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Kelly Ripa Tried To Make A Joke About Her Son Experiencing Extreme Poverty After College But Not A Lot Of People Laughed

Being out from your parents’ wings can be tough tamales. We’re guessing this was the kind of sentiment that talk show host Kelly Ripa meant to convey when she poked fun at her son Michael during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel earlier this week. During an interview with the late-night talk show host, Ripa commented that described her son as being “chronically poor” and experiencing “extreme poverty.” 

Her word choice, to say it plainly, did not bode well with the audience watching on Twitter.

The “Live with Kelly and Ryan” co-host took a pit stop at “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday and spilled the beans on how her 22-year-old son is getting along in the real world.

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The talk show host visited the show and spoke about how her eldest son, Michael, whom she had wither husband Mark Consuelos is fairing in the world of adulthood. Michael Consuelos recently moved out of his family home to Brooklyn on his own.

“I think he loves the freedom. He hates paying his own rent and he’s chronically poor,” she joked Kimmel during the show. “I don’t think he ever really experienced extreme poverty like now.” 

Ripa comments didn’t get much of an audible laugh from her audience even as she went onto explain that her son is now in charge of worrying about his own bills and finances and eagerly awaits an annual Halloween gift form his grandparents of $20 of which he once brushed off as a kid.

“But now that he’s living on his own, he’s called three times, ‘Halloween envelope arrived?’ ” she joked.

So far, the jokes have not gone over well with audiences online. Many have pointed out that Ripa’s son snubbing a $20 gift at any age reeks of privilege.

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During the interview, Ripa pointed out that she was concerned about having her children going to schools that were located in the same areas that they had spent their entire lives. Recalling the time she’d dropped person Michael off at college for his first year of college with her husband, Ripa recounted that it didn’t feel like he’d truly flown from the nest.

“We drop him off at his dorm. We have lunch together. We look at each other. We say, ‘We did it. We have a child in college. We did it! Oh my gosh,'” she said during the interview. “We come home. It’s about 10 minutes away. We walk through the front door and he is standing in the hallway.”

The cute anecdote does hint that while her son might have experienced the independence that comes with going to college in some way, he did have the comforts that not too many students are able to afford. Those being going to a school with the financial and emotional support of parents who live nearby and attend to him at a moment’s notice. 

Others have also underlined that while Ripa’s son might be experiencing being an adult, his “real world” experience is steeped in the privileges of having been born from wealth. 

Like his younger sister, Michael was afforded the opportunity to get into New York University, a private school with a 32% acceptance rate and a $49,062 per year price tag. No doubt, Michael is a smart student who got into the school in his own right but, in light of the college admissions scandal, it is hard to overlook the fact that his path to school was likely lined with expensive tutors and handholding from his parents.

Of course, there’s no doubt that Ripa’s words, flip and out of touch as they might be, were truly meant to do no harm.

The actress, co-host and mother of three Latino children and is a supporter of various charities. The famous talk show host has supported causes for ovarian cancer and in 2001 famously donated $250,000 to. Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund, an organization that works to help childhood cancer. She is also an advocate for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

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Cardi B Catches Major Heat For Asking Twitter Whether She Should Purchase an $88K Handbag

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Cardi B Catches Major Heat For Asking Twitter Whether She Should Purchase an $88K Handbag

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Cardi B is, once again, embroiled in controversy. The Bronx-born rapper was trending over the weekend after she posted an extremely tone-deaf tweet.

“Should I spend 88K for this damn purse?” Cardi asked her 15.5 million followers. “Omggg it’s tempting.”

Her followers, it seemed, were none-too-pleased with this question.

Angry replies soon flooded Cardi’s mentions, dragging her for flaunting her wealth during an unprecedented pandemic when people are struggling to pay their bills and stay alive.

“Sis, there’s an eviction crisis, folks can’t feed their families, students are drowning in debt, and people are sick with and dying of COVID,” said one angry Twitter user. “Most of us don’t have the luxury of $88 temptations so hearing you’re trying to drop $88k on a purse feels hella wrong.”

Twitter users started telling Cardi that she should put that money to better use, like donating it to charity.

Cardi then brought out the receipts, showing off all of the times she donated her money to charity in the past year.

“I already donated 2 million dollars this year and I’m doing something very special in a another country that will be done with next year. What have you donated?” she said.

Cardi then went on the defensive, asking her critics to show her what they’ve donated so she would match it (the strategy being to prove that she’s more generous than her followers are).

“Okay let’s do this challenge! Since ya want to tell me to donate soo much…Drop receipts on what YOU have donated too [sic],” she tweeted. “I will match it and donate to a organization you have donate as well. LETS START NOW!

In response to the challenge, there were a few followers who proved that they donated $50 here or $100 there, but (obviously) no one had receipts to prove they’ve donated millions of dollars to charity.

Cardi then “apologized” for her alleged faux-pas.

“Ok guys I apologize. There you happy?!” she wrote. “I don’t see ya askin Trump for a apology when he out here missing COVID meetings to play golf but [okay].”

It didn’t end there. There was quite a bit of back-and-forth between Cardi and her haters for a while before the situation finally died down.

And, never one to miss an opportunity to crack a joke, Cardi concluded the who scandal with this gem of a tweet: “Sooooooo……do ya want me to show ya the purse?”

And that’s all, folks. Tune in next week for the next episode of Controversial Cardi. We’re sure she’ll keep delivering the drama, whether we want to see it or not.

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Mark Consuelos Takes to Instagram to Defend Claims That He ‘Stuffed His Pants’ For a Halloween Costume

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Mark Consuelos Takes to Instagram to Defend Claims That He ‘Stuffed His Pants’ For a Halloween Costume

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Recently, Mark Consuelos made headlines for something he probably never thought he’d make headlines for.

On Friday, Kelly Ripa posted a picture to her Instagram account celebrating all of the fun Halloween costumes her family has donned over the years. The caption was innocent enough: “#tbt Halloween is a family business. here are a few faves over the years,” Ripa wrote.

The 10-slide post had cute pictures of her and her family (including her children Michael Joseph, Joaquin Antonio, and Lola Grace) dressed up as everything from Captain Jack Sparrow to Wonder Woman to I Dream of Jeannie. But it wasn’t the children’s costumes that grabbed her followers’ attention.

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On the final slide, there was a picture of Mark Consuelos dressed as Erik Estrada’s character from the 1980s TV show CHiPs. The “Riverdale” actor is wearing a very very form-fitting khaki police officer uniform with incredibly tight pants. Tight enough that one could see there was a distinct outline around his, ahem, bulge.

The bulge in Consuelos’s pants sent Ripa’s followers into a bonafide tizzy. The post, as of now, has racked up over 50,000 likes and over 500 comments. Fans were posting comments like “OMG, your husband’s basket” and “Meow Mark *fire emojis* lucky girl!” and “All I can say is you are one lucky woman! *drool emoji*”. One fan in particular seemed to be skeptical, writing: “Your husband stuffed his pants”. (You know how the saying goes…haters gonna say it’s fake.)

Consuelos, to his credit, tried to get a handle on a situation that was quickly getting out of control, commenting: “Full disclosure, I believe that’s definitely a shadow that’s causing that bulging effect…Pretty sure.” To which Ripa replied: “ummmmm baby are you seeing shadows?”

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Consuelos and Ripa have always been open about their playful relationship on social media. Just a few weeks ago, Ripa posted another thirst trap picture of her husband to her Instagram account. In this one, Consuelos was shirtless in bed, showing off his ample bicep while Ripa lounged beside them.

Under the photo, Ripa wrote: “One year ago and still a full #humpday #mood this man eats #pbandj”. While we’re not sure what that means, we know that her fans immensely appreciated the shirtless pic of Consuelos. Word of warning: do not browse the comment section on Ripa’s posts of Mark Consuelos if you are at work. On the other hand, we’re not mad about the thirst traps. Keep ’em coming, Ripa!

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