The View is weighing in on the nepo baby debate sparked late last month by New York Magazine‘s much discussed cover story. The panel was mostly understanding of position famous heirs often find themselves in, claiming the offspring of celebs work just as hard as anyone else.

Sunny Hostin, whose son Gabriel is attending Harvard, said he’s often accused of having made it into the elite institution thanks to her wallet — but she denied any connection between herself and her son’s admission during the Hot Topics discussion.

“Any parent is going to try to make sure that their children have a better life than they had.” she said. “I know I tried very hard so that my children had a better life, and I was very surprised when people said, “Oh, Gabriel got into Harvard because Sunny bought a building.’

“Look, I’m from the Bronx projects. I don’t have money to buy buildings at Harvard, okay? So he earned that on his own, and yes, I would be upset if people took that away from him,” she continued. “But we taught him, we can open up a door for you, but you’ve gotta walk through and you’ve gotta work hard and you’ve gotta be there first and be there last, and work as hard as you can.”

Whoopi Goldberg agreed, telling her, “That’s my point. Don’t assume people didn’t earn their way to where they are.”

Reflecting on her own experience coming up in the entertainment industry, Goldberg told the panel, “I didn’t have a leg up. And I got where I got ’cause I got it.”

Joy Behar, who said she also made it “on her own,” told the panel, “We really didn’t have much help,” but she wasn’t complaining.

“It feels great,” Behar said. “Every dollar you spend is yours. You earned it. Every compliment you get is yours. It’s not my father’s. It’s mine.”

Still, Goldberg was soft on so-called nepo babies, insisting some people with unfair advantages could have worked just as hard.

She cautioned, “Don’t assume that people didn’t work and bust their behind. ‘Cause their parents might have said to them, ‘I’m not gonna help you. You need to get this done on your self. … Ninety percent of the people I find are working their butts off because they just want to have a good life like their parents did.”

The View airs weekdays at 11/10c on ABC.