Ali Lohan Hurt by Anderson Cooper Rip, Dad Says
Ali Lohan by Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage.com
was "very hurt" by CNN newsman
calling her a 14-year-old who "looks to be about 60" and suggesting she wants to be "a striptease person," father Michael Lohan told TVGuide.com.
"I don't know what it's about. I don't know how he can sit in a position like he is, judging someone else," Michael Lohan said Thursday. "I'm surprised that he lowered himself to pick on a child and act like a child himself.
"She took it very personally," he added. "She's a 14-year-old kid ... And to top it off she's at home in bed with strep throat."
Cooper told Kelly Ripa
Regis and Kelly
Tuesday morning that because
never appears with mom Dina and sister Ali on the show, the audience is "stuck with these horrific people."
"There's this perfectly nice, allegedly a 14-year-old girl, looks to be about 60," Cooper said, drawing a mix of laughter and groans from the audience.
"No, I say that with concern and love," he added. "And she allegedly wants to be a singer and or actor-slash-performer of some sort, striptease person, I don't know," Cooper said.
Michael Lohan said he was disappointed that Ripa, who he said has known the family for years, laughed along as Cooper ridiculed them.
"I'm very surprised by Kellly Ripa," he said. "She just sat there and didn't really stand up for Ali."
At one point, she tried, but cut herself off as Cooper and the audience laughed.
"They're obviously a multi-talented family," Ripa said. "The kids sing, and they perform"
"Yeah, sure," Cooper said. "Maybe that's in the episode I didn't see." -