Sunny Hostin slams trolls who claim her son got into Harvard because she 'bought a building' on campus

Sunny Hostin slams trolls who claim her son got into Harvard because she 'bought a building' on campus
Sunny Hostin, whose son Gabriel attends Harvard, claims he is frequently accused of cheating his way into the prestigious college (@sunnyhostin/Instagram)

WESTCHESTER, NEW YORK: The nepo baby controversy sparked by New York Magazine's much-discussed cover story late last month is now being discussed on 'The View.' The panelists generally acknowledged the predicament that celebrity heirs often find themselves in, explaining that the children of celebrities work just as hard as anyone else. Sunny Hostin, whose son Gabriel is a student at Harvard, claimed he often faces accusations that she helped him pay for his studies at the prestigious college. However, in the Hot Topics discussion, she denied any involvement in her son's admission.

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“Any parent is going to try to make sure that their children have a better life than they had.” she said. “I know I tried very hard so that my children had a better life, and I was very surprised when people said, 'Oh, Gabriel got into Harvard because Sunny bought a building.’"

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“Look, I’m from the Bronx projects. I don’t have money to buy buildings at Harvard, okay? So he earned that on his own, and yes, I would be upset if people took that away from him,” she continued. “But we taught him, we can open up a door for you, but you’ve gotta walk through and you’ve gotta work hard and you’ve gotta be there first and be there last, and work as hard as you can," as reported by Decider.

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Reflecting on her own early career in the entertainment world,  Whoopi Goldberg concurred, saying, "That's my point. Don’t assume people didn’t earn their way to where they are.”    "I didn't have a leg up," Goldberg told the panel, "and I got where I got ’cause I got it.” Even still, Goldberg maintained that some people with unfair advantages could have put in just as much effort as nepo kids. She cautioned, “Don’t assume that people didn’t work and bust their behind. ‘Cause their parents might have said to them, ‘I’m not gonna help you. You need to get this done on your self. … Ninety percent of the people I find are working their butts off because they just want to have a good life like their parents did.”

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In addition, Joy Behar, who likewise claimed to have achieved success "on her own," told the panel, "We really didn't have much help," but wasn't complaining. “It feels great,” Behar said. “Every dollar you spend is yours. You earned it. Every compliment you get is yours. It’s not my father’s. It’s mine.”

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