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Lori Loughlin’s daughter on college admissions scandal: ‘I think they thought it was normal’

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Olivia Jade Giannulli, daughter of actress Lori Loughlin, spoke out about her parents’ involvement in the college admissions scandal during a Tuesday episode of “Red Table Talk.”

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are currently serving prison sentences for paying bribes to get their daughters accepted into the University of Southern California. They pleaded guilty in May.

“On paper, it’s bad. It’s really bad,” Giannulli said during the Facebook Watch show, as first reported by Variety. “But I think what a lot of people don’t know is that my parents just came from a place of just, ‘I love my kids, I just want to help my kids. Whatever is best for them.’”

“I think they thought it was normal,” she added. “And I think that there was a college counselor involved who seemed legitimate and ended up not being legitimate. And in that community, it was not out of the ordinary.”

Giannulli acknowledged her privilege and said she had been unaware of what her parents did at the time. She noted that in her orbit, a lot of parents donated to schools to get an advantage for their kids.

Before the interview with Giannulli began, co-host Adrienne Banfield Norris said she hadn’t wanted the beauty influencer as a guest on the show.

“I just found it really ironic that she chose three Black women to reach out to for her redemption story,” she said. “I feel it’s bothersome to me on so many levels. Her being here is the epitome of white privilege, to me.”

Giannulli said she never went back to school after the scandal, saying she was “too embarrassed.”

“I don’t want pity. I don’t deserve pity,” she said.

Loughlin began her two-month prison sentence in October for her role in the scandal, while her husband began his five-month prison sentence last month, according to CNN.

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