The transformation of frumpy Kate to media darling (or limelight hog) was a TV gem to millions of reality viewers. Here was a woman who could balance writing books, interviews, and finding time to reinvent herself... all the while being a caring and giving Mom to a pack of cute, but sometimes hard to distinguish between, children. She wasn't mean, she was firm. She made the reverse mullet hairdo the craze for the woman who could do it all. Except keep her husband.
The tabloids tore Jon apart. Lazy, bored and a roving eye. He was just not that into the concept of the show anymore. He was having an affair. But it was all too much for him, living in the fishbowl called media spotlight.
Now when it comes to the Gosselin Circus... don't cry for me Argentina! These people brought it onto themselves. They became media hogs who happened to have signed on the dotted line. Egos? Maybe! A quick buck? Maybe! Caught up in their own media hype? Definitely.
I was shocked when I saw all the people lining up to meet Kate at a recent home show. TLC and the Jon & Kate + 8 producers did an A+ job in selling this woman as an everyMom. While fans fawned.. I asked... where were the kids on this tour? With Jon? With show wranglers? What is she selling in these books? How to be a good mother while out on a national book tour? Was she just trying to imitate Bonnie Hunt (while Jon was playing the Steve Martin role) from the Cheaper By The Dozen remake? To me there was a certain uncertainty about a woman who could hawk books about the hardship in the day to day rearing of 8 kids all the while not being at home rearing 8 kids.
Is the show over? Not at 5 million viewers a week, it's not over by any means right now says the TLC Channel. When you find a money maker on cable TV, you milk that golden cow until its udders fall off.
I just hope that Kate's next partner will be accepted just as quick and as favorably as Kelly Ripa was when Regis divorced Kathy Lee during the run of their hit show.
As for Jon, if the show survives with him on it, it won't be from his popularity. The show's train wreck success comes from Kate's trademark whining. But dear Jon, look at it this way... Lucy didn't need Desi to appear in any of her post divorce/post I Love Lucy series either.
And yes.. let's say it in unison... At this point... It's time to look out for the kids' welfare! But really.. wasn't any concern for them thrown out the window when they were made pawns by being raised in this media circus? Quiet! It's interview time!
Reality TV gets real with the divorce of Jon and Kate... now can we watch how divorce lawyers make money milking the system? Wait! This series may just be informational (and do some good) after all.
And be sure to check out How I Sawz It!
~ MJ Ferruzza
Submitted by Gosslip Girl
Then there are the children whose friends have already seen the disintegration of their family and now will know and have seen more than most kids should know about their own parents' divorce. TLC IMO should have had the decency to start the hiatus before this episode and instead wanted one more ratings grab. At least TLC is putting the show on hiatus. Story from US Weekly. The LA Times link within that story has info on piecing the episodes together.
I was surprised this morning to see that Kevin and Jodi had spoken out.
What do our readers think? Should Jon and Kate have known better than to feed the ratings? Are they as fascinated by the ratings as TLC? Was TLC ghoulish to actually announce the divorce as part of an episode?
Someone asked why I had mixed feelings. Before the episode aired, there was a chance that they could have made the announcement with some class. As in the last two minutes say we sadly must let you know that we are undergoing difficulties and will be separating. We appreciate your kind thoughts and ask that you respect our and our children's privacy at this time. The standard Hollywood comment. They didn't go that way.
Jon warns us that this is the hardest episode ever. I appreciate his warning and prop toothpicks into my eyelids to keep from dozing off.
There it comes! The big reveal is that Kate's "goal is peace for the kids". OMG! I had no idea! continue
Submitted by guest recapper Marinka. Check out mouthyhousewives.com for more snarky goodness!
We re-visit the story of Jon and Kate Gosselin and their two sets of multiples. How did they end up where they are today? Newly discovered home video footage of Jon and Kate enlightens viewers on the struggles and triumphs of this entertaining family.
First of all, Kate and Jon have nothing to do with TLC's trying to gain ratings.
Thinking that the subjects of the show run it is foolish.
And now, to the three that run this post: Hello Busy Bodies with Nothing Better To Do But Judge: I read your blog. What a piece of crap that is. Not content with your own lives, you decide to meddle in the lives of TV reality characters under the auspices that you are helping the children?
Thank you, Jeff. There is so much here that I'm not sure where to begin. Perhaps asking why he thinks having a blog requires that we also be on Twitter and Facebook? He seems to have missed that we are now on Facebook. Enjoy.
Changes are happening at the Gosselin home. Not only are the kids getting new play houses, but bigger changes are happening in their lives. After much discussion, Jon & Kate are ready to make an announcement about the future.
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Kate was caught by the paps punishing Leah. Several shows have run with it tonight.
We realize that this topic is pushing many people's buttons but we aren't here for a referendum on spanking vs non-spanking. Please keep the comments related to this particular incident or the Gosselins' discipline methods. Thanks!
State Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet said RadarOnline endangered the newborns, Noah and Isaiah Suleman, by failing to get required state permits, videotaping the infants at hours and for periods of time banned by regulations, and for failing to provide a monitor to watch over them during taping sessions.
"These babies were put at risk and exposed to conditions that violated California labor laws," Bradstreet said about the ongoing investigation. "In this case, we are dealing with premature babies."
As featured in Games Gosselins Play
Season 3, Episode 24
We the people of the Gosselin Family
do dedicate ourselves to
telling others about God's love.
1. Love and honor God and others.
2. Be thankful for our blessings.
"The one that I knew had to be on there was we have always said,
although it hasn't been on a mission statement, we will never put
other things before our family. That is very important to us."
- Kate Gosselin, 04/21/2008
"To read that every so often as a family is what we plan
to do just to remind us of what we need to be doing."
- Kate Gosselin, 04/21/2008
Over the past several weeks we have received numerous requests for assistance in contacting Kevin and Jodi Kreider with notes, letters, cards, etc. After obtaining their permission, we are pleased to be able to offer our readers this chance.
Those who would like to send notes of gratitude or words of support and encouragement to the Kreiders may now do so by using the following mailing address:
P.O. Box 16222
St. Louis, MO 63105
All appropriate mail received will be bundled into one package and forwarded directly to Kevin and Jodi. Mail must be postmarked no later than Monday June 15, 2009. Questions regarding this message may be emailed to email@example.com.
Guidelines for getting your comment published:
- You may quote from her blog but please leave others' names out of it.
- Remember that GWoP is also a moderated forum so it's kind of pointless to object to the same thing on Kate's "blog".
- No, we won't publish the link to her "blog". It's easy to find and frankly we don't want to contribute to its hit counter but our comment queue is filling up with comments regarding it and we want to at least establish this as a place for them to go.
- As of now, comments regarding her "blog" that are submitted under any other blog entry will not be published.
- All other publishing guidelines as outlined here apply as well.
This episode of The Kate Gosselin Show opens with Kate sitting on the couch. She tells the camera that “whoever lands in the interview chair” is the person who will provide the commentary. Thanks for that, Kate. We probably couldn’t have figured that out on our own. “It’s called Rolling With Life,” she sighs. That’s funny. Now see, I would have called it Being A Shrew Will Drive Your Husband Into The Arms Of A Twenty-Three Year Old.
It’s a crazy life, but it’s are life.
Submitted by Laura Linger
So, that’s it for the drama? Are things really back to normal? Just. Like. That?
A mere one week removed from a teary-eyed, soul-baring, hour-long confessional, our favorite manufactured family returned to a calmer place, much to the chagrin of everyone who just extended their subscriptions to US Weekly.
Recapped by The Professor. Check out his blog for other funny finds. The Professor
You will need...
One TLC crew to make arrangements
Eight kids to pretend this is real
A husband out of town
Bakery who works for the same network
Diva to passive aggressively complain about freebie
Toss all together and film, edit, and manipulate footage into a trite 30 minutes
This week we see Kate’s birthday, March 28. This was supposedly before they even decided if there was going to be a 5th season. Good thing they went ahead and taped, just in case! This was also a month ahead of the 100 tabloid reports, affair accusations, and Kate’s wounded bird publicity tour to throw Jon under the bus. So... just your typical reality!
continued in comments
"As fellow Christians, we should have reminded the Gosselins that life is a gift to be received in gratitude, not something to be grasped, purchased, or sold. In many ways, the last four seasons of Jon & Kate Plus Eight is the story of a family that seemed to progressively lose sight of this truth. Of course, they had help along the way from TLC, from the show's producers, and not least of all, from their Christian viewers.When the first few episodes revealed the earning potential of this "everyday family," Jon & Kate Plus Eight became a brand name that was packaged and sold. And many Christians were happy to comply by opening up their wallets and their fellowship halls. When the network and the couple were not satisfied with the money generated through high ratings and book sales, the Gosselin home was filled with product placements and the children were filmed for long hours each week. All the while many (though not all) evangelicals watched with undiscerning eyes. Somewhere along the line we, like Jon and Kate, seemed to forget the warnings of 1 Timothy 6:9-10:But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. (NRSV)It was not until the recent allegations of sexual impropriety arose that a significant number of Christians began to question whether Jon and Kate were indeed the examples of faithful living that we had imagined. Somehow most of us missed the long trajectory that was, day by day, moving them farther from a life of Christian virtue. Sexual immorality—whether actual or merely suspected—caught our attention, but the materialism, narcissism, and exploitation of children that preceded it was largely overlooked."