.