Unabridged: Gosselin Wikipedia Article

As most of you know, some of my Wikipedia article has been removed and I have been banned. I do not believe either was justified, as the article was properly cited with valid sources such as the New York Times and the Reading Eagle. This was what I was able to salvage. Take what you wish from it. All references ARE available upon request.

Here is the article as it appeared on Wikipedia, with sources. Take it for what it's worth:

Jon & Kate Plus 8 is a reality television show produced in the United States by Figure 8 Films about the Gosselin family, consisting of parents Jon and Kate and their eight children - a set of twins (both girls), and a set of sextuplets (3 girls and 3 boys). The show follows the family through their daily lives, focusing on the challenges of raising multiple children. The show originally aired on Discovery Health but starting with Season 3, airs Mondays at 9:00pm ET/PT on TLC. The family originally appeared in a one hour special titled Surviving Sextuplets and Twins. It's also been reported that the show draws in an average of 2.5 million viewers per episode, making it one of the most-watched reality series on TV. The family lives in Central Pennsylvania.

CONTENTS

* 1 Story
* 2 Controversy
* 3 Family
o 3.1 Parents
o 3.2 Twins
o 3.3 Sextuplets
* 4 Seasons
* 5 Videos and books

STORY

Kate Gosselin has three sisters, Christen, Kendra and Clairissa, and a brother, Kevin. Kevin is often seen on the television series with his wife, Jodi, and their children Ashtyn, Braden, Alyssa, and Bennett. They were shown watching the Gosselin children during the "Mady's Day", "Cara's Day", "Leah's Day", "Hannah's Day", "Alexis' Day" and "Jon's Hair Raising Experience" episodes during season three.

Jonathan Gosselin is also the middle child of three boys born to Thomas Gosselin and his Korean wife. His brothers are Thomas and Mark. His father, Thomas Gosselin, was a pediatric dentist who died in January, 13, 2005, according to his obituary in the Reading Eagle,published on January 15,2005.[1] Jon and Kate have often referred to Dr. Gosselin as the only involved grandparent. The remaining grandparents "are not a part of their every day lives" [2]

Jon and Kate Gosselin met on October 5, 1997 at a picnic. According to the "How It All Began" episode, Jon was working at a hotel and Kate had just graduated from her nursing program. According to Kate, "I never believed in 'love at first sight', but this came really close." They were married on June 12, 1999 in "a perfect garden wedding with equally perfect weather". In the "How It All Began" episode of season three, they also said they paid for the wedding themselves.

Kate wanted to have children right away. She had a feeling that she would not be able to conceive, so she underwent testing and was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome. So, they decided to turn to fertility treatments and to start trying immediately, in case it took a while. The specific treatment they used is called intrauterine insemination or IUI, where no embryos were left over from the procedure.[3] By February, however, Kate was pregnant with twins. They were thrilled and even admitted to praying for twins because they were both baby crazy and feared they would fight over one baby. On October 8, 2000, Cara Nicole and Madelyn Kate were born, after a "rough" pregnancy.[4]

When the girls turned one, Kate began to think about the possibility of having another child, while Jon was not so sure. On the couple's appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show that aired on February 22, 2008, Kate admitted that she wanted to have another child because she wanted to know what it felt like to not have to split her time between two babies, while Jon was hesitant because he felt like the world is built for a family of four. According to Kate, a Korean infant became available while Kate was an obstetrics nurse. They decided not to adopt the baby boy, but instead return to fertility treatment.[5] Jon and Kate agreed to try again. By October, Kate was pregnant. Five weeks later,(after being hospitalized for over-stimulated ovaries) at the initial ultrasound, the doctor announced that there were seven sacs and began to count how many of these sacs had yolks, or babies, inside of them. According to Kate, "By ‘four’ I was pretty crazy, by ‘five’ I was sobbing. Then they found 'six' and 'seven'. (One baby didn’t develop on its own)". The doctor suggested selective reduction, but they were absolutely against doing so.

As Kate describes it, "Your whole life flashes in front of your eyes...we had a house that was too small, we didn’t have a vehicle big enough, we didn’t have the income that would be required…there were just all these things flying at us. All those thoughts flooding through my mind equalled completely impossible".[5] After experiencing the "worst weekend of [her] entire life", Jon took the girls to the family's church. He asked if he should tell anyone about their situation, and Kate agreed that he should so that the church could start praying for their family. As soon as church was over, Jon and Kate received many calls of encouragement. According to Kate, "I began to feel like we could do this! With God's help, of course!"

In an article written for orato.com, Kate admitted that the video of her when she was pregnant with the sextuplets was actually three weeks before she gave birth. She added: "I remember lying in the hospital bed thinking, ‘No matter how far I get these babies, it’s never going to be far enough'. Getting to 32 weeks was my goal, but that would still be eight weeks premature, times six. Every day starting at about 23 weeks I had an ultrasound to make sure that all of them were still alive, and each and everyday was just as nerve wracking as the one before. There wasn’t an ounce of relief until they were all home. Not long after we had them home, Jon whirled around one day with complete frustration and exhaustion in his voice and said, 'Do you realize we have been walking on eggshells now for an entire year?' That was the honest truth".

On May 10, 2004, Kate gave birth to three girls and three boys: Alexis Faith, Hannah Joy, Aaden Jonathan, Collin Thomas, Leah Hope and Joel Kevin.[6]

CONTROVERSY

Public scrutiny of the Gosselin Family began when Kate Gosselin appealed a Medicaid decision to no longer continue to provide a full time nurse for the sextuplets after the age of one year. Kate is quoted as saying, "I am urging them to see us as a rare situation, which we are," she said. "And I am begging them to make a special exception. They are six individuals. One mom cannot take care of them. "I might be able to meet their physical needs, but not the emotional needs. It is very difficult. I'm talking about time to talk about feelings, read books and the absolute bare necessities to get done. I cannot do it five days a week." [6] When this became public, the community learned that Jon had also been unemployed for 8 months while his wife was pregnant and after the sextuplets were born. He claims he was fired for applying for medical insurance for his wife's pregnancy, but this is unconfirmed. [7]

Despite their website claiming there are no college funds[8], the Lt. Governor of Pennsylvania did set up TAP funds for all eight children, as announced during the sextuplet's first birthday party. The press release is as follows:

If you would like to make a contribution to the Gosselin Family’s TAP account, you can do so by making your check payable to “TAP 529,” writing “Gosselin” in the memo portion of the check, and sending your contributions to: Gosselin Sextuplets and Twins Accounts, TAP Bureau, 218 Finance Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120. More information on the Tuition Account Program can be obtained by calling 1-800-440-4000 or by visiting the Treasury website and clicking on Tuition Account Program.[9]

Due to privacy issues, the amounts donated to these accounts is not known, and may or may not be substantial.

The Gosselins are currently in the fourth season of Jon and Kate Plus 8.Jon claims in several episodes of the show that he is now self employed after quitting his job with the Governors Office in Harrisburg.[10] Both Gosselins are doing public speaking about their experiences as the parents of twins and sextuplets. [11][12] [13] They expect to receive love offerings at these events, and also sell autographed photos. They currently charge $10 for individual pictures of the children and $20 for a larger picture with everyone.[14]

Kate mentioned in the original TLC special that "the two-year olds" had never had fast food, and that they try to prepare organic food as much as possible. On the TLC special Jon and Kate: Surviving Sextuplets and Twins, a McDonald's cup can be seen on the bedstand when Mady wakes up Cara to help Kate fold clothes. Also, during "The Gosselins Go Skiing", Jon brings three of the sextuplets Happy Meals from McDonald's for their lunch break from ski school.

The reality show has created controversy throughout the viewing community. They are the first family to have a reality show starring children at such young ages (Madelyn and Cara were 5 and the sextuplets were 2 when the series started) The long term results are still unknown. Also, despite their website claiming there are no college funds [8] the Governor of Pennsylvania did set up TAP funds for all eight children, as announced during the sextuplet's first birthday party. The press release is as follows:

If you would like to make a contribution to the Gosselin Family’s TAP account, you can do so by making your check payable to “TAP 529,” writing “Gosselin” in the memo portion of the check, and sending your contributions to: Gosselin Sextuplets and Twins Accounts, TAP Bureau, 218 Finance Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120. More information on the Tuition Account Program can be obtained by calling 1-800-440-4000 or by visiting the Treasury website and clicking on Tuition Account Program.

Due to privacy issues, the amounts donated to these accounts is not known, and may or may not be substantial.

The third season of the series has created increasing controversy, including Kate's treatment of Joel when he had a stomach virus on the

Their book, Multiple Ble8sings, written by Jon and Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson, is being released in November 1, 2008 and can be pre-ordered through Amazon.com.

FAMILY

Parents

* Jonathan "Jon" Gosselin (born April 1, 1977 (1977-04-01) (age 31)) is half Korean (Korean mother, French/Welsh father), and is a former I.T. analyst. He now engages in public speaking.[7][8][9]
* Kate "Katie" Gosselin (born March 28, 1975 (1975-03-28) (age 33)), is a former registered nurse. She quit her job to take care of the children full-time. She also engages in public speaking events with her husband.[10][dead link]

Twins

The twins were born on October 8, 2000 (2000-10-08) (age 7). They will enter second grade in the fall of 2008 in a private school. They were born just six minutes apart. In birth order, they are Cara Nicole Gosselin and Madelyn "Mady" Kate Gosselin.

Sextuplets

The sextuplets were born on May 10, 2004 (2004-05-10) (age 4) at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. All six children were delivered within a span of three minutes with more than fifty doctors, nurses and other specialists involved. Since the sextuplets were born in Hershey, they are called "Hershey Kisses" by the nurses and doctors who delivered them.[citation needed]

In birth order they are:

* Alexis Faith Gosselin – 2 lb 11.5 oz, 15 inches long. Nicknamed "Lexi" or "Sassy".
* Hannah Joy Gosselin – 2 lb 11 oz, 13.8 inches long. Nicknamed "Hannie".
* Aaden Jonathan Gosselin – 2 lb 7.5 oz, 13 inches long. Nicknamed "Ay-day" and "the professor". He is the only child that wears glasses.
* Collin Thomas Gosselin – 3 lb 0.5 oz, 15 inches long. Nicknamed "Coggy" or "Collie". He is the biggest of the six.
* Leah Hope Gosselin – 2 lb 14.8 oz, 15.4 inches long. Nicknamed "Princess" or occasionally "Le-le". She is the smallest of the six.
* Joel Kevin Gosselin – 2 lb 9.7 oz, 15.4 inches long. Nicknamed "Joelie".

When picking the kids' names, Jon and Kate selected names they liked for first names, but the middle names were more meaningful: Aaden after Jon, Collin after Jon's late father, and Joel after Kate's brother. The girls are all named for fruits of the spirit, taken from Galatians 5:22-23 in the Bible, according to Jon. However, "hope" is not referenced in that bible passage.[11]

VIDEOS AND BOOKS

* Jon, Kate, and family friend Beth Carson have written a book called Multiple Blessings to be released November 1, 2008. Originally, the book was listed with Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson as the authors;[12] Jon was added as an author after the initial press release, but before publication.[13]
* Seasons 1 and 2 of Jon and Kate Plus 8 will be available on DVD as of July 16, 2008, which will only be distributed online by Discovery.[14]
* Jon and Kate are managed by Media Motion International in Los Angeles. [15]
Family

SEASONS

Currently, there are three seasons of Jon and Kate Plus 8. Usually one or two new episodes air on Monday nights. Two episodes aired during the Writers' Strike while one episode tends to air now. Occasionally an episode will be 1 hour long.

Reprinted with permission from Steph.

18 comments:

WatchOverThem said...

This whole piece was well cited and every request for additional citation and sources were met and then some. Kudos for the great work, it's good to see it all here, I know much research and work went into the article.

Anonymous said...

I have one little comment (I don't know if you are editing this or what). Regarding the naming of the tups I think that Jon stated they were the fruits of the spirit, then quickly said "Well, some of the fruits of the spirit." Didn't mean to be nitpicky, just though I would point that out.

Serena said...

I have one little comment (I don't know if you are editing this or what). Regarding the naming of the tups I think that Jon stated they were the fruits of the spirit, then quickly said "Well, some of the fruits of the spirit." Didn't mean to be nitpicky, just though I would point that out.

Thanks for the info, I'll make sure Steph sees your comment.

Jayne said...

I think the article is balanced and pretty unbiased (really, who can say they are completely unbiased?). You cited sources and did multiple revisions to jump through all the Wiki hoops. I don't care two shits about what Wikipedia says. They've gotten in too much trouble with untrue information for me to believe they can tell the diff.

Anonymous said...

Looks good to me. I wonder if J&K's "people" are behind the removal of the truth. (I know they now have an agent or PR firm or somesuch.) Seems pretty crazy for them to get their knickers in a twist over this since it is all cited. Weird.

Maggie said...

The "history" of this article is an ongoing battle from the second it was posted. Some of the staff definitely have an agenda, as they have made clear on other sites.

Anonymous said...

I did hear from one of the "do you know" last night on TLC that the tups "rarely" have fast food.

Anonymous said...

I think this Wiki article is accurate and truthful. May I ask why there is a problem with it?

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering if there was a post somewhere that tells what Kate did to push Beth away. They were such buddies. What happened? Just curious.
Ruth

Anonymous said...

Fantastic collection of info. It would be interesting to know who in the Gosselin Big-Brother Machine had the info taken down. Glad it's here for all to see!

Mary Berry said...

Could it be Figure 8 doing all of this damage control? After all J&K are their cash cow. Maybe they're some of the ones posting on message boards and guarding the Wiki article.

iluveeyore said...

Figure 8/TLC make more money, the more controversy there is! They're loving it!

As for Jon and Kate... that's a different story.

Anonymous said...

Your article is fair and truthful. The controversy part was rather mild when compared to the truth. I live in the county that Jon and Kate used to call home. When Kate made her appeal for public assistance she pissed a lot of people off in this area. Berks County is filled with hard working, occasionally hard headed, German descendents. They didn't take too kindly to her plea for a handout to assist with a situation she created. A situation that cost the Gosselins big bucks to create in the first place. The Reading Eagle had a long running and scathing editorial blog ripping Kate apart for her handout grubbing self. I'm not sticking up for the Gosselins but it was pretty rough. My guess is that it assisted them in their decision to find a bigger house outside of Berks county.

Anonymous said...

The controversy surrounding this show belongs in the Wiki article. Somebody's doing damage control.

jentomn said...

The think some of the controversy stuff is more opinion than fact. That is probably where the problem is. I mean really...is the fact that they had or did not have McDonalds really a big issue in the world today? I am thinking there are bigger things to worry about. If that was said on the original special...and the food came after, who cares? Things change.

Lola said...

A very well-written article. I do think there are some opinions in the article as well as some trivial items (McDonald's).

As far as Medicaid goes, well, I don't see the problem with it really. We pay taxes for many, many other people to have medical assistance. I just don't see the big issue. Kate is right - it is a special situation. We don't punish others for their faith, their beliefs, etc. Why do it to the Gosselins?

I also wanted to add that I am very, very disappointed in some of the things I have read both here and other places. I really like J&K plus 8 - the show, don't know them personally. I can see where Kate gets snippy, runs out of patience, etc and how that would rub people the wrong way. But, as a mom of 2 boys, I get like that too.

I don't know that they intentionally created this situation (the sextuplets) and that they did so maliciously. I think they may have gotten in over their heads? Not thought ahead to the long term? I'm not sure.

I think many of the blogwriters here have made some great points and pointed out some interesting situations that I missed. I am disappointed, but I believe most of what is said here.

That being said, I don't think (nor do I see on the show) that J&K are abusive and/or neglectful. I think they may have made some bad choices and now, don't know how to get out of it.

I don't see what is so bad about speaking engagements. They *do* have a very unique situation that people want to hear about. I fail to see what is so bad about them doing this for money. *shrug*

I know this post was really long, but I've read through most of the postings here so I had a lot of feedback.

If you read all of this - Thanks! :-)

Anonymous said...

The anonymous person from Berks county saying that she "got herself into this situation in the first place" has obviously never dealt with infertility or infertility treatment. Many, many people are on infertility drugs for years and never have any children.

They had no possible way of knowing they would get as many children as they did. The majority of women using fertility drugs either have 1 child or none.

Christi said...

They had no possible way of knowing they would get as many children as they did.

They may not have known that they would definitely end up with 6 babies, but they had to know that it was possible, given the number of eggs/follicles that were seen on the ultrasound. Sure, it's not probable that all 6 (or was it 7?) eggs would "take" but they had to be aware that multiples were likely, and that 6 or 7 was the worst-case scenario.