AceShowbiz - Kelly Ripa has had enough of people being overly sensitive to everything she says in public. The TV host recently faced backlash over a comment she made about her son, Michael, during her appearance in the Tuesday night, October 22 episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
In the episode, Kelly talked about her 22-year-old son moving out of her and husband Mark Counselos' home to live with roommates in Brooklyn, New York while attending university. "I think he loves the freedom. He hates paying his own rent and he's chronically poor," the "Live" host joked. "I don't think he ever really experienced extreme poverty like now."
Kelly went on saying how Michael's budget is so tight that he starts looking forward to the money his grandparents send him for Halloween. "For years, my kids sort of ignored the $20," she explained. "But now that [Michael's] living on his own, he's called, like, three times. 'Has the Halloween envelope arrived?' He's experiencing being an adult."
However, a lot of people didn't find her joke funny and proceeded to blast her. "Today's out-of-touch celebrity confusing teaching an adult child financial responsibility with 'extreme poverty,' the Kelly Ripa edition," one wrote, as another told her to "stop talking about things you have no clue about." There was also someone who said, "The fact that she can speak glowingly about it definitely signals her son isn't actually in 'extreme poverty.' She so out of touch smh."
The backlash was apparently too much for Kelly to the point where she finally decided to hit back at all of the critics through an Instagram comment on Wednesday. Underneath a photo of them together, she said, "Michael goes to college and is a senior and works full time. He is in his first non parent subsidized apt with roommates. I'm used to getting a lot of slack 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. "I didn't grow up privileged and neither did @instasuelos. We work and we expect our kids to as well. And the fact that a pack of fools want to b***h about that, I say let em."