Olivia Jade made a TikTok shutting down a 'Gossip Girl' scene about her parents and the college admissions scandal

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Actress Lori Loughlin (L) and Olivia Jade Giannulli (R) attend the PrettyLittleThing by Kourtney Kardashian launch party on October 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic
  • Olivia Jade Giannulli made a TikTok about a "Gossip Girl" reboot scene nodding to her parents.

  • A line in the pilot episode says Olivia Jade 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 in the "Gossip Girl" reboot that nodded to her parents and the family's involvement in the college admissions scandal.

The new HBO Max series, which premiered on Thursday, made a few pointed pop culture references in the pilot episode. In the episode, three characters made a jab about the college admissions scandal during one scene by pointing to Olivia Jade and her family.

"You as someone who loses is bad for business," said one character.

Another added: "And everything will be fine so long as you win. Olivia Jade gained followers when her mom went to jail."

On Saturday, Olivia Jade made a TikTok video to address the scene and seemed to swat down assumptions that she gained social media followers from her family's controversy. The video had been viewed 1.1 million times at the time of writing.

Screenshots of Olivia Jade Giannulli reacting to a TV with "Gossip Girl" playing in background
Screenshots of Olivia Jade Giannulli's TikTok with the "Gossip Girl" scene mentioning her in the background. @oliviajadeg/TikTok

"no i didn't," Olivia Jade, 21, wrote in the caption. The video shows her with the pilot of "Gossip Girl" on HBO Max playing in the background with subtitles visible.

Olivia Jade, who once was known for her career as a beauty influencer and YouTuber, made headlines in 2019 after her parents, actress Lori Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli, participated in the college admissions scandal. They were among a number of parents who were accused of paying $25 million to William "Rick" Singer to get their children into elite universities like Stanford and Yale.

The scheme involved bribing athletic coaches and bribing entrance exam administrators to falsify SAT and ACT answers. Federal prosecutors 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 posed on rowing machines as part of the scheme.

FILE PHOTO: Actor Lori Loughlin, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, leave the federal courthouse after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme, in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., April 3, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Actor Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli leave the federal courthouse in Boston on April 3, 2019. Reuters

Loughlin and Giannulli pleaded guilty in May 2020, resulting in Loughlin being sentenced to two months in jail and Giannulli receiving five months.

"I made an awful decision. I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process," Loughlin said in a statement before the court. "In doing so I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass."

The couple has since been released from prison. Olivia Jade was quiet 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 recognize her privilege. She got said in May that she was "publicly shamed."

Representatives for Olivia Jade did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment for this story.

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