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HBO Max’s ‘Gossip Girl’ joked about Lori Loughlin

‘Gossip Girl’ made a reference to Lori Loughlin and her daughter, Olivia Jade. Here’s how Olivia Jade responded

Lori Loughlin poses with her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli.
Lori Loughlin poses with her daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli in Beverly Hills, Calif. HBO Max’s ‘Gossip Girl’ made a joke at the pair’s expense.
Chris Pizzello, Invision via Associated Press

HBO Max’s rebooted “Gossip Girl” show made a joke about Lori Loughlin and the college admissions scandal in a new episode that premiered this past weekend.

Lori Loughlin and the college scandal

Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli, would be crew recruits for the University of Southern California. The couple pleaded not guilty at first before flipping their plea. Both Giannulli and Loughlin served time in prison for the scandal.

Did ‘Gossip Girl’ reference Lori Loughlin?

During the episode, the characters talk about losing, and how losing can be “bad for business,” especially when it comes to followers and social media influence, according to Fox News.

Then, one character makes a jab at Loughlin: “And everything will be fine so long as you win. Olivia Jade gained followers when her mom went to jail.”

Olivia Jade Giannulli, the daughter of Loughlin, responded to the scene in her own TikTok video. She is shown watching the scene while rubbing her head. Eventually, she responds, “No I didn’t.”

What happened to Olivia Jade after college scandal

The college admissions scandal didn’t just impact Loughlin’s career — she was fired from Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart” — but also Olivia Jade’s budding influencer career.

In the immediate aftermath of the scandal, Sephora dropped their partnership with Olivia Jade, who had released a makeup palette with them before, as I wrote for the Deseret News. Other brands such as TRESemme and Estee Lauder dropped their endorsement deals, too.

In winter 2020, Olivia Jade appeared on “Red Table Talk” with hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Norris. She said she suffered heavy social media backlash after the scandal.

  • “We did all of this and we’re so ignorant, and I feel like a huge part of privilege is not knowing you have privilege. And so when it was happening, it didn’t feel wrong. It didn’t feel like, that’s not fair, a lot of people don’t have that.”
  • “That’s embarrassing within itself that I walked around my whole 20 years of life not realizing, like you have insane privilege. You’re like the poster child of white privilege and you had no idea.”