It's been a bad few days for Lori Loughlin's YouTube star daughter. On Tuesday, the news broke that Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli had paid $500,000 to get their daughters in USC.
Now, the news has broken that Olivia Jade, who also has a large Instagram following, allegedly cheated to win a game show back in 2016. The Daily Mail reported that a TV game show she took part in was rigged to let her win.
Olivia competed against her fellow influencer Marissa Rachel and singer Rydel Lynch in a 2016 episode of Tap That Awesome App. The game show was for a now-defunct Verizon mobile phone channel.
When Marissa Rachel was declared the winner in front of a live audience, studio executives stepped forward and asked them to re-shoot the final few questions to show Olivia winning.
When the trivia contest resumed, Rachel and Lynch were allegedly under orders not to buzz in with the correct answers. That meant Giannulli took home the first prize, a $5,000 donation to a charity of her choice.
The show's host Hunter March posed a series of pop culture questions to the three contestants.
"They competed in the first round and Marissa Rachel won," a production source told DailyMail.com. "She answered the most questions right and was declared the winner in front of a live studio audience of about 25 people as well as dozens of other crew members."
But then the producers came out. They said that they needed to re-film it so Olivia would win.
"Everyone was confused. Marissa Rachel said: 'But I already won,'" according to the source.
Rachel was visibly upset, but they re-shot the show. The second time Olivia was the winner.
"While they were re-shooting, Marissa and Rydel were instructed not to buzz in with the correct answers so that Olivia could answer and win," the source added.
Rachel confirmed the source’s version of events. She said she was never given an adequate explanation for the confusion.
"They announced me as the winner then the production stopped and a middle-aged producer comes up to me and says 'Oh sorry you didn’t win, it was a mistake, Olivia won,'" she said.
"I really didn’t get any sort of an explanation. I was pretty upset, mostly because I was so disappointed that my charity, the American Red Cross, was not going to get the full $5,000."
She added, "The show was for charity so it’s not like anyone really had much to gain from winning. I don’t know if Olivia knew anything about what was going on. I just didn’t like the way it went down."
Do you think this story is real? Read more about what's happened to Olivia since the news broke and how Lori Loughlin is feeling the blowback.