Following Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin’s indictment in a college admissions cheating scandal earlier this week, Kelly Ripa weighed in on the surprising news on the latest episode of Live! With Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, March 12.
“Let me tell you something. As a parent who has gone through this process twice so far, test-taking is a nightmare,” Kelly, 48, told the audience. “It is so exhausting … for the student, for the parents, for everybody involved. Particularity if you are my kids’ tutor, I would think it would be exhausting for you as well. You look at this and you go, ‘If you have the money to afford a tutor, you already have an advantage.'”
Since Kelly is a proud mom to kids, Michael Consuelos, 21, Lola Consuelos, 17, and Joaquin Consuelos, 16, she took Lori and Felicity’s alleged cheating scandal very hard. “The whole thing is a shame and it’s robbing the kids the chance for them to achieve [getting in] on their own,” she said. “I’m so glad this scandal broke after my kids went through [the college application process] because I know my daughter would have been like, ‘Hey, can you call that man?'”
Since tuition is anything but cheap in America, Kelly believes that you can still succeed without going to an Ivy league school. But sometimes it’s hard for her to show her kids how important it is to get a higher education since she didn’t go to college.
“I did not go to college, so I always feel weird saying this,” she admitted. “And it’s a tightrope line I walk with my kids all the time because they’ll look at me and be like, ‘But you didn’t go to college.’ But this is all good luck and hard work.”
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