Premise of the Show

Can anyone tell me what the premise of this show is now?

I mean it started as a couple dealing with the daily struggles of raising twins and sextuplets. It's nothing like that now. Opinions, please?


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198 comments:

Anonymous said...

Watch us as we travel the country on FREE vacations! Thank you all for tuning in and supporting our new lifestyle!

shelbysmom said...

I agree with you. This show should be on the Travel Channel called "Extravagant Traveling Free Plus Eight" I thought it was supposed to show us the daily life of raising 8 kids.

Mari said...

You are absolutely right!
I was just telling my husband last night all about this site and some of the things that have been said including the "backdoor treatment" at Disney.
He said, "It seems like the first couple of seasons were dedicated to showing their struggles. Now, they don't struggle at all. Maybe they should pull the plug and deem it a 'Happy Ending'?"
Wow.
And he's only watched one episode per season.

ladydawgs said...

The premise is see what you too can have if you have a litter of children and decide that you cannot afford to raise them. So, you stick your hand out, and see what freebies you can have for your matching doll collection of children

Ilovemykids said...

Good question. Perhaps some of the Kate sheeple could enlighten us as to purpose of this show now.

Onomatopoeia said...

Perhaps we should pick apart TLC's description 'About the Show' on their website:

The Gosselins grow another year older, which means that they can handle more fun than they have before! And it's a good thing because for the Gosselins, it's a monumental year.

Not only do they plan for the biggest vacation of their lives, but they also relocate their family to a home that can finally accommodate their eight growing kids.

But first they must get through the sextuplets' fourth birthday, the twins' 8th birthday, second grade, the beginning of pre-school for the sextuplets as well as a vow renewal ceremony between Jon and Kate! Jon and Kate continue to amaze themselves and everyone else by accomplishing things no one ever thought possible with two sets of multiples.


PUH-LEEZE!!!! Darn right I could amaze myself and everyone else if I:

1. had a chef
2. had a housekeeper
3. had a nanny
4. didn't work for a living
5. received free clothes, toys, vacations, etc., etc., etc.

The premise of this show is to teach scamming, child exploitation, and how to alienate yourself from friends and family, pure and simple. Sticka fork in me - I'm done.

(P.S. The commercial they keep showing on TLC about the re-do on their wedding makes me want to gag.)

Anonymous said...

The game is over - turn out the lights, the jon and kate sham has run out of gas. The kids are older, still cute and sweet but not
material for a weekly show.

Lisa said...

I wonder what the children are told about the people that have come & gone in their lives - Aunt Jodi, Beth & family, etc. Don't they miss them & their cousins? They used to be such a big part of their lives. KON are also doing such a disservice to their children by having "private" and "special" experiences constantly - they will grow up not knowing that the world does not revolve around them and sometimes they must wait their turn while other people (strangers!)go first.

Nila said...

Maybe it's just me but "no one ever thought it was possible" to celebrate an 8th birthday of twins when they have 6 younger siblings?!?!? Now TLC is acting like their audience is just plain stupid. I don't see a single thing on that list as something people have to "get through". Cancer, childhood disease, death in the family, job loss, foreclosure, THAT is something people have to "get through", I am so offended by that description of the show. Who proof reads that crap? I hope it has become obvious that TLC wants the controversy to create a basis for the show, the "hate them" relationship has probably made them millions. Also, "relocate" not move? Interesting.....

Laura Linger said...

Someone made the sage observation in one of the other threads that this show has become an exercise in watching someone else's exceedingly boring vacation movies. I think that sums it up rather nicely.

ThreeFarmers said...

In that TLC description, the bit about how "Jon and Kate amaze themselves" is wholly vomit-licious.

C'mon, it's common sense that it is not appealing to listen to people talk about themselves as amazing. What kind of marketing strategy would entail something so stupid? It really seams like they are trying to fuel the controversy.

Anonymous said...

I just saw on another board that TLC is planning another new show. "Twins, Twins, and Sextuplets" Can't wait to see how Queen Kate in all her jealous glory competes with this other mother. Or is this a sign that Kon is being replaced?

Anonymous said...

Seeing as how they are now selling J&K t-shirts, mugs and tote bags on the TLC website, I'd say the premise is "How do we make as much money as we can off these kids while they're still cute?".

Anonymous said...

when I turned the channel last time after it was 1/2 over I wondered WHY I watched the show at all. The kids I like but these free trips have gotten old

sueshe said...

This show was really fun to watch a few years back when they were struggling with lack of help and lack of resources in raising a very large family. (This first started as a documentary). Then within a short time, we saw big changes...Gosselins grew and what I mean by that is their pocket book got really big.
As I watched the Hawaii episode last night, I wondered how many less fortunate people were watching and wishing they could be in their shoes.
TLC has been wonderful in giving the Gosselins a better quality of life with the success of the show. But I think it would behoove TLC to find other less fortunate families and give them the same break at success as they did the Gosselins.

Anonymous said...

It started out as an educational program (the pilot special) then segued into total reality nonsense (Kate's tummy tuck & Jon's hairplugs) and now it's stuck in perpetual unreality that's totally off the deep end; the likes of The Twilight Zone (a first-class wedding anniversary in HI when 1) it's not your anniversary & 2) you have no money & no job to speak of!!!!)

Anonymous said...

Move this to the Travel Channel and call it "White Trash Road Show."

Anonymous said...

This show was really fun to watch a few years back when they were struggling with lack of help and lack of resources in raising a very large family. (This first started as a documentary). Then within a short time, we saw big changes...Gosselins grew and what I mean by that is their pocket book got really big.
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The thing is , from what I've read and heard, Kate has ALWAYS had help, even with the twins, even in the first special when she said she did everything herself. All the sheeple say Kate is so organized - if you think about all the signs and directions that were all over the house in previous episodes, they are obviously for all the HELP she had going in and out of the house.

To this day, I wonder if Kate has ever been alone with all the kids.

firemanwife said...

The premise......hmmm. I believe the premise has been lost, somewhere along the way. Because of this, I no longer watch(former huge fan). I admit I have no bad feelings towards the family, they just are not relatable anymore. We have more fun watching the Free Credit Report commercials with the 3 guys and the pirate hat!!

Anonymous said...

Peyton Place is what this show should be called--- nasty, corrupt families, seekrity secrets, and plenty of ca$h to go around.

Anonymous said...

Okay I saw some of the Hawaii episode this morning. GW is absolutely beautiful, which is why they gave J/K8 the freebee. No way can my family ever afford to go to GW and especially not in these economic times. All I saw was top of the line everything for the family; suite, staff greeting, airport greeting, special cookie making, etc. Its going to be a hard long fall for the Jon/Kate when its over. And the kids will be asking (i.e. whinning) why they can't go to the fancy places anymore. For now you have all that you apparently desire; money and fame. As for me I'm trying to decide whether to feed my family of 4 hamburger helper or hot dogs for dinner. Nope, won't be going to GW ever in my lifetime. I may not have the fancy things and trips but I am surrounded by a loving and giving immediate and extended family. I have all I'll ever need because I have family.

ashley said...

Well, as far as I can tell its to watch Kate talk about numerous free stuff, vacations, and spa visits. We watched Jons un-bearable male-part-ectomy. Oh and I guess I should talk about the children since they are the real money makers of the show. So the kids....well we watch them work, and work, and work some more and then when they finally clock out the nanny puts them to bed, although there is some overtime footage shot while the kids are in bed.

c said...

I agree with you.

Not only did it start out as a couple struggling to raise their kids, it was enjoyable to watch the kids because they were adorable. Now, not so much. They are still screaming and crying, having tantrums and Kate, well Kate has honestly gotten more annoying with each episode.

I think it's sad that TLC is still showcasing this family. They are really stretching for ideas and it shows each every week.

I sincerely hope they don't get renewed for another season. For another season of not-so-cute-kids-anymore and an annoying as all hell wife with a jobless husband going on vacations that no 'normal' family can afford is just so unrealistic and unrelateable - enough TLC!

Chris said...

To this day, I wonder if Kate has ever been all alone with the kids.

Anonymous said...

sueshe said...
"This show was really fun to watch a few years back when they were struggling with lack of help and lack of resources in raising a very large family. (This first started as a documentary)."

J & K have never 'struggled' because of a 'lack of help' or 'resources'. J & K have been the recipients of on going donations, helping hands, and various levels of financial assitance by the community, church members, taxpayers,to name a few. beginning at a time before the tups were even born. What J & K along the asistance of TLC attempted to convince viewers in the intial documentary , has all been replaced by the progressive infiltration of greed, arrogance, sense of entitlement, free advertising/product placement etc..that have become all too apparant with each passing episode.

Anonymous said...

I can remember the day when kate said all of their prayers were answered : "all we had to do was wish for a case of papertowels or diapers and they would magically appear on our doorstep ".

Apparently Kate likes this idea, as now she wishes for things like free tummy tucks, exotic vacations, a new hairdresser, and more.

GOD does work in mysterious ways, Kate!

sooverthistrainwreck said...

"Twins, twins, and sextuplets"? I smell a replacement for Kon and their howler monkeys! People are already resenting this family. What made them so special? So they had twins and sextuplets. This new family has one upped them! Goodbye Greedlins!

Anonymous said...

I would much rather watch an episode of them sitting around the house in their "normal" routine except that they probably don't have one anymore--I want 6 kids eventually and I started watching the show to steal ideas for how she manages that many in public, how she stays organized, etc...now during a time of great economic struggle for SO many of us, we get to sit and watch them flit off to places we can only dream of saving enough money for one day--for free. The other thing I wanted to point out was that they made a big deal of the Sara(h) Snow episode where Kate claimed she wanted to use all-natural cleaning products, recycle, prepare organic food (which I suppose does happen, when they're home and not at a theme park), etc...if you look back at shows like Home Improvement, they work these practices into the show as a natural part of the character's lives instead of one big "hey look how green we are!" special. I would much rather know that this is how the Gosselins actually live, not that they're trying to prove something. I was going to say that it doesn't seem like Kate kept up with Sara(h) Snow's ideas but...I guess I don't know for sure because we never get a look into their real home life anymore!!

Anonymous said...

The time has come to spread the wealth!! The other multiple families sure could use some advertising dollars.
I am a 75 yr old great grandma living on $600 a month - and $40 month food stamps - so just maybe
some crumbs will be thrown my way.
Loved the show when it began - its way too commericalized now. Beyond the reach of most Americans.

machinegunsmom said...

Now I'm just really mad at TLC/Figure 8/Whoever the hell is responsible for this nightmare anymore. How irresponsible during times like these to show a family parading around in free name-brand clothes going on free luxury vacations with special treatment and freebies...and then pass them off as an average American family. What kind of scam is that, how do they even keep that show afloat when everyone else in the country who makes less than $200,000 a year (95% of us) is struggling and cutting back...except I guess there are still some of us that drool over the show and hope someday we can be that lucky.

AliceAnonymous said...

I thought the show began with a "family of four becomes family of ten when sextuplets arrive...tune in to see how they manage" premise.
It sounded interesting enough to watch and was...for the first season. We were quietly lured into the day-to-day activities of a family who, for the most part, was
treading unknown waters. It was all cute and fun to watch the babies turn one and Jon making Kate breakfast in bed on Mother's Day. Picking out pumpkins with the little dickens was charming, too, for everyone but Kate.
We watched them go the dentist which was worthy of attention because, hell, it's tough enough taking one kid to the dentist, leave alone eight.
Then we tuned in to see them clean and organize their garage. Kevin and Jon still hung out together, while Kate whipped Jon a little more wherever she could find the time.
When they started to take each child out on their own one-on-one-special-days-with-mommy-and-daddy was when the show started to jump the shark, I think. They were actually running out of things to do to keep
their viewing audience. So they started packing up the troupe and taking trips. The rest is history. The premise is no longer the premise. No longer are they living life as if there is no camera in the house. Now it's us watching them vacation. Period. Maybe in the future we'll see the family of nine scaling Mount Everest. Mady won't be there. She'll be back in Hawaii, searching for the two girls she met on the beach in probably the most unscripted, spontaneous moment of her life.

Anonymous said...

A quick look into the internet reveals much about these two. They have not been alone, people wise and finance wise with the sixtuplets. The church, her father is or was an associate pastor there, donated a trailer full of items to Mr. and Mrs. Greed. Jon even relates to the newspaper I'll put the clip at the bottom they had all they needed. Some of these items were seen in second hand shops being sold at a fraction of the original cost. This brought a ton a negative publicity in the Reading Eagle. The same church along with a reality show remodeled their home. Kate complained off camera about the room colors and decor, both these items she mentions in her book. Jon then complained he received a 1099 for 59,000 from NBC for the value. He did this on the Triplet Connection website. A website he spent alot of time on until the media blasted him on it and he requested all his posts be deleted. They had a home nurse until the babies were 1 along with several church volunteers. These kind people even learned how to feed preemies, on their own. After dismissing much of the volunteer help they went to court to keep the nurse but were not successful. The judge stated they needed a nanny not a nurse. They then appealed to people via the donate to Jon and Kate website for $25,000to pay the nurse on there own, and pre-school tuition for Cara and Mady. They used the same website to pitch a need list including a 15 passenger van. Had it not been for friends, family, strangers donations and most of all the grace of God these clowns would be in sad shape. What makes me sick is not how much help they had but how little they want to acknowledge. Oh by the way forgot to mention they survived all this with no income as Jon had been fired also mentioned in Kates book, for "Stealing time." To me they maybe don't lie but are always evasive, and misleading. Jon says a person at TLC approached them, about the pilot. Kate said earlier that she taped the kids and sent the tapes out thus the response from TLC. Just like the trips. They are invited after someone else suggests the trips to the sponsors. They arent sitting at home and get a call hey wanna fly to France from Air France or a Parisian hotel.
Sorry Chris for all my spewings but the help for them has been no stop. The only persons alone are anyone that tried to help and crossed Kates path.
http://www.becomehealthynow.com/ebookprint.php?id=1156
http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.sixgosselins.com
http://readingeagle.com/blog.aspx?bid=8&id=1132#1750
Some light reading LOL

Anonymous said...

TLC promo for November and addition of "twins, twins and sextuplets"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qFIg4uXCi8

Cwey said...

I remember the earlier episode when Kate went to the grocery store with coupons and said her challenge was to see how much money she could save. Now that's what I want to see! Real life!

Now it's getting more and more like a half-hour commercial with how many places/products can the Gosselins advertise. Besides, how real can it be when a normal family can afford to bring their 8 kids into Legoland, much less Hawaii? Obviously everything is free/sponsored, so how can us little people relate to them?

kate used to say 'we want to have a normal life, we don't want to stop living a normal life just because we have so many kids'. Well, I hardly consider numerous vacations per year 'normal', not to mention all the freebies.

Bring back the real J&K plus 8!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I used to love the show, but now is offensive to me, I am envious of their lifestyle and the celebrity treatment they get for doing nothing, I guess allowing camera crews in their homes and showing off youyr life to half the world, because this show is played in Latinamerica too...
I was wondering last night how much is the suite at the Grand.... resort that they got, and the catamaran trip, and when she asked the captain to sail around 2 more hours so she could relax in the trampoline??? TLC people, these are hard economy times for the wolrd and they are living such unreal. You could tell Kate never in her wildest dreams thought of traveling to places in such luxury.

MrsRef said...

I have met "amazing" people in my lifetime and they were not amazing because they had 8 kids. They were amazing because after "loosing" children, they turned their tragedy into helping others. They are raising disabled children. They are raising other peoples children. They have battled horrendous diseases and have overcome horrible circumstances and get out of bed to live another day. Galavanting around the country with your hands out for freebies is not what I call amazing.

Anonymous said...

I just watched the youtube video for TWINS TWINS AND SEXTUPLETS - will be interesting to see if this family evolves (or should I say devolves) into what KON have morphed into.

Sue said...

I found out today that Jon has a relative or friend, my source didn't know which, that lives in Orange County, CA, whose family were selected to go along with KON on this trip to Hawaii to help with the kids. This family of four had an all expense paid trip including hotel, airfare, food and all the rest of it, to be helpers. This source is a neighbor and friend of the mother of this family. This family was away for three and a half weeks. If it is a family member, they might have stayed a little longer to visit with other family members that Jon mentioned he wanted to visit with while there. She didn't know if they went to San Diego with them. She did say that she saw this family's kids on T.V. swimming and their daughter was one of the girls that Jon said was Maddy's new playmate at the beach.

Anonymous said...

Wow, This is all so true. The show used to be tolerable to watch. But this has gone way to far. In these economic times for TLC to parade these people all over is offensive, and just cruel. I honestly do not believe these people care, as long as the gravy train keeps rolling. How sad is this. If TLC has HALF a brain they will pull the plug, that woman and no-balls need to grow a conscience somewhere in their empty heads.

Anonymous said...

I quit watching the show but I enjoy reading the posts of the viewers who still do, they keep me updated.

When I decided to quit watching I also made a conscious decision to contact TLC and tell them why they were losing a viewer. I told them I would be blocking the channel on my DVR - That I believed that TLC and JOK were exploiting the children.

Anyway- as you can tell I'm not a good speller and terrible with grammer but if all you who posted here did the same maybe we could put an end to the JOK train. Think of it as this: If you were at the store and saw someone discipling their child but causing injuring would you stand by? This kids have become a circus act and I wonder as they grow up what will become of them? Its time for us to take a stand and stop the abuse.

Please - Contact TLC and ask the JOK train to stop!

Thanks for listening to my rant.

momforthekids said...

I watched the video of the new show "twins, twins and sextuplets", and I must say that I am looking forward to this new show. We need something that is refreshing. The Gosselin family has become boring. It's the same old Kate and Jon. Kate acts like she is the only person in the world that has given birth to sextuplets. Move over Jon and Kate, your days are numbered.

As far as Mady and her meltdowns, I have a feeling that Kate was like that when she was Mady's age. Kate is a cold person. There is no warmth to her. Jon and Kate realize what they are doing to their kids, but they don't care. Alls they think about is the money and what can we get for free. I feel really bad for those children. They will be the ones to suffer in the end. I hope their show ends soon.

Anonymous said...

I also contacted TLC via their website and got a response. They said they appreciated my concern for the children and my e-mail was passed on to producers of the show. I do not know if that is an automatic response or an honest one, but perhaps if they receive enough complaints, they will finally take heed!
Everyone get on their website and send your complaints!

betsy said...

I think it's about "look how well our damage control machine works!" I mean, last night they all -almost- looked like a normal family if you can forget they were all there for free and that they were making cookies hotel kitchen and that they were being followed by a camera crew and that one of the kids was pretending to have a boom! (that made me laugh out loud)If you can get forget that part....

Anonymous said...

I quit watching some time ago. At first I enjoyed the show except for Kate's constant put downs of Jon. Their bickering got on my nerves and I realized all of the kids bicker and hit as their response to just about everything. I didn't ever see J or K try to reason with the kids to help them learn to resolve issues without hitting. They put them in the corner and then forced them to hug, etc. To this day this is the norm. All kids do hit occassionally, but it is up to the parents to help them learn alternatives. But in this case the parents themselves have no alternate behavior. Later, even Jon stopped relating to the children in a kind way. Everyone seems to be going thru the motions. I find the show disturbing on many levels. The kids are just not getting what they need from their parents (relatives,friends, peers) to grow up well adjusted. They may learn to value material things as opposed as loving, nurturing relationships as the important things in life. Sad, but if their lives continue as is, (and you they can't go back and reclaim the first 4 years) it can't be good. They will also realize that the people that should cherish and protect them, chose material items over them. Sad. Maybe they will become the kind of people that will raise their own families by doing what they would like to have had done for them.

Anonymous said...

This show is no more now than it used to be. We all believed what we saw and wondered how hard it would be financially and physically. Unfortunately, we were all told lies but didn't know it then so we all fell right under their spell. I do not believe a lot of us still understand the ease of their life. Can you imagine going in a store and picking out clothes for your children at no cost to you...going to places you only dream of visiting and then finding out you have an entire suite in which to stay...so maybe some of us get our one dream vacation a year but can you take your children to every costly attraction that is there...can you afford to visit the spa if you where there...can you imagine needing new flooring in your entire house and having it furnished for you....can you imagine shopping sprees to get entire new wardrobes? No, probably not but you have a mother that helps with your children whenever she can and enjoys doing it, you have a father that will take your son fishing, you go to the local carnival and visit with all your friends you haven't seen for a while. Your children see joy in small things that brings joy to your heart. So, who is the richer I think we are all the struggles in life build family,friendships and character.
I quit watching the show. I don't see Jon and Kate building anything that will last a lifetime and as my father used to say "Let then have their fun but remember the sun does not shine on one dog's behind all the time." There will be sacrifices for them to pay unfortunately I feel some of those will involve the mental health of their children.

Anonymous said...

anonymous said "Oh by the way forgot to mention they survived all this with no income as Jon had been fired also mentioned in Kates book, for "Stealing time."".

I didn't know that part. Where I work people have been fired for the same reason. It's because they are on the clock and not working. For example, someone I know was fired because they altered their timecard to say they were on time, but they were really 2 hours late (on multiple occassions). I don't know what ways Jon "Stole Time", but believe me, you know when you're doing it. When they fire you for stealing time, you're being deceptive on purpose.

TPoV said...

I know many people send them gifts and write e-mails to them saying if they need any financial support they will be willing to donate money. But the truth is, they are very wealthy. According to people magazine they make a lot of money for the show and their book. Kate carries a $350 coach bag and both Jon and Kate have iPhones. The premise of the show has dramatically changed since it first aired. The show went from a family, trying to survive with 8 young children and daily financial struggles to a wealthy family who get free trips and eats at fancy restaurants. There is no reason to still feel bad for "the family" as I can assure you, financially, they are doing just fine.

-Teen's Point of View

Anonymous said...

hmm...the premise of the show? How about the miracle of how a borderline retarded "man", his trailer trash wife, and their 8 un-cute, un-talented, un-civilized children are living the life of Reilly because God decided they were so special??

Anonymous said...

The theme is: See what a magic uterus can get you

Anonymous said...

You are absolutely right!
I was just telling my husband last night all about this site and some of the things that have been said including the "backdoor treatment" at Disney.
He said, "It seems like the first couple of seasons were dedicated to showing their struggles. Now, they don't struggle at all. Maybe they should pull the plug and deem it a 'Happy Ending'?"
Wow.
And he's only watched one episode per season.

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People catch on quick these days. My husband has barely seen the show and he stopped in the living room last night to make a few comments on the Hawaii trip. Then he said, "Let me guess..the show is paying for all of this" Yep.

Anonymous said...

Not only do they plan for the biggest vacation of their lives, but they also relocate their family to a home that can finally accommodate their eight growing kids
******
Finally?! WTH? Since when could their current house not accomodate them? The bedrooms, even shared with 3, are pretty enormous and almost empty. The rest of the house has plenty of space..

Anonymous said...

PUH-LEEZE!!!! Darn right I could amaze myself and everyone else if I:

1. had a chef
2. had a housekeeper
3. had a nanny
4. didn't work for a living
5. received free clothes, toys, vacations, etc., etc., etc.
****
I just watched the Chocolate World re-run. Kate was making plans and Jon was whining he had to work and grumbling about what a hassle it is. Too bad! That's what every other parent deals with! Of course, now he got his way and they both just stay home. So yeah, most people could easily swing it with 8 kids if they had such an easy path as KON.

Anonymous said...

has anyone else seen the hayes family? is this new to tlc? i think tls is going out of their way to present families who can handle their difficulties with grace, although i am only guessing the hayes mother is more thankful and relaxed than kate since i didn't catch the show. also, is kate aware of this family because she thinks God picked only them special above all else to be parents to sextuplets and two sets of multiples. she honestly thinks they are the only ones because she feels so deserving of free stuff instead of giving back and seeking help through community with other multiple fams.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the premise is let's see how good life can be if we alienate everyone around us except those that are hired by the show. Who needs family, friends, etc? We will show you that no one does!

Anonymous said...

I just saw on another board that TLC is planning another new show. "Twins, Twins, and Sextuplets" Can't wait to see how Queen Kate in all her jealous glory competes with this other mother. Or is this a sign that Kon is being replaced?"

haha! I know! It will be great. I can't wait to see it. I just hope this family is not overcome by the greed like KON! I worry about the Duggers getting to into all the freebies too. I hate to see these families be given so much that they become gluttons. Ick.

Moons in Leo said...

Ooooh! Ooooh! I think I know!

It's to show the American public what going on vacations is like since most of us can't afford them any more.

Or maybe it's how to be ungrateful for everything you've been given.

Hmmmm...let me see...it's a lesson in pimpology?

Am I getting warmer?

bcd5 said...

I notice that a lot of the posts mention hard economic times, isn't that the truth! Except for the Gosselin family, who are riding high (and free) at least for the moment. I know a number of people who could greatly benefit from a fraction of the money, free services, and special treatment that this bunch of rude and ungrateful people are enjoying. The first ones that come to mind are a couple that have two children of their own, and are now raising five others (a total of seven kids) in a single wide mobile home. The parents of the five extra children were killed in a car accident about a month ago, and the kids had no other family. These people are receiving NO help whatsoever, no food stamps, no volunteers flocking to offer their services, and they are barely scraping by financially. Then you tune in to TLC and see these self-absorbed morons jetting around the country on someone else's dime... Nice. I used to be a die hard Jon and Kate fan, but I haven't watched in over a month, and have no plans to ever watch again. I cannot wait to see the day that TLC pulls the plug on this show -it is almost non-believeable these days.

qtrfan said...

I am so tired of hearing the word "awesome" out of both Jon and Kate's mouths over and over. Premise for another drinking game??

Anonymous said...

These people are receiving NO help whatsoever, no food stamps, no volunteers flocking to offer their services, and they are barely scraping by financially.///


Why cant you help them? Even if you are unable to give them money, Im sure you can think of something helpful. Can't you?

Liz said...

I think the new name of the show should be "Jon and Kate Product Place!"

Anonymous said...

I think the premise is what happens when uneducated people get a lot of money fast. Can we say nouveau riche? Or Beverly Hillbillies? Hey, it worked the first time around.

laflyer said...

IMO this show has become about having a t.v. show long enough for the tups to be able to get their own INDIVIDUAL shows. Since most shows revolve around just KON talking ad nauseam of perfectly normal stuff, that somehow requires serious 'planning' to achieve. Does any one really see these kids getting off the t.v. dole? They may be children, but as is becoming clear with every episode aired, they are understanding their own celebrity. Whether they understand or enjoy the attention, it does become addicting. Wait for anything? Who? Us? Don't you know Who We Are?
Can you see some of the tups going into their own disney-ish show? God, just the thought of any of these children getting their own 'reality show'. Is Alexis going to get her own 'aldergator' show? Real World Gosselin edition anyone? Will Kate become the new stage mom from hell? I mean more then she already is? Can you see these kids in endless matching outfits like little dwarves wearing bibs and drinking out of sippy cups? Because, um, you know, it is so hard to raise 8 kids and remember they are yours unless they all have matching clothes.

Anonymous said...

I find it telling that TLC describes the move as "relocating"' We are in the process of relocating to another state for a job, however, when we moved from CT to FL...it was just that a "move". When I hear the word "relocate", I always assume it is job related....hmmmmm
In the Gosselin case, I guess it is job related!

Grammier said...

The premise of the show is "Watch this train wreck with us, and try to figure out which child will write the Mommy Dearest book first."

My bet is on either Mady or Joel.

LotsaCats said...

LotsaCats said…
In addition to all her poop and potty displays, Kate has been turning me off since a much earlier episode in which she and Jon go "out ta dinner" -- as Maddy says.
She repeatedly picks large chunks of food from Jon's plate, saying, "I want more of that" -- which has quickly become her greedy theme for the rest of the series.
Jon should have slapped her hand, but he is too much of a dumbwit!

Anonymous said...

chris said...
To this day, I wonder if Kate has ever been all alone with the kids.

11/11/2008 10:45 AM

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I'm willing to be that the only time she's been alone with the kids was when she was pregnant with them and Jon still went to "work."

quinn said...

Jon and Kate should be so thankful for their eight children that support them now.

steph said...

laflyer, I've felt for a long time that the tups were being primed for a Nickelodeon or Disney Channel type show and if it's not already in the works I'd be surprised!
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machinegunsmom said........
How irresponsible during times like these to show a family parading around in free name-brand clothes going on free luxury vacations with special treatment and freebies...and then pass them off as an average American family.........
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I write to TLC almost every week complaining about the exploitation of the kids, the absurd premise of the show, and how far TLC has veered from network's original show premise; which WAS to present programs that teach us something; and in the case of the Goeeslins it was how a large young family coped with the challenges of everyday life. I beg them to either end the show or return it to the original premise and to also stop featuring outrageous trips that almost no family in the country can even think about taking in these tough times.

I beg TLC to either discontinue the show or transfer it to their Travel Channel because J&K+8 is nothing but a travelgue. Nothing pertains to everyday life and NO family can relate to what they're airing. How many more theme parks can they visit? How many more expensive destinations can they dream up excuses to visit?

Along with another writer, I ask everyone who comments here to take a few minutes to write TLC via the feedback section of their website and tell them how you feel and that it's time for the show to end.

I haven't watched the show for 3 weeks and feel so much better about myself. By not watching I don't feel like I'm helping in the promotion and exploitation of the kids. I also weekly write the sponsors of the show (firms who are featured on the show such as the GW, LegoLand, zoo, etc) as well as advertisers (the commercials that air during the show)and tell them how I feel about the show and that I will not buy products they make as long as they continue to be J&K+8 sponsors.

I'm insulted they're airing the yard sale - especially before Thanksgiving. They're making a mockery of the very meaning of the holiday as well as mocking the people who 'truly' GIVE and the very meaning of the word; people who do it from their hearts, even if it hurts; who do it because they want to - not because their PR firm or their tv network thinks it will be good for their image and they need to make another episode to fulfill their contract. AND, to air it after they've taken possession of their multimillion dollar home is another insult.

Write to TLC, my fellow bloggers. Write to the shows sponsors.

Ravvello said...

3 Farmers had a great line yesterday in another thread, Lifestyles of the Bitch and Shameless. That seems to be the premise of the show.

I applaud everyone who has stopped watching. And KUDOS to everyone sending emails to TLC, the sponsors and all the vendors sponsoring this greedfest. Ask TLC the question 3 farmers posed what is the purpose, premise of this show?

Only in America can 2 lazy unemployed people live the royal lifestyle, thanks to pimping out some cute kids.

Anonymous said...

I was watching Regis & Kelly this morning and Kelly was mentioning that her kids were upset that actors were used in her commericals. Kelly said something like "I told my kids there weren't in the union so they couldn't work those hours...", which made me think...are the Gosselin kids in the actor's union? And if not, how can TLC get away with this. The show is scripted and no longer a reality show.

UniStudent said...

"JOK plus 8: Profiling just how easy child exploitation can be.
Join Jon and Kate on their exciting journey to see how many corporate sponsors they can name in a half hour. Doing nothing and getting rich has never looked easier!"

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I just saw on another board that TLC is planning another new show. "Twins, Twins, and Sextuplets" Can't wait to see how Queen Kate in all her jealous glory competes with this other mother. Or is this a sign that Kon is being replaced?
11/11/2008 9:08 AM
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Do you think KON even has made the connection that this new show (with TWO sets of twins) may be curtains for them and their weekly freak show? If the family on this new show is somewhat normal and relatable, KON will clearly be even more ridiculous than they already are. Is the end near??

Anonymous said...

I saw the previews of twins twins and sextuplets and am very interested in watching it. I betcha Kate has seen those previews and is spinning with fear over what kind of comparisons will be going on between herself and that mother, and just the shows in general. hehe. IF ONLY this would mean an end to Kate Gosselin. Man one can dream right?

Kathryn said...

I turned the channel before it was over last night. I felt like I was watching an infomercial.

One big yawn-fest as Jon described every last detail of the hotel.

No thanks. It's the same week after week now. It's so transparent.

Anonymous said...

These kids with their OWN shows?? Where is the talent? They are merely "cute".. some more so than others..just like any other family.
Mady & Cara didn't catch the eye of the acting/modeling agency; whatever that one episode was about.
I don't think any of them have "it".
("Sing, Mady Sing.." Yeah; for your supper.)

Anonymous said...

I looked up some info on the Hayes Family (Twins, Twins, & Sextuplets) and the husband actually has job - he is a police officer. One of the sextuplets, I believe it is one of the girls, has cerebral palsy. I am certain this show will be much more interesting than J&K and these people actually deal with real issues. The countdown is on for KON...your 15 minutes is almost up...better get one more trip in!

Anonymous said...

I remember in the beginning Jon and Kate said that they started allowing their lives to be filmed to show people what their life was like in the attempt to address the misconceptions people had about their family. They mentioned the stares they used to get. Well, continuing to do the show for how many seasons now and promoting anything they can, sure is the best way to cut down on those stares. Not to mention, they seem to be masters at perpetuating misconceptions. I mean, isn't that their schtick. I think a lot less people would take issue with all of the perks that they receive if they were just upfront about it. They need to be honest and stop promoting themselves as being in need or having to worry about their finances. And even if they were in need, does that justify exposing their children's lives on a weekly television show for years?Just because they have 8 children doesn't make their plight any different than anyone else's. It was their choice. There are many people, even those without kids, who are just trying to survive. It's not right to take advantage of people's generosity under false pretenses simply because they are in a unique situation. And while it will be nice to see Jon and Kate doing something charitable in upcoming episodes instead of going on luxury vacations, it will seem so disingenuous. As they say, too little too late. All I can say is that I hope someone does a show about the truth of Jon and Kate to sort out fact from fiction. I also hope that viewers are starting to see Jon and Kate for who they are and what they are doing.

Anonymous said...

This show is a long, boring, shameless infomercial. Not an infomercial for s good cause, say for Heifer International, Amnesty International or UNICEF; no, it's an infomercial for worthless and wasteful stuff.

Anonymous said...

I am calling it....within the next 6 months, there will be a "John and Kater Give Back" episode. TLC/FIgure will come up with something to try to rectify the Gimmee Gimmee's and save face for Kon.

and I just have to say: STOP PLAYING THE WEDDING EVENT COMMERCIAL TLC!! It makes me want to hurl.

my9cats said...

anonymous said...
11/11/2008 11:44 AM

Excellent chronology.
Lest we forget, during the alleged "hard times", KON had a sizable bank account from Jon's inheritance from his late father. KON felt they shouldn't have to spend 'their savings' to take care of their family. What balls these two jerks have!

Konzilla said...

*perks up* balls? who said balls? Jon found his balls? *straining to glimpse the miracle*

Oh dear, not so...

Anonymous said...

There will be sacrifices for them to pay unfortunately I feel some of those will involve the mental health of their children.

We can all see Mady has some very serious issues and J&K don't know how to address them, other than pointing out that she has issues. I think it's behavior she learned first-hand from Kate and Kate no-likey (that's hawaiin, btw). She's sees herself in Mady but can't oust her like she did the rest of her family. It's so annoying to see Kate act like a brat and get away with it, but when Mady starts in, she refuses to deal with her 'ugliness'.

The two of them should take Mady by the hand and walk her into a psychologist's office. The only problem with that (and I'm sure they've thought of this), is that Jon and Kate would both be drawn and quartered in a second by any specialist worth their salt once Mady started telling her story.

To the original question 3farmers asked: IMNSHO The new premise of the show is "how to be a dysfunctional family and still prosper."

blueyedangel1207 said...

When I first started watching this show I was curious as to what went on in their lives. How did they make it through the day with 8 kids? How could they afford 8 kids and stay so organized? I'm a sinlge mom with 2 kids who struggles each day with money, organization and my sanity. I was totally curious how this mom did and thought if she can do this then so can I!

But, as the show went on I started to question things and have finally stopped watching the show.

My kids and I had gone to Dinsey around the same time Kon aired their visit to Disney. My DD asked me why we didn't get a private viewing with the Princesses. Sorry kiddo...your outta luck on that one. Mommy is not selling your childhood just so you can get a free viewing with some princesses.

Next thing you know the Disney trip was aired and now they are getting ready to go to Utah for a free ski trip and head off to Chicago to see Oprah. Plus, all the other FREE one-on-one days they got with the kids. Once all of that was over and done with they were then planning more free day trips out to see Thomas and to make birthday cupcakes. Then comes their big trip to NC and now to Hawaii.

My DD would watch this with me every Monday night and would always ask me why we can't go and do that or why can't we go to places that J&K go to? It would break my heart every single Monday night to tell her that Mommy can't afford to take her places like that. That we would have to save up in order for things like that to happen.

I am so glad I have stopped watching this show and refuse to sponser the sponsers who sponser them. LOL Wow does that not look right?!?! LOL

And is that the actual description TLC has on their website listed for J&K? They have another 'BIG' vacation coming up? Or are they talking about Hawaii and the vow renwel? I know about the house already. This is defianltely not your 'typical' American family and TLC has defiantely strayed away from their original premise of the show.

LotsaCats said...

That wedding show commercial -- I think someone a while back on this board called it "frightening."
It certainly is, with those two outsized faces grinning like monkeys. They were most likely not even filmed together.
I never EVER saw Kate beam the smallest smile at the kids.
Watch out KON -- your faces might freeze like that!

Anonymous said...

Well......
We watch a nanny, and many others pack up the family, load a rented bus, and then they are off on the road. Usually they fly, with the nanny of course Oh and dont forget they have to sit at the back so the kids dont have to mingle with the general public. They land and the nanny unloads the kids, perhaps even the luggage. A driver picks the family up takes them to the expensive resort they were invited to stay at, they spend some quality time being filmed doing numerous family activities, all the while Kate is yelling and Jon is being submissive. They wrap it all up by announcing which vacation destination they will hit next! Oh and dont forget the product placement. :)
..... Why do I even watch anymore.....

porkrind said...

Does anyone else think that Kate is a bit like the Old Woman in the Shoe:

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn't know what to do.
She gave them some broth without any bread,
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

(Except Kate gives them ORGANIC broth)

Anonymous said...

I haven't been watching long enough to determine what the original premise may have been. However, the current premise seems to be an unemployed slacker and his overbearing wife dragging a set of 8-year-old twins plus a set of 4-year-old sextuplets around the US in search of free stays at expensive resorts and excursions to ballparks, amusement parks, and anywhere else that will offer them something for nothing. It's way past time for this greedy couple to get off the gravy train and fade back into obscurity. Their 15 minutes were up a long time ago.

Anonymous said...

I haven't been watching long enough to determine what the original premise may have been. However, the current premise seems to be an unemployed slacker and his overbearing wife dragging a set of 8-year-old twins plus a set of 4-year-old sextuplets around the US in search of free stays at expensive resorts and excursions to ballparks, amusement parks, and anywhere else that will offer them something for nothing. It's way past time for this greedy couple to get off the gravy train and fade back into obscurity. Their 15 minutes were up a long time ago."

Yes, I like this one. Sort of a how-to manual for grifters : )

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else think that Kate is a bit like the Old Woman in the Shoe:

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn't know what to do.
She gave them some broth without any bread,
Then whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.

(Except Kate gives them ORGANIC broth)

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She did once compare herself to Old Mother Hubbard. She claimed critics don't like her because rather than spoil her children she is like Old Mother Hubbard.

Anonymous said...

Well......
We watch a nanny, and many others pack up the family, load a rented bus, and then they are off on the road. Usually they fly, with the nanny of course Oh and dont forget they have to sit at the back so the kids dont have to mingle with the general public. They land and the nanny unloads the kids, perhaps even the luggage. A driver picks the family up takes them to the expensive resort they were invited to stay at, they spend some quality time being filmed doing numerous family activities, all the while Kate is yelling and Jon is being submissive. They wrap it all up by announcing which vacation destination they will hit next! Oh and dont forget the product placement. :)
..... Why do I even watch anymore....."

Oh, so you are saying it's sort of a sequel to Super Nanny? : )

Lisa said...

TLC actually has on their website - Plan a Hawaiian Vacation like the Gosselins! When you click on that, a list of activities comes up that J&K did in Hawaii - charter a sailboat, enjoy a day of pampering at the spa, etc. As if most of America could afford to get to Hawaii, let alone any one of these activities! The fact that they post these things as a checklist for ordinary people to do and associate them with J&K as a normal, struggling family makes me sick! Maybe it would be a little easier to stomach if we (people who actually work for a living to support our families!) weren't being treated as if we were stupid and will just buy whatever J&K and TLC are trying to sell.
I started out as a fan of the show, but then certain things started to bother me. Where were the grandparents? The answer Kate gave to that one was very evasive and did not feel right to me. Then, people who used to frequent the show began to disappear. That is when I began to research their situation online and found this blog, along with Aunt Jodi's sister.
J&K and their lies will catch up with them sooner or later. I just cannot believe that TLC and the sponsors of their show expect us to blindly accept what J&K say and do. TLC actually perpetuates the lies and raves about J&K as wonderful people. It makes it so much worse, though, that we have to watch these horrible people take what they can and we are supposed to be happy for them on top of it!

queenie said...

If I were to flip this show on, not knowing really what it is, and watch it for half a season, I think that I might deduce that it is some kind of semi-scripted reality satire, like "Reno 911," about a ridiculous family of professional travelers who demonstrate products, services, and tourist attractions (because I would be wondering to myself why else would these awful people be just getting this stuff for free and if it isn't free, how are two unemployed losers paying for it?).

Then I would doubt my thoughts on the premise, because it is so absolutely stupid (although it's hilarity in making fun of real American family struggles is slightly genius), but then decide I'm correct because that's what it looks like, it cannot possibly be a "real" reality show, especially when the main star acts like such an unreasonably entitled shrew.

Then I would wonder who came up with this crap, as it wears so thin so quickly, and go watch Dancing With The Stars.

jeany said...

So TLC has announced its newest addition to Monday nights, "Twins, Twins, and Sextuplets". I can't say I am really in any way excited for this show. I have a feeling it will start out okay, portraying a normal life of a middle class family just long enough to kick KON out of the spotlight.
But then again KON started out okay too.
WHY is another show exploiting children a good thing? Inevitably it will be the same, the family makes money from the show then tries to keep it interesting by taking trips and exposing their kids to new things. Who wants to watch a family sit at home all of the time?
But it will still be exploitation. People on YouTube will still make fun of the children, the kids won't have normal private lives. It's not right. Look at the premise of J&K+8.
How can another KON be a good thing?

Anonymous said...

anonymous said...
I was watching Regis & Kelly this morning and Kelly was mentioning that her kids were upset that actors were used in her commericals. Kelly said something like "I told my kids there weren't in the union so they couldn't work those hours...", which made me think...are the Gosselin kids in the actor's union? And if not, how can TLC get away with this. The show is scripted and no longer a reality show.

11/11/2008 5:16 PM
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this is the whole issue with the Gosselins being on reality tv. There are no guidelines in place for how many hours a child can work on reality tv. Also, the kids are never in commercials so they don't have to join a union because once they join a union, their "work" hours would be limited. The KON have worked the loopholes in the laws into their favor.

ThreeFarmers said...

If I were to flip this show on, not knowing really what it is, and watch it for half a season, I think that I might deduce that it is some kind of semi-scripted reality satire, like "Reno 911," about a ridiculous family of professional travelers who demonstrate products, services, and tourist attractions (because I would be wondering to myself why else would these awful people be just getting this stuff for free and if it isn't free, how are two unemployed losers paying for it?).

I think the Gosselins should be featured on an episode of South Park. I dream about Kate trying to put a bib on Cartman and then seeing her feed him a plate of organic cheesy poofs.

In a perfect world, Kyle would lament to Jon what it's like to be a Jew and have a father who wears those obnoxious Ourapostlé t-shirts.

I want to see Chef in the kitchen making his Chocolate Salty Balls and trying to coax Kate into tasting them even though they aren't organic.

I want Kenny to be found dead on the floor of the laundry room. He always dies anyway, might as well make it ironic.

I want Cartman's trans-gender mother to put the moves on Jon and see that tempted look in his eyes.

I want Collin to steal Mr. Garrison's hand puppet and suck on it like a gum-stained chewey.

I want Terrance and Phillip to teach the tups how to cuss and fart on cue.

I would love it if Stan gave Robert Smith's phone number to Mady and Cara so they can learn how he annihilated Barbara Streisand. That way they'll be able to deal with Kate more effectively.

Big Gay Al could teach the Gosselins about tolerance so they can talk to people like neighbors, potential friends, and estranged family members.

I want Scott, Producer Jen, and the crew to film Santa and Jesus wrestling in the driveway.

Finally, I want Butters and Helper Jenny to run off together and live happily ever after.

Alas, 'tis only a dream.

I hope the admins understand humorous spirit in which this post was intended and it makes it through.

Anonymous said...

I work in the hospital where Mrs. Hayes delivered her sextuplets and both she and Eric Hayes are as NICE, NICE, NICE, as can be. Nothing like Jon and Kate. They are both hardworking (he is a police officer on the D.A.R.E. force - educating kids about not using drugs) and as down to earth as someone can be.

Aunt connie said...

I "googled" "Twins Twins and sextuplets Hayes family" and indeed, a new show will begin on November 17. This family looks to be a normal loving family. I am excited to see it. I wonder if J & K will watch. It might be a little food for thought for the Gosselins. As I was googleing I ran across many videos on Utube, etc. about the Gosselins. There are some very sweet videos starring the Gosselin kids. They are set to music and I was surprised at how much emotion they stirred within me. I began to feel sad as I watched, as many of the videos featured the Gosselin kids when they were babies. I feel sad now, thinking about how far off course the Gosselins went with their greediness. I feel contempt and anger at how they are subjecting their little kids to such a very abnormal life. What a shame. I am anxious to see the Hayes family next Monday. Wouldn't it be super if the Gosselins learned a thing or two about how life with all those multiples could be?

Anonymous said...

I bet the second Kate heard about "Twins, Twins and Sextuplets" she started the fertility drugs again so that her so called "magical uterus" could be worked out again.

She wouldn't want to do the downhill slide, so why not pop out a few more meal tickets? Then again, she'd need another FREE tummy tuck. Wait! That's another episode!! (Insert dry heaves here)

avasmommy said...

Sue...
This is very interesting information. I would love to know more. The saddest part is, that I'm sure this was Maddy's "new" friend because she has never met them. This just makes them worse. Not only are they getting a free ride, but their FAMILY is there helping them and they don't even acknowledge this to the audience. So sad.

Anonymous said...

I started my Christmas shopping Monday at Park City Mall in Lancaster, as I live only 20 minutes away. This is the mall where the Kons pick up their free swag. As I walked by the Gap, Gymbo & Banana Republic I actually cringed. Inside those stores were young people making an honest living, most likely students from the nearby university. Some of those clerks have posted (some here on the sightings page) how neither Kate or Jon acknowlege them, look them or barely mumble 'thank you' if they even thank them at all. It kills me that the E-Town Hillbillies think they are better than a person who is actually WORKING and most likely furthering their education.

As far as what the premise of the show is now? It is in the worst possible taste to show the Kons enjoying a $20,000+ vacation when the rest of us are feeling the effects of these tough times. I hope this diplay of gluttony helps shear a large amount of sheeple from the flock. There is no premise any longer. However, a large amount of the Kon viewers just love the kids, they'd watch no matter what they were doing and TLC seems to have figured that out.

I would love to know what the ratings currently are, compared to last year. Does anyone know where to find ratings for cable shows?

Anonymous said...

Lisa said...
"TLC actually has on their website - Plan a Hawaiian Vacation like the Gosselins! When you click on that, a list of activities comes up that J&K did in Hawaii - charter a sailboat, enjoy a day of pampering at the spa, etc. As if most of America could afford to get to Hawaii, let alone any one of these activities!"


Does TLC also list the cost to participate in each individual activity while staying at the Grand Wailea resort in Hawaii ? Additionally, the activities that J & K participated in during their stay within the confines of an all inclusive resort did NOT even remotely represent what Hawaii has to offer its tourists! J & K represented to viewers what the RESORT has to offer NOT Hawaii.

Anonymous said...

I think the one good thing about another family joining the line up on Monday nights is that it will bring more exposure as far as children on reality tv. Laws will have to be written soon with so many families joining the reality tv circuit. It will bring more awareness to children working on television. I hope.

T-bag said...

How is starting another show any better than this? How is that not exploitation again? You think that the Hayes are going to be better than the Gosselins? Maybe for a season or two. You think people aren't going to unearth some dirt on them?

Hayes Without Pity here we come...

Anonymous said...

TLC actually has on their website - Plan a Hawaiian Vacation like the Gosselins! When you click on that, a list of activities comes up that J&K did in Hawaii - charter a sailboat, enjoy a day of pampering at the spa, etc. As if most of America could afford to get to Hawaii, let alone any one of these activities! The fact that they post these things as a checklist for ordinary people to do and associate them with J&K as a normal, struggling family makes me sick!"

I suppose the PR people at the resort actually thought that by giving these greedy people another free trip the rest of us would read about all the places they went and be able to just go to them too. Puh-leaze. They wasted their money on KON because the only people who can do that are the ones who would have been able to afford it in the first place--not many!

ashley said...

When the children are older and can understand what their parents took away from them what will they have left........Well I bet that KON is keeping the money even though its the children that earn it, despite all the memories made (as Kate would say) they really wont remember much, the twins might but honestly whats to remember, your mom yelling and your dad having no spine.

I think all the kids will take away from the show is a whole lot of frequent flyer miles. Which I hope they use to get as far away from Kate as possible.

erin said...

I'm going to try again, I'm not sure why my original comment yesterday was rejected. I think in the end the premise of the show hasn't really changed. They are a big family struggling with their own everyday challenges. I don't think that is any different. I think what the show portrays has changed (from Kate grocery shopping to showing trips and speaking engagements) because their lives have changed accordingly. For better or worse, they *are* celebrities now and the show is just representing that. It would be a little (LOT) disengenuious for them to refuse to show that and still show them as a struggling family. Then we would all be angry about that.

I think we see this switch in a lot of reality shows, the Real World is a prime example. Originally about young people dealing with real life issues, now how drunk/stupid/violent can these kids be in a 4 month span. I think to a certain extent that is because the youth of America has changed in like form. I think to not show that would make it less genuine. I think that about Jon and Kate, too. I think that if they didn't show the progression of the family from struggling to celebrity that would be like lying to the public. So I guess in my mind the change in premise is not such a problem.

Anonymous said...

"Jon, the semi-retarded man and his trailer trash wife" -- too funny. Too true. And their 8 explosive children, now ages 16 and 12, still wearing bibs and using sippy cups, still asking to go to the potty. Watch the 3 Gosselin boys as they wear their matching outfits and shoes to 7th grade and get their respective asses kicked by normal boys waiting for them to arrive in their limo. Too bad, too sad for these children. I truly despise the people Jon & Kate Gosselin. While I want nothing but a turn around and the best for the kids, I'd like a real blast of reality for these two terrible parents.

Anonymous said...

I think the premise of the show is to let people know that if you are in a situation where you are struggling, and you have a TV program spotlight your life; you will be rewarded with abundance. Also, that if you are on TV routinely, you should completely change your look, even if that means having surgery.

Anonymous said...

Give me a break.
This just goes along with what a lot of you have been saying about Kon trying to CON the world into thinking differently from what we actually SEE on the show.
Watch this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU1N0YyS1_k

And tell me what you think of Kate's "Layaway Allegation" (as my husband and I call it) and one of the twins saying "We WHAT?!" immediately after. Trying to convince us of that is just plain insulting.

grandee4 said...

Lordy be,
Today is the J/K marathon on TLC. Can I stand another Wed. night of these people. I am off on Wed night and like to watch TLC. Gonna have to find something else because they were on last night too with so old episodes. I watched for a while, with eyes wide open now. What a lazy woman, that Kate. I really did'nt pay attention to that when they first aired. Now, I see it all. Have been for a while now.
The one comment, among many that stands out with me is when Jon was getting the girls ready for the bus and Kate was not up yet. She comes strolling out, like a Queen and after some explaining from Jon that it is getting harder and harder to get the girls ready in the morn by himself. The self centered, so called Mom of this group says "I'm not a morning person ok, get used to it." What a horrible thing to say, and in front of the kids.
TLC needs to rip this show from the air. However, I do believe the damage is done. What a shame!

Lisa said...

I just tried to watch that youtube video of the "layaway allegation" and it says the video is not available - is it something I am doing wrong or do you think KON somehow had it removed?
I agree, though, that trying to make us believe that J&K actuially use layaway, or do anything for themselves for that matter, is just plain insulting our intelligence.

LotsaCats said...

I'm sorry, I must have missed and now can't find the post by Sue about Maddy and her "friends" that was commented on. Were they really Jon's relatives or something?
Can't imagine KON letting any of their kids hobnob with strangers!

Anonymous said...

Ok just a few IMO remarks. Did anyone else notice that you never see katie without hair and make up done?If I had a guess on filming days I am sure she is getting up together. Very common for reality shows. Also everyone keeps talking about when the money train leaves and they wont have all special trips things ect..Well, they will. They might not get it for free, but people they have made major $$$$ and have not had to spend it and your forget reruns. As often as the show plays, they are racking it in. What makes me very sad is there is nothing in place to but that money aside for the kids, like with child actors. J and k control it all!!! I think that is why it is call Jon and Kate plus 8 because that makes it Jon and Kates show and not the kids, so the money call all go to them. My daughter loves the show and of course wants to do all they do and I hate telling her that is not how real people live.
ok I am done

Anonymous said...

I heard that reality shows did not include residuals. For sure the first three seasons where they weren't paid for the episodes, they would get nothing for those to be reshown.

wendimail said...

The premise is that they are still the highest rated program on TLC, so they will continue doing what they're doing. When the ratings drop off so will they. It's all about money from the bottom to the top.

tripletsmom said...

T-bag,

Don't be so negative about the Hayes family. Just because the Gosselins have been a BIG disappointment, doesn't mean another large family shouldn't have a chance. I'm sure that the Hayes family will learn from Jon and Kate's mistakes and faults. Perhaps this will be the one show that everyone will like. Could this be Kate's punishment from God for not really caring about her kids? I think we all should give the Hayes family a chance before making any negative comments. JMO. :)

Suzanne said...

This show has become extremely annoying. Never mind the bratty children but the parents - my goodness! They are so self-absorbed. It's time the network cancels this show. I find it boring and without merit. All of the Gosselins need a personality transplant and soon - very soon!

Anonymous said...

I just watched that foolish interview on Fox News/aka The Layaway Allegation (thanks to the person who posted the link). A couple of observations: 1) they must be paid K-Mart spokespeople & 2) notice how uptight they get (especially lazy-Jon) each time the book is brought up

Anonymous said...

I was watching the Hayes interview on ABC and Mrs. Hayes said "we were trying for one just more and instead we hit the jackpot (i.e. sextuplets).....compare and contrast that to Kate's statement of "we gambled on just one and instead we lost"....very telling I'de say.

ashley said...

anon 9:30

How come you think they were not paid for the first three seasons, I dont think anybody would put out that much time for three years and not receive some sort of compensation. However Im sure what they are making now is much more than before.....but I think they are spending more time filming now than before.

SmartyQ said...

11/12/2008 8:16 AM Anonymous said... Give me a break.
This just goes along with what a lot of you have been saying about Kon trying to CON the world into thinking differently from what we actually SEE on the show.
Watch this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU1N0YyS1_k

And tell me what you think of Kate's "Layaway Allegation" (as my husband and I call it) and one of the twins saying "We WHAT?!" immediately after. Trying to convince us of that is just plain insulting.


I didn't notice one of the twins speaking because I became ensorcelled with Katie's newly acquired lisp. Thee hath a sthrong thibilant eth now. Another round of braces or veneers?

Anonymous said...

This is what Eric Hayes had to say about people on SuperNanny...very sweet.

"I like to see what kind of fools there are all out there 'cause we're handling it with 10 and they have one and two and they -- they're going bananas," Eric said.

Mari said...

*giggle*
Watched the YouTube video again.
In response to the reporter asking how they found time to write Multiple Blessings
"Well, uh we carved out the time we didn't have, but we wanted to write down the memories for the kids..."
Katie, Katie, katie...*sigh* I don't ride the short bus to school every day. I see you and Jon, but where's Beth Carson who, no doubt, did the actual work on the book?
And having your lives taped for 3 years I think is enough recorded "memories" to last a lifetime.
Oh Katie, when will you learn?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU1N0YyS1_k

Lisa said...

I just watched the interview with FOX News - Oh my word! I cannot believe they (KON) would have viewers believe they still clip coupons and plan meals by the weekly sales in supermarkets! Wow - they truly view the public as fools.
They are so unenthusiastic as they try to sell their book, too. I suppose they feel that is not their responsibility, either. Has anyone heard Kate mention Beth in conjunction with their book EVER? She does not even acknowledge her help in writing it - or the fact that Beth's name is on the cover! Why don't any of these interviewers ask them about her?

Anonymous said...

No disrespect to Beth Carson, but I think the majority of the book was written by a ghost writer that their publisher hired. Think about it, none of them are professional writers, Kon can't even put 2 cognitive sentences together and those 2 are as lazy as can be. They probably took Beth's ideas and summaries and force fed it to a nicely-paid ghost writer who did all the work on this book. And the reason why Beth isn't mentioned in the interview is probably because the news outlets are told beforehand not to bring her name up ever. I suspect once the dust is settled Beth will come out and give her side, but until then we may never know all the details leading up to her sudden departure. All I know fore certain is that Beth is way better off without Kon in her life.

Anonymous said...

When Kate clearly sees that it hurts Joel's feelings to be the "last in the birth order", why on earth does she continue to even talk about it. Joel was sad and embarrassed when he was the last child to be seen by their doctor, because he is last in the birth order. How stupid, anal, and so like Kate to even consider that the birth order is how tasks are completed. GRRRRR...

Anonymous said...

I thought the premise was obvious: It's a reality show about the lives of the Gosselin family. While the show's content has changed, the premise has not. Yes, the new season is clearly different than those prior, but keep in mind that the children are getting older, which gives the family more freedom in choosing activities. The Gosselins are becoming increasingly well known, which is an obvious explanation for the recent abundance of free trips. I would be cautious in claiming that "the Jon and Kate sham has run out of gas," because the show is actually its height of popularity. Unfortunately, this statement is merely wishful thinking.

Anonymous said...

Jon and Kate +8 has become the most popular show on TLC. I don't think the producers will be too keen on canceling the most watched show on the network. Jon and Kate don't seem to be getting tired of being in the spotlight either, especially since the show is what has allowed them to live this lifestyle. They've dug themselves a pretty big hole in my opinion. If they quit the show they'd be in some pretty big financial trouble.

Anonymous said...

I don't think the "Twins, Twins Sextuplets" show is being made as a replacement to J&K +8, but rather a supplement to the show because it is so popular!

Anonymous said...

There is only one word required to describe J & K Gosselin....UMMMM.

J & K have ZERO ability to think spontaneously. They continue to reference the same 'script' they were using four plus years ago.

Maria said...

I also agree. The kids are adorable and that sucks you in. But it has totally become, see us on our trips, bickering with each other constantly,

laflyer said...

So they go on all these trips because the tups are getting older. What when they hit the big 5, they deserve a trip around the world to experience life. What kind of world travelers do we have here. What kind of experiences do children need to have to begin KINDERGARTEN. What are they trying to ship them off to boarding school and are getting their resumes ready?
Experience everything in life before you are 7 and start getting an uncute gap-toothed smile, start getting real dirty, and yes imagine a couple of out-spoken Mady's chiming in, and start asking about where the family job money is going.

mom22teens said...

I agree with everything that has been said on here. IMO the freebies & trips are like a "slap" across the face to the rest of us that can't afford it and never will. I hope that the family of the new show Twins, Twins & Sextuplets don't turn out to be nothing but a "greedy" sequel to KON.

AnnaK said...

I think part of their misson statement should read: How to lose friends and disgust people.

Anonymous said...

I'm more than a little confused on how to comment about the show. If I follow the links I get kicked of for no reason. Here's what I'd like to contribute"

"Leave Jon and Kate on TV for 6 or 7 more years nad you'll have all the cast members you need for Intervention".

mollybloom said...

I read a bit of the book from the Good Housekeeping magazine while in line at the grocery. I had to laugh out loud at how Kate positions herself as the hero, the martyr, the superwoman. "I jumped off the (ultrasound) table and shouted, No selective reduction! I followed the doctor into his office." Paper gown flapping. Jon gets stampled. Sigh, pulp fiction. Yes, I'm quoting from memory, but I got the drama.

beachluvin said...

Anonymous said...
I just watched that foolish interview on Fox News/aka The Layaway Allegation (thanks to the person who posted the link). A couple of observations: 1) they must be paid K-Mart spokespeople & 2) notice how uptight they get (especially lazy-Jon) each time the book is brought up
11/12/2008 11:21 AM
____________________________
I just watched it too, thanks to the link. What I caught was how Kate says she has always said that it was um, Jon's job to um, work and her um job to save um money and goes on to say um that is the way um it still is.
Oh really Kate? And where um does Jon work? Oh yeah, he's your personal assistant for your family business.
You are so full of it Katie Irene!

Whitney said...

I was just watching the food network and they were talking about different food joints in the country. They were talking about one called 'Pink's hot dog stand' in Hollywood. Anyways, to the point of this story: The owner said that she often times sees actos like Sandra Bullock and some other name I couldn't remember and she asks them if they would like to move to the front of the line and they say...GASP..."No, I would just like a normal experience at pinks."

I guess J&K are in a higher league than Sandra Bullock...

ashley said...

Mollybloom,

I read the book (I have a copy on my shelves right now) and I dont think thats quite how it is. Yes she does make herself seem important however its not really all that dramatic IMO. The book is full of contradictory statements but it wasnt really phrased like that.

I do understand and realize that you were quoting from memory, I just thought people should know it isnt quite that snarky. (It probably would have been if Kate had actually wrote it though :) She should really be thanking Beth, or who ever wrote it)

Anonymous said...

I have a daughter who lives in Beverly Hills and she sees stars regularly both through work and daily life. The true stars act like normal people. The wait in line at restaurants and at the mall. They grocery shop themselves and pump gas in their cars. We've met some really nice ones who have just wanted to be normal when not in front of a camera. Upbringing and character show themselves quite readily.

ashley said...

If I were Kate I would be worried about the new show Twins, Twins, ad Sextuplets. I dont know the family and have never heard of them before TLC which leads me to believe they are nothing like the Gosselins or people would know about them because they would be asking for donations and free trips. After I saw (on this blog actually :) the new show I had to look them up and so far from what I found they seem like really nice and caring people. But so did the Gosselins....I just hope the new family doesnt get greedy and just keep demanding more.

Anonymous said...

When I read what is the premise of the show I started thinking well just what does Kate do. It is actually amazing when you think about it.

Can not do

1. Keep friends
2. Maintain relationships with family
3. Take constructive criticism
4. Fold clothes
5. Put clothes away
6. Fix lunch for six even if it comes out of a snack cracker box without becoming tired
7. Spend a day with her husband without conflict
8. Engage with Maddy when she is being difficult
9. Correct grammar
10. Put gas in a car
11. Get excited without sreaming
12. Rise before 8AM unless it benefits her
13. Make her own coffee
14. Go without shoes in a motel room
15. Be wrong sometimes
16. Lose an argument
17. Make her own bed
18. Let her children get messy and have fun
19. Physically play with her children
20. Dress herself without help from her husband picking out her clothes
21. Afford her family even with the help of her husband
22. Not argue in front of her children
23. Improve her husbands ego
24. She can't give back
25. She can't say enough to stoke her own ego

Things she can do

1. 2 loads of wash a day, dry them and throw them in a basket
2. Cook 3-4 evening meals a week
3. Go barefoot at outside of a gas station
4. Alienate people
5. Make up her own words
6. Write and tape notes to cabinets
7. Go to the spa
8. Go to the hairdresser
9. Pack a suitcase
10. We hear she can sweep and mop a dining room floor that is 12X9 3 times a day
11. Cause conflict
12. Stand at a yard sale table
13. Market herself

Now think about this, you know it is true. So, I guess the premise of the show is "Don't have 8 children if you can't handle it" or
"How not to treat the ones you love" or "How to be your own worst enemy"

Anonymous said...

Neither Jon nor Kate are charismatic on camera. They sit there looking like a couple of hicks that discovered a gold seam in their back yard. That Fox News blurb was uncomfortable to watch with those poor kids squirming on the couch. They must be so tired and bored of the cameras and lights.

I wouldn't read Multiple Bleseightings if I someone gave it to me.

mollybloom said...

Ashley, I know I didn't quote the book passage correctly and I appreciate your comment. I admit that I have no idea what the rest of the tome sounds like and, alas, will never know. Still, the excerpt was heavy on Kate-drama and poorly written enough to merit a public chuckle from this English teacher. That's the pulp genre--hack writing marketed to the masses. I'll retract the fiction part; there's some reality in the story. Still, I suspect there's plenty of myth too.

Seti said...

My nephew has seen only one episode...the latest Hawaii one. His verdict: "Everything's a big deal to the parents" then he walked off disgusted. He's 10. Smart kid.

Anonymous said...

My husband has begun asking me why I still watch the show because I had told him I was over it but couldn't explain why. He said it was like a long commercial. A show about people getting swag. That's fine, but I had originally started watching because I wanted to see how this couple copes with raising all these children and their day to day lives. I think they can't show that anymore because I'm pretty sure neither works a real job or takes care of the kids.

I'm not hating, this is just a totally different show....brought to you by whatever swag they got that week. It's boring to hear them narrate/talk about resorts and cosmetic surgery-not what I tuned in for.

Lauren said...

OMG! Not sure where to post this, but have you all seen this?!


http://shopping.discovery.com/product-74897.html

Mug and tee shirts, and tote bags... oh my!

mollybloom said...

I'm sure the Hayes family is delightful and in need of help. I wish someone would give them money and tell them to keep their kids off TV. Do we really want another family of children who think a family home comes with boom mikes, camera crews, and studio lighting? Do we need more small children being dragged all over the place to make memories? I'm already not interested.

ashley said...

Mollybloom,

Oh yes there is a lot of myth, in fact there is a lot of stuff that goes completely against what they have said on the show, (and Im only talking within the first chapter :) And there is some of Kates Oh woe is me nonsense, but it was interesting overall. It talked a lot about all the help she had before and after the tups.

Anonymous said...

I have a daughter who lives in Beverly Hills and she sees stars regularly both through work and daily life. The true stars act like normal people. The wait in line at restaurants and at the mall. They grocery shop themselves and pump gas in their cars. We've met some really nice ones who have just wanted to be normal when not in front of a camera. Upbringing and character show themselves quite readily.

-----------------------------

Reading this made me think of my own experience at the GW no less :

My husband's side had a family vacation at the GW Feb 2006. Apparently, since the Pro Bowl is in Hawaii every February, many of the players vacation at the GW afterwards.

* I met Alan Faneca (Steelers)because I was lost (the GW is HUGE)
and his father-in-law helped me out. We all chatted for about 20 minutes.

* I met Steve Young because one of his children knocked over my son's sand castle - he actually came over to me to apologize.

* I saw Chris Chambers getting a pedicure- I took his seat when he was finished but didn't talk to him.

Alan and Steve could not have been any nicer and they are professional football players. KON are just trash, no class.

Anonymous said...

quinn said...
"Jon and Kate should be so thankful for their eight children that support them now."

And here most people have to wait until their kids are adults to have them support them.

Anonymous said...
"I bet the second Kate heard about "Twins, Twins and Sextuplets" she started the fertility drugs again so that her so called "magical uterus" could be worked out again"

No the second she heard about the new show is when she started talking about adoption. She couldn’t be out done and have to have everyone thinking she could handle more too. Think she will adopt triplets just to be on top again?

Anonymous said...

I consider it to be a how-to guide on getting a free ride in life. How to hint that you "need" a trip to Disneyland. How to hint that you "need" a revolving supply of free helpers. How to hint that you "need" a free trip to Hawaii to renew your vows. How to convince everyone around you that you are "owed" all of these fine things because you have eight kids and by golly, you deserve it! Working for a living? Pish posh! J&K can teach us how to avoid inconveniences of that sort.

Anonymous said...

Kon probably saw themselves as pioneers. By letting themselves and the kids get filmed so much, they thought they were providing unprecedented insight into the inner workings of a family of their size and type.

Since that apparently isn't the premise of the show anymore, the show's premise can be summed up now as "Rebels Without a Clue", "The Wild Bunch", or "HOM Families Gone Wild".

Anonymous said...

I am inspired by the Gosselins though; I mean just yesterday I was telling my husband, who got laid off, we should pop out 7 more kids and beg TLC for our own show: STEPH AND BREN PLUS 10... and we too can live off of people who do not mind pimping out children!

Anonymous said...

The premise is "Breed for Greed...in the name of God!"; as TLC seems to enjoy promoting these days.

Anonymous said...

The premise?

How to have "everything" but whine that you have nothing.

How to treat your spouse like a dog yet stage a fairy tale "remarriage."

How to prevent your child's "ugliness" from rubbing off on others, while smearing your own ugliness on everyone you touch.

How to blame your spouse for your own shortcomings and tell him it's his job to "help" you when you meltdown. Kind of like the way you "help" your child with her meltdowns.

Anonymous said...

I just picked up the book Multiple Blessings yesterday from the library and skimmed through it last night (it is lighter-than-air reading). I understand that the best possible spin has been placed on all of KON's pre- and post-sextuplet behavior in this book, and they still manage to drive me nuts in it. Kate made a big deal about how Jon had his Microsoft Office or something training. Oh yeah, that's hard to get. We're talking a week or two to get that, not 4 years of college and an advanced degree. And the whole house redecorating debacle. I might have believed that her response was hormone related, but not when I see her exhibit the same response over and over again each week in their show.

The bottom line is that these two are not the brightest bulbs on the tree, they are both inherently lazy (especially Kate) and it seems to me that she has at least one or two tags that one would fine in the DSM-4 or whatever number they're up to these days.

Those poor, poor kids. No, they are not being abused physically, or neglected. But no one will convince me that they're not being emotionally abused. The show is just the tip of the iceberg, too. Even when the show is over and done, and they are living a lifestyle they can't keep up with their lack of education and motivation, they will still be treating their kids the same way. The fall out from years of bad parenting and overexposure will be huge. How sad.

Anonymous said...

The new premise is how a family of 10 with neither parent actually working can afford to live like millionares in America(while the economy is crashing.)

Anonymous said...

The one comment, among many that stands out with me is when Jon was getting the girls ready for the bus and Kate was not up yet. She comes strolling out, like a Queen and after some explaining from Jon that it is getting harder and harder to get the girls ready in the morn by himself. The self centered, so called Mom of this group says "I'm not a morning person ok, get used to it." What a horrible thing to say, and in front of the kids


----that must have been the same episode i caught for a minute when Jon was talking about getting all the kids ready and to school by 7:30..and Kate piped in about just going back to bed then when the kids are in school.. My husband and I a while back wondered what would Kate do once the tups are in school. Go back to work maybe? Guess not. Too funny.

Anonymous said...

Love the new geese picture.
The premise of the show - now remove the trips etc - one ends up with 8 screaming kids and two screeching adults - hardly reminds of home.
They'll be ones to have to hire pallbearers at their funerals because locally were so disliked.
Interesting to hear how they are relating to the local folk now that they moved back home.

Ilovemykids said...

The new premise is how a family of 10 with neither parent actually working can afford to live like millionares in America(while the economy is crashing.)

IMO, this is what will bring this "kon" game crashing down around their heads.

Sarah said...

When I see this show now, I feel like I am watching a Travel Channel special or product infomercials. I, like many people, wanted to see how their day to day life was...thought the kids were cute...yeah, yeah, yeah. I don't watch the show anymore. It's like watching a crazy, arrogant, ungracious, self-obsessed couple (with lots of kids, yes, I know) displaying trips, products, and services on an infomercial!! I mean, I don't want to find out how awesome V-tech games are or how HAIR PLUGs are put in or that Juicy Juice is tasty, or that Em Tanner makes shirts, or that EVERY single vacation that has been given to them is wonderful (WITH some complaining, of course), or that every free event they go to has GREAT gifts in the gift shop, or how teeth-whitening works, or how this free hotel has a fabulous spa, or how there are MANY necessary and available camping supplies available at Dick's or wherever, or how...oh my god...WHY AM I WATCHING THIS SHOW!!!!!! I hit the wall with baseball game episode...I threw up for 4 hours and vowed, "NEVER AGAIN." I simply will not have a labotomy (sp?) in order to continue watching this show. There are enough non-infomercial shows out there. Whew, thanks for letting me vent.

Anonymous said...

Well, my view on this has changed. I haven't watched the show for a while, but I enjoy reading your recaps here.

When we first saw Jon & Kate I think they were sitting in their basement in two of the now famous $5 plastic chairs and they seemed like the young couple next door. He actually seemed masculine and she seemed human -- neither of which applies today. The babies were so sweet and as a mother I could see how wonderful it was to have them and to also have people helping, and I thought how warm that atmosphere must be. I was dreaming.

Now I know that nothing was appreciated. It was very disillusioning and it happened very quickly for me. The obvious preference for the girls first, the slapping and belittling of Jon was second, then the Collin in the furniture store episode just broke my heart and I was determined never ever to support the show or watch again.

So the premise was either let's get people hooked on these cute babies, a documentary type thing, or I was just seeing at first what I wanted to see.

Anonymous said...

I also love the new geese picture!

This is slightly off topic but of interest, I think. I bought a large box of the three Chex cereals to make the Chex mix. There next to the Chex Mix recipe was a recipe for Chex Muddy Buddies which looks exactly like Kate's "Monkey Munch." Did she make up her own name for this stuff?

Anonymous said...

The premise? Showing America at its worst?

Anonymous said...

Ever since Katie Irene got her mansion, she stopped updating her devotional section on their scamsite.

No need to suck up to God anymore....til the next bigger want comes along.

4thekids said...

I just thought of an idea: people who can stomach it enough to go to one of Jon and Kate's speeches should patiently wait until the offering buckets are passed around. Then put in slips of paper that are check sized, folded in half, where you say whatever you want: how they're ungrateful, how they're damaging the children, etc...

Who knows, even one or two of those per speaking engagement might help make a difference, seeing as how emailing TLC and anyone else isn't terribly effective.

Anonymous said...

"4thekids" mentioned speaking engagements. I just looked at their schedule and I notice that in the beginning of the new year they are scheduled at 3 churches. I looked at each churches personal site and they are still listed as appearing. Tickets at one place are $10.00 and another $15.00 for some seats and $5.00 for others. I believe it is just going to be Jon and Kate. I wonder if they will have love offerings and will charge for pictures. Will they tell people they moved into a million dollar mansion?

Niki said...

The lstest premise seems to be Kate promoting and giving tips. Here is a press release about Kate and V-tech toys.

http://tinyurl.com/62lwrr

michelle said...

It is VERY different now and not for the better, IMO.

Anonymous said...

The premise is greed...I would love to be a fly on the wall in the new mansion at the KonPound. Now that the holidays are approaching, the twins will hear their classmates talk of going to grandma's for Thanksgiving along with the rest of their family; singing carols and exchanging gifts at various other relatives house...What tales do J&K spin when the kids ask questions about the family? About Beth and her family? These poor kids are going to be so screwed up, it is pathetic...

Anonymous said...

The premise was lost about a yr ago.
The g's have been on TV for about 18 months and have taken about 18 trips. The good Lord giveth and the govt taketh. Would like to be a fly on the wall explaining to the taxman the socalled free trips.
isn't this taxable???
Moderation is the key - perhaps the
Hayes family will keep this in mind and no doubt any funds received will go for a good purpose.
(Would love for someone to hand me
about $5,000 extra this month)
Dream on.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember the little girl who played Buffy in the 60's on the show where she and her brother and older sister moved in with an uncle who was very rich? I can not remember the name of the show. Anyway, that little girl committed suicide at a young age and I saw the man who played the boy and the actress who played the sister talk about it. Wish the G's could see that documentary. The way they are raising these kids are as far from normal as they can get. They might as well put them in a glass cage and have people pass by, after having paid for their ticket, and go, "Oh, gosh, there's Collin sick and sitting on the toilet". "Oh, look, Mady is crying".

I think Kate Gosselin is a monster and we should not be confused by her newly blonde hair or her professed religious beliefs. The devil comes in pretty packages. I think Kate would agree that the Bible says the "enemy" is always ready to play on our weaknesses, like our greed and narcissism.

No more Bible stuff, I promise, but that really gets to me.

Anonymous said...

How is starting another show any better than this? How is that not exploitation again? You think that the Hayes are going to be better than the Gosselins? Maybe for a season or two. You think people aren't going to unearth some dirt on them?

Hayes Without Pity here we come...

===================================

The difference, the Gosselins have ALWAYS been greedy and have just gotten worse. The Hayes have never been greedy and have failed to show us their greed. HUGE DIFFERENCE

CeeCee Bloom said...

Premise of the show:

let's see what first-class luxury we can mooch next!!!

This show should be retitled: Lifestyles of the Kon-artists

Anonymous said...

The name of the show with Buffy was called "Family Affair". Brian Keith was their uncle and Sebastian Cabot was the manservant (???).

Anonymous said...

The show started out as an "interest story" due to the sextuplet/twin spin. Unfortunately, the viewers have become rather attached to these children and want to continue to watch them grow up. For that reason, they continue to watch and the show goes on. I, for one, enjoy the children and their antics. I think they are precious and make such an adorable show for themselves. The show should be changed to just "8." No parents. The parents can be like Jenny - off in the background and behind the radar!

Moons in Leo said...

Anonymous said...
Does anyone remember the little girl who played Buffy in the 60's on the show where she and her brother and older sister moved in with an uncle who was very rich? I can not remember the name of the show. Anyway, that little girl committed suicide at a young age...


Actually Anissa Jones died of a drug overdose, which was not labeled a suicide.

Brian Keith did commit suicide 11 years ago. He played the uncle.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have been asking myself the same question! I tuned in earlier this week after laying off for 2 months. It's actually easy not to tune in when you take their show out of your routine-after all, that's all it winds up being, just a habit. It was the Hawaii episode! Wow!! And they could afford to take all 8 children with them! Sounds like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous! I just can't relate anymore, even though I have multiples. I thought maybe I'd keep up with them by shopping at Gymboree every now and then.

4thekids said...

I just realized this: do you realize that they're website address is about "6" Gosselins? Not 10 (the family). Not 8 (the children). S-I-X.

Funny because they've always touted that their claim to fame isn't just the tups, but the two sets of multiples. So here you have it folks: in case anybody needed more evidence of how the twins are subpar in KON's book, just remember...six.

Anonymous said...

11/14/2008 3:32 PM
4thekids said...

I just realized this: do you realize that they're website address is about "6" Gosselins? Not 10 (the family). Not 8 (the children). S-I-X.

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They have had that website URL since before the tups were born. It was originally just a personal family webpage for people to get basic info about pregnancy and the tups health (and of course the begging for donations!)... much before they turned into the media saturated machine of now.

Anonymous said...

Someone mentioned earlier that they had been to the Lancaster Mall where Kate picks up her 'charitable clothing contributions'. She was referred to as "E-town Trash". That comment reminded me ... doesn't matter how much money KON is acquiring w/ this show. MONEY DOESN'T BUY CLASS. And, that is something KON will never have. Class is something you're born with.

Zee said...

Have you seen this from the KON's website?:
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What is your favorite family trip so far and do you have a “dream” trip that you would like to take someday?

Our favorite family trip has not aired yet…stay tuned…so very amazing, words really can’t describe that trip!! And there is a place that we would love to go someday as a family to “retrace” Jon’s steps when he was 19. But I will keep that as a mystery for future shows…it may happen and it may not but we can always dream, can’t we?
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Looks to me like they're angling for another free trip... maybe Korea? I don't know John's history so I'm not sure what she's referring to about his steps at 19.

Anonymous said...

NEWS FLASH - The Boston Herald Entertainment section has an article about the Gosselins and the show. The caption with the picture fits with this topic.

www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/television/reviews/view.bg?&articleid=1132786&format=&page=1&listingType=tvrev#articleFull

Anonymous said...

Jon spent time in Europe right before he met Kate. I think that is what they are referring to.

wendimail said...

Didn't Jon travel Europe right before he met HER? They can be the New Organic Von Trapp Family Singers!

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Boston Herald article, a similar-like article appeared in my home town of Eugene, Oregon. The Eugene article focused on how the show is Dull and Boring. Okay, TLC (and I know you're reading this) how do you produce a show that isn't Dull and Boring? And toss in the fact the kids are losing their cuteness. You don't. You move on to the next family.

Ilovemykids said...

I just read that Boston Herald article. It was right on target and says everything we all have been saying for a long-time.

I wonder if the sheeple will say the author is just jealous.

pjk said...

"I wonder if the sheeple will say the author is just jealous."

Here's the last comment on the Boston Herald site:


"How can you be so negative to Jon & Kate?? They're living the American Dream: They have their own TV show!! Mark Perigard is just jealous."

Everyone else seems to get it however and agree with the sentiments expressed here.

Chris said...

Paul Petersen is scheduled to be on Bill O'Reilly's show the first week in December, his website says. Very good news.

Anonymous said...

I saw the new commercial for "TLC Family Night" recently. It showed clips from Jon and Kate plus 8, Little People Big World, and the new show Twins, Twins and Sextuplets. I noticed there were more clips of LPBW and TT and Sextuplets than KON. This could mean two things: TLC thinks KON is so popular they don't have to advertise them as much or Jon and Kate Plus 8 is on it's way out.

Anonymous said...

Our favorite family trip has not aired yet…stay tuned…so very amazing, words really can’t describe that trip!! And there is a place that we would love to go someday as a family to “retrace” Jon’s steps when he was 19. But I will keep that as a mystery for future shows…it may happen and it may not but we can always dream, can’t we?
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Looks to me like they're angling for another free trip... maybe Korea? I don't know John's history so I'm not sure what she's referring to about his steps at 19.
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Yuck Yuck Yuck. Kate, you make me sick with your desperate begging. We already KNOW that you are begging for a trip to Europe. It is NOT a secret. Get a grip. And one of you takers--get a job!

Anonymous said...

pjk said...
"I wonder if the sheeple will say the author is just jealous."

Here's the last comment on the Boston Herald site:


"How can you be so negative to Jon & Kate?? They're living the American Dream: They have their own TV show!! Mark Perigard is just jealous."

Everyone else seems to get it however and agree with the sentiments expressed here.

11/17/2008 10:05 AM

So the modern day definition of the 'All American Dream' is for a family to be have their own cable network reality tv show? Typical mentality of a 13 year old; sadly enough, the poster more than likely is a grown adult.

Anonymous said...

Zee-Kate was referring to the Hawaii trip....renewing their vows.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Our favorite family trip has not aired yet…stay tuned…so very amazing, words really can’t describe that trip!! And there is a place that we would love to go someday as a family to “retrace” Jon’s steps when he was 19. But I will keep that as a mystery for future shows…it may happen and it may not but we can always dream, can’t we?

As if the tv viewing American population would actually be interested in re-visting the 'footsteps' of a now 30+ year old low life child exploiting scam artist. What Jon Gosselin has to offer in present day 'reality' isnt of any remote interest, how would 're tracing' a then 19 year old unemployed daddy's boy be of any interest or value to the viewing audience?

Anonymous said...

The Boston Herald article is absolutely great! Thank goodness people are starting to really get it and more important, they are printing it where it will be seen. Jon and Kate are nothing less than "trailer trash," and "welfare junkies."

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I am a longtime lurker on this site. I wasn’t planning on posting anything but last night I literally could not sleep because I was pondering the question regarding the premise of the show, especially as it stands now.

At one point, I think the premise was to showcase the travails of a relatively young, seemingly normal couple who were in a somewhat abnormal situation. I am 30-years-old with two children and I figured that Kate was just a little bit older than me and Jon was part Asian-American, as is my husband. But after watching the show, and what it has become, clearly that is where the similarities end between Jon and Kate and my husband and me.

I can point out a few things that are not part of the premise of this show:

(1) How to appreciate your children as individuals and without conditions– I definitely am no expert on trying to raise a large amount of children. But as the mother of a 5-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, I feel it is important to embrace my children as individuals and appreciate and understand their differences. One example of this, and the one good thing that came out of this show for me personally, was finding the Young Chefs Academy. My son's teacher was concerned because my son is very quiet and shy and suggested that we enroll him in some sort of organized activity with other children. Yes, Kate, my son is quite interested in cooking from watching his father in the kitchen and so we enrolled him (yes, a boy) in the Young Chefs Academy. No gender specific roles in my home if I can help it -- that is for sure.

(2) How to develop meaningful relationships with family and friends – Yes, I understand that not all people get along with family all of the time. But to not have any close friends or family around in your daily lives strikes me as a little odd. I don't have tons of close friends but I value those relationships as much as I do the relationships with my blood relatives. My best friend has been in my life for nearly 19 years and I cannot imagine my life without him. I cannot imagine alienating all of the family and/or friends in my life but somehow Jon and Kate have successfully achieved that.

(3) How to work hard for the things you acquire in life – My son already understands that things in our lives are not handed to us. He understands that Mommy and Daddy go to work to earn money so we can have the things that we have. And I don’t mean just material goods, but a roof over our heads, food on the table, and clothes on our backs. And, by the way, my kids have some Gymboree clothes too, but it is called going on CraigsList or Goodwill and purchasing them second-hand, something that Kate probably wouldn’t do in a million years.

I am sorry this posting is so long. I just find my heart breaking for the children in this family, especially the little boys. I love my son and my daughter more than anything and think that they are precious and it pains me to see children on national television who seem to be attention-starved and looking for some sort of validation that they are clearly not receiving from their parents.

luvmytwins said...

I hope Paul Peterson and Bill O'Reilly discuss Kon!! OMG that would be awesome! Bill will tear those two APART!Hooray!