Former 'American Idol' Co-Host Brian Dunkleman Reacts to Trolls Shaming Him For Being an Uber Driver

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Brian Dunkleman is defending his new job as an Uber driver.

The former American Idol co-host took to Twitter on Thursday to respond to trolls shaming him for his employment with the ride-hailing service.

"I chose to stop doing standup comedy and started driving an Uber so I could be there for my son as much as he needed after our life as we knew it was destroyed," wrote Dunkleman, who co-hosted Idol alongside Ryan Seacrest during the show's first season in 2002.

"Print that," he added. "And I make over a grand on a good week motherf**kers."

Dunkleman, 47, is currently in an ongoing divorce and custody battle with his estranged wife, Kalea Nassif, over their 5-year-old son, Jackson. TMZ reported earlier this week that as of March 2016, Dunkleman has been making a living as an Uber driver in order to provide for his family.

Of course, Dunkleman isn't the only one who's been job-shamed after leaving a Hollywood role. Cosby Show star Geoffrey Owens faced similar backlash last September when photos surfaced of him bagging groceries at a Trader Joe's in New Jersey.

ET spoke with Owens shortly after the news went viral. Hear what he had to say below: 


Geoffrey Owens Says He's 'Getting Stopped By Everyone' Following Trader Joe's Pics

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Geoffrey Owens Snaps Selfies With New Co-Stars After Leaving Grocery Store Job

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