Olivia Jade Posts First YouTube Video Since ‘Red Table Talk’ Appearance
Content creator Olivia Jade Giannulli has made her return to YouTube following her appearance on Facebook Watch’s show Red Table Talk, in which she explained her side of the college admissions scandal nearly two years ago. Jade appeared on the short show to apologize and offer her perspective since she had been quiet in the aftermath of the 2019 situation. Read on to find out what she had to say in her newest video.
Why Olivia Jade left YouTube in 2019
Giannulli left YouTube in 2019 following the news that her parents, Full House actor Lori Loughlin and designer Massimo Giannulli, paid $500,000 to get Olivia Jade and her sister Isabella Rose into the University of Southern California.
The scandal happened in March 2019 after the influencer had already built an empire on YouTube, focusing on her life as a California teen interested in fashion, makeup, and other lifestyle topics.
Giannulli subsequently took a break from social media, not posting on her YouTube between March 11, 2019, and Dec. 1, 2019. Her last video was Dec. 17, 2019 — a year before her newest video uploaded on Jan. 21, 2021.
Despite Giannulli’s silence on her YouTube channel for more than a year, the YouTuber was posting on her Instagram and TikTok accounts during her break from vlogging and while her parents were serving time in prison for their crimes.
How Olivia Jade’s appearance went on ‘Red Table Talk’
Giannulli appeared on the Dec. 8, 2020 episode of Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch with hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and Smith’s daughter Willow.
On the episode, the family discussed topics such as privilege with the young influencer who apologized for her involvement in the college admissions scandal.
The YouTuber explained that she was ignorant to the issue at first due to her upbringing in a wealthy family.
“In the bubble that I grew up in, I didn’t know so much outside of it,” she said on the show. “And a lot of kids in that bubble, their parents were donating to schools and doing stuff. It’s not fair, and it’s not right, but it was happening. And so when this first came out, I was like, ‘I don’t really understand what’s wrong with this.'”
Giannulli continued: “I didn’t come on here to try and win people over and say, ‘Oh, I really need people to like me,'” she explained. “I just want to apologize for contributing to these social inequalities, even though I didn’t realize it at the time.”
What Olivia Jade said in her new YouTube video
In Giannulli’s first YouTube video in more than a year, she addressed her appearance on Red Table Talk. She urged people looking for her to talk about the college admissions scandal to watch her appearance on the Facebook show.
“Obviously I did my Red Table Talk interview and I think if you have any questions for me or if you have anything to say or if you’re like, ‘Why are you back,’ you can go watch that interview,” the YouTuber said. “I think I kind of disclosed what I needed to say on there.”
While editing the YouTube video, Giannulli cut into the clip to further explain what she had just said in the introduction.
“I don’t mean to say that in a dismissive way or a pretentious way,” she clarified. “What I was trying to get across was that I felt like the thing I wanted to do the most was apologize for so long. I got to do that at Red Table [Talk] so although I can’t change the past, I can change how I act and what I do going forward.”
She continued: “I didn’t want anybody to take it the wrong way. Just for my own mental sanity, I don’t want to keep rehashing things, I just want to move on and do better and move forward and come back and do what I love, which is YouTube. You don’t have to watch — nobody’s forcing you, but I didn’t want that to be misread.”