Aunt Jodi's Video

Many of our readers are aware that "Aunt Jodi" from the show Jon and Kate Plus Eight was discussed on this blog back in June in this entry. We've also made reference to the blog maintained by Jodi's sister (Julie), giving the background to some of the issues involving Jodi and her husband Kevin.

Please take a moment to visit Julie's blog and view this video, where Jodi herself makes a brief statement.

October 28 - The link will no longer work as Julie has removed the video from her blog.

Julie has endured being called a liar and accused of many things that are not true by people who simply couldn't accept that Jon and Kate were capable of the things that Julie revealed; we commend her for being willing to continue to work with GWoP in spite of all that. We appreciate both Julie's and Jodi's candor and have nothing but great respect and admiration for both of them.

160 comments:

Sami said...

I LOVE Aunt Jodi and think its a shame that Kon has been so mean and rude to her. Any child would be very lucky to have someone like AJ in his/her life.

As a side note - Jodi is NATURALLY gorgeous both inside and out!!!

NewMom08 said...

Jodi and Julie,
Thank you for being brave enough to continue on with your blog and now to post a video, hopefully those who refuse to believe may now see Jodi's endorsement and gain greater understanding.
Please remember Jodi, that you have much support and prayers and that you are thought of.
Thanks again!

AmandaT said...

I realize that so many people have questioned Julie's motives. And yet, I also have a sister. Because of that, I have not doubted Julie for a moment, because I know the lengths I would go to for my own sister. It stinks to bear the brunt of the hostility when you are only trying to protect a loved one, but Julie, what you do makes a difference.
Jodi is such a sweet person, I am glad that she is getting support and encouragement.
While it is a situation that allows for personal growth and learning, it is not something that anyone wants to go through. Julie and Jody have handled it with grace and honesty, and that is to be commended.

Sue said...

We Love You Jodi!!!!!!!

Barbara said...

Thank you Jodi for letting us see your beautiful face again. I have missed you and your calming influence in the kids lives. So sorry to see you so hurt by all this. I can't even imagine what you have been through. And thank you, Julie for caring so much for your sister and sharing with us what you have.

sabrinasmom said...

Unfortunately, there are those who will fault Jodi for speaking out and for allowing Julie to "air her dirty laundry".

I find it funny that those who are quick to find fault with what Jodi and Julie have "done" have no issue with Jon and Kate and all of their "untruths".

tpk said...

I'm touched by the obvious love between Julie and Jodi. This is what family should be.

Serena said...

Seeing Jodi again after so much time has passed since seeing her with the Gosselin children was bittersweet.

It made me realize how her presence on the show was like a calm little oasis; how parched we have become in her absence.

hellokitty said...

Jodi & Julie,
Thank you for coming forward and being so honest about your experiences with the family. It takes a lot of courage, and I commend you both for handling everything with such grace.

Sarah H. said...

I'm sorry Jodi got sucked up into the whole mess surrounding the Gosslins. She was great with those kids and I'm sure they miss her.
Good for her standing up for both her reputation and her sister.

Lonnyswife said...

Well spoken Jodi! A shame you had to take time away from your vacay and family to address the situation. I, for one, just want to say I miss seeing your sweet and tender interactions with the tups as well as your own kids. Chin up girl. Life is a series of ups and downs and hopefully we learn something from the downs so that the ups have even greater meaning.

Anonymous said...

Jodi and Julie.....you guys are fantastic. Why anyone would want to shut out someone as wonderful as you is beyond me. Please stay strong and know that we are on your side.

tmc said...

What a true class act! This proves to me that Jodi is a wonderful and caring person. When it's all over and the show ended, it's Jon and Kate that be blamed for taking away such a wonderful person from their children's lives. But in the end, Jodi will be the one on top with a healthy and happy family. I wish her, Kevin and their family the best of wishes always.

Renee said...

Wow, Julie really is the class act we see and love on TV (plus she's absolutely stunning). I'm really proud of both of them for standing up to what the Gosselins are doing to both the public and their children.

Anonymous said...

Jodi is such a kind person. You can just hear the hurt in her voice. No one is going to love those kids like she does. The interaction between the kids and Jenny is not at all warm and loving like Jodi was with the kids. I hope that Jodi and Kevin and the rest of their family can heal from the wrath of Kate. I really and truely hope some major media picks up this side of Kate soon so that this show will end and the kids can try and have some sense of normal life.

Anonymous said...

You go, girls! At least someone in the extended Gosselin family shows family love and devotion. Jodi, one day the kids will open their eyes and realize what their mother has done to someone who truly loves them and even though you may not be able to see them often as you would like or at all, please know that one day Kate will be begging you and Kevin to be a part of their lives. Meanwhile, please enjoy this last week of vacation with your beautiful family.

Steph said...

Jodi,
I hurt for you and the Gosselin kids, especially the twins. They have suffered so many losses in their short lives. I can only hope that once the cameras are gone and they are alone in a new state, they come to their senses for the sake of the kids.

onlythrugrace1 said...

WOW! I believed Julie all along-- but seeing Aunt Jodi, in the flesh, actually confirming Julie's accounts almost took my breath away. I have so much respect for Jodi and always loved watching her interact with the tups...her love and tenderness towards them made me so happy she was in their lives. Now that she is confirming everything in Julie's blog, I am truly heartsick for those kids. We can only hope (and for those of us who believe in it..pray) that Jon and Kate will see the error of their ways and start putting their kids' best interests first and foremost. I truly hope someday their family can reunite. Thank you Jodi for having the courage to allow yourself to be videotaped and posted on your sister's blog. And thank you Julie for bringing us the truth!

amandarella82 said...

Oh man, this is pure torture! The sound on my computer is not working for some strange reason. I wish I knew what she said. Nonetheless, it makes me sad to see her knowing that those children are being kept away from such a loving person. Just wish I could hear her! We love you aunt Jodi!

TeamJodi said...

I can't imagine what it must be like for Jodi and Kevin to leave just a few blocks away from their nieces and nephews and never be able to see them. Their kids probably ask why they can't go play too :(

LeeAnn said...

Wow, I don't normally post, but this video surprised me. This thing (Jon and Kate) has just snowballed. I can't imagine what is to come. I am also feeling sad for Kevin. He is, afterall, Kate's brother, and he is losing his sister. I just can't stand that families have to go through such things. I hope it will eventually be resolved. I really do not understand the whole story, I just see the hurt in Jodi's eyes......

Anonymous said...

Jodi~
You ROCK! You are such a beautiful,caring and classy woman. I would be honored to have you be an aunt to my children. Kevin is one lucky man to have such a wonderful wife and mother to his children.

The tups are missing out on one of the many TRUE blessings in their life....you and your family. I pray that one day soon again, your love for them will soon reach them in ways that KON fails to do on a daily basis.

Shame on you, Kon, for alienating such a wonderful,positive and loving person from touching and influencing your childrens'lives. Your example of parenting leaves much to be desired and only by the grace of God (at this point) will that ever change. There is a difference between blessings and materialism. You are blind to the definitions.

Anonymous said...

To Jodi and Julie- More people than you could ever know love you and are praying for you! The truth always wins out!

Anonymous said...

Kate is always talking about "family"..."just the ten of us"; "someday the kids will be calling for recipes"; "Christmas traditions", yet her actions show just how much she really values family! What loving sister would deny her "potty emptying" brother the opportunity to be paid $$$, for emptying those pots??? The rumor is that they are moving to S.C. Obviously, Jodi isn't going with them. Couldn't Kate just "put up" with the show paying Jodi for a short time til they moved and thus saved the relationship...at least Jodi "not being involved in the kids' day-to-day lives" would have been peaceful and not traumatic for them. Ditto with family friend, Beth...whose daughter, Taliah, is/was supposed to be Mady and Cara's BFF. The message Kate is sending to her kids is essentially this..."If you cross me in any way, I will write you off in a heartbeat. You're outta here". I often wonder if Jon "obeys" so Kate will "let him stay". Whatever way we look at it, it is one of those family tragedies that seldom get fixed.

Anonymous said...

God Bless You, Jodi. There are so many of us who really care and admire you, and miss seeing you on the show. I hope your family is well and continue to hang in there.

Anonymous said...

Julie,
Thank you!

Jodi,
Hugs! Hang in there and enjoy your vacation.

Anonymous said...

Forgive me for saying it this way, but Julie and Jodi, you are two of the most courageous gals I have ever seen! You rock!!
Bless you both and hang in there.

Misty said...

Holy Goodness!! That is so great Jodi came to her sister's rescue to validate everything. Now I want to re-read the whole blog with a clearer eye knowing it is all TRUE. I think the doors are going to come off this sham soon with someone finally speaking out, speaking the truth. Jon and Kate are hanging their heads in shame now, knowing that the truth is going to come out. I suspect some sort of major Jodi damage control coming very soon!

Anonymous said...

Jodi, you are amazing and your absence has been felt! We miss you and are rooting for you!!

Julie, YOU are what family is all about!

Anonymous said...

Jodi, I enjoyed watching you on the J&K show. I'm sorry to hear you are going through such a hard time. I hope peace comes back into your life very soon.

Anonymous said...

I never doubted the truth of Julie's blog but am so glad Jodi spoke out so that maybe some of the 'sheeple' will come to realize that what she is writing IS true...

J.S. said...

Well--I guess that shoots down the theory that Julie's blog may not be factual...and whether Julie and Jodi actually said this and that.
Thank you Jodi for just being you. We, here on the internet are in the thousands who are supportive of you. It was hard to see that you are struggling at times, as your voice cracked a little as you spoke. We KNOW you are sincere. God bless you, Jodi. We never doubted you for a moment. Just keep your family in mind...remember to turn the other cheek. After much prayer, you will find that things will turn around, I believe.
You were a bright spot on that show.

Anonymous said...

Jodi, you are the better person! You will come through this adversity stronger, wiser and Blessed!

Anonymous said...

Aunt Jodi is awesome. Kevin is awesome. Kate will never realize what she has done to her poor kids, regarding family relations nor her childrens welfare. So sad.

Mimi said...

I want to express my appreciation and support to both Jodi and Julie for all they have done to get the truth out. I know how difficult that must have been for both of them (especially Jodi). YOU ROCK!!

JKaz said...

Along with all the rotten images I have in my head from this show, I also have one very sweet one that makes me tear up when I think of it - Aunt Jodi gently picking up a very sick little Joel and him resting his head on her shoulder. It just speaks volumes.

Jodi, please take some solace in the fact that someday these kids will know - and they will come back to your life. Thank you in advance for waiting for them.

Lonnyswife said...

I just want to say one thing about family drama. To paraphrase Dr. Oz ( that doc on Oprah ) Stress will kill you.
Family drama like this is sad and in many cases heart breaking. I am in a similar situation. Although I can't help but think about these people, not having the constant drama in my life is life-altering for the good. I finally made peace with it by asking myself if these were people I had met socially, say at a cocktail party or ??, would they be people I would want in my close circle of friends? And the answer was a resounding NO. I have friends who are more giving and less judgemental than I do family. That is not to say I don't have any family in my life. I had an epiphany shortly before turning 50 a couple years ago. My mom had just passed away prior to that and I made a decision to take my watch off and never put it on again. Because after all, what is the big deal about time? If I need to be anywhere I have my cell phone, the microwave, the tv, the coffeemaker, the clock in the car, etc. All telling me what time it is. Actual time isn't as important as what you do with it. And so it went with certain family members who were making my life miserable. I held on thinking that it's family for crying out loud, get over it. But their behavior was totally unacceptable and certainly not necessary in my life. My mother hadn't quite turned 72, her birthday was/is just 4 days after mine. All I could think about was did I want to spend the next however many years, hopefully more than 12, striving for something that would forever be out of my reach. The answer again was NO. I know it's hard with the little ones involved but we can hope that as time goes by and they grow up, move out and see what else really goes on in the world, they will come around and seek out a relationship with their aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins. Hope is a good thing to have. Stress isn't. Jodi, just know that you gave those kids something they aren't used to getting and whether they actually remember or not there will forever be documentation of it that they will see. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to come to the conclusion: Mom shut me in the laundry room on the floor when I was sick and Aunt Jodi held me and rubbed my back.
My two cents!

Kristee said...

Jodi~~

You are the sweetest! I have a sister and I knew that Julie's blog was real from the start. I would go to hell and back for my sister, just like yours would for you. Please know that we are all pulling for you and Kevin, and Julie too. Any child would be lucky to have you in their lives...I too remember the love you showed Joel while he was so sick. I knew right then and there that Jon $ Kate were only doing this to benefit themselves, how could they have left their babies?

All I can do to help you is send love and say thank you. I've stopped watching the show after last week's shots of the boy's bottoms and the letter to BK. Something more needs to be done by everyone...but what?

Love to all of you!! Kristee

LAP said...

Julie & Jodi - Many prayers to you both and THANK YOU for getting the truth out there. You both are truly amazing people and true class acts.

nikki said...

I have goosebumps.

I can't think Julie enough for bringing all of this to light, and confirming what some of us were feeling from the beginning. Jodi's video showed her class, as well as her heart, and I will continue to keep her in my prayers.
Seeing two sisters standing up for each other the way they have is heartwarming.

Kudos to you both Jodi and Julie, people like you are few and far between.

K.C. said...

Yes! Julie and Jodi, you are the epitome of loving, supportive sisters. You are both very blessed to have eachother. Like many other posters, I did not doubt the validity of your blog. I have gone out of my way to spread the word to anyone who will listen. Even though I don't know either of you personally, I find it frustrating when others doubt you or insult your integrity. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to you. Your strength and courage is commendable. It's obvious that you are going through a terribly difficult time in your life. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to do the right thing. Just remember...You are both beautiful, loving, kind, sincere, intelligent, strong and courageous--and you have even more support than you realize.

Thank you for speaking out.

iluveeyore said...

I don't have a sister. I'm so jealous ;) You are so lucky to have each other.

Bless you both.

Please, please do NOT be intimidated. I'm afraid J/K will attempt to intimidate you. The truth is the truth. You have absolutely nothing to fear.

Thank you again for your candor.

bk said...

This is tragic. There's no other word to describe it. It's tragic that Jodi and Julie (and many of us who speak out) have been targeted because they tell the truth. Here's this beautiful woman, inside and out, who has been deeply wronged and violated. She's given nothing but love and support. Jodi is a class act. Therefore, it's a tragedy that the Gosselin's are denying their children such a wonderful role model.
More than that, the children lost an advocate. They lost the one person who snuggled them in their illness (as opposed to dumping them on the laundry room floor or condoning a van disimpaction or pushing a sick child away because they were sweaty and crying). They lost someone who understood that childhood was a time for expression and discovery - no matter how dirty or how many times the boys wore a girl's hat during dress-up.
I also feel for Kevin. I've tried to imagine how it would feel to see a sibling do the things Kate has done. How do you sit by and watch your sister choose money over your niece's or nephew's privacy? And, perhaps the most difficult thing: watching your wife get the shaft for being a genuinely loving person.

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, well, this seals the deal for me. I will admit, I had my doubts about Julie, but now, well the writing is on the wall as far as Kon is concerned. What goes around, comes around in this world, rest assured. I am somewhat speechless...Jodi, you have the courage of a tiger, hats off to you! I admire your spirit and integrity. The good & love in you is so plain to see. I am just not sure how Kon sleeps at night. They are a tag team wrecking machine.

Sad said...

Thank you Jodi and Julie! Thank you.
The truth really does set us all free from the "untruths" the Gosslins so want us to believe.
Jodi I can't begin to tell you how much you added to the show. You added grace, kindness, gentleness, unconditional love, and so much more.
Jodi to us, the viewers, you were much more than a babysitter/Aunt. You were the balance those sweet babies needed.
Bless you both.

ThreeFarmers said...

I wish I had an Aunt Jodi.

You seem so genuinely warm and kind. You and your sister, Julie, are very brave for speaking the truth.

You're in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

Ooh, snap! I thought it was true all along, but Jodi I applaud you for standing up for those children. Somebody has to. Please enjoy the rest of your vacation with your family.

I so miss seeing you on the show and I also have an aversion to vomit. ; )

Ravello said...

Words are inadequate to express how much I admire both of you for your courage.

Jodi, thank you so much for all you did for the sweet Gosselin children. What a loss it is that you are no longer in their lives.

Julie, thank you for all you have done to share the truths with us.

Kevin, you married a beautiful loving woman and you have wonderful children.

And Thank God for sisters, I am blessed to have a wonderful one as well.

Cal said...

I don't know Jodi or anyone related to the Gosselins, but just from what I saw on the show, I really liked Jodi. She seemed sweet and it seemed like she really loved the kids. I am very blessed to have such a close family and I could not even begin to imagine how I would feel if someone in our family suddenly cut me out of their lives, much less over something as petty as money. I would be devastated. Jodi is handling this whole thing with such class. I'm just sorry for her that this happened and she now will no longer have a relationship with the Gosselin kids. That's not something I would wish on anyone.

Anonymous said...

I am really happy that Jodi decided to make an appearance. I am glad that the truth is coming out so that people understand the way Kate is. I watch the show just so I can see the children and see how they are growing up so quickly! Thank you Jodi and Julie for being so brave through this hard time.

Anonymous said...

Julie, thank you for having the courage to speak out on behalf of your sister and support her through this ordeal.

Jodi, thank you for coming forward. Thank you even more for the stability and love you provided to Mady, Car, Alexis, Hannah, Leah, Aaden, Joel and Collin. Your presence in their lives will be a huge loss to them. Your presence on the show will be felt by all who admired you.

Polly said...

I only have my blessings and thanks to add as well. I almost cried when Jodi's voice cracked. She showed those children true love and it's a lose for her but a much worse one for those innocent babies. And Julie is a wonderful sister. Everyone should have a sister like Julie. Poor Kevin to be stuck in the middle and to see how his wife has a fine sister who loves and supports her while his sister discards family and friends without a second thought.
Sad situation but an inspirational story of family love too in a way. I hope Jodi and all her family's days may be filled with love from here on out, I think letting the truth out will allow healing to begin.

Anonymous said...

Jodi, you are truly a brave and loving person. For many months now on this blog, many of us have said to ourselves and each other that the only way to begin to end the horrible situation those kids are in would be if a family member came forward. You have done that and more. We know how much you care and love those kids. Thank you for coming forward and speaking out in this public way. Someday those kids will come to you and share their wonderful memories of you with you. You and Julie are wonderful and kind people. I wish you and Julie and your families all the best.

Anonymous said...

Well, the ball is in Kate's court. After viewing the video (don't doubt she hasn't already seen it), she clearly can see how upset Jodi is and how hurt she is. If Kate lives the christian life as she professes at her speaking engagements and in her upcoming book, she should reach out to Jodi. Kate is responsible for Jodi not being in her children's lives. As others have said, Jon and Kate have chosen the high road by choosing not to speak. The high road would be to reach out to Jodi and set things right. Let's see what happens, honestly I doubt anything will.

Liz said...

When I heard how Kate had treated Jodi I was angry so I can imagine how her sister felt. I am glad someone finally called Kate on all her BS. If Jon had half a brain he would tell Kate to cool it. But he never will because I think she keeps his ball in her purse.

Anonymous said...

My hope amongst all this is that all of those cousins find their way back to each other. Yes, Jodi was a beautiful and much-needed presence in the Gosselin kids' lives, but it's heartbeaking to think that all of those amazing kids are being completely shut out from their dear friends and cousins. I'm sure that both the Gosselin kids and Jodi and Kevin's kids are missing each other like crazy and are very confused.

I wish many blessings to all involved!

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, I can say that I have met many people like J$K. They wear their "christianity" on their sleeves when it suits their purposes. True Christians don't treat people like dogs, treat friends and family like yesterday's garbage. treat fans who just want to say hello like they have the plague. They have a lot to learn about people and the way the world works. And it's fractures like this to their puffed-up TV image which will start the inevitable decline of the J$K dynasty. Sad thing is when it all falls apart, who will they have left to support them. Everyone has been driven away.

LFWH said...

Jodi, all my best to you and your family. You and your sister are brave people and I admire your courage to speak out and let the truth be told. You have a lot to be proud of and you are an inspiration to your family.

balletbrat said...

Aunt Jodi, You Rock!!!!

IMHO said...

I never once doubted Julie, not once. I read in other blogs how she was a "liar", but I never doubted you Julie! I wondered where Jodi stood in all this (like, was she wishing you never posted the blog? Is Kevin asking that she stay out of it?). I'm relieved that it appears not to be the case. Perhaps to most of the world, this whole thing is silly, but to those who let the Gosselin family et al into their hearts, this was something we needed! We needed to witness Julie be your advocate, and we needed to see YOU! You have either other's backs, that's for sure! I LOVED seeing you on the show Jodi! I still think about how you let Joel (?) constantly fill your "coffee" over and over again - something we know would never happen at home! Maybe through your loving example, J&K will see how they are ruining their family.

Anonymous said...

Jodi,

I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed watching you interact with all of your neices and nephews, as well as your own children! It was very clear how much they not only respected you, but also how dearly they loved you. I can't tell you how many times, after watching you on the show, I wished that my two children could have such a wonderful aunt in their lives. I think it takes great strength for you and Julie to stand up and speak the truth. This truly shows what a wonderful person you are!

Mary Berry said...

When the kids are older and watch the videos of their "memories", they'll see how much their Aunt Jodi loved them and how cruel and vicious their own mother was to them. No way will they believe a crap story that Jon and Kate will tell them about their Uncle Kevin and Aunt Jodi abandoning them. They'll know how much Jodi loved/loves them.

Good for you Jodi and Julie for speaking out. You're doing a noble thing.

Anonymous said...

People with good common sense would be able to figure this out. It stands to reason that there must be a whole lot of truth to this as J&K's sense of entitlement has grown enormously since they started the show. And having read some of the stuff back from 2005 about how the people of PA were already sick of them and their whining...

seashell said...

Awwww, how I've missed Aunt Jodi. I can only imagine how the Gosselin kids are feeling.

Jodi and Julie, you're both very special people. I think you are both brave and compassionate women who know the true meaning of family.

This world needs more Aunt Jodies. She is truly a kind soul.

Anonymous said...

I've watched the show from the beginning and wanted to believe that some of the nasty stuff wasn't true, but it's nearly impossible to watch and not see it. I've been a huge fan of Aunt Jodi's for a long time - she's so sweet and gentle. I've read Julie's blog and never doubted her words and while I'm heartbroken to KNOW that it's true I'm even more heartbroken for Jodi.

Jodi, know that we've watched you and can easily see the love you have for the kids and I really hope that you, Kevin and the kids can somehow maintain a relationship with them - Lord knows you guys are the only good influences they have.

:( Huge hugs to you.

And thank you, Julie, for being Jodi's advocate when she couldn't.

Suzanne said...

I had no reason to doubt Julie's blog. There was too much detail for it to be anything but the truth.

My heart goes out to Jodi. She seems to be a beautiful person on the inside, going above and beyond, time and time again, because she LOVED those kids.

I watched that video and just wanted to give her a hug. That's a hurt you just can't take away. Further proof that Kate doesn't care about anyone but Kate.

Julie, Jodi, thank you for sharing what has to be so painful to repeat.

Carolina said...

Thank you, Jodi and Julie, for being so honest. It's quite refreshing! I am glad to see two sisters supporting each other through a difficult time, and I truly believe that things will work out for the best. I know how bad it feels to lose family and friends, but I also know that sometimes, you just can't save everyone from themselves.

I'm not here to judge the Gosselins, but maybe if they see this, they will realize just how big their mistakes are getting to be.

mswestern said...

Jodi is a class act.

Sera said...

Julie and Jodi - thank you for that video. I got a few tears in my eyes watching that video because it reminds me of my mother and how she is estranged from her brother and sister because of their "Kate-like" antics. And even as an adult child, it is painful and difficult for me to deal with the absense of my aunt and uncle and my cousins in my life.

I sympathize greatly with what you are going through, Jodi, and wish you nothing but the best in the future. Anyone would be lucky to have someone as kind, loving and supportive as you in their family, and hopefully the Gosselins will realise the error of their ways before it's too late.

nanasez said...

This makes me so sad for Jodi. She's apparently given so much of her time and her heart to her nieces and nephews, out of love for them. I'm sure that the folks at Figure 8 thought they were doing something nice for Jodi by wanting to pay her something for all the time she was spending caring for the Gosselin children. Why not? The production company has the funds, and who couldn't use a few extra bucks these days. Right? Who could have foreseen that their attempt to be fair to her would, in the end (and thanks to Kate's issues), cost Jodi the relationships she's forged for years with those little ones.

How petty, selfish, and short-sighted of Kate to cut a beloved family member out of her children's lives in favor of paying some production assistant who can't possibly love them as much as their aunt does. For someone who talks the talk about how important family is to her, Kate's actions sure don't reflect what she claims to believe. In the end, the children are the ones to lose out...and I'd bet that's what hurts Jodi most of all.

Anonymous said...

Man the comments on this blog are so nice to read than the other IMB board. Wow stick up for people other than the Gosselins and you get hammered. It is nuts!!Anyways! I think Jodi's clip was merely standig up for herself. There was nothing mean about it. I no longer feel like watching this show any more. I think The Gosselin family has let fortune and fame take over. It isno longer a joy to watch . the only thing that is a joy to watch is the sweet inoccent children whohave no clue what goes on around them.
"Money is the root of all evil" So true isn't it ?

Bohemianmoon said...

The epitome of courage!

A class act all the way:)

THANK YOU!

ThreeFarmers said...

The reason I consider Jodie and Julie brave is because family can put a lot of pressure on you. When you speak out about members of your own family, sometimes home isn't a friendly place to be.

We really don't know how much pressure, if any, Jodie and Julie are getting from the family. Everyone might be really supportive, then there are others who may not be. We really don't know. I think it was brave for them to take the risk.

Judy said...

I wanted to add something else. I've noticed a few people saying that there has been Aunt Jodi bashing on other sites.
The only people who could bash Aunt Jodi are the same people who would send hate mail to Santa and the Easter Bunny!!
We love you, Aunt Jodi!

Anonymous said...

No doubt the same ones that demanded proof of Jodi's support will be the ones finding so much fault with exactly what they begged and pleaded for.

Who cares?

Truth is on Julie and Jodi's side. I'd seen more than enough before I ever even knew Julie existed to know what I was seeing with my own eyes and hearing with my own ears. They just confirmed my own good intuition.

I remember when I was told there was no Santa Claus. I was sad and wanted to run and hide and not believe it too because it was a happy, joyful fantasy for me. And then I went through the phase where I was a little ticked I had been tricked all those years. But eventually I had to face the facts and reality. Sometimes it's not easy to put on big girl panties and just deal, but in the end you'll be glad you did.

K.C. said...

I looked around a bit after reading the above comment about people posting negative things on other sites. I really didn't much. Maybe I just don't know where to look but I did go to a 'J&K+8 fan site'. Most people are writing things like, "WOW! I'm glad Jodi did that", "I will no longer look at J&K the same", "I'm sad this is true because I'll miss watching the kids" and "I just can't watch anymore". Yes, there were a few typical comments like 'I don't care about that stuff, I'll still watch the show" or "I watch my nieces, nephew, etc. all the time and don't get paid, so what's the big deal?". Over all it appears to be well received. The positive comments are by far the majority. Thank you again Julie & Jodi!

Anonymous said...

Aunt Jodi,
You're awesome! I'm glad you finally spoke out. You are (were) the only positive influence in your nieces and nephews lives. Shame on Kate for taking that away from them. She continues to take away from them, a normal childhood, their dignity, their privacy. This is a classic case of money is the root of all evil.

I hope to hear more from you in the future. I'm sorry you're hurting. You're so kind and loving to to the tups and twins, you don't deserve the shoddy treatment you've received from Kon.
Lorna

Anonymous said...

That seals the deal for me.....I will never watch "Jon and Kate + 8" again.

BK said...

...and so the walls come tumbling down. Since Jodi and Julie's video, I've been watching the normally "pro-Kon" forums (I have a summer cold,...so, yes, I have nothing better to do! HA!). Just forty-eight hours ago, you could read hundreds of posts supporting Kon and blustering about jealous motives for negative posters. Today, that has all but stopped and it's all do to the courage of one woman: Jodi.

What Jodi did *was* very brave. Some object to that statement, so I want to explain why I think the word "brave" is perfect for her behavior. Jodi was in the "circle of trust" (to borrow a great movie quote)! She was right there with the Gosselin's in raising those children. Kate, in a statement I'm sure she regrets, said that they couldn't live without her. That, in fact, the kids "loved her" and enjoyed being with her. Jodi was not a random volunteer who put in a few days - she was a care giver and family. She, unlike the rest of us, had a connection with each and every one of those babies. In truth, I honestly believe she knew them more than Kate and Jon. She certainly accepted them and treated them better than I've seen from Kon. So, coming out as she has meant facing a loss that the rest of us, likely, can't fathom. If Kate was annoyed with her before, then I'm willing to bet she's crazy with anger now. Jodi has confirmed, with three words (...it is true), what the world could only (truly) specualte on. She has all the puzzle pieces and she's talking! That thought must scare Kate to death! I'm sure that there's some intense emotions in the Circle of Trust (which, is more like a "line of trust" since a circle requires more than two points). But, back to bravery - Jodi is brave because doing the right thing can be hard when it means potentially losing someone you love. In this case, she's lost eight someones!! She (Jodi) may feel like she lost ten (I wouldn't count Jon and Kate, but Jodi likely loved (and still loves) them). THAT takes bravery. To speak out when the potential for long term loss is so great takes guts.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Jodi did the right thing. If you're reading this, Jodi (and Julie)...you really ARE doing the right thing. I have watched this circus from day one and have seen the way Kate uses the children to lure people in or push them out (occasionally doing both at whim). If Jodi didn't take a stand today, then I have no doubt Kate would have, at some point, used Jodi's love for those kids to manipulate this family even more. This confirmation may end a bit of that leverage for Kate. And, by the glory of the internet and google cache, those kids WILL see that video. Some day, when they're older and get curious - they'll see that! They'll hear Jodi's voice crack and see her tears. They will know that she loved them. Despite whatever Kon says or does, it's out there.

I also believe that this makes it far more difficult for sponsors to ignore what's being said. It's one thing for someone outside to confirm the things we suspect/hear/see/speculate on. It's quite another for a person who was ON THE SHOW and related and vital to the family to say, "...it is true." Because, at this point, those sponsors become aware that they're condoning a lie. Not only condoning it - they're feeding it. It's time for corporate responsibility.

J.S. said...

This is sad for Jodi and Kevin...and sad for those children, whose only crime was being born at the same time.
What a sentence they got!

Anonymous said...

It is very hard to go 'against' your husband's sister, even if you are 100% correct. (which Jodi is)

I hope that Kevin is supporting Jodi COMPLETELY and isn't letting Kate and her drama cause problems in their marriage.

I was in a similar situation and my husband just could not see the light.......until it nearly cost him our marriage.

Jodi, you've done the right thing.
You waited, I'm sure hoping that Kate would make things right, but she didn't.

You (and Beth) are the best things that ever happened to those kids and your positive impact on them will last a lifetime.

Hugs Jodi. And Julie.....can I be your adopted sister??? ;-) you rock!

Katie O said...

I just can't get over how sad this situation is. I keep thinking back to the episode where Joel was "making" Jodi coffee and she took the time to "drink" each cup and comment on how good it was. That's a mother. Jodi was born to be a mother, Kate was born to be a user. And do you remember how close Benny and Maddy were? This tears me up inside, knowing how hurt Jodi is about all of this.

Jodi, we are ALL behind you, supporting you and giving you our love from a distance. Stay strong!

Moons in Leo said...

Jodi and Julie, those of us with eyes to see and brains to understand are pleased you have spoken out. Please accept the cyberhugs I send to you both.

Jodi, I have always admired what I have seen of you on air.

Julie, you are a great sister!

A Real Mom named Katie said...

I was really, really, really hoping it was all fake. I was hoping the posters here were all hapless, crazy shrews. I was hoping that this was all a bunch of bitter people.

The fact that this is true makes me very, very sad. I make me sad for the kids and even sad for Jon and Kate. They are missing out on a lot by being so short sited.

Barbara in VA said...

Yes, yes, the episode with Joel giving Jodi cups and cups of "coffee" which she took the time to acknowledge and gave him such delight. I loved that episode. Whenever Jodi came on the screen alone with all the kids it seemed like a real family, a real home. We miss you Jodi. We loved that you were so WITH the kids when you were with them, letting them make those icky, messy, sweet projects and allowing them just to run around your house and dress in whatever costumes you had there, never checking out mentally or emotionally because you were too exhausted. We miss you and I am so glad that your sister let us know what happened. You and Kevin were probably the best things that ever happened to all 8 G. kids. Very sad that J&K broke that bond. I know all the kids must really miss you.

Anonymous said...

This is heartbreaking.. crushingly sad to see a family fall apart like this. The wonderful thing about Jodi is that she clearly wanted to be involved with those kid's lives regardless. The adults such as Jodi and Kevin and even Jon and Kate must be hurting over all that has happened, but most of all those children will be hurt by this. Joel loved Aunt Jodi.. Lea wanted to come and garden with Aunt Jodi... How can Kate and Jon keep their children from being with their aunt and uncle? Does Kate really think that here children, especially the older ones, will not be hurt by this. Does Kate really think that moving to North Carolina is the best thing to do? Lord knows after she ticks off the North Carolinians, where will they go next? I am so concerned for the kids. Kate should arrange a number of ways for the kids to be able to visit with Aunt Jodi and Kevin to make sure that the kids will be a part of their lives. Kate needs to sacrifice her own ego for her kids' well being. I say Kate because Jon is just a straw puppet that does everything that Kate wants him to do.

Anonymous said...

I just want to say that I am sorry that this all happened Jodi, although you know that we as viewers will never know the truth on what actually happened

All I know is I felt so bad when Kate called you after "gum gate" - I would have been really mad if I was you.

Although as Dr Phil says, "no matter how flat you make a pancake, it still has two sides" I am leaning towards yours

And for you to take the kids when they were sick - geeezzzz, I wouldn't have done it

I come from a large family and so does my husband, so I know all the drama that goes on with siblings, and sometimes it is heartbreaking.

I am just glad that you went on camera very tactfully and didn't go in to detail - enough was said, we get the picture.

It was very brave, and you need not say more, we understand

Take care Jodi and don't let them get ya down

FIONA said...

AWWW Jodi! Rock ON!

Two of my most favorite moments with you, the first when I knew what kind of neat lady you really were.

1. When you got down on Mady's level to talk to her about kicking Colin. You held her hands, you spoke calmly, explained what she did wrong and her that great girl accountable. I had NEVER ever seen either Jon or Kate do that. That was the most defining moment for me. It was obvious how much you loved her.

2. When Jon and Kate left their sick children to get hair for Jon. You were comforting Joel. I have never in how ever many seasons this show has been on see such endearing Motherly love for that kid! (won't even discuss how wrong it was for both parent's to leave 8 sick kids-but frankly, they got better care and love from you...)

I know you love all of your nieces and nephews. It shows. It is truly beyond words the way Kate interacts with them.

I know that you and Julie have a point to make, but I think it is much bigger even still.

You said it is worse to keep quiet than it is to tell the truth. I strongly speculate that you have more to tell. There is a reason for your waiting, I must believe.

Perhaps you are giving Jon and Kate a "last chance" to change things, or an opportunity of sorts.

I hope you keep on this and channel the rest of the truth out.

It is my deepest hope that you are always accesible to the kids as they get older. Something tells me your toughest job will be when the kids are older, teens and beyond. I know you will be there for them to fill in the void, answer their questions. The kids will come home to your house...I know you will always welcome and love them.

You where the calm in their daily storm.

My wish-that somehow, thru Kevin, higher authorities, what ever tactics, you can get help for Kate.

Sincerley,

Fiona

Tracy T said...

Wow... I have been reading this blog for a while, but have never commented until now. I never doubted Julie's blog or her comments here. It was obvious that she loved her sister, and I couldn't imagine any motive she would have for lying.

Thank you, Julie, for speaking the truth even when it's not such a nice truth. Thank you, Jodi, for your bravery in your video post, but mostly being such a loving aunt. It's easy to see your pain, and I pray for you and Kevin and your children that your heartbreak is healed.

Barbara said...

While re-reading Julie's entries on her blog and reading the part of when Kevin went to talk to Kate and she clapped her hands in his face and said "They don't care about you, this is not about you". Au contraire, Ms. Kate. I presume you are talking about the viewers when you say "they". It was those shows where Jodi and Kevin were in them that made this show interesting. And we do most definitely care about them. Everyone is interested in family interactions, otherwise what is reality TV all about. It becomes clearer and clearer what happened in this family to cause the break with parents, siblings, etc. But for Kate to say "They don't know how to help us", after her mother had taken care of the twins for several months while she was in the hospital with the sextuplets is just cruel. Cruel and mean. I can see why this must be so painful for Jodi, because the whole family is involved in this mess. I do find it surprising that her family is so silent about everything, but that probably just shows they are good people who don't want to be drawn into the circus that Jon and Kate are. Take care, Jodi. We miss you.

Anonymous said...

Barbara said....I do find it surprising that her family is so silent about everything, but that probably just shows they are good people who don't want to be drawn into the circus that Jon and Kate are.

It's called "taking the high road", and I think the fact that they have sat quietly and not 'retaliated' speaks volumes about their character.

I, for one, would not good enough to sit idly by while I was lied about on TV. (I'm speaking about Kate/Jon's family who has no part on the show. Not about Jodi/Kevin, who I think are awesome)

Anonymous said...

This thing is truly coming to an end, there may be a "swell" of ratings for the moment just to see if things ARE what we've heard or read about, but this is the beginning of the end for Jon and Kate. Good riddance. She has ALWAYS rubbed me the wrong way, I knew she was a phony. I am surprised how badly she treated Jodi though, it's shameful.

Travis said...

I would love to now hear something from Beth. It just breaks my heart that poor little Aaden has probably asked "where's Bef?"

Jodi, I do hope Kate tries to make amends and your family can see the children again.

Anonymous said...

I agree with you, Travis. As Kate put it one day, Aaden says he has "two mommies". I miss seeing Beth (and Jodi, Nana Janet, Carla, etc., etc., etc.)

Barbara said...

I agree with Anon. They were what made this show entertaining. Each one added something different and special in their interactions with the kids. So many people shut out of their lives in such a short period of time. The shows are boring now, just one trip after another with one helper Kate can order around at will. Wonder if all these other "former" friends watch the show any more.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Jodi and Julie for insisting that the truth be told. It is clear that you did so with a sad heart, but please know that your courageous act may save 8 children from a life as a "circus act."

Bravo Julie and Jodi.

elizabeth said...

Maybe now, something positive is on the horizon for the Gosselin kids.

We love you, Julie and Jodi, we're behind you one hundred percent!! :)

SCM said...

Julie, you are a wonderful sister, and Jodi, I hope that some time soon you can being to heal from this. Those kids will come back in your life some day with a great appreciation for all that you have done for them. I can't imagine what you're feeling but I am glad that you have so much support from family, friends, and all of us.

Praying for Snow said...

We love you, aunt Jodi.

Open Eyes said...

I thought that Jodi's video was full of class and honest appreciation for support. Bravo to both her and Jodi.

Unfortunately, even after all this, there are still so many others that are trying to call on to the perfect image they have of J+K. It took me quite a long time to realize that it was not Julie who began all of this mess with this family- it was the actions of J+K that initiated everything, the actions of Julie and Jodi are simply consequences by the terrible actions of J+K.

J+K are adults, they knew what they were getting themselves into. My hope now is that they will realize that they need to get out of the spot light before hurt their children forever. With the ego and the greed of Kate though, I fear that that will not happen.

Anonymous said...

My heart is aching for the Gosselin kids. I will fully admit that I was giving J & K the benefit of the doubt until Jodi's video confirmed all of the rumors. J & K are isolating their children from family and friends for NO GOOD REASON. I pray that they soon realize they're damaging their family.

To Jodi, I have always been impressed by your patience, love, and inidividual attention you give (or, rather, gave) to the Gosselin children. Thank you for speaking out and letting us know that what Julie has been saying is true. (Also, thank you, Julie, for giving us insight into the Gosselin family's misguided motives.)

Anonymous said...

I commend Jodi and Julie for their speaking the truth . I do however, feel very sad for the children. Who once again, by no choice of their own, have been torn away from the love and support of family members. It is quite apparant in the newer episods of J & K + 8 that the only resemblence of family remaining is that of their so called 'camera and production family'.

Anonymous said...

Aunt Jodi we all miss you! But I'm sure the kids really miss you. NO matter what - they will have proof that you fought for them.

One day they will figure all this out. And hopefully when they are older you will be able to have a relationship with them apart from their parents.

God bless you, Jodi and Jodi's sister. :) :)

Anonymous said...

Jodi, all that I can say to you is that those children DO love you, they DO remember you, and they WILL come back into your life someday. I am in a very similar situation in my own family right now, being kept from children I love very much because of the whims of their very nasty, very vindictive biological mother. She either doesn't realize (or, more likely, doesn't care) that she is hurting her own children by treating them like pawns in some big hurtful chess game.

Family is family, and the love that you show in everything you do will prevail, and trust me, a day will come when those children re-enter your life. And it won't be YOU who they resent for the lost love and lost time, believe me. They will know where to lay their blame.

Take care of yourself, and stay strong.

Autumn said...

Anonymous said...
Jodi, all that I can say to you is that those children DO love you, they DO remember you, and they WILL come back into your life someday. I am in a very similar situation in my own family right now, being kept from children I love very much because of the whims of their very nasty, very vindictive biological mother. She either doesn't realize (or, more likely, doesn't care) that she is hurting her own children by treating them like pawns in some big hurtful chess game.

Well at least I know I'm not alone. I'm going thru the same thing with a family member right now. It is heartbreaking at times.

Anonymous said...

WOW! - Jodi you are a fabulous person with the strength of Job!! I originally started to watch J&K+8 due to the fact that I have twin daughters, age 8, that my husband and I adopted from Korea. They are the loves of our lives! We would feel truly blessed to have the likes of you to be their 'Aunt'. Hang in there! Thank you for showing what true family love looks like. God Bless You!

ThreeFarmers said...

I'm thinking that there are probably a lot of new visitors to this board now. I used to lurk on the TWOP board, but never got into the discussion much. I kept thinking they were going to re-open that board, but it never happened so I started doing some searches to find out why that board was closed for good and that's whey I found this place about 3 weeks ago.

While I had read some of Julie's blog to get some idea of what people here kept referring to, I never read the entire thing... until today. Wow... really, wow.

I think everyone who hasn't read that thing word for word from the beginning, needs to do so.

Anonymous said...

Jodi & Julie...

It is heartbreaking seeing your families put in this situation. You're both very caring and loving people and very courageous.

I just hope the powers that be see what a mistake it is to allow J&K to continue to exploit their children. The real losers in this are the children. But one day the kids will understand who had their best interests at heart and those people aren't J&K.

Anonymous said...

Jodi, I'm so sorry that it has all come to this. I really wish Kon would just "snap out of it" and see what a mess their making of the whole family. Family is too important to just cast aside for the love of money. Money only lasts so long, family is forever.

Anonymous said...

Jodi & Julie...

It is heartbreaking seeing your families put in this situation. You're both very caring and loving people and very courageous.

I just hope the powers that be see what a mistake it is to allow J&K to continue to exploit their children. The real losers in this are the children. But one day the kids will understand who had their best interests at heart and those people aren't J&K.

5monkeys said...

Like many others, I never doubted Julie's blog, but watching Jodi's video just now just makes it all the more "real".

Jodi, I am so sorry you have been treated badly, and my heart goes out to you and your family.

I just hope that J&K's "fans" watch this video, and accept the fact that it IS real, and that J&K are selfish, cruel, and just not nice people. You don't treat your friends and family like dirt, and cast them aside like yesterday's newspaper.

Anonymous said...

That's it - after seeing this video I am officially taking JK+8 off my DVR and no longer watching. And I'm going to write to the network and tell them so.

Thank you Jodi for speaking out!!

Anonymous said...

Jodi, This must have been very, very hard for you to do. It was always obvious that you loved those children. You did the very best that you could to give them the love and attention that you did, especially with having 4 children of your own. It is obviously that family and love are the most important things on your list. Too bad money is the most important thing to some people. God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Jodi, you are the shinning star that the G kids need so desperately in their lives! Thank you for being you. Your grace and love were so apparent through our tv screens......imagine what it felt like for those children being on the receiving end! I imagine pure joy! We miss you and God bless you and Kevin. Your own children as blessed to have such caring, loving, devoted parents!

Anonymous said...

Oh Jodi, you are so wonderful. When you took the sick kids when J&K jetted off for hairplugs, I knew there was no turning back in my love for you. You are the best. I know you were doing it for the kids and they got wonderful, loving care from you, so much better than if J&K had done the right thing and rescheduled the elective procedure.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
That's it - after seeing this video I am officially taking JK+8 off my DVR and no longer watching. And I'm going to write to the network and tell them so.
Thank you Jodi for speaking out!!
___________________________
I just watched the video a moment ago. I am overwhelmed by Jodi's statement. I was almost tearing up myself. I, too, have to agree with anon. - I will not be watching this evening, NOR any other evening after that. This show is making me ill. It has gone from the guilty pleasure of watching a train wreck to out-and-out having to watch an insane and vile woman and her idiot husband exploit their children to a degree never seen before on TV. I'm done. Jodi, I know how difficult it was for you to come forward (you too, Julie) - but hopefully this will go into a definitive downward spiral and die a natural death and give the Gosselin kids a chance at a normal life.

Anonymous said...

A note to J&K: Don't know if they or their representatives ever come to this site, but just in case.

My great grandmothers survived the Holocaust. There is one thing she taught us from that that I will share with you. When "they" take away everything you have, your possessions, your degrees you've earned, your houses, your freedom, the only thing you have left is your family. They are truly the only ones who are there for you. When water is scarce, they are the ones who will allow you to drink. When no one has bread, only a family member will split the last piece with you.

So Jon & Kate, life seems very good to you right now and you think society owes you not only a living but every possible advantage the world has to offer. I'm telling you that if it all went away in a heartbeat, and it could, Jodi and Kevin and all the other relatives who aren't involved in your life, as you said, on a daily basis, those would be the people to give you a sip of water and a bite of bread. It happened to people before and it could happen again. Please think about this as you are burning all those bridges.

The Truth Will Set You Free said...

Thank you everyone for your kindness and support.

This situation is very difficult, but in the end, we each have to choose what we are comfortable living with. Nothing was done without careful thought, lots of tears and months of prayer.

Jodi is reading your comments and is also touched by all of your support.

Confan said...

Thank you Jodi and Julie for your truth and bravery and for you love for the children.

All I want to say has already been said perfectly by Fiona.

Stay Strong! Hugs!

Heather said...

Jodi, my heart goes out to you. Watching the show (even before reading all of this and your sister's blog) I honestly thought, from an educator's perspective, that you were the only person in the kiddos' lives that really let them be kids and explore their world. You encouraged their creativity and didn't care about the cameras or anything else. Your genuine love for them was so apparent and I'm sure, still is.

It's so disheartening to see what has been done to you and your family. Just know that even though I don't know you, I am supportive of you and the Gosselin kids. They need people looking out for their best interests, and not vainly, either.

Liz said...

Even though Jon & Kate have divested Jodi of any relationship with her nieces and nephews, they can't touch her integrity.

No matter what happens, Jodi, you've already given these babies a new world. You've taught them what unconditional love looks like. They don't even know it yet, but they'll never forget that.

Anonymous said...

You're wonderful Jodi!! I support you 100%!

NurseMagooey said...

Aunt Jodi, your video made me cry!! Your love for your nieces and nephews shines through. I'm so sorry for the difficult time you are going through right now!

I pray that one day the children will turn to you and their Uncle Kevin....and realize that there are people in their lives that truly love them and won't use them for monetary value or fame.

Again, I'm so sorry for what KON has put you through, when you've done nothing but LOVE their children!

Hugs, Lisa

Anonymous said...

I know I'm repeating what others have said, but I also miss Aunt Jodi interacting with the kids. They were allowed to have so much fun and be themselves. Even with what I saw as more "freedom" to play, the environment seemed much more peaceful than at home. No yelling adults, fewer tantrums, just FUN and so much love.

I think the rigid structure at home stresses them out and they act out. The kids didn't seem stressed in Jodi's home. They were having so much fun with their cousins and their wonderful Aunt. It was always a sweet thing to see.

I hope that one day when they are older and look back on their lives on camera, they will see what a positive and calming influence their Aunt Jodi is. They'll see the love she has for them and the fun they've had with her.

Sue said...

Here is one of my favorite quotes which I dedicate to Jodi!!!

"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was,the sort of house I lived in or the sort of car I drove...But, the world will be a better place because I was important in the life of a child."

Jodi, you are important in the lives of the Gosselin kids. This will all play itself out someday. What goes around comes around.

Julie, you are a good sister!! The love you show to each other is beautiful!

Anonymous said...

I would like to show my support for Jodi. You are such a loving,caring person. You show that you can discipline with love and not by yelling. Your family's love and support will see through this difficult time. The only thing you did was show the Gossilin kids love and how to be children without stress.

Anonymous said...

I would like to also show my support for Jodi. I think any family should be so lucky to have an Aunt Jodi in their kid's lives. You are truly beautiful both inside and out.

Anonymous said...

I, as well, will not be watching the show anymore. It was becoming boring and 'same old-same old' anyway.

I cannot, in good conscience, let these people profit off of my curiousity any longer.

Julie, you are a brave woman. Jodi, I'm sure being as sweet and kind as you are, you never expected to have to endure problems like this in your life.
It's not what life hands us that defines us, it is how we handle it.
Jodi (and Julie), you two are pure gold :-)

I hope Kevin realizes every day what a gift he has in you.

mlou said...

Dear Jodi,
Thank you for being a true hero in the Gosselin kids' lives. Thank you also for the glimpse we got into your loving home and your sweet personality. Thank you for always giving the children equal love and attention, without choosing favorites. I hope that some day you can find your way back into your nieces' and nephews' lives. Best Wishes to you and your family. I hope you find a small comfort from those who support you and know just how special of a person you are.

mlou

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to add to the support for Aunt Jodi and Julie. I wish that my daughter was lucky enough to have an Aunt Jodi in her life.

My family misses seeing your family on the show especially that adorable little Benny. J&K were incredibly lucky to have you and Beth in their children's lives. Hopefully they will realize it and make amends.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"I, as well, will not be watching the show anymore. It was becoming boring and 'same old-same old' anyway.

I cannot, in good conscience, let these people profit off of my curiousity any longer."

I couldn't agree more with this post. Off my DVR ya go J&K.

SmartyQ said...

Open Eyes said... I thought that Jodi's video was full of class and honest appreciation for support. Bravo to both her and Jodi.
Hey, I was gonna say that. :) Best wishes, Jodi and Julie.

Quinn said...

I believed the blog too but seeing Jodi on there...wow! This whole thing is getting crazy. Hopefully the end of this show and the exploitation of these children is near. Jodi seems like a sweet and genuine person. I feel bad for her since she probably misses those kids so much. I feel bad for the kids that they don't have a good person like Aunt Jodi in their lives now. It would be nice to see everything work out for the best. But I just hope that Jodi understands that you can't change people (Kon) and sometimes no matter what you do it won't matter unfortunately. Kon has their own agenda and it seems like they don't care who they hurt along the way. I mean look how they're exploiting their own children after-all! Keep your chin up Jodi and I'm sorry that you've been through so much. Unfortunately greed and money can change people. :(

cardamom said...

"...if it all went away in a heartbeat, and it could, Jodi and Kevin and all the other relatives who aren't involved in your life, as you said, on a daily basis, those would be the people to give you a sip of water or a bite of bread."
I couldn't agree more with this comment. I hope Kon realize this someday.

Aunt Jodi-- I had to jump in and offer my support. I imagine it must have been hard for you to come forward with this video, knowing what repercussions there might be with famiy. I, too, never doubted your sister's blog--it had "the ring of truth" and having two sisters myself, I understand completely why she came to your defense.
I hope that this situation will someday heal for you and the G's.

Anonymous said...

Jodi

Thank you for taking a stand. The children will thank you later. And even though KON has their own agenda, what you have said speaks volumes and the children will hear one day, maybe sooner than we think. Thank you for doing the hard thing, and the right thing.

Nat said...

threefarmers said "While I had read some of Julie's blog to get some idea of what people here kept referring to, I never read the entire thing... until today. Wow... really, wow."

I also just read the entire thing today. Just unbelievable... Kate is really a peice of work. I feel so bad for Jodi. I watched a rerun just today with her in it, the one when Kate takes 2 of the tups to the eye doctor. Watching it after reading the entire blog was heart breaking... the kids love her so much and she loves them and let them be kids.

I honestly dont think I can watch the show anymore either... its getting to be to much.

Anonymous said...

Julie, I found your blog before I even found this website, and I never doubted you were who you claimed to be. Normally I would never think of commenting on a stranger's life in this particular form, but I truely believe Jodi is a wonderful, kind person, and that she deserves to know how supported she is! I hope that she can find peace in her life, and someday that she will be bale to put this behind her. You are an amazing woman Jodi... those kids need you!!

Anonymous said...

So many things about the J&K+8 sham disturb me. Like so many other posters wrote, I, too, never doubted Julie's word for a moment...it comes down to 2 J&K+8 scenes for me: when Joel is sick, is nicknamed 'vomitus boy' by his own mom, and she has him lay on the laundry room floor on a thin blanket VS. Aunt Jodie picking him up and comforting him, holding a basin for him and offering him medicine...that says it all...loudly...to me...and a side note, I think a poster may have mentioned it in the Beach Day comments, the cruel way that Kate picks Joel up by his arms to get him into the pool, poor little guy, it's like she was hauling a sack of potaotes or something...
Aunt Jodie and Julie: you are very brave to step out in the open, and I am behind you both 100%!!

mla47 said...

Jodi,
You gave those kids what they lacked at home. Patience, understanding, guidance, and affection. Seeing those beautiful children with you, melted my heart. You were great with them, as well as your own children. I feel very sad for Jon & Kate. One day they will look back, and see what not having any relatives or friends in their children's lives have done to them. Those children truly loved you!!!!
God Bless you and your beautiful family!

Ravello said...

I agree with the previous poster who loved Jodi for how she loved sweet Joel when he was sick. She picked him up, cuddled him, rubbed his back and showed him true love and compassion.
He is the dearest little soul, he got a raw deal when it comes to parents.

The Joelgate episode was my tipping point on the this show. I didnt sleep after watching that episode. From that day forward, I saw the KONS for what they really are.

Thanks again Jodi, Julie, Kevin.

Anonymous said...

Best wishes and prayers to Jodi, Julie and their family. Jodi was so right in saying that sometimes it's worse to say nothing than to tell the truth. Still, though, it must have been and must still be a wrenching decision to publicly (though with the utmost discretion and class) say, 'Yes. This is the truth.' A very brave thing to do.

Anonymous said...

Include me in with those who will no longer be watching but will continue to do my part in the ongoing efforts to protect the Gosselin children from further exploitation.

Anonymous said...

I have watched this show from the beginning and was fascinated by the family and how they handled all their children but as it has evolved I began to notice that K had no respect for any of her 'outside' help. And no real appreciation for her family- I really loved the soft caring way that you (Jodi) dealt with the children. I could never understand how Kate could talk to you like that after ( gumgate) you had watched her children and they had proceeded to put a hole in your wall- did she ever apoligize for that? She seemed to all care about gum on a t-shirt & blanket but that is your home that was damaged ( a quick fix yes but not near as quick as getting gum out of clothing!)
I know that we don't always see the whole picture due to editing but there has never been an issue editing you in a good light- I think that is because you are a class act and probably never gave them I reason to edit your behaviour!
Kate and Jon-- I am sure that you have found this website- learn from what the people are telling you on here- otherwise I fear that you are going to learn a very hard lesson and now there is nobody to blame but yourself since you have booted out all your near and dear!

Anonymous said...

Jodi and Julie - I grew up as an only child and my primary playmates and long time friends since I was a baby were my cousins, one who was my age the other two years older. My aunts, uncles and cousins were so important to me and were there for me through this day. I want to not only thank you both for standing up for the truth and offering the world an alternate viewpoint, but really being there for all of the Gosselin kids. God bless.

Ravello said...

Watching tonight's misery on the Fourth of July made me think of sweet Aunt Jodi. Oh how these kids need her love.
I hope Jodi and Kevin didnt see this episode, it would break their hearts.

Anonymous said...

Jodi,
Thank you for putting your own perspective on this entire debaucle. I think that this video will prove to all remaining doubters that the things that are being said about J&K are true. They are not the wonderful, inspiring story that some make them out to be. It is truly a shame that you and your family been cut from the kids lives..I completely agree that your presence was the only thing "stable" that they had. Hopefully when the kids are older and not being used as money making puppets, they'll look back, see how wonderful you were and try to reach out and make a connection. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that if they do, they'll lose their mother and father in the meantime. Keep your head up, know that you have the support of thousands of people. YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON!!!

Anonymous said...

Jodi,

I want to say how wonderful you and your family are. I know this is a difficult time for you. I had a rift happen when I was growing up. However in the end I found out that my cousin and I feel the same way about an uncle. I have no doubt in my mind that when the kids get older and realize what was done to them, you and Kevin will be there with loving arms welcoming them back in. Then it will be Jon and Kate going through all of the pain.

Just know that they will come back to you and that they remember all of the things you have done with them.

As a title to my favorite musicians songs is "Keep The Faith"

Lori

Anonymous said...

My wish is strength for all of them(not kon) but for the family and friends who for one reason or another in kates mind don't deserve to be apart of "her" world any longer. Jodi and Kevin esp. this is a big mess and there's a bond they have with the children. It's not fair.

ForexMom said...

I too have stopped watching this show and participating in the horrible exploitation of these precious kids.

Jodie - I am so sorry for the way you were treated. It wasn't right.
It wasn't fair. The kids will remember the love and gentleness you showed for them. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if a teenage Joel or Maddy (or heck all of them!) turns up on your doorstep one day. At this rate Kate is planing seeds for a horrendous adolescence.

I am glad to know that Gosselins kids have such a sweet, honest, loving auntie that they can turn to.

Anonymous said...

{{{{{BIG HUGS}}}}} to Jodi, Julie, Kevin, Beth, Bob, all of their kids, nana Janet, and all of the other people Kon has stepped on over the past four years.

Thank you for sharing a bit of your own lives with us! My family has enjoyed each of you!

April said...

Jodi & Julie ROCK! It was so great to see the wonderful Aunt Jodi again!!! But, oh man, I couldn't get through that video without crying. My heart breaks for you, Jodi. Stay strong!

With much love & respect,

April

Laura said...

Jodi, you are awesome!

You have far more class than Kate will ever have.

Anonymous said...

I feel so bad you have lost part of your family in not seeing the kids.We will keep you and your sister in our thoughts. Sorry you both have to go through this.

kgirl said...

Wow very interesting...and now the tangled web of lies begins to unravel faster than can be caught and the 15 minutes will likely come to an end in 5 mins.

I just hope these children don't suffer.

Pastorsgurl said...

AUNT JODY FOR MOMMY OF THE YEAR!!

Anonymous said...

Jodi this whole situation is unfortunate for everyone involved; you, your family, and the Gosselin children. Kate and Jon should know better. You have a wonderful sister who obviously loves and supports you. Stay strong.

I read a saying somewhere that I think applies to your situation with Kate..."A person who does the worst things with your love, needed it the most."

Anonymous said...

Jodi is such a sweetheat. Team Jodi :)

Anonymous said...

The only people who could bash Aunt Jodi are the same people who would send hate mail to Santa and the Easter Bunny!!

Is it too late to nominate this for a comment of the week? I've been away on vaca and didn't read it until tonight!

Anonymous said...

Dear Aunt Jodi and Uncle Kevin,
Our hearts go out to you and the family through this difficult time. I will pray that in time the wounds heal in your hearts. Jon and Kate had a whole world of loyal viewers fooled into their hardship.... I feel so ashamed for being a loyal viewer. I promise you though that one by one the viewers will start to see the truth behind this couple who don't work but sell their children to reality TV. They don't deserve these children. They are just money machines...
Jodi, you have been their through thick and thin helping Kate to raise 8 children and she doesn't deserve your love and kindness. It's very sad Jon doesn't stand up to her and put her in her place. I saw it in the episode with the gum incident. I have seen the children chewing gum with Jon and Kate. She totally over reacted and was hostile toward someone who loves her children and helps her more then she appreciated. The whole thing is just GREED on KATE GOSSELIN!!! Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. I could tell from your video that this is hurting you so deeply but sleep peacefully because one day this will all come back to her in the worst ways. You are a warm loving mother and you have been a Great Aunt to those children. The world saw that and now the truth is out, everyone will see that the Gosselins have treated all those who asked for nothing in return like dirt. They will end up broke one day and Kevin and you will be blessed with the knowledge that you stayed true to yourselfs and the children.
God bless you both and your children.

ps
It is great to have a sister who wouldn't let anyone treat you like that, and not tell the world!!! Thanks Julie for letting the public know what a money hungry, mean, selfish, and cold person Kate Gosselin has become.

Phyllis said...

Thank you, Julie and Jodi.