Show Host Mike Rowe: Mothers Are ‘the ultimate’ Essential Workers

Mike Rowe, the host of “Returning the Favor” on Facebook watch, was critical of the widely used term “essential worker” as it relates to COVID-19, but in regards to his mother, he finds it more than fair. 

“She’s the ultimate essential worker,” he said during a Mother’s Day visit to “Fox & Friends Sunday.”

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Mike made clear that he is not in favor of using the term “essential worker” on many Fox News appearances, saying that many businesses categorized as essential during the crisis have been on the forefronts when it comes to the economy of the United States.

“In the age of COVID, when you’re talking about the economy, I think that it’s kind of a crazy distinction to make,” Mike told Pete Hegseth, host of the show.

“You just told 35 million people who are unemployed, we just collectively told them in no uncertain terms that they are non-essential. That’s not good,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense and if anybody doubts it, I think all we have to do is look at the economic impact of arbitraging that many people out of the workforce to see that, in fact, they are essential.”

Mike’s mother, Peggy, joined him on the show to talk about her new book “About Your Father and Other Celebrities I Have Known,” and shared some advice with mothers across the country celebrating the day during these uncertain times.

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“This is really a strange time, and I would suggest that every woman out there sit down and write something about her mother,” she said. “We all had mothers, and that’s how I began my writing career. I sat down and started writing about my mother, and what better time than Mother’s Day to do that. Even if it’s not published, it will give you great satisfaction.”

“She’s annoyingly modest,” Mike said regarding his mother. “I don’t know why she isn’t telling you that two years ago, her first book about went straight to the New York Times bestsellers list, and now, her second one has been there for nearly a month.”

He added,

“The woman is 82 years old. She completely reinvented her life at 80 and when she tells the country that they ought to sit down and write, the country ought to listen, because it’s transformative.”

“There’s never been a better time in the history of our country to sit down, take stock and put your thoughts on paper,” Mike said in conclusion.

“My mom just happens to do it better than most.”

You can see the full interview by clicking HERE.

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