Television guru Kelly Ripa said she’s glad her two eldest children already finished their college applications amid fallout from “Operation Varsity Blues.”
The investigation into the $25 million college admissions scheme ignited a firestorm last week after 33 parents were arrested for allegedly bribing their children’s way into elite universities, Dearly reported.
Those arrested include “Fuller House” star Lori Loughlin and “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman.
Ripa’s eldest child, 21-year-old Michael Consuelos, is currently enrolled at New York University. And her daughter, 17-year-old Lola Consuelos, likely just finished applying to schools.
The “Live! With Kelly and Ryan” star said on the morning talk show that the application process was difficult, but she was thankful to have a tutor, according to Entertainment Tonight.
“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.'”
Ripa added that she doesn’t think the parents involved in the scandal were actually helping their children.
The talk show host jokingly said her daughter would have been thankful. But as a parent, Ripa wouldn’t take part:
“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?’ The whole thing is a shame and it’s robbing the kids the chance for them to achieve [getting in] on their own.”
The mom of three, who also has a 16-year-old son, concluded:
“I did not go to college, so I always feel weird saying this. 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.”
Since their arrests last week, Loughlin has been freed on $1 million bond, and Huffman has been released on $250,000 bond.
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