Aunt Jodi's Video - Transcript

Below is a transcript of Aunt Jodi's video (as discussed in this blog entry):

Hi! I'm vacationing this week with my family, we squeezed in a trip right before school starts. I know there are a lot of speculations and questions right now, and to be honest the last couple of months have been very difficult for me and I just needed to take some time away to focus on my family and also to heal from this.

My sister and her family are here with us as well [turns to her left to speak to someone off-camera] "Julie, come say 'hi'.". [Julie appears to the left of Jodi, smiles and says 'hi', then retreats off-camera.]

[Jodi continues.] Um, her blog is true. Sometimes the truth is hard to hear, and this is one of those situations. And sometimes not saying anything can be more damaging than telling the truth. Family has always been very important to me, and situations come into all of our lives where we have no control over and it's very easy to let bitterness take over. But we all have a choice, and I'm learning valuable lessons through all of this.

Um [Jodi's voice breaks], I've been overwhelmed by the support of my family, and friends, and strangers. [Jodi's voice continues with a slight quaver] I've received letters and e-mails and comments and even people in stores have encouraged me and I've really been touched by all of this kindness and I thank you so much.

Jodi projected no bitterness or anger; the pain and sadness in her was palpable. She had to try numerous times to be able to get through the taping and finally had to just keep it short, sweet, and to the point.

Aunt Jodi's Video

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

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

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

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

How They Really Got There

Have you ever wished there were a way to get caught up on the J&K biography by just going to one place to read a comprehensive summary? I would recommend reading this entry on a blog titled Musings from the Moon. Starting with the marriage of Jon and Kate in June of 1999, this narrative presents in chronological order the events that have brought them where they are today.

Disclaimer: While this piece is quite detailed and generally well-researched, I will make note that some of the dollar amounts alleged are on the high side. There is no definitive source revealing how much J&K have ever been paid for each episode, and the Gosselin PR firm has been quoted as saying that J&K command $25,000 per speaking appearance rather than the $35,000 quoted by this blogger. These issues aside, reading this piece will be a good way for you to get the whole picture of how the Gosselins went from obscure and ordinary parents of twins to the highly controversial juggernaut they are today.