Tori Spelling’s husband, Dean McDermott, isn’t one to hold back when it comes to slamming internet trolls for criticizing his wife and children, but the dad said he’s trying to teach his kids a better way to handle bullies online.

In the first episode of his new podcast, “Daddy Issues,” with comedians Adam Hunter and Nicky Paris, the 52-year-old dad and actor held nothing back when he discussed the cruel comments from fans aimed directly at his kids.

The father of Liam, 12, Stella, 10, Hattie, 7, Finn, 6 and Beau, 2, and son Jack, 20, from a previous relationship said:

“They comment on my kids’ looks and their hair and their clothes. I’m just like, enough is enough. I put my foot down. And I’m trying to teach my kids a more spiritual way of handling the criticism.”

As previously reported by Dearly, McDermott and Spelling opened up earlier this year about social media trolls after fans called their children “overweight” and said their clothes look “cheap” and “shabby.”

McDermott continued:

“Social media was made to bring the world closer together and communicate with each other, not to give a voice to people who shouldn’t have one. I will always stand up for my children, and I will always stand up for the underdog.”

Spelling also told Us Weekly a month following the online bullying incident that shaming isn’t easy to deal with when it’s directed toward her children. She explained:

“I have dealt with it forever, but when they say things about your kids, you’re just like… ‘What?’ Everyone is so anti-bullying these days, but it feels like lately with celebrities, that doesn’t apply. You can say whatever you want about celebrities and their kids, their family, but you can’t say it anywhere else in any other profession.”

In McDermott’s inaugural episode of his podcast, he also spoke about growing up without a father and how insecurity led him to cheat on Spelling in the past.

“Daddy Issues” is available on iTunes, Spotify, The Comedy Store Channel, and YouTube.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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