Former 'American Idol' Co-Host Brian Dunkleman Reacts to Trolls Shaming Him For Being an Uber Driver
By Desiree Murphy
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.
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. Print that.@TMZ@HarveyLevinTMZ
Dunkleman, 47, is currently in an ongoing divorce and custody battle with his estranged wife, Kalea Nassif, over their 5-year-old son, Jackson. TMZreported 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: