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

67 comments:

BostonBean said...

Just a note: The children were promised free haircuts for FIVE years.
You made good point about how their lives have changed for the worse. I think it's too late for them.

KiSSy said...

I concur.

I knew it was going very very wrong when Kate told the kids that they were never allowed to go in their parent's room EVER in the new house. I felt that comment was very telling...as if to say, "I need MY time, MY space, MY privacy, so keep your sticky yucky fingers out of my world."

The most wonderful times I have had with my own children is when they come staggering into my bedroom, dragging blankies and bears and climb into bed for Snuggle Time. Whether it's at 2 a.m. or first thing in the morning, I cherish those times. They are fleeting and I cling to them ferociously. As my older children have proven, they grow up quickly.

Kate, ""you are missing it.""

From one of my favorite movies, "Hook". ""Your children love you, they want to play with you. How long do you think that lasts? Soon Jack may not even want you to come to his games. We have a few special years with our children, when they're the ones that want us around. After that you're going to be running after them for a bit of attention. It's so fast Peter. It's a few years, and it's over. And you are not being careful. And YOU ARE MISSING IT!"

melodee said...

dino3: that was a really great post. i hope that kate herself sees it and some part of it will get through to her. i pray each day for God to touch her heart as only He can do. your words were so sincere, honest, and heartfelt. i think regardless of our personal feelings about jon and kate and what they have become, all of us gwop'ers really want only the absolute best for those children.

IRATEb/cofKate said...

It really is so sad to see them sitting there on the couch with distant looks on both of their faces.

KiSSy said...

And consider this:

A young family loses it's innocence when making memories becomes making a profit.

I submit that the Gosselins have bastardized childhood for their children.

2badsosad said...

"A young family loses it's innocence when making memories becomes making a profit."

Young CHILDREN loose THEIR innocence when the parents make the conscious choice to EXPLOIT their children for profit and further justify and continue the exploitation under the guise of 'making memories'.

Addison said...

I watched the episode about Jon's birthday the other day. Kate got all sunburned on their vacation to Florida and SHE DIDN'T COMPLAIN about it because she didn't want to bother Jon and ruin his vacation! Also, she admitted that the sunburn was her own fault (well, duh...) and said she was being pretty stupid. I was like WHOA! If that had been a new episode her sunburn would be all we heard about...and she'd probably find a way to blame Jon for it. ("JON! Why didn't you make me put on sunscreen? You ruined our vacation!")

Katinka, Iowa said...

IRATEb/cofKate said...
It really is so sad to see them sitting there on the couch with distant looks on both of their faces.

Katinka, Iowa said:
That is because that couch is soooo uncomfortable! They need a more expensive one!

New said...

Those two idiots being filmed at Mr. Chows just made me laugh. They looked like fools in that pre-paid limo. . . . . . . Do you suppose Kate handed the limo driver a coupon?!

And if they are dining at
Mr. Chows they should have taken their kids because as we all know....its the kids who are footing the bill. Paying for it by having their childhoods sold out from under them!

the other judy said...

Great post!! I honestly don't know if Kate was ever "content" with what she had in the first place :( I think (just my opinion) that she always longed for more. She has mentioned several times that she's happy to give her kids the things she never had growing up. The problem is money doesn't buy happiness. Once you start acquiring things and can afford bigger things, you have to take it to the next level. The coveted bigger house they had turned too small once they had money to buy a bigger house. The clothes they wore became too cheap once they had the money to buy more expensive clothes, etc and so on.
I don't hate the Gosselins. I honestly feel sympathy for them (along with anger when it's obvious what they are doing to their children).
I also have a cynical side in me that says money didn't change Kate, it just made us see who she really is :(

Punkinbugg said...

The cynic in me says that Jon's "Couch Sadness" and Kate's angst is an evil ploy for more money.

Do you watch 30 Rock? What's the best way for 'talent' to renegotiate the contract of a successful show? By appearing UNHAPPY and just a little bit tired. Bingo!

This is TLC's top-rated show. Ratings and the resulting ad revenue is their ONLY concern.

Of course they will respond by offering Jon and Kate more money + a bigger piece of the action ---until they are 'happy' again.

Happy enough to sign on for one, two, heck FIVE more seasons.

How sad.

I apologize for being so cynical, and especially for calling what they do "talent".

Denver Mom said...

I couldn't agree more. As a matter of fact, there was a marathon of old episodes in a very random order that I was watching last night I noticed the interviews on the couch are much more pleasant, they are friendlier to each other, the kids seemed so happy just playing at home on the driveway, Kate dressed like a "real" stay-at-home mom does. So much has changed and none of it is for the better, from the viewers point of view. I am KON would disagree.

I wonder if they were given the option to turn back the clock, what, if anything, they would change knowing what they know now?

PAmama said...

We love the movie Hook too! Who doesn't love snuggle time! We had a mommy sandwich when one of our dogs died. Daddy on one side, son on the other, needless to say I didn't get to sleep much for lack of space, I still enjoyed it. As for her stance on never eating what her kids touched/made.....I let both my children cook with me the food we all consume. Maybe we're just weird because we can share a spoon or drink out of the same glass without thinking of cooties. I just don't understand someone who can't interact with her own children on their level. Nope instead her butt is planted in the plastic white lawn chair.

overwithKON said...

The never eatting the food the kids made or touched for that matter has always bugged me. I certainly get the whole kids have and spread germs thing, and yeah if it fell on the floor or my dd stired it with her unwahsed hands then I probably would not eat it. BUT refusing to even taste something that you beautiful kids make? It just makes me sad. If you never cook with your kids, or let them help, how with they ever be able to leave your house, have kids of their own, and be self sufficant. I guess when you have all that money you can pay someone else to do everything for you. But then what do you do? Kate what do you do? You will only get ornger and thinner and not more loved in your kids eyes.

I like this origonal post also. I hope Kate or Jon does read it, I hope that the Lord they say they love so much will help them see what they have. If only....

Cathleen said...

I would be very ashamed to go collect on the kind offer of free haircuts for five years if I had become a millionaire. Shame on them.

Why r they 2gether? said...

The Gosselin children really remind me of the Dionne quintuplets
There is something about them that
seem like they are more exploited
then the Duggars or the Rolloffs.
It is true that they seem so unhappy. The parents can't just
enjoy the kids- they have to be
paraded around in matching outfits.
Is Kate the difference? You
certainly can't blame the kids.

so sad for these children said...

I caught a few minutes of the Toys r Us episode last night. And even though there was bickering, they did seem so different and happy. They were in their normal-sized house, doing normal things. The older girls weren't miserable. I couldn't help but notice how much they have changed in just a couple of years. I could really see why I used to enjoy the show and why I can't stand it now.

Haven't you ever heard that money doesn't buy happiness, Jon and Kate?

Sad, sad, sad situation for these children. Kids don't need "stuff", they need love, attention, a life without cameras and fame, family, and friends.

Merrilee said...

I hope Jon sees this original post. It is very sensitive and well written.

But I wonder if he is even into message boards/blogs any more.

Their "new and improved" website hasn't been completed, nor has it had any additions for months.

I think Jon is "up to here" with all that is going on in their lives. I think he has quit reading about their family and he just doesn't care what they say anymore.

I have times when he makes me upset, like when he pulls his little kids around by their arms.

He was mean when he told Aaden to "walk like a man."

That whole "Walk In The Woods" was annoying for him to have to even go through. He obviously didn't care how it went or what the kids were going through.

Certainly none of the kids were into it.

But I think Jon is sad and depressed and annoyed at how their lives have spun out of control.

I usually like Jon, I never like Kate.

I feel so bad for him and the Kids. Didn't they say they would quit their show when it was no longer good for the family?

Well, it is no longer good. Jon and the Kids would stop it all in a minute, I think. I may be wrong, but I do think he wants to end their public way of life.

I think Kate loves the travel and her book signings and speaking engagements. I don't think she is into the show that much any more, either.

She wants her fame and fortune and loves being out there.

I want Jon to put a stop to the show, and maybe the rest of it would fade away eventually.

Okay, I will say it. "Jon! Walk like a man!"

Why r they 2gether? said...

overwithKon- I thought this was very odd- I always baked as a child
and my youngest son always bakes
with me- I never heard of
someone saying they wouldn't eat
what a child made.
It's THEIR child- would they not lick their cones or share a drink with them?
Unless one of us is sick- we share food- We are a family not a group of strangers living together!

4girlsoneboy said...

PSmama said:

"I just don't understand someone who can't interact with her own children on their level. Nope instead her butt is planted in the plastic white lawn chair."

What an excellent post! I also bet that as the next season begins Kate's white plastic chair will be replaced by the best "pool" furniture money can buy. I am not sure, however, whose money will buy it.

Zoey said...

So, Kate claims that God and or Jesus tells her everything she must do.
God/jesus told her to last min. cancel some speaking engagement. God/Jesus told her the show must go on. So, when this blows up in her face and some of her kids when they are grown mention how this made them feel, what will she tell them? To bad so sad Jesus made me do it? Seems Kate has issue taking responsibilty. Seems to me, she made a deal with the devil and is in too deep.

Narcissism Please said...

GROSS.

speaking of 'looking happy..'
i just saw pictures of the Konspirators, around when they first met.

yikes.
yikes, yikes.
yeah, they looked happy .. and i know jon was young, but he looked as though he was merely 13!

...and kate's hair has apparently always been a tragedy.

[the carnival-birthday party episode flashed the photos .. i must have missed them, the first time .. thankfully.]


did i say yikes, yet?

Lisa said...

I caught a glimpse of one of the reruns last night & it is shocking - absolutely shocking to see the transformation Kate has made from a mere year or so ago. She looked so normal, so every-other-stay-at-home mom. Now... well, it has been talked to death what she has become. I guess you truly do not realize it until you see her then & now.

Willow ` said...

I've watched as the Gosselins have slowly drifted apart, and it's sad and horrible and ugh.

I'm sorry, but they've become animals in front of the camera. They're sitting there, not even providing entertainment -- heck, if anything, they're provide nausea to to the viewers at home! I physically feel ill watching their show.

And Kate looks like an Oompa Loompa that got a hold of a tan in a can and ate too many carrots. -cough- It's definitely been mentioned before, but, er.

BCarefulWhatUWish4 said...

They're baaaaack.
Season 5 is announced:

http://news-briefs.ew.com/2009/04/jon-kate-plus-8.html

Tangerine Tanya said...

In the beginning Kate used to call Jon honey..

In the beginning Kate called the kids endearing names when she walked into their nursery.

In the beginning we saw Kate preparing meals.

In the beginning we saw both Jon/Kate sitting down with the kids eating a meal.

In the beginning Kate quit her job to be a stay at home mom until she figured out that she could make more money off of her tours so she opted for that over her children/husband.

In the beginning we saw both Jon/Kate take the family on family outings/trips.

In the beginning Kate talked about how important family was.

Now the woman who wanted just "one more" and got six more takes every opportunity to leave them behind to make money at her speaking engagements, book signings, getting a fake tan, going to the spa and promoting this and that for the money and fame that seems to bring her more happiness then the family that SHE wanted. It seem's like she doesn't give a **** about her marriage or Jon's happpiness. Those re-newal vows in Hawaii were about as fake as her tan.

It is quite evident that Kate is not the loving mother she once was in the beginning. She has become a self centered woman who has chosen fame and fortune over her family.

I always thought that a mother put the needs of her family over the needs of herself.

Their is not a thing genuine about Kate whatsoever.

We used to like her in the beginning.

Erin said...

They talk about going on a "big" trip for the 5th season...Taking them back to their roots...

Guess the Kon is going to Korea..

http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/04/jon-and-kate-co.html

Heather said...

They're back and the are probably heading to Korea for a trip. I thought this show was about a normal family. I don't know any families going to Korea for free. There is nothing normal about this show anymore. Do you think the kids will remember this trip? Probably not it is just Jon and Kate wanting another free trip!!

sameoldsonganddance said...

They're baaaaack.
Season 5 is announced:

http://news-briefs.ew.com/2009/04/jon-kate-plus-8.html

4/02/2009 3:57 PM

So are viewers to believe that season 5 of J & K + 8 will pick up where their season finale announced 'haitus' from the show, while they 'have some ironing to do' left off? Please!! Various sources have already reported that TLC filmed several episodes of season five prior to the final airing of the last episode of season 4. The ink on J & K's terms and negotiations ( more $$$$$$) contract for agreeing to a season five must have officially been declared dry. I guess JOn's little pity me act boo hooing about his loss of privacy put a little buzz in the ears of TLC/Figure 8 Productions, so much so, they sweetend the pot and lured him in for another season. Dont take those mic packs off kiddies, Mommy and Daddy arent done exploiting you !!!! Daddy NEEDS that ski condo in Utah and Mommy NEEDS the show as the means to promote her 'career'.

jenny in VA said...

My friend and I have told our hubbys we watch it as a "show we love to hate" I think J&K are on TLC still because even bad attention is still attention- TLC sees the bottom line is money.

I am a former teacher-- until I had children and became a stay at home mommy- sweat pants and all!! I can see differences in these children’s attitudes regarding the cameras, types of outings and now recently lack of parent presence.

When kids are two and three you will see issues with sharing and breakdowns over small things. Cara and Mady certainly are beyond that age physically, but emotionally they seem stunted and have breakdowns over the smallest things. The tups are the same way. Is this a result of the show or parenting (lack of it?) One won't know, but objective parents should step back and see how their kids are emotionally.

TLC should cover their tracks and hire a child psychologist to evaluate the emotional state of the children and see if this "work" is healthy for them or if they are indeed suffering from it.

RealMom said...

Entertainment weekly has a write up about Season 5 and to "expect the unexpected". I think they are going to Korea since they talk about their roots.Didn't Jon mention this before?

yeahwhatever said...

Entertainment weekly has a write up about Season 5 and to "expect the unexpected". I think they are going to Korea since they talk about their roots.Didn't Jon mention this before?

Im sure all the Gosselin children will be yanked out of school so J & K can parade them on every morning tv show to promote season 5! Looks like child exploitation continues to be a prosperous choice for J & K Gosselin!!!

Fay said...

I was trying to figure out why this show annoys me so,when I watch other reality family's I can relate more, then I thought what a contrast these shows are especialy where the children are concerned. Kon has to many rules,Kate lives by rules what they wear,eat,play,sleep,say, dont say,,its all about her rules,I just dont get it, this is not reality, children always dressed the same,never dirty, no friends or family,this is so staged you can see it very clearly,so sad.

Its A Good Thing said...

Great post, they all look unhappy and I am willing to bet all (even Kate) wishes life were different. However I do NOT feel sorry for Jon or Kate. They chose this and like Kate likes to say: "You get what you get and you don't get upset." I feel sorry for the children because in now way shape or form did they chose this.

I will most definitely not watch season 5 and I hope others do the same because honestly its the only way to get across to TLC and Figure 8 how much everybody hate's what Kate and Jon have done to their children.

Ordinary and Awesome said...

I really agree. I like the show and love the kids. I think they are losing it, though.

I blogged not long ago about all the changes I've seen and drama I have read about too. Everyone is seeing it apparently.

Kate has lost herself. She cares about vanity, money, and fame. She is selfish and not the Kate we met. She has changed so much for he worse over the years. She may look better, but she is empty and shallow.

The show used to be about the kids. It's about product inserts, signings, trips, vanity, and a mansion now. There is less and less about the kids in my opinion.

What a mess.

jrchaffee89 said...

It has always bugged me that Kate acts so grossed out by her own childrens cooking, especially her icky boys. She is missing out on so much. My kids used to bring me breakfast in bed quite often, sometimes there were shells in the scrambled eggs, sometimes the oatmeal was a little salty, SO WHAT! It didn't kill me and I was thrilled that they were thoughtful enough to do this.
My son has a habit of wandering in the kitchen after I've gotten all the ingredients out to make cookies, and says "Can I make them?" I say "Sure honey, thank you" and I'll sit at the bar and cut coupons or busy myself doing something while we visit. Of course it would be easier to say no, I'll do it...he dirties up twice as many cups/bowls, takes longer, eats half the dough...SO WHAT! He is 15, I know it won't be long before he has better things to do, I enjoy and cherish every little bit of time my kids choose to spend with me.
Kate is missing it, she will never get it back, I feel so so sorry for her.

my9cats said...

Can you imagine being a passenger on the same flight as Kon and Kids if indeed they go to Korea?

TLC better charter a private plane or there will be mass requests for refunds at the ticket counter.

I wonder how KON will manage the "time changes" on this go round.

MT said...

Fay said...
I was trying to figure out why this show annoys me so,when I watch other reality family's I can relate more,

I don't watch much reality tv, though I have caught the show with the little people (rollof?) anyhow...I can totally relate to the mom on that show. She's the backbone/glue of that family. Her house is in disarray and that (to me) is real life. She's upbeat and doesn't sweat the small stuff.

Kate on the other hand is very cold. I just caught cupcakegate on youtube and my heart breaks for those little boys. It's their birthday for the love of God! Let them eat the damn cupcake! Then to have them sit there and watch the girls eat. She is just super heartless.

Jon....well he's NOT a man. A pathetic shell of a person.

PAmama said...

jrchafee89...

that is awesome that your 15 yr old still wants to bake with you.

Wynema said...

MT said

My heat breaks for those little boys.Its theri birthday for teh love of God! Let them eat the damn cupcake!Then to have them sit there and watch the girls eat.She is just super heartless.

Jon....well he's NOT a man.A pathetic shell of a person.
***********************************
Bravo to you for saying exactly what is on my mind. Yet when the tups were celebrating their ONE year old birthday they all got so dig into (with their) finger into a whole mini cake and all. Then when Kate went overboard and had a huge outdoor birthdya party it showed the tups eating cotton candy,birthday cakes and various sweets. Then when they turned 4years old she wouldnt let the boy tups have a friggin little cupcake that they made. This episode is the one that shows that she really has ice cubes running through her veins.

As for Jon. I think he deserves every bit of scolding her gets from mother superior. He takes and takes it.

DembroskyFamily said...

I agree with KiSSy it is so true and there is another quote from Mary Poppins that would also be good for her to listen to: "Grind, grind, grind at that grindstone, though childhood slips like sand thought a sieve, and all to soon they have up and grown, and then they have flown, and it's to late to give.

Ann said...

Trip to Korea? expect the unexpected. I hope this is just a trip to visit the family roots and not to adopt a baby?

Taking the girls out of school, is a very good point. In our district suddenly because of the federal/state finding crisis there are no trips allowed or you get a nice meeting with the court system. My friend took her kindergarten child for 4 days to disney when she won a trip and she was in tears when she got the letter from the district to appear. I have a good friend who is a Jevohah Witness and she used to take her kids out on holiday party days, no more the kids have to be in the building (they cut back parties and kids goto the library during the holiday party), no excuses for any absence. The new rule is if 10 days are missed(unless the child has dr's notes for each day) during the year the school loses the funds for the child. I wonder if the rules apply in PA?

I really don't understand why the show has so much support from the mainstream media like Oprah, Dr Phil Larry King etc. Do they not see what the show has turned into?

Just Moved said...

sameoldsonganddance said...
They're baaaaack.
Season 5 is announced:

http://news-briefs.ew.com/2009/04/jon-kate-plus-8.html

"I guess JOn's little pity me act boo hooing about his loss of privacy put a little buzz in the ears of TLC/Figure 8 Productions, so much so, they sweetend the pot and lured him in for another season."

I am sure Jon's act was strictly for the viewers. The decision to do season 5 was decided long before that was shown. They had already filmed the episode with Emeril, the going green episode and maybe some others

Debbe said...

What, I really want to see, is Jon taking the kids and leave Kate and move to a small town and be a stay at home dad , till the little ones go to school. I am still watching the show . I want to see how it ends.

Patti said...

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'm not so sure I agree. The facts seem to suggest that Jon and Kate had their hands out even before the tups were born, and had plenty of help, both physical and financial, from the very beginning. Reports from people who knew them before they were quasi-celebs seem to indicate that Kate was always a pushy, self-entitled person, and Jon was always an un-motivated guy who'd rather play than work. The fact that they were married only a short time before undergoing fertility treatments, and then that they underwent them a second time even after having two healthy babies, suggests there was something out of the ordinary going on with that couple long before the TV show came about.

I'm not saying Jon or Kate had a mission to become reality stars and get rich. I wouldn't give either of them credit for having that much cleverness. However I do think that TLC's marketing people knew when they found Jon and Kate that it would be easy to seduce them into selling their kids childhoods for fame and fortune.

lifeoriley said...

I can see where they used to be "happier," but I believe that Kate was always a little, well, discontented, impatient, critical and controlling. Now that she has more money, a bigger house, more time to herself and her career--she seems to have gotten worse--not better. So much for money buying happiness.
Kates seems to me to be the type of person that is always looking for the "next thing." The next thing to fill up the void in your life, to make you happy, to make life easier. However, the problem is that she looks to external things rather than internal growth. She uses the Bible and Scriptures only to justify her own actions and to reinforce her beliefs about how OTHERS should act--i.e., how they should help and treat her.

einaphets said...

As I try not to watch the show anymore, I haven't seen the last episode of season 4. I just followed a link to the you tube video of the last 90 seconds. I am so profoundly sad for Jon and those children. It was haertbreaking to see how sad overpowered Jon is by Kate. All she kept saying was she loved her job in response to Jon's description of his unhappiness. It seems to me there is nothing to work out. Kate wants to continue working at this "career" regardless of the cost to her family. How truely selfish! They say children realize who their parents are as people as they become adults. I fear for what Kate's children will think of her as they look back of the marketing of their childhoods.

SweeTruth said...

I've been watching for quite awhile and am increasingly uncomfortable with Kate's berating and deriding behavior towards Jon. She would benefit from counseling and it just may save their family. Her attitude is really out of control.

Cynthia said...

I dont feel sorry for Jon in the slightest degree.

Kate treats him that way because she can!

We teach people how to treat us.

3ts said...

Jon got a taste of going solo like Kate does (away from the kids) when he gave that speech at Penn State. He was well received and enjoyed the attention. Didn't he give the interview in Utah after that? I think Jon wanted a big slice of the attention/celebrity pie and Kate wasn't having it. She's too uptight, controlling and hoardes the spotlight. She even called him on the spotlight on the "Walk in the Woods". No, she wants Jon at home so she doesn't feel guilty and she can bask in all the attention. Plus, she has the manipulation and lies down pat. Jon just gives too much info out for Kate's satisfaction...if she knows what the word means. She must keep belittling Jon to keep him in his place. (one of the tactics battered women slowly get worn down by)
Jon must be drinking a lot or something because the facial bloat is so noticeable from several months ago.

dontgetittwisted said...

"Jon got a taste of going solo like Kate does (away from the kids) when he gave that speech at Penn State. He was well received and enjoyed the attention. Didn't he give the interview in Utah after that?"

If I recall correctly, Jon stated in his post Penn State appearance to 'expect the unexpected' and 'and the family will re-trace their roots' in future J & K + 8 episodes. IMO, it has become more and more apparant that 'privacy' and marital stressors were NOT the priority factors as to whether or not J & K would continue with season 5 of their reality show; but more $$$$$$. Tisk

BettyBoop said...

If they want to show Kate's roots it would be brown hair and a trailer park. Now that's the episode that should be shown not some phony Korean root episode on kids that are only 1/4th Korean. Maybe a trip to the fertility doctor that has no ethics and assisted a couple in having more children then they could afford or handle.

TandLMommy28 said...

I believe that money does not change a person but relieves a person's true character. A person who truly has a good heart with no money doesn't become a witchy tyrant once money appears. A person with a greedy heart will always be greedy - whether that person has five dollars or five million dollars. The difference is, the more money a person has, the more obvious that character becomes. Look at the difference between, say, Jessica Simpson and Carrie Underwood. Once seems to still be a sweet, down to earth girl while the other is so fame and money-hungry she'll sign on to just about any publicity she can get - even if that meant destroying her marriage. I don't think fame changed either of those girls. They are who they always were - fame and money just made it more obvious. The same goes for Miss Kate.

I do think she just to at least enjoy the children. She did once say her life "was not glamorous but very rewarding" in reference to being a mom. When was the last time she said anything POSITIVE about mothering those kids? It's been a long time.

shel said...

I just recently saw the repeat of Jon's 30th birthday party and how excited kate was that she was surprising him with a short trip(probably paid for by tlc) but you could just see her excitement and trying to keep the surprise from him. It was a good show and I think back then kate was a good mom and loved her kids and her life now I am not so sure. I wonder does she look back at those episodes and think how great her life was. What could she ever do now to surprise Jon as they have everything and have been everywhere.

quincy mackenzie said...

I'm not so sure I agree. The facts seem to suggest that Jon and Kate had their hands out even before the tups were born, and had plenty of help, both physical and financial, from the very beginning. Reports from people who knew them before they were quasi-celebs seem to indicate that Kate was always a pushy, self-entitled person, and Jon was always an un-motivated guy who'd rather play than work. The fact that they were married only a short time before undergoing fertility treatments, and then that they underwent them a second time even after having two healthy babies, suggests there was something out of the ordinary going on with that couple long before the TV show came about.

I'm not saying Jon or Kate had a mission to become reality stars and get rich. I wouldn't give either of them credit for having that much cleverness. However I do think that TLC's marketing people knew when they found Jon and Kate that it would be easy to seduce them into selling their kids childhoods for fame and fortune.


So very, very well said Patti - you said exactly what I've been thinking for a long, long time.

I no longer can bear to watch the show and am in fact so embarrassed and sickened by the fact I'd pre-ordered the book (which wasn't written by Kate who none-the-less enjoys taking all the credit for it... and has led to her thinking she is a writer now) as a gift for my daughter who also used to love this show for I feel like I added fuel to this dragon's fire.

TLC was captured by these monsters' narcissistic egos from the get-go... and apparently are doing their Learning Channel best in reaping the $$$ rewards from this beastly train wreak of a program. Apparently they are "learning" us all on how NOT to parent your children. So sad. So very sad.

Youse Guys I'm Still Here said...

I love what you wrote. But I have to ask has Kate ever been happy?!

From the beginning Kate has made it her job to push family and friends away. Nothing has ever been good enough for her or her "special" family. Even in the early shows she was unhappy. She has spent her adulthood trying to keep up with the Jones. And if you worship at the altar of the almight dollar you'll never be happy.

machinegunsmom said...

Kate Gosselin should get together with Armando Montelongo from Flip This House and go bowling...they have similarly unpleasant personalities and would, if they were sh*tting gold, complain about the pain. Is A&E owned by the same company as TLC? If so, they really get off on showing peoples' worst qualities for profit. At least Armando doesn't pimp out his son, just his bad personality.

shmedelle said...

PAmama said...
jrchafee89...

that is awesome that your 15 yr old still wants to bake with you.

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Oh, I hope that is me when my kids get a little older! I so hope they want to hang-out with me.
FYI, my dear dad is 70 yrs old. (doesn't look it, and doesn't act it one bit. He is still my rock)
I talk to him everyday, sometimes more than once. We are friends. We chat about all things. Today I told him I wouldn't know what I'd do without him. Without missing a beat, he told me he wouldn't know what he'd do without me.
But you know what Kate, that didn't start when I was 35. My dad was my biggest fan since I was born. Yes, I regret what I did to him during my teenage years. But even when I had purple hair and failing grades, my dad never would have said anything bad about me. I enjoy every minute of my dad's company and when he visits me and my family, I dote on him with food and the remote and talk about whatever he wants because I love him and respect him. One cannot force respect, it comes naturally.

Candice said...

I live quasi near the family and I know of some people that happen to know them. Apparently, before the tups were born, they asked for handouts because these people I know were sending Jon and Kate $100 per month for years. Not all that long ago, Jon and Kate wrote these people and told them to stop sending money because they didn't need help anymore. I think that note should have come a long time earlier.

My5blessings said...

no longer can bear to watch the show and am in fact so embarrassed and sickened by the fact I'd pre-ordered the book
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If it were me, I'd send the book back. BUT, it would be marked so it could not be resold.
I'd write on each page, all the way across. No longer a fan, little sayings about helping the children. You get the idea.
I honestly wouldn't keep it and I'd make sure she got it back, even if I had to drop it at her "pearly gates".

April said...

The straw that broke the camel's back for me: Gumgate.

When Kate took I think it was Collin's lovey toy that got gum on it and told him she was throwing it away while he stood there crying like his best friend died. Then Mady a 7 year old had to come in and be the voice of reason begging her mother to stop because that is his favorite toy!

Sorry that did it for me. I was restraining myself from calling CPS right then and there! You don't mess with a child's lovey! You just don't! They are off limits. They see their loveys as real and that is like their mommy and daddy replacement. I would never take away my twins' loveys as punishment or if they got damaged or whatever. They are sacred! I still have my lovey at 28 years old. I don't sleep with it but I am never throwing it away! She is just cruel and heartless.

8gifts said...

Great Post! I watched the beginning show a few weeks ago, and actually enjoyed it. I stopped watching the show when they started moving to the mansion, because it just made me feel angry the way Kate was acting. I have 8 kids myself all 10-16 months apart and the oldest 12. The sweetest times we have together are simple, spontaneous, no cost times. I love my kids with all my heart and I can't imagine doing this to my kids. It makes me so sad. Money changes things. Things don't always make life better. Our family built a new 6 bedroom house a year ago. I miss our smaller house, the memories there, the closeness. I cherish the simple days. Struggle makes the heart fonder and more appreciative. Too bad Kate never learned this lesson.

Greyson said...

Have they sold their souls over this "greed"??

jrchaffee89 said...

PAmama said...
jrchafee89...

that is awesome that your 15 yr old still wants to bake with you.

........

Oh, I hope that is me when my kids get a little older! I so hope they want to hang-out with me.
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I hope so too!! My husband and I have had to move our kids around a lot because of his job, and I think a lot of times, we only had each other to be friends with.
Our kids tease us about some of the things we did during their childhood, we are not perfect! But its done in love, not bitterness.
Our kids are 19, 16 and 15 and I love hanging out with them,playing cards, doing something ridiculous...my son and I stay up really late to watch really bad infomercials...just to make fun of them. I think we've seen the Magic Bullet one about 20 times, lol.
That kind of goofy stuff is what Jon and Kate are missing, those kids will find replacements....whether its friends or whatever, I think Jon and Kate will wind up very lonely in spite of all their kids.

MsPeabody said...

Addison said...
I watched the episode about Jon's birthday the other day. Kate got all sunburned on their vacation to Florida and SHE DIDN'T COMPLAIN about it because she didn't want to bother Jon and ruin his vacation! Also, she admitted that the sunburn was her own fault (well, duh...) and said she was being pretty stupid. I was like WHOA! If that had been a new episode her sunburn would be all we heard about...and she'd probably find a way to blame Jon for it. ("JON! Why didn't you make me put on sunscreen? You ruined our vacation!")

Kate still had to make it all about her even back then, which to me was so sickening. She purposely lies out in the sun knowing she will burn and even when offered sun blocking lotion she refuses it. Just more of Kate's attention getting persona shining through.

MsPeabody said...

Zoey said...
So, Kate claims that God and or Jesus tells her everything she must do.
God/jesus told her to last min. cancel some speaking engagement. God/Jesus told her the show must go on. So, when this blows up in her face and some of her kids when they are grown mention how this made them feel, what will she tell them? To bad so sad Jesus made me do it? Seems Kate has issue taking responsibilty. Seems to me, she made a deal with the devil and is in too deep.


Ditto Zoey! This is one of the most sickening things I really can't stand about these greedlins that they use God as a scapegoat for their greed. "God told us to do it", what a crock!

2badsosad said...

Zoey said...
"So, Kate claims that God and or Jesus tells her everything she must do.
God/jesus told her to last min. cancel some speaking engagement. God/Jesus told her the show must go on. So, when this blows up in her face and some of her kids when they are grown mention how this made them feel, what will she tell them? To bad so sad Jesus made me do it? Seems Kate has issue taking responsibilty. Seems to me, she made a deal with the devil and is in too deep."

Typical J & K Gosselin always playing the blame game.

THEY didnt know how to help us. THEY dont understand us.

We didnt seek out the media, THEY came to us.

WE ONLY wanted 'one more' but got SIX. It's SOCIETIES responsibility and MODERN MEDICINES fault.

It's the public/fans FAULT they have no privacy and Jon Gosselin cant be just Jon Gosselin.

The EVIL DOERS.