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Is Jon Up To His Old Tricks In His New Car?

We brought you news about Jon's new car here. Perhaps there was a purpose for him purchasing it. This isn't the first time Jon has been seen out drinking with women, but he just doesn't seem to care anymore. Here is a preview of a magazine article coming out this week.

Kate's Labor Day

TLC is airing a new Jon & Kate Plus 8 episode tomorrow night (Monday September 1st) -- a 60-minute feature starting at 9:00 p.m. Eastern titled Kate's Labor Day:
At the ripe age of four, the sextuplets wonder where they came from and how they got a start in this big world. Jon and Kate decide to show them the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where they spent their first several weeks.

Free Discussion 4/25 - 5/1

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The Gosselins Go Green (Recap)

Thank you Dew for the recap!

Joel's on his free bike from Ellen with training wheels, and I think he says, "On this episode of GREEN Jon and 8 Plus Eight," but it totally sounds like "bean" Jon and Kate Plus 8. Poor Joel. So, green Jon and Kate? Green as in green with envy of other wealthy Americans such that you will stop at nothing to also have their VIP vacations, mansions and cars? Perhaps green as in all the greenbacks they've made off their unsuspecting children. Or green as in I'm going to be sick if I have to listen to Kate for five more minutes.

But no, apparently it's green as in helping the environment. Okay, I'm not buying this from the very start, since in the past Jon and Kate have shown themselves to be about as green as a fire truck. Also, here's a thought. If you don't want to be a drain on the environment, don't have eight kids who will go through approximately a million and a half disposable diapers in their little lives and God knows how many paper plates.

Credits roll, and they've changed the credits parachute to green with their fancy CGI graphics. So clever of them. Alexis speaks, but not sure what she says. I am not making fun of the kids, I just honestly cannot understand them.. I hope their parents find time away from their busy exciting celebrity lifestyles to address their children's concerning speech delays.

In a shameless crossover, Steve Thomas comes over to install solar panels. Apparently Steve is from some obscure show, I'm guessing no one watches except maybe my grandpa, three of his friends, and maybe a couple of guys from high school handy with a hammer who haven't gotten married yet.

Did I mention we're between seasons? TLC can't leave their cash cows just standing around grazing for six weeks. They really cannot help themselves. The thing is TLC had a great cliffhanger at the end of last season, with Jon implying he had had it with that shrew. It does them no good to shove this family back in our faces not a few weeks later so we can all see Jon is around and nothing has changed. The whole point of cliffhangers is to leave you hanging! Speculating whether Jon left her yet and how many dogs he took with him, speculating how many college girls he made out with this time, how much beer pong he has played, things like that. Like remember the cliffhanger at the end of one of the seasons of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, where they totally made us think Sully fell off a cliff and died, and poor Dr. Mike was left all alone to raise his baby? Then we had to wait four excruciating months only to find out he just busted a couple legs? Gaah! Now that is how you work a cliffhanger.

Steve does his obligatory thirty seconds hanging out with the kids. I think Steve might like going green a little too much, make your mind up here. That's right, he tells Joel that his bike has a faster color. A faster…color? Joel looks up at him like he's a total freak, which he kind of is shaping out to be, and goes, "What? What???" Giving up on this weirdo, Joel pedals away. Ha!

Jon actually refers to the house as his crib. How old are you, Jon? But I guess I'll give him that. Once you have a house big enough to be featured on MTV, you've earned the right to call it a crib. Jon, you've arrived in the eyes of a 16-year-old. Steve explains what he is going to do with the help of a graphic. Sounds simple enough. Install solar panels. Sun heats up panels. Heat is converted into energy. Gosselins save money. Or, TLC does. Whoever is footing the utility bill. Kate complains that it is super annoying to have a bunch of people at her house giving her free stuff. The only thing that comforts her is giving her an hour-by-hour breakdown of what will happen. She sounds like a dream to work for.

At least Jon is helping Steve out, climbing up on the roof with him and his team. This looks kind of fun. It's so steep they have to use rock climbing equipment. Oh, no, the solar panel delivery truck is delayed! This SUCKS! Whatever will they do? There is a long, boring conversation about what to do, which I will spare you. Bottom line is the Gosselins complain some more about how disrupted their schedule is, and Kate calls going green "whatever." Obama just crossed her off his short list for Environmental Czar.

Kate can't handle watching all this, so she claims she's inside baking, and even goes so far as to assert she went grocery shopping. Although we never actually see this. Who is watching the kids when Jon is on the roof and Kate is "baking" and "shopping"--read, laying in bed with her laptop and going to the spa? Not-a-nanny? Apparently these almost-five-year-olds can't be simply told not to go on the lifts, they have to put out orange cones and block them with picnic tables. Yet another instance of Jon and Kate deflecting a problem instead of addressing it head on. If the kids visit Niagara Falls someday, there will be no cones or picnic tables to block them from the edge.

Steve gives the kids a cute explanation of photons and electrons, having them bump into each other in demonstration. He shares in their snack, and Hannah says in an eerie imitation of Kate, "You don't have a snack. You didn't take a nap!" Yikes, scary! So Kate doesn't feed the children unless they take a nap? Good grief. Kate calls the free workers "ridiculous," then feeds them brownies from craft services. Er, that she baked. "I'm kidding," she monotones.

Coming up, Kate bitches some more about this awesome project. Commercials. Is there some catch to, "lose your job, you don't have to make car payments" thing? It sounds too good to be true. I find this commercial SO ironic as we watch the Gosselins install what must be quite honestly close to what, a 30, 40 thousand dollar project? I'm totally guessing. We're back! The solar panels are here, oh thank God. Kate would rather have a root canal than have projects done. Steve says, "You and I grew up very differently." Oh, burn! Nice subtle insult, Steve. The kids are already getting attached to solar panel workers who will leave them in two days, great.

Kate admits she doesn't give a damn about actually being green. At least she is honest about it. FOR freaking ONCE. Bottom line she cares about saving the money. Hey, the only reason I'm looking at hybrids is for the gas mileage. Quite honestly, I am not as into the environment as soooo many people seem to be these days, for a variety of my own boring reasons. So I had to laugh when Kate deadpans, "The earth is only gonna last so long ANYWAY." I'm gonna remember that one. Kate earns a tiny bit of respect for being honest about going green. Also in her second truly funny comment in 18 minutes, Kate calls the solar panels "roof jewelry." That's free roof jewelry, Kate. Steve tries to tell an embittered Kate how to conserve more energy like buying energy efficient appliances. Give it up, Steve.

They claim this all happened over Valentine's Day. Jon is nowhere to be found on the actual day. Hmm, and the blog had several reports Jon was at a bar that night, not spending time with his wife or kids. Poor Aaden stumbles all over his "coming up next" line.

The kids are playing in all the empty solar panel boxes. Oh, that is so refreshing. Kids don't need a trip to San Diego or Utah or whatever theme park. They need a box. A box, and love. That's it. The men are strapping Kate in. No, not into a straightjacket. You wish. Just into the rock climbing equipment. They take Kate up on the lift, and she's super scared. I am not going to make fun of her, since I'm afraid of heights too. The panels are FUGLY I have to say. Quite wealthy friends of mine have solar panels, but they're tucked away on the back of their house along the fence that no one will ever see, except from aerial shots of their nice home that they worked very hard for without pimping out their kids. Steve explains all the tax credits they get for this stuff. Cool. Kate's attempt to act interested is pathetic. After all, she doesn't do her own taxes anymore. I bet she might even think she doesn't have to pay them either. You know, karma in the form of the taxman could be very sweet. Then she tells Steven most of what he says will be edited out. Oh, wow. Bitch! She deserves all the snide comments Steve will make about her the rest of this episode.

Commercials, and we're back. Panels are done, and now it's time to install …. something, I'm not sure. Is this episode an hour? Ugh. They install the something-or-other that I'm sure is very environmentally friendly. Hehe, Shoka won't fetch for Kate. Shoka is participating in what I'll call Civil Disobedience, or non-violent resistance to Kon. Much like Gandhi did in his time. Against the British Empire. If he keeps going like he has, Shoka could be the first martyr in this movement.

Poor Steve is still hoping Kate will develop an interest in going green and in all the free stuff he's doing for her. Steve, don't hold your breath. The weather turns, and it begins to snow. No one has commented about the weather in Pennsylvania. It's like the elephant in the room. I lived there for four years, the winters are LONG. Maybe I'm wrong, but do solar panels really make sense in a cold and cloudy environment like PA?

Your mileage might vary.

Oatmeal raisin cookies are healthy? I mean they're better than chocolate chip I guess, but who is Kate kidding? Steve has totally had it by now with this shit. He's letting it all loose, totally making fun of Kate, saying that when she bakes her motherly side comes out. Ha! Weird or not, I'm really starting to love Steve.

Day three, and we're going to build a picnic table with reclaimed wood. That's cool. Mady and Cara get to help Jon and they have a ball. I know Kate is just trying to say she loved the first table, but saying she wanted two made just sounds ungrateful. Sometimes I feel just a tiny bit sorry for her, because I'm not convinced she's fully aware of how unappreciative and stuck up she always sounds. I made a picnic table once with my dad, helping him paint it red and staining my good church clothes. My mom was furious, but it was one of my favorite memories with him. Every once in awhile they have these little moments with their kids that are truly great that, like I have, their kids will remember forever. So much more of their lives are so sad and neglected. Steve brings up the snack issue again, and the kids again tell him he has to take a nap. He reclines on the new picnic table. Ha!

Oh, Colin said his line perfectly. I hope he gets a snack. Next, Steve who really is a stranger, teaches the children "righty tighty, lefty loosey." I STILL remember that from when Grandpa taught me that when I was eight and helping him out in his workshop. I still use that.

We're back, and the kids help Steve install solar lights for the driveway. Aw, Steve says he has a son, too. He seems like a cool dad. Righty tighty. Aw. He calls one of the kids sweetheart. Does Kate ever do that? Kate thanks the workers, and Kon says they're happy with how it turned out. Jon says Jude thinks the panels are sexy. Okay, who is Jude? Not the nanny? As his final insult, Steve gives some parenting tips these parents clearly often don't do, like getting the kids involved in projects. And I don't think he's talking about filming projects.

It's no secret this family will be back for another long torturous season on May 25th. They could have just used all this footage as a regular episode and not interrupted my break from this show. Kate says they're green now, or greenish. Since dinner will arrive on paper plates and in Styrofoam cups, I'm going to go with greenish.

Oops - someone else sees the issues.

Someone else sees the issues and even quotes us.

Earth Day Special Jon & Kate Plus 8 Go Green (4/19/09)

The Gosselin family is going green this year with the help of Planet Green's Renovation Nation host, Steve Thomas. From solar panels to eco-friendly lightbulbs, the family is transforming their new house into an eco-savy home.

60 minutes

Season Five is not scheduled to begin until May.

Free Discussion 4/18 - 4/24

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Kate's Latest Schedule or Is Kate Ever Home Except for Filming

Maybe there's a new way to keep the cameras off the kids - send Kate on another book tour. The new book is out and Kate is scheduled rather intensely to push it. So much for being the stay at home that she says she is.

4,000,000 and still going

Earlier today we passed the 4,000,000 visits mark. A huge thank you to all the readers and commenters who have joined us. It surely wouldn't have happened without you!!

All You Wanted to Know, Monday, January 19

For years viewers have marveled as Jon & Kate raise their brood. Through viewer e-mails and video uploads, hundreds of viewers have inquired about the Gosselins.. Now, Jon & Kate sit down and answer their questions. It's all you wanted to know and more!

60 minutes

California gets it. Pennsylvania does not.

Although children on reality shows are somewhat differently situated than child actors reciting lines on a movie set, California says protections afforded to both should be equal or close to equal. If anything, reality show children may need even more protections than child actors. The Gosselins cannot get away from their movie set. The set is their home. Moreover, the character they "play" is themselves, and nothing about their lives is private. Child actors at least have the luxury of retreating to their private lives when the director calls it a wrap. continue

Submitted by Dew. Dew is an attorney and a member of the California State Bar working in children’s law.

Best Wishes For A Happy Easter and Passover!

From all the moderators at GWOP, all the best during this holiday weekend!

Free Discussion 4/11 - 4/17

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GWoP Facebook Group

I'm a little hesitant rolling out the Facebook group but here we go. We'll add to it as we go along. You will need to be a member of Facebook to access the group. We aren't trying or wanting to push anyone into joining Facebook. It's more for those who want to get to know other commenters or have some of the more off topic discussions. Also some of the humor that would be out of place here, can be enjoyed there.


The group is also called Gosselins Without Pity.

Be Careful What You Covet

Post submitted by Dew and NancyAnne

Those of us who are critical of Jon and Kate and their actions are often dismissed as "we're just jealous." But who is really jealous here? Could it be Jon and Kate themselves? The Tenth Commandment from the Old Testament says: "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

I think Kon actually coveted all the nice things their neighbor Beth had, all the things rich people they knew or saw had. They were the ones jealous of others and they were the ones who couldn't be content with simply having what they needed. They coveted a bigger, better house, an improved spouse with hair plugs and tummy tucks and a hip wardrobe, a string of nannies, housekeepers and other employees working for them (the modern day slave), purebred dogs they haven't the first notion how to properly care for, expensive vacations, spa trips, VIP treatment, and of course, lots and lots of money. The sin of coveting their neighbor's things led them down this path. Kon was jealous, not us.

I have absolutely no desire to:
Raise 8 kids
Clean 7,000 square feet
Rule my husband
Be alienated from my family and friends
Be scrutinized on TV by the entire country
Have my children's private moments watched by millions
Put material gain over the welfare of my family
Choose the spa over playing with my children
Be away from my kids any more than necessary
Have absolutely no privacy in day to day life
Either have sheeple kiss my ass or critics kick it
Be tangled in such a daily web of lies that I no longer know what the truth is
To put 8 innocent lives emotional health in jeopardy because of my actions
Constantly, but constantly, want more and do anything necessary to get it
Never know when the flow of money will stop
Not know if/how long my marriage will last
Wonder how I will support my children when the cameras stop rolling, the charity stops flowing and the audience has found another focus.

What is there to be jealous of? I just don't get it.

Did He or Didn't He?

Is this his new car that Jon is showing off?
Sticker price: $40,000.00.
Times are tough maybe you could get it for $32,000.00 cash.

New Episode - "Mr. Mom" October 13, 2008

When Kate heads out of town for a few days Jon gets to do things his way, but will he be able to survive without Kate's help or will he come out of this experience with a new-found appreciation for his wife? And can he get eight kids to school on time?

Free Discussion 4/4 - 4/10

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Guess Who Had Birthdays?

Happy Birthday Kate (March 28) and Jon (April 1)! We don't know what you did to celebrate, but we would love to know what you got for birthday presents! What do you get for the couple who has everything? Did they top the trip to Hawaii with a trip to Korea?

Do any of you have any great ideas for birthday presents for Jon and Kate?

They Used to Look Happy!

This family is breaking my heart! The show and their lives have seemingly become this huge money making monster. The early episodes were so heartwarming. I have no doubt in my mind that they were exhausted at the end of the day. Kate having to deal with the children, the house, and all that goes along with that. Jon having worked all day and having to come home to a busy household at night. I am also sure finances were tight.

But they seemed to enjoy and love their life in a very real way-despite the fact they had money worries and they were beat at the end of the day. I get how wonderful it must have been when they were first offered all expense paid trips to Disney and Utah and the tummy tuck and Jon's hair replacement. I thought it was sweet when a local hair salon offered free haircuts to the children for a year.

It has now snow balled into such a different animal. Their lives have become this money making machine and it is so sad to me. Even Kate's whole way of talking about their lives is now different. I have a very financially secure life with my husband and 3 kids. We pay a big price for that. My husband’s job can be all consuming at times and we get very little family time. I would toss anything out the door for the days when our kids were small and money was tight... because in some ways those were happier days. We had family time. We were lucky to take our kids to a local amusement park once every other year. We went for long walks,went to the park and out for ice-cream. We would search drawers and pockets for enough money to get a pizza delivered once a month. I love those memories!

Some times the money and success are just not worth it. I pray Jon and Kate re-watch the early episodes and see how the new ones compare. The big house is not going to bring true happiness and the obnoxious "celebrity" status and attitudes are very unbecoming to say the least. Look at what your lives and especially the lives of your kids have become. Please remember the simple, more real pleasures of being a loving family. Stop looking to bleed every money making opportunity that is out there and expecting TLC or whomever to negotiate all the free stuff you can get.

Kate, you look more fit, tan, and your clothing is lovely, as is the house. Sadly, you have such sadness in your eyes. You look rather pleased and dare I say smug with all of your new found celebrity and all that it gives you. Look at all you have lost! Please stop it before it is to late. Enjoy those wonderful children you and your husband have been blessed with. Life is too short! I really wish you and your family the best.

Submitted by Dino3

Was the Season Finale in fact the Series Finale?

From a press release issued Tuesday afternoon... maybe THIS is what Jon and Kate were alluding to in their ambiguous comments of the Season Four finale? Here is an excerpt (link follows):

Due to the outpouring of concern for the welfare of the children, we believe it is in the best interest of the family to immediately cease production.

We are also sorry to announce that the reruns will be removed from syndication due to the potential negative effects on the children in later years. Please join us in wishing the Gosselin family luck as they settle into a normal life back in their prior house in Wyomissing, which they have always considered home. Jon has procured a job with Sprint at their local retail outlet in Lancaster County, and Kate will be going back to nursing on a part-time basis.

Please do not send any more money, food, clothing, or toys, as it is their wish to restore their family's privacy and self-sufficiency. They have also vowed to mend bridges with family members so that their children can have the joy of becoming re-acquainted with their grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Click here to read the full press release.