Adrienne Banfield-Norris Addresses Response to Olivia Jade's "Frustrating" Red Table Talk Sit-Down

Ryan Gajewski
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Adrienne Banfield-Norris is sharing her thoughts on her family's Red Table Talk interview with Olivia Jade Giannulli, now that a few weeks have elapsed since that episode.

The Pinkett-Smith family matriarch appeared on the Keep It podcast on Wednesday, Dec. 23, where she was asked about Olivia's appearance earlier this month on the Facebook Watch show that Adrienne co-hosts with family members Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith.

"It was frustrating, but at the end of the day, I felt like people understood how I felt," the 67-year-old mom to Jada explained, per People.

Adrienne expressed that Olivia "handled the situation well," although she still felt that the 21-year-old social media personality could use a bit more sensitivity to other people's perspectives.

"There were some things about it that were a little frustrating," she continued. "I felt like, as a 21-year-old young adult, that she needed to be way more aware of what's going on in the world, and that was a little frustrating."

Adrienne said she dismisses any sense that it's just a lack of watching the evening news that might prevent a young person from being aware of their status amid the greater world.

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"I heard people make comments, like, 'Well, kids don't watch the news,'" Adrienne said. "Please. The news on TV is not the only place where you understand what's going on with the world, and if you think that, then you're old! Because young people are not relying on the news—my generation is not relying on the news. I'm on my phone, on social media all the time."

Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris
Red Table Talk, Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Adrienne Banfield Norris

At the same time, Adrienne made it clear that she doesn't necessarily blame Olivia.

"There's just a lot of education she needs to do for herself," she said. "But I understand that that's the world they're in. Her life experiences have not put her in the space where she needs to be concerned about those kinds of things, really. I don't really know how to address that because it is about how you're raised and what you're exposed to."

During Olivia's Dec. 8 interview to break her silence on her family's involvement in the USC admissions scandal, Adrienne voiced that she "fought tooth and nail" against featuring the "redemption story."

The Red Table Talk star added at the time, "Her being here is the epitome of white privilege."