Kelly Ripa made Forbes' list of the highest-paid TV hosts in the world in 2016, but her eldest, Michael, is clinging to cash gifts from his grandparents.
The "Live with Kelly and Ryan" host appeared as a guest on Tuesday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" which taped in Brooklyn. Ripa, 49, said her 22-year-old is a resident of Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood.
"I think he loves the freedom," she said of her son's experience. "He hates paying his own rent, and he is chronically poor. I don't think he ever really experienced extreme poverty like now."
"Extreme" enough that Michael is champing at the bit for the money her parents kindly send him and his siblings for Halloween.
"For years, my kids sort of ignored the $20," Ripa said. "But now that (Michael's) living on his own, he's called, like, three times. 'Has the Halloween envelope arrived?'"
"He's experiencing being an adult," she said.
Ripa also gave an update on how daughter Lola is adjusting to life at NYU. As the talk show host put it, the 18-year-old "jumped out of a moving cab when we took her to her dorm."
The former "All My Children" star said her daughter assured her: "You won't see me. I won't be back."
But how quickly things change. Ripa told Kimmel the day after dropping Lola off "our alarm trips. My daughter's having a party on the roof of our house. She was gone 12 hours and came home."