‘I’m ready to address some things’: Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade breaks her silence over college bribery scandal on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk
Lori Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade will for the first time address the college bribery scandal that landed both of her parents in prisonin a Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith that airs on Tuesday.
Olivia Jade, 21, is seen in a preview for the episode wearing a pink suit and gold hoops as she is confronted by Smith and her mother.
Her famous parents are both currently in prison, serving two months and five months, for paying $500,000 to get her and her sister into USC.
In a clip of the interview that was shown on Good Morning America on Tuesday, Olivia can be heard saying: ‘I am definitely ready to address some things… I am nervous.’
Later, Smith’s mother confronts her about her parents’ using their wealth to get her into the school.
‘Do you understand why different people in the community would be upset, do you have any understanding of why I would be upset at your being here and what you all did?’ Adrienne, Smith’s mother, asks her.
Referring to the backlash as a ‘good learning thing’, the social media star insists that she ‘understands how wrong it is’, telling Adrienne that she ‘would love to hear’ her criticism.
‘I would also love to hear it from you because I feel like it’s a good learning thing,’ she says. ‘I think I can understand how wrong it is, and we had the means to do something and we completely took it and ran with it.’
It is the first time that Olivia has publicly discussed the scandal, and comes as both of her parents remain behind bars serving out sentences for paying $500,000 in bribes in order to get the former YouTuber and her older sister Bella, 22, into USC.
Although the teaser clip gives little else away about what Olivia might discuss, she is overheard vowing to be ‘honest’ and to ‘lay it [all] out here’.
‘I’ve watched the show and I think you guys are all amazing, and it feels really safe,’ the social media star is heard saying as a clip of her sitting at the infamous red table flashes up.
‘But it also feels honest and it feels like we’re all going to lay it out here, and it’s going to be an open conversation.’
Sharing the video on her Instagram, Olivia thanked Will, Jada, and Jada’s mother Adrienne Norris, for inviting her on the show, writing: ‘Thank you @jadapinkettsmith @adriennebanfieldnorris @willowsmith for bringing me to the table so I can publicly share my experience for the first time.’
The official Red Table Talk account also posted the trailer video, giving a further hint about what Olivia may say during her interview.
‘For the first time, @oliviajade is breaking her silence after being caught in the middle of one of the biggest school bribery scandals,’ the caption reads.
‘Now that her parents Lori Laughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are serving short prison terms for their participation in the scandal — its her turn to speak.’
Olivia’s first on-screen interview about the bribery scandal comes six months after her mother Lori, 56, and father Mossimo, 57, pleaded guilty to paying half a million dollars to have their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as recruits of the crew team, despite neither of their children ever taking part in the sport.
In August, Lori was sentenced to two months behind bars, and was also ordered to pay a fine of $150,000, and complete 100 hours of community service after her release.
Her husband Mossimo was given a five-month sentence, and was also ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and complete 250 hours of community service.
‘I went along with a plan to give my daughters an unfair advantage in the college admissions process. In doing so, I ignored my intuition and allowed myself to be swayed from my moral compass,’ Lori said at the time of her sentencing.
Since news of the college admissions scandal first broke, there have been varying reports about how Lori and Mossimo’s involvement has impacted their relationship with their daughter, with sources initially suggested that Olivia was incredibly ‘upset’ with her mother and father and was refusing to speak to them.
However, it has been claimed more recently that the scandal has actually helped to strengthen the couple’s bond with both of their children, particularly when it was made clear that Lori and Mossimo would be spending time in jail.
In November, ET reported that Lori is in ‘constant communication’ with her family while in jail, with a source telling the outlet: ‘Lori’s been communicating daily with her family and is trying her best to get acclimated to her new surroundings but she’s ready to go home.’