Tyra Banks defends Olivia Jade being on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 30

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Lori Loughlin’s daughter was embroiled in college admissions scandal

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“Dancing With the Stars” host Tyra Banks is speaking out in defense of the show after it was announced that Olivia Jade would be competing in the latest season following her involvement in the college admissions scandal.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the show’s host and executive producer defended Lori Loughlin’s decision to let her daughter compete in Season 30 after she faced massive controversy in 2019 when it was revealed that her parents- The father had paid a large sum of money to get her and her sister to the college of her choice.

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“I think Olivia is very brave. I think people don’t know her, they know what happened to her,” Banks told the outlet. “She’s said she didn’t know what was going on and it’s really sad, and it’s very sad when something happens in public but you had nothing to do with it. So I believe that She says she didn’t know.”

Mossimo Giannulli Reportedly Going to Jail for 5 Months in College Admissions Scam

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Loughlin in December Two months service ended behind bars for his role in the scam. Loughlin agreed to serve two months and pay a fine of $150,000 along with two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service. Meanwhile, her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine and a five-month prison sentence plus 250 hours of community service with two years of supervised release. He released from prison in April.

“She’s having to deal with it and I think she’s coming into ‘Dancing With the Stars’ to be able to tell her story and show her vulnerability,” Banks continued. “And is she a celebrity? Not traditionally, but what is a celebrity today? If so there is no Instagram influencer who is a celebrity. We are in a completely different world and the celebrity has taken a turn and a change. have taken.”

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Banks said: “If people are talking about you, you’re famous. And you can be on ‘Dancing With the Stars’.”

Olivia Jade previously broke her silence on the matter during an appearance on the Facebook Watch series “Red Table Talk” in which she Apologize for your family’s actions But noted that she believes she deserves a second chance.

“I think the thing that hasn’t been super public is that there’s no need to justify or excuse what happened because what happened was wrong. And I think every single person in my family could be like, ‘This There was a mess. It was a big mistake.’” she said at the time. “But I think it’s so important to me to learn from a mistake, not to be shamed and punished now and never to give a second chance because I’m 21. I feel like I’m going to get a second chance to redeem myself.” have grown up to show me what I deserve.”

“I’m not trying to make myself suffer. I don’t want pity. I don’t deserve pity. We messed up. I just want a second chance to recognize that I messed up. And so on.” For a long time I was’ not able to talk about it because of the legality behind it. I never got to say that I’m really sorry that happened or that I really believe that it’s everyone’s fault. But I think everyone feels the same way about my family right now,” Olivia added later in the interview.


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