Good Housekeeping Article

The new issue has hit the stands. There is also info available online at
http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/names/celebrity/jon-kate-plus-eight?src=edit&mag=ghk&chan=hp&link=jon-kate-plus-eight-HP.

56 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just went online before this link was up. I have read that they 'danced' at the end of the photo shoot episode for GH. I went to youtube to find it. Amazing that the pro-G's have deleted any negative emails from their 'comments' section. It is obvious they had negative posts because many of the pro-G's are blasting the not-pro-G people.

Does anyone have a link with the 'dancing'?

Anonymous said...

Shame on Good Housekeeping! This is one magazine I will NEVER buy again. Did they not bother to research this phony baloney couple who exploit their children for financial gain? This is disgusting.

ShockedNewYorker said...

GH should really be ashamed for stooping to tabloid level by putting these two on the cover. Sadly, the Gosselins sell and until enough people boycott the sponsors and stop tuning into the show, this madness is not going to stop.

Really, I commend Jon and Kate for their abilities to market themselves in the beginning and get the documentary on TLC to benefit their family, I do not criticize them for that. Hell, I would go as far to say that they should pursue a career in marketing/advertising because this pair is certainly a couple of slippery snakes.

However, I do criticize their choice to continue this circus when they are now quite wealthy between the show, sponsorships, and the inheritance left behind by the father of Jon Gosselin.

This is a perfect example of how fame and money have the ability to corrupt people - these two are even oblivious to the crying out of their own children in the name of the almighty dollar.

In 10-15 years everyone will be looking back and saying that this exposure of the Gosselins was unjust to the children and exploitative. I don't know how any parent could deny the psychological detriment that these children are facing as a result of being on camera/filmed so much.

hellokitty said...

"You couldn't explain it any other way. There's not a little man who sits behind the sofa phoning people."

Kate, that little man is called Jon.

Anonymous said...

Interesting how out of a 4 page article, Jon has maybe 1 or 2 quotes, and the rest is "Kate says". How true to KON form...

Anonymous said...

Its been said before and I apologize before hand but I must say it again.....If people stop watching the show all the freebies and everything else will stop. The only reason they can get away with what they are doing is because people are still watching them. Whether or not you watch because you love them, or you are concerned for the safety of the kids you are helping the Gosselins do what they are doing.

Its just plain wrong and I refuse to let Jon and Kate play me for a fool anymore!

avidshrewwatcher said...

Two items that stuck out....

"Somewhere in the past, an emotional chasm unfolded between Kate and her parents and Jon and his mother. "Other families of sextuplets have both moms living right around the corner, helping them," says Kate. "We've had none of that.""
and

"Though the family has a part-time helper and meals are prepared for them on filming days..."

One good thing about this article is that GH redacted the litany of "um's" Shrew needs to help her along to the next inane thought!

Anonymous said...

Again with the GH references as to the 'cramped space' and how 'small the house is. It would be interesting to know how many total adults and equipment were present in the home for the purpose of the GH photo shoot ,interview, and the filming of an episode of J & K + 8. IMO, its not the size of the rooms or the lack of square feet that makes the Gosselin house feel cramped, but the continual invasion of unecessary 'outsiders' that J & K invite in to their home that is 'cramping their style'.

sammysam said...

If I had never watched the show and just happened to pick up the GH Mag. and read the article I would have thought...how sweet, what as great family. So I guess their PR firm is earning their money.
I don't mind that Kon did what they had to do financially when the tups were babies (I guess)but they need to wake up look at their lovely family and walk away from this show. Stop making their kids support them. One or both should be working now.

AmandaT said...

I really hope no one here is buying this terrible magazine anymore! Join me in letting GH know how you feel about their exploitation - gheditor@goodhousekeeping.com.
It's amazing - I am sure that they knew the controversy, but figured it didn't matter because it would be good for sales.

Anonymous said...

Did you read the book excerpt? Kate had no part in the actual writing that's for sure. If Beth did it, kudos to her. I find it unfathomable that Beth's name is on it as an author and there is no mention of her at all. It is as if she never existed at all.

quinn said...

So meals are prepared for them four times a week? Wow that must be nice. But that's one of the perks you get when you exploit your children I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Shame on Good Housekeeping! This is one magazine I will NEVER buy again. Did they not bother to research this phony baloney couple who exploit their children for financial gain? This is disgusting.


Both GH and J&K+8 are money-making enterprises, plain and simple. It's mutual back-scratching for mutual gain. Any idea what a 10-second ad spot costs on a national cable channel like TLC during a high-rating prime-time broadcast? GH got a half-hour of promotion for free. Both GH and J&K+8 are money-making enterprises. Why should it be surprising they did a puff piece and not a journalistic expose?

Anonymous said...

Link to cover:
http://cdn.buzznet.com/media/jj1/2008/10/gosselins-housekeeping/gosselins-good-housekeeping-02.jpg

Anonymous said...

"Though the family has a part-time helper and meals are prepared for them on filming days..."

^ That is the comment that got me as well. If the show is their life and their life is the show, why do they conduct their life differently on filming days?

ThreeFarmers said...

Its been said before and I apologize before hand but I must say it again.....If people stop watching the show all the freebies and everything else will stop. The only reason they can get away with what they are doing is because people are still watching them. Whether or not you watch because you love them, or you are concerned for the safety of the kids you are helping the Gosselins do what they are doing.

The only televisions that count are Neilson families. Those are the families that have some sort of little box attached to their television that monitors and reports what they watch for ratings purposes. I believe people who watch and record on TiVo also are monitored.

If you're not a Nielson family then it's important to continue letter writing and to not support the companies who sponsor this crap.

I know that people complain that all we do here is promote the show. And, I understand that argument. But I'm a firm believer that everyday someone Googles Gosselins and they wind up here.
That's how I found this place.

I've also noticed that there seems to be fewer Anonymous posts and more posts where people at least put some sort of name. That's a good thing.

People may initially tune in to see what the hubbub is all about, but they will become quickly disenchanted now that the Gosselin "charm" has worn off for them.

It just takes time.

Anonymous said...

Beyond the antics of all those kids, it's surely the parents' personalities — and their interaction — that draw viewers in

Wrong! I as a viewer watched to see the kids and the parents were just an annoying extra that we see more and more of every week.

Anonymous said...

In response to: I don't mind that Kon did what they had to do financially when the tups were babies (I guess)but they need to wake up look at their lovely family and walk away from this show.

I certainly mind that J & K IMO, intentionally misrepresented their financial situation and milked the system of tax payers $$ while a substaintial amount of money sat untouched in their bank account. I am equally disgusted that they continued to misrepresent their financial situation,using their religion as a platform to further reap the benefits of freebies, donations , and church love offerings. Now that J & K can no longer secure their financial well being at the hands of the community and its taxpayers, they have stooped to the all time low of exploiting their children to fulfill their never ending hunger for the 'easy life'.

Anonymous said...

Dear GH-

Although I am not a subscriber, I have purchased many issues for recipes/home tips/articles that I liked. I am writing this letter to inform you that I will no longer purchase your publication due to your recent, and very poor, decision to feature the Gosselin Family. Jon and Kate Gosselin are fame/money hungry liars who have become millionaires at the expense of their children. They should NOT be portrayed otherwise.

I don't know which scenerio is worse:

1) GH did not know about all the controversy, did not do enough research, published the Nov issue

OR

2) GH knew about the controversy but also knew that there are many fans who would purchase the issue, wanted to make $, published the Nov issue.

Shame on you.

A Former Fan

Anonymous said...

Many of you have questioned what PA's laws about children working are. This is a link to the site:
http://www.dli.state.pa.us/landi/CWP/view.asp?a=185&Q=58124

SmartyQ said...

I read the excerpt from 'The Book,' and it was very clear Katie Irene didn't write even a syllable. Odd too was that, although they've now added Jon as one of the authors—even though his writing is as bad as Katie's—he's not listed in the copyright information.
___________________
From Multiple Blessings. Copyright (c) 2008 by Kate Gosselin and Beth Ann Carson.

Anonymous said...

"Somewhere in the past, an emotional chasm unfolded between Kate and her parents and Jon and his mother. "Other families of sextuplets have both moms living right around the corner, helping them," says Kate. "We've had none of that."" Well, Kate, who drove the grandparents off? They willingly watched the twins while you laid in a hospital bed percolating plans to exploit the tups. Oh, gee, the grandparents didn't feel the begging and whines for more and better goodies as appropriate Christian behavior and divorced themselves from your antics. Who can blame them. I'd change my name and move away rather then admit you were related to me. Ugh. If only the grandparents were to send a letter to the editor. Kind of strange they punish the innocent children instead of sue for their visitation rights.
I'm sorry I clinked on the link to the GH site, they're going to think that was a good thing to get the click. I used the email link and told them no thanks to the gosselins feature and I'd not waste another penny on a copy of their rag again.

Anonymous said...

There is a way to contact Beth through her publisher if anyone wants that. I wrote to her because I believe she sincerely loves the kids, all of them, and was one of the only genuine, caring adults I saw in the G kids' lives. Maybe she will write back and tell me the truth about why she is no longer involved. We'll see.

Anonymous said...

This is the correct email address for letters to the editor. I wrote them. I will not be buying that issue of that magazine and I did tell them why.



GHletters@goodhousekeeping.com

Anne said...

re:
Anonymous said...
I just went online before this link was up. I have read that they 'danced' at the end of the photo shoot episode for GH. I went to youtube to find it. Amazing that the pro-G's have deleted any negative emails from their 'comments' section. It is obvious they had negative posts because many of the pro-G's are blasting the not-pro-G people.

Does anyone have a link with the 'dancing'?

I am new to you tube, where do you get to read comments on the videos?
thanks

In Texas said...

Just FYI, NONE of the GH mags I've seen have J&K on the cover. IDK if its just our area (Southwest Texas) or what but I've seen the mag at a few stores and they are definately NOT on the cover but the story is inside.

Barbara said...

Wow -- In Texas:
I am surprised by them not being on the cover but the story is inside. I was about to ask if maybe you were looking at a different month than November. I have had a subscription for GH for years but haven't received it yet this month. I'll be very interested to know if that's the case everywhere. That is weird!

Becky L. said...

WHAT?? MORE KIDS??

"The time she dreads? She admits that a house full of 13-year-olds is a little "too painful to think about." But the period that really concerns her is the day they all leave home. "I'm already worried about that empty-nest syndrome," she says. "Just as they came in a big group and overwhelmed us, they will likely leave in a big group, and the quiet will be even more deafening. Thus, our plan to adopt a tagalong."

That's right: They've looked into adopting a child from South Korea. "But we're over the kid limit," says Kate. Couples who have more than four children are generally ineligible to adopt from that country. "We only have double the amount you are supposed to have!" says Jon wryly.

"I know I'm crazy," Kate says. "But the desire [for another child] will not leave me. When you have eight, what’s one more?" Kate then pauses, looks at Jon, and adds with a smile: "And then that would be it, for the record.""



Yes, that's truly what is printed in the Good Housekeeping article. I'm sure that now that "God" (i.e. all the trusting nitwits in the country) is providing all they need (and more) to raise 8 kids, one more will surely be provided for.

They're over the limit, they say? My prediction: Somehow, somewhere, rules will be bent and within the next couple years, we will see Gosselin #11. As if any more poor souls need to be subjected to Kate's wonderful parenting.

Barbara said...

Maybe I''m dense, but what, pray tell, is a "tagalong"? Sounds like an awful word to call a new family member.

allison parker said...

"Just as they came in a big group and overwhelmed us, they will likely leave in a big group, and the quiet will be even more deafening. Thus, our plan to adopt a tagalong."

Kate is really selfish. That is such a shallow reason to adopt a kid. Isn't Jon a good enough tagalong for her? Besides if they are really good parents (and that is what she should work on right now at this very moment), then the kids would not leave her, or they would maintain a great communication with her. I think she fears this because her kids can see how she and Jon treat their own parents.

I hope that whoever Jon and Kate gets to approach for this adoption thing sees this comment of Kate so that they realize that the child would not be taken care of. The child would not be loved, it would be just a prop, a tagalong, a substitute. Poor child!

Jon and Kate, if you can read this, please realize that eight kids are more than enough! Love them, respect them, care for them. These are their formative years and whatever they experience will have a huge effect on them for the rest of their lives. They are going to remember how you would rather them cry than get to play and get soiled, how you have favorites, how Kate did not go to the boys' special days, but went to all the girls' special days, they would remember how they were left at Aunt Jodie's all sick because mom and dad had to go to get Jon's hair plugs, they would remember how selfish parents you are, how materialistic, and argumentative.

Jon, stand up to Kate, be a man. Love and respect your wife but love and respect yourself as well. Expect to be treated equally. Kate, be ashamed of your behavior.

Anonymous said...

I made a trip to the mall tonight to B. Dalton Bookstore to look at (and maybe buy...sorry) the GH November issue. There was one copy left. I picked it up-the cover was sort of frayed-and upon closer inspection, someone had scratched a big giant X over the family. Yeah, the cover was a mess-somebody did that on purpose and I doubt if anyone will buy it unless they are desperate sheeple.

Tagalong (besides being my favorite Girl Scout cookie) is usually used to describe "someone who follows the lead or initiative of others" or some who (annoyingly follows others"...YES...that seems to be what Kate wants. Tagalong is sort of a negative connotation.

chick said...

Hopefully sense and logic will prevail, and when Jon and Kate start looking for an adoption agency or a lawyer, they will be gently told that they need to wait until that "empty nest" is an actuality before they look into adopting. In 14 years, they could still adopt, although they might not get the perfect Korean girl baby doll Kate wants.

Although, the "tagalong" comment should make a JK8 adoption even less likely than it already is.

Anonymous said...

Are they going to keep adopting kids so they will never be alone? That is the most selfish reason to adopt a child. I am glad they figured out that they couldn't adopt from Korea but I can't believe that they didn't research it before announcing it to People. I think it will be hard for them to find the perfect private adoption, part or whole Korean, girl and someone willing to let their child be raised in that zoo. Can you imagine how selfish their file will look? A young couple who has been blessed with 8 healthy children is still not satisfied and wants one more. Oh and it has to be a girl because boys are yucky. And Korean because she needs to coordinate with her siblings. This is just so sad and pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Becky: There is no way the rules are going to be bent for J&K. Asian countries across the board have gotten stricter about their adoption rules over the past year. The South Korean kid limit is the same limit that China has. As of May of 2007, China no longer permits adoptions to single people either.

Anonymous said...

There is only ONE reason that they are adopting and that is the show. They're running out of show ideas and now a whole new season can be built out of this adoption.

Episode 101: Watch as Kate tries to deal with adoption paperwork in a house full of kids.

Episode 102: John and Kate go to their first adoption interview

Episode 103: Cleaning up for the homestudy, proves to be difficult for the Gosselin 10.

Episode 103: The Gosselins head to Gymboree to find outfits for the final interview.

Episode 104: Gosselins take off for Vietnam to pick up their new addition.

Episode 105: Watch as the Gosselin 10 have fun at Vietnam's largest Water Park.

Episode 106: The Gosselins add to their profit margin and bring the little publicity machine home.

Episode 107: Watch the zany hilarity as the Gosselin 10 become The Gosselin 11 and realize that their new mansion is just not big enough for the brood

Anonymous said...

So, she wants a "tagalong" baby because one day they might all leave home in a group.
Can she do math?
If they get a tagalong kid now, or in a year or two....everyone might STILL be gone around the same time.

Anonymous said...

More than just leaving the nest, the chances are less than one in a million that over time Kate won't estrange at least a few of her children like she's done to the rest of their extended family. And those individuals will have to sneak around behind Kate's back to stay in contact with their siblings who still want to stay in Kate's good graces. Right now Kate's totalitarianism works for her, but eventually she will end up the grandma that's "not a part" of her childrens' lives, just like her parents and Jon's mother.

Anonymous said...

"I made a trip to the mall tonight to B. Dalton Bookstore to look at (and maybe buy...sorry) the GH November issue. There was one copy left. I picked it up-the cover was sort of frayed-and upon closer inspection, someone had scratched a big giant X over the family. Yeah, the cover was a mess-somebody did that on purpose and I doubt if anyone will buy it unless they are desperate sheeple.
__________
Funny you should say that. I stopped at Barnes and Noble yesterday and the November GH was in the rack there at the checkout desk. There were only two or three left in the rack, but I seriously thought about vandalizing them in some way or at least putting up a sign saying, Buying this rag is supporting child exploitation." I too was chicken to do it though.

Anonymous said...

Thus, our plan to adopt a tagalong." I wish Katie Irene would learn to shut her pie hole. First it was she wanted to adopt to see what one was like as if the other 8 would disappear ... maybe to boarding school. Now it's a tagalong so she doesn't have to suffer from empty nest syndrome. No surprise that she's a selfish idiot. And if the adoption angle doesn't work will she go with in-vitro like Angie? I'm sure they have the money to do it.

Anonymous said...

Kate states that the Korean adoption laws don't allow a couple who has more than 4 children to adopt?

Here's an easy solution...give up the four kids that Kon doesn't really like, Alexis and those yucky boys. NOw they can freely adopt a Korean girl baby!

(I hope you know I'm kidding but can't you see Kate thinking this? Sad but true)

ThreeFarmers said...

This the letter I sent to Good Housekeeping. If anyone wishes to copy it and use it to send to GH or edit it to send to other sponsors, feel free.


Dear Sirs:

I purchase your magazine from the newsstand several times a year. That will no longer be the case.

My reaction is due to your recent decision to use the Gosselin family on the cover of the November issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. Jon and Kate Gosselin make their living on the backs of their children. Those children are responsible for supporting that family. They allow those children to be filmed while using the potty, taking a shower, and walking around in only their underpants all for the sake of the show. I can't believe that the magazine that has been a part of my life since I was a young girl is supporting child exploitation in this way. As a child, I remember waiting each month for Good Housekeeping to arrive in the mail because I loved the Berenstain Bears comic you published each month.

I can't tell you how painful it was to watch Good Housekeeping staff members photograph those children over two days in the most recent episode of Jon & Kate + 8. Putting those children in heavy clothing and forcing them to stand outside in 95-degree heat was heinous behavior on the part of your staff. Even your photographer tried to bully Mady into smiling by telling her that she wasn't going to be a "super star" unless she smiled. I've always thought that Good Housekeeping magazine was about helping families to live better and make a good environment for themselves. Unfortunately, that sort of consideration wasn't given to the Gosselin children. Shame on you.

If you don't believe that the Gosselin children are being exploited, I'll refer you to the web site of A Minor Consideration (www.minorcon.org ). A Minor Consideration is an advocacy group for children working (make no mistake, these children ARE working) in the entertainment field and they have come out strongly against Jon and Kate Gosselin.

AmandaT said...

Saw the magazine in line at the grocery store today (I figure wal-mart is safe, because Kate has already declared her disdain for the store. Whatever, my toddler looks darn cute in the wal-mart clothes. Anyway.) Was happy to see GH was relegated to foot level, and that the Gosselins were not on the cover. For some reason I thought they had a cover shot? Isn't that why Kate said they had to be skinny?

Anonymous said...

Will Kate leave the "tagalong" in its crib with a dirty diaper until sometime around 8am just as she did with the tups so she can get her beauty rest? Will she now say to those of us who dare point out her moronic parenting "I wish upon you nine kids?"

hellokitty said...

With all of the negative email GH received when it was first believed it was just Kate, I can't believe they continued with the story.

Part of me understands if GH still had to print the article (because that would be a few pages they'd have come up with out of nowhere to replace them).

But for the life of me I don't know why they were still allowed on the cover.

Sue said...

..."She struggled to show her gratitude..." So she never did! Nice!

"I didn't even know 95 percent of the volunteers..."

So telling!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Are they going to keep adopting kids so they will never be alone?
_________

Someone has to support them.

Anonymous said...

I saw the GH Magazine at the grocery store check-out today. I took the nearest magazine and stuck it in front of the Good Housekeeping cover. Evil I know. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

Here in New Jersey they are on the cover. I went food shopping at Wegmans and there they were eye level smiling out at us from all check out aisles. The lady ahead of me in the check out line was showing her two little girls the cover. She was saying "this is the family we watch on tv." I started to tell her about what a shame it was to put those kids in those clothes in 95 degree weather for two days, but she just looked at me like I was crazy. One of her little girls said "but I wish I was on tv." The mom just shooshed her and turned her back on me. She did put it back on the rack, she I guess she wasn't a totally devoted sheeple.

Barbara said...

I was at the grocery store today and looked at the GH and they are not on the cover. Down at the bottom is a comment about "America's favorite family". HA. Also, the pictures inside are different than the ones in the online article. I have subscribed to this magazine for years and have not recieved this months magazine. But here in TX they are not on the cover. Maybe it's a regional thing? But that would make no sense for them to have a show about the shoot and the cover and then not be on the cover. Very strange.

ThreeFarmers said...

Since it was several months ago when word hit that Kate/the Gosselins were going to be in Good Housekeeping (I think someone heard Kate was to be mom of the year or some nonsense), I wonder if the letters that were sent THEN had something to do with the magazine's decision to do two covers now?

I know magazines do this on occasion, but I don't recall it being a regular thing with Good Housekeeping.

win-place-show said...

I just read the GH article online. I may be sick. "We could at least get our pride back." Well whatever pride you had is now gone. And all those women who say that "you took the words right out of my mouth" must be kidding as well. If I spoke to my husband that way he would A) Sit me down and ask me if I seriously wanted to be married to him or B) Ask me to go to marriage counseling or C) Just up and leave me. Seriously, are that many women pissed at their husbands so they talk to them in such a snotty tone ALL THE TIME?

And now they want a tagalong? A Girl Scout Cookie? No...wait...a tagalong would be another child. But isn't Kate EXHUASTED all the time already?

Affirmed said...

Somewhere in the past, an emotional chasm unfolded between Kate and her parents and Jon and his mother. Gee, ya think??? There is something very very odd going on there....I am waiting for an insider to spill the beans.

Anonymous said...

in ohio they're on the cover. very strange. why some places and not others?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Here in New Jersey they are on the cover. I went food shopping at Wegmans and there they were eye level smiling out at us from all check out aisles. The lady ahead of me in the check out line was showing her two little girls the cover. She was saying "this is the family we watch on tv." I started to tell her about what a shame it was to put those kids in those clothes in 95 degree weather for two days, but she just looked at me like I was crazy. One of her little girls said "but I wish I was on tv." The mom just shooshed her and turned her back on me. She did put it back on the rack, she I guess she wasn't a totally devoted sheeple.

10/12/2008 10:56 AM


OMG! How funny! I was in Wegmans in NJ shopping today too! I saw them on the cover, eye level, top row of the magazine racks as you enter the checkout line. Covering up the GH mag with another mag is a good idea!

Anonymous said...

do jon and kate not realize that its just going to get HARDER, not easier, as the kids grow up...yet they want to adopt a 9th child? just wait till they are in their teenage & beyond years. Plus a new baby at home..good luck kate.
and i doubt that they will honestly be able to adopt another child, whether it be from Korea or anywhere. they have EIGHT kids, a tv show that shows just how dysfuntional these 2 are, and they expect someone to give them a "tagalong"? i cannot beleive she said that. what an idiot.

ke42 said...

I predict a private adoption. It's been mentioned on this site before how there are a lot of teens who are big J&K+8 fans. I'm sure there's some young girl out there who will find herself unexpectedly pregnant and think the Gosselins would be the "perfect" family for their baby.

I don't know anything about adoption but I'm assuming in a private adoption as long as the biological mother and father sign the paperwork it's a done deal.

I love how on their site Kate says "I will never have more kids" and now they're publicly stating their desire for one more child. What they say on their website isn't a lie since they're talking about adopting rather than having a child but it's not exactly the truth, either, if they are seeking to add children to the family.