Something We've Been Wanting

Hi all- It's been a pleasure reading your thoughts on the show, and I hope you'll be pleased to know that yes, the media listens.

I'm a writer on assignment to investigate many of your concerns for publication in a major magazine. This will be a longer article than others on the subject and far more in depth than those published before. I'm also in contact with Paul Petersen with A Minor Consideration and others who are also investigating this show. Serena has spoken to my editor and can confirm that I am a legitimate journalist on assignment.

Here's where you come in: I need to substantiate many claims made about the show and the Gosselins in order to publish them. I'm looking for legitimate leads who can help me do that. Please contact me at magreporter@gmail.com if any of these apply to you:

1. you know the Gosselins personally or have met them in some circumstance
2. you've attended any of their book signings or speaking engagements
3. you live/lived in Elizabethtown, Mt. Joy, Wernersville, the greater Reading area, etc.
4. you booked or attempted to book the Gosselins for a speaking engagement
5. you have been on the show or know someone who has been on the show

I'm looking for real human beings who can help with my reporting. You WILL NOT be quoted from (unless you choose to be).

Thank you!
Jess

Note from Serena: Yes, I did speak with the Articles Editor at this magazine to confirm the legitimacy of this request, as well as communicate with Jess. This is something we've all been wanting -- a piece by the mainstream media that is NOT the usual fluff, that is not engineered by the Gosselin PR machine, and that shifts the focus to the problem of child exploitation in the Reality TV market and the lack of legislation to protect minors working in it.

If you have any of the information being requested please contact Jess at the email address provided above. (Jess is currently working free-lance, for those of you wondering about the gmail address.) Also, we will not be revealing the name of the magazine at this time.

140 comments:

Melissa Gentry said...

This is amazing and thank you, thank you, thank you! :)

MomInTX said...

I am absolutely thrilled beyond words by this! I hope it makes them at least stop in their tracks and realize that it's a bigger problem for them than just a few blogs.

k-mart employee said...

I was on the K-mart episode. I'd like to talk to Jess what I witnessed. I also took a couple of pictures [cell phone] when they were loading up the bus that I'd be happy to share. I will contact him.

I think a couple of my co-workers would like to talk to him too.

shann said...

At least their will be some articles with no more organic fluff in it to make them look good.

lisak said...

I think this is great! Finally someone who can expose J&K for who they really are,and someone who will not sugar coat things the way J&K want things to be. I hope there are a lot of people who step forward!

Roger Mann said...

I truly hope this leads somewhere. I know we can only do what is in our power. But these parents need to be stopped. They are horrible, horrible parents who will stop at nothing to compile more and more greed off the backs of their children, all the while ruining their children's childhood. :(

Andy Glass said...

Their attorneys will be working some overtime now. I hope that doesn't mean the kids will have to work more hours! :(

tanya said...

the only thing that worries me about this is that it's given KON the chance to plan. Now they know a reputable media source is investigating them they are going to go into full damage control. I wouldnt be surprised if Kate set up an email and contacted this reported with a bogus story.

Serena said...

the only thing that worries me about this is that it's given KON the chance to plan. Now they know a reputable media source is investigating them they are going to go into full damage control. I wouldnt be surprised if Kate set up an email and contacted this reported with a bogus story.

I'm not worried. Whatever they might try, it will be too little too late. Jess has their number.

Melissa Gentry said...

"Jess has their number"

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As most smart people do! :)

Wendy Bird said...

Bravo, Jess! You are a hero to the Gosselin children. I will be eagerly awaiting the publication of this article.

OrganicFluff said...

This is certainly a step in the right direction. As technology changes and society evolves, our laws are often slow in catching up with the new issues that are go along with these changes. Children's rights and Reality TV is one of those such issues. Laws do exist to protect children who are paid "actors" on sitcoms, but as of yet there are no laws to protect children in the relatively new realm of Reality TV. Hopefully a magazine article like this will bring awareness to the issue and the need for legislation to protect reality tv children.

beachluvin said...

tanya said...
the only thing that worries me about this is that it's given KON the chance to plan. Now they know a reputable media source is investigating them they are going to go into full damage control. I wouldnt be surprised if Kate set up an email and contacted this reported with a bogus story.

1/13/2009 1:39

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Don't worry Tanya, everything has already been documented on film for proof. Hip Hip Hooray!!!
About time!!
I can't believe that it took a reporter to get the ball rolling instead of an agency that would have the children in their best interests. Whatever it takes!
I truly hope this turns out to be legitimate!!!

Taylor said...

"Hopefully a magazine article like this will bring awareness to the issue and the need for legislation to protect reality tv children."

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Not just to the Gosselin children but to all the exploited children out there.

timetogokon said...

FANTASTIC news. I wish I could offer some legit info but I'm content to just sit back and watch this unfold.

Stacie said...

Wouldn't it be fantastic if the article was published in one of the magazines that fawned all over Jon & Kate! Wouldn't that be a nice way for them to apologize for the awful reporting they allowed to happen in their magazine?

Relatives Please Make A Stand said...

It is my sincerest hope that all of Kate AND Jon's family who have been snubbed, mocked, ridicule and turned away SPEAK UP for the sake of the children if nothing else. Seriously, what are they waiting for? They have already lost their "visitation" rights, what more could you lose? The children are innocent bystanders who NEED you.

Stand up and let them hear YOUR voice. You KNOW what is going on. You ALL have the inside scoop!

OrganicFluff said...

Taylor- Yes I agree, there needs to be laws that protect ALL children, including the Gosselins.
I specifically mentioned reality tv because laws already exist to protect child "actors" in sitcoms and movies. There need to be limits as to what can be filmed (no nudity, bathroom scences, etc.) and how many hours they can be filmed in these so-called "reality" shows. (IMO)

MichelleS said...

Thank goodness. I hope this leads in the right direction. All i want for those Gosselin children is to be able to live a normal private life. They are getting older and deserve it. God bless those little ones and watch over them. Time for Jon and Kate to rejoin the reality of this world and quit banking off their kids.

Annie said...

I hope that all of the people that Jon & Kate have dismissed over the years come forward!

I also hope that Julie, Aunt Jodi's sister contacts Jess. I am sure that she knows enough about the KON'S to write her own book.

Wow! Just think about all of the people that Jon & Kate have been in contact with. Neighbors, employee's at hotels, ammusement parks, stores, hair salons, spa's, golf courses, restaurants, etc.

I can't imagine that ALL of them had to sign a confidentiality agreement.

If I were them I would be scared, very scared!

Jess, it won't take to long to get the information that you need. I can hardly wait to read your article. The best of luck!

RuthinVA said...

This is absolutely wonderful. I hope the reporter watches all shows and reads other news articles as those show so many untruths in reference to what the Gosselin's say and do. I would also love for the reporter to be able to ask to see evidence of Jon's new claim that all the money is the children's. I also hope they interview old work associates of Jon's to settle the being fired claim. I also hope there is medical evidence/advice as to Kate's pregnancy. I would like to see a psychiatrist opinion of like behavior the children receive. I don't mean to sound like I have any idea of what a journalist does because I don't I would just like to see these issues addressed.

Marissa said...

This is a great step, both in the pursuit of child protection and in the pursuit of the truth.

Rose said...

With all the corporate sponsors backing the KON's -

Well lets just say Jess is my new Hero.

etownie said...

I live in etown and have had one small run in with Kate..i don;t know if i would be useful or not to the story?

Lori in PA said...

Kate was right on one thing.... THERE IS A GOD and he is sending Jess after you! WOOHOO! Go get 'em Jess!

Serena said...

I live in etown and have had one small run in with Kate..i don;t know if i would be useful or not to the story?

If anyone has any doubt at all that they might have something Jess is interested in, please just email Jess and let her decide!

Denise said...

Our friend Mr. Karma is coming soon to the Konpound!! Exposed at last!
(I do hope though that "Jess" is a pseudonym as KON and their PR henchmen may try to track her down and well, neutralize her... I now totally understand why she has the generic gmail account.)
I can hardly wait for the article!!

Karine said...

RuthinVA said...
This is absolutely wonderful. I hope the reporter watches all shows and reads other news articles as those show so many untruths in reference to what the Gosselin's say and do. I would also love for the reporter to be able to ask to see evidence of Jon's new claim that all the money is the children's. I also hope they interview old work associates of Jon's to settle the being fired claim. I also hope there is medical evidence/advice as to Kate's pregnancy. I would like to see a psychiatrist opinion of like behavior the children receive. I don't mean to sound like I have any idea of what a journalist does because I don't I would just like to see these issues addressed.
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These are great points for her to investigate and I'm sure she will be able to prove KON is lying. And yes, asking a psychiatrist (with a well-respected hospital) what it seems the kids are going through now as a result of the cameras (and Kate's abuse) as well as implications for their futures is a great idea.

xyzbobbie said...

First of all this is great news!! Have a question, not sure where to post. Does anyone remember the brief critical CNN news report about Kate/Jon from last year? It is my understanding that they had it pulled from the wrap around news rotation. Is that true? Can anyone shed some light on this please.

Bunny Girl said...

When the show goes off the air we all know Kate will be furious at the money and the freebies being gone.My only concern is will the children be treated badly? There will be no one to keep an eye on things and with no help and no money Kate will find out what real responsiblity is so her mood can only be horrifying I'm afraid. Am I being silly for worrying?

kate is a cocky bitch said...

Piers Randall was the first writer who exposed Leona Helmsley in an article for The Post which ultimately led to her incarceration. Let's hope The Queen Gosselin gets exactly what's coming to her too when Jess' article is published.

April said...

Bunny Girl,

I wouldn't worry about QFI she always manages. The only preggers couple I know who both have the luxury of quitting their jobs before the babies are even born. And look at those houses they've lived in. I know couple with kids who have been married for years and still rent.

Also Kate has the magic thing going - Money appears in the couch cushions, paper towels appear magically on her door step. The KON's will be ok!

Carl Jr. said...

I just hope that the IRS gets a copy of any article written. Every time I read about them I print a copy off and send it to the IRS and ask them if this very wealthy couple are reporting their income.

When Joe the Plumber came out for McCain the state of Ohio was all over him! All he did was ask a stupid question it wasn't like he had a reality show and was pimpin out his son for $$$.

cheryl said...

This is wonderful, great, fantastic, words cannot describe.
I am a 74 yr old great grandmother who has been appalled at this series. When it started - it was cute, darling and informative until
news started to leak about things behind the scenes.
Hope all is being done to prevent retaliation to the reporter and public.
Each program seems to convey poor
parenting but from what I hear of last nites show - the full mouth shot of Mady's dental structure is
unreal, uncuth, and I'd think subject to a lawsuit - invading ones privacy.
Thanks so much for your site and the ongoing info.

Virginia said...

Please let your voices be heard if you fit the criteria Jess has. Please be someone who can say, you know what, I helped speak for kids who had nobody else.

It is wonderful that this is legit and that it is FINALLY being addressed.

Thank you, thank you.

Ravelllo said...

I am very pleased to learn a journalist is getting involved. Thanks to Jess and also to Serena for validating.

We are all concerned about these children after seeing countless episodes in which the childrens' privacy is violated.

Good luck with your efforts. Thanks also to Paul Petersen and the moderators of GWOP.

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Praise God, and "thank you" Jesus. Someone up above is watching out for the Gosselins eight children. Perhaps it's Jon's dad.

Virginia said...

Annie, the confidentiality agreement, if it exists, is nothing more than a contract. A contract can be broken for many, many reasons without penalty and they are every single day.

JenBunnie said...

I just can't wait to see the reaction from the sheeple-oh how they will cry that this is nothing but a smear campaign as per usual. I wish I could meet one of them b/c I have some ocean front property in Arizona I'd like to sell.

MarcyandLoki said...

This is good and welcome news! It breaks my heart the times I have watched the show on how these children are being used and treated. I pray that when everything is said and done they all go for some serious family counseling.

Pam said...

When this article is published I will be buying multiple copies to hand out to friends, family and co-workers.

I'll also purchase a subscription to this magazine that has the courage to publish something other than the drivel that is put out by the Gosselins' PR firm. And I'll encourage others to do so :-)

This is great news!

RuthinVA said...

I can't wait until I will not have to hear: I'll go to the ends of the earth for my children (as long as TLC pays for the trip), You don't know until you walk in my shoes, I'll do anything for my kids bull anymore.

CPAintheknow said...

This is great news, but I have always maintained these KON artists will be brought down like all con artists before them (i.e. the money trail). It will either be: 1) the IRS; or 2) the state of PA investigating them for fraud if, in fact, they had a sizable inheritance in the bank and they didn't disclose it on their application for assistance. I also think there may be criminal grounds for all the inappropriate things these horrible parents allow strangers to film their children doing. And to all the medical people who allow filming of these children in the office -- shame on you! I can almost guarantee that TLC, et al, will be facing some serious lawsuits when these children get older (and hopefully emancipated from their repugnant parents).

MayDay said...

I am glad some here checked the source to find out that this person is real and doing this for the right reasons. My first thought was that this was J/K posing as the reporter, wanting to get people's statements, along with their name and info and then sue the people that spoke out for defamation of character. Would you put it past them?

Sally Mae said...

Thank you Jess! I do hope everyone who has information will not hesitate in emailing her.

Carl Jr. said...

Two questions...First, why do people think they don't report their income to the IRS?

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I question it because of the consignment shop[s]. I'd love to know what consignment stores Kate uses. See if it was only a few items here and there no biggie. But if Kate's making a small profit the IRS would be very interested in it.

I own a small company. One year I decided to give out these dinky coffee cups. My accountant said every cup I gave out would need to be 1099nd. This was a $8 coffee cup!

So does J&K report consignment shop income? Are the free trips earned income? Speaking engagements bring in alot of money do they report that? There is just alot of money flowing their way and would be interested if they report all of it.

About Time said...

All I can say is that an article like this is well past due! I'm glad that someone is finally doing the right thing and exposing these two gold diggers for what they really are.

If this article gets published, it will be the first media outlet I will be paying for just to read about Katie and her little boy named Jon.

No info for me to report except being a former fan of the show who didn't take long to see past all the lies.

Stan the Man said...

Carl Jr. said:

There is just alot of money flowing their way and would be interested if they report all of it.
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I can think of 1.3 million reasons why the IRS might be interested. Thats alot of house for two un-employed people living off their kids. How did they back into that kind of money?

Caro said...

All I have to say is FANTASTIC! I cant wait to see the article.

New Here said...

Carl Jr...I see what you're saying. I like that you provided an example. I've heard so many rumors about this family, and I feel like a fool for buying their book and watching their show. But that doesn't mean I believe everything I read about them. I feel like a lot of things get stretch for the sake of drama, so I'm just trying to get the truth. I'm not a fan of people making assumptions based on speculation. I think the article written in a reputable magazine would be fantastic. Still interested to see if anyone knows about that inheritance?

sistah2 said...

Bravo! Its about time.
In addition to what's already been said, the issues I would like to see addressed are: the church beg-a-thons implying they are still poor; the relatives banished; the endless vanity procedures; and who/what is behind the new home - did they sign on for the long haul with TLC and have the studio lights installed?
I look forward to a well-researched article exposing this scam.

Caro said...

New Here - I think that (supposed) inheritance has to do with Jon's father. He was a successful dentist, I believe, and had a hand in helping the G's finacially during the start of their marriage. He passed away shortly after the tups were born. I really do not know the extent to which he helped them, but I think that is what people are referring to. Anyone else can correct me if I am wrong.

Chris said...

I trust that when the article is written and published that we will be told the name of the magazine. I for one will go out and buy it just to support this sort of expose. Somehow I think that Jess will have more than enough information to even write a book.

Lisa said...

Jess is my new hero - IMO, this article is way overdue! I know you said you would not tell us the name of the magazine, but I hope we get a heads-up to when it will be published so we can all show our support - I hope it is soon!

Auntie Anne said...

Jon and Kate "have people." I am afraid they are protected a LOT. I don't think "their people" would allow them to do illegal stuff. I think J&K will go to their graves as multi-millionaires and those little kids will live in shame all the days of their lives.

I was born "cross-eyed", and when I was 5 years old my mother was talking about my eyes to a neighbor, who was staring at me, shaking her head. I remember my face burning in embarrassment and shame as I stood there. I was 5 years old and wondered why my mother would talk about me like that, especially right there in front of me. I am 66 years old and still feel sad when I think of how she treated me that day. I don't think those Gosselin kids are going to forget how they have been exposed in their very most private moments to the millions of viewers that watch them being so exploited. It is sad. Just so sad.

Cyndi said...

CPAintheknow said...
This is great news, but I have always maintained these KON artists will be brought down like all con artists before them (i.e. the money trail). It will either be: 1) the IRS; or 2) the state of PA investigating them for fraud if, in fact, they had a sizable inheritance in the bank and they didn't disclose it on their application for assistance. I also think there may be criminal grounds for all the inappropriate things these horrible parents allow strangers to film their children doing. And to all the medical people who allow filming of these children in the office -- shame on you! I can almost guarantee that TLC, et al, will be facing some serious lawsuits when these children get older (and hopefully emancipated from their repugnant parents).

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Since Kate can legally reveal the kids medical conditions, as their parent, and since she was the one that allowed the filming in the medical offices, doesn't that make it legal? I wish the medical offices had told her they would not be a part in those episodes, but obviously they didn't. HIPAA laws don't apply if the parent or guardian allows information about medical conditions to be revealed. Isn't this so? I surely do hope I am wrong. I want very much for these little kids to be protected.

MarcyandLoki said...

ThreeFarmers said...

By the way... I'm thinking of designing my own t-shirt with the quote:

"If Kate bitches in the woods, but there's no crew to film it, is Jon still wrong?"
-- ThreeFarmers


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LMAO! I think I'm going to cross stitch that!

MichelleS said...

3farmers- roflmao..i would buy that tshirt!

zoey said...

taxing of gifts is slightly complicated....
1. if your employer say gives you a gift card it is called a taxable fringe benefit. taxes are Supposed to be paid on this. The taxes can be paid for either By the employer or the employee.
2. there are some fringe benefits that are not taxable to a certain $ amount. If you go above said amount, the remainder is taxable and again the employer can choose to pay those taxes instead of the employee.
so, depends on what the gosselins have worked out with TLC.
If TLC even conciders them employees (im guessing it does) they cant foot the bill for every loser freak on their channel.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness! I hope this journalist will take a long and serious look at J&k+8.

To me, it really comes down to this question: how can Jon and Kate Gosselin be objective about what is in the best interest of their children when their income depends on them?

Also, after 20 years of things like Oprah and the self-help movement, we all know that verbal abuse and neglect can be just as dangerous as physical abuse, it’s just more insidious.

I hope and pray these children can be free of this intrusion and have the chance of somewhat normal lives.

karen said...

can this lady please interview mady

MaryD said...

I hope that Jess is able to get behind the scenes information. I'm afraid she might hit a lot of dead ends. Like so many others I never understood why family, relatives and friends would never speak out on Jon and Kate's behalf. They certainly don't owe us any explanations. The thing is if bad things are being said about your family and they aren't true the natural thing is to stick up for them and set the record straight. It almost seems like everyone is afraid of them. Are they treatening people? It just doesn't make any sense.

Jess, I hope you will be the one that can finally write an article that isn't "fluff" about the Gosselins. You will probably have to take a lot of heat from the KONpound but don't get discouraged.

I am so glad you are taking this on and wish you luck.

Marissa said...

In response to MaryD...I think that the friends/family that are no longer part of the Gosselin's life don't want to speak up because of the children. Maybe they hope that they will someday be allowed in their lives again. Or perhaps they don't want to take the chance of making things any more difficult for the children. Or maybe they have just risen above it and don't want to be associated with the situation. I'm sure many have lots of information that don't reflect positively on Jon and Kate.

However, I do hope that they will share what they know with this researcher since they can do so in an anonymous manner. For the sake of the children and so that the truth about Jon and Kate can be seen. And even if no friends/family decide to come forward, then that in and of itself is very telling. Like you stated, no one is coming to Jon and Kate's defense.

Mary Ellen said...

MaryD said: The thing is if bad things are being said about your family and they aren't true the natural thing is to stick up for them and set the record straight. It almost seems like everyone is afraid of them. Are they treatening people? It just doesn't make any sense.

No, no sense at all. Seems like the family members (grandparents, Kevin and Jodi and others) are all lying low. Are they afraid of KON? Kate is so ugly, mean, and spiteful that they may just figure it isn't worth it and intervention on their part would not work in this case and even make it worse on the kids....

Nadia said...

Thank you Jess, Sorry that I could not be more help. I can't wait to read your work!

Allison Parker said...

I am not one of those who know the Gosselins but I support this 100% Go Jess! This is what everyone here wants! Good luck!

CatWoman said...

I always wondered too, why family wasn't either standing up for them (if indeed they are being defamed and wronged by "misunderstandings") or: come forward to expose them. ?? I agree with another poster in wondering whether family is scared of KON or threatened by them (Kate?) somehow? But: how and why??? They already DON'T see the kids...so what else is to lose? Kate's company? LOL
I have a nervous feeling that this Jess is gonna get scared off, by KOn, their cover-up TLC PR peeps, SOMEONE. I dont know why= it's just a "feeling."
I need to go ask God if He is the one who told "Jess" to undergo this expose...oh wait: He is busy listening to Kate. ( sarcastic eye roll)

Carla said...

Sorry, but this is going to be one big waste of time. No one is going to speak up about these two KON artists.

Jess needs to get on a plane and fly herself to Berks County. She needs to knock on doors in Etown and Wernersville. She needs to go to the Courthouse and look up records. Information isn't going to just fall in her lap. She needs to do some serious digging.

MsPeabody said...

lisak said...
I think this is great! Finally someone who can expose J&K for who they really are,and someone who will not sugar coat things the way J&K want things to be. I hope there are a lot of people who step forward!


I so agree, wonderful news!

MsPeabody said...

I can't wait to hear why Jon and Kate were allowed a Medicaid nurse for a year paid for by the State of Pa if they indeed did have an inheritance from Jon's father. I know a lady who is not quite old enough for Social Security benefits and who is no longer able to work because of physical disabilities who applied for Medicaid and was denied, one of the requirements was low income. I would love to know how Jon and Kate got around this requirement.

Janina said...

I would like the cupcake lady to come forward! I distinctly remember on that episode of the 'tups 4th birthday, she ran through her plan for the day checking with Kate that it was ok. Kate curtly answered "as long as it's not messy" or something like that, and then that the cupcake lady kind of did that sidling away fast toward her co-worker with an OMG expression on her face! I just remember it b/c it's totally something I would do...lol.

Ok, I just looked it up on You Tube - Velvet Sky Bakery's owner Lauren Zellem (?) I bet she has a lot to say about their visit - you know the day they opened specifically for them and Kate sat there ungratefully with crossed arms for the majority of the time.

Rebecca said...

Why hasn't the family come foward? why hasn't beth's family come foward? Do you think that there really isn't something wrong as we all suspect?

To tell you the truth, I think any kind of action is only going to hurt the children and we all don't want that.

Onomatopoeia said...

This is the ultimate poetic justice. Thank you, Jess, wherever you are. And thanks in advance to everyone who plans to come forward with information.

BTW, isn't there a verse in Matthew that says something about 'seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you'? Now's there's a daily devotional that Ms. Fancy Pants will have a hard time swallowing...Jess - please seek the stuffing out of this one!

Dee said...

3F -

I would buy that shirt in a heartbeat - profits could be donated to exploited children ... bet Kate would sign up for that freebie too under an 'assumed' name, of course!

lori said...

Lordy B! It's about time........

cheryl said...

Beth, her family and probably other friends, if they have any,
are too classy to rat on them.
Probably figure they'll fall on their faces themselves without their help.
Odes of Jim and Tammy Baker.
Keep up the good work - love the site.

Enough Already said...

Look, telling the truth is not defamation. You can't get sued for telling the truth. It doesn't matter how ugly or if a person "threatens" to sue you. You have the right to tell the truth especially if children are being harmed, physically, emotionally or mentally! Abuse is abuse is abuse! AND just because you gave birth (or carried the children in this case) does not give you the right to "do whatever you think is best for them" when clearly everything you do is filmed for the world to see on national television what greedy monsters you have become and have placed your children's concerns above your own.

Perhaps the State should have allowed the nurse to stay on. That way the children would have been cared for.

Kate and Jon need to be knocked down off their director's chairs and give their children's life back.

wramblinwreck said...

"I think any kind of action is only going to hurt the children and we all don't want that."

I disagree. This is exactly what's needed to help, not hurt, those kids. If whatever is uncovered leads to the end of the show, the children's privacy will be restored and the parents' scamming the public will end.

3F, sign me up for one of those t-shirts!!

cheryl said...

Apparently Jon's father died in 01/05, leaving them a sizable six figure insurance policy. The tups
not yet one yr old. Then,
reread the Reading Eagle article and comments of 05/05, their begging etc. Then the tups first birthday party held at a Reading
Hotel. No mess that way!!!

Serena said...

Beth, her family and probably other friends, if they have any, are too classy to rat on them.

I would like to think that Beth is too classy to continue a relationship with people who exploit their children and lie to the public.

Melissa Gentry said...

Carla says this is a waste of time.

I disagree. Anyone who is willing to thoroughly investigate the Gosselins have my blessings and the blessings of many Americans out there. Those children DESERVE justice and if Jess is willing to do a thorough job, as I suspect she does, then KUDOS for her for not being afraid of stepping up the plate.

I hope she hits it out of the park! :)

Charlie Rose said...

Perhaps it wasn't Kate who kicked these people to the curb but her friends and family who walked away. Seriously, would YOU want to be friends with a hag like Kate? I wouldn't. I certainly would not want my own children around her negative attitude.

She befriends them, uses them and then spits them out! She could care less about anyone else's feelings.

Kimmy said...

Rebecca said:Why hasn't the family come foward? why hasn't beth's family come foward? Do you think that there really isn't something wrong as we all suspect?

To tell you the truth, I think any kind of action is only going to hurt the children and we all don't want that.

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I agree with you, however KON are hurting their children by continuing this show, and it needs to end. No one wants these children hurt, i think everyone has their best interest at heart and is hoping and praying for them.

Virginia said...

Three Farmers: I want more than one of those shirts because I suspect that when I wear it out here I'll be inundated with people asking me where I got it and telling me they want to buy one, too. In fact, I'll be glad to be your partner in this enterprise. Have some time on my hands. You let me know.

Protect8 said...

Beth Carson had to have known how the Gosselin children were being treated and she went along with it so I would not expect her to speak to reporters. As far as the cupcake lady speaking to a reporter, it is likely that she signed a waiver that explicitly forbade her from talking negatively, or at all, about the Gosselins. It also sounded like she initiated the visit to her shop and therefore, she is complicit in the exploitation of the Gosselin children in that she advertised her business at the expense of the children. Just like the Grand Wailea and a number of other businesses seen on the show exploited the children for money. The dentist in Monday night's episode, the eye doctor, the people who put braids in the kids' hair - any of these folks who agreed to give their services for free or even to just let them be filmed- are also responsible for selling out the 8 Gosselin children. If they speak out negatively about the Gosselins they are also implicating themselves.

Only when people refuse to be part of the pimping out of these kids will the show not succeed. Hopefully, an honest article about the Gosselins in a major publication, if this does indeed happen, will have enough impact to stop the Gosselins in their tracks. They should have enough money now, even if it means selling off some of their stuff like their new condo in Utah, for the children to be clothed and fed until age 18.

Take down J&K NOW said...

This is such good news! I dont post but I think I have read everything on this site! LOL! Anyway, I actually just got cable(sept) and had heard about the show so I have been watching because this type of show totally appeals to me. My sister had said in the past that she liked it, it was interesting. So I have really only watched what has been on since last Sept, and at first some of it bugged me, and then it really bugged me and then I saw the Utah vac., Ok, then the HAWAII MONTH was announced. YUCK, so I went to look to see if I was crazy for disliking them. HA! No I am not crazy........ Anyway

So I hadnt seen the origional hour long specials, and lordy b they were on lastnight(damage control?), and I have to say that I watched those and tried to watch it from the stand point that I had never heard of these people B4. And funny enough I have never heard of or seen these people Jon and Kate before the fame got them. I watched it and it made me feel good, like these parents cared about the kids. I really feel like they at that time wanted to play and be with the kids. They both had jobs, so they knew what it was like to be away, and when they came back they could not wait to be with the kids.

But now the show is nothing better than a circus freak show. As we all know.

I think that even if they (Kate) did plan this and try to get famous I dont know if she really wanted THIS, what is actually happening. She was a real person then, at least she knew how to *act* then. LOL! I think they are on a runaway train, and maybe they dont know how to stop it and of course want the GOOD things to keep coming. BY NO WAY AM I DEFENDING THEM OR WHAT THEY HAVE CHOSE TO DO IN THE LAST 2 YEARS.

These are my thoughts, and I hope this Jess person is real and bring to light the truth, after all we all wanted to see the reality of this. I hope that all of this can help the kids, that is they only reason anyone should be doing this. I also hope that TLC will realise what they are doing is wrong too, and do what's right by these beautiful kids.



I think the tshirt thing is hilarious and if it did help exploited kids, I would buy one for every one in my family, especially the guys!

Serena said...

I will talk to Paul Petersen and see if he could advise us of an appropriate child advocacy group if 3F and others want to pursue the t-shirt idea for the purposes of charity.

MichelleS said...

Some ideas for public places of business,signs for their windows:
NO SHOES
NO SHIRT
NO GOSSELINS!
..OR..
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE KATE.
..this would be great if the public did that and participated in being part of putting a stop to the JOK train.

SocietyUGH said...

I am sure Kate and Jon think their life is surreal. Can't believe it is really happening to them. All this attention and fame. What they don't realize is people don't give a rat's ars about them, it is the kids that we love.

I wish I never heard of the Gosselins and their children. I think it is a crime in our society that people actually worship other human beings. Do we have such low self esteem that we actually think Kate and Jon are THE ROLE MODELS of our time? Come on! Get a grip and open your eyes.

Would you want your children acting and behaving as they do? The sense of entitlement???

I sure don't.

Machelle said...

NO SHOES
NO SHIRT
NO GOSSELINS!
..OR..
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE KATE.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I am sure the taxpayers of PA have thought of this many, many times.

What a bunch of bloodsuckers!

Beverly said...

Three Farmers, Cafepress used to be very reasonable for stuff like that. They have no minimums and such.

I would buy one as well!

Virginia said...

Jess, I hope you will look into Jon's new condo out in Utah. I'm sure those who dug deep into their handbags in church to give up a $20bill for poor Kon would be interested in how the "children's money" is being spent.

timetogokon said...

Rebecca said:Why hasn't the family come foward? why hasn't beth's family come foward? Do you think that there really isn't something wrong as we all suspect?

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The fact that Beth/Bob, Jodi/Kevin have not come forward to DEFEND KON's name and reputation speaks volumes.

Virginia said...

Please, for those citizens who read this and have signed a confidentiality agreement with Kon (if any exist), consult a lawyer in your area if you want to, but I can tell you that none of these are engraved in stone. I'm sure you were pressured into signing something, but nothing is forever binding. Check out before you decide not to come forward.

timetogokon said...

Jess, I hope you will look into Jon's new condo out in Utah. I'm sure those who dug deep into their handbags in church to give up a $20bill for poor Kon would be interested in how the "children's money" is being spent.

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Not only that, but maybe we can find out where Kate's favorite spa is. She readily admitted that she now goes to the spa at least once a month WITH THE MONEY THAT IS SENT TO HER.

BAC said...

SocietyUGH said:
I think it is a crime in our society that people actually worship other human beings. Do we have such low self esteem that we actually think Kate and Jon are THE ROLE MODELS of our time? Come on! Get a grip and open your eyes.

Well said, this is exactly the root of the whole problem and very sad it is!

AJ said...

It will be interesting to see if, assuming the article does indeed get published, Kate sends in her attorneys or if the negative publicity will be referred to as "God's will."

Tess said...

I don't know what the investigation budget is but I found that Kate is scheduled to make an appearance at the Indianapolis Home Show on Feb. 4 if I recall correctly. Maybe someone working on this story or someone who lives in the Indianapolis area could go and report back.

Also, I would think that while it might not provide facts, it would be wonderful to get doctor's opinions/statements on lots of things (PCOS, fertility, effects of raising children in the spotlight, etc.)

NEW TLC Show said...

"Do we have such low self esteem that we actually think Kate and Jon are THE ROLE MODELS of our time? Come on! Get a grip and open your eyes."

~~~~~~`

TLC should do a show on society and how it has sunk so low to think these two bozos are role models or are good parents. NOW that is something people should watch. Perhaps it would change their views and make them take notice of their ways.

Serena said...

It will be interesting to see if, assuming the article does indeed get published, Kate sends in her attorneys

Attorneys would have no interest; truth is the perfect defense.

ESQUIRE said...

Serena said: Attorneys would have no interest; truth is the perfect defense.

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Being in the legal profession, this is a very true statement. Any defense on their part would be frivilous.

timetogokon said...

ESQUIRE said...
Serena said: Attorneys would have no interest; truth is the perfect defense.

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Being in the legal profession, this is a very true statement. Any defense on their part would be frivilous.

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I'm sure KON will find a way to blame TLC for "forcing" them to do the show and "bribing" them with all the freebies. Heck, they will probably blame all the sponsors too for "contributing" to their misery.

OrganicFluff said...

I agree, it is unlikely that J&K would have not any basis for legal action against true statements and facts.
And I am sure this journalist knows how to word the article so as to avoid any lawsuits (i.e., stating it as "opinion", only reporting facts that are true/confirmed, using the work "alleged", etc.)

OrganicFluff said...

*Sorry, I meant to say that it is unlikely that they would have any basis for legal action (wouldn't be successful if they tried to sue)

Mary Ellen said...

timetogokon said...
"...Not only that, but maybe we can find out where Kate's favorite spa is. She readily admitted that she now goes to the spa at least once a month WITH THE MONEY THAT IS SENT TO HER."

___________
I believe it's the spa in the Hershey Hotel.

RuthinVA said...

All the pro Gosselin people keep saying on different post that Jon and Kate have not taken up love offerings for over a year. I feel sure some of the post are J&K or PR people (or someone close to either), I would like the article to prove when the last love offering was taken up.

A Wild Idea said...

Just a thought - could it be that the family actually is talking to Jess or even had a hand in getting her to do the story? While they may not be ones who want to be interviewed or quoted, they have a wealth of info in terms of resources to point Jess in the right direction - at least in Elizabethtown and Lancaster County. I may be way out there - again, just a thought. If I were in their shoes, I would certainly consider doing it.

NEliseH said...

Jess, I applaud you! If you are able to succeed, and I think you will, you will not only be helping the lives of these eight children but helping the kids of fans of Kate who may see her as a role model.

For those who have info, please email and help these defenseless children!

3F, I would love a shirt. I agree with the cafepress thing...then it would be there for anyone to buy.

letthechildrengo said...

3F,


sign my up for shirt too. I had to laugh when I read that and yes, it doesnt matter the cause or audience, Jon is wrong.

Diane S said...

Great...an article without the usual spin.

Teryn said...

I hope some of these issues are touched on in the article....

* Jon says in an interview that all the money is for the kids, then turns around and purchases a condo in Utah for HIS snowboarding pleasure...sans sextuplets and Kate.

* Kate says in an interview, "I told Jon that when people send me money, I am using it for the spa once a month".

* Beth says in an interview, "I wrote the book, they lived it". Then Kate continues to say SHE wrote the book and is the only one attending book signings.

* Kate loudly scolds Jon for referring to their lives as "seasons", then in the Hawaii episode, she is clearly heard referring to their seasons. Such a hypocrite that woman is! And of course, "they never eat fast food", but we have see Mickey D's being eaten in Utah and fast food cups in the twins room...not to mention the fast food eaten at all the freebie trips they go on.

* Jon says in an interview, "It is not exploiting them. We would have taken them to the park anyway". ( Please explain: Hannah and Alexis both shown smeared with poop, all sextuplets shown sitting barebottomed on potties, all sextuplets shown nude in showers or changing clothes, Joel talking about his weiner, Mady's many meltdowns and dental problems, need I go on? ) He has selective ideas of what he sees as shown on tv, versus what is actually shown that we see.

* Love offerings, a 1.3 million dollar home, and a Utah condo.

* Claims of religion being edited from the show, but not edited from Little People, Big World and The Duggars.

* The Hannah favoristism

* Rock star/ diva behavior

* Ugly things written about Mady on the internet

* Both parents lack of employment

* And last but not least, the direction the show has taken as product placement/ marketing / advertising...and receiving an unGodly amount of freebies.

Go Away KON said...

"I hope the article is more of a series stories, that examines their lies and dishonesty and exposes them on an ongoing basis"

~~~~~~~~~~~
Amen!

Hope said...

Here's my thing. I DO NOT care whether they have taken love offerings in over a year. Bottom line, they did it for too long. AND, they used the money that they got from love offerings in previous years to buy a 1.3 million dollar house. Whether or not they are currently taking love offerings, to me, is completely irrelevant. People shelled out their hard earned cash. If not now, then in the past. Period. I fail to see how no longer accepting love offerings for a year makes any difference, or somehow makes them better people.

Dunwoody Mom said...

I hope Kon reported those "love offerings" as income on their tax returns.

MaryD said...

Hope said:
Whether or not they are currently taking love offerings, to me, is completely irrelevant.

I completely agree with your post. I don't understand why people want proof if it is still being done. Even if they stop doing it now or have done so recently does not make it right. It should never have been done period!.

SickofKON said...

YAY

This is for Gosselin children, may they never have to WORK in 100 degree weather with sweaters on for a magazine shoot again!

JMHO said...

I see one problem with this.

People just need to stop talking about them, stop watching the show.

Any publicity is good publicity in the TV world. I mean look at the trainwreck Brittany Spears. A full year of crazy bitch and now she's at the top again like it never happened.

Any reporter with half a brain cell would know that J&K is a hot topic right now. I personally don't know why you cant say what magazine she is from. I really hoping its not some piece of sh*t like Star Magazine or National Enquior. They were already in there several times and nothing has come from it.

kate is a cocky bitch said...

I do not think it matters who the media outlet is. Anyone who is willing to expose KON for the lazy, 2-faced, dishonst cheats that they ARE is fine with me.

IN THE MIDDLE said...

Are the Gosselins reporting to the IRS all of the pictures of the tups that they sell at these speaking engagements that Jon and kate have had at the churches.

I believe Kate and Jon are living in Greed, Pride and Selfishness.

Do Jon and Kate have to report to the IRS all of the free clothes, trips, and toys, etc. Or is TLC paying those taxes?
Does anyone Know?

Who will be paying their utility bills in their new home? TLC??

IN THE MIDDLE said...

So...do you think Kate and Jon are holding the tups and twins over people's heads. You speak and you will never see our kids again.

Keri said...

I'm new here and i'm sorry if this is late, but who is KON? Will someone please explain for me?

Bernie in PA said...

Hi...I'm from PA and have read this blog with interest over the past week. I am apalled to learn that PA paid for Kate's nurse while having received an insurance policy. I am familiar with PA state government and this needs to be referred to the PA Inspector General's Office, who investigates allegations of fraud in state government agencies, including medicaid fraud.

timetogokon said...

I'm new here and i'm sorry if this is late, but who is KON? Will someone please explain for me?

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KON = (K)ate + (J)on and is a play on "Kon" artist

sheeple :It is often used to denote persons who acquiesce to authority, and thus undermine their own human individuality. The implication of sheeple is that as a collective, people believe whatever they are told, especially if told so by authority figures, without processing it to be sure that it is an accurate representation of the real world around them.
Basically, the blind-follower fans of KON .

Chris_the_CPA-in-Training said...

I would like to address the concerns about both the life insurance policy and IRS tax reporting...

First off, to Carl Jr: You expressed concerns about Consignment Shop income, and you also mentioned your accountant informing you of a requirement to issue forms 1099 when giving away $8 mugs as gifts. First off, get a new accountant that understands tax law. 1099's are only issued if the payment (or value of non-cash items) is over $600 in total for the year. Consignment shops that operate legally issue forms 1099 at the end of the year if they issue more than $600 in payments to their customers. If you are a business, you should be issuing 1099s to any person or business (except incorporated businesses) that you pay more than $600. If you have ever issued a form 1099, you are familiar with form 1096 which is reported to the IRS. There is absolutely no way that Jon and Kate could get away with evading taxes on consignment income, unless she was selling less than $600 worth of stuff at multiple stores, and that is not very likely.

The insurance policy was likely spent quite quickly. My brother and I each received a six-figure share of life insurance proceeds last year after my father passed away. My brother has since started a family and purchased a new home, and guess what - the money is close to gone. Jon and Kate likely paid off their mortgage and vehicles and bought things necessary to raise their kids. The money was probably pretty well spent, and the rest was maybe tied up in some kind of a tax-free savings plan for the kids college.

There is very likely some loop-hole in the medicaid system that allowed the Gosselins to get a nurse for free. Whether they made a special request or not, I do not know. If anyone knows a medicaid expert in PA (laws vary from state-to-state as medicaid, unlike medicare, is a partnership between states and the feds) this would be a great question to ask. Also, keep in mind that when considered for medicaid, they may have only looked at taxable income. Life insurance income is not taxable!

My source? I work for a CPA, with several other CPAs, I prepare hundreds of tax returns annually, I assist in work paper preparation and other corporate accounting tasks, and I am enrolled in one of the top accounting schools in the country.

In closing, in the unlikely event that the Gosselins ARE evading taxes, they will be caught by the Internal Revenue Service of the Dept. of the Treasury. They are public figures and would have to be very stupid to not pay their taxes. Even if they were to be caught, it would not go public. They'd simply be fined and half to pay back taxes with interest. Happens every day to plenty of people, chances are some people reading this have received a notice from the IRS saying that they owe some money. Worst case scenario they get audited, but they must have an accountant helping to keep them straight which means they would survive. There's a good chance that most of you out their wouldn't survive an audit - did you know you need a receipt for every single donation you claim to make over the year? there is no "maximum amount" that you can donate without proof. See, you're breaking the law, too!

Bernie in PA said...

Regarding the insurance policy, it is moot how/when they spent the money - the point is did they disclose the proceeds to Pennsylvania when they were receiving pulic assistance? If they did not disclose the policy income, then their money in-kind (through the full time nurse) was fraudulently obtained. The statute of limitations is five years from the date of occurance of the alleged fraud.

eriepagurl said...

My friend saw them in a NC mall signing books. She said people were everywhere.

MISSY MAE said...

Auntie Anne said... I was born "cross-eyed", and when I was 5 years old my mother was talking about my eyes to a neighbor, who was staring at me, shaking her head. I remember my face burning in embarrassment and shame as I stood there. I was 5 years old and wondered why my mother would talk about me like that, especially right there in front of me. I am 66 years old and still feel sad when I think of how she treated me that day. I don't think those Gosselin kids are going to forget how they have been exposed in their very most private moments to the millions of viewers that watch them being so exploited. It is sad. Just so sad.1/13/2009 6:19 PM

REMEMBER ALL THOSE TIMES KATE WAS PUTTING THE KIDS DOWN FOR NAPS AND SHE WOULD POINT OUT HOW THE LITTLE ONES LOVED WATCHING MOMMY AND DADDY TAPES (JON AND KATE PLUS EIGHT SHOWS). WELL THE HURTFUL THINGS THAT JON AND KATE SAY AND DO ARE NOT ONE TIME HAPPENINGS. THEY ARE BURNED SO DEEP INTO THESE KIDS HEADS THAT THESE KIDS WILL NEVER GET OVER ANY OF THIS CRAP...IT'S ON RERUN AFTER RERUN AND NOW DVD'S.

Dunwoody Mom said...

There's a good chance that most of you out their wouldn't survive an audit - did you know you need a receipt for every single donation you claim to make over the year? there is no "maximum amount" that you can donate without proof. See, you're breaking the law, too!

Sounds like Kon's CPA. So, with that last sentence, are you admitting that Jon and Kate break the law?

Maggie said...

Enough Already said...
"And just because you gave birth (or carried the children in this case)..."
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I do not understand this comment. It does seem as if you may be inferring that because Kate had a c-section she did not birth the tups? If that is the case, please forgive me for simply carrying my children.

With that aside, I do also believe it has been enough already. I also want to point out that JMHO wrote a posting of great merit (posted a few above this one).

Carla also made an excellent point - "Jess" needs to directly contact people in PA. Coming to a controversial blog site and asking for information is not a legitimate form of journalism.

Also, regarding confidentiality agreements. I don't understand the comments about it "not being forever". It is a contract - a LEGALLY binding contract. Yes, it may not be in the best interest of the children, but that does not change the fact that it is a LEGALLY binding with legal and financial consequences for breaking it.

Again, it has been enough already. But random emails from people that have had run-ins with this family does not mean much when you have the PR/Legal teams of both KON and TLC.

Serena said...

Carla also made an excellent point - "Jess" needs to directly contact people in PA. Coming to a controversial blog site and asking for information is not a legitimate form of journalism.

Why would you assume that contacting GWoP is the ONLY thing Jess is doing? In fact GWoP is one of her last stops, she has contacted just about every person it would be possible to contact but it never hurts to shine the light in every possible corner.

Maggie said...

Serena - I would hope, and do believe, that Jess is doing more. My comment was made in response to several posts. Carla made a comment that Jess should be more involved with people directly in central PA.

After that comment it seemed as though so many on this site are just willing people to come forth. Sure, it does spread light and explores an aspect of the issue; however anyone that comes forth because they learned of the article from this site will hold much less weight. If this article is if for a legitimate publication, the fact checking and editing process will not allow sources to have as much (if any) prominence in the article.

I look forward to this article just as much as the next person. I don't want to see endless comments from people of how KON rolled into a store... I want to see comments from people of some authority. We all know the personalities of these two - what needs to be exposed is how KON AND TLC have been allowed to continue this charade for so long.

Serena said...

Carla made a comment that Jess should be more involved with people directly in central PA.

My point was just that I don't know how Carla could think that Jess should be "more involved" with people in Central PA without knowing just how involved Jess already is with them.

It's the same mentality that some people have who say that GWoP posters should be concerned with other children without really have any way of knowing what other issues we are involved with in addition to GWoP.

It's a pet peeve of mine, that's all.

Annies said...

I live in the Greater Reading area near Bob and Beth's house. I saw the new property. They have black paint painted over the house number. There is a lot of chit chat about them around town by many. What exactly do you want to know?

livinlavidaloca said...

Annies,

I'd like to know what the chit chat is? Why did they sell their mansion?

Savethe8 said...

This is wonderful news! I can't wait for the article to come out. I hope the Gosselin kids are closer to the day when they don't have to work to support their unemployed parents. These people are the biggest scam artists, I don't know how they sleep at night. I haven't watched the show in weeks and weeks. I took it off my DVR list and I'm so glad. The show bores me beyond belief now. Plus, I can't stand to watch KON and their greedy ways.

organizedblogroll said...

Check out what's really happening with the "construction loan" held on the new house.

My thought is that the real house has yet to be built on the Konpound.

Why else would it have been purchased under a "Construction Loan"? They probably paid cash
for the existing house, and took
out a loan for the one in waiting.

berksbro said...

Maybe Beth and Bob are building on their land!

RuthinVA said...

zoey said...
I was just watching the original show that Aired. Surviving Sextuplets and Twins. Well, When it shows the family go to Sams Club, i couldnt help but notice while they were crying about the prices and Kate saying she is afraid of how much she spends Yada yada yada.... Anyway, i notice that Jon had put in their cart a video game called Call of Duty. (this is not at all a childs video game) and its a Very expensive video game.
Clearly, their priorities have always been off.

________________________

Jess,

Good thing to verify and reference in your article.

Naseem said...

I cannot wait until this article comes out.

debi said...

Anonymous Charlie Rose said...

Perhaps it wasn't Kate who kicked these people to the curb but her friends and family who walked away. Seriously, would YOU want to be friends with a hag like Kate? I wouldn't. I certainly would not want my own children around her negative attitude.

She befriends them, uses them and then spits them out! She could care less about anyone else's feelings.

***That's EXACTLY why they should come forward.

I really believe the reason no family or friends are coming forward is because of the hope of reuniting with the kids. There are ways around it...such as being anonymous.

I think this is nothing more than child exploitation, and something should be done about it. THAT being said though, how many times have "celebrates" (lack of a better word) gotten away with things the average person would never have gotten away with?

I not only worry about those kids now, but for them in the future. How many young kids that have been in the limelight as young kids (actors)have grown up with major issues? I think it would be easier to count those that didn't.