Hollywood Stars Caught Bribing College Admissions | The Daily Show


This story is a bombshell,
all right? Dozens of rich parents,
including Hollywood actors, accused of straight up bribing
their kids’ way into college. I mean, some of these parents
allegedly paid up to $6.5 million, which is insane. Honestly,
for that amount of money, just buy a smarter kid. Now, the alleged mastermind
of this entire scheme is a man named William Singer,
right? Parents paid him millions
of dollars, and then he spread
those bribes around. REPORTER:
According to prosecutors, the scheme involved
two kinds of fraud, parents paying
a college prep organization to help their children cheat
on SAT or ACT exams and others paying to
allegedly bribe college coaches to help admit the students
as athletes regardless
of their athletic skill. REPORTER 2: Singer went as far
as to Photoshop kids’ pictures into sporting events, even made up
athletic achievements. REPORTER 3: In one instance,
a parent sending this photo showing their daughter playing
water polo in high school. But, in fact,
the photo was another student. Whoo-wee! The balls on these people, to just literally Photoshop
their kids’ faces on to the bodies
of real athletes. And I also can’t believe
nobody noticed this. ‘Cause the parent
was just there, like, “We’re so proud
of our little Joshua. “He is, like– Here he is during
the state championship game. “And here he is in the spring, when he won the gold medal
at the track meet.” So, reportedly, reportedly, these college coaches
would take bribes to pretend that they needed these non-athletes
on their teams. And then once
the kids got into the school, the kids would just never play.
Yeah. You know what I think?
I think the perfect punishment for these coaches
would be forcing them to compete with a team full of all the fake
athletes that they recruited. Yeah. That should be
the punishment. -(cheering and applause)
-And then… and then, on top of that,
on top of that, we say that they have to win
the championship or all of them go to jail. Yeah. It would be, like, a really
uninspiring Disney movie. “From the makers
of The Mighty Ducks comes The Wealthy Dicks.” I think it has potential, guys.
I really think it does. And, now, there’s some people
out there who might sympathize
with these parents, you know? They might be saying, like,
every parent wants the best for their kids, which is true. Every parent does want
the best for their kids. I mean, except for prairie dogs,
you know? Yeah. No, because prairie dogs eat
their young. Yeah. Oh, don’t “aw” me. This is the animal kingdom.
It’s brutal. Yeah. This is real life.
It’s not like The Lion King– warthogs friends with lions. No. In real life,
Simba would be face-deep in Pumbaa’s intestines, all
right? That’s how it would be. Yeah. Hakuna matata, my ass. That warthog would have
a lot of matatas, my friend. Anyway, my point is, before you feel sympathy
for these parents for just wanting the best
for their kids, remember that these kids already
had so many advantages, right? They went
to the best high schools. They could easily afford tutors
and extracurriculars, but, clearly,
it still wasn’t enough. I mean, these parents
are shameless. Like, they’re literally
on Shameless. Oh, and here’s another reason. Here’s another reason you shouldn’t feel bad
for these parents– because it turns out, a lot
of them are a bunch of dicks. WOMAN: Marcie Palatella told
Confidential Witness One, her and her spouse
“laugh every day” about how grateful they were
for CW One’s services. “We’re, like,
it was worth every cent.” WOMAN 2: A wiretapped transcript
details a father and Singer
creating a plan to trick USC into thinking his son was
a football kicker. The father laughing,
telling Singer, “That’s just totally
hilarious,” admitting his son’s high school
“doesn’t have a football team.” MAN: The FBI says some parents
disguised their payments to Singer as contributions
to a charity he ran so they could deduct the
payments on their income taxes. -Wow. Wow.
-(audience groaning) So not only were they laughing
about scamming these schools. It turns out
they were also scamming the IRS. How greedy can a person be? ‘Cause I mean, they’re already
committing bribery. And then on top of that,
they claim it was to charity to get their bribes back
from the IRS? Like,
they just added a bonus crime to the crime
that they already committed. That was not necessary. It’s like you’re robbing a bank,
and then, on the way out, you start stealing the pens.
“While I’m here. -Mah.”
-(laughter) So these parents could be facing
some pretty serious time. And knowing them,
they’re probably trying to bribe their way
into the best prisons, you know. They’ll be like, “Why should you
accept me into your prison? “Well, I actually
ran the library at Shawshank. “Here’s a photo
of me doing that, so, uh…” (laughter, applause) “I think you should let me in.” Obviously…
obviously I’m joking. None of these rich people are
actually gonna go to prison. Come on.
No, I’m being serious. At worst, they’re probably
gonna get community service. Yeah. Like, they’ll have to pick
up trash in Beverly Hills. Be like, “Uh-huh, “another hundred dollar bill
on the ground. Uh-huh. So dirty.” So, honestly, I won’t lie. I don’t feel any sympathy
for these parents. But their kids,
on the other hand… Their kids–
that’s another story. Because according
to prosecutors, most of the kids had no idea that their parents took part
in this scheme. And this is such a shitty way
to find out that your parents think
you’re a dumb-ass. (laughter) Because they paid
to make your life easier. Like,
if I was one of these kids, now I would be questioning
everything good that happens to me in life. Like, if one of my good-looking
classmates hit on me, I’d be like,
“You don’t really like me. “You’re just my dad in a wig. “Give me that hair!
Give me that hair! “Give me that…”
(imitates tearing sound) “Aah, aah, aah!
Oh, wow. It was real. “Uh, Dad, I did it again. I need you to bail me out.”

100 thoughts on “Hollywood Stars Caught Bribing College Admissions | The Daily Show”

  1. I remember when James Franco suppose to be professor complained, that he is not actually attending the classes but he was given a certificate, and the administration of that college try to shut him up.

  2. some live with dept and other pay there way out this good thing the FBI paying attention to things that matters for once

  3. So, Nike decided to come up with some ugly gay ''2019 free rn''. I love the free rn i buy em every year , but this year they did em wrong. fuck you Nike. i waste a year waiting on them. link: https://news.nike.com/footwear/nike-free-5-0-and-3-0.

  4. The only kids im mad at are the Laughlin girls. They didn't even fill out their own admissions forms but still got accepted into a division one school so they had to know. Neither of them wanted to even go to school and didnt take the SAT's because aunt Becky paid an actual smart student to take them for her. I cant imagine being so stupid you cant fill out your own admissions forms. And to the parents who were laughing, you just fucked yours and your dumb kids life up for EVER. laugh about that you stupid fucking retards.

  5. I feel bad for the kids in this situation. If they had no idea of their parent's involvement, this could have an impact on their self-esteem and their belief in their abilities. Plus, their parents are basically saying that they don't believe in their kids.

  6. Guess I can be even more proud of the degrees I’ve earned. My dad a hospital janitor and gardener and my mom a house cleaner rarely could help me with homework. No hand holding during applications. No college visits. I had one shot at taking the SATs there wasn’t money for multiple tries. Despite all this I got in to UC Berkeley with a financial aid offer of tuition covered. I also got another scholarship that helped cover books. I worked part time to cover any other expenses. So forgive me if I don’t shed a tear for these privileged families. My parents did want something better for me. That’s why they came over. But just like they worked for every dollar earned. They expected me to work for everything I got. I will forever be thankful that they always believed in me.

  7. @2:22 yet there's some African-American mothers that went to jail for simply using a zip-code of a family member (that lived in a better area w/a better school district…)or a close friend, so that their child could attend school in that zone. …Why ? They too simply want the best for their children.

    Who had/has sympathy for them??

  8. Trevor how does their children not know what's going on. Paperwork states how your getting in. The cost is specified along with the Major and any scholarships.
    It's a lie they did not know anything. Just arrogant and thought they wouldn't be caught. I don't believe anything will happen to parents or their special priced kids. But, I bet the man putting it together will go to jail.
    World full of those who cheat to get ahead and those whom will never get a running chance. IJS..

  9. Nothing's going to change. There is only one thingthat brings about real change and that's solidarity. Civil right movement, women's right movement, these changes and similar happened because of solidarity. A negative review on their movie, or giving them a thumbs down on social media is useless you can't out-PR them or shame them. Look, stupid emails like those should shame someone for being so stupid but they don't care, that's why they laigh at it in the emails because they'll get away with their kid getting into college as a kicker for the football team, when there is no football team, anxd nobody's going to do anything about it.

  10. He’s right….maximum sentence for them is probably community service…and they’ll probably pay some homeless dude to pick up trash on the freeway too. 🙄🙄🙄 ENDLESS disappointments to follow….the injustice 😡🤯

  11. This makes me happy to be poor. My only kid that I could afford to have, is studying at a university which he got him self accepted to all on his own. I didn’t even know he was there until he was there. I don’t even know what the heck he’s studying. I think it has something to do with biology and science. Anyway, it’s his life, non of my business what he does with it. My only role in his life is to love him, always.

  12. "Most of the kids had no idea that their parents took part in this scheme and this is such a shitty way to find out that your parents think you're a dumbass" LOL

  13. question.. is this type of crime or telling you straight to your face the worst way to find out your parents think you're a [email protected]$$? I know what they did was awful, but I'm stuck on the parting message about the kids.

  14. I wonder if they will get jail time. Remember the black mothers who went to jail for enrolling their kids at better schools out of their districts.

  15. People keep referring to the students as "kids", but remember, at age 18 you are legally an adult. They were in on the scam and should go to jail as well as the parents…

  16. I don't know what's worse…that bribes paid the way for entry for these people, or that it was necessary to show that they were good at sports as part of the deal. Really? So, you can get into College with a 4.0 GPA…or if you can do something with a ball really good.

  17. There was a time when the best of the best were our financial and political leaders. Now all we have are rich shameless idiotic sociopaths who care nothing about the rest of the country.

  18. BULLSHIT! HOW DARE ANYONE try & say that these young adults had NO idea! They know damn well if they're Harvard/top college material or not. If they all of a sudden got a full ride scholarship for a sport they've never played in their life! These young adults were more than aware & anyone who believes different is ignorant!

  19. At the same time the rich refuse paying more taxes so that everyone could get a decent healthcare in the US. Motörhead was right, eat the rich. That’s all their good for👍🏻

  20. People are dramatic there a people dying in the world and rich people are still buying buildings to do the exact same thing let’s focus on what matters and let the law dish out the consequences for breaking the law.. want to be mad at these parents then be perfect…. if you’re not be humble and worry about serious issues this is WAY too first world

  21. Those students should be expelled and the parents should go to jail. Hahahahaha! I hope they laugh all the way to prison and their children (who are well aware of what happened) are shamed for the rest of their lives.

  22. I think this entire story is disingenuous. They paid a company to help their kids get into college. If the company was doing shady shit behind the scenes and the parents didn’t know about it how is it that you hold the parents accountable for the actions of the company? It’s like Amazon getting max tax breaks and blaming the customers for it. What’s worse is when the parents found out and were interviewed you IMPLY HEAVILY that they knew about it and call them names. Like the dad who laughed because his kid’s school doesn’t have a football team. If I were in his shoes I would laugh too, to find out they lied and said something completely false and outrageous is funny because of how untrue it is. Then again I can’t expect much from Noah, this is the same guy who not thatvlong ago was making fun of gay people and women in his comedy sketches and then talks shit about other people who do it or did it in their past who are also comedians. When the levy breaks and people on the left are done with the deceit these Far Left hypocrite comedians and media are going to be without a job, without money, and in a really bad position. Good Luck

  23. Can’t wait for the video “Hollyweird idiots caught propagating lies about the president of the free world for two years”. Oh, you won’t be making that one? Didn’t think so.

  24. the sad thing is that they keep their cheat codes turned on even after they've taken admission. Because they're incompetent, they hire tutors to write essays for them, do their homework, help them pass exams which they party for most of the college years.

  25. The game of chess. This is all about winning at the end of the day. There is no honor or dishonor and the ultimate end is the following:
    1. Win
    2. To draw
    3. To resign
    But never to admit defeat!
    I can see this chess game being drawn out by the power that runs it all.

    1. Find Smollet guilty but give him a simple slap on the wrist. Uproar on the part of the public and the legal system simply ignores and dances to the tune of those powerful forces that in the end decides, like Caesar, who lives or dies. Most importantly, using the pawn, Smollet, to set the next most important save: the security of the higher ranking pieces.
    Who are these high ranking pieces? Well that is move two.
    2. Use Smollet as a reason not to come hard on all the powerful wealthy that pay incredible amounts of money to ensure admissions for their precious entitled sons and daughters. Paying low ranking pawns to make the right moves for them and taking all of the risk, most of them to spend lengthy sentences.
    3. The wealthy with the Smollet case can know set the biggest sacrifice move of all, that sacrifice is our judicial system, and expect their children and themselves to have a similar punishment, a simple slap on their wrist.
    Check mate.

  26. You know…I feel bad for these "moms," if that's what you'd call them because where I come from…..WE TEACH OUR KIDS TO WORK HARD & NEVER GIVE UP BECAUSE NOTHING IS EVER JUST HANDED TO YOU………but then you have these LOW LIFES 😒
    Who teach their kids the opposite……that even if your dumb & lazy
    You'll still get what you want?? 😕
    Congress…….TAX these rich B!%[email protected] already
    NOT OK!!

  27. They've been doing this since forever! They show it in the movies like Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds.

  28. Why don't they just give the kids the 6.5m in the first place. They probably wouldn't make that much there whole life if their parents weren't famous.

  29. Hey, Trev, is there a reason the font used at 0:25 for College Ruiners seems to be the same font College Humor uses for their channel name's font?
    hehe

  30. why not American deport these rich hollywood stars to north korea or at least to my country himalayas Nepal?

  31. Noah my Brother he keeps it 100 by making these descendants of the European Caucasian Colonizers laugh at their own stupidity and how their fake High IQ's are really "FAKE" as they really are. They are the opposite of highly intelligent. What a "HOT FLAMMING MESS " these idiots are.

  32. This isn’t a surprise. Meanwhile there’s still white kids in college telling their classmates of color that they only got in because they’re “Black/Brown.” We work hard, they don’t give us credit. They pay their way in, and it’s swept under the carpet 99% of the time.

  33. Bro, and in economics class today, I just watched a video about how difficult it is for Asian and Black students to get into the higher colleges. For Asians, even though their students tend to excel for the most part, their efforts are never seen as good enough to “stand out”. Then there’s Black students who work hard, even with their disadvantaged situations. When they get to college, their classmates say they’re only there because of their skin.

    That’s why we must push our way into college and shed light on all those fake students who don’t deserve to be there. Let’s become better and make college for the true hard workers of America.

  34. One day, once all of these cheaters inherit their parents money and jobs, some intelligent people will steal it to them and because of stupidity they wouldn't know what to do and will starve to death.

    Heard some stories around our town. Known some people who had it easy in university days then when they inherited their parents' companies, some stock holders start to take advantage and eventually all that is left to their family is nothing and was even burried with debt.

    I wish a good luck with these kids. There is always that time where life turns and you will experience a big impact in your life and if that happens, for sure, your 'friends' who are only there to take advantage of you when you were rich wouldn't be as friendly as they are right now. No one will help you and you will regret taking everything so simple.

  35. "….Scamming these schools…" Trevor? Really?. As if something like this can go through without the administrative dept's knowledge or approval. Do NOT try to speak in favor of the colleges.

  36. Once you turn down a plea, it is not offered second time. These pampered princesses will put the Assistant US Attys through lots of work and they will all lose at trial. Jurors have no sympathy for tax cheats and the rich.

    And the FEDS will not give them a sentence in some comfy prison. Those comfy slots are reserved for those who cooperate.

    If you fight the FEDS, expect a lousy prison placement.

    This is lousy food, bed bugs, non-stop noise, lights on 24-7, crazy prisoners who talk and yell 24-7, bad odors, poor ventilation in summer, and poor heating in winter, little activities inside the walls, boredom, limited visitor hours, people who try to get you in trouble, guards who are clearly off and have no empathy for others, cell mate you would not sit next to on a bus or train.

    This is not like anything these millionaires can imagine. A tough grind for even 1 month, much less 4 years.

    Welcome to the world of fighting the FEDS in court.

  37. They just all of a sudden bringing out all these names and schools all at once. This has been going on since the going been on. That's how it works when you get rich. When you get wealth I should say but still, you get connections. And then its not about money, its about power. When you have power you dont need money, that's for the poor.

  38. How come nobody has a problem with athletes that barely know how to read but they can play ball so they get a free ride?

  39. This just pisses me off. As an international student who has to push for the little scholarships offered to international students it's so annoying hearing about those who think they can live their lives cheating through everything at the disadvantage of others ugh

  40. I'm confused, why is this news. Hasn't the "that building has my last name on it because all of my family has gone to this school." troupe been a thing for decades

  41. Those kids should be kicked out! They don't deserve those spots and , "Yes!" They took them away from someone else! I don't care if they knew what their parents did or not(and I'm not convinced they didn't know!) either way, they should be kicked out! Let their parents deal with their disappointment! Who gives a rats?!

  42. I'm so confused about this. They are a bunch of white wealthy kids what do they even need to get into college for? Their are people who really need the education to further their career. The fuck y'all can just pay for your kids life style since it's so hilarious to lie and make up shit.

  43. You want America to be partnered with Russia and China then wait for the next election so the new president of the U.S will have a better and much more greater partnerships

  44. You can’t make america great if the president loves to hate, it’s not yet too late we just gotta wait for trump to take a break and the next president shall make america great.

  45. im a doctor! right so this body transplant with the dead guy… you have a %0 chance of survival. but at least my selfies look better.

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