Olivia Jade Giannulli says she felt "publicly shamed" after college admissions scandal

Olivia Jade Giannulli is taking to social media to discuss the college admissions scandal, which resulted in her enrollment at the University of Southern California in fall 2018. 

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The 21-year-old social media star took to TikTok to share an inspirational message that has stuck with her since news of the scandal broke. 

"A very inspirational woman once told me, we were talking about being in the public and being publicly shamed, and I was like, 'Well, my situation doesn't even compare, I'm not even going to start to compare it to yours,'" the daughter of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli shared. "And she looked at me and said, 'Olivia, it doesn't matter if I'm drowning in 60 feet of water and you're drowning in 30, we're both still drowning.'"

 "I think about that quote every day because I think it's so true and it's such a bigger message to our world right now. I think we're all very quick to judge. I think we're all very quick to put people down," she said. "I just want people to remember, if your feelings are hurting, if they're valid to you, they're valid. And it doesn't matter if someone is going through worse. You're allowed to have a hard time in this world. But that doesn't take away from somebody else, and that shouldn't take away from you. We're all human beings."

While she was in high school, Giannulli's parents participated in a scheme in which they paid $500,000 to Rick Singer, a college admissions "coach" and organizer of the scandal. Through bribes, Singer ensured that the USC admissions department would unfairly admit their daughters, Olivia and Bella, to the school, because they would join the women's rowing team, despite the fact that neither had trained in the sport or had plans to join the team. After the scandal broke, Giannulli not only suffered from public backlash, but lost lucrative contracts with brands she promoted and partnered with, like Sephora and TRESemmé. 

Back at it

Ryan Sutter returns to work at firehouse after 'two major surgeries'

Ryan Sutter is happy to be back at work for the first time in six months… even though someone spit on his firetruck just hours into the shift. 


The former reality TV favorite, a firefighter in Colorado, had been away from the fire station and the job since mid-2021. In between now and then, Ryan — who won the very first season of "The Bachelorette" and is married to its star, Trista Sutter — has undergone knee replacement surgery and ankle replacement surgery.

"I took a walk today. After two major surgeries and nearly six months, yesterday was my first day back in the firehouse. So I walked and I reflected," he said on Instagram on Jan. 24. "It was a good day back on the job."

Reflecting on all the ups and downs of day one of his return to duty, Ryan, 47, wrote, "At one point a wide eyed young boy and his parents stopped by to see the firetruck. At another, a young adult purposefully spit on our engine as he drove by on his scooter. We were stopped at an intersection after returning from a car accident and apparently he doesn't like firefighters?"

The latter might make some people upset, but not Ryan. In fact, he still called it the "best job ever."

"Both instances made me proud of what we do. This job isn't easy – not these days and not in this climate. But it's a tremendous opportunity, an opportunity to be challenged, to be humbled and to be taught that, despite our differences, we are all humans in this life – together in at least that much," he said. "So we get to meet, inspire and render speechless young children (and sometimes their parents too). We also get to respond repeatedly to people who need help – for any reason and at any time – even if they just spit on our fire engine from their scooter. What a job! It's great to be back…"

Following his post, Trista commented, "Love your perspective. Love you."

Ryan's health has been a concern for several years. In late 2020, Trista revealed her husband had been in a five-month health battle with a mystery illness that had left him "paralyzed" with fatigue.

In May 2021, Ryan announced that he'd been diagnosed with Lyme disease triggered by high levels of mold toxins in his body — something he encountered because of his work as a firefighter. 

"It seems to be that what happened is that my immune system was weakened through exposures to toxins and especially to mold," he explained on his wife's "Better Etc." podcast. "There are other people in the fire academy that probably had the same exposures who aren't dealing with these exposures because their genetics are stronger, they're able to get rid of the toxins easier."

Dipping into the details

Adele reportedly postponed residency over swimming pool scene

Ever since Adele abruptly canceled her Las Vegas residency show on the eve of the premiere, a sea of reasons have been reported as to what was really behind the 11th hour axing. 

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The Sun claims one of the singer's biggest sticking points centered over a swimming pool set during "Easy On Me." 

"When she saw the finished design, she refused to take part," a source told the British outlet. "Adele described the pool as a 'baggy old pond' and refused, point blank, to stand in the middle of it. The intention was to fill it with water on the set as she was lifted up on a crane-type mechanism, creating the illusion she was floating on water."

Adele's months-long residency at Caesars Palace was scheduled to start on Jan. 21, but she pulled the plug on it one day before the curtain was set to rise. At the time, she blamed it on COVID breakouts and delivery delays. Shortly after, multiple reports said there was more to it. Over the weekend, Page Six said Adele was having arguments with her set designer, Esmeralda Devlin.

"In spite of the set costing millions to put together, Adele was unhappy with the result, and she made her feelings very clear to Es," an insider said. "She [Adele] was already nervous and the falling out sent her spiraling into a panic because she was desperate that everything should be perfect."

The Daily Mail alleged that the Caesars team wanted the singer to perform "Skyfall" with a 60-person choir and claimed that Adele's "stage fright" got the better of her. Adele supposedly wanted things to be more "low-key" and "all about the voice." Naysayers are scoffing at that notion, arguing that she could just sit on a stool and sing if that were the case. 

One industry source even cast doubt on Adele making up the dates. 

"Nobody cancels the day before. You have more than 24 hours' notice of COVID problems. I hear that Adele never wanted to do the Vegas shows in the first place," the Daily Mail's source said. "I very much doubt that they will be rescheduled; I don't think she's up to performing at this level for this amount of dates… She is a recording artist and not a performer and she should never have agreed to these shows in the first place." 

Adele has acknowledged many times that she suffers from stage fright. "She hates being on the stage. For her to commit to going on stage every weekend for three months is madness," the source said. "The point was always going to come when she would decide she wasn't going to do it."

Clothing problems

Kanye West dissing Pete Davidson for buying clothes 'from the mall'

Kanye West hasn't been shy regarding his feelings about Pete Davidson of late, and it seems that one of his issues stems from Pete's style.

Pete, the rapper gripes, buys clothes off-the-rack. Heaven forbid!

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"Clothes and style are very important to Kanye and he has been telling friends he thinks Pete wears the worst clothes ever," a source close to the rapper told The Sun. "He has been dissing Pete for dressing in clothes 'from the mall.'"

The rapper feels that Pete's clothing choices are bringing down Ye's estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, whom the "Saturday Night Live" funnyman is dating. Kanye essentially believes he single-handedly turned Kim into a fashion icon.

"He thinks it is affecting all the work he did with Kim," the source said. "Kanye felt like he gave her the world when he redid her closet and thought he was helping. He sees fashion as art and wanted to bring her into that world."


While Kim clearly moves on from Ye with Pete, the rapper has found his new muse in model Julia Fox. On their second date, he presented her with a hotel suite full of clothes. 

"It was every girl's dream come true. It felt like a real Cinderella moment," she told Interview magazine. 

Pundits have theorized that Kanye and Julia's in-your-face three-week romance could be a publicity stunt — something she's publicly denied. Ironically, Kanye thinks Kim and Pete's romance is the one that's fraudulent.

"Kanye has been telling friends he still feels 'suppressed' by Kim even though they are separated. He feels he has kept a lot of things quiet for her and he likes to speak his mind, so he feels suppressed," The Sun's source said. "For one, he believes her relationship with Pete Davidson is fake. He believes the Kardashians make up story lines for their lives and he's sick of it. He feels she is going for the complete opposite of him to upset him and it p***** him off."


'Housewives' star Jennie Nguyen fired over resurfaced social media posts

Amid a wave of backlash surrounding past social media messages related to the Black Lives Matter movement, Jennie Nguyen has been fired from "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City."

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Bravo announced the firing on Jan. 25 in a statement reading, "Bravo has ceased filming with Jennie Nguyen and she will no longer be a cast member on 'The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.'"

"We recognize we failed to take appropriate action once her offensive social media posts were brought to our attention," the statement continued. "Moving forward, we will work to improve our processes to ensure we make better informed and more thoughtful casting decisions."

The writing seemed to be on the wall. Just hours before the firing, "Housewives" executive producer Andy Cohen called the reality TV star's comments "upsetting … and disgusting." On his SiriusXM show, "Radio Andy," he also hinted that a shakeup was coming. 

"There are many serious discussions happening right now about everything — about everything," he said on Jan. 24. "And I can't address the situation right now, but it will be addressed very soon."

Back in 2020, Jennie posted multiple memes about BLM — one even joked about running over protesters with her car. (She also reposted a meme that said those sympathetic to the BLM movement were "idiots.")

Page Six reported that nearly all of Jennie's "RHSLC" co-stars — including Heather Gay, Whitney Rose, Meredith Marks and Jen Shah — publicly condemned her posts and unfollowed her on Instagram.

As her resurfaced posts made headlines last week, Jennie deleted her posts and apologized.

"I want to acknowledge and apologize for my deleted Facebook posts from 2020 that resurfaced today," she wrote via Instagram. "At the time, I thought I was speaking out against violence, but I have since learned how offensive and hurtful my words were."

"It's why I deactivated that account more than a year ago and why I continue to try to learn about perspectives different from my own," she continued. "I regret those posts and am sincerely sorry for the pain they caused."

Differing viewpoints

Cheryl Hines responds after husband's vaccine/Nazi comparison

Cheryl Hines isn't exactly standing by her man when it comes to his thoughts on vaccines or the pandemic.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who's been married to the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star since 2014, made headlines over the weekend when he spoke at an anti-vax rally and compared pandemic policies and guidelines to Nazi Germany. 

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After the speech, the Auschwitz Memorial slammed RFK Jr., tweeting, "Exploiting of the tragedy of people who suffered, were humiliated, tortured & murdered by the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany – including children like Anne Frank – in a debate about vaccines & limitations during global pandemic is a sad symptom of moral & intellectual decay."

A Twitter user then asked Cheryl if she agreed with her husband. 

"My husband's opinions are not a reflection of my own. While we love each other, we differ on many current issues," she responded.

A different Twitter user felt that Cheryl took the easy way out, writing, "How about this? 'No one should compare anything to the horrors of the Holocaust. My husband was wrong to do so.'" The actress replied, "Yes, I agree with you."

A reporter then reposted Cheryl's initial comments. "Here's Cheryl Hines commenting on her husband RFK Jr.'s comparison between antivaxxers and Jews in World War II," he wrote next to her message. Somewhat confusingly, Cheryl replied, "I assure you that's not what I was commenting on." She then insisted her comments had "nothing" to do with WWII and said she was simply answering whether or not she stood with her husband.

Just last month, RFK Jr. toed the hypocrisy line when he recommended that guests be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19 before entering his California home.

In speaking to Politico, RFK Jr. blamed his wife for the request.

"I guess I'm not always the boss at my own house," he told Politico on Dec. 17. 

The party guests were urged to use precautions that Robert has been railing against for almost two years.

While defending himself to Politico, Robert claimed the party was for Cheryl's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" cast mates and other entertainment industry folks. He also insisted that he never saw the Evite invitation until the day of the party. Robert also said no one was verifying vaccination or test status upon entry into the house. 


Ronnie Ortiz-Magro's fiancée hints at a split in new social media post

There's growing speculation that Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and fiancée Saffire Matos have split up after a new social media image showed her without her engagement ring. 


In a recent photo posted to her Instagram Story, the cosmetologist held up her golden doodle puppy for a selfie. The fact that she was sans ring raised eyebrows, but her caption seemed more telling. 

"Me and my one and only love," she captioned the photo. The picture is no longer available, but The Sun shared a screengrab on Jan. 24.

Further fueling the breakup rumors, Ronnie and Saffire are both fiercely active on social media, yet he last appeared on her Instagram in October 2021, while she hasn't appeared on his page since early December 2021.

Saffire and the "Jersey Shore" star got engaged last June during a romantic beach picnic in Los Angeles.

The couple's romance hasn't exactly been a fairytale. In April 2021, the reality TV star was arrested after Saffire called 911 during an argument that turned physical. Once officers arrived, they noticed "visible marks on Saffire's body" and determined that Ronnie was the aggressor, a report said. However, she would go on to downplay the issue and the duo clearly worked through their differences (as evidenced by the engagement).

Last fall, Ronnie caught a huge break in court when a judge opted not to toss him in jail. Ironically, the judge put a three-year protective order in place so he couldn't harass or intimidate Saffire.

The arrest could have easily spelled doom for Ronnie, as he is currently on probation for a different domestic violence incident in L.A. involving his ex Jen Harley, with whom he shares a 3-year-old daughter. Ronnie made a plea deal in the 2019 case, which requires him to keep his nose clean through 2023.

Court win

Cardi B awarded $1M in libel lawsuit against blogger

A federal court jury has sided with Cardi B in her libel case against a blogger. 

On Jan. 24, following more than a week of trial, blogger Tasha K was found liable on three separate claims, and Cardi was awarded at least $1 million, TMZ reported.

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Tasha got in hot water after publishing several salacious allegations about the rapper back in 2018 and 2019, including a claim that Cardi had been a prostitute. Cardi denied the claims and demanded the posts be taken down. After Tasha refused, the "WAP" artist filed a lawsuit.

In a federal courtroom in Georgia, the mother-of-two spoke of her mental health and testified that she was suicidal as result of the published posts. She called Tasha a "demon" in court.

"I felt defeated and depressed and I didn't want to sleep with my husband," Cardi testified.

A future hearing will be held to determine potential punitive damages Tasha might owe Cardi.

Controversial comments

Andy Cohen calls 'Housewives' star's social media posts 'disgusting'

Andy Cohen is ripping "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City" star Jennie Nguyen for her resurfaced comments that appeared to mock the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. 

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"The posts were very upsetting … and disgusting," Andy, the executive producer of the Bravo franchise, said on his SiriusXM show, "Radio Andy," on Jan. 24.

Andy also addressed fans who were upset that he didn't address the scandal much on Sunday evening's "Watch What Happens Live," but he revealed on Monday that the Bravo show was pretaped before the scope of Jennie's posts were known.

"People were very upset about the lack of discussion on last night's episode relating to Jennie's disgusting and upsetting posts, and I've also seen all the tweets wanting to know what's being done about those posts," he said. "I just want to say, in case anyone doesn't realize it, that there are many serious discussions happening right now about everything — about everything. And I can't address the situation right now, but it will be addressed very soon, and thank you for your patience."

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Back in 2020, Jennie posted memes and jokes about BLM. (She also reposted a meme that said those sympathetic to the BLM movement were "idiots.")

Page Six reported that nearly all of Jennie's "RHSLC" co-stars — including Heather Gay, Whitney Rose, Meredith Marks and Jen Shah — have publicly condemned her posts and unfollowed her on Instagram.

As her resurfaced posts made headlines last week, Jennie deleted her posts and apologized.

"I want to acknowledge and apologize for my deleted Facebook posts from 2020 that resurfaced today," she wrote via Instagram. "At the time, I thought I was speaking out against violence, but I have since learned how offensive and hurtful my words were."

"It's why I deactivated that account more than a year ago and why I continue to try to learn about perspectives different from my own," she continued. "I regret those posts and am sincerely sorry for the pain they caused."

Daddy dearest

Cooper Hefner defends late father amid wave of 'salacious' accusations

Cooper Hefner is making a preemptive strike to stick up for his famous father.

On Jan. 24, A&E will debut the docuseries, "Secrets of Playboy," which is expected to cast a very negative light on late Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and the inner workings of the Playboy Mansion.

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Previews already show several of Hugh's former girlfriends, Playmates and members of the Mansion staff alleging that drugs, coercion and secret sexual recordings were a part of life in the famed home.

Just 24 hours before the first episode, Cooper, who Hugh shares with ex-wife Kimberley Conrad, tweeted, "Some may not approve of the life my Dad chose, but my father was not a liar. However unconventional, he was sincere in his approach and lived honestly. He was generous in nature and cared deeply for people."

Cooper, the former Chief Creative Officer at Playboy Enterprises, added, "These salacious stories are a case study of regret becoming revenge."

One of the voices in the series is Holly Madison, who dated the magazine magnate from 2001 to 2008. 

"The reason I think the mansion was very cult-like looking back on it is because we were all kind of gaslit and expected to think of Hef as like this really good guy," she says in the series, according to E! News. "And you started to feel like, 'Oh, he's not what they say in the media, he's just a nice man.'"

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Holly, who's had issues with her ex over the years, believes she developed Stockholm Syndrome during those years living under the Playboy Mansion roof.

"I felt like I was in this cycle of gross things, and I didn't know what to do," she said.