Olivia Jade Giannulli, the influencer daughter of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, is coming to the red table. The 21-year-old will appear on Tuesday’s episode of Red Table Talk marking the first time she has publicly addressed the college admissions scandal.
“I’ve watched the show and I think you guys are all amazing and it feels really safe,” Olivia Jade says in a preview released on Monday. “But it also feels honest and it feels like we’re gonna all lay it out here and it’s gonna be, like, an open conversation.”
Loughlin and Giannulli are both in prison for participating in the nationwide bribery scheme. The Full House star and her fashion designer husband pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges earlier this year. The couple paid fixer William “Rick” Singer $500,000 to get daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose, 22, into the University of Southern California as crew recruits despite neither girl having played the sport. It’s unknown what, if anything, the girls knew.
Olivia Jade shared the clip of Tuesday’s RTT and said she’s ready to “publicly share my experience for the first time.”
ada Pinkett Smith, who hosts the Facebook Watch show with her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and daughter, Willow Smith, also posted the teaser.
“[Olivia Jade] is now breaking her silence after being caught in the middle of one of the biggest school bribery scandals,” Jada Pinkett wrote. “Now that her parents Lori Laughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are serving short prison terms for their participation in the scandal … Olivia Jade felt it was time to speak.”
Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison while Giannulli is serving five months behind bars. The actress is expected to be released by Christmas. It’s been reported Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose are “distraught” over the situation. Viewers will find out tomorrow when Red Table Talk drops at 9 a.m. PT on Facebook Watch.
Loughlin and Giannulli paid $500,000 to fixer William “Rick” Singer to get their two daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, admitted to the University of Southern California as fake crew recruits. Giannulli received a stiffer sentence than Loughlin, who began serving her two months on Oct. 30, as he purportedly played a more active role in the scheme. The Full House star alluded to that in her tearful apology to the court, saying she went “along with” the plan.
“I made an awful decision. 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,” she told the judge.
Loughlin said she thought she was “acting out of love for my children but in reality, it only undermined and diminished my daughters’ abilities and accomplishments.”
“That my decision helped exacerbate existing inequalities in society generally and the higher education system more specifically,” she added. “That realization weighs heavily on me and while I wish I could go back and do things differently, I can only take responsibility and move forward.”
Giannulli and Loughlin will celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary later this month while they are both in prison. Loughlin is expected to be released by Christmas.
Along with time served, Giannulli agreed to pay a $250,000 fine along with two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service.