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Former ‘American Idol’ Host Brian Dunkleman Defends Uber Driver Gig

American Idol Brian Dunkleman Defends Work Uber Driver
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Jan. 4 2019, Updated 3:28 p.m. ET

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In 2002, Brian Dunkleman hosted American Idol’s first season alongside Ryan Seacrest. Now, he is an Uber driver — and he insists he's NOT ashamed!

Hours after reports broke the news that the former comedian was driving passengers around town, he took to Twitter to explain himself while at the same time slamming haters.

“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,” Dunkleman wrote this Thursday.

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“And I make over a grand on a good week mother***er. #HumanBarnacles,” the funnyman continued. has learned Dunkleman is currently wrapped up in a nasty divorce battle with wife Kalea Dunkleman, who he has claimed was an abusive alcoholic. And while the life change has also called for a career change, the former show co-host seems to be doing just fine with his beloved son and new girlfriend, Andrea Whitney.

After reporters slammed Dunkleman over his failed career this Thursday, Whitney shared a photo of the funnyman hugging his young son atop a mountain. “This is why he’s an Uber driver. F**k you,” she captioned the post.

According to divorce documents, the former actor started driving for Uber in March 2016, works about 45 hours a week, and makes about $800 a week. And though it’s no Hollywood, he’s never been ashamed of his humble gig.

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“It’s comforting to know that I’m at a point in my career when I have absolutely nothing to lose due to an inappropriate tweet #GRATEFUL” he tweeted this May.

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