Jon's Interview with Philly Inquirer

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104 comments:

Betty Lou said...

Some days their PR machine just makes me gag.

Still Believes In Santa said...

"My kids are the ones who tell kids there is no Santa," Gosselin said."

And you are proud of that because...??

Judy said...

"- their most mundane moments are taped and shared with millions of strangers. "

Holy Smokeroos! If they are showing their most mundane moments (ie: Hawaii) then I'd love to see their fun moments!!!!

This article is everything that is wrong with Jon and Kate! They are constantly asked "how do you do it?". Their response is still dishonest. They don't mention the fact that they are now financially set. They are not mentioning their million dollar home. They are not mentioning the fact that all their trips, clothes, etc are free!
How can they give advice to millions of Americans on saving money when they are no longer struggling!?

This statement was from Jon right after the tups were born.

"Our church is behind us 100 percent. We have everything material taken care of," said Gosselin, an information technologies director for a petroleum equipment company, near Reading.
http://www.becomehealthynow.com/article/womenpreg/1156/

Gregory House said...

"My kids are the ones who tell kids there is no Santa," Gosselin said. "The older ones Googled it to prove it."

Gee, thanks- you freaking Grinch. Seeing as how my daughters looooove this show(I have yet to break their little hearts) I am hoping that they don't actually say this in an episode. Why don't they just broadcast that there is no tooth fairy or Easter bunny, either??

And probably the last thing I would get for two 8 year olds and six 4 year olds to fight over is a laptop. A desk top... maybe. But seriously, all it would take is one case of "MINE!!!" and that damn thing would be on the floor.

Dunwoody Mom said...

Does this man have any brain cells that work? Sheesh.........

Bicoastal said...

Honest to God, this Gosselin "family values" hoax is starting to move to the top of the American pop culture hoax-meter.

It's really kind of funny: scheming parents birth a soccer team which draws a TV crew from Hicksville, USA, which lures a publicist who invents a "folksy" image of said scheming parents.

Kate and Jon Gosselin are two of the slickest con artists to come along in quite a while. Kudos, Kon!

Truly livin' la vida loca.

Pleeeeeeeze said...

"But money can still be tight when you have eight children."

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That boat sank along time ago. Get over yourself Jon and Kate. Getting advice from the likes of you two is like asking Oprah how to lose weight!

RuthinVA said...

"If you don't have money take care of your own familiy first" quoted by Jon from this interview.

Good thing he didn't make this comment a year ago when he was getting his love offerings. I guess it is okay for you to slide a little note into the offering hat now that says: "Jon, I am taking care of my family first, but thanks for showering me with your words of BS, I mean wisdom."

Gregory House said...

What an insult to those of us that are truly struggling this year.

Sometimes I wonder if Jon says stupid crap like this because he gets a kick out of stirring the turds. Making the nay-sayers blood boil all while continuing to convince the sheeple that money is tight for them.

I can guarantee that they will never have to make the choice between giving their kids a Christmas and paying the mortgage.

Ignorance must be bliss.

RuthinVA said...

"Our church is behind us 100 percent. We have everything material taken care of," said Gosselin, an information technologies director for a petroleum equipment company, near Reading.
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Come on Jon has never been a director for any company, he doesn't have the fortitude or education. Can you imagine Jon directing educated adults? Give me a big break!!!!

Harriet said...

Isn't it funny to look back and see how the lies began so early in their lives together? Jon's job titles have always exceeded his education. "Truthiness" is not greatly valued in that household.

Their motto must be greed is great and more is better.

konspiracytheory said...

So many lies...my head hurts.

qtrfan said...

"If you don't have money take care of your own familiy first" quoted by Jon from this interview.
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All you naysayers - Jon has finally said something smart.

I agree - We should all spend our money on OUR families, and refuse to put any more money in Kon's wallet by refusing to buy their books, pictures, and especially not giving them any "offerings".

RuthinVA said...

Harriet,

It is like their aim is for people to like and respect them, but they know if the people truly knew the real Jon and Kate they wouldn't, so they make up a history about themselves. In their own little minds they wished for important jobs, they didn't have but lets lie 'cause everyone will respect and like us more. I always thought Jon was the lesser of two evils but I have come to realize they are two peas in a pod.

timetogokon said...

Seriously, every.single.line in this article is an absolute crock.

I am speechless .

Oh, and if one of the G kids told my kids there was no Santa, KON would be hearing from me.

nocupcakeforyou said...

'We're trying to bring back family values and traditions.'

Priceless.

highondegrassi said...

So the twins found out there's no Santa on Google? Wow, I hope they don't Google their own names, or their parents names! Won't they be surprised? It won't be long now before they read the truth about their con artist parents and they learn what child exploitation is...they're living it!

By the way Jon, that's nice that you teach your kids to tell other kids Santa doesn't exist. Niiiice.

Virginia said...

People ask him "how do you do it" and he just tells them he gets up every day and blah-blah-friggin-crap. What a crock of you-know-what.

Jon, I'm ashamed of you. I had hope for you. Now I have none. You aren't tight for money, you money-grubbing jerk.

Take care of your own family first?? Are you kidding me? All you do and have done is ask other families to take care of yours so you and the "B" don't have to work.

I'm sickened by this.

Sophia said...

Everyone has a right to better themselves and their financial situation in life. It's the American way.

However, I think Jon and Kate have exploited their situation since before the tups were even born. There is a huge difference between accepting people's charity because you need it and could not otherwise make it and accepting people's charity simply because it was offered and it enabled you to achieve the lifestyle that you wanted to. I'm sure when they found out about the tups they were worried about how they were going to take care of them. However, it seems as though they quickly figured out a way and started their website. The "prayer" list, selling their used items, looking for a book publisher, etc. When you look at their history, it doesn't seem like they ever really struggled financially. As Jon stated, the church provided everything material that they needed. Then they started the show and we all know how that's gone.

The revolting thing about Jon and Kate is not that they have a more financially stable life now. It's the fact that they present themselves as a large struggling family or even your typical American family. All of the advice they give in these interviews is ridiculous. Not to mention, that a lot of the advice they give isn't anything that they've ever shown them doing on the show. I guess they must do it on their "off days."

I would have more respect for them if they would just be HONEST. Just say that you get free clothes, that you get paid for doing the show, that you get paid for speaking engagements that you do all of the time, that you get paid for promoting everything under the sun...

fxfanatic said...

"Truthiness"

Ok. When is Mr. Cobert going to reveal this scam ???

beachchick said...

you know what, I am glad they are saying every thing that comes out of their mouths because thats only helping us, to help people see them for what they are !!!
so every time they are in an interview and more stupid crap comes out of their fake little mouths
I will only smile knowing that they are digging their grave for their show to be canceled. Like my mama says "time tells all."

beachluvin said...

Pleeeeeeeze said...
That boat sank along time ago. Get over yourself Jon and Kate. Getting advice from the likes of you two is like asking Oprah how to lose weight!
12/18/2008 10:27 AM
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Oprah knows how to lose weight, she just doesn't know how to keep it off. Just like Jon and Kate Gosselin, they know how to make money off their kids, they just don't know when to stop!!!!

Judy said...

"I would have more respect for them if they would just be HONEST. Just say that you get free clothes, that you get paid for doing the show, that you get paid for speaking engagements that you do all of the time, that you get paid for promoting everything under the sun..."

ITA!!! I wouldn't agree with them or even like their show but I would at least not feel like they were lying!!!!

RuthinVA said...

I don't know why we expect anything better. Jon is a imature idiot. He parents the same way, he doesn't think before he speaks or acts. I always thought that was his level of maturity but I now think he wants to impress people so much. He certainly wears his insecurities on his sleeve. Are we to be impressed his 8 year olds know how to google a topic or are we suppose to be unimpressed a director of technology ( Ha Ha) doesn't know how to put a block or lock on his computer? Those PR people need to see the questions before hand and give Jon generic (maybe organic) answers to the questions. Niether, Jon or Kate can be left to their own defences they seem to always cut off their nose to spite their faces. IMO keep letting them talk, the more they talk the more they destroy their lily white image.

Nanna said...

Someone on the Philly Inquirer comment site called Jon "boring". That is not true, he's "boorish"

K.Barrett said...

"Everybody's hurting for money," says Jon Gosselin. "If you don't have money, take care of your family first."

WOW! No wonder this loser couldn't hold down a job! How are you supposed to take care of your family if you have no money? This makes no sense. He needs to lay off the cheetos and twinkies...they're killing his brain. He sounds like a fool, he really should stop giving interviews. He's just as bad as Kate with her Walmart hairdo LOL!

Michelle said...

My lunch just came out of my stomach! "everyones hurting for money right now" thats the only true thing spoken from Jon. And its mentioned that money is tight even with 8 kids. Um yeah i believe that as well. Its tight with 4 kids, even no kids. Wow, the poor Gosselins must be hurting right now,i cant imagine! Money must be tight with them too.

PK said...

Is he proud of the fact that his kids tell other kids there is no Santa? So they're 4 1/2 and they'll never have the magic in their lives of believing in Santa, and they're out there ruining it for other kids.

Sad part is, Kate probably didn't want to give credit to anyone other than herself for any gifts the kids receive.

Tami said...

"My kids are the ones who tell kids there is no Santa," Gosselin said."

And you are proud of that because...??
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I know! That is horrible! Those people have no shame. Takes a computer to spend time with your kid?? And notice to sheeple: THey are still crying poor! WHY would it be hard for them whatsoever to buy gifts? Puh-leaze!

Elizabeth said...

I agree with Sophia: "It's the fact that they present themselves as a large struggling family or even your typical American family. All of the advice they give in these interviews is ridiculous."

Jon and Kate are spokespeople for these companies because these companies think that they represent the average family and therefore, all of us, will relate to them and buy their products. However, they are not the average family anymore and when they do these interviews they look like fools and liars dispensing artificial advice.

ANURSEINTHEKNOW said...

The twins GOOGLE... are you kidding me? Where is the parental control in this house? Jon and Kate that is why no one respects you two. You live for yourself and no one else, not even your children.

Mark said...

So Jon has an endorsement deal with Microsoft, but allows his kids to use a competitor's search engine (Google)? Not only that, he mentioned it by name!

WENDY said...

What a crock of &*%$#
I wonder how much longer this facade is going to last? Everybody pays the piper eventually. I just hope I'm around to see it.

Brittany said...

I just don't understand how people are still crediting them for being such the "budget family." They've been getting paid since day 1, do these reporters, writers, etc. not know that?

Gregory House said...

Sophia 11:37am-

holy crap on a cracker! You just hit the nail on the head.

thanks for that.

nosheeple said...

Wow, even the sheeple have not come up with a defense of this one yet. Suuuuure they googled. Those kids have never believed in Santa thanks to the parents. Remember the TRU episode where they all bought presents for each other and then proceeded to spend Christmas alone with their family because they have no one else in their lives? Not one mention of Santa ever in one of their Christmas episodes.

Jen said...

If Jon is telling the truth and the older girls really are using Google, I'm very worried for them. Out of curiosity, I just hopped onto google to type in "Mady Gosselin" to see what came up. Google has a function that automatically "guesses" what you're searching and fills in the most common related searches. So what came up?

Mady Gosselin brat
Mady Gosselin bipolar
Mady Gosselin annoying

My heart breaks for the day she googles herself and finds this stuff. It is disgusting that her parents have even put her in a situation like this.

Moons in Leo said...

Uh, what about his remark about a spare crew member(single guy) pushing a kid on a swing?

Yeah, Jon, maybe you wouldn't have to have total strangers playing with your kids if you and Kate were or you hadn't alienated all your family and friends.

This is the sickest of all the recent interviews I have seen/heard lately.

I give the laptop 25 minutes in that household. Tops.

I am speechless about him saying his kids tell other kids there isn't any Santa.

samcarter said...

Ooookay....we also do not tell our kids that Santa is real--that's just how our family does things--but I have ALWAYS told my kids not to tell other kids that Santa isn't real. It's not my kids' job to enlighten other peoples' kids.

Santa can be a fun, wonderful thing about Christmas for many kids. Why would I want my kids to ruin that for other kids? I'm just speechless at the way it was phrased in the article. Like he's proud of it.

Not having Santa in your Christmas doesn't make you better than other people, Kon.

lisa.k. said...

They already have a laptop. I remember when they were going on a roadtrip Jon told Kate she could do some journaling, and at the ski resort Mady had it on the counter looking at it. Why would he pretend like it is something new for all of them? Just another lie.

marypoppins said...

I hope that was really the last episode of the season.
That means there was no make believe Xmas episode and the kids (hopefully) got some much neeed privacy and calm.

mehe3 said...

So because they have "strong christian faith" they can't believe in Santa Clause?? I have "strong christian faith" and I believe in Santa! My chilsren know the Christmas Story, we read it all the time! But we also love Santa! He's a great guy!

GrammyPie said...

Well there is one upside to that interview. In the picture, some of the children were not wearing matching "cookie cutter" clothes. The twins were, as were two of the boys, but the girl tups all had different outfits, as did Collin. They looked much younger there, so who knows why.

As far as the Santa issue, usually once children go to school, someone tells them there is no Santa. Sad, but true. I certainly wouldn't brag about my kids being the ones doing the telling.

I have grandkids that are allowed time on their parents desktop and laptop. They understand it is not a toy, and are allowed limited time on it. The oldest one who is 12 is allowed to Google a subject, but only with a parent present. I wonder how old Mady was?

kate is a cocky bitch said...

I have a serious question and I hope someone will give a serious reply.

Why can't these big companies give someone like Beth or Aunt Jodi these tie-in/incentive deals? Why do they choose to give it to KON who're both a couple of greedy, free-loaders? It makes me so furious how so many people have to go without who work so hard and people like KON get whatever they want by walking all over the good people. Oh well, what comes around goes around.

samcarter said...

mehe3,

We don't have Santa as part of our Christmas traditions because my husband was very firm on not wanting to deceive our kids in the name of gift-getting. Also, the idea of a strange man coming into the house in the middle of the night would have given my oldest nightmares. And the whole tradition of plopping a kid on a strange guy's lap to ask for presents kind of skeeves me out, personally.

But we have no issues with anybody else celebrating Santa. Some families don't have it, and that's fine. BUT...it behooves us to not spoil it for other families.

pinkdiamond611 said...

Okay, they don't want their kids to believe in Santa, but it is okay to love all those Disney characters and Sesame characters and have a Winnie the Pooh tatoo?

Tigerfan said...

RuthinVA said...
"If you don't have money take care of your own familiy first" quoted by Jon from this interview.


Because begging will always come to the rescue for the hair plugs, teeth whitening procedures, luxery vacations, spa trips,etc...you know, all the other essentials in life.

schoolgirl said...

"My kids are the ones who tell kids there is no Santa," Gosselin said."

And you are proud of that because...??"

No I'm mad about it. His younger kids told mine that Mady and Cara said Santa wasn't real. I was upset.

I think Jon should tell his kids to keep their mouth SHUT about Santa.

Just Me said...

PK said...

Sad part is, Kate probably didn't want to give credit to anyone other than herself for any gifts the kids receive.

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THAT was my exact thought!

Miriam said...

"But money can still be tight when you have eight children."

Well we have one daughter and money for us has been so tight I had to sell her old car seat for $35 because I had to buy gifts for cousins for their birthday.

So, I don't think living the way they do means that money can be tight. Reading that made me so mad.

Pass some of the wealth this way then....to the people who need it if that is the case. We are living in a world of tough times and for him to act like they are poor gets me upset. Those kids will NEVER learn the value of the dollar.

Cara at 16- "Daddy, why can't they give it for free? Don't they know who I am?"

Exhausted said...

Two things: Amen to Jen on her comment about Mady googling herself: "It is disgusting that her parents have even put her in a situation like this." Great point! True story: my daughter was a flower girl in a family wedding, and I really had strong objections to her name and/or picture being on their wedding website. There's no need for a young child to have that sort of exposure already.

Second, why do all these journalists just keep dancing around the major issues associated with J+K? Any good journalist worth his/her spit would do some research and find out about all the controversy--all the money they're raking in, the alienated friends and family, the lies that are so rampant. The only guess I can make is that their people must have so many stipulations for interviews so that any journalist must adhere to the requirements or the interview is null and void.

This is such a bad message for the kids to create this whole world of BS and double talk.

ICExploitation said...

"But money can still be tight when you have eight children."

Then maybe the one point three million dollar house wasn't a good idea?

Lisa said...

Miriam said...
Those kids will NEVER learn the value of the dollar.

Cara at 16- "Daddy, why can't they give it for free? Don't they know who I am?"

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That is what I am afraid will happen to the children. I mean KON does not set up any boundries for these kids (example, the hitting, screaming etc...). So if they don't try to teach these kids to be productive members of society then they will end up with the same self-entitlement the parents have. Clearly Kon are not productive members of society, they are leeches. So this is the example they are setting. So when the kids grow up will they be the same way? I mean they aren't parenting these children and teaching them important life lessons so the only way the kids will learn will be by example.

Tami said...

As far as the Santa issue, usually once children go to school, someone tells them there is no Santa. Sad, but true. I certainly wouldn't brag about my kids being the ones doing the telling."

People may tell, but kids still believe. My 10 year still does. He said some people at school said there is no Santa, but he does still believe it. My oldest believed for a very long time. Kids are different. But those parents thinking it's cute that their kids tell other kids about...sick : (

timetogokon said...

We don't have Santa as part of our Christmas traditions because my husband was very firm on not wanting to deceive our kids in the name of gift-getting. Also, the idea of a strange man coming into the house in the middle of the night would have given my oldest nightmares. And the whole tradition of plopping a kid on a strange guy's lap to ask for presents kind of skeeves me out, personally.

But we have no issues with anybody else celebrating Santa.

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I don't feel that allowing your children to believe in Santa is "deceiving" them in the name of gift getting. It's a pure, innocent ideal that has delighted millions of children for years and years.

We are always hearing Kate blab on and on about making memories for the kids. What a shame that KON take even the joy of Santa away from the kids - and it has nothing to do with their "Christianity". Kate is only interested in memory making that includes a trip to the spa for her.

BTW : the way you describe Santa would scare me too and I'm 40.

timetogokon said...

People may tell, but kids still believe. My 10 year still does. He said some people at school said there is no Santa, but he does still believe it. My oldest believed for a very long time. Kids are different. But those parents thinking it's cute that their kids tell other kids about...sick : (

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My now 10yo started asking some questions 2 years ago. My response to him was that Santa only stops at houses where kids believe in him. He doesn't ask anymore even though I'm pretty sure he knows what's going on. LOL I think he's being a good big brother and doesn't want to spoil anything for his 4 yo little brother. =)

shawna said...

OMG!!!!!

The GREEN has gone to his head! He is looking down on any family that is having a hard time! OMG!!!!!!!

I can't believe this man would open his mouth about gifts and the meaning of Christmas.....


I will be back after I vomit!!!

Travis Noodle said...

How gullible does Jon think Philly Inquirer readers are?

We all know the Gosselins are W-E-A-L-T-H-Y. Please stop trying to con the public.

my9cats said...

Years ago our jr pastor was fired when he announced at the Christmas Eve FAMILY service, "There is NO SANTA CLAUS". Parents were outraged, little kids cried, and the senior pastor (who has 5 kids) was aghast.
I know the jr pastor was trying to make a point on the commercialism of Christmas, but his timing was poor. Talk about foot-in-mouth.

MsPeabody said...

There is no stability with these two, they can't keep the lies straight and contradict themselves constantly in interviews. I think if a lie detector were to be hooked up to Kon, it would go haywire, start smoking and blow itself up.

Looks like to me that kate has had some work done on her face and body.

And about Kate not wanting pictures taken of her family, I think it has to do with her wanting to make money off every picture. They sell pictures of their family and don't make a cent off of the pictures fans ask to be in with her. GREED!

I think that TLC has taken Jon&Kate plus the kids and made them into one of those fly by night rock stars, overnight sensations, only instead of music it is (supposedly) reality t.v. Seen it before where in the music industry they will take someone, change their looks, change the way their voice sounds and market them. They become overnight sensations but usually it doesn't last long. TLC is shameful in what they have done here and Kon is too for they make the decisions for their kids.

The way I've read of how people wait in lines to get a book signed by Kate sickens me, they act as if she did something wonderful. And how some people have their kids all excited about seeing Kate..ugggg..I do hope their eyes are opened soon about the kate they clap for and can't wait to see. I find the whole thing ludicrous and I pity the fans of these two, are their lives so bad that they are running after this couple for advice or anything like that? They (kon) had children, they didn't cure cancer, the sheeple need some serious therapy.

konspiracytheory said...

As if those kids don't have enough of the deck stacked against them in the friendship department, now we find out Jon encourages the kids to rat out Santa. Nice. I have to wonder if this is one of those details that KON normally only reveal at church speaking engagements (and before anyone starts, I know that not ALL conservative Christians reject the Santa story) - I have a feeling he got a 'love tap' for letting that slip.

samcarter: I completely respect your decision not to go the Sanata route. As you are well aware, there's a big difference b/w what you're doing and KON encouraging their kids to spill the beans. Having said that, though, I must say that a close friend of mine approaches Santa in a very similar way to your family, and I always ended up avoiding getting our kids together around Christmas b/c her oldest is a bit of a know-it-all who I could easily see telling other kids the real deal for fun (despite his parents telling him not to).

:-)

GrammyPie: as hard as it is to believe, I think kids believe in Santa longer now then when we were kids (I'm 40). My 10 y.o. son just asked me to tell him the real deal a few weeks ago (which seems to be about the average age where I am). After I told him, he thought for a minute and said, "OK, now I'm going to go back to pretending he's real". And that's exactly what he's doing, much to the benefit of his two younger siblings!

Mark: I also got a kick out of Jon mentioning Google by name during a Microsoft plug. How do these people keep getting endorsement deals?

Gloria said...

"I always thought Jon was the lesser of two evils but I have come to realize they are two peas in a pod."

Jon is just the passive aggressive pea in the pod. With Kate we see the in your face entitlement and greed coming right at us the second she opens her mouth. With Jon, it's more covert.

Bicoastal said...

Many of us (i.e. Kon critics)continue to question why Kate & Jon's deceptions have yet to be exposed by the mainstream media.

How much advertisement dollar[s] does TLC (and its subsidiaries) pay to newspapers? I've seen full-page TLC ads in the LA Times "Calendar" section as recent as last month.

Does anybody here know if People Magazine receives advertising revenue from TLC - or one of its "arms?"

I wonder whether journalists, particularly entertainment reporters, know not to ask the wrong (in this case, the right) questions about these grifters.

Could TLC's advertising dollars be buying the silence of journalists?

We know TLC cash bought-off the collective soul of the parents, but would journalists actually ignore a great story to keep advertising dollars flowing (thus keeping their jobs)?

I've seen frequent TLC ads on many cable channels including CNN. I don't read "entertainment" magazines enough to know whether TLC or its off-shoot stations advertise in them. If they do, then I think we have our answer as to why the parents' scam goes unreported.

What's needed is a media outlet not dependent on TLC-connected advertising dollars.

Any ideas?

Gloria said...

"Take care of your own family first?? Are you kidding me? All you do and have done is ask other families to take care of yours so you and the "B" don't have to work."

You nailed that one. Basically Jon is lazy. He does not want to work. He was not ready for kids and would rather have been playing. He was allowed to do whatever he wanted with Daddy G's money underwriting his fun. Then he's married to someone who weasles kids out of him in less than a year. And then, at a rather young age, he has eight mouths to feed. He was quite happy to turn them into his meal ticket.

Virginia said...

The question about someone inheriting money v. the greedy gosselins was a rhetoric one, I take it, but I'm going to answer it anyway.

Someone who inherits money does not go to churches, play the poor-us card and weasle every cent they can out of the purses of church ladies. Someone who inherits money does not usually allow cameras in their house and allow their children to be photographed for all to see forever sitting on the toilet and standing in the shower and getting sick. The person who inherits doesn't have a reason to lie and scheme and such up everything they can possibly get out of people and companies no matter what it does to their family or their children. They usually don't have to drag their kids hither and yon to be gawked at like freaks for an extra endorsement.

But, come on, you knew all these things already, didn't you?

Parent Your Kids said...

said Jon Gosselin,We're trying to bring back family values and traditions."

Okay, Jon, then.....

How about teaching your kids NOT to hit each other?

How about teaching your kids that tantrums are NOT okay ?

How about teaching your kids that screaming is NOT acceptable ?

You want to talk about family values? Those are some very basic family values.

And don't tell me that "all 4-year-olds do that".

Not true. And that excuse is getting really old. Most kids do NOT act like that.

KatieLee said...

This is my first time posting here after reading for a long time but I listened to some of the podcasts and the lies that come out of Jon's mouth made me sick to my stomach!

http://www.5minutesformom.com/5132/jon-gosselin-podcast-0/

SueM said...

In the "Giving Back" episode, did anyone else notice their fake disbelief and awe from KON that it costs $1.3mil a day to run St Jude's Hospital!? Why is that amount so shocking to you KON? Didn't you just pay that amount for a house? Coincidence?

janetweiss said...

Why does it matter if they believe is Santa?
Unlike cameras and exploitation,
that won't harm their lives at all.

DontGetTheHype said...

Okay, they don't want their kids to believe in Santa, but it is okay to love all those Disney characters and Sesame characters and have a Winnie the Pooh tatoo?
This made me laugh a lot harder and longer than was probably intended. Good one though!

marypoppins said...

Why was an earlier photo used.
The kids are really small here

marypoppins said...

Do they believe in the tooth fairy?

preschoolkid said...

"Why does it matter if they believe in Santa?"

It doesn't matter...but their children should be told to keep it to themselves. Why ruin it for everyone?

2badsosad said...

preschoolkid said...
"Why does it matter if they believe in Santa?"


J & K Gosselin make it their full time 'job' convincing their children in BELIEVING that reality television is the most important thing in life and like Santa, 'exploitation' is some make believe word made up by the evil doers.

Tami said...

GrammyPie: as hard as it is to believe, I think kids believe in Santa longer now then when we were kids (I'm 40). My 10 y.o. son just asked me to tell him the real deal a few weeks ago (which seems to be about the average age where I am). After I told him, he thought for a minute and said, "OK, now I'm going to go back to pretending he's real". And that's exactly what he's doing, much to the benefit of his two younger siblings!
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Mine has been asking for a while. When he loses a tooth he always asks if there is a tooth fairy or if it is the parents. I tell the truth when he asks directly. I say "it's the parents" but he doesn't really believe me! He'll say, "No, really? Is it true?" When I say nope, I still don't think he wants to let it go. It's the same with Santa. He asks if he's real and if he is still alive and not just some saint that lived a long time ago. My daughter never questioned it. She just believed for so long. He questions everything and even asks why a certain wrapping paper I used is like the one Santa used last year and asked what the roll of paper was doing under my bed! When he gets to the kid's Christmas party on Monday he is going to wonder why that paper is the one that was used to wrap the gift Santa is giving him! : X But he still loves the idea so much he wants to still believe. He does think the Easter Bunny is bogus though! I asked him could he imagine a 6 ft tall bunny in clothes hopping around and giving out eggs and I guess he could not stretch his mind that far.

What'sUp? said...

"We're trying to bring back family values and traditions."

And one way of doing that is having your kids tell other kids that there is no Santa!

pinkdiamond611 said...

I was thinking about the Santa thing. . . when I reread the comment I think it was said to prove that they are such "true" Christians, and they know the "true" meaning of Christmas that is why no Santa. To me this is pandering to the Christian right, because I really think that those of the fans of Kon that will keep the gravy train going after the TLC gig is up.

Virginia said...

These Kon artists think their way is the only way. They think they are entitled to ruin your kids' Christmas Santa just because they want to. Jon sounds proud of the fact that they are imposing their belief on others. Brats! And I'm not talking about the kids.

Tammy H. said...

Bah Humbug! (or however you spell it)! They both make me want to hurl! How can he actually think they have to stretch their budget...they get everything they want. When are the companies gonna stop hiring KON to lie to the public? There are not just a few people who don't agree with what they are doing...there are tons..even their family! My kids are 15 and 12...and they used to love the show..but now they can't stand it. They even make comments on how the kids are treated and how KON lie. They can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time!!!!

Irish-Gal said...

I couldn't care less if KON wants their kids to believe in Santa or not. Some kids just discover the truth young, and others' parents have never let them on to believe; whatever. But being proud of them, nearly encouraging them, to ruin it for others for your personal enjoyment is just selfish and cruel.

bradleymom said...

My kids are 10 and 12 and still believe. Kids have said things to them and my answer is always - "sorry, they don't believe, I guess Santa won't be stopping at there house. I have often wondered if I had to do it all over again if I would do it the same way - after all - we are totally fibbing to our kids.

I think I still would because it is such a magical time for children. I always get such a kick out of parents that say "I never lie to my kids" - come on now. We all do! If not about Santa and the Easter Bunny etc. - how about when your chiild asks you for the 30th time in a day if you would like to read them another book? When I answer, "of course I would love to" I am sometimes lying. I will enjoy it but I might have a ton of other things to get done. We all do lie on occasion and there is no call to act sanctimonious if you think you don't.

We include Jesus as an important part of our Christmas. The kids know the real meaning, but also enjoy all the Santa stuff. Every Christmas Eve we read three things to our kids(with only the light of our tree on). We read the bible passages about when Jesus was born, the Polar Express, and The Littlest Angel. The P.E. and the L.A. have messages that actually help my children continue to believe. Hey - they still hear the bell ring.

Even though some kids try to ruin it (nothing to be proud of, Jon) my kids just say "too bad for them".

There is no "right" way to celebrate important events in our lives and no one should be so righteous (J&K) to assume their way is best. We also donate presents, anonymously, to families in our town, and work at a soup kitchen in our the nearest city. We don't need recognition to do what we do, our children go to bed at night feeling blessed and grateful, and good about themselves for helping.

Happy Holidays' to all my fellow bloggers!

bradleymom said...

The other thing I forgot to mention - has anyone heard K&J mention anything about God or Jesus when they are opening gifts on their "staged" Christmas Day? The only thing I have noticed is how proud Kate is of herself to have come up with putting their names on different parts of the floor, and that each has their own basket to put their loot. Have I missed something between hot chocolate and sticky buns and the anal clearing of wrapping paper after each gift is opened? Is there a time where the kids are being sermonized to about the real meaning of Christmas? Perhaps, in their own Gosselin way, they are illustrating their beliefs - the belief and adulation of the almighty dollar and anything material that they can horde.

MsPeabody said...

RuthinVA said...
"If you don't have money take care of your own familiy first" quoted by Jon from this interview.

Good thing he didn't make this comment a year ago when he was getting his love offerings. I guess it is okay for you to slide a little note into the offering hat now that says: "Jon, I am taking care of my family first, but thanks for showering me with your words of BS, I mean wisdom."



ROFL..Sounds like a great idea so anyone planning on seeing these Kon's at a church in the near future where love offerings are being taken up should do it. I would in a heartbeat but they have not been seen around my area.

bradleymom said...

I have heard that in some real "celebrity" interviews certain topics are off limits to the journalists and won't be answered. I can understand that because they are usually promoting a movie (their job and livelihood) and may not want to get into other areas that are about their personal circumstances.

As much as Kon would like to consider themselves celebrities,and try that manouver, it just doesn't fly because their show "is their life" and they are the ones that show kids on potties and in the bathtub. In my opinion all bets are off (not because I think that the kids should be shown that way - but rather, it is what they are opening their kids up to with their choices). In their case they are not promoting a "job" (i.e. a movie that they did as a paid employee) they are promoting their life which is all about showing their kids, all the time. But then they want to draw the line even though they have never shown any responsibility or common sense in that area before.

How can they pick and chose where the line is drawn when they change it regularly. Oh - I know - it is whatever they decide and us minions should be grateful for whatever scraps that trickle down from their benevolent thrones.

If you can't play with the big dogs don't get off the porch. Well, they not only got off the porch, they ran a marathon around the country. But if a question, or concern, is brought up they want to throw that leash and collar right back on. What applies to the rest of the world apparently should not apply to the publicity, money, adulation, seeking hounds. The barn door has long since been opened and it is too late for them to coral everything (including the privacy their children so deserve) back in.

T.Y. Harriet - about the anal wrapping paper comment you posted on a different thread (another book signing). Isn't that half the fun, watching the kids play in a sea of paper! I am sorry about your loss, but am so glad you can find something positive about how things may be different now for your kids. That is being Mother (are you available to give Kate lessons), always looking out for what may be a good thing for these little people we created and attempt to nurture to the best of our abilities.

MsPeabody said...

2badsosad said...
preschoolkid said...
"Why does it matter if they believe in Santa?"


J & K Gosselin make it their full time 'job' convincing their children in BELIEVING that reality television is the most important thing in life and like Santa, 'exploitation' is some make believe word made up by the evil doers.


I think Kon want the kids to know the gifts they receive come from them so they can get more applause from the little ones. Too bad the little ones don't realize yet anyway that almost all the gifts if not all the gifts are freebies that others have given and not from their parents at all. They are missing out on learning what it is to get a gift from someone that actually took the time to go out and specifically pick a gift out just for them, a gift from the heart is the best gift..IMO

MsPeabody said...

pinkdiamond611 said...
I was thinking about the Santa thing. . . when I reread the comment I think it was said to prove that they are such "true" Christians, and they know the "true" meaning of Christmas that is why no Santa. To me this is pandering to the Christian right, because I really think that those of the fans of Kon that will keep the gravy train going after the TLC gig is up.


Yes, I agree and I think we have seen right thru the motive in their heart on this matter, they don't want anyone, be it santa or toys r us or whomever to get any credit for the free gifts, they want the kids to believe the presents came from their own money.HA!
It does seem they are pandering to the Christians. I am a Christian, a conservative one at that and I don't support the KON they are playing on the American public and especially the church. I also feel any pastor who allows KON to come into his flock to poison them with all this baloney that spews forth out of KON's mouths will be held accountable for this. There are a lot of legitimate needs out there that can be met by the church and shame on Jon and Kate for taking money for themselves and away from those who trully need it.
The church leaders should be speaking out against what Kon are doing, not standing up for it and calling those of us who see it for what it is as judgemental people.
I wrote to the CBN network and I asked them why they didn't do their research into KON before having them on the show (which further advocated KON) to many church goers. I also asked if they had ever watched the show themselves.
Their answer was apologetic, telling me that they are sorry I feel that way but that their duty to the Lord is to be a blessing and that they hope the best for all.
I'm not sure if my writing them did any good but I do hope they will refuse to have them back on the show.
And even better would be for CBN to come out and apologize for advocating Jon and Kate in the first place and to speak out about the frauds.

karen0101 said...

Please don't take this the wrong way bradleymom. IMO 12 is way too old to still believe in Santa. Why not let the older one in on the secret and have him or her help continue the magic of the Santa story with his/her younger sibling along with you so he/she can feel more grown up? Just a friendly suggestion from one mom with a child that age to another.

Anonymous said...

MsPeabody said: I wrote to the CBN network and I asked them why they didn't do their research into KON before having them on the show (which further advocated KON) to many church goers. I also asked if they had ever watched the show themselves. Their answer was apologetic, telling me that they are sorry I feel that way but that their duty to the Lord is to be a blessing and that they hope the best for all.
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"Their duty to the Lord is to be a blessing..." How is blatant child exploitation a blessing? Are these people simply stupid or do they not want to face reality? Do they have even a grasp of reality? Good that you wrote them, even if they did not get it. They will, in time. Eventually KON will meet up with their old friend, Mr. Karma. (OJ Simpson just did and we had no idea that would happen!)

2badsosad said...

"Their duty to the Lord is to be a blessing..."

I have yet to see any demonstration of J & K's 'duty to the Lord'. A few scriptures posted around the house, name dropping as a means to justify, selective interpretation of the 'word' to serve their own purpose. I hardly see it as 'their duty' more like another example of exploitation.

PR said...

So when are these articles going to start talking about their newly purchased MILLION dollar home??!?!?

Grandma T said...

You know, the Duggar family might be odd in their clothing and hair style, but they say they are Christians and we see it in their lives. Their religion is not my religion, but they do talk the talk and walk the walk. They are truly a wonderful, Christ-centered family.

Tami said...

You know, the Duggar family might be odd in their clothing and hair style, but they say they are Christians and we see it in their lives. Their religion is not my religion, but they do talk the talk and walk the walk. They are truly a wonderful, Christ-centered family.
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Really? How so? Could you give some examples on how they act like good Christians other than just writing and talking about it? I would be fascinated to hear! Thanks!

Tami said...

Wow. I can't believe I did that. I just re-read the comment and saw you said Duggers when I thought you mean KON. Great reading skills I have. Mods! Do you want to delete my last comment? lol.

Maggie said...

Well Tami we could delete it, or we could just send you all to Duggarswithoutpity.blogspot.com!

cassie said...

what does kon stand for?

bluebedeviled said...

Kon is Kate and Jon
useing K and on to make Kon. Suits them as they are a couple of cons.

bradleymom said...

karen0101 said...
Please don't take this the wrong way bradleymom. IMO 12 is way too old to still believe in Santa. Why not let the older one in on the secret and have him or her help continue the magic of the Santa story with his/her younger sibling along with you so he/she can feel more grown up? Just a friendly suggestion from one mom with a child that age to another.

12/22/2008 10:11 AM

Perhaps I should have mentioned that my 12 year old daughter has epilepsy and lost a lot of her speech and some articulation development when she was 6 after a particularly difficult seizure. ALthough, probably not, I don't really think that is relevant because I would be fine with her believing even if that was not a factor. To each their own - I am happy for you that your are happy and comfortable with your choices. I, personally, would not judge the choice of another parent when it is about something like this and has nothing to do with exploitation or abuse. Does anyone know when the prescribed cut-off is because I must have missed that article in Parents magazine?

Tami said...

Does anyone know when the prescribed cut-off is because I must have missed that article in Parents magazine?
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I couldn't tell you because honestly, I think my daughter believed even a bit longer than yours : X I don't think anyone knows whether another person's kids are "too old" to believe. You have to know the child.

Tami said...

Well Tami we could delete it, or we could just send you all to Duggarswithoutpity.blogspot.com!
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Oh I like the Duggers much better than KON. I think Michelle is always sweet no matter what is going on. I do believe they are true to their faith while KON is just putting o a show. I just hate when I hit send and then realize I didn't even read it right to begin with!

Somewhereinoh said...

Although there are elements of the Duggar and Rolloff families that I do not condone or agree with, IMO their reality tv show at least contain some GENUINE substance to its premise. Unlike the J & K Gosselin reality tv show, where more often not, the premise of the show appears to focus on trying to CONVINCE and or PROOVE to its viewers, that contrary to the opinion of the 'naysayers' what you see is the 'real deal'.

vaikea said...

I didn't read all the comments, but I don't believe for a minute that the twins googled it themselves. I'd bet KON told them that Santa didn't exist so that Kate could get credit for all the prezzies.

Either that or they're so used to everyting being sponsored that the poor girls knew Santa didn't exist because he doesn't have a marketing director. Every sponsor has a marketing director!

Karen0101 said...

Well bradleymom it looks like you took it the wrong way. I wasn't judging you. I stated my opinion in what I thought was a very nice way. I was merely suggesting that the older sibling (who I now know is your daughter) might enjoy feeling like a grown up at this point in her life. From what you describe of her disabilities I don't see any reason why that isn't an option, but you've stated clearly that you would prefer she continue to believe regardless of any disability. That's your choice as a parent and I respect that.

I didn't mean to offend you. I do know as a parent of middle school age kids that it's hard to let go and allow them to cross that boundary to becoming a teenager. It's scary but necessary. I have had a hard time with that myself and thought maybe you were going through that too. I'm sorry if I offended you with that assumption and hope you accept my apology.

MsPeabody said...

Sophia said: I would have more respect for them if they would just be HONEST. Just say that you get free clothes, that you get paid for doing the show, that you get paid for speaking engagements that you do all of the time, that you get paid for promoting everything under the sun...


They knew that if they were honest about things, they wouldn't be where they are today. They got people to feel sorry for them, they came accross as relatable in the beginning,so many, overlooked the exploitation of their children, me included. One lie sparked another lie, etc..etc..until now where they can't even keep them all straight. I could be wrong but I don't think that if people had known they had quite a bit of money left to them by Jon's father that they would have given as much.

lilymax said...

Hello all ~
I love this site. I have been watching Jon and Kate plus their 8 little Gosselins for a few months now, and at first I enjoyed the show somewhat, although I wondered what was so fascinating about these two that they would have a show this long running. I have to admit I tend to blow hot and cold on the issues presented in this site. I have gone from feeling like they were sort of ok parents to thinking they were absolutely horrible and back again, many times.

I still don't know what to think, but this week, lol, I tend to be thinking they are horrific parents who are totally taking advantage of completely innocent kids for money. Kate is a nightmare for a spouse; she treats Jon abominably and I don't understand how he can take it. I wonder if he will leave her at times, because over the years, is this not going to blow up somehow and cause major discord? I mean sheesh, the way she belittles him and corrects his grammar every chance she gets! It is humiliating that she should do so in such a public way. She must be a real shrew to live with. I just don't know why he doesn't tell that witch to go fly her broomstick. I would have ripped her a brand new one a long time ago if I were him.

What disturbs me most about the kids is the non private manner their lives' moments take on when filmed for tv. Going potty and having mom take a pic of you there with your fresh poo has to be a negative thing for a kid to experience. All of their schoolmates and friends, if they are allowed any, will have seen this and as they grow I think there will be major resentments.

When Kate took those kids to get head shots then to the talent person or whoever she was, I was thinking to myself that it would never fly. Those girls are cute but they in no way resemble models. They don't have the look to me to become models, and I think the one with the most personality is Alexis, and she is still so young. She has a very winning smile and a vibrant personality and maybe she will be an actress one day.

It would be nice if she could arrive there by her own choosing and not because her parents engaged in this money making venture with them riding along as perhaps unwilling passengers when they were too young to choose.

So yeah, I think perhaps some damage is being done here. I am just wondering why I sometimes choose to watch this show even though I really detest the parents most of the time.

I guess maybe there is something in my own nature that needs looking into, lol. It's sort of like watching the neighbors outside fighting in their yard or something. I can't look away and seem to hang on their words to a degree, yet feel really embarassed and ashamed for them at the same time. I'm ashamed in a sense that I watch this show....but I can't quite decide how much damage is really being done here.

I guess time will have to answer that question, unfortunately for those kids.