Kelly Ripa opened up about her son’s job prospects during the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” The TV presenter explained how she and her husband Mark Consuelos supported their eldest son, Michael, after he graduated from college in 2020.
“Adults are hard these days. It’s very hard for kids. Job opportunities aren’t what they used to be. The economy is driving the trend.” said Ryba. “I know Michael graduated college in May of 2020 and had a writing job, but it evaporated because the pandemic put production on hold and he never came back.”
In addition to Michael, Ripa and Consuelos share daughter Lola, 21, and son Joaquin, 19.
Ripa said she and Consuelos gave Michael a year “grace period” after his job failed after graduation. Reba also revealed that she supports her children financially, as long as they keep jobs and other responsibilities.
“I told them, ‘These are years when you’re not going back, and this is a time when we wouldn’t mind supporting you financially as long as you work — as long as you keep a job for your extras,’” Reba said on the show.
Reba said she and her husband provide “safety nets” for their children because they did not grow up with such financial support.
She continued, “The bells and whistles; the things they want—as long as you work for it, we’ll cover the basic expenses, but once you graduate, it’s over.” “Because we were married at 25, you know what I mean? And we feel like it’s because we didn’t have safety nets, we got something to cook with.”
Ripa shared that it’s “a unique time now to have kids in college.”
In September, Ripa opens up about her life with Consuelos now that it is an empty nest. She spoke candidly about a vacation they took without their kids, and the freedom they felt while focusing on their relationship.
“It was luxurious and adventurous,” Ripa said. “We weren’t bored. Our kids called us a few times because they thought we might miss them or that we were bored in some way. And we tried to pretend, ‘It’s no fun without you guys,’ but we’re the time of our lives.”