Press of Atlantic City Article

Published in the May 16, 2009 edition of the newspaper Press of Atlantic City


Source: By DAN GOOD
Staff Writer, 609-272-7218

Family affairs / ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8' began with a bunch of cute kids, but is now embroiled in marital strife.

Some people think the matriarch on TLC's reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8" is a victim, after murky tabloid reports surfaced of her husband's affair. Others say she's a wifezilla for her demanding nature, or narcissistic for trying to lasso fame at any cost, or the pawn of a network trying to fuel ratings.

Maybe she's none of those things. Maybe she's all of them. Maybe she's just a loving mom with eight bundles of joy. Either way America is watching, as the camera now zooms into the private lives of people who've opened their home for all to see. Is all the frenzy and scrutiny on the Gosselins' personal lives fair? Depends on whom you ask.

Octo-sized lifestyle.

They just wanted to build a family. Berks County , Pa. , natives Jon and Kate Gosselin were married for less than a year when they started trying to have children. The couple had trouble conceiving, so they turned to fertility treatments, and the fertility treatments worked. Really, really well.

In 2000, the Gosselins bore twins, Cara and Mady. A few years later they tried to have one more child, and this time they had six: Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel.

Discovery Health filmed two hourlong specials on the family, then the series followed in early 2007, and it's been a runaway hit — TLC's most popular program, a glimpse into the group's quirky, busy, octo-sized lifestyle.

For four seasons, the family's been presented as hectic but happy, with tons of laundry and a bunch of mouths to feed but strong moral fiber. Sure, Kate Gosselin was a nagger. Sure, Jon Gosselin was a klutz. But the kids were sooooo cute. There was something wholesome about the family.

That perception changed in April, when Us Weekly nabbed pictures of Jon Gosselin, sans wedding ring, leaving a bar with 23-year-old elementary school teacher Deanna Hummel. Hummel's brother accused the pair of having an affair, and the speculation sparked a media firestorm.

Kate Gosselin addressed the accusations on "Larry King Live" and the "Today" show, where she told Meredith Vieria "We are working through it privately, as a family." Then she graced the cover of this week's People magazine, next to the headline "We Might Split Up."

"I don't know that we're in the same place anymore, that we want the same thing," Kate Gosselin told People.

Us Weekly, Star magazine and the National Enquirer also devoted this week's covers to the couple. The reports range from sad to bizarre, detailing infidelity from both camps and lurid details of their relationship. As with the show, there's no way of knowing the amount of truth behind these stories.

Here's the reality — Jon and Kate Gosselin's marriage is in trouble. And besides TV ratings, all the hype isn't helping anything, especially the children.

Sending a message

Melissa Soto DVRs episodes of "Jon and Kate Plus 8" until her DVR memory is full, then she watches the episodes over and over. The 30-year-old Galloway Township resident is inspired by Kate Gosselin's strength and attitude, and the way she doesn't sugarcoat things. Soto likes all the neat little adventures the group embarks on, and how the parents devote one-on-one time to each child.

"The kids are adorable, and the show sends such a nice message," Soto, a mother of two, said. "I hope it never stops."

Soto's husband doesn't usually have time to watch the show. Too busy.
Adrienne Richardson also looks to the Gosselins for guidance. The publisher of South Jersey MOM Magazine, Richardson feels overwhelmed sometimes with her two children ... but eight?

"If I had eight kids, I don't know what I would do," said Richardson, a Vineland resident. Richardson thinks the stress of children and cameras leads Kate Gosselin to appear strong-willed on the show. Richardson understands why viewers — or even Kate Gosselin's spouse — might not enjoy that.

Kate Gosselin's attitude has become a target of slings from the pop culture clip show "The Soup" in recent months, even before the cheating gossip surfaced. "The Soup" highlighted snippets that show Kate Gosselin verbally berating her husband for interrupting her and forgetting to use a coupon.

"Jon's her husband, and he has to decide if he wants to stay with someone like her," Richardson said. "It's something he has to deal with. We can turn off the TV, but he can't."

Julie Nguyen watches "Jon and Kate Plus 8" every once and again. Nguyen, 33, of Egg Harbor Township , has one child but her sister has twins, so she understands how demanding it is to raise multiples. Nguyen says Jon Gosselin should show more tact in whatever he does outside the house.

"With eight kids at home, how did he have time to have an affair?" she said. "Jon shouldn't be going out and trying to get with a younger woman. Is he trying to get nine?"

Nguyen is intrigued by the family's private world turned inside-out. If fame hadn't fallen on the Gosselin's doorstep, none of this speculation and gossip would exist.

"If my husband or I had an affair, no one would know about it," she said. "For their children's sake, I hope Jon and Kate can work things out."

What about the children?

Serena Leigh Bell is one of seven moderators of the online blog Gosselins Without Pity, located at gosselinswithoutpity.blogspot.com. The blog was created in April 2008 to discuss the show — but more importantly, Bell says, to look out for the interests of the Gosselin children.

The blog received five million hits during the past year, but the affair speculation caused a recent deluge in readership. Wednesday, 113,819 people visited Gosselins Without Pity. The previous daily high was 77,000.

"We screen the comments on our site before posting them, and it seems like new comments are pouring into the queue every second," Bell said.

While the pictures of Jon Gosselin started all of this, Bell blames Kate Gosselin's media tour for fueling the public's interest. Bell believes every magazine cover and interview is chipping away at the children's chances at living normal, well-adjusted lives.

"Whatever Jon and Kate are doing between themselves, I couldn't care less," Bell said. "Until Kate and Jon retreat from the public eye and get their problems straightened out, this will continue to rob the children of their privacy."

How much privacy do the Gosselin children have left? They've grown up with cameras stuffed in their faces. Their home is a television studio. Their play dates and vacations and temper tantrums are episodes.

Jeffrey M. McCall, communication professor at DePauw University in Indiana , has critiqued TV and media for more than a decade, and he wrote about reality television in the book "Viewer Discretion Advised: Taking Control of Mass Media Influences."

McCall is concerned about the impact the lifestyle will play on the eight little ones. "Ten years from now, these children are going to have to hear about this, they're still going to be the children from the show," McCall said. "They didn't decide to participate in this."

With a glut of reality programming now devoted to families — TLC's "18 Kids and Counting," "Table for 12" and "Little People, Big World," among others — Bell hopes the Gosselin's plight will lead to stricter regulations for child reality stars. Child labor laws vary from state to state, so the Gosselin children aren't subject to the same regulations and protections Hollywood child actors are.

"We don't know that the Gosselin children aren't being protected, but the laws aren't in place in Pennsylvania to ensure that it's happening," Bell said.

The reality behind reality

At the crux of this issue hangs the balance of perception and reality. While the world has looked inside the Gosselins' home for three specials, four seasons and 92 episodes, we still don't know what Kate and Jon Gosselin are like in "real" life.

We don't know if Kate Gosselin is a victim, a wifezilla, a fame seeker, a pawn or just a loving mom with eight bundles of joy. We don't know Jon Gosselin, either. We don't know how much input the producers have on the show.

We don't know. We may never know.

TLC's public relations director did not return a phone message seeking comment for this story, and Figure 8 Films, the company that produces the show, declined comment.

In a statement, TLC said, "This show has always been about a real family dealing with real-life situations, and that will continue to be the case."

Scott Sternberg has spent three decades producing reality television, and his credits include Paula Abdul's show "Hey Paula," "The Singing Office" with Joey Fatone, and Fox Reality's "The Academy," which follows recruits through Los Angeles County Sheriff's Academy training.

While Sternberg has no ties to "Jon and Kate Plus 8," he believes the show relies on a blend of reality and production. On shows like "Jon and Kate," he says it's common for the stars to discuss story lines with producers ahead of time.

"While some episode concepts might be pre-planned, it's difficult to produce children's actions, so there's some authenticity here," he said.

Former show members told Bell that during filming, the children sometimes have to sit in the van and wait for the camera crew to get established so photographers can capture "the shot." Bell said the family's Christmas gift exchange was filmed weeks in advance of the holiday.

"It's an odd way to grow up," Bell said. "It's like the ‘Truman Show.'"

Last Sunday, Mother's Day, the sextuplets celebrated their fifth birthday. As with everything else the family does, cameras were present. The birthday party — and some other things — will be the basis of next season's first episode, "Turning 5 & The Future!" The hour-long special airs May 25.

Sternberg believes Kate Gosselin's interviews du jour with national media outlets are a way for the network and production company to ensure ratings.

"It calls attention and steers more eyeballs to the show," Sternberg said. "Now we all want to see what happens next."

What's next?

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161 comments:

Serena said...

Soto, the Galloway Township mother whose DVR is filled with episodes of "Jon and Kate Plus 8," expects the show to continue forward.

McCall, the media critic, expects the show to fade away.

Sternberg, the reality TV producer, said there's no real shelf life for reality stars — and that given the right interest, "Jon and Kate" could continue for many, many years.

"We look at them in a similar way that we looked at the ‘Brady Bunch,'" Sternberg said. "We're watching these kids grow up."

The kids are growing up. Mady and Cara are in elementary school. The sextuplets are soon to follow. Through the show the Gosselins have been handed a dream, the dream they prayed for all those years ago when six babies were on the way, the dream that things would be taken care of.

Along the way, Jon and Kate Gosselin have undergone physical change. At the beginning of the show they were frumpy and dumpy, as you would expect parents with eight toddlers to appear. Their house was cramped.

Now, Jon and Kate Gosselin have a new house and more freebies than they know what to do with. The frumpy and dumpy's been replaced with muscle tone and bright teeth and hair plugs. Google Kate Gosselin's hairdo — it's all the rage right now. But behind the hair and teeth and freebies rests a family grappling with all the bad, wrong aspects of fame.

On last season's final episode, which aired in March, Jon and Kate Gosselin sat in the "interview corner" and discussed their show-brought celebrity. After all that's happened, the discussion now seems prophetic.

"We don't have any privacy," he said. "If I go out people know I go out and photograph it and do everything they gotta do to make something about it. I can't be Jon, I have to be Jon from ‘Jon and Kate Plus 8,' which is a real hard thing for me, and I still haven't come to grips with it."

Kate Gosselin countered with her own feelings.

"Recently I think the thing you're struggling with (looking at Jon) is that we now can't go back," she said. "We're kind of at an odd place. So we have some ironing to do."

Ironing ... does that come before or after airing your dirty laundry?

E-mail Dan Good: DGood@pressofac.com

GRY said...

I guess this article is trying to be fair, though they did miss out on the Kevin/Jodi interview and revelations.
It's great they mentioned this blog and not "the other place" lol.
So for this show continuing on for many year, I very much hope not.

TLC is coming across more and more as a heartless media whorporation willing to ruthlessly exploit the children to gain not only ratings but advertising market share and therefore investment dollars.

As for this being the modern day Brady Bunch, I think not, that was a show about a purely fictional family, the kids were for the most part "professional" actors with numerous legal protections. The Gosselin kids didn't sign up for any of this and have zero protection from ruthless production schedules not to mention being exploited by the adults around them.

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"Melissa Soto DVRs episodes of "Jon and Kate Plus 8" until her DVR memory is full, then she watches the episodes over and over. The 30-year-old Galloway Township resident is inspired by Kate Gosselin's strength and attitude, and the way she doesn't sugarcoat things. Soto likes all the neat little adventures the group embarks on, and how the parents devote one-on-one time to each child."
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How naive can you be? these little "adventures" come at a high cost for the children.
And Kate's strength is that of industrial grade acid, it burns everything it touches.
Indeed, some people are true sheeple and can't rub two neurons together to get a thought going.

I hope season 5 tanks for the sake of the kids.

Kat said...

Wow, great job Serena! And seriously, they think the show could go on for years? How messed up ARE these people? I'd like to know how the suits of TLC can sleep at night, knowing how they've ruined these children's lives.

just wondering said...

Could we possibly come up with a way to print buttons, hats, T-shirts, etc. with a slogan on them like "Free the Gosselin 8"?

All profits could go towards that class action law suit someone mentioned. It seems like it would be a breeze to sell them online, and wouldn't Kate just be tickled pink to see us wearing our gear at her book signings?

Just a thought I had at 3:00 in the morning.

KJIH-TV said...

A thorough, well-balanced article. Of course to the sheeple, ANY article that weighs the "cons" (KONs!) with the "pros" is just a gossipy hatchet job at KON by jealous people. Whatever. The fact that they are unable to look at this show subjectively just shows you what empty pathetic delusional lives they live (yeah, I'm talking to _you_, BabyMama).

Those like GWOP and others who take the time to look at the show SUBJECTIVELY can admit, they've had some advantages doing the show. They're not at all struggling w/ both parents working 2 jobs to support 8 kids. They get wonderful trips and items (freebies). But you also _have_ to ask yourself: At what price? Their dignity (filming potty training) and their privacy (Mady the edited together devil child, while edited together Hannah is the saint). Those who DON'T look at this show critically are being highly selfish putting _their_ amusement first over the betterment of the kids. Sad.

HannaBelleLechter said...

To Serena and All the GWoP Mods: Congratulations!

Serena, your quotes in the Dan
Good piece sound astute, intelligent and enlightened. Your emphasis on the loss of the children's privacy rang true. Prof. McCall also sounds quite concerned for the children's emotional development around the fallout of their show.

I believe you did a good job for yourself and a great job as a representative of the blog, Serena. Here's predicting a substantial increase in hits on the blog.

The Press of Atlantic City article impressed me with its well-balanced and well-considered approach. I can tell that Good attempted to be fair and to show both sides of the J&K saga. You made an important point, I thought, when you mentioned that crew members sometimes needed the kids to sit in the van for a while while the camera operators set up their money shots. You know, in thinking that over, it makes a great deal of sense, but, I have to admit that kind of tedium and "falsified
spontaneity" hadn't occurred to me. Now my wheels are turning about all the times the children must have to sit and wait, sit and wait, rinse, lather, repeat, rinse, lather, repeat. Talk about a skewed sense of reality! Poor babes.

Thanks for publishing the piece here, Serena. You done good! ;)

ntvnat said...

Moderators, if you approve *one* comment, let it be this one. A letter from the surviving Dionne quintuplets (of Canada) to the McCaugheys multiples... who didn't have the 15 minutes of fame exploitation like the Gosselins kids did:

Letter from the surviving quints to the McCaugheys.


Dear Bobbi and Kenny,

If we emerge momentarily from the privacy we have sought all our adult lives, it is only to send a message to the McCaughey family. We three would like you to know we feel a natural affinity and tenderness for your children. We hope your children receive more respect than we did. Their fate should be no different from that of other children. Multiple births should not be confused with entertainment, nor should they be an opportunity to sell products.

Our lives have been ruined by the exploitation we suffered at the hands of the government of Ontario, our place of birth. We were displayed as a curiosity three times a day for millions of tourists. To this day we receive letters from all over the world. To all those who have expressed their support in light of the abuse we have endured, we say thank you. And to those who would seek to exploit the growing fame of these children, we say beware.

We sincerely hope a lesson will be learned from examining how our lives were forever altered by our childhood experience. If this letter changes the course of events for these newborns, then perhaps our lives will have served a higher purpose.

Sincerely, Annette, Cecile and Yvonne Dionne

Jen said...

Kudos to you, Serena, for providing such articulate, intelligent quotes. You helped to focus a significant portion of the article on the children's well-being and the erosion of their privacy.

Great job!!

CartersvilleGA said...

Excellent Article.
I'm so glad you got to voice your opionion Serena.
Thanks for speaking up

Liz said...

This women is setting herself up for a new show. It will focus on being a single mother of multiples.I think the wheels are always turning for this one.

Anne said...

Brand new article on usmagazine.com that pretty much trashes Kate.

ImFrancie said...

I wouldn't fault the writer for not mentioning the Kevin and Jodi video. This article appeared last week, just as the Kreiders were speaking out, so Good might not have had time to research it and do some fact-checking.

Congrats, mods, for continuing to get the real issue out there: the well-being and safety of the Gosselin children!

SavetheSheeples said...

"Wifezilla"

I have to remember that one...lol.

3angelsmom said...

Great comments, Serena. Thanks for keeping the focus on the children.

MM2005 said...

Although raising funds for a class action lawsuit for fraud is a great idea, the problem with tee-shirts, buttons, etc., is the possible appearance of money being made from the eight Gosselin children -- the very thing we accuse the parents and TLC of doing.

The sheeple would accuse us of profiting from and exploiting the children -- claiming we are no better than those we attack.

We've been watching the inaccurate reporting by the print and TV media during this entire scandal. I for one have no faith that an accurate/complete story would be presented about why we were selling merchandise that featured the Gosselin name in it.

No matter how honorable the reason for the products, the appearance may detract from the message -- the exploitation of the children must stop. Maybe car washes or a bake sale?

*~*Nicole*~* said...

Great blog, this is fantastic! I used to be *hanging head* a fan of the show. But like so many others, I began to see massive changes. I think it has run its course, the damage is done, and it's over. TLC needs to show some intelligence and pull the show. I love this blog, and it looks like it's gaining some interest in the REAL victims in this train wreck.

Kristin said...

I read this article on Sunday! Thanks for posting it.
I am from the Galloway area and ashamed that this Melissa Soto DVR's every episode. She is defnitely NOT like the majority of people from here. I work with mostly women and we discussed it yesterday. We were unanimous that Kate Gosselin is a dispicable role person for mothers and as for what she's done to her family, "It' a sin" said a co-worker.
On a side note, the picture they used was one where most of the kids had scowls on their faces but Jon and Kate were beaming away!
One more thing: I saw a blurb in Parents magazine that there's going to be a new series on WE TV with a young couple raisig sextuplets! Blah! Here we go again.

FINALLY!!!! said...

Oh my word. I just read the US magazine online article. Poetic Justice. I am a little embarrassed to admit this but I'm almost giddy about this article. FINALLY!

eileen said...

I am a first-time poster and relatively new reader of GWOP. I truly commend you for shedding light on this made-for-TV family. I am a mother of 6 children (no multiples) and it bothers me to know what these children's lives might become if they continue this show. I may not post often, but I will continue to read. Please add me to the chorus of people who are concerned for these innocent children. Also, someone should send the Dionne letter to J&K and TLC.

Countrydeb said...

If Jon & Kate really love their kids, they need to step back, get out of the public eye,end the show and fix their problems now, don't wait until it's too late. Look at what happened to Princess Diana, right before she died the press/public went crazy wanting to know everything that was going on with her. Please TLC end the show now!!!

KariK said...

Mom to Monster is okay.

Monster becomes Mom is better.

Jessica said...

Yay for Serena! it's so awesome this blog is truly making an impact!

Cherier1 said...

Great work Serena. Your calm concise thoughts will carry a lot a weight with readers. We need to always keep the focus on the children, and you did just that.

Frank said...

The problem, as I see it, is that for a liar, the best thing to do is spin more lies. After a while, there a re so many lies, that the truth is forever lost.

I think this show will continue past this season, and I think this whole mess has been contrived.

It astounds me, to what lengths people will go to for fame and fortune. Shame on all parties, as I don't see any end or resoultion.

Until Jodi and Kevin go on Larry King, or some show like that, and repeat thier claims, then no real damage will be done. And even then, i'm not sure they will be able to touch the Kate.

I'll say this much about her, I respect her ability to lie without flinching, however that ability may have more to do with her sociopathic ways then anything else.

You might as well watch the show, because im not sure that ratings matter much anymore to this growing media empire.

Cue Darth Vaders theme music.

Cherier1 said...

From Us magazine:

Celebrity News Everything you need to know... Right now!CelebNews@Usmagazine.com! - Kate Gosselin Fired 40 Staffers in 3 Months ShareThisCOVER STORY: Kate Gosselin Fired 40 Staffers in 3 Months
Wednesday May 20, 2009


INFphoto.com CelebNews@Usmagazine.com! - Kate Gosselin Fired 40 Staffers in 3 Months ShareThisThe new issue of Us Weekly reports that Jon & Kate mom Kate Gosselin -- known for being short with her husband, Jon Gosselin -- is even more combative with her family and employees.

Look back at photos of Jon and Kate through the years.

Baby nurse Angela Krall, who watched the sextuplets as infants for more than a year, tells Us that the short-fused Kate fired 40 nurses and nurse's aides in the three months before she was hired. A 2005 AP story reported that a pre-TV Gosselin had petitioned the state to extend payments for Krall, whose fees were first paid by Medicaid (Jon was unemployed; Medicaid provides limited assistance to premature babies). "Kate Gosselin said she feels society has a responsibility to help with the children, since modern medicine promotes the use of fertility drugs, which can lead to multiple births," the AP reported.

See photos of the reality star love gone bad.

While Kate praised Krall in the same story, Krall reveals that Kate posted "demeaning" signs in every room detailing rules, and fired one woman on the spot for washing her hands in the kitchen instead of the bathroom. "Kate flipped," says Krall. "She thought it was cross-contamination."

Check out more celebs caught cheating.

That level of perfectionism also tore her apart from her father, Kenton Kreider, a pastor, after he gave her cribs donated by his parishioners. "They didn't match and Kate rejected them," says a family source. "Things like that caused a rift." Krall, who says all six babies ended up with matching cribs, tells Us Kate "thought they were owed stuff. The money factor was huge."

See photos of Jon Gosselin and his mistress.

Indeed, a now-famous Gosselin has spent 21 out of the last 30 days on the road at paid speaking engagements; after she made news last week admitting that she might leave Jon, she continued on her book tour for five days as her husband tended to the kids.
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Someone did their research!

Mr. Miller said...

First time poster. Just a couple observations. I think developmentally the kids, particularly the tups, are behind where they should be from the little they are on camera any more. I also hope that K&J have some pretty sage financial advice because when TLC pulls the plug, when the income dries up, as it eventually will because there isn't any real talent there, the real chaos will start. People who lose something they once had, a lifestyle, material possessions, are often much more unhappy than people who have never had much. The freebies will stop, but more than that, if their income were cut in half, would they be able to afford their lifestyle, their home, the taxes and utilities? In some ways, they've won the lottery, and most people who win lotteries end up lonely and broke a few years down the road.
Hey, didn't you used to be....
Really sad.

Midwest Mom said...

from the article :"Adrienne Richardson also looks to the Gosselins for guidance...."

Adrienne, honey, you need to re-think who you look to for guidance.

Good grief, take off your rose-colored glasses ! J&K are the LAST PEOPLE anyone should look to for guidance on anything !

I hope you don't have children, otherwise they'll be laying on the floor alone, cold & sick in a noisy laundry room. What a way to grow up.......it gags me.....

lancie said...

Wow.....just, wow. I'm stunned at that person who as interviewed who watches the shows 'over and over' to get inspiration and strength from Kate on parenting. Here's some inspiration - turn off your d*amn tv and spend some time with your kids!

I'm SO sick of the 'I just don't know what little ole me would do with 8 kids.....Kate is a goddess to be able to do that.' She DOES NOT do that. She has so much help that the ratio of adults to kids is way better that is at my house!!! Heck I could watch 25 kids if I had people to clean my house, cook my meals, be personal nannies, run my errands.....plus, I have a REAL freaking job that is not filled with sycophants. If I do something wrong, it is my arse on the line - not someone to boost up my ego and smooth out my mistakes.

I can't believe what disgust Kate drums up in me. I'm so the type of person who usually rolls my eyes at these types of people and just ignores them - knowing I wouldn't p*ss on them if they were on fire. But this woman gets under my skin like no other. I think it is because she is held up as some sort of idol when the reality is, every mom I personally know - no matter how many kids or what their income is - is so much better. AND the pink-elephant-in-the-living-room that nobody is acknowledging (the helpers that are raising her kids, cleaning her house and cooking her meals) drive me TOTALLY INSANE.

UGH - I need a latte now, LOL

Tess H. said...

Merchandise (Tshirts, etc) that in any way singles out the Gosselins might not be best, but how about merchandise that shows 'unknown' children inside a 'TV box' with bars over the screen? And throw in some crew holding booms and cameras. Kind of like the recent septuplet birthday pictures. I'd buy a Tshirt and wear it if it wasn't targeting any particular people but instead sending a strong message about children in reality TV.

I'd even wear a Tshirt against any reality TV (a cirlce with the words 'Reality TV' and a line through it). I think reality shows
may start out ok but they all pretty much go too far at some point. Reality should be lived and captured in documentaries that have a definite message and ENDING.

jill said...

From Mom to Monster...

http://www.usmagazine.com/news/cover-story-kate-gosselin-fired-40-staffers-in-3-months-2009205

LovinMyRugrats said...

Hello all! This is (A.K.A.) Carolina R — I submitted the last essay, "Life Imitates Art." Thank you all for the compliments on that - it was something I felt strongly compelled to write, and I'm glad you all enjoyed it, too.

This Atlantic City article was very well done - extremely balanced. Serena, you did a great job.

It exemplifies what I love most about GWOP. While sometimes people post funny, snarky (often hilarious, in my opinion) comments, the focus, the "mission," if you will, always centers on what is in the best interests of the kids.

Regarding "just wondering's" post about making T-shirts "Free the Gosselin 8" - I think it is a splendid idea.

karma said...

Liz said...

This women is setting herself up for a new show. It will focus on being a single mother of multiples.I think the wheels are always turning for this one.
After the way Kate Gosselin judged Nayda Suleman and hawked her show and books when passing that judgement, I'd rather see Suleman get a show. At least Suleman wears her (mental problems) on her sleeve and isn't a master manipulator like Kate.

kate is a cocky bitch said...

Congratulations GWoP, I think this is a great article and very accurate. It's not sensational or over-the-top and the focused is on the children, not on Kate's tyranny and Jon's personal love-life. Like others posted, I am glad to see that they came to you for the facts instead of going to the sheeple for the dishonesty, spin and nonsense that The Queen puts out there.

noBlueMoon said...

Countrydeb,

Kate should quit calling the paps if she wants to be left alone. Kate can tell TLC no more. To compare Kate to Princess Diana is offensive.

cubby1128 said...

Kate is such a whack job along with her hair!

Maybe Jon thought that cheating was the only way out. He might have thought well if I cheat TLC will have to cancel the show. I'm not saying what he did was right, and I don't like him either. But living with Kate is probably pure hell and he just wants out!

Moons in Leo said...

Thanks for posting this. Serena, as always your thoughts are well written.

It's occurred to me that the current media hype about J&K and who is cheating on whom, etc., could just be another publicity stunt.

Whether or not it is, the children are still the ones who are ultimately going to suffer. Their chance for any sort of a normal life has long since passed, I'm afraid.

Joyhawk said...

From the MB herself - where DID this woman go to school?!?!

"Hello Gosselin Fans! Well if your [sic] not sick to death of the million repetitive articles on Jon & Kate & their supposed affairs you maybe [sic] soon. With Kevin & Jodi now claiming Kate was giving Jon a "contract to cheat" I was laughing so hard I almost feel to the fool [sic]."


"Fell to the fool"! That's about the truth = HA!

Jon And K8 Is Enough said...

This is all really starting to look like cynical manipulation of the tabloid media in order to boost ratings.

It also should be considered that the kids are getting older and dare I say it, less "cute." I'll be charitable and say that I don't find these kids "cute" at all.

Jon and Kate must certainly realize that there is a shelf life to all of this; it's not going to be "cute" or interesting when they're 13 and they're doing all they can to steer viewers to the show and cash in as much and for as long as they can.

ScarySkierNewJersey said...

I guess we can understand now why the kids always had to go to the bathroom when they were in the van! They had to wait until everything gets sets up, the shots etc etc. No wonder they had to go. Finally, someone actually states what we all know, that they "stage" holidays for the cameras. Not really reality TV is it? I would admire their honesty to just state that holidays were off limits to the cameras and maybe, if they wanted to, share some home footage. The staging of some of the stuff just digs into their credability altogether. I don't think we really need to see every birthday and Christmas do we? Let them have those days off. Even I get them off from my job!!!!!

I live in South Jersey so I know the AC press well as well as South Jersey Moms which is a feature in our local paper. I am not surprised they would swallow the Kool Aid!

It will be interesting to see how all of this is spun on Monday. I will down the shore from Thursday until Tuesday and we choose not to have a TV down there. I will rely on GWOP to catch me up to speed when I return.

Everyone have a safe and fun holiday weekend!

SuzyQ said...

Great article and congrats GWoP on the exposure. Thanks for keeping the childrens interests as the number one priority!

While I like to snark and read snark as much as the next person ~ this really should be all about the exploitation of the Gosselin 8 ~ the best I can hope for at this point is that someone will introduce legislation to prevent child abuse like this in the future. I guess nothing was learned from the Dionne quintuplets in Canada.

zoey said...

I really think that, if we were to save the Gosselin kids, it would have happened after the first episode.
unfortunately, there is no hope for the children or jon or Kate to resume a "normal" life.
at this point, i really think it might be in the best interest of the rest of the population to make an example out of that family.
Their lives are already ruined. So, right now they are on their downward spiral. People out there with multiples all want to jump on the bandwagon and sign up for T.V shows.
Maybe, if we see the Gosselin clan hit rockbottom, it will end the possibility for other familys to want to do reality T.V with their kids.
if Jon and kate fade away into obscurity now the cycle is going to continue with other families. They can not be saved. so they must become an "example" of what not to do. Im positive that when the Gosselins are at the lowest of lows, laws will change... peoples perceptions will change.

Bev said...

I don't think anybody truly knows what is going on with the Gosselins other than the Gosselins and TLC. I think we could all sit here and speculate until our heads pop off but it's not going to get us closer to the truth.

This I do know, though.

I was a very devoted fan of this show and gave Kate and her nasty attitude the benefit of the doubt up until the Fall of last year. Something changed in the show and it began to be unpleasant to watch. She went from being like me and other normal mothers and wives to being glammed up, wearing heels to K-mart, and speaking "p-e-r-f-e-c-t-l-y." And Jon sat stone faced and silent, non-reactive, as if he had been scolded and warned by Kate not to roll his eyes or react to anything she said. Hence...the show was not fun to watch anymore. There was no give-and-take. It was all Kate-sided.

Now the show is akin to Jerry Springer. They are both on the tabloid magazine covers and being followed around like Britney Spears while we all watch and wonder what is going on. What was once a tolerance of Kate's behavior and Jon's reaction to it is annoying.

If TLC and Kate Gosselin truly think the fan base want to see all this drama going on and then when the show premiere's it turns out it was all a publicity stunt...they are going to be very surprised by the reaction. I for one, as a once devoted fan, am not impressed. While I was willing to watch Kate be a hag as long as Jon got in his zings from time to time, I am not willing to see these innocent children being dragged down a sleazy road so they can take fancy vacations and get free clothes from designers and meet every celebrity they've ever dreamed of.

TLC has lost site of what the viewers want to watch. If they are going to travel down the road they are currently on...I'm watching something else.

Jennie M said...

"Melissa Soto DVRs episodes of "Jon and Kate Plus 8" until her DVR memory is full, then she watches the episodes over and over. The 30-year-old Galloway Township resident is inspired by Kate Gosselin's strength and attitude, and the way she doesn't sugarcoat things. Soto likes all the neat little adventures the group embarks on, and how the parents devote one-on-one time to each child."I read this and I think I threw up a little in my mouth. Ah the sheeples will never learn... too sad indeed.

Melissa P. Gentry said...

I read this in my devotion this morning:

"Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God."

Too bad Kate doesn't really read the Bible like she professes.

browneyedgirl said...

I think Jon has gotten the bad rep and that is why Kevin and Jodi came to his rescue. I believe that Kate did give Jon a "contract to cheat" just so her fame would continue.
It was obvious they were having problems last year, the body language between them said a thousand words. I used to be a fan of Kate's, but now I cant wait for them to pull the plug on the show and pull the rug right out from under Kate. Do you think when she is left all alone, with no-one, that she'll have any regrets? NOPE...it too, will all be Jon's fault.
I hope Jon gets the kids and himself away from her soon, but I'm afraid the damage has already been done to the kids....how truely sad.

To Eileen said...

Eileen: I'm sure Kon has been shown the Dionne letter. I'm also sure they disregarded everything that was said in that letter because it was from the point of view of the kids, now grown up. Kate and Jon Gosselin are interested in themselves, promoting themselves, enriching themselves. It is obvious to me that they could not be moved, certainly Kate could not be moved, by these very touching words.

Sad, sad, sad. How could anyone look at those 10 faces, including Kon's, and think this is a good thing for anyone? I don't get it.

Paige said...

What a great article! And the comment containing the letter from the Dionne quints is exactly what people need to hear. Heck, somebody should make copies and send it to the Gosselin house, TLC HQ, and Figure 8.

History repeats itself...

quincy mackenzie said...

First of all, kudos to Serena and the rest of the GWOP crew for all their efforts into making this blog into the shining light that it is. The Gosselin children are each precious and darling and the cruelty of their situation absolutely needs to be exposed.

That being said, it occurred to me (in a very snarky way) that Kate Gosselin is the Chia Pet of the celebrity world.

Tiffany said...

Well, the good news is even the most highly visited gossip site on the net, PerezHilton has this story headlined now. Everyone is getting the back story. In the last 15 minutes, I have seen mention of the growing fiasco on E, Perez, TMZ, etc.
Hopefully for the kiddos, this will negatively affect the show, and the greedy mother driving this bus. I am so sickened by Kate, her greed, her treatment of her poor kids.
My 11 year old daughter was a huge fan until the last year when it became so apparent that KON cares so little for the feelings of her kids, her husband, her family. It's funny, when you go back and watch you can pick out more and more horrifying treatment.
Jodi was just on E, and now they have an on site reporter there right now!
Sadly, I see no solution for these children. They will be damaged forever. Can you imagine being Mady and knowing everyone in the world only sees your bad side, sees your parents make fun of your behavior. It makes me ill.
I love my children to the moon and back and only want to treasure their childhoods, and hopefully grow them into lovely, productive human beings. I could cry for KON's kids. It's all so sad for them, it has to scar them.

Sidney said...

Bev said...
I don't think anybody truly knows what is going on with the Gosselins other than the Gosselins and TLC. I think we could all sit here and speculate until our heads pop off but it's not going to get us closer to the truth.
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Bev, you made me laugh on a morning when none of this seems laughable.

I agree with you though.

It scares me to think what these kids might go through if the show actually does stop and if Her Royal Hiney falls.

SundayRose said...

While it's clear that the Gosselin kids are blatantly being exploited for money, it's also clear they will have extremely unrealistic expectations as they enter into their teens and adulthood. The lavish vacations, multiple birthday parties each year, and backdoor passes at events like Sesame street and the Harlem Globetrotters are all setting them up for major delusions as far as what real life is about.

Are they spoiled....I'm just not sure.

Plus they have a mom with major character flaws and OCD issues that are already apparent in the kids. They witness her trashing their dad every day she is actually home. Not only that, they witness her telling them their daddy is mean, etc. How will these kids handle relationships in their own lives? Will her hideous behavior be copied by them?

It is known that Kevin Kreider (Kate's father) has all kinds of obsessions about food and vitamins. It is also said that he uses religion (he is an evangelical Chridstian pastor) to manipulate and control people. Now, who does that remind you of?

I don't see how they will come out of this fiasco that is their life, unscathed.

Jana said...

ill said...

From Mom to Monster...

http://www.usmagazine.com/news/cover-story-kate-gosselin-fired-40-staffers-in-3-months-2009205
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thank you for the link Jill. Kate Gosselin is certainly getting quite a lot of very negative press. I imagine the higher ups at TLC can't be happy with the recent stories in the tabloids, such as this one in US Magazine. I notice that they include a quote from Kate about how she thinks the state (or society) owes it to her to pay for nurses and such, since there are infertility treatments that can create HOM births.

I thought the Press of Atlantic City article was fairly well balanced, well written and very thorough. The more often it can be pointed out the many ways Jon & Kate have benefited financially from putting their children's lives under the microscope, the better. Most parents see this for what it is - exploitation.

While most of us can understand the financial and emotional hardships of having lots of children, it is not true that most of us would do as the Gosselins have done - and have 41 episodes filmed in one "season", every holiday and special event turned into a show, our children's most private and vulnerable moments made public.

Most people can also spot a phony when they see one. Kate is as phony as they come. All the media attention she's getting now is not a good thing - for her.

Jana said...

karma said...

Notice Melissa's husband is too busy to watch the show but Melissa watches epis over and over. lol BM?
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That's probably the only time Melissa's husband gets some peace and quiet, while she's obsessively watching the show over and over. I imagine some poor schmuck quietly sneaking out to the garage until the next time his wife hollers for him to do something, or berates him for not using a coupon. "We don't buy ANYTHING WITHOUT A COUPON!"

organizedblogroll said...

USWeekly says it all:

"FROM MOM TO MONSTER"

nuff said.

used to be a fan... said...

There is a poll up on cnn asking if you'll be watching the next season. You can find the poll here:

http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/

Just scroll down.

Mother of Two(couldn't afford more...) said...

The current US Weekly looks like a scathing indictment of Kate. Kate is the master-mind, Jon only the accomplice in the crime. The sad thing is this Medicaid nurse is free to speak, because she was their first "employee". As time went on, I'm sure confidentiality contracts were required. Also, really appreciated Linda Hoyt's comment about Jon needs to be careful about eating any food Kate gives him. It could become like a film noir movie, where Kate poisions Jon to knock him off and keep all the money for her.... does the name Drew Peterson ring a bell? Incidentally, regarding the comments about Gloria Alred not being able to intervene in Pennsylvania, because she practices law in California, Gloria Alred is now representing Drew Peterson's fiance in Illinois, not in the capacity of an attorney, but as a media spokesperson, which more accurately represents what she has become anyway. I know, most people despise Gloris Alred, but the idea is to draw attention to the injustice. It's the message, not the messenger.

Sal said...

Very good article about this sick situation. WOnderful to see GWOP and their message is getting out to the masses.
Those sheeple are beyond scary.

enough is enough said...

Wow, 63% of people say that they won't be watching. I think that people are finally seeing Jon and Kate for what they really are.

When the tups go to school this fall, I guess they all are going to have bodyguards also. How many bodyguards are they going to need for eigth kids?

SaNdY said...

Congratulations, Serena, well-done!! Applaud, applaud!

RealMom said...

Yes the kids are getting older and, therefore, less child-like (or cute) and that will hurt the ratings. But think about it, what happened on the Brady Bunch (cousin Oliver) the Partridge Family (Ricky somebody) and Different Strokes (Drummond got remarried and his wife had a small son). Even on Family Ties and Growing Pains. Ok, I am dating myself but that is what happens in TV land, Mom will have a new, cute baby to replace the ones who have grown up!

SaNdY said...

Mr. Miller said...
First time poster. Just a couple observations. I think developmentally the kids, particularly the tups, are behind where they should be from the little they are on camera any more. I also hope that K&J have some pretty sage financial advice because when TLC pulls the plug, when the income dries up, as it eventually will because there isn't any real talent there, the real chaos will start. People who lose something they once had, a lifestyle, material possessions, are often much more unhappy than people who have never had much. The freebies will stop, but more than that, if their income were cut in half, would they be able to afford their lifestyle, their home, the taxes and utilities? In some ways, they've won the lottery, and most people who win lotteries end up lonely and broke a few years down the road.
Hey, didn't you used to be....
Really sad.
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Very good point, Mr. Miller, about when their 15 minutes of fame are finally over, and the money's not rolling in, then what will happen?

Midwest Mom said...

from the article, "Soto likes... how the parents devote one-on-one time to each child."

When has Kate Gosselin has EVER spent one-on-one time with ANY of the boys ??? If it were really happening, wouldn't Kate want it filmed to show America what a great mom she is ? (gag)...

As I recall, when Kate described the "staged" one-on-one outings, she said "they" decided that Jon would be the ONLY ONE going on the boys' days out....because she doesn't go "hither thither and yon" (or something to that effect)....

Marley said...

When has Kate Gosselin has EVER spent one-on-one time with ANY of the boys ??? If it were really happening, wouldn't Kate want it filmed to show America what a great mom she is ? (gag)...

As I recall, when Kate described the "staged" one-on-one outings, she said "they" decided that Jon would be the ONLY ONE going on the boys' days out....because she doesn't go "hither thither and yon" (or something to that effect)....

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Didn't Kate say that the kids were tired of going to Aunt Jodi's, so Kate would stay home with the other kids so Jon could take the boys out.

When would those kids ever get tired of going to Aunt Jodi's? NEVER!

Wasn't that probably when Jodi was approached about her receiving pay for appearing on the show? So maybe that was when Kate stopped having anything to do with Jodi and Kevin.

Blessed Mama of 5 said...

just wondering said...
Could we possibly come up with a way to print buttons, hats, T-shirts, etc. with a slogan on them like "Free the Gosselin 8"?

All profits could go towards that class action law suit someone mentioned. It seems like it would be a breeze to sell them online, and wouldn't Kate just be tickled pink to see us wearing our gear at her book signings?

Just a thought I had at 3:00 in the morning.
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Maybe through Cafe Press? Great idea you have! I might put a bumper sticker or magnetic decal on my car :)

PaNeighbor said...

Sunday Rose said: It is known that Kevin Kreider (Kate's father) has all kinds of obsessions about food and vitamins. It is also said that he uses religion (he is an evangelical Chridstian pastor) to manipulate and control people. Now, who does that remind you of?


First of all Kate's fathers name is Kenton, her brother is Kevin. Have you ever met Pastor Kreider to make these accusations? He is one of the pastors at Calvary Bible Church. When Jon and Kate were having the tups the congregants at quite a few churches were excited and donated LOTS of nice stuff. As has been widely reported before, Kate turned her nose up at used items and wanted all new and matching items. Pastor and his family practically raised the twins while Kate was in hospital pregnant with the tups and they were trying to help get everything organized before they were born, and of course nothing was good enough for Kate! Kate even had problems with most of the people that volunteered to help with the babies/twins. There are quite a few reasons there was a riff in the family.

I am not a Jon and Kate fan, but I get angry when extended family who have NEVER been seen on camera nor have pimped themselves to the media are being trashed. If you have first hand knowledge, not "well someone said they knew a person who was a cousin of Kate's best friend," sorta nonsense, I think we would be wise to leave them out of the equation.

quincy mackenzie said...

Well, now ever MSNBC has joined the media masses...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30832627/

Psychic Belle said...

The birthday party — and some other things — will be the basis of next season's first episode, "Turning 5 & The Future!" The hour-long special airs May 25.

Sternberg believes Kate Gosselin's interviews du jour with national media outlets are a way for the network and production company to ensure ratings.

"It calls attention and steers more eyeballs to the show," Sternberg said. "Now we all want to see what happens next."
Mr Steinberg, please don't include me in the "all". I won't be watching. Fifth birthday party my *ss. I've seen the photos and something ain't right here .... Where are the hotdogs? the partyhats? the grass-stained knees? ice cream-smeared faces? little bags of party favors? the pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey game? I suppose they aren't necessary because the most glaring omission in the pictures is the tups' playmates. They don't have any do they? Ah hell, who needs them when you have "ratings"?

CappuccinoLife said...

I'm so sad for the kids.

But I've been catching up on season 3 and thinking, "This marriage ain't gonna last". :( They abuse each other. And Kate's the worst. There's obviously no respect or admiration between the two. Just a bitter one-up-man-ship and competition to make each other look worse on film.

Shame on either of them for having an affair. But who couldn't see this coming, the way they treat each other? Why bother with the marriage when your supposed life partner appears to hate your guts? If Jon was looking for female companionship, affection, and love, clearly he was not going to find it in Kate. I simply cannot believe that woman. I would like my husband to watch just one episode...'cause I'm not a perfect wife but she makes me look like an angel in comparison.

So, so horrible for the kids. Honestly, it's hard for me to say which is worse...watching their parents rip each other to shreds every moment of the day, or getting shuffled between their hateful parents and whatever new honey's those parents pick up as they "move on".

Psychic Belle said...

Should read "Sternberg", not "Steinberg". Apologies.

RE: People Mag. Article said...

Kate Gosselin,

YOU are the one who is destroying your kids. NOT the media, not the tabloids, not the rabid fans.

YOU and Jon are the ones who chose to continue putting yourselves out there while you both behaved like spoiled rotten brats on national television and are as rude as anybody I've ever seen. If you actually thought people wouldn't call you out on your behavior, you are even crazier than I thought.

You say if we want to see your fangs, all one has to do is go after your kids. BALONEY! There have been idiots out there for years now going after Mady and you did and do nothing about it. Not one thing. You know why? Because fame and money was more important to you than pulling the plug on this show to protect your child. So you stand by and let it happen. You allowed people to trash your beautiful daughter with "I Hate Mady Gosselin" websites, just so you can continue your "job".

You disgust me, Kate Gosselin. You really disgust me. And no, we will not go away until your puss is off the airwaves and you stop pimping your kids. We'd love nothing more than for you to move to another country where they don't know you because, sadly, that's the only way your beautiful kids will ever get to lead a normal life after what their parents have created for them here because of pure selfishness and greed.

You need to stop laughing and start crying. YOU are the one who did this, Kate. YOU and that lousy husband of yours and both of your lust for money and fame. You, Kate Gosselin, are one sick, twisted puppy.

XYZed said...

The article is interesting, and it is always nice to see a reference to GWOP.

I find it disturbing, however, that the interviewer seemed to have no difficulty finding fans of the show who seem to have some sort obsession with the Gosselin children. I know they are likely well-intentioned (most of them) and simply enjoy the children because they truly are adorable, but to have complete strangers so aware of their children's personal lives should be the number one concern for Jon and Kate.

Jon is uncomfortable having no privacy, but as a parent he should cringe at the thought that millions of people each week have access to the lives of his kids.

Mama Kate said...

This is great! I am so glad that all of this is coming to light, finally. After over a year, GWOP has finally helped shed light on something that has needed illumination for a long, long time. I just hope that this exposure of Jon and Kate Gosselin for the greedy, selfish people that they are isn't too late for the children. How sad that their entire lives are used as a pawn to get Kate a damn spray tan and McMansion. I fear for the futures of these little ones...

Being from Central PA originally myself, and having worked very hard for the past year to expose the Gosselins for who they really are, I am proud of GWOP for having started this site, and for running it with tact and accuracy. I hope that the real legislators will not get on top of what has become all too common in this day and age - EXPLOITATION of children for the entertainment of others. One day, EVERYONE will realize what a travesty this is, as much so as the Dionne quints of years ago.

Once again, way to go Serena, and way to go GWOP!

Laura said...

Thanks for posting this article...as expected, staff from GWOP were articulate and informative ;)

I used to love the show...until it hit me just how many freebies they were getting. The trip to Hawaii put the nail in the coffin and then hearing that they were moving into a multi million dollar mansion nailed it in. Anymore, I can only see Kate as a cold, heartless, GREEDY woman who would rather "pimp" her children than parent them. I've been coming to this website more and more over the past months as my contempt for Kate has grown. She needs to be stopped before those children suffer more emotional damage. I hope that all this drama that has surfaced recently will finally make TLC open their eyes and realize that the Gosselins are no longer the picture of the "perfect" family...

Someone posted something about the 'tups seeming developmentally delayed. Their speech isn't remotely what it should be and I'm wondering if they'll be able to start school in the fall. I certainly hope they have some early intervention specialists in place...but I doubt they do...cuts too much into their time for trips to the museum. I've wondered to myself if Kate would hold them out of school for another year for the show's sake...but then again, maybe they should be held back because they seem so behind.

Ugh...this is a train wreck happening in slow motion

Amanda said...

"Well, now ever MSNBC has joined the media masses...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30832627/"

Thanks for that post quincy. Man this has turned into a real dog and pony show.

MichelleS said...

I agree with a comment above in regards to the newest article on People.com..Kate disgusts me as well. She is so upset over the tabloids etc..
Kate- WHY THE HELL ARE YOU CONTINUING TO DO INTERVIEWS THEN???????? you are the one that keeps putting your dirty laundry out there for everyone to know about. The more attention you give the more youre going to get! Take a hint!! Shut up about it and deal with it privately like youre supposed to for the sake of your kids.

Pauper Princess said...

Has everyone seen this?

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20280152,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines&cid=recirc-ewRecirc

[As scandalous headlines continue to surround Kate Gosselin, her husband Jon, and their eight kids, the fed-up reality star is wondering when people will stop attacking her.

"Before this, I'd never stood on line at the grocery store, looked at the people on the cover of magazines, and thought about what they're going through," she tells PEOPLE. "I'd never thought, 'Oh my god, this is totally doing them in.' But now, I understand what they live with: Everywhere you go you're being stalked, you're being followed – it's hell, on the cover of a magazine."

Kate admits she's often been an easy target for those who want to make her out to seem like a monster. "In the first two and a half years that we were doing the show (Jon & Kate Plus Eight), I felt very ugly towards fans," she says. "The gawking, that sort of response creeped me out. I was not willing or ready to accept what you get back when you put your life out there."

But over time, Kate learned to embrace the attention. "At some point, I turned around and I realized, 'Okay, people are pulling for us, the feel inspired by us, they love us. It clicked: without the fans there is no show, without the show, there is no job." ]

More at the link above.

Poor baby. It must suck to be so rich and famous. Pshaw.

Mommy in PA said...

Great article!

I would like to know who hasn't been shut out of Kate's life that attended the sextuplets 5th birthday party? I doubt we'll see any family there. Maybe it will just be the crew's families there to make it look like they actually have friends.

I was thinking also - you definitely know that this whole thing with exposing the kids is spinning way out of control when Kate's relatives are now so concerned about it that they are talking to the media! I wonder if Beth will start talking soon too - especially being that she is the real author of Kate's book.

fadingnebula said...

Deanna Hummel's brother talks to E!

http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b124908_brother_of_alleged_jon_kate_mistress.html

Says' "I'm not a liar"

kim said...

I just read the Us Magazine story online and it really is not flattering to Kate at all. I'm surprised her former nurse is commenting. I'm happy the media is finally starting to see her for the narcissistic, controlling manipulator that she is. She wanted the attention... now she's got it. I don't feel badly for her at all.

karma said...

http://ocd.about.com/b/2009/05/05/new-ae-reality-series-highlights-ocd.htm

Monday, May 25.

I don't know if this has been posted but it is an alternative to Jon and Kate Plus 8 new season opener. Plus, being a show about obsessive-compulsive disorder, we can see if Kate was fooling us on that one too. Anything to keep people from watching J&K and exploiting the Gosselins kids any further.

Kate has started writing a blog on the Discovery website. Stealing more ideas from Nayda?

kim said...

The mistress's brother was interviewed by eonline...

http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b124908_brother_of_alleged_jon_kate_mistress.html

Sue said...

"And i know that whatever happens, I will not give up, I will not stop, I will not fail my fans."
Kate commenting on the turn her life has taken on people.com.

That pretty much says it all, doesn't it?

What's Next said...

Now she has her own blog on discovery/tlc. Please. She wants again takes credit for "handling" all of her "monkeys" by herself without Jon's help and how the paparazzi follows HER and she says it over and over again how they follow her.

Fame Whore Party of One!

BMWoP said...

Kate Gosselin, you are the definition of insane.

You say you can relate with people who are on the covers of tabloids now.

Then why the hell did you POSE for one and trash your husband in it?

You are so not like other people on magazine covers. Unlike them, everything we read about you is true. You're just mad that you are being called out on it. You have made your own life a living hell because of your rotten personality and evil, greedy ways.

RealMom said...

Get your tickets now. The circus continues as the Girlfriend's brother is now being interviewed on e saying the exact same thing that was in the article. Nothing new there. Maybe tomorrow will be NannaJanet or the dog breeder guy.Should be another 2 secs. of the Jodi/Kevin show. Maybe those two will have a reality show next?

Dunwoody Mom said...

Those are not Kate's words - those are words of her PR firm.

Blessed Mama of 5 said...

MM2005 said...
Although raising funds for a class action lawsuit for fraud is a great idea, the problem with tee-shirts, buttons, etc., is the possible appearance of money being made from the eight Gosselin children -- the very thing we accuse the parents and TLC of doing.

The sheeple would accuse us of profiting from and exploiting the children -- claiming we are no better than those we attack.

We've been watching the inaccurate reporting by the print and TV media during this entire scandal. I for one have no faith that an accurate/complete story would be presented about why we were selling merchandise that featured the Gosselin name in it.

No matter how honorable the reason for the products, the appearance may detract from the message -- the exploitation of the children must stop. Maybe car washes or a bake sale?
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You make a very good point, I hadn't thought of that. Thank you for being wise! :)

HiThere said...

Sue said...
"And i know that whatever happens, I will not give up, I will not stop, I will not fail my fans."
Kate commenting on the turn her life has taken on people.com.

That pretty much says it all, doesn't it?

Sure does! Not even "ARE" fans but MY fans.
UNbelievable.
I thought it was all about the children?
Liar and hypocrite.

RealMom said...

Who is she? Joan of Arc.
St. Kate of TLC, Defender of bad haircuts and fabulousnessish.

No ! He ! Di'int !! said...

"Kate and I have obviously been going through a lot of stuff and discussing what's best for our kids," he said. "It's a crazy life, but it's our life."http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b124908_brother_of_alleged_jon_kate_mistress.html



Oh, Jon. ~~~groooaaan~~~

just wondering said...

Now Deanna's other brother is backing up Jason about the affair. Apparently Jon even offered prime basketball seats to Jason.

I still think that this family needs psychiatric intervention and that they need it right now. Kate has isolated herself from anyone and everyone who ever cared about her and the only people she has contact with are people who are paid to keep this show going.

Kate's family really needs to step up and have her court ordered into therapy and they need to do it right now.

HURRY! said...

I cut this from a RealityTVworld article Kate was interviewed in.

Its an OMG moment:

When Jon & Kate Plus 8 first premiered on TLC in April 2007, Kate said she initially felt "very ugly towards fans."

"The gawking, that sort of response creeped me out," she told People. "I was not willing or ready to accept what you get back when you put your life out there."

I had to read it twice. With all her PR Peeps I'm surprised they let this quote out! Guess she hated the sheeple all along.

GRY said...

Pauper Princess said...

Has everyone seen this?

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20280152,00.html?xid=rss-topheadlines&cid=recirc-ewRecirc

More at the link above.

Poor baby. It must suck to be so rich and famous. Pshaw.


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She claims she'll get really, really mad if we go after her kids...she just doesn't get it that she's the problem and not her kids (whom for the most part people are the most concerned about).

Yes she wants to run away to some country which hasn't heard of their show to hide the family.
But I can be you it will be more like she'll hide the kids away and go straight back on to her book tour "for her fans".

And she's a hypocrite in her reaction towards "fans" because she uses them but cannot control them. For Kate it's all about control and she wants things both ways, the adulation and money that comes with fame but the privacy that comes with anonymity.

Notice she doesn't say she would be willing to give up the show.

"I'm far from perfect, but I've started to prioritize what is important, what has to change, what I can live with, and what I have to live with. My children are important. My attitude is important. My marriage is important, and though I don't know where that's going right now, I know I can definitely choose my attitude. And I know that I will never give up, I will not stop, I will not fail my kids. Everything else I can't control, I'm just going to have to learn to live with it."

As I said she's a hypocrite, she wants it all but doesn't want the ultimate responsibility for it's impact on her kids.
The family has more then enough money now to raise those kids comfortably but her excuse is that she's "doing it for them", when she means she's doing it for herself and only herself.

I really wonder how long it will be before she decides that moving out of Reading, PA (where overall she isn't liked) to some remoter locale would be ideal. I can see her uprooting the family because she's no longer comfortable putting up with the looks she receives around town, hmm maybe some place like Bozeman MT would be far enough away? As a side benefit the kids will also be out of reach of the rest of the family and harder to contact as well. She needs to absolutely control the environment around her so maybe a 40 acre ranch out west with few pesky neighbors.

She and especially her sheeple fans disgust me.

Gina said...

She was just so sure no one would ever pay attention to a little old blog in the deep corner of the internet exposing her truth about all the nastiness and entitlement and she could fleece her way across America.

Now she wants to pack up her toys and run home.

No, that's not the way it works Katie.

Jane said...

quincy mackenzie said...
Well, now ever MSNBC has joined the media masses...

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30832627/


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Oh, is that trashy, tabloidy MSNBC at it again?

lol

Amy said...

http://tlc.discovery.com/videos/jon-kate-plus-8-season-premiere-sneak-peek.html

Sneek peek at Monday's premier. J&K not on the couch together, no surprise. Still same old overproduced format, though...doesn't look to be groundbreakingly honest unfortunately.

stopthetrainwreck said...

Did anyone see this? she is so full of crap

http://blogs.discovery.com/jon_and_kate/

Kat-e-Tonic said...

Who is she? Joan of Arc.
St. Kate of TLC, Defender of bad haircuts and fabulousnessish.


THAT is so funny! Thank you for making me LOL!! :)

karma said...

http://www.accesshollywood.com/jon-and-kate-talk-relationship-woes_video_1108163

"You cannot get back their 5th birthday" said Kate. So why did she spend the day with Mr. Gray and tanning?

Bev said...

Every sleazy magazine on eartch is going to be watching the reruns and taking notes. Kate's karma has come home. All you have to do is think about the number of people she has dumped on in her life and the opportunity they will now have to vent their story....

Punkinbugg said...

I agree with an earlier poster who said Kate probably set him up to fail, and he took the bait.

She knew he was miserable, so all she had to do was hire a full-time sitter and leave town.

I can guarantee you that NO evangelical Christian woman would AGREE to let her husband DATE other women. Ever.

Why did Kate? Because maybe in her church (as it is in mine), only adultery or being unequally yoked (married to a non-Christian) are Biblical grounds for a divorce.

This way, she keeps her church backers happy and the love offerings keep pouring in. And maybe Zondervan will have her write a book about her trevails.

She is on every cover of every tabloid at my check-out line.

During SWEEPS.

This makes the network GIDDY -- more viewers = higher ratings = more money.

Sick, sick, sicko.

Countrydeb said...

noBlueMoon...I wasn't comparing Princess Diana to Kate at all. I'm sorry that you thought that. I was talking about how things got crazy before Diana got killed. And how things are spinning out of control for the Gosselin's. They need to fix their problems, before it goes too far. I feel bad for the kids.
TLC is like the paparazzi,they need to stop the show.

CC said...

I nearly LMAO when I read this post!!!!

8:40 PM A Gosselin Poem for Kate about Kate Says:

There's a women whose name is Kate..
For some reason she thinks she's great!
Damanding, rude, self centered is she...
That hair don't makes her look like a he!
She is a wife and a Mother....
There is a rumor she is sleepith with another!
The Gosselin's are not America's favorite family you know TLC...
Table of Eight is what America wants to see!
It's time to put the fork in the show...
It's time for the Gosselins to go!

Jen said...

Nothing's sacred to this woman. Clearly we have all seen her children, their childhood memories, their privacy and their dignity are for sale to the highest bidder.

Why would anyone think her marriage wouldn't be offered up on TLC's sacrificial alter?

Amy said...

Bev said...
Every sleazy magazine on eartch is going to be watching the reruns and taking notes. Kate's karma has come home. All you have to do is think about the number of people she has dumped on in her life and the opportunity they will now have to vent their story....
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OMG I just flashed on the last episode of Seinfield when everyone who the Seinfield group were unpleasant to told their story. And came out it did. IMO its the same thing happening to Kate.

Marie said...

I really don't think that is Kate's blog. Kate can not put two sentences together. Some fraud person is just having a fun time using Kate's name.

HannaBelleLechter said...

Let's be careful with quotes and such, otherwise it looks like we're manipulating the outcome.

The online People article here:
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20280152,00.html

quotes Kate as saying:

"No matter what might be said about her, Kate says if anyone really wants to see her bare her fangs, they only have to go after her kids. "I don't want them dragged into this. It kills me," she says. "I'm far from perfect, but I've started to prioritize what is important, what has to change, what I can live with, and what I have to live with. My children are important. My attitude is important. My marriage is important, and though I don't know where that's going right now, I know I can definitely choose my attitude. And I know that I will never give up, I will not stop, I will not fail my kids. Everything else I can't control, I'm just going to have to learn to live with it."She does NOT say, "I will not fail my fans," as quoted previously on this thread.

The Gosselins are their own worst enemies; we don't need to help them along. JMHO

ArmyWife said...

http://tlc.discovery.com/videos/jon-kate-plus-8-season-premiere-sneak-peek.html

What happened to them singing "Happy Birthday" to each of the children individually? Jon's comments were almost heartbreaking. And notice he said "I love my kids, I love my family" but definitely no "I love my wife"

Renee said...

Can anyone tell me if Kate and Jon are obligated for paying the state of Pennsylvania back for any of the babies care after birth? Including the nurses that were there and all the extra people who were petitioned by the state by Kate to "do there duty" and provide for her kids, I mean in New York State, if you receive financial assistance, and come into money, like lottery winnings, becoming a reality hog, things like that, they take there money before you get your check! I think as a country we need to write the govenor of P.A. and ask for some of that federal money BACK!

Holly said...

Kate did another interview with People. In it she complained about being on the front cover of magazines and wishes they could move to another country where their show didn't air until this all goes away. She never once said she was considering quitting the show. So Kate if you don't want to be on the cover of magazines STOP giving interviews and if you are sick of the publicity END the show. Is it really that difficult?

Lisa said...

How disheartening to see a clip of Jon on ET participating in singing Happy Birthday to the kids and then he just turned away and walked off..the bad energy between Hate and Jon is not something the kids are oblivious to..I am sick of seeing them continue this charade..the public is not stupid and deserves far better than the manipulations and lies of this greedy couple.its PATHETIC-ISH Hate! Get over yourselves..I feel so sorry for your kids who will look back on their parents with cringing embarrassment

anotherPAmom said...

Renee, I was a pediatric home health nurse for quite some time and from what I know services provided do not have to be repaid. I do agree with your comment about having to repay at least a portion of what the services cost the state. Since she is a high roller now she should feel obligated to help those in needy situations. Sounds like a double standard to me.

Charity said...

Holly -

Tangled up in that mass of skunk-on-crack-becomes-roadkill head of hers, she thinks this is all just going to blow over in a few days and everything will be fine and dandy, like the pre-Jon knocking the bottom out of it good ol' days.

So wrong...so very, very wrong. They'll never live this down.

Pauper Princess said...

Breaking Season Premiere news...

http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2009/05/jon-kate-plus-8.html

"It's no secret (really, no secret) that the Gosselin clan of Jon & Kate Plus 8 have seen their fair share of troubles lately. And with their anticipated fifth-season premiere on May 25 less than a week away, TLC has put up a sneak peak on its website. Yay!(?)"

"First impression? Things are looking pretty desperate, both in the show's arc and the look in Jon's eyes. (Okay, I know it's sort of hard to feel bad for him and his current predicament, but the minute he opens his mouth, you can sense he's a pretty unhappy guy.)"

UncleKid said...

I have a question for y'all:

If magazines like "US" run cover stories based on anticipated sales appeal, and the issue with Kate's ugly (but true) story sells through the roof, does that mean that "US" will likely keep turning up the heat and run more ugly Kate pieces?

And if so, does that mean buying that issue could be helping the kids...?

I'm in a quandry on this one.

Thanks in advance.

Sue said...

I agree Jon honestly seems very depressed and heart broken over the situation. Maybe not so much about "losing" Kate but just the state of his family. He seems sincere about really loving his kids and seems very lost and lonely. We all know Jon is not a good actor, I think he truly is crushed. Doesn't mean he will stop the show or make any changes. My heart really out to him Though it could be a ploy to me to watch, which I still won't. As much as the clip tempted me.

SaNdY said...

Holly said...
Kate did another interview with People. In it she complained about being on the front cover of magazines and wishes they could move to another country where their show didn't air until this all goes away. She never once said she was considering quitting the show. So Kate if you don't want to be on the cover of magazines STOP giving interviews and if you are sick of the publicity END the show. Is it really that difficult?
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I wish she'd move to another country, too...would another country even take her??
And about 'her blog'....not even gonna comment on her post...but, has anyone read the comments?? They are so obviously fake, every one of them praises Kate! Reminds me of the 'I Love Lucy' episode where Lucy and Ethel write fake fan letters to Ricky's club after he was fired....wonder how long it took that Discovery intern to write all those comments and think up different names for each one?

FrumpyMom said...

The multiple magazine articles will just draw more and more eyes to the program as the new season is set to begin. For some reason, we can't seem to get enough of this family, and the idea of watching it disintegrate before our eyes is going to bring in even more viewers, I think.

It makes us all feel safe, to watch this unfolding destruction, and not be emotionally involved in the situation. It is better than the soaps! It is reality! Never mind the fact that this is a real family that is slowly being torn apart.

Isn't it ironic that after all that has been done to the Gosselins to 'improve' them, the tummy tuck and hair plugs, etc, that the family was happier when they were in sweats and ball caps.

Shame on them for loosing sight of the important things in their life, and shame on us for our smug long distance voyeurism.

Turn_Them_Off said...

The only thing that is going to make a difference in these kids lives and seeing the end of this show is if people turn it off.

Too many people who want these 2 things to happen are going to let their curiosity get the best of them and tune in. This is what happened with the season finally that everyone claimed they didn't watch.

Please wait for the recap or watch it on youtube if you really want to make a difference in these kids lives.

No matter how much crap is printed about them, if the numbers are there, TLC and Kon will continue on with this train wreck.

Sue said...

turn_them_off said:

The only thing that is going to make a difference in these kids lives and seeing the end of this show is if people turn it off.

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I agree 100%. Watching the clip like I said made me tempted but I will NOT watch. I will come here for the update if I feel the need. I am trying to pull myself away from all the nonsense. Slowly but surely I am spending less and less of MY TIME to focus on these fools! Though like I said Jon did seem sincere and for someone with the personality of a wall, for him to come across sincere almost seems real.

Kat-e-Tonic said...

I just watched the clip on ET...Man, who was that chick at the end of it? Talking about how horrible life is for Queen Katie right now? That had to be her PR peep. Lordy Be...I can totally feel how beat down Jon Boy is...yeek...

Catherine said...

This is an interesting article from a woman who dealt with Kate at her speaking engagement in Detroit last week.

It is an open letter to Kate.

Here is part of it:



Thursday, May 21, 2009

Alyssa Martina: Parent Coach


Kate Gosselin could learn parenting lessons herself



An open letter to Kate Gosselin:

Dear Kate,

Thank you for coming to Detroit last Thursday and being a part of Metro Parent Magazine's Distinguished Speakers Series. I know the hundreds of moms in the audience were excited to see you. I also appreciate your sharing with us the difficult time you are going through right now. The life of a celebrity isn't an easy one, as you are learning first hand. You're in the spotlight now. Surely, you're facing some trade-offs for offering your family to the public...


Graciousness, The Lesson You Left Out

I think, however, you forgot one very important lesson that is also a crucial skill for parents, Kate. Graciousness is a critical skill and attribute for all parents. You failed to show any graciousness in your appearance last week. I did not find you to be a particularly kind, warm or nice person. You were unfriendly and actually quite aloof and rude to your hosts and sponsors. There were many people in the audience who perceived a sense of snootiness as well. I know because they came up to me afterward and mentioned it.

I often tell parents that we model the way for our kids. The lesson of graciousness captures traits of kindness and generosity of spirit, both important in building character in our children. Graciousness is more than social etiquette; it's the quality of being pleasant, thoughtful and kind-hearted. As parents, when we act graciously, we demonstrate to our children that we value this trait and want to see it in them. The way to raise a kind and gracious child is to be a kind and gracious person.

Kate, I know you are going through a difficult time, as rumors abound about your marriage and personal life. Unfortunately, when you decided to share your life with a huge viewing audience, you gave away many of your rights to claim privacy. You clearly enjoy several benefits and perks of a celebrity lifestyle. This was clear in your new "look," sporting a lovely new hairstyle and arms that rival Michelle Obama's. But that doesn't mean that you need to be haughty or carry an air of self-privilege at the expense of others. Otherwise, you risk being seen as an opportunistic "Octo-mom" looking for fame and glory. Remember that parents said they like you specifically because they relate to you as the "mom next door" and not as a self-important starlet.

Kate, you are entitled to have it all. I wish you and your precious family much success in the journey ahead. You deserve a wonderful and enriching life. But please understand that you can't demand the accoutrements of a celebrity life without also knowing there is a downside: namely, losing some of your freedom and privacy. As you continue to be in the public eye, don't lose sight of this thought: Wherever you go, whatever you do, walk with kindness, compassion and gratitude for others as well as yourself and know that you model the way, not only for your children, but for parents everywhere. That is the most important message we can pass on to others.

Sincerely,

Alyssa Martina

Metro Parent publisher and president and certified parenting coach

Alyssa Martina is founder, president and publisher of Metro Parent Magazine and one of Metro Detroit's foremost experts on parenting.


http://www.detnews.com/article/20090521/OPINION03/905210449/1031

HannaBelleLechter said...

Catherine, that's an interesting Open Letter to Kate from Alyssa Martina. Since the metroparent site was the agent offering the tickets to both of the Detroit events, it's evident that Alyssa got to see Kate upclose and personal. And Alyssa did not like what she saw.

I wish somebody would let us know exactly what happened at that Intimate Tea at Henry Ford Hospital. $150 a ticket! What did Kate do differently there from what she does everywhere else? I still can't fathom how she or her PR people justified that ticket price.

Although Alyssa's Open Letter is sincere, she's wasting her time. I've said quite a few times on this blog now that Kate lacks a graciousness. She cannot be gracious to her benefactors or to her fans. From all reports, her book signings and personal appearances are robotic, cold, and, often, she cannot wait to escape.

Either a person is warm and empathetic or she is not. Kate is neither warm nor empathetic. Unfortunately, her husband and her children are the people who will be most affected by her lack of the human touch. However, I don't think she can help herself. Kate is aloof and cold from the core of her being. Add "master manipulator" to that basic core, and we have one damaged individual.

The Open Letter was probably just an act of catharsis for Alyssa. Sounds as though she was treated shabbily, and so, she wanted to go on record about it. But I'm sure she has no illusions that her well-meaning message will make a difference to Kate. In fact, I'm almost positive Kate will never read the letter.

On another topic, I read here last night that Kate and Jon are in talks with agents to contract with a ghostwriter to write their story of struggle and infidelity, which would then be turned into a TV movie. (All this according to one of the reputable Chicago papers.)

Well, well, well. If Kate is hellbent on her "career" as a writer, why the need for a ghostwriter? Huh? Don't forget the PEOPLE interview when she lambasted Jon's lack of ambition compared to her own drive. "I love to write," proclaimed Kate. Then why the ghostwriter honey? It's a puzzle for sure.

alana said...

The CNN Showbiz Tonight website's Question of the Day is again:

"Will you watch the Season Premiere of JonandKatePlus8 in spite of the cheating controversy?"

On tonight's (5/20) show, the votes were something like 37% will watch vs. 63% will NOT watch.
So they are asking the question again. UH OH! Right now the votes are 43% will watch vs. 57% will NOT watch. I'm afraid the sheeple are inundating the website with votes.

Come on, everyone! Go to Showbiztonight/CNN right now and tell them you're sick of what J&K are doing and you're not going to take it anymore, PLEEZ. Do it for the children's sanity if not for your own.

IMO, it doesn't matter that the question is screwed up; I couldn't care less about Yawn cheating. The most important thing is to tell a CREDIBLE entertainment show what I think, rather don't think, about the Yawn and Hate Dog and Pony Scam/Sham. PLEASE vote NOW!

Kudos to you, Serena. Your comments in this article remain intelligent and consistent with what you've been saying for more than a year now. Good show!

Laine said...

I just read "Kate's blog" and every comment is positive, however, her star rating is dropping.

I noticed the following comment at the bottom of the page in dim print. Guess someone is busy dumping many posts.

*Comments are moderated, and will not appear on this weblog until the author has approved them*

Dunwoody Mom said...

Wow, Alyssa Martina's letter is really a bad reflection on Kate. This attitude of Kate's will get around the "speaking circuit". My guess this is the REAL reason why the Ronald McDonald appearance was cancelled. Once this gets around, watch those speaking engagements dry up completely.

lilli said...

http://blogs.discovery.com/jon_and_kate/
Is this really her blog??? It seems more like someone writing a satirical account of her day.
So I hopped out of bed and started to feed breakfast, play outside with the kids and lay out their outfits for the trip.Bwah ha ha ha! Does that sound like anything Kate would do? "Hopping out of bed", "playing outside with the kids"???
Ohhh, but that's right....Jon was "unexpectedly away" as they had "mistakenly got their wires crossed". No babysitters? Oh the horror!
Once we were pulled into the parking lot, I instructed the kids to unbuckle, which they did very well...Well thank goodness! Now that they can finally unbuckle themselves from their seatbelts, maybe they can brush their own teeth and stop wearing a bib.

Reading news said...

Alyssa Martina
Metro Parent publisher and president and certified parenting coach

The letter to Kate from the above signed parenting coach was so on target. I just keep wondering, however, if Kate will ever see it. Not knowing how her mail is handled, I guess some intern somewhere will read the letter and immediately know it would blow Kate's evil mind so it will be trashed.

I also would like to comment on the kids attending the bday party. Jon said they were classmates - not. They are all at least two years older and taller than the kids. I would love to know where they dug these kids up. I commented earlier on the number of empty tables at the party - looks like everyone didn't accept the invitations. I couldn't believe Kate's comment about how important their birthday was to her. Yet on the actual day she was out tanning surrounded by her new bodyguard. Now she knows that this "planned" outing was seen by all of us so once again she was laughing in our faces. No one has to encourage me to skip the premier as I haven't watched the show in ages. This show is as real as Kate's hair color.

CartersvilleGA said...

That "Soto" woman who fills her dvr with watching those children is strange and rather creepy...
Who does something like that?

givemeabreak said...

straight from the commment section of kates blog.
"Kate, I have to thank you for helping me with my style.
I loved so much your hairdo I adopted it and it changed my life.
I was a brunette with long hair, becoming a blonde with short hair changed my personality. I feel more confident and people are complimenting me for my new haircut. " What are these sheeple drinking??? changed her life?? I never laughed so hard in my life. This is definately without a doubt in my opinion a pr manufactured blog, I can't believe people have actually commented the way they have in light of all of these allegations that are all over the talk show circuit. I dont buy it for one second.

Lala said...

Kate you need to withdraw from public life entirely and get the cameras out of your lives forever. You can have your career - AFTER all of your children are 18 and out of the house. Mothers across the country put their dreams and ambitions aside for their children every day, and that is how it should be. You are no more special than any other mother out there so stop behaving that way. I can't believe that YOU STILL DON'T GET IT!! Your kids need YOU, not the cameras. They will resent you til the end of time if at any time in their lives (now or as adults) you try to tell them that you did this all for them. They will hate you for it. I'm guessing that your two oldest already do. I certainly would if I were in their positions.

Shannon said...

Their is so much more to this story. When this show first aired, I was a huge fan. I watched this show because the children we're 'oh so adorable'... if you go back into the first episodes you notice that it's completely geared towards THE KIDS. Now, less then half seems to be actually geared towards what was suppose to be the main focus- the kids. It was all about life growing with 8 children. Now, the show has turned into this "monster". The show isn't portraying the kids and their lifestyle as much as it is on Jon and Kate. Now you constantly see about 5 fights/bickering between Jon and Kate and then some footage of how cute the kids are.
Jon's affair was first to be published. But, In true honesty- can you blame him? Kate doesn't show that she "loves" him. And, I highly doubt that off screen, it's any different. Yeah, they get a few laughs but that's about it. Many of times Jon has been embarrassed over Kate's remarks and Kate doesn't EVER admit to being much of anything besides right. This marriage was CLEARLY falling apart before anything leaked out. Now Kate's "getting close" to her bodyguard. Well, who honestly wouldn't believe that maybe their is truth in this whole scandal?? (On a side note: I can't imagine anyone wanting Kate and how awful she treats everyone around her.)
Another topic is how much they get paid! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that they're bringing in BIG bucks! And with all the freebie's (clothing, toys, food, vacations, strollers, cars, college funds, ANYTHING). This family is pulling in the money and forgetting how they're putting these children's future in jeopardy. These children are working onset/offset/whatever-set- whether they choose to believe it or not. Who is ranking in the big bucks??? The children are the one's who Kate and Jon point their fingers at. Supposedly, it's all for the kids. That's why Kate and her alleged ex-friend wrote a book, she does premiers (by herself), etc. Things do not add up. AT THIS POINT- I'm feeling for these children. They are old enough to understand the basic concept of everything going on around them. Don't you think they ask their mother where dad is? Why dad doesn't come home at night? They clearly see them fighting. This whole T.V. show, in my opinion, has gone on for too long. People are now being greedy and taking these kids for granted.

Holly said...

Catherine, thank you for sharing that letter as it is currently unavailable online. If there were ever words that could possible reach out to Kate that letter would be it. It was straight forward,honest and sincere without being overly critical or sugar coating the truth. I hope it does in fact reach Kate and the authors profound advice doesn't go unheard.

motorcitymom said...

I still can't believe Henry Ford Hospital was charging that much and hosting a "tea". In this day and age here in Detroit, where the life of a pampered auto executive wife is pretty much done, and over 12% of the population is unemployed.

While I admire the Metro Parent rep for saying that, one has to make you wonder why they sponsored such an event in the first place. I know some of these things were in place probably months ago, but the Michigan economy has suffered for almost a decade! The recession is nothing new here. To bring her here and then tell parents that she'll teach them how to cope with stress is a joke--I'm sure many in the audience could have taught her a thing or two!

LovinMyRugrats said...

CBS has this piece: "Jon & Kate" 8 being exploited?

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/05/21/earlyshow/leisure/celebspot/main5030460.shtml

Glorida Allred is quoted!

Sal said...

We all need to contact Gloria Allred. She does not know that the Gosselin 8 are not protected under Penn laws.
I cannot stand her personally but she could make the alarm we have set off much louder.
I doubt any state agency checks on or cares about the welfare of these children!

SchmeckyGirl said...

I just want to point out that Kate did not say "I will not fail my fans". She said "I will not fail my kids".

I'm not defending her but someone misquoted that and I don't think that's fair because people in this blog now believe she said that.

Tammy H. said...

"Gosselins Put Up a United Front" in People...what damage control if I have ever seen one! And great piece, Serena! I read the article in People and it was packed full of lies 1. Kate wasn't home on the tups birthday but yes, they did celebrate a week later out in public view for the paparazzi to see 2. Also stated was that KON put on a united front together, I would of liked to been a fly on their picnic table! 3. They had celebrated a quite birthday at home all together, rubbish! Maybe Jon, Mady, Cara, the tups and a nanny or 2...but not Kate.
It also said that Alexis got to spend half of the day with Kate...WE ALL KNOW THAT WAS DAMAGE CONTROL! FOR SURE.
And the Showbiz on CNN polls, I saw them last night, and they stated the truth...1. The show was what was causing problems and I believe the other one was because of the hype would you watch this season, and almost 70% said NO. I'm not exactly the words used but both polls were not in favor of the Gosselins. KON has been a running topic on Jane Velez and Showbiz Tonight on CNN every night for the past couple weeks.

I do not believe this is a publicity stunt by TLC to get more viewers, I believe they may be getting a better and clearer picture of the monster they have created.
And for Kate to get all the praise for raising (if that's what you want to call it)twins and sextuplets, there are plenty others out there doing it without all the perks, freebies, book deals, free homes and a large bank account, should I not forget, nannies, chefs, gardeners, etc.

Just the tranformation in her from a few years ago until now is unbelievable. Her actions, looks and they way she is with the kids has totally changed. If she truly cared about her kids, she wouldn't of throw their dad to the wolves in the People article...she is just looking to place all the attention on him as if to hide what she has been doing. Nothing can forgive what she has done to her kids. Others may say she is a wonderful mom, ok, whatever, but you don't let someone else take your bleeding child to a strange and unknown ER just so you can go eat after a press conference!

I am sick to death of Kate Gosselin. She has forgotten where she came from and maybe a reality check would help, but I believe the only true help for her is psychiatric. She has many more problems than OCD; I do believe she harbors resentment for her father for whatever reason and Jon and the boys catch it.

I still say now that the kids have served their purpose in her grand scheme of things, that she doesn't need them anymore, like she did before. That's why she's off on weeks at a time publicity tours!

And this may not be none of my business, but the question has been raised before, why did she start having fertility treatments right off the bat, even before her and Jon's wedding band had time to settle on the finger? I believe she knew what she was doing the whole time. Some say she is a person with sociopathic tendencies and yes, I see that, but Thank GOD they have a father who cares about them and loves to just walk in the woods with them or wrestle them on the couch!

She has done this to herself and now she is reaping what she has sown...I just hate it for the kids and what challenges they will face as time goes on and what they will see when all this is done and over. KON aren't giving their kids the benefit that children know when something is wrong...and when they are in the later teens and they see the videos and read the articles, I hope they read this blog so they will know we ALWAYS CARED for them and we tried and will continue to try to make sure those kids get what is rightfully theirs and that they had a somewhat private life after the fallout&they were finally not exploited anymore!

just wondering said...

http://www.timewarner.com/corp/businesses/detail/time_inc/index.html

Yes.. Time Warner DOES own People magazine!

Holy Crap!!

SchmeckyGirl said...

I know a lot of you say you won't watch the show anymore. Just wondering why? Is it because you don't want to give them high ratings?

There is no way for anyone to know what you watch on TV unless you are digitally monitored and you know if you are. You have to have a Set Meter in your home for them to know what you watch.

Or you have to fill out a poll and let them know what you watch.

So if Jon and Kate Plus 8 is your guilty pleasure or your "train wreck" as it is for me... watch away. Just don't tell TLC!

Tammy H. said...

I tried to go to the cbs website, but apparently the article has been taken down. Kate doesn't want Gloria Allred on her butt, she is the attorney who filed a lawsuit on behalf of the octuplets saying their mother was exploiting them and she wanted their money that the mother has been making off of them, moderated by someone other than the mother. I wish someone like Mrs. Allred would get involved in this case and help us help the Gosselin 8!

just wondering said...

CBS has this piece: "Jon & Kate" 8 being exploited?

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/05/21/earlyshow/leisure/celebspot/main5030460.shtml

Glorida Allred is quoted!

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Yes, and they also quoted a staff writer from People magazine as saying that the children were always well taken care of (or some other such bull)

But now we know that People and the Discovery Channel are both owned by the Time Warner.

Hell.. Does Time Warner have anything to do with CBS?

just wondering said...

And Gloria Allred. Is she in anyway linked to this "who begat who" conglomerate?

CBS does have dealings and contracts with Time Warner, who owns, People magazine and the Discovery channel.

Lord, I'm turning into a conspiracy theorist over this!!

3TimesTheFun said...

Hey "justwondering"... Don't you mean, "LORDY BE...I'm turning into a conspiracy theorist over this". ha ha

SchmeckyGirl said...

Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) is the world's third largest media and entertainment conglomerate by market capitalization (behind News Corporation and The Walt Disney Company), headquartered in the Time Warner Center in New York City. (TimeWarner.com Fact Sheet Page) Formerly three separate companies (and owns the assets of a fourth, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., acquired by a pre-AOL merger TW in 1996): Warner Communications, Inc. and Time Inc. before the Time-Warner merger in 1990 and America Online, Inc. before its purchase of Time Warner in 2001 has created the current Time Warner , with major operations in film, television, publishing, Internet service and telecommunications. Among its subsidiaries are AOL, New Line Cinema, Time Inc., HBO, Turner Broadcasting System, The CW Television Network, TheWB.com, UBU Productions, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Kids' WB, The CW4Kids, Cartoon Network, CNN, DC Comics, and Mohawk Productions.


I think CBS is a competitor. Interesting that CNN is one of its holdings. Is The Discovery Channel included in the above?

LovinMyRugrats said...

Just Wondering — yes, I was nauseated by the People Mag B.S. quote:

But Michelle Tan, a staff writer at People magazine, said Kate does the show for the sake of her children.

"She'll continue to do the show as long as her children benefit from it," Tan said, "and as long as it never compromises their happiness."

Such garbage. People Rag is just a one-sided, extended mouthpiece for celebrities.

Curious said...

I just read the People with Kate on the cover and am completely disgusted :(

I did notice how, while nothing is HER fault, it does all seem to be Jon's.

She says that they moved because he said he couldn't live in the neighborhood anymore.

I don't recall him being the one in nearly every episode saying they needed more and more and more room. I believe that was Kate.

anotherPAmom said...

Tammy H. said...

And this may not be none of my business, but the question has been raised before, why did she start having fertility treatments right off the bat, even before her and Jon's wedding band had time to settle on the finger? I believe she knew what she was doing the whole time. Some say she is a person with sociopathic tendencies and yes, I see that, but Thank GOD they have a father who cares about them and loves to just walk in the woods with them or wrestle them on the couch!


I have thought about this many times before and am glad you brought it up. I am a nurse and have worked in both the pediatric and OB/GYN fields. What I found interesting is that Kate didn't give the old fashioned method of conceiving a child much of a chance before opting for fertility treatments. In my area most physcians prefer a couple to try for about a year on their own before exploring other options even with a dx of PCOS. Just another example of Kate getting her way again I guess.

motorcitymom said...

ha, MetroParent has erased any evidence of Kate Gosselin on its Web site!!

MartaD said...

How about the new Us cover of "Mom to Monster" ?
she just does not seem to care anymore about her family, is all about the glamour.

Catherine said...

The open letter article is still posted. Also I wanted to make sure I didn't mislead anyone to think that what I posted was the whole letter, I just posted part of it.

Here is a link to the whole article (letter).


http://www.detnews.com/article/20090521/OPINION03/905210449/1031

Aunty Anne said...

I have thought about this many times before and am glad you brought it up. I am a nurse and have worked in both the pediatric and OB/GYN fields. What I found interesting is that Kate didn't give the old fashioned method of conceiving a child much of a chance before opting for fertility treatments. In my area most physcians prefer a couple to try for about a year on their own before exploring other options even with a dx of PCOS. Just another example of Kate getting her way again I guess.

5/21/2009 10:22 AM
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Is it possible that Kate lied to the doctor about how long she had been married and how long they had been trying to conceive on their own?

I wouldn't put it past her. If she was obsessed with what the McCaughy (?) mom of multiples got as freebies, and I read that she was, she truly may have been devious enough all along to plan and hope for the multiples she got.

There is evidence that Jon was looking for free stuff long before the tups were born. He was fired for using company time to be on the phone and internet looking for freebies for his family.

motorcitymom said...

here's the detnews article

http://www.detnews.com/article/20090521/OPINION03/905210449

talklesssaymore said...

And this may not be none of my business, but the question has been raised before, why did she start having fertility treatments right off the bat, even before her and Jon's wedding band had time to settle on the finger? I believe she knew what she was doing the whole time. Some say she is a person with sociopathic tendencies and yes, I see that, but Thank GOD they have a father who cares about them and loves to just walk in the woods with them or wrestle them on the couch! This has always baffled me as well. My doctors have been almost 100% positive since I was about 18 that I will not be able to conceive children on my own. I just went in for my yearly physical and we discussed how I was getting married in October and what the game plan was for fertility issues. They told me to go on pre natal vitamins, try for 8months to a year and then we'll figure out where to go from there. And I'm older than Kate was when she got married. The only time you go into fertility treatments immediately is if you are late 30s and they are worried about time.

alana said...

"She'll continue to do the show as long as her children benefit from it," Tan said, "and as long as it never compromises their happiness."

My initial flip response to this idiot quote would be something like: It's impossible for Hate to gauge how 'happy' her children are as she is NEVER home.
It's possible she has become a "Disneyland Mommy" who, on the rare occasion she returns home to re-pack for the next jaunt, Take arrives bearing gifts from F.A.O. Schwartz. Oh happy day! She can easily LIE to herself about her 'happy' chidren as they rip open their newest bribes. But by the time she reaches the top of the stairs and locks herself away in her DO NOT ENTER bedroom, the thrill of the new toys is gone and her children return to "normal"; pouting and crying.

Whatever happened to "as long as everyone agrees to do the show"? Last season was ugly and unhappy enough for ALL of the children; and then her husband announces his unhappiness and anger to millions of viewers. THAT wasn't enough of a "not agreeing to continue the show"? Oh yes, Yawn's 'happiness' doesn't count, nor the childrens'.
The permanent damage incurred by children of parents who NEVER follow through on anything they promise or commit to is monumental and life-altering. There is no consistency in the Greedlin household, only chaos and drama. Trust and respect for one another are non-existant. IMO, those children have figured out how to stay two moods ahead of their mother and to "take the temperature" of the environment before initiating any interraction with their father. These are skills in the making for a myriad of personality and mood disorders.
So much for my 'flip' response.

My thoughtful response, meaning I've given it some thought, is not necessarily a polite one.
IMO, Take is in critical need of psychiatric help. I believe she's been screwed up her entire life; this is not breaking news. Based on my own experience with assorted schools of psychology (including psychobabble and quackery), all that ails Fake probably began with the fact that her mother was only 17 years old when she gave birth to her; Fake being her second child. Add some more unplanned kids, mix well with a financially strapped home in a trailer park, stir in a preacher-father who may or may not have been believable or even credible as far as his children were concerned, and beat for 24 years on high while alternately adding a bad case of acne, shyness, and buck teeth. Fake is 'done' when toothpick stuck in middle yields a hundred dollar bill on the end of it.
Well, you get where I'm going with this...

Take's reality is the ONLY reality. IMO, she created it long ago in order to deal with what she believed to be an inferior life, a 'self' who she perceived to be 'less' than everyone else. It's really a shame to watch her become more and more exactly what she was afraid of being; making one bad choice after another, until she's completely value-LESS in every sense of the word.

Take will continue to do the scam as long as SHE benefits from it, and as long as it never compromises HER happiness.

"But Michelle Tan, a staff writer at People magazine said, 'Kate does the show for the sake of her children.'"

I SAY BOLOGNA!
Take does everything for HERSELF and no one else; she feels completely justified in doing so.
As long as Take is happy, Take is happy. How sad for her children to have such an angry and fearful mother. How sad for Take, too.

mommyoftwo said...

I really do believe that Jon & Kate both love their children. As a parent, I can't fathom not loving your own children. However, I think that something that started out as a way to guarantee a better future for those children has turned into something VERY unfortunate and quite frankly a huge mess. I have three major points of contention that I just have to rant over.

#1. Kate said in more than one viewer FAQ episode that the show would continue until someone was unhappy with the situation. I find it so irritating that she did not agree to quit taping when Jon clearly expressed that he was very unhappy with the way his life was playing out during the season 4 finale. I can't imagine forcing my husband to continue with something when he was obviously so unhappy, no matter how much I was enjoying it.

#2. Kate has said something to the effect that they continue being in the public eye so she can provide for her family. Talk about losing touch with reality. Please tell me how many families of 10 exist in this country, and then tell me how many of those families are making the amount of money the Gosselin family is making. Personally, I don't think that anything good comes out of giving your children everything they could possibly desire. There is no shame in having your children help pay for the expense of owning a car or attending college. It is honorable to teach your children to be financially independent and the value of working hard for what you have. My point is, a family of 10 can survive quite comfortably on a household income of much less than the Gosselin family's.

#3. This is the biggie. What possesses a wife/mother to talk to a tabloid about her marital problems?!?!?! This just makes me completely sick, and speaks volumes about the type of person Kate is. I just can't get over the fact that she did this! How is that looking out for the best interest of your children? Is this woman unaware of the fact that we are living in the digital age, and anything that is put into print is going to live on FOREVER!!!! Years from now these children and their peers will be able to google their last name and see every private detail of their parents' crumbling marriage. This is beyond disgusting. This interview that she gave to People Magazine has been burning my skin since it came out and I read the scanned copies on GWOP. I can't even find the words to express how deeply disturbing I find the whole thing to be.

As for the new clothes/tan/personal trainers: whatever. Who doesn't like to look nice? I'm sure they can afford it. The car? Who cares. There are plenty of working class families out there who are driving around in $40K cars. Should those families really be spending that much on vehicles? I really DO NOT care about the material things.

I used to really enjoy this show, but as time has gone by, it has really lost its charm and appeal. It's like watching a 30 minute commercial. But, the straw that really broke the camel's back was that darn interview with People Magazine. What a weirdo!!! Why, why, why would you do that to your children or husband?

3TimesTheFun said...

...and speaking of the People article...what was with the dramatic pose of Khate on the floor leaving readers with an impression of a beautiful woman scorned, vulnerable, and broken. If that wasn't the biggest PR stunt to get the masses back on her side I don't know what is.

Amy said...

I liked this show in the beginning because I love seeing kids seeing things, trying things out for the first time. I took Kate as someone who was just blunt and well, with that many kids. . .I could see her point. But as time went on and Jon got hit more often, I started to be bothered by the whole thing. Those kids don't need bibs on to eat, they need to be allowed to get dirty and they need to see that there is love between their parents.

The twins have had enough, you can see it on camera. When Kate heard the bad press about her dislike of the boys, well she turned on the charm but it seemed forced.

I have family members who are not all about showing their love and when they try, you can tell that they are uncomfortable doing it. I don't see this as a bad trait but as something they just don't do. But Kate is on a whole nother level. It amazes me how she can cut family out and explain it away. Doesn't she miss having those ties? My own mother drives me crazy at times but I couldn't imagine cutting her out because we don't see eye to eye.

It is just a shame that the kids will be the ones paying for the choices their parents made. We all have things we need to overcome but I don't see how these children will get over the tyrant behavior their mother has shown to them.

I would hope that all money earned has been earmarked for education, medical care, cost living, etc. but my fear is the money is being spent faster than it is being made.

This is why I really respect the McCaugheys. They come out once a year, gives us an update on the kids and the family as a whole, then go back to their daily lives. No, they don't have matching clothes or trips to Disney planned but there is a lot of love in that family.

karinlynnm said...

This is my first time at blogging. I have been watching this and other blogs on J&k8 for several weeks now. I have pondered the different opinions about this family and of TLC. Today TLC started a marathon of all of the previous episodes. After re-watching a couple of the first shows I have come up with several observations.
1. Kate has always been the way she is now--she admitted to being controlling in almost every show.
She had to have things her way or she had melt downs. She has not changed-she just has gotten worse.
She has never liked people- she tolerates them to achieve her goals. This is evident in the way she treats fans at book signings and at speaking engagements
2. I think TLC started to document this family of twins and sextuplets but it became clear to TLC that the real show was Kate
and her strange behavior. Since Kate sees nothing wrong with her actions, TLC had her permission to tape her BEING KATE. Kate will never admit she is anything but right-ALWAYS. I watched the episode where Jon got fed up with her constant nagging and made the remark about removing the stick. We have all watched her tear Jon down in every show but one of the few times Jon spoke up to her highness-she was offended.She sees nothing wrong with her constant put downs of Jon but is offeneded when Jon speaks back. She just does not get it. For someone who thinks she is so much smarter than everyone else-she is totally clueless. She has given TLC permission to document her outrageous behavior and eventually
this will come around to bite her in the butt. TLC was very smart-they are getting two shows for the price of one-the twins and the tups, and the documentation of a true narsassis in action. TLC never would be able to write the stuff she has come up with. All they had to do was sit back and let KATE BE KATE. All TLC had to do was to continue to feed her ego by letting her think she was in control. TLC could have edited some of the bad behavior but didn't for a reason.They will have taped the rise and the fall of Kate. Unfortunately the ones who will pay for all of this are the innocent ones-the twins and the tups and Kate and Jon let it happen

fedup said...

I live in Atlantic County where this article was published..I used the paper/article for my puppy's crate! TLC/Gosselin Greedy adults needed some poo..on the PR bs they are giving the public!

Peanut and Pea Pod's Mom said...

Forget about the way the parents have been acting. Maybe TLC should stop with all these shows with children. Stop giving parents who are only using their kids as a way to gain fame and fortune an outlet to do it.