Mike Rowe: The college admissions scandal is 'outrageous,' but the real crime is the cost of education

Television host and author Mike Rowe believes that the American people should be just as outraged with the skyrocketing cost of higher education as they are with the celebrities exposed in the college admissions cheating scandal.

Rowe, who is best known for his Discovery Channel show "Dirty Jobs," also argues in favor of more vocational jobs and said that "not everyone has to go to college" during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" on Friday.

He was responding to questions regarding the scandal which has ensnared Hollywood, leaving actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman facing jail time for bribing university employees to get their children into good schools.

"I think it is interesting that when wealthy people cheat, we get angrier than we do when middle-class people cheat," Rowe said about the media frenzy which has surrounded the case. "It's kind of fun to be outraged at people who are clearly privileged and don't 'need to cheat', but ethics have nothing to do with money, right?... On the one hand, yeah, it is outrageous what happened. But it's also outrageous that the cost of college has increased faster than the cost of health care, real estate, food, energy," he continued.

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Rowe went on to discuss that his liberal arts education, which cost around $11,000 in the 1980s, would cost nearly $100,000 today.

"We ought to be as outraged at the speed with which tuition has increased as we are by the lengths people will go to get their kids into fancy schools," he continued.

Rowe's show "Dirty Jobs" explores some of the most ridiculous jobs in America - which often involve difficult or disgusting manual work. He went on to create a new show titled "Somebody's Gotta Do It," and has narrated several Discovery Channel specials such as Shark Week and the series "Deadliest Catch."

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He now runs a foundation which offers scholarships for students to attend vocational skills and get training for jobs as welders, steamfitters, pipefitters, mechanics and more. He argues that the "skills gap is wider than it's ever been," and that student loan debt has crippled an entire generation.

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He told "Fox & Friends" hosts that he's been able to offer nearly 1,000 scholarships since starting the foundation in 2008.