Former 'American Idol' host reveals he works for Uber so he could spend more time with his son

Brian Dunkleman, who co-hosted "American Idol" during its first season, is putting the tabloids in their place.

On Thursday, Jan. 3, TMZ published a story detailing Dunkleman's personal finances and his income from working as an Uber driver, which he's done since March 2016. The report cites court documents filed during Dunkleman's divorce.

Hours later, Dunkleman responded point-blank to the story, confirming he most certainly does work for Uber -- in large part because it allows him the flexibility to spend time with his 5-year-old son.

“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 tweeted, tagging TMZ and its founder, Harvey Levin.

He added, "And I make over a grand on a good week mother f--kers."

He concluded the scathing response by labeling TMZ "human barnacles."

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Ryan Starr (left) and Tamyra Gray (right) with hosts Brian Dunkleman and Ryan Seacrest (rear) at the live broadcast of FOX-TV's 'American Idol' in Los Angeles, Ca. Wednesday, June 19, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/FOX*** Please Call For Usage ***
Brian Dunkleman, Paula Abdul and Ryan Seacrest at the Fox Network's TCA Summer Tour Party at The Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, Ca. Monday, July 22, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Brian Dunkleman, host, 'American Idol' during Fox Broadcasting Summer 2002 Press Tour - Day 2 at Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)
Ryan Seacrest, Brian Dunkleman and Nikki McKibbin at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' in Los Angeles, Ca. Tuesday, August 27, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect/FOX.*** Please Call For Usage ***
Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' finals at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.
Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Clarkson, Justin Guarini and Brian Dunkleman at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' finals at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman at FOX-TV's 'American Idol' finale at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca. Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2002. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Hosts Ryan Seacrest and Brian Dunkleman with Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini before the announcement of the winner of American Idol at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Ca., Sept. 4, 2002. (photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Ryan Seacrest, Brian Dunkleman & 'American Idol' Kelly Clarkson (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
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Brian Dunkleman & guest during 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' Premiere - Los Angeles - Arrivals at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Brian Dunkleman and guest during Beaches Resorts Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Pairings Reception at Royal Plantation Golf and Spa Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Brian Dunkleman during Beaches Resorts Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at Royal Plantation Golf Resort and Spa - Beaches Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Pat O'Brien and Brian Dunkleman during Beaches Resorts Celebrity Golf Classic to Benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - After-Party at Royal Plantation Golf Resort and Spa - Beaches Resort in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
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Brian Dunkleman and Christina Walkinshaw during Comedian Brian Dunkleman Performs at The Ice House - October 6, 2004 at The Ice House in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
Brian Dunkleman during Comedian Brian Dunkleman Performs at The Ice House - October 6, 2004 at The Ice House in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 6: Actor Brian Dunkleman arrives at Ladies Home Journal's 'Funny Ladies We Love' at the Cabana Club on February 6, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Host Brian Dunkleman attends the 6th Annual Toscar Awards at the Egyptian Theatre on February 19, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - MAY 23: Comedian Brian Dunkleman performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on May 23, 2013 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Host Ryan Seacrest (L) and Brian Dunkleman speak onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Host Ryan Seacrest (L) and Brian Dunkleman speak onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Host Ryan Seacrest (L) and Brian Dunkleman speak onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: TV personality Brian Dunkleman speaks onstage during FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Brian Dunkleman poses in the pressromm at FOX's 'American Idol' Finale For The Farewell Season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California.at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Brian Dunkleman poses in the press room at FOX's 'American Idol' finale for the farewell season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 07: Brian Dunkleman poses in the press room at FOX's 'American Idol' finale for the farewell season at Dolby Theatre on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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Dunkleman and his ex-wife have reportedly had difficulty figuring out a custody arrangement for their son, Jackson. His current girlfriend posted a photo of the father-son duo together after Dunkleman tweeted his reaction to TMZ.

"This is why he's an Uber driver," the woman, Andrea Whitney, wrote, adding, "I'm in love with an Uber driver."

Dunkleman has maintained a great sense of humor about his brief tenure on "American Idol," often joking about the topic on Twitter. He told Variety in 2016 that when he left the show more than a decade earlier, he thought he was making the right choice for his acting career.

"Do I regret not remaining on the show now that it’s coming to an end? Yes. Especially when I open my bank statements," he wrote. "But without the benefit of hindsight, I would have done the exact same thing."

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