Upcoming Gosselin Speaking Engagements

Below is a list of the upcoming Jon and Kate Gosselin speaking engagements.

Click here to read how they are starting to renege on some of their promises to churches like these:

September 21, 2008 - Morristown Memorial Hospital (Morristown, NJ)

October 2, 2008 - Birmingham Women's Show (Birmingham, AL)

October 11, 2008 - Southern Orlando Women's Show (Orlando, FL)

October 19, 2008
- First Assembly of God (Waynesburg, PA
)

November 2, 2008 - Central Assembly of God (Bossier City, LA)

November 14 & 15, 2008 - Women of Purpose Conference (
Hershey, PA
)

January 10 & 11, 2009 - First Assembly of God (Marcy, NY)

March 8, 2009 - First Christian Church (Elizabethtown, KY)

March 20, 2009 - Roswell United Methodist Church (Roswell, GA)

136 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting, that first one. No reporters? No childcare?! Kind of odd for the type of event this is, don't you think?

Anonymous said...

Nice work if you can get it, I guess.

I just never heard of a church event where they say No Reporters. For heaven's sake!

EK said...

Someone go to one of these and secretly videotape it!

Carrie said...

Oh, I live in metro Atlanta! I should go to the one in Roswell and report back!

Of course, you'll have to wait 6 months for my report, but it'll be worth it, right? :)

Steph said...

Carrie, please do!

Serena said...

Oh, I live in metro Atlanta! I should go to the one in Roswell and report back!

Take a camera, too, and snap some photos! They only have the "no photos" rule because they want you to BUY the photographs they sell afterwards ("CASH ONLY!").

Their goons are too busy crawling the web trying to get negative publicity taken down, they probably won't be at the speaking engagements.

annie said...

Not to ask a dumb question or anything, but who is taking care of the kids during all these tours? I mean they have talks lined up in CA and all over the South! This must mean multiple plane trips. Who are they dumping their poor kids on?

Molly said...

Regarding the college fund and the website, it actually seems terribly outdated. It's possible that at the time they were setting up the website and said the kids don't have the college funds, they really didn't. And then they just didn't update it as of yet which is not uncommon (i havent updated my website for three years, just too busy)

Serena said...

Regarding the college fund and the website, it actually seems terribly outdated. It's possible that at the time they were setting up the website and said the kids don't have the college funds, they really didn't. And then they just didn't update it as of yet which is not uncommon (i havent updated my website for three years, just too busy)

Considering that every announcement I've seen on-line giving details of their appearances includes a link to their website, it's terribly irresponsible and disrespectful of Jon and Kate to not be bothered to keep it updated.

In fact, it seems awfully "convenient"... kind of like how their speeches are "terribly outdated" so as to give their audiences the impression that they are still in desperate need of charity.

moi said...

Regarding the college fund and the website, it actually seems terribly outdated. It's possible that at the time they were setting up the website and said the kids don't have the college funds, they really didn't. And then they just didn't update it as of yet which is not uncommon (i havent updated my

They've certainly been sure to update other things, such as removing the entire speaking engagement calendar (probably in reaction to so many people contacting the venues to complain), taking down the photo page, and adding the never-ending list of Sponsors Who Give Us Free Stuff.

Anonymous said...

I'm from the metro detroit area and j & k came here in may for a women's expo that is held every year. It was a three day event. I was a then a kate follower, and drug my hubby to the event. It was a zoo!!! The parking lot is gigantic and every spot was filled! There was a line of cars that went from the road into the expo parking lot. The parking attendents were going crazy trying to get people in. My hubby created a parking spot as did many other people. Jon and Kate were doing a q & a while on stage, then an autograph signing. Hubby and i were in the back of this huge crowd of people in front of the stage they were seated on. They just took questions from the audience and we were so far back we couldn't hear. People were allowed to take pics, and the only money people were charged was the seven dollars to get into the event. There was no other price to pay to see j & k.

We were one of the first people in line for the autograph signing. No charge for that not even for the pic they were signing. They had it set up by having people write there names on pieces of paper while in line and once they got to j & k someone handed them the paper and they signed your name on the pic. What got me was kate or jon never even looked at fans! Never said hi or anything! I guess i shouldn't have been surprised but then i made excuses for them like its too many people and they were to tired. Well thats part of the life of a reality star!! Can't have your cake and eat it to!!

Anonymous said...

I agree....Kate is a condecending, self righteous nag to Jon. She is constantly correcting him, or belittling him. If he comes back at her, boy, does she let him know. I don't understand why he takes so much from her. He does everything he can to please her and I have never seen a hubby so helpful. She really needs to calm herself down and think before SHE speaks...as I've heard her say to Jon. I sure hope he rips her when the cameras are off...she deserves it. I love the show, but really am embarassed for her on almost all the shows.

K.C. said...

Serena,

On a previous schedule I saw a speaking engagement in Orlando, FL, (around October 10, 2008?), however; it is not on this one. Could you please tell me if it has been cancelled? If they are still coming to Orlando, (I live there), I would like to try to get in there to tape it.

Thanks,
K.C.

Serena said...

K.C. -- yes, I have updated the calendar to reflect their scheduled appearance at the Southern Orlando Women's Show on Saturday, October 11th.

K.C. said...

Check out the link for the Orlando visit on the 11th. It's not a religious/Christian event at all. They are appearing as Celebrity Guest/Fashion & Entertainment. Their sponsor is Dairy Farmers, Inc.--how funny!

Anonymous said...

I just clicked on the link to check out the J&K appearance at the Orlando Women's Show in October. This is interesting. They will be appearing in the category "Fashion and Entertainment" and Mady and Cara will be appearing with them. In addition to the kids' home being invaded, now J&K are pimping them out by branching out into a whole new market. I wonder if Cara and MAdy will be forced into being in a fashion show for kids or something.

Anonymous said...

In addition to the ticket purchases at these church venues, are they still passing the basket for "love offerings?" If so, this is really over the top!!!

Anonymous said...

I am going to the event in Abington, PA in September. I'm bringing my cell phone and will take pix and videos. I'm also going to try to ask Kate what she thinks of the National Enquirer article calling her a "total sham".

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:38 I can't wait to hear your report from the Abington event. This event is two months away and I wonder if it will actually take place if the J&K scam implodes as predicted.

Anonymous said...

So wait, all these venues are going to be paying the $25,000 speaking fee?

Anonymous said...

Typically, the speaking engagement requires the bookers to pay the transportation/lodging costs, so the Gosselins wouldn't be paying for that.

I thought Jon was working out of the house for Beth's husband. I guess that's not the case anymore?

Serena said...

I thought Jon was working out of the house for Beth's husband. I guess that's not the case anymore?

Not anymore.

On one episode Jon said something vague about doing some work for Bob out of the Gosselin home. Then on a later episode, he mumbled somthing about having started his own company or business and was doing that from home.

hellokitty said...

I find it so odd that they have speaking engagements scheduled into 2009. Not to be a pessimist, but what will they do if 'gravy train' stops before then? Will anyone even care to hear them speak in 2009?

Just my thoughts.

Serena said...

Do you all have a listing of all their previous speaking engagements?

No, as soon as the speaking date passes, we remove it from the calendar.

And also a listing of all their previous episodes from this season on TLC?

Yes, on our sidebar under the heading "Episode List" is a listing of all episodes produced to date.

Anonymous said...

The National Organization of Mothers of Twins Clubs paid Jon and Kate for their appearance. Don't know amount. Due to contractual obligations with TLC, only Jon showed up (fine by ME!). He was funny. We were told no flash pictures, but cell phone photos were not stopped. He signed pictures for twenty bucks after.

Anonymous said...

He signed pictures for twenty bucks after. What! When we know they are raking in the dough with this show and they still ask for $20 for a signed photo. What a racket. All I can do is shake my head that there are people crazy enough to spend that kind of money on a photo of a nobody. Not like that photo is going to go up in value or be a keep sake for the grandkids. I'd be putting that money in my own child's or grandchild's college fund, thank you very much .

Anonymous said...

Hey, I've got multiples of my OWN to put thru college, so I didn't cough up any money for the photo!

Anonymous said...

" He signed pictures for twenty bucks after"

J & K claim the proceeds from picture signing goes towards the children's college education. I find it extremely insulting that J & K see no problem with taking the hard earned money from other parents who more than likely do or will have their own children to put through college!

K.C. said...

I have NEVER heard of a legitimate celebrity charging for photos and autographs. 'A list' stars occasionally take photos with fans and not ask for compensation. KON is disgusting!

Anonymous said...

Jon and Kate Plus 8 Registration
We are excited to be hosting the cast of "Jon and Kate Plus 8" on Sunday, September 14 at 10:00 am. Completing the requested information below will pre-register you for this event. We are asking only those within a 15 mile radius of the church to pre-register and attend, as there is limited seating available. Thank you for understanding. This event is free, but please come prepared to give in a love offering toward the Gosselin’s.

Due to the increased response for this event, we have rented Keswick Theatre, a local production theatre around the corner from the church in Glenside, Pa. This will provide much more seating. Children will be included in the service, sitting with their parents. Don’t worry, the service will be a fast paced, multi-media experience that will keep your kids’ attention.

We look forward to meeting you soon!


Still requesting a love offering for KON. I wonder if they will donate the money collected...?

Lia said...

I don't think Jon and Kate should even be doing all of these talks. They are all over the country and there is about one every week or two. The whole reason Jon and Kate are famous are because of the kids, and yet, they are abandoning them, most likely, and leaving them at home. It's a bit ironic that Jon and Kate do not usually take the cause of their fame with them to all of these appearances. This has to be very damaging on all of the kids. Having their parents gone so much is not healthy for them. Poor kids.

Steph said...

I wonder if Jenny will be watching the kids almost every weekend in October and November?

Anonymous said...

I'm not a Kon supporter at all. But at the same time, I'm not horrified that Jon and Kate "abandon" their kids one or two weekends a week. Yes, it sucks that they're making money off their children. Yes, the love offerings, etc. are wrong, IMO. But most parents leave their kids five days a week for work. While the entire idea of speaking engagements isn't one I support, the fact that the 'tups and twins have to go two days without their parents isn't the end of the world, IMO. Besides, the days their parents are gone, they get a break from the cameras (usually, excluding Hairgate). I pity these kids for a lot, but I don't think they're going to be irreparably damaged because their parents are gone three or four days a month.

ThreeFarmers said...

I wish I had been in the line where J&K were signing photos without even looking at or acknowledging the fans. I would have been yelling..."HELLLL-0000, HELLLL-OOOO, HELLLL-OOOOOO"

BEE said...

In regards to the "love offerings". Typically when a church has a speaker come in there is a "love offering" so this is not something that the Gosselins came up with. Different churches might call this offering something different but the purpose is often for the same reasons....to help the church cover the cost of the event.

I attended a speaking engagement of J&K's back in February. A "love offering" was taken and we were told that it would pay for whatever cost the church had associated with bringing Jon and Kate to speak. Any money that was left over would be given to the Gosselins.

Jon and Kate do not give a tale of having financial problems. They do talk of the initial difficulties they had, including financial ones, and how they have been extrememly blessed and how grateful they are. Their message is not misleading at all.

Anonymous said...

How could ANYONE in their right mind go on all of these speaking tours and leave their family?
You couldn't pay me enough!

Anonymous said...

Jon and Kate do not give a tale of having financial problems. They do talk of the initial difficulties they had, including financial ones,
__________________________________

Jon and Kate did not have initial financial problems. Her insurance covered all of the hospital bills. The State of PA gave her a FREE nurse for a year and people all over the country gave them freebies. Please, can we stop with the "poor Gosselins" scenario. That has been disproven time and again.

Anonymous said...

BEE said: Any money that was left over would be given to the Gosselins. _________________
But, according to what you are saying, the church already PAID the G's to come to speak. Why should the G's get the left over $? Would it not be better for the church to keep it and put it into its fund to assist needy families in their church or community? Or use it to buy food for a homeless shelter? Keep in mind, KON is not homeless, hungry, nor needy. Churches are blind if they are agreeing to give the leftover $ to KON.

noteventhetrees said...

I really don't get where Jon & Kate (or TLC? I don't know who makes the call) get off charging fans $20 per photo. I recently met members of my favorite band (very successful/Grammy winning band, I might add)..and they chatted with fans, signed items, and took pictures with whoever asked... They did not charge a penny for that (other than the money for the ticket to the concert, of course). News to J&K..you are NOT award winning celebrities!!!

Anonymous said...

Well, I certainly hope there is more than just Jenny watching the kids.

Kate goes on & on & on about how exhausting it is & how she NEEDS Jon to be there. Yet they expect a virtual stranger to be able to handle all eight of them on her own??

I hope to God there is someone there to help Jenny.

Anonymous said...

J&K are free to charge whatever they want for the pictures or for whatever. The choice belongs to the people being offered the pictures. If they don't want to spend the money, they don't have to. If more people did not, then J&K wouldn't bother trying. They seem to be doing pretty well with that venture so there must be a demand.

LAP said...

Hmmmmmm...they are speaking in Orlando. I wonder if all the kids will be going for that one and doing another Disney trip while there. Maybe Kate can freak out about some more ice cream.

Plus, I see they will be speaking in Waynesburg, PA which is about 45 minutes from me. I'm half tempted to get a sitter and go hear them speak and see if I could record it.

Sera said...

Anonymous @ 9:06 PM said...
In addition to the kids' home being invaded, now J&K are pimping them out by branching out into a whole new market. I wonder if Cara and MAdy will be forced into being in a fashion show for kids or something.


Well, as much as I disagree with Jon and Kate's motivations, we did see the episode where they took Mady and Cara to get their head shots. It should come as no surprise they are branching out into other entertainment money-making ventures with the kids.

BEE said...

BEE said: Any money that was left over would be given to the Gosselins. _________________
But, according to what you are saying, the church already PAID the G's to come to speak. Why should the G's get the left over $? Would it not be better for the church to keep it and put it into its fund to assist needy families in their church or community? Or use it to buy food for a homeless shelter? Keep in mind, KON is not homeless, hungry, nor needy. Churches are blind if they are agreeing to give the leftover $ to KON.



Let me clarify, that the church were I heard them speak stated they would be covering the costs (paying the Gosselins) for them to come out of the "love offering" and if there was any money left over it would go to the Gosselins. Not sure of the practices of other churches.

Hambone said...

I've been to several Southern Women's Shows. There is a stage for fashion shows and entertainment, and that is the stage most used for guest speakers. Even The Bachelor and soap stars spoke from the fashion show stage, so I doubt Mady and Cara will be doing any modeling.

Also, since it will be the girl's birthday weekend, it's a possibility Kon will be taking them to a theme park here. There is SeaWorld, Universal Studios
( which is more for older kids ) and of course DW, but they already did that. Seaworld has prime opportunities for the G's to participate during the shows, which would be a producers dream. I can see Mady and Cara now, being splashed by Shamu, and Mady having a hissy fit when she gets soaked. Not to mention Kate's selective OCD kicking in if they film her feeding fish to the dolphins.

My guess is they will film a twins b-day episode at one of the new parks not already featured, while Jenny tends to the tups at home. But that's just a guess.

Anonymous said...

When do they make time for the kids? Oh, I forgot...this is all for them...RIGHT!!!!

Anonymous said...

WHO would want their signature???? Years down the road, you will line your bird cage with that picture! LOL It's not worth the paper it is written on...really!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a Kon supporter at all. But at the same time, I'm not horrified that Jon and Kate "abandon" their kids one or two weekends a week. Yes, it sucks that they're making money off their children. Yes, the love offerings, etc. are wrong, IMO. But most parents leave their kids five days a week for work. While the entire idea of speaking engagements isn't one I support, the fact that the 'tups and twins have to go two days without their parents isn't the end of the world, IMO. Besides, the days their parents are gone, they get a break from the cameras

I agree. Considering neither has a 9-5 job, spending 48 hours a weekend away from their kids isn't much different than parents who work 40+ hours during the week. As a job I also see no problem with them pursuing the convention circuit. Several others have gone this route. Kenny McCaughey did it for a few years to supplement their income. Many others also do it (President Clinton comes to mind). It's a legit job. And if they're clearing $25,000 PLUS expenses just 4 engagements brings in more than they'd make if both returned to their previous jobs full-time. So from that aspect they've made a good financial decision.

Now if that were their only job and they stayed home the remainder of the time I'd be fine with it. It's what they do while they're home that has me questioning their decision making skills and their constant claims to be doing what's "best for their family".

And if they hadn't also cancelled all their "free" engagements I'd say yeah, sure, go for the higher fee. But they should have honoured ALL previously booked engagements, not cancelled just because they raised their price.

pokie said...

hambone said: 'Also, since it will be the girl's birthday weekend, it's a possibility Kon will be taking them to a theme park here. There is SeaWorld, Universal Studios...'

Not if Mady wants her Disney show!

Anonymous said...

OMG, anon 8:24 "you will line your bird cage with that picture!"

comment of the week for next week

avidshrewwatcher said...

The First Assembly of God in Waynesburg, PA is having Shrew & the Nutless Wonder on October 19 for a morning service and a special 3:00 p.m. event in which they will be charging $10 per ticket. The church's website said nothing about no photography, so I may jump in the car and take a ride way down to the country and cough up the $10 to hear what they have to say! I will be curious to see if, aftering handing over $10, they will still charge for an autographed picture!

Anonymous said...

Just so you know, I tried to get tickets for Jan. 23rd Mission Hills Church speaking engagement (to see what they were really like) and the secretary at the church told me that Jon and Kate had canceled all their California events.

Steph said...

They canceled the CA events? They had three lined up in one weekend...that was certainly still worth the airfare. Maybe they aren't so confident that they will have "people who love them" to watch the kids in January.

Carla said...

hellokitty said... I find it so odd that they have speaking engagements scheduled into 2009. Not to be a pessimist, but what will they do if 'gravy train' stops before then? Will anyone even care to hear them speak in 2009?

On their looking for properties episode they certainly sounded like they saw no end in sight. If they are planning a multimillion dollar mansion along with crew quarters, it doesn't sound to me like they expect to end this mess any time in the near future.

balletbrat said...

What? The CA events are cancelled? Seriously?

If so, SHAME on you Jon and Kate. I will be sure the word gets out to all of the SoCal fans and thousands of churchgoers I know who were looking forward to this. They sure as heck will learn the real reason behind the cancellations.
What's next, you're going to write a children's book called "Green Eggs And Scam" ?

Anonymous said...

Response from Good Housekeeping ( my email about having Kate as mom of the month ). Hopefully more people will email.


Thank you for writing.
We appreciate it that you took the time to share your opinions with us. It is important for us to hear what our readers are thinking.

Sincerely,
Marjorie Cubisino, Director
Consumer & Reader Services
Good Housekeeping Research Institute
gheditor@goodhousekeeping.com

Anonymous said...

I wrote as well, but haven't heard back. I agree that the more people who write questioning the decision to feature Kate Gosselin, the more questions will be raised editorially. I don't think that they should give the GH Seal of Approval to Kate Gosselin!

Anonymous said...

I nominate for comment of the week: "Shrew & the Nutless Wonder" by Avidshrewwatcher. I just about peed my pants!

Anonymous said...

They canceled the CA events? They had three lined up in one weekend...that was certainly still worth the airfare. Maybe they aren't so confident that they will have "people who love them" to watch the kids in January. You know what would make me happy. A church getting smart and canceling them! Do pastors not investigate speakers? Oh, look some scam artists with a bunch of kids have a TV show, let's have them speak to our congregation. They are a bunch of sheep ready for a fleecing.
Really, these folks begging Kate and Jon to come speak at their churches make me as upset as Figure 8 and TLC. As long as they get their cut what do they care if the person is doing all things that are of questionable morals.

julie said...

"What's next, you're going to write a children's book called "Green Eggs And Scam"?"

Can I nominate this for quote of the week? Hilarious!

Anonymous said...

Steph said...
They canceled the CA events? They had three lined up in one weekend...that was certainly still worth the airfare. Maybe they aren't so confident that they will have "people who love them" to watch the kids in January.

__________________________
How do we know the churches didn't cancel them?? Given the NE article, Jodi's video, and general questions regarding their "legitimacy," maybe the churches said forget it. Unless KON decided the fee (less than
25k) was not worth it. I think this is the beginning of the end for KON - I really do.

Anonymous said...

Wow, they've come a long way. It's interesting to go back and read their website archive from it's beginning in 2004. What a difference four years and money can make:(

Anonymous said...

They canceled all their CA events? Bummer ... I'm in Ventura and I was DYING to go to that one!

Anonymous said...

Their 'job' takes waayyy more than 48 hrs a wk I'm sure. They have to tweak their speeches, do all the PR stuff, make arrangements, pack, etc. Oh and of course make sure everything is prepped for the kids and caretakers (whoever that may be now!). They probably fly to wherever on Friday night and don't get home until late Sunday or possibly even Monday. This probably causes a lot of the stress in the home too, trying to get everything ready for their engagements while also juggling the kids, kids probably want lots of attention when they get home, have tantrums when it's time for them to leave, etc. Especially now that Aunt Jodi isn't taking them all day Friday. Of course none of that is ever shown.

I really feel sorry for the kids as their parents are 'working' so much. Kon gets a break from the kids and yes the kids get a break from Kon but they also have constantly frazzled and stressed out parents. I can't believe how many ppl think the kids should be 'thankful' for all these trips and freebies, they are really the ones paying a high price for something they don't even want or ever seem to get to enjoy. As much as Kate preaches about their routines I see no consistency in their lives at all, especially with all the trips and then Kon going hither and yon for all these speaking engagements and love offerings.

Lonnyswife said...

I read Anon01:36's response from GH magazine re:mom of the month and I was motivated to write them as well. I have included my email and if/when I receive a response will send it along.


Subject:Kate Gosselin-Mother of the Month

I had to write and tell you how saddened I was by this bit of news.Having been a long time viewer of the Jon & Kate Plus 8 series and wanting to knowmore about the family and how they manage I started doing some Internet searching. I am appalled not only by the things I have been able to find but by the direction the program has taken.I find it incredulous that your editorial board would chose a recipient without doing a thorough background search of some sort. Even if half of the reports out there are false, the fact that there is an ever growing controversy would be indicative to me that something is not right. At the very least your S&M department should have done alittle research.I was, for years a subscriber, but then moved overseas so had to cancel. I would, till now, pick up a copy whenever I was in the US but will no longer. The woman is shrill and condescending to some of her children regularly and all of them occasionally. All of the children react inappropriately to situations they don't want to be a part of and they are either ignored or yelled out. One of the children was told, "Don't even breathe" in one episode. She treats her husband horribly in every episode. Is the the loving familial relationship you wish to promote as worthy of a grand title such as Mother of the Month? I would think not.Therefore, I will no longer be purchasing your periodical and will tell my family and friends they would be wise to do so as well.You are promoting dysfunctionality at it's zenith.

Lonnyswife said...

Anon0136-
Just checked my email for an automated response from GH and had a mailerdaemon failure notice.
Can you please post the address you used?
Thank you

Anonymous said...

gheditor@goodhousekeeping.com
I wrote to this one, and it went through...HTH's

Anonymous said...

I notice the speaking engagements in January in California are no longer on the schedule. If they have been cancelled instead of deleting them could you mark them as cancelled. I know I would be interested in seeing the number of cancelled engagements and maybe others would as well.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Can you even imagine what it would be like to be Jon Gosselin - and know that pretty much the entire world thinks his wife treats him like crap!! Yet he does nothing about it but take it every day, and then wants to renew his vows with an abuser.

Seriously, what is wrong with Jon Gosselin? How in the world did Kate find the one man in the world that would take piles and piles and piles of crap, abuse, correction, snide comments, slaps, put downs, every day, all day long, in front of his kids and in front of the world... AND ACT LIKE IT DOESN'T BOTHER HIM IN THE LEAST.

WHO IS THIS GUY?

Anonymous said...

WHO IS THIS GUY?

a lazy guy who is making more money than he ever could without working at all

Lonnyswife said...

Anon0503-RE:GH addy
Okay-I just sent it off again and will post the reply when it comes thru. Thanks for the help!

Moxie said...

Funny how many of them say that they will be having "the cast of J&K8". The "cast"? As in being "cast" in a role? Webster's defines it as: "the set of actors in a dramatic production". So then aren't the kids working? They are being "cast" in roles...

Let me say though, if Kate is playing shrew, girlfriend deserves an Oscar! She's right up there with Faye Dunaway in Mommie Dearest, while Jon does a great "Jerk" a la Steve Martin!

Am I being too cynical?

Anonymous said...

The speaking engagement scheduled for November 1st at Noel UMC has been cancelled as well. So, this begs the question - who is doing the cancelling?

Lonnyswife said...

Just received this email response from Good Housekeeping and although I thought it was identical to a previous post the final line has been changed! C'mom you guys! Write these people!

GH MAG said:
Thank you for writing.
We appreciate it that you took the time to share your opinions with us. It is important for us to hear what our readers are thinking.
Your e-mail was forwarded to our top editors.

Sincerely,
Marjorie Cubisino, Director
Consumer & Reader Services
Good Housekeeping Research Institute


Previous GH response posting:
Thank you for writing.
We appreciate it that you took the time to share your opinions with us. It is important for us to hear what our readers are thinking.

They could be blowing smoke up my you-know-what, but then again.....who knows. I did post my original letter to them upthread if anyone is interested.

Hambone said...

An email I just received about a speaking engagement:


Just so you know, Jon and Kate are no longer speaking at Noel United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana on November 1. It is not because of your email or the other information you sent. The decision had already been made before I received your communication. It had to do with several issues dealing with them and our original agreement.





Mary Green

Director of Children's Ministries

Noel United Methodist Church

Shreveport, Louisiana

318-221-5207

Anonymous said...

hambone, thanks for posting the message from the church. Do you think she was saying that they would be happy to have them another time - or that they had already discovered that J/K were frauds on their own?

K.C. said...

Lonnyswife,

I am not the original poster but I also wrote down the contact information. Did you use this information?:

Marjorie Cubisino, Director
Consumer & Reader Services
Good Housekeeping Research Institute
gheditor@goodhousekeeping.com

K.C. said...

Q/It had to do with several issues dealing with them and our original agreement./Q

(IMO) It sounds like J&K tried to change the original agreement to meet their new requirements, ($25,000 fee plus 1st class airline, hotel, meals, etc.), on them like they did with the other venues?

Hambone said...

Anonymous said...
hambone, thanks for posting the message from the church. Do you think she was saying that they would be happy to have them another time - or that they had already discovered that J/K were frauds on their own?


My guess is the latter. I sensed a hint that they wanted more $$$$ or perks, because she referred to a problem with the original contract.

Hambone said...

I mean original agreement, not contract.

Anonymous said...

To Lonnyswife-

Kudos to you for your well-written letter to GH. I have already written a similiar (although I think yours sounds better) one to TLC.

I just joined this effort a week ago and am somewhat surprised how strongly I feel. I know part of it is that I have a 31/2 yo and the thought of him looking/feeling like Joel did and then walking down a flight of stairs by himself clutching his blankie, just the thought brings tears to my eyes.....

Moons in Leo said...

Thanks for posting the Good Housekeeping e-mail address for the editor.

I just sent this:

I just heard that you are annointing Mrs. Gosselin Mother of the Month? Good grief!

This woman has no more right to be Mom of the Month than Joan Crawford does.

She and her husband are exploiting their children to make a fast buck.

Has none of your staff actually seen their television program?

How she made her sick son, Joel, lie on the floor of the laundry room with the door closed apparently so he would not vomit anywhere but?

How she uses gender specific role modeling that would have been out of date in 1955?

How she has eliminated those who love her children, and they them, from their young lives?

How she admonishes her children that she "does not even want to hear (him) breathe"? That was Joel, again.

How she leaves her son Collin in a dark room on a potty until he goes?

Never mind the snide and abusive remarks. She speaks to her husband as if he is one of the kids and regularly slaps him. And then we wonder why her kids, old enough to know better, hit each other?

Disgraceful!

She is the lowest common denominator. Just because she turned out a litter of children doesn't mean she knows how to be a mother.

Shame on you, Good Housekeeping!

Anonymous said...

Sent this email to
gheditor@goodhousekeeping.com

"To Whom It May Concern...
It has come to my attention that your publication is considering Kate Gosselin for Mother of the Month.
If you have watched this show at all you would see that she is a terrible choice.
Where shall I begin??
She deprives her children of many ordinary fun activities because she is afraid they will get messy.
She shows extreme gender bias.
She belittles her husband, tells her children not to listen to him and slaps him on a regular basis.
Beyond that, this family is exploiting their children for financial gain. (Neither parent works.)
Camera crews are in their home 3-4 days per week (by their own admission) videoing everything from personal moments on the potty to emotional meltdowns. This family has taken it so far as to have professional lighting installed in their home. They will continue to pimp out their children until the gravy train stops. Please do not draw any more attention to this family, unless you want to reveal the true story, which includes nannies, personal assistants, PR firms, etc....."


Almost immediately recd same response as Lonnyswife (above)-Must be an automatic response? Are they getting that many letters??

Nat said...

My letter to GH...

Subject- Kate Gosselin as Mother of the Month

To whom it may concern.

I was very surprised and quite saddened to find that you were giving the title of GH Mother of the Month to Kate Gosselin. In my (and many others) opinion this woman has very few if any of the qualities of a Mother of the Month. Every week on her show Jon and Kate plus 8, she (along with husband Jon) regularly exploit and emotionally abuse there 8 children. Her children are FORCED to "perform" 3 to 4 days a week morning till night all year round. Being filmed in very questionable situations such as using the "potty" to showering and changing with absolutely no privacy. These children that are only 4 years old are working much more then labour laws should allow but unfortunately reality shows are not covered in any labour laws YET. This couple are making fortunes off of the backs of these precious children. This is abuse by any one's standards and I am very shocked that such a reputable magazine such as Goodhousekeeping would condone such a thing. please reconsider your choice, I am a regular reader of your periodical but I will no longer purchase it if this is the kind of parenting that you will be promoting.

I'l post the reply when I get it.

amandarella82 said...

I sent GH a message as well, it was short and sweet.

Anonymous said...

When does J & K (and Beth's) book officially hit the book stores? I am wondering if the cancellation of numerous speaking engagements is because of upcoming book signing appearances? If that is the case, I wonder if Beth will be included in any of the book signing appearances?

pullthegosselinplug said...

Sent this to Good Housekeeping today:

Dear Editor -
I heard recently that your magazine is going to feature Kate Gosselin of TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8 and name her "Mother of the Month" in a future issue. I am writing to express my disgust that your magazine would not do some research before bestowing this honor on this very undeserving, greedy, dishonest woman. There is an extraordinary amount of controversy surrounding both of these parents right now and many, myself included, believe they are exploiting their children for their own benefit - mainly, the benefit of never having to work an honest job and instill any kind of work ethic in their children.
Giving birth does not make you a mother and mothers are not above reproach simply by virtue of the fact that they are mothers. There are bad policemen, bad priests, bad teachers and yes, bad mothers.
I hope your staff would realize that. Have you interviewed anyone about this woman, other than her husband and anyone from the equally culpable TLC and Figure8 Films that speaks of her mothering skills in glowing terms or in any way positively and have you watched her "reality" TV show to see the proof?
Sadly, this will be the last issue of Good Housekeeping I will buy if this woman is featured in this way."


No reply from GH yet - I am sure it will be the standard computer-generated reply but at least we are trying.

Anonymous said...

I went to one of the Gosselin's speaking events and I bought a photo for $20.00 (I know, I know...this was a few months ago when I thought that they needed the money). I was so excited to see the Gosselins and I brought my camera. Of course there was the no photos rule.I thought if maybe I paid $20.00 for one of their photos they would let me take a picture of them. Boy was I wrong! When I asked Kate if I could take a picture (after handing her $20.00) she said no. I was definitely bummed. If I had to do it over again I never would have bought a photo.

Barbara in VA said...

I also sent GH an e-mail and received a response, looked like a standard thanks for your comment response.

Anonymous said...

This is what I wrote to GH:


Dear Editor,

I am saddened to hear of you choice for Mom of the Month as Kate Gosselin. I find her parenting skills, her motives, and the way she got her lifestyle a little questionable. They have $25K speaking engagements, excessive all inclusive vacations, the family is cut out of the children's lives, they are getting a 8000 sq ft house for free, they have college funds set up for the children by the state of PA and deny their existence on their website, and they film entirely too many episodes for these children to leave a normal life. They talk about being hard up, but they make thousands per episode. There are newspaper articles online from 2005 from people in PA showing their dislike for greediness of the family when Kate said it was society's obligation to care for their children because society allows the use of fertility drugs. She favors her female children over the boys if you watch the show. Their Aunt Jodi was taken out of their lives recently, along with a "fill in" Grandmother (Nana Janet), and Beth (the co-author of their book about to come out). Neither holds a job and have foggy employment histories. They're making money off of their children. Please do some research before you publish this Mom of the Month edition. Information is out there on the web if you look for it.


There are other women I'm sure more deserving of this honor. I know people marvel at her organizational skills. But if you had a private chef, nannies, helpers doing the household chores, and a husband that bathes, feeds, plays, and does everything else for you then you could look like an organizational wiz for people to marvel at, too. If all I had to do was organize things rather than work, take care of my daughter, and run a household then I could organize like a mad woman, too. It takes more than organization to be a good mother or a good mom of the month. And she probably has help from the Figure 8/TLC staff on that great organization everyone thinks she has.



There are families with more children that make it on way less square footage, way less money, and way more love than this woman has. Give that Mom of the Month honor to someone more deserving.

Lonnyswife said...

Man, this is getting verrry verrry interesting. The speaking engagement cancellations are coming in left and right. Reagardless of what the reason, this is a good thing. And I say that because I can't think of anyone less qualified to tell me or anyone else how great their lives are due to the abundance of God's grace ( or whatever they do say) because this is far far from the truth. Prayer has very little to do with where they are today. Sorry, IMHO only. Also IMHO God should be outraged (but forgiving). Either the churches are reconsidering due to pressure from concerned folk such as we are and/or as the above poster mentioned, perhaps the greedy are getting greedier and asking for more than originally bargained. This could be the fault of the agent stepping in with the plan being that if she pressures speaking engagements already scheduled by the Gs to get more $$ for their services then one of two things will happen:
A:The church/assoc/org will oblige and cough up the extras
B:The church/assoc/org will say no can do, as which time the Gs are then free to accept more lucrative speaking engagements.
It's disgusting either way.
I am happy to see other posters sending in their comments to the editors of GH. Keep sending comments to:
gheditor@goodhousekeeping.com
And my thanks to Anon 01:36 on 8/25 for getting this ball rolling.
Quickly: I have seen some posts from people saying they are worried about the kids if/when this gravy train derails. I am sure we all are, considering they are living in a household with two unemployed parents of which maybe one is employable at this point ( sorry Jon, but I think employers are onto you! ). Lets just hope that 40+episodes multiplied by a conservative estimate of 25,000$ (plus a couple of specials, plus speaking engagements,+ + +)would come to over ONE MILLION DOLLARS. And although they have had to pay taxes ( gee, I hope they didn't think it was FREE money??! ) they still would be left with a hearty chunk of cash. Which, they should have invested. My two, okay, I was a little long winded here, four cents!

Anonymous said...

In regards to the cancellations at the church in Mission Viejo. I'm from the area (now live on the east coast) and I'm very happy to see that they won't be there, whatever the reason may be (barring any type of injury or illness to the Gosselins of course.) This ridiculous sideshow/act they're putting on at every speaking engagement has to stop, and I'm glad this church was among the first to not be a part of this circus anymore. I hope more will follow.

offendedmom said...

"I went to one of the Gosselin's speaking events and I bought a photo for $20.00 (I know, I know...this was a few months ago when I thought that they needed the money). I was so excited to see the Gosselins and I brought my camera. Of course there was the no photos rule.I thought if maybe I paid $20.00 for one of their photos they would let me take a picture of them. Boy was I wrong! When I asked Kate if I could take a picture (after handing her $20.00) she said no. I was definitely bummed. If I had to do it over again I never would have bought a photo."

Wait, you handed HER the $20? That is insane! She was collecting the cash herself? Not even disguised as an "offering" picked up by the church and then given to them? Wow, just wow.

I too have written GH and got canned response. Not surprised. I wonder if this went to print already because if it did, then the issue will come out with her in it. Hopefully subscribers will send the issue back.

DJ said...

I agree with the comments from Lonnyswife. I think sometimes that investigative reporters are afraid that if they check into this they will be hurting the kids. However, I can't see how they will be destitute just because the show is no longer on TV. They will survive like so many other families with several children. At least one of them will have to get a job and maybe they won't get to go on so many vacations or will have to do without certain brand name new clothes or a big house with a pool but somehow I think they will survive!

Anonymous said...

I too have written GH and got canned response. Not surprised. I wonder if this went to print already because if it did, then the issue will come out with her in it. Hopefully subscribers will send the issue back.


Ah, but if it does go to print
( and I'm sure it will ), we can then bombard GH with letters to the editor after the fact, and they publish a lot of responses to articles in their magazine, good and bad. I have had three letters to editors published before, one in People magazine. If you keep it short and to the point, there is a great chance of getting your letter published. That would almost be better than GH scraping the cover entirely, where the public would stay oblivious to the big Kon. But if GH published negative letters to the editor about Kate being chosen mom of the month, that will be a small victory to getting this shrew exposed for what she is. And you know she will be reading the reviews of the magazine.

Anonymous said...

Good job with the letter writing everyone! Keep writing!

I have a hard time understanding one thing ...why are people worried about how the gosselins will survive once this comes to an end? They have amassed a fortune already! Jon can't have been earning more than 60 to 70,000 per year in his government job. They are now earning that per episode!!! If you do the math of that times 50 episodes for the season plus 25,000 for each speaking engagement PLUS love offerings it would add up to a crazy amount of money well into the millions of dollars. It would already be as if Jon worked for 100years at his previous job. They are multimillionaires now for sure.

THEN consider the fact that they don't pay for anything! They have NO living expenses, NO rent, NO food bills, no education since Mady and Cara have scholarships and the tups don't go to school. Kate actually gets PAID for the clothes the family wears since she gets them for free and then resells them for top dollar! Same goes for their furniture! And 8000 square foot free house from TLC. I am sure Kate is shrewd enough to have negotiated that the house is paid for by TLC free and clear. Then add vacations and trips out the ass. They are raking it in and it's criminal.

The Gosselins will never have to pay for school or medical for their kids. This things will always be free for them. I am positive of that. After all the money amassed for the college funds, they will end up going for free in PA, community college in NC or not at all. But their mother will be (and is already) rich, and will lord it over them or cut them off.

Make no mistake, they are already wildly rich but keep collecting more and more!!!

Anonymous said...

I went to one of the Gosselin's speaking events and I bought a photo for $20.00 (I know, I know...this was a few months ago when I thought that they needed the money). I was so excited to see the Gosselins and I brought my camera. Of course there was the no photos rule.I thought if maybe I paid $20.00 for one of their photos they would let me take a picture of them. Boy was I wrong! When I asked Kate if I could take a picture (after handing her $20.00) she said no. I was definitely bummed. If I had to do it over again I never would have bought a photo."

"Wait, you handed HER the $20? That is insane! She was collecting the cash herself? Not even disguised as an "offering" picked up by the church and then given to them? Wow, just wow."

I agree! Oh, but the "love offering" was something completely separate. During the church service they passed around an offering plate that went directly to the Gosselins because it was a "love offering". People were putting money in the plate left and right for the family. After the service, we had to go across to a different building if we wanted to see the Gosselins up close. The only way you could see them up close was if you paid the $20.00 for the picture (they kept saying the kids have no college fund so they were selling pictures and putting the money towards the college fund). Seated was Jon, Kate (the kids were in the back room being watched...Maddie was out with her parents and she was complaining and Kate kept saying "eat your snack Maddie"), and then there was another guy sitting right beside them. The only way you could get a picture or get up close to them was if Kate saw you give a $20.00 bill to the man seated beside her. I'm sorry for the confusion...Kate didn't technically take the money out of my hands but she would not talk to you or give you one of their pictures if she didn't see you give the money.

Nancy said...

I wrote to GH also. It only takes a minute and doesn't have to be fancy, so why not EVERYONE WRITE!!

BeeTee said...

And this is what I sent GH:

How disappointing it was to learn that Good Housekeeping selected Kate Gosselin as Mother of the Month. There has to be so many more deserving women for this honor. Was Kate Gosselin’s background even researched? Were the sextuplets a medical miracle? Did this couple overcome great odds to have children? Has Kate Gosselin done something truly selfless or contributed to society in a meaningful way? Did Good Housekeeping talk to anyone other than the Gosselins or their PR firm? At the very least, didn’t any editorial assistants watch the Jon & Kate Plus 8 show?

This is a woman who has done nothing to earn this honor. Based on the what TLC and Kate Gosselin allows viewers to see, she a woman who has let fame, and it’s perks go to her head to create a greedy, self-centered, cold, controlling, narcisstic woman. She is not a warm, kind, hands-on mom. If the portrayal of her on her show is inaccurate, she has done nothing to stop this charade. Her claim to fame is to use her children for all the things she and her husband want…vacations, cosmetic procedures, a luxurious home, personal helpers and many other freebies she feels she is entitled by virtue of the number of children she has borne. I would hope that Good Housekeeping would want to showcase a mom worthy of admiration and is an inspiration to others. Kate Gosselin appears to be neither.

Lonnyswife said...

Anon0458 is right. If it is too late to have the article pulled from the issue/change the cover ( did anyone ever hear exactly what month she was mom of) writing a short note afterwards is a great idea. Someone also mentioned sending the issue back if you subscribe. Another good idea. At the very least perhaps one or two "anti-Kate as M-O-M" letter printed in the magazine is still a good thing. I am wondering about GWOP being able to post the article or a link perhaps when it does come out. This will prevent us all from having to buy the darn thing so as to be able to comment intelligently on what was actually written/said.
Little by little people will realize something isn't right and perhaps then things will change. Those poor kids deserve to live a kids life, the good and bad, not the free and the bad.

balletbrat said...

Holy Organic Macaroons...anonymous who went to the "engagement" and forked over $20 and K8 still said no picture?

KATE GOSSELIN, you are one freaking greedy piece of work.
Who do you think you are??? Even REAL celebrities will pose for a picture with a fan. Let me ask you this: how do you think your "reality" show exists if not for the FANS WATCHING IT ON TV?! How on God's green earth does it make sense to be rude to fans? You know, if you kissed their organic behinds instead, your charade would last waaaay longer. The joke's on YOU.

Anonymous said...

you know,if you really want to make an impact on GH, send real leters!

emails can eazily be ignored and brushed away, but the printed, signed and mailed in via the U.S. Postal Service still makes an impact!

Perhaps even moreso as it takes effort to write and mail a letter! :)

Anonymous said...

A note for KC,

There are many celebrities that do photo signing for money. They are not A list celebrities. Many of them go to conventions in Las Vegas.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

There are many celebrities that do photo signing for money. They are not A list celebrities. Many of them go to conventions in Las Vegas.


Yep. Actually nearly all situations where you're getting a signed "head shot" of an actor/writer etc. are not free (because the photos themselves cost money). I'd say $20 is about the average going rate for that kind of thing. But it's not just relegated to "B" listers, or in Kon's case the "F" list.

The place you see this sort of thing the most are Sci-Fi/Fantasy Conventions like ComicCon or Star Trek fan Conventions. At shows like that, you go through the line where all the stars are sitting and if you want a signed photo you buy it. Many celebrities though state on their sign with the price, what charity the proceeds go to (so anything over their photo cost goes to charity) and more over, I've NEVER met anyone in that situation that was anything less than kind, and would at least briefly chat with you if you stop to meet them - even if you don't buy a picture.

This is also similar to going to a book signing event at a book store; most signings you can bring a book with you to be signed, but you have to buy a copy of the book the author is there to promote from the store where they are having the signing. Again - most authors will even personalize your book, and are friendly because they know the fans are the folks who pay their rent.

If Kate is really this rude to people who are paying her twenty dollars a pop for a moment of her time, then she'll only make our job easier because people will be offended by her rude, greedy (definitely not my understanding of Christian) behavior and stop paying.

Anonymous said...

just sent out my email to GH!
Trying to do my part...

Sara said...

Don't Jon and Kate realize that the money churches fork over to them (regardless if it's $25K or just $3K) would be better spent on the churches' own communities? Don't the CHURCHES themselves realize that money could make a HUGE impact on a family that is struggling through the housing crisis, or who has a child suffering from an life-threatening illness? What about families of the soldiers who have died or been injured in the war? Maybe someone whose house burned down? What about helping out a foster family who has more kids living under one roof than the Gosselins do? The list could go on and on...schools, charities, childrens organizations, even their own church! I have no doubt that most of these places DO give to charitable causes, but I just don't see how Jon and Kate should be considered one of them.

Also, $20 for a cheap postcard picture is a lot to ask from non-celebrity/normal people. Many of these people come to watch them speak, in hopes of inspiration and to give themselves hope through their struggle of domestic life and family. They pay (sometimes with money that should be going to someone else) for a picture to have a piece of the memory to take home with them. Jon and Kate have fed off of people's need for reassurance, their need for someone else to relate to, and their need for a hero. $20 for a picture? Just a piece of paper with a name written on it? When did such a thing become a coveted item?

But I digress...maybe one day when the KON is old and gray, they will lay in bed at night in their California King-sized bed, and thoughts of their daughter standing naked in from of a camera will flash through their heads. Maybe they'll think about everyone who saw that- the camera man, the sound guy, everyone who was tuned into TLC. Maybe they'll regret that they put her in that position. Unfortunately, it will be too late. They will have taken away the last bit of privacy the child had in her own home. On television, they call that "reality". In the real world, it's called failure. Failure to do the ONE SINGLE THING us parents are really here for- to protect them.

Travis said...

I would much rather donate my $20 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I live in Memphis and they turn no one away, regardless of their ability to pay. They are also put up at Ronald McDonald House or Target House while their children receive treatment. So, those people are a lot more worthy (and appreciative) of it than KON.

Kon could really learn a lesson from this place, especially to be thankful that all of their children are healthy. It's heartbreaking to see what these parents and children go through.

Anonymous said...

I contacted the Women's Conference, among others, and gave them my opinion on having Kate at their function. They replied immediately saying that it was only for 30 minutes and they certainly were not having her there as a role model for anyone. What are they thinking? I asked them if anyone had actually watched the shows and brought up such things as the demasculation of both Jon and the boys and the sitting on potty shots and bathing shots, etc., etc.. She wrote back saying that Kate would not have a real impact on the conference because she was only on for 30 minutes. ARG!!!

Also one of the churches I contacted, happened to be of my own denomination, wrote me back immediately to say they hoped God would bless me and that Kate is coming to their church to talk about her struggles with keeping her faith among all her difficulties. Gag me with an 8 x 10 $20 photo!!!!

SouthernGal said...

Hey All, new to this site. I just found out three days ago about all of this. To know how much time I wasted watching this program!

I have a few questions. They may have been anwered already, but I didn't see them.

In the episode when they go with the twins to CA, they had an attorney come over and help them with their will. Does anyone know who that person was? Kate said, "this person is willing to take all eight".

I read that the house they are getting is free. How did people find that out?

The GH cover for mom of the month (gag!), I have been to their website and find nothing about it. Can you tell me where this info is?

In the CA show, it is the old Kate and Jon. They are staying in a normal hotel, eatting from the 'free breakfast bar' (which we do to), shows Kate shopping for groceries. Fast forward 1 1/2 years, my what a difference!

Love reading everones post. It has given me a lot of information to take to a local church that is schedule to have them come in 2009. The minister there is my old minister before he got moved to Roswell UMC. But, now he is at my mother-in-laws church. RUMC.

I told my husband last night all the info I have found out about them. After he picked his chin off the ground, he agreed I needed to go to RUMC and let them know what they are getting themselves into. I wouldn't want to be the minister when/if this all hits the fan. He will lose his credablity with the church. Esp. since their 'walk with God' has obviously changed to "show me the money'.

Sorry for the long blog. =)

J&S+2 said...

These churches that pay $25,000 for a KON appearance must be rolling in doe. My little Catholic parish couldn't afford, and I'm sure, wouldn't pay such an outrageous amount to hear someone speak...unless maybe it was the Holy Father himself, but even the Pope wouldn't expect that kind of mula! This money could be put to so much better use, instead of padding the Gosselin's already bulging pockets! I don't think I have ever witnessed such greed in my life. For a couple of so-called "Christians," these two seem to worship the almighty dollar more than anything1

cardamom said...

Re: Travis 6:40 AM
I also agree that monies could be donated to much more worthy causes such as St. Jude's or Ronald McDonald House.
My daughter needed treatment at Hershey Medical Center (where the tups were born) last year and I was able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House there. The volunteers were kind and the house was decorated for the Christmas/Hanukkah season. Volunteers even bring in home-cooked meals and baked goods to the house. I met met other families there going through some truly hard times.
I wonder if Kon had to use the house during the birth of the tups? The ice cream place that they went to for dinner in one episode is right down the street--wonder if they ever thought of donating to the RMcD house while passing by? Or, they could use their "celebrity" to promote such worthy causes.
I not saying that one charity is better than another or that the G's don't donate at all. I really don't know, after all. Everyone has the right to spend their money as they see fit. But for all their talk of giving back, it seems to be absent from their lives--at least what can be observed.

Anonymous said...

I just notcited that on sixgosselins.com that they took a lot of buissnesses down in the our favorite buisness!

Lonnyswife said...

Anon10:01 said:you know,if you really want to make an impact on GH, send real leters!
emails can eazily be ignored and brushed away, but the printed, signed and mailed in via the U.S. Postal Service still makes an impact!
Perhaps even moreso as it takes effort to write and mail a letter! :)


This was probably true in the early days of internet/email. But not so any more. Nearly everyone communicates via email or texting. Yes, some people do still write with pen and paper but magazines,publishers,hotels,tv stations, etc don't regard one more than the other. Their concern isn't HOW the comments arrive---it's that they DO arrive at all.
So, whether you are an emailer or a letter writer------do something!

K.C. said...

This is my original post:

K.C. said...
I have NEVER heard of a legitimate celebrity charging for photos and autographs. 'A list' stars occasionally take photos with fans and not ask for compensation. KON is disgusting!


Here is your reply:

Anonymous said...
Anon 10:27 said...There are many celebrities that do photo signing for money. They are not A list celebrities. Many of them go to conventions in Las Vegas.


If I may clarify my original post:

I know J&K are not even close to A-list. Kon isn't even D-list in my book. That was kind of my point...I have never heard of or seen a legitimate celebrity on the street, (Al Pacino, for instance), when asked for an autograph or photo, say "Sure, but only if you give me $20 CA$H". I've never heard of 'real' stars, (again--like Tom Hanks or Dustin Hoffman), getting together to have autograph and photo $elling conventions in Vegas. (IMO) That seems desperate.

Anonymous said...

She wrote back saying that Kate would not have a real impact on the conference because she was only on for 30 minutes. ARG!!!

You have to wonder how much Kate is being paid or what perks are being provided for her 30-minutes, "she's got no impact" appearance??

I too wrote to one of the churches and asked that they suggest that the Gosselins donate their fee to the many worth causes supported by the church. I too was told that they wouldn't think of doing that.

I seriously question if most of these venues have actually seen the show and not just the promotional material that has been sent to them by the Gosselins or the PR firm. I do believe that once the real story of these parents is widely known, there will be many embarrassed persons of faith who sincerely thought that they were hiring honorable people -- and were deceived.

But I will say, that I am disappointed that so many people won't take the time to investigate on their own. I've organized lectures at my own house of worship and certainly take the time to simply run a "google" search on every speaker -- and if I saw this kind of material, I'd at least think twice and investigate some more!

Anonymous said...

"Gag me with an 8 x 10 $20 photo!!!!"

8x10? My $20.00 photo was a 5x7!!

FIONA said...

Anonymous said...
She wrote back saying that Kate would not have a real impact on the conference because she was only on for 30 minutes. ARG!!!

You have to wonder how much Kate is being paid or what perks are being provided for her 30-minutes, "she's got no impact" appearance??

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I got the same kind of response. Why have a speaker if they have nothing to offer...ie, "No Impact".

Seems like the Women of Purpose, have no purpose.

pokie said...

"Gag me with an 8 x 10 $20 photo!!!!"

8x10? My $20.00 photo was a 5x7!!
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8) Thanks for the laugh! GWOP has the funniest posters.

This may have been answered before but I have to ask, are the photos they sell at these events unique or are they ones we've seen on their website, shows, youtube, etc.

Barbara in VA said...

I was the anon who posted above about the 8 x 10 photo...guess I should've known that an 8 x 10 would go for more than a mere 20 bucks.

But in answer to a question above, I did ask these churches and orgs if they had ever, in fact, seen the programs or if they were just somehow responding to marketing. Got absolutely no response from anyone on that, which I thought was a little bit odd. I told the Women's Conference -- shame on you -- this is who you pick to have a part in your conference above all others in the country or the world? You just aren't trying.

Anonymous said...

Hi pokie!
My 5x7 photo was of all the pictures we see in the beginning of their show. I think there was one "new" one but it was still a picture from that same photo shoot. The photo contains nothing you haven't seen before. : )

Anonymous said...

"She wrote back saying that Kate would not have a real impact on the conference because she was only on for 30 minutes. ARG!!!"

What bothers me the most in the impact these speaking engagements have on Kate's EGO. Whether she had an impact on the audience is up for them to decide, however, IMO in Kate's own mind, the mere presence of her being there impacted her on going sense of entitlement.

Anonymous said...

Ack, I emailed Good Housekeeping too. Thanks for the warning as I was going to give a subscription to my daughter for her birthday as part of her gift since she is now a young mom herself. Any one know if Women's Day is Kate free? I found these magazines helpful for meal planning and such when my children were younger but I certainly don't want her to get the idea I endorse the Gosselin life style.
I also had to roll my eyes when looking at their archived web site and one of the first sentences from Kate is I continue to try to keep life organized while thinking for ten! Of course she has to think for Jon otherwise he doesn't agree that having more kids is wise when the world is made for two. So she had to confiscate his brain along with his testicles. Nice.

Anonymous said...

Weeks ago, I looked up that Cornerstone Christian Church, which they will visit in September. A link led me to the pastor's blog.
I left him TWO polite messages regarding this visit of Kon.
Both were deleted shortly after. I left one first, and after it was deleted, and someone else wrote in, I again tried. That's why I wrote two in all. I was polite and he obviously didn't want anyone to start questioning.
If you look up that church's info, botht he pastor and children's pastor are quite young.
They will learn in time, I guess.
Don't want to change plans and risk standing for Godliness, I guess. I think the pastor OWES his parishioners that. Imagine taking a love offering from hard-working people to give to millionaires. That's where he should wake up, do some research and acknowledge what is really happening. His congregation would thank him for it.
Oh well....I tried.

Barbara in VA said...

I agree with the outrage at the unmitigated bloody nerve of these two to go into churches and ask people to pass the plate and just give them money, their so-called love offering. Give me a break! Don't any of those parishoners watch the program and see how these people live in comparison to their own lives? The ministers just have to be clueless to allow this in their churches. Can't believe there isn't at least one individual in each church with enough gray material working to say no way, not in my church, not sucking the last few spare cents out of my friends here. I can tell you that if I find out any church in my area plans on "hosting" these two I will be trying to make a personal appointment to speak to the pastor of that church.

Anonymous said...

K.C. said:
I've never heard of 'real' stars, (again--like Tom Hanks or Dustin Hoffman), getting together to have autograph and photo $elling conventions in Vegas. (IMO) That seems desperate.


Why are you comparing them to what's "normal" for stars like Tom Hanks and Dustin Hoffman? J&K are nowhere near that league.

However, it is common for lesser celebrities to appear at convention events and charge for autographs. The charge is sometimes added to the ticket price. A quick Google search came up with a sports autograph convention, for example, where some of the athletes were charging considerably more than $20.

Just because I would have to pay for Kate Mulgrew's autograph at a Star Trek convention doesn't mean she wouldn't sign something for free if I met her on the street. But if I ever ran into Kate Gosselin and her kids on the street, I would leave the woman alone.

K.C. said...

Why are you comparing them to what's "normal" for stars like Tom Hanks and Dustin Hoffman? J&K are nowhere near that league.

My point was exactly that. J&K are nobodies. They have no real accomplishments. IMO they've achieved nothing. If 'real' stars don't charge for something that is truly valuable, (on ebay, etc.), then why would these clowns expect anyone to waste money on their signatures or photo. IMO Jon or Kate's autographed photo is less valueable than toilet paper. Kon have a false sense of celebrity.

K.C. said...

Sorry, that was a typo. I meant valuable.

Moons in Leo said...

I can't find any link on the Gosselin website to their upcoming speaking engagements.

Anybody know where it went?

I saw on your site that they are scheduled for Morristown Memorial Hospital on September 21, 2008, but can't find any reference to it on MMH's website.

Just wondering where this speaking engagement info is coming from.

Anonymous said...

I almost threw up when I saw the first engagement site said "be prepared to give a love offering for the Gosselins." YUCK! These people think that they're money is going to a good cause?! A LOVE offering?! Give me a break! How much do J&K get paid to do this t.v. show and are they seriously not tucking any of that money away for 8 kids in college? I wanna slap Kate Gosselin in the face. Get OVER it! I have a 2 year old and a 10 month old and can't provide for their college right now either. It's called SAVING your money instead of expecting society and television networks to hand you college funds. Get a grip, J&K.

beachluvin said...

Very interesting.....check this out, it looks like Dr Phil and the Gosselins will be speaking on the same weekend in Orlando.

Anonymous said...

Why would these people be asked to speak about anything? They are so disfunctional, it's not even funny.

I get nauseous watching this show.

Anonymous said...

Weeks ago, I looked up that Cornerstone Christian Church, which they will visit in September. A link led me to the pastor's blog.
I left him TWO polite messages regarding this visit of Kon.
Both were deleted shortly after. I left one first, and after it was deleted, and someone else wrote in, I again tried. That's why I wrote two in all. I was polite and he obviously didn't want anyone to start questioning.
If you look up that church's info, botht he pastor and children's pastor are quite young.
They will learn in time, I guess.
Don't want to change plans and risk standing for Godliness, I guess. I think the pastor OWES his parishioners that. Imagine taking a love offering from hard-working people to give to millionaires. That's where he should wake up, do some research and acknowledge what is really happening. His congregation would thank him for it.
Oh well....I tried.


I thought this ocurred weeks ago - did they appear at Cornerstone twice?

Carol said...

I was just wondering, is there a link somewhere that will show the Gosselins prior speaking engagements? I believe that the first one was the one aired in November, 2006, that they had done for their television show during season 1. I'm curious to know how many speakign engagements that they have done to date. Also, I do wonder who watches the kids when they go away for a weekend. Surely it's not just Jenny, their nanny. Maybe they still have some ties to a few of their earlier "family helpers" from their current and prior church that we don't know about?

Anonymous said...

Are we sure they were at Morristown Hospital today? My cousin lives in their little development and I was by there today. Both their cars were there. There were 2 other cars there also with Maryland license plates. I would think they would drive to this engagement, since it's only about a 2.5 hour drive to Morristown, New Jersey? Unless they had their own transportation of course.

Anonymous said...

yes they were at morristown. and they spent 45 minutes answering questions

Anonymous said...

How is it possible with such a jammed speaking schedule, that they ever attend their home church?
I don't think that they ever go now.
But they claimm that they do.