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.
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.
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.