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Kelly Ripa Dismisses Backlash to Joke About Son’s ‘Poverty’: ‘We Work and We Expect Our Kids to’

Kelly Ripa Dismisses Backlash to Joke About Son’s 'Poverty': 'We Work and We Expect Our Kids to'

“They only read a headline and wag their tired fingers,” the Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host said of her critics

Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos had to work hard to get to where they are today, and they want to instill the same values in their children.

After making a joke about how the couple’s eldest son Michael Consuelos is experiencing “extreme poverty” by having to pay his own rent for the first time, the Live with Kelly and Ryan co-host caught some flak on social media, with one critic saying the comment demonstrated “how disconnected the 1% is from the rest of the society.”

Responding to an Instagram comment, Ripa, 49, labeled the backlash as “fake outrage.”

“Michael goes to college and is a senior and works full time. He is in his first non parent subsidized apt with roommates,” she wrote underneath a recent photo of her and Michael, who is currently a student at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

“I’m used to getting a lot of slack [sic] because people love to have fake outrage over something they didn’t see. They only read a headline and wag their tired fingers,” she continued, pointing out that she and her husband don’t come from wealthy backgrounds. “I didn’t grow up privileged and neither did @instasuelos. We work and we expect our kids to as well.

She added, “the fact that a pack of fools want to bitch about that, i say let em.”

Many fans have also come to her defense.

“I have a 22 year old who is a senior in college also and she can’t understand why we want her to get a part time job so she can start helping with her bills. Her dad and I worked all tru college. Good job on raising such a hard worker,” wrote one commenter, to which Ripa replied, “Thank you! You sound rational!”

“Good for you for not apologizing! People need to get a grip and learn what it means to take it within context. Well done on raising had working kids who don’t expected everything to be handed to them,” added another.

Another Instagram user noted that Ripa and her husband aren’t the first celebrity parents to make their kids work to earn their own money.

Will Smith told his kids ‘I’m rich. You’re not rich,’ ” they noted.


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