The First Ten Years Recap... kinda

I wasn’t originally slated to recap this episode. Our recapper had a last minute schedule change and it was just not possible for her to write it this week. So I stepped in. The episode was a re-airing of scenes of the previous 100 episodes, including interviews with Jon and Kate done easily a year or more ago. After viewing the episode, it was obvious this episode was beyond recapping. Instead, I offer our readers this, an open letter to TLC, Jon, and Kate. continue

84 comments:

fostersmom said...

Dear TLC, Jon, and Kate,

As I watch the latest episode of Jon & Kate plus Eight, “The First Ten Years”, I have to ask you this. Is this really what you think is best for this family and the eight children involved? A life of TV cameras and studio lighting, television crews, scripted activities, and all the private family moments, good and bad, shown to the world? How is this a healthy life for children? Have you learned nothing from the scores of former child stars and reality stars who have suddenly fallen out of favor with the viewing public? These people have been left with little privacy, more often than not, little money, and little idea of what happens next. But they do have a whole lot of something.... notoriety. That is the legacy you are foisting upon eight children, to be a footnote in pop culture history, to be remembered as the kids who were once on a reality show. The kids who were taped as their parent’s marriage fell apart. The kids who were taped for the most formative years of their lives, having reality manipulated and manufactured where ever they went. And for six of the kids, kids who grew up thinking that all of this was perfectly normal. Are you proud that this is the legacy you give to them? I wouldn’t be.

TLC, what have you done? You play a big part in this fiasco. You are just as responsible as the parents in this mess. You have other shows featuring families on your network. Why is this family pushed into so many more manipulated scenarios and taped so much more than the others? One of your other shows is taped over the course of almost a year and 20 episodes are created. This family churns out 20 episodes in about a quarter of the time. Why? Is it that you knew you had a money maker on your hands and wanted to churn out as many episodes as quick as possible, consequences be damned? Was it your decision or the parents? Either way, did you even pause to think about the toll it was taking on eight kids? At five and eight, these kids have taped more episodes than most television series ever reach. And as an added bonus, their family fell apart for the country to see every Monday night. When it was obvious there were problems, did you even consider not taping for a while to give the family a break, ignoring what might have been parental wishes? Or did it just become a new storyline on a editors board somewhere? I’m sure there’s a huge stockpile of footage somewhere showing a family in crisis. I certainly wouldn’t be adding this work to my resume if I worked for TLC, I would be ashamed to have even been a part of it.

fostersmom said...

Jon and Kate, Kate in particular, you say that you are doing this to make memories and support the family. What kind of memories are you making for your kids? Memories should be natural, not forced. Not everything needs to be a huge, expensive production to be a memory. Walking thru a park, playing in the backyard, sitting around the kitchen table, those all can be memories too. It doesn’t need to be production and storyline driven in order to be a memory for your children. Nor should it be. Remember, the simple pleasures in life are often the best.

As for the need to support the family, how much will ever be enough? You had a very large house that could have been paid off. Even if you wanted a larger house, did it really need to be on 24 acres, 5000 square feet, and cost $1.3 million dollars? I doubt it. I’m sure you could have found a house just as large for a lot less money. Even if you had spent half of what you did, the difference would have been enough to put all eight children through college for four years. With a house paid for and eight college funds set up, you could have easily pulled your kids off of television, Kate could have continued a few appearances and book deals, Jon could have gone back to work, or stayed home if he wanted, and you would have led a comfortable life. Sure, there wouldn’t have been free vacations every time you turned around, custom motorcycles, cosmetic surgery, and flashy cars, but your family would have been more than provided for.

Has the price your family has and will pay been worth it? A broken family, televised weekly for the world to see. When the kids watch these episodes back, what will they see? The vacations they don’t remember or their parents sniping at each other while they grew ever farther apart? Will they watch and think they thought they were having a great time, but instead see their mother screaming at their father and slapping at him, and their father week by week shutting down more on the interview couch? For all the memories created, how many will be tainted by the reality of what they will see on DVD for years to come?

TLC, Jon, and Kate, this show needs to come to an end. You’ve made money hand over fist, you’ve milked it for all it was worth. You’ve worked those children for over 100 episodes now. Enough is enough. Enough was enough a year ago when signs of marital strain started to show, when the kids started requesting no cameras, and when it became apparent that the family was going to suffer years to come for this show. You are on hiatus now. Do the right thing, pull the plug, call it a day, and try to repair the damage you have done. No amount of money or fame is worth the damage you have done to eight children. You’ve afforded them no privacy for three years now. They’ve earned at least a little bit while their parents divorce. Please, think of the children first for a change and end this show. Eight futures depend on it.

Randy said...

Fostermom, you have said what so many of us have been thinking! You have said it honestly, without malice and out of concern for the family. Jon & Kate battled how many times each could say they were doing everything 'for the kids'. yet, if they would have thougoht of the reason they went to Hawaii, to renew their blessed vows, they would have been putting their marriage first, because the best thing a man or women can do for their children is love his or her spouse! what are they going to tell those kids? I remember how many times Kate told those kids that the ceremony was to show the children that they would not have to worry, Jon & Kate would be together forever. Can you only imagine poor little Mady now? It is obvious the girl has problems. I have really felt sorry for Jon, especially when Kate would rebuke him for the whole viewing audience to see and hear. But, there is Jon now, driving an expensive sports car and then, OMG: having the American Chopper guys building him a custom motor cycle! AMC's bikes go for at least $100,000.00. Unless Jon received a deal for the shows swapping time with each other. What hurts the most, however, is that this was supposed to be a Christian family. I will not be watching the show any longer. I feel to do so would be participating in the ruin of this once happy family.

Corinne said...

A-freaking-men.

NoUse4Kate said...

Nice post fostermom. :)

Glad to see the ratings tanked this week.

jill said...

I loved their old house...it was more than big enough.

Greed is an ugly thing.

HapaLiz said...

Amen.

TUNDRA said...

Bravo, Fostermom!!! There is absolutely no reason for the show to continue, in fact, I can think of 8 reasons why it shouldn't.

showbiz said...

People show their true colors when they have money. In Kate's case, her true color is really horrible.

Email Kate's Christian publisher and tell them you will not buy trashy Kate's book. Maureen Girkins is the person in charge of Kate's books.


http://www.zondervan.com/Cultures/en-US/Company/ContactUs.htm?QueryStringSite=Zondervan

Cherier1 said...

Fostersmom, you have done it again with sincerity and clarity.

Thank you.

hawaiishoegirlie said...

I taped the Recap show but haven't watched it yet. I taped the "Special Announcement" show and ended up deleting it without viewing first. Same goes for the Emeril and OCC episodes. I just couldn't watch this family being torn apart anymore. Thanks Fostersmom for your insightful and valid point of view. I'm deleting the Recap show tonight. Enough is Enough.

Kittycat said...

Excellent !!

Take the cameras away, do some crafts with those kids, read them a story, bake some cookies...all because you want to, not because it is scripted.

Has the damage been done ? Is the marriage beyond repair ? Can the children return to normal ?

Give it a try Jon & Kate...you will never be able to put a price on your children's happiness, ever.

SAVE THE KIDS!!! said...

I AM SO THRILLED THE RATINGS TANKED! But I am afraid that they will need a consistent showing of bad ratings before they pull the plug. We're off to a good start----hopefully absence will NOT make the heart grow fonder here and WE WILL NOT BE WATCHING reruns or the return from a hiatus!!!

Canadian Mom said...

Bravo, fostersmom, BRAVO!!

Extremely well written!

I think everyone who reads it should (if u don't mind us 'plaigarizing' your succint letter fostersmom) copy and e-mail it to sixgosselins.com.

Thank you for your hard work! :)

NattyBoo said...

Great letter fostersmom! Kate has said all along she is doing this to "capture" the memories for the kids, well I think it will backfire on her when the kids get older and realize all the "memories" are of their Mom degrading, humiliating and belittling their father every chance she could. She is creating a living testament to how she destroyed the marriage step by step. How can the kids not resent her at that point. She has sold her family down the river for a life in the lap of luxery. How sad to realize the going rate for a childhood is a pair of fake boobs and a mansion.

Just saying said...

Fostermom:

You said it about as well as it can be said. Any reasonable person can see the wisdom in your words. Sadly I fear that both parents are beyond reason at this point.

Dianna said...

You hit the nail on the head once again fostersmom! Thank you!

JenTru said...

Wonderfully written, thank you for expressing everything I am feeling.

Serena said...

Outstanding!

Kelly Ann said...

great letter fostersmom, did a great job!

One thing i would like to say to TLC is: remember, Kate Gosselin will drop you and your network as soon as you are no longer useful to her and her motives without a thought or hesitation in her mind. Why, TLC, do you put your reputation on the line and defend this horrible woman every chance you can, when in the end, mark my words, she will dump you like Aunt Jodi, Like Beth Carson, Like her family, Like jon's family.

TLC, we the fans are the ones that support your network, not J&K. I would stop defending this woman because in the end you will be dumped by her and have no fans left. IS IT WORTH IT?

Joanne said...

What was the ratings for this?

Amymo said...

I wrote this letter to Zondervan this morning:

I haven't felt such a compelling urge to write in protest as I do at this point.
Straight to the point, please rethink and pray about Kate Gosselin's participation with your company. What once was a sweet honest look at a family struggling to get through has now become a money grab while standing on the backs of innocent children.
My heart is breaking for those little kids and what their parents are willing to do to them to achieve some sort of WORLDLY success.
I can't be part of the madness and I can't sit idly by while those children don't have a voice.
I have decided not to promote, purchase, nor even borrow library books published by Zondervan until I see that her books have been pulled and no further projects released.
Do not be part of this madness to make money off this tragic family situation.

Sincerely,
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Sue in PA said...

SAVE THE KIDS!!! said...
I AM SO THRILLED THE RATINGS TANKED! But I am afraid that they will need a consistent showing of bad ratings before they pull the plug. We're off to a good start----hopefully absence will NOT make the heart grow fonder here and WE WILL NOT BE WATCHING reruns or the return from a hiatus!!!

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Unfortunately, those still aren't bad ratings for a cable show (neatwork shows rate much higher). That's about what they have been getting all along until the conflict between Jon and Kate started. It is still probably TLC's highest rated show. Need to hope for them to go down farther.

Moons in Leo said...

Brava, fostersmom! Very well said indeed.

Unfortunately the only thing TLC and the monster they have created are able to comprehend is money.

No ratings = no money = no show

Ryan's Mom said...

I recall Kate commenting some time ago that couples with multiples have a higher divorce rate. Of course they do - because they have constant worries about money and constant pressure for time. You and Jon, on the other hand, had no money issues and the opportunity to be stay at home parents with all the dirty work taken care of by hired help. You reached this point a few years ago. You could have pulled the plug right there and made a plan to live modestly within your means. Jon could have gone back to work and supported his family. You could have been with the kids and worked on restoring some of their lost childhood. But no, the greed and fame factor remains prominent. Please do not compare yourself with the poor family who is struggling to raise kids while working two jobs, never being at home, never having enough money. THESE are the couples who are more likely to divorce over stress. Not you. You thrive on stress, and thrive on making others stressed.

For the rest of us - can you imagine anything sweeter than having 8 healthy kids, no money worries and all the time in the world to spend with them? Would that be enough for you?

Iggy said...

Kate and John have a nerve to complain about the "p-people" following them around everywhere. What do they think is going to happen to their kids when they're teenagers and start to have their own social lives? They've basically ensured that they will be tracked like animals for years to come. They will be filmed when they go out with their friends to the mall, out on dates, at their proms, when they go to college, etc. It will all be up for public scrutiny. And I'm sure with every click of the "p-peoples" cameras, those kids will be thanking their parents for the lovely parting gift they've been bestowed them with as they depart the proverbial 1.3 million dollar nest. "Gee thanks mom and dad. I always dreamed of having a bunch of stalkers for my very own!"

If Jon and Kate truly were worried about the welfare of their kids, when the first "P-person" arrived on the scene, ALL cameras would have been smashed and TLC would have been told to shove it. I don't care how much money would be given up.

KH8lies said...

Canadian Mom said:

Bravo, fostersmom, BRAVO!!

Extremely well written!

I think everyone who reads it should (if u don't mind us 'plaigarizing' your succint letter fostersmom) copy and e-mail it to sixgosselins.com.

Thank you for your hard work! :)
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I tried emailing letters@sixgosselins.com but it came back undeliverable. They have also turned off the comments on Kate's fake blog.

I have already emailed Discovery Networks, TLC and Zondervan. Just want to cover my bases!

Another Shade of Grey said...

Did anyone else notice how they blurred out "the bodyguards" face on the recap of the plane trip to Utah?

BoycottingTLC said...

Amen, Amen, fostersmom. I could not have said it better myself. Excellent post!

Although, I saw every episode from the very beginning, I have not watched one episode this season...nor will I. But as an added measure, I have also boycotted TLC. I have actually blocked that channel on my television. I hope others will consider doing the same. TLC created this monster and keeps feeding it. It is time to STOP the madness and help those children in any way we can!

Anonymous said...

YAY!!!

Jon & Kate Ratings Fall
90 Percent

Monday's Jon and Kate Gosselin tribute show was a huge disaster for TLC, with an epic ratings plunge.

Slideshow: Images Of The Gosselin Estate

The special one-hour retrospective about Jon and Kate Gosselin drew just 1.5 million households, compared with 10.4 million households for the June 22 episode that announced the couple's divorce.

The Memorial Day show that focused on infidelity rumors had nearly 9.8 million households.

TLC said last week that “Jon & Kate Plus 8” was on hiatus until August, as the network tried to find a new formula for the show.

Reportedly, TLC will now show each parent separately with their brood of eight children.

However, there are strong doubts within the TV industry that such a format can draw viewers unless the show can find a new audience.

Its previous audience was attracted to a storyline about plucky parents struggling to support eight kids.

Now, the show is focused on the parents as celebrities, their fights with the paparazzi and each other.

On Tuesday, Us Weekly says Christian publisher Zondervan is delaying the debut date of Kate Gosselin's cook book.


The book was to be published in November 2009, but need changes. Its selling point: "inside look at one of America's most famous close-knit families."

The CEO of Zondervan, Maureen Girkins, said it plans to "work with Kate to reassess the schedule for her next book."

The cook book has also been dogged by allegations its recipes had appeared on the back of consumer products, and claims by relatives that Kate Gosselin can’t cook.

cincymom said...

I come here and ead comments often, this is my first post. My boys and I used to love this show until the past season and a half. Kate's attitude started to really get to me and my kids. They couldn't understand why she always yelled at everyone and was always sitting around barking orders. This is what I don't get at this point...24 acres of land and yet there they all are in the driveway playing! So, total BS that she hates the paps and all the attention. Put some real clothes on, go to the backyard, go to the pool, go to the playhouses, go anywhere to give your kids the privacy they deserve. Quit trying to show us what great parents you are and how involved with them you are. That ship sailed long ago and I'm afraid it amy never come back. Give your kids their privacy and childhoods back and you will have all of our respect.

Oh, The Momma said...

I just went back and re-read the "For Better or Worse" blog here at GWOP - and had to post this:


"Meanwhile Jon meets up with some of his relatives, and it's strangely awkward. He won't look them in the eyes and he's stumped for what to say. I don't know what to make of that, other than that I guess he hasn't seen them in ages? "

Well, I guess NOW we know why he couldn't look them in the eyes. He knew those family members thought they were there for a very special (and REAL) occasion - and Jon KNEW that it was nothing more than a sham - and I think he felt guilty about doing his family that way.

4thekids said...

Brilliant letter.

Here's even more good news: ratings for the show were beyond dismal, with TLC losing over 90% of its viewers from last week!

Keep on NOT watching, people, and hit TLC where it hurts: in their wallets!

http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/entertainment/television/070109_gosselin_ratings_disaster

Grinning from ear to ear said...

Great letter.

Pity all that trouble to edit Kate and delete all her ugly moments but ratings were down 90%. Awww, all that trouble but only 10% got to see the kinder, gentler Kate.

Poor TLC.

Ladylou said...

Y...eeesssss! We are all doing our part now that ratings have dropped! There can only be a few die hard Kate loving viewers out there in tv land.
Keep posting and about all the good work we're doing by staying away from the show. I am not watching anything TLC and feeling liberated.
Thank you Fostermom that is good reading... wish it could be mailed to Kate's house.
I also emailed Zondervan. If we all do maybe we can stop the stupidity behind the cookbook.

msrylee said...

"Happy Canada Day" to all the Canadians reading this.

I, too, e-mailed Zondervan, and informed them that I wouldn't purchase, read or recommend any books they published or will publish, either by Ms. Gosselin or anyone else. I used the many reasons others have used here. The form e-mail return was identical to those mentioned here. I will choose whether to continue my boycott at such time as a decision is made re: Gosselin books' status.

wramblinwreck said...

Bravo, fostersmom, well said! You have expressed what so many of us who have been following this blog have believed from the very beginning. We can only hope that the end is finally in sight.

Midwest Teacher said...

Great job!

And the answer to why so many episodes were churned out so fast and so many, is very simple. I have no doubt that Kate wanted it that way b/c she wanted as much money as possible. I'm sure TLC came up with the deal, but I have no doubt that Kate saw the $$$ and said "Where do I sign? Can we shoot more? How many can we shoot? How much will we get?"

You should forward this on to the powers that be.

logical said...

One thing i would like to say to TLC is: remember, Kate Gosselin will drop you and your network as soon as you are no longer useful to her and her motives without a thought or hesitation in her mind. Why, TLC, do you put your reputation on the line and defend this horrible woman every chance you can, when in the end, mark my words, she will dump you like Aunt Jodi, Like Beth Carson, Like her family, Like jon's family.

TLC, we the fans are the ones that support your network, not J&K. I would stop defending this woman because in the end you will be dumped by her and have no fans left. IS IT WORTH IT?


EXCELLENT POINT Kelly Ann EXCELLENT!!!!

NoUse4Kate said...

I didn't know where to hang this, but it looks like K8's clothing line (roll eyes) is on hold for now due to the turmoil. Darn....

Is her world going to crash? Let's hope so, although I do worry about the kids taking the heat for it.

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2009/07/exclusive-kate-gosselin%E2%80%99s-clothing-project-hold

Kathi D said...

Let me admit that this is rather a stupid thing to obsess about, given the train wreck that is this family, but every time I see Kate sling down a "meal" on those cheap paper plates, I want to barf. She has at least two dishwashers, and people to use them. Why can't she be bothered to let the family eat on actual dinnerware? She doesn't even bother to buy "upscale" paper plates.

ScarySkierNewJersey said...

As much as I love ya Fosters Mom lets hope this is your last recap ever about the Gosselins! Let's hope they continue to implode and this show is taken off the air and your recaps (although excellent) can be retired. Let's hope all the backlash continues and TLC/Figure 8 look at the 8 sad faces and pull down their circus tents and move on to the next freak show.

Kimme said...

I predict all these kids upon reaching 18 will be suing TLC. There will be no money left because of their parents' using it up and the only way to get it will be taking TLC to court.

For those who think this show will end... not likely. Unfortunately, TLC, Kate AND Jon want the money, publicity and all that goes with it. I don't see Jon pulling the plug on this show - he'd have to get a J-O-B; ratings for TLC have never been higher; and Kate is too much a reality HO to say No.

Snerk said...

Only the ratings for the "publicity stunt" shows were high. Their regular fare continued to show decreased ratings which is what was driving the stunts. People were tiring pretty quickly of the product placement, freebie grab episodes. The clip show had fewer than 2M viewers. Even those who watch the stunt shows will tire of being jerked around. The ratings will end the show if nothing else does. There is also hope that the judge decides to see if the show is harming the children.

Sue in PA said...

Kimme said...
I predict all these kids upon reaching 18 will be suing TLC. There will be no money left because of their parents' using it up and the only way to get it will be taking TLC to court.

For those who think this show will end... not likely. Unfortunately, TLC, Kate AND Jon want the money, publicity and all that goes with it. I don't see Jon pulling the plug on this show - he'd have to get a J-O-B; ratings for TLC have never been higher; and Kate is too much a reality HO to say No.

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It would take more then a job, TLC would sue him for breaking the contract and he'd owe them many many $$$$$$. TLC has to pull the plug.

Kimme said...

Glad to see that this ep tanked. If it continues, then it will be TLC ending it.

What I would REALLY like to see in the news the advertisers and the Freebie donators, stating up front that they are bailing on the show. Now that would be really great!

Cali mom said...

It would take more then a job, TLC would sue him for breaking the contract and he'd owe them many many $$$$$$. TLC has to pull the plug.

I can't let misunderstandings of how entertainment contracts work stand. One of my children is an LA lawyer. Jon can get out of the contract without it costing him a dime except to pay the lawyer who negotiates him out. My offspring just negotiated out a big name in Hollywood from a multi-year contract. It's done all the time. The key is negotiated out. If any performer just decides not to show up, that's a different problem, but they'll almost always work to negotiate them out. How often have you heard about a TV actor being sued for wanting off a show? The lawyers work it out, folks. The same would be true of Jon if he wanted out. It's flat wrong to say he can't get out of the contract.

BMWoP said...

J&K Plus 8 needs to change their theme song to the same theme song for "The Apprentice".

"Money, Money, Money, Money.....Mon-ey"


I used to be ok with Jon. Now I see he just cannot hold a job( full time ) to save his life. He's either been fired or quit, and now with this reality show, he doesn't even want to do that anymore, but has settled for part time, for now. The boy doesn't even want to do "his life" full time anymore ( because we all know the show is his life, right? ). I think it is so laughable and comical that he thinks someone will offer him a job and actually expect him to stay there and do it. He'll either quit or get fired within weeks or months. He's just hard to keep happy. He bores so easily. As soon as he gets bored doing the show part time, TLC will throw a huge toy his way and he'll be all content again ( for a few weeks anyway ). And I also think it's selfish of him to move to NYC and be so far from his EIGHT kids. It's not like he has to move there. He just wants to go there to try to hang on to his fame without actually having to work for it. What if something happened at home or Kate couldn't pick up the kids from school one day? Can't call on Jon to help out because he's 2 hours away. How convenient for him.

I'm not just picking on Jon. He's still better than Kate, and that's just plain sad.

Sugar Booger said...

I have been a frequent visitor to this site, because I believe that the children are being exploited. I do, however, have to admit, the snark was fun... last week at this time we were snarking on Kate's photoshopped People magazine cover. This week, Michael Jackson is dead... that poor misunderstood man! Kate's hair doesn't matter, her wonky eye doesn't matter, Jon's terrible fashion sense doesn't matter... Michael's death should be a grim warning to these people! GET YOUR KIDS AWAY FROM THE CAMERAS KATE!

laura linger said...

I used to be ok with Jon.

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Me too. Not anymore. Where are his instincts to protect his kids? Where is the gumption necessary to do right by them, the wisdom of parenthood that would cause him to stand up for those eight innocents and put a stop to this madness?

He's as bad as Kate, as far as I am concerned; just in a different way. It will be up to others to stop this ridiculous show, because it's apparent that Kate and Jon Gosselin will never, ever stop it themselves.

Teri said...

Very well written fostermom.

You asked why this show cranks out 2, 3, or even four times the episodes of other TLC shows. My theory is that Jon, Kate, and the production company figured they only had a limited number of years they could film the "cute little kids". Sooner or later the kids would grow older and maybe not so cute. (I know my own kids were far more adorable at 3/4 than 9/10) So they crammed in as much filming as possible while they were little and without parental protests that's what happened.

Just a theory...

Tuesday said...

Fostermom, what a true post. As it has been shown in the past, many children that have grown up on television and are used to cameras and attention for any little thing they do, face a very hard reality when 8 years later, the cameras are gone. The Goesslin children have a difficult road ahead. The cameras will be gone at some point. The children will be thrown into a reality that they have never known--normalcy. IMO, jon and kate have trained their children to be abnormal. We have home videos of our kids hamming it up for the camera. The difference is the video stuff came out maybe twice a year. We know in our hearts their personalities changed when being filmed because they were performing. Our home movies don't really reflect the true personality of our children, none of them acted naturally when they knew they were being filmed. I'd rather be in the moment with each one, as their honest selves. This is the fakest show ever. Why don't people understand this? The saddest thing ever was getting a true glimpse about the number of crew that actually follow these children around all day. No private moments with family, just performing. These children have been scarred for life. Nice job Jon and Kate, you suck.

Dew said...

I appreciate how you name TLC in this. TLC needs to answer for the eight lives they have participated in destroying. They owe reparations to those children and I mean big time. And you know what? They owe an apology, too. They need to acknowledge their role and admit their wrong to those children. They act utterly clueless about their role here.

TLC, you did this, too. There is blood on your hands.

Disgusted in TExas said...

I am thrilled to hear that Kate's crookbook is postponed or maybe even cancelled. Whoever in the world thought that was a good idea? They must not have seen Kate looting the Kraft services food cart for things to throw on a paper plate for the kids. Beyond that, her idea of making a meal a memory requires skills and values that do not exist in Kate. I know about meals becoming memories. We have those in my house, especially the holidays with family and friends. The food is cooked with love and shared happily. I dont know of her celebrating the holidays with family or her cooking elaborate meals that take hours to prepare and enjoy over a long dinner and conversation. And laughter for sure.

And finally I also read here that she was losing her clothing deal with Healthtex. Again--I am sorry but I have to question why anyone else would think her having 8 kids qualifies her to design clothes??? How about this--my mom had 5 kids and now has 5 grandchildren--that's 10 kids she raised or help raise. Ten is more than 8. Let my supermom who cooks everything from scratch and without a recipe be the one to help design the clothes too! lol

whatever...am so glad her job and list of things to do is shortening.

timetogo said...

In light of the crock book and clothing line being 'put on hold' and J & K's claim of no more public appearances and speaking engagements, my guess is,TLC will attempt to re live the show's original premise of the struggles and challanges of raising two sets of multiples and KATE the LUXERY of being a STAY AT HOME parent'.
However, IMO even after a two month hiatus from filming, viewers are not going to be as forgiving and eager to tune is as TLC is hoping they will be.

Mark My Words said...

Mark my words they'll (J&K) be doing someting "note worthy" right before the show is to air again on 3 August. They'll be all over the covers of the tabloids. Ratings, ratings, ratings...money, money, money. The Queen Bee is probably ranting and raving because she's been knocked off all the covers. They're not speaking to the media FOR NOW. Wait until the show's about to air new episodes, things will change.

Laurie said...

Some folks have said that the kids will sue TLC however I don't think the kids can sue TLC because TLC is filming them with the blessing of their legal guardians. Notice I didn't say parents - J&K have not shown themselves to be true, loving parents taking into consideration what is best for their kids so they don't deserve the title of parent IMHO.

Kimme said...

Call Mom said
I can't let misunderstandings of how entertainment contracts work stand. ....The key is negotiated out.

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Exactly! I don't buy it that Jon can't get out of his contract as his excuse. Both Kate and Jon want the money and will let the kids be exploited to fuel their own lifestyles.

Note to Jon - you want to really impress me? Then think about starting a business venture/investment that has nothing to do with Reality TV and your KIDS.

There's no way you could hold down a real job or that anyone would hire you with the little work experience you have coupled with your history of blasting your employers with lies (it's my understanding from this website that KON has said repeatedly in their interviews and appearances, that Jon was fired, when in fact, the co. states he quit).

Jon - stop granting interviews to tell us you are not granting interviews, stop with the Tell-All book, stop signing autographs outside your home, stop posing the kids for the Paps.... and then perhaps, I'll believe you actually will help those kids have a future.

Why even discuss Kate? She'll continue to be the media HO she has always been. No hope there.

For people that write there will be a court mediator for the kids in the divorce. Is this really true? I have never heard of this and what are the laws in PA in regard to it?

done and done said...

I think it's helping a lot that Jon and Kate have decided to stop commenting. There's nothing new to get all up in arms about at the moment. Most people I know in "real life" weren't watching the show anyway, and once the attention is off the parents, I think this show could easily go off the air and nobody would care.

Midwest Teacher said...

The sad truth is that Kate is going to hold onto the money for dear life and never allow the children to have any of it. She's the type that will hold it over their heads forever. If they don't go to the school she wants, or major in the right career, live in the right place, marry the right person, the list could go on and on. I really hope through all of the divorce proceedings that a judge does the right thing for these kids and demands the money be put away for the kids and hopefully the terms are in place so that they don't have to jump through hoops for Mom to allow them to have it.

On the topic of Jon, I still have to wonder if he's under some kind of pressure to hold back on what he does or says with threats from Kate and the divorce. But then again, he is pretty immature and is probably too focused on gaining back his youth that was snatched away in the last 10 years.

Sue in PA said...

Midwest Teacher said...
On the topic of Jon, I still have to wonder if he's under some kind of pressure to hold back on what he does or says with threats from Kate and the divorce. But then again, he is pretty immature and is probably too focused on gaining back his youth that was snatched away in the last 10 years.

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Are you talking about making things public? If I were in Jon's place I would not make things public like Kate does. That is something that can only hurt the kids later...think about them in 5 years doing a Google search and finding everything their Dad said about their Mom? I have no problem with him keeping it private. And, since he has hired a pretty high caliber divorce lawyer, I'm assuming he will go for it in court.

Now, as far as the tell all book, I'd love to read it, but fear again that would hurt the kids.

Sue in Pa said...

Kimme said...
Call Mom said
I can't let misunderstandings of how entertainment contracts work stand. ....The key is negotiated out.

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Exactly! I don't buy it that Jon can't get out of his contract as his excuse. Both Kate and Jon want the money and will let the kids be exploited to fuel their own lifestyles.

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But we we're talking about Jon getting out of the contract. Yes, he can negotiate himself out. We were talking about Jon getting the kids off the show. It's not that simple. That would also involve Kate since she is also a guardian. So he would be negotiating with TLC AND KATE. That isn't going to happen.

jojow said...

You know, I would love to spend just one day with Kate right now. She is probably going ballistic. As she said,"it's all falling apart". Not her marriage - she doesn't care about that. But, the books deals, appearances, clothing lines....

She is probably one furious woman right now. And of course, she is blaming it all on Jon.

Sue in PA said...

Sue in Pa said...
But we we're talking about Jon getting out of the contract. Yes, he can negotiate himself out. We were talking about Jon getting the kids off the show. It's not that simple. That would also involve Kate since she is also a guardian. So he would be negotiating with TLC AND KATE. That isn't going to happen.

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How one word typed incorrectly can make something difficult to understand! That should read:

But we weren't talking about Jon getting out of the contract. Yes, he can negotiate himself out. We were talking about Jon getting the kids off the show. It's not that simple. That would also involve Kate since she is also a guardian. So he would be negotiating with TLC AND KATE. That isn't going to happen.

Midwest Teacher said...

Sue in PA said...
Are you talking about making things public? If I were in Jon's place I would not make things public like Kate does. That is something that can only hurt the kids later...think about them in 5 years doing a Google search and finding everything their Dad said about their Mom? I have no problem with him keeping it private. And, since he has hired a pretty high caliber divorce lawyer, I'm assuming he will go for it in court.

Now, as far as the tell all book, I'd love to read it, but fear again that would hurt the kids.
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No, I mean pushing for the cameras to end, or saying no to some of the other "public" displays Kate has put the kids through. More actions than words I guess. He's obviously taken a stand on his personal life and what he's going to do, but I feel like Kate still has complete control over what happens with the kids. He hasn't taken a stand with the kids and I wonder if their is something being held over his head, etc. by Kate so that he doesn't feel like he can dictate more with the kids. That's really what I meant.

MirandaB2008 said...

that's a really wonderful Blog entry Fostersmom..... it really says anything and everything that The Gosselins should be hearing..... and no doubt HAVE heard, but sadly don't seem to want to be paying any attention to. Pretty sad.

MirandaB2008 said...

yes Thanks for posting this Summary. much better than a Show REcap

cherryblossom said...

Fostermom,
Your comments were excellent. I couldn't agree with you more. Leave the kids with self-respect, I say, if it isn't too late!!

hirwinmomof4 said...

Call me naive, but I really and truly believe that when Jon & Kate began their show it was for the betterment of their family. Having said that I am in total agreement with fostermom. Enough is enough!

If what you are doing for a living no longer works for your family find something else to do. Take my family's changes for instance, my husband is a manager at a large retail chain store, I, myself, WAS a manager at a food production plant. I quit my high paying lucrative job because it didn't work for my family anymore. My children are growing older and beginning school this coming fall. My job required me to spend long hours, holiday's and weekends at work. I quit because my family is more important to me that what we were making and doing before. We sold our house and bought a smaller one (smaller mortgage). We sold our vehicle and bought a used one outright. Do whatever it takes for your family Jon & Kate it will be worth it in the end.

Tessa said...

My email to Zondervan...

I am a 41 y/o mother of a 2 y/o girl. I attend ******* United Methodist Church in *******, **. I have one question for you. Really? You are going to continue to have a business relationship with this woman. She is no more a Christian or a spokeswoman for Christians than I am a monkey. She has failed at the most basic, yet precious, job a woman can have...to protect her children. She has allowed her family to be exploited and shared the children's most personal and vulnerable moments with the world. Explaining the twins reaction to the divorce news was despicable. How do you not understand what a travesty this is? Those children DID NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS. Cut your ties with Kate Gosselin and do not further contribute to the destriction of the Gosselin children's lives. You are being blinded by dollar signs and should be ashamed.

Sue in PA said...

Midwest Teacher said...
No, I mean pushing for the cameras to end, or saying no to some of the other "public" displays Kate has put the kids through. More actions than words I guess. He's obviously taken a stand on his personal life and what he's going to do, but I feel like Kate still has complete control over what happens with the kids. He hasn't taken a stand with the kids and I wonder if their is something being held over his head, etc. by Kate so that he doesn't feel like he can dictate more with the kids. That's really what I meant.

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Thank you for the clarification. I agree entirely!

wramblinwreck said...

hirwinmomof4 said...
"I quit my high paying lucrative job because it didn't work for my family anymore. My children are growing older and beginning school this coming fall. My job required me to spend long hours, holiday's and weekends at work. I quit because my family is more important to me that what we were making and doing before. We sold our house and bought a smaller one (smaller mortgage). We sold our vehicle and bought a used one outright. Do whatever it takes for your family Jon & Kate it will be worth it in the end."


Bravo to you for recognizing what Jon & Kate totally missed: that your family means everything and it's not worth sacrificing it in the pursuit of more money and "stuff." These kids will pay dearly for what their parents have done to them, and all the freebies and the million dollar estate won't fix it.

Anonymous said...

I watched Kate's Labor Day episode yesterday. Is this when their problems began. She was crying at the end of the episode and stated that life was much easier as a family of 4. Now things are diiferent and hard. I wonder if this was the start of their problems. Does anyone know when this episode originally aired?

DEO619

lauren186 said...

Very convincing fostermom. I was originally a fan, and will continue to like the kids and to believe that jon and kate are doing some good things for their kids, but I too believe the taping must stop soon. What once started out as a harmless documentary has evolved into kids who believe that their lives are normal..that everyone is taped at least 4 days a week, everyone's parents cheat on the other parent,everyone only plays with their own siblings, and that nobody sees their relatives regularly.I think that Kate loves her kids and thinks that her children will beat the odds and come out of this with no problems, just like she and jon thought they would beat the odds of getting divorced, but the sad thing is they probably won't.

JenJoy said...

You hit the nail on the head foster Mom, what kind of memories are they making now? What a mess.

mom-of-one said...

Kathi D said...
Let me admit that this is rather a stupid thing to obsess about, given the train wreck that is this family, but every time I see Kate sling down a "meal" on those cheap paper plates, I want to barf. She has at least two dishwashers, and people to use them. Why can't she be bothered to let the family eat on actual dinnerware? She doesn't even bother to buy "upscale" paper plates.

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I want to barf TOO! Especially after the "Gosselins Go Green" episode. WHAT a JOKE!!!

MirandaB2008 said...

another dumb thing is when they show the Volumes of paper plates etc that get thrown into their Trash bin in the kitchen!?? Good Lord they could save TONS of trash if they used 'normal' plates and washed them.......

logical said...

In all honesty I think TLC played this from the very start, Jon didn't want to do the show. All of a sudden we have Jon doing things that made headlines. Kate defending him, Kate not defending him, we are separated, it just goes on and on, but from the start its always been Jon didnt want to do the show, I think Tlc staged allllll this to force him to come back. I really do. I feel sorry for Jon, he just wants to live his life, not under the scutiny of the media, just live his life and enjoy his kids. And really isn't that what any parent would want for their kids? for them to know Im there and i care and love you very much? I hope Jon gets custody of the kids and Kate just gets visitation, IMHO that would be best. let Kate go on and be the media queen she wants to be, ( if anyone wants her that is) and let Jon raise the kids. Yes he's not perfect but he's by far better than Kate. Happy 4th

Entitlethemnomore said...

I finally wrote Discovery regarding the show and TLC. I know it would be better if I had kept it shorter. Hard to do when you feel so passionately...I couldn't find a place to email TLC directly, but maybe it's good to go over their heads to the parent company:

I cannot adequately convey my complete contempt for TLC's ongoing choice to perpetually use 8 Innocent Children to profit their channel and your bottom line. I hold Discovery accountable as well. As the parent company, you could stop this, but you do nothing. Everyone involved, from the parents to the programmers to the exectives at TLC and Discovery share in the shameless, morally empty decisions that have been made with the show Jon and Kate Plus 8. And somehow, you all still sleep at night, knowing not only that the show is and has apparently always been STAGED, but also that you have put those children in emotional harm's way for most of their lives. All for more money. When will it ever be enough. When will you value the well being of the subjects of your show over and beyond ad revenue, ratings points, product placemet and cold, hard cash.

Even my 8 year old daughter can see how Jon and Kate became "selfish hogs that want nothing but money and free trips for themselves."

We have stopped watching not only this, but every show on TLC. I implore you to reconsider your choices and take to a moral high ground. Please do the right thing for the sake of the children and pull the plog on this farce.

Arieslikekate said...

do NOT know if this has been posted here yet or not, but the FOOD NETWORK is promo-ing ACE OF CAKES and the Gosselin appearance.

I am sure it will be a ratings grabber.

Emmy said...

Arieslikekate said...
do NOT know if this has been posted here yet or not, but the FOOD NETWORK is promo-ing ACE OF CAKES and the Gosselin appearance.

I am sure it will be a ratings grabber.

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I wonder if the editing will be different? Might be interesting to watch and see.

BTW, can somebody tell me where I can watch the American Chopper version of the Gosselin encounter?

Ravello said...

OMG, what a letter, what a post. I am speechless after reading this. Why can't the principles Jon, Kate, TLC, see the error of their ways? What will it take for TLC to be embarassed by this trainwreck of a show? Jon and Kate will never walk away, they will hang on to eek out every last cent.
I plan to email the entire post to TLC.

Tam said...

While the kids were young (under 8for the twins) I think the show was harmless...and then it morphed into something else.

TLC should dump the show, but offer bi-yearly hour long update specials. This would satisfy our curiosity and Kates need for greed.

It would be the best of both world.

DMH said...

Very well written letter, heartfelt, genuine, and true.

The saddest part about all of this is that even if Jon, Kate or TLC were to read this, it would not make a difference at all. Nothing is stopping these people and its sick as hell.