The former co-host of the TV show “American Idol,” who now drives for Uber, is defending his new job after being targeted by Internet trolls.
The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Brian Dunkleman indicated he took the job to make ends meet and spend more time focusing on family as he endures what the paper calls a “brutal custody fight with his estranged wife.”
Dunkleman, who is involved in a divorce from publicist Kalea Dunkleman, tweeted Thursday night: “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.”
“He also shared his weekly earnings from Uber: Legal documents state he earns about $800 per week, but on Twitter, he revealed a different number,” The Post reports, quoting a tweet from Dunkleman that says: “And I make over a grand on a good week motherf–kers.”
Dunkleman co-hosted the first season of “American Idol” with Ryan Seacrest back in 2002.
The Post report adds: “Dunkleman’s apparent girlfriend, a woman named Andrea, also took to Twitter to defend him by sharing a picture of herself in a white bikini and wrote, ‘This is what an Uber driver’s girlfriend looks like … #ImInLoveWithAnUberDriver.’” You can see her tweet below.
The Post adds: “Dunkleman said he quit ‘American Idol’ in protest of how contestants were treated and since has performed as a stand-up comic and in various reality-TV shows, including ‘Celebrity Fit Club.’”