Dean McDermott rushes to wife Tori Spelling’s defense after she received backlash for charging $95 for virtual meet-and-greets.
As reported by Us Weekly, the “Beverly Hills, 90210” alum shared a post on Monday advertising her upcoming live video chat with fans.
“Can’t wait to do my first ever virtual meet and greet Thursday, April 9 at 5pm PDT,” Spelling reportedly wrote on her page. “Only 20 spots available so reserve your spot now. Link in my bio xoxo.”
However, when followers clicked on the link, they discovered that the one-on-ones would cost almost $100.
Many were upset at the asking price, given that lots of people have either been laid off or have had their hours cut back due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Of course it’s $95 because during a Pandemic we all have that to spare what a bummer….” a social media user wrote in the comments section.
“Damn people are dying, and you still thinking how to gain money from us…” another added.
One commenter said they would have gladly participated in the chat but couldn’t afford to because they and their spouse recently lost their jobs.
“Its a bad time for me, since myself and my husband both lost our jobs. but maybe next time,” the fan wrote. “Im a HUGE 90210 fan. Love u tori aka donna martin.”
However, others defended Spelling against the controversy, believing she has every right to make ends meet during this challenging time.
Per Us Weekly, one supporter argued that Spelling shouldn’t have to “stop trying to make money and take care of her family just because someone else can’t.”
“You go Tori, u take care of your family,” another wrote.
Additionally, McDermott posted a video on Tuesday where he fervently asked social media to “stop dragging my wife!!!!”
While calling Spelling “one of the hardest-working women in the business,” he explained that she was approached to do the meet-and-greets by Looped, a video chat company, to bring entertainment and fun to people during this health crisis.
He also defended Spelling for taking a job that would “provide for her family.”
“What is wrong with that? What is wrong with providing for your family at this time? All the studios, everything is shut down. She has no way to work, like everybody else. She has no job to go to. So, why can she not work from home and do a live meet-and-greet with fans and give them some light and love and have some fun?” he explained. “There are numerous celebrities out there that post stuff, and influencers, and they’re out there making money every single day. But no, let’s drag Tori Spelling. Let’s give her a hard time.”
Watch his full video (below):