On a recent episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” Kelly Ripa talked about her son’s job prospects during the COVID-19 pandemic. The TV host talked about how she and her husband, Mark Consuelos, would take care of their oldest son, Michael after he graduated from college in 2020.

Adulting is hard nowadays. It’s very hard for kids. Job opportunities aren’t what they were. The economy is driving this trend.

said Ripa.

I know that Michael graduated college in May of 2020 and he had a writing job lined up which evaporated because the pandemic shut down the production and it just never came back.

Ripa and Consuelos have a son named Joaquin, who is 19, and a daughter named Lola, who is 21.

After Michael’s post-grad job fell through, Ripa said she and Consuelos gave him a “grace period” of a year. Ripa also said that she gives her children money as long as they have jobs and take care of other responsibilities.

I said to them, these are years that you won’t get back and this is a time where we won’t mind supporting you financially as long as you work — as long as you maintain a job for your add-ons, as I call them,

Ripa said on the show.

She said that she and her husband give their children “safety nets” because they didn’t have them when they were growing up.

The bells and whistles; the stuff that they want — as long as you work for that, we will cover the core expenses, but once you graduate, that’s over,

she continued.

Because we were married at 25, you know what I mean? And we feel like because we didn’t have safety nets, we got something cooking.

Ripa said that it is a “unique time right now to have kids in college.”

Ripa told a source in September about her life with Consuelos now that they don’t have any children. She told the truth about a trip they took without their kids and how free they felt when they could focus on each other.

It was luxurious and adventurous,

Ripa told the source.

We didn’t get bored. Our kids called us several times because they thought we might miss them or that we were bored in some way. And we tried to pretend, ‘It’s not as much fun without you guys,’ but we had the time of our lives.