"The Whole Thing Is A Shame": Kelly Ripa Speaks Out About The College Admissions Scandal
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are caught up in a major scandal. The two actresses and 48 other individuals have been charged in an elaborate college admissions scheme.
The scheme involved rich parents buying their kids’ way into elite colleges, such as getting the kids into schools of their choice on athletic scholarships, regardless of their actual abilities.
Kelly Ripa, who is a mother of three kids, had some words to say about the scandal.
Kelly Ripa speaks out
Kelly spoke about the scandal on Live with Kelly and Ryan. While she admitted that college application and the test-taking process is a nightmare, kids should get into college based on their actual ability. She said:
Let me tell you something. As a parent who has gone through this process twice so far, test-taking is a nightmare. 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.’
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— LIVEKellyRyan (@LiveKellyRyan) March 14, 2019
The host, who shares three kids with husband Mark Consuelos, said her oldest ones got into college by working hard (her youngest one, son Joaquin, is still in high school). Kelly joked:
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?
On a more serious note, the host added that the whole situation is unfair to the kids:
The whole thing is a shame and it’s robbing the kids the chance for them to achieve [getting in] on their own.
How people reacted to Kelly’s comments
Many viewers agree that Kelly expressed what many parents from across the country are thinking now. Here are some of the reactions to Kelly’s comments from Twitter:
@KellyRipa watching today you made the exact point I believe families of lower income feel. The College age Kelly Ripa’s family could not afford a tutor to help her get into college, your wealth as an adult has given your children an upper hand. No judgement, just a realization pic.twitter.com/beWfiLFewz
— Michele (@MicheleTriplet4) March 13, 2019
@KellyRipa You spoke beautifully this morning abt the college scandal. You succinctly voiced how parents were hurting their kids by cheating for them. I also appreciated your words abt kids who require extra time for test taking. I’ve never agreed with you more. Thank you.
— Eileen Wyner (@ewyner) March 14, 2019
@KellyRipa thank you Kelly so much for acknowledging that you are already lucky if you can afford tutors and college help!! As a parent of 2 college bound teens, I appreciate it!
— Tara (@Tara99898666) March 13, 2019
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