Julie Speaks About the Big Announcement

Her new blog post is here.

130 comments:

Plain Filth said...

The Gosselins are DISGUSTING. I refuse to be part of any of this and will never watch TLC again, not Jon & Kate Plus 8 or any other show that TLC shows. They are just as guilty as the Gosselins.

Shame on all of them. There is a nice little corner of hell waiting reserved just for them.

carefree said...

The only solution is to pull the TLC plug on this show, the whole family to get into good therapy, and see if true "peace" can be found. Anytime a camera is introduced, "reality" goes out the window.

chesterctymom said...

From Julies Blog:
"To answer another question that I have been hearing for a long time, "Why isn't anyone doing anything?"---to help the kids or stop the show. Here's the answer...many people are trying. The problem...MONEY!! It's more powerful than I ever imagined! People don't want to lose their jobs, the state of PA doesn't want to lose the tax revenue, the list goes on and on..."

I continue to wonder if Khate's parents and sister's are benefiting financially (her parents are building a new, big house near their old one). Money can really distort perception...

Heidi said...

Thanks for keeping us up to date Julie.

Vanessa said...

You go Julie!! Please keep defending those kids, and any more that might be on the same path.
Funny, they are going to show some "lost footage" to try and kon us some more. How about not showing the lost footage that was "scripted" and show us the footage that ended up on the cutting room floor?
Unbelievable! You know, slowly they started airing the "ugly" stuff, but I too was convinced something was not on the up'n up.
The infamous "soup" episode, where they're on the couch and talking about the play-doh? That look of total DISGUST she gave Jon when he told her about pretending it was "snoochies". "You're supposed to set an example, not act like a child" That kind of was the turning point for me, she looked like she was ready to be sick to her stomach, she was so disgusted in him. Well, good luck to you both, you deserve whatever comes at ya!

3rd Rock From The Sun said...

Julie is right. Kate is a control freak. Kate wants to control everyone and everything.

This show needs to end. TLC should be ashamed of itself for allowing this fraud to go on for as long as it has.

XYZed said...

Julie, thank you for saying what needed to be said. Please pass along my thanks as well to Jodi and Kevin. "The truth WILL set you free" . . . I only hope it's not too late for those precious children.

Keep fighting the good fight, Julie, Jodi, and Kevin. There are more people who support you than you will ever know . . . and I am one of them.

bedonenow said...

Oh dear. Thank you Julie.

I didn't think things during "gumgate" went much farther than what we saw (I was sadly wrong), however it was so obvious that Mady was fearful for Collin and was willing to try to put herself in the middle to protect the little one. I dont necessarily mean physically (??!??), but Mady's demeanor clearly showed that she was trying to comfort Collin from his mother's frightening wrath and to speak up for him. Kate was trying to hurt Collin (we saw the verbal and emotional lashing) because she was inconvenienced by the gum. Just like she lashed out at Leah with hitting and lifting up her clothes when Kate was inconvenienced by the whistle interrupting a phone call.

Now her diva-world has been inconvenienced. Who is she abusing now? Who is she blaming now? Who is she raging on now?

Whatever is said on the show tonight we can all bet these lines will be included: "I have to make a living to support my kids" and "I will do anything for my kids".

Think About It said...

I seriously doubt any of Kate's family are "benefiting" from the Gosselins' wealth. Oh sure, she probably sends them autograph books but seriously monetary stuff, no way!

MaryG said...

Thank you Julie for the heart felt and factual post. I agree with you 100%. Everything you have ever said is correct and we now all know the truth.
Let's hope the truth will set the 8 Gosselin children free.
I am taking a stand and will no longer be watching this show or support TLC in any way.
Someday Kate's 15 minutes will be over and she will be all alone.
May God bless and protect those children.

Jen K said...

Someone has a copy of this objectional footage other than TLC and the main people at Figure8. I would bet that one of the disgruntled staff who left for moral reasons, has some of this stashed away ready to be revealed in case things get REALLY bad for these kids. I don't know how you could be with those 8 kids that much and not care very deeply for them.

I understand their need to leave, and that legally they are bound not to reveal anything, but if they have footage that backs up the claims that there is some serious mental and perhaps physical abuse in that house, no court in the country is going to enforce that confidentiality agreement as long as the footage is revealed to the proper authorities and not as a moneymaking venture.

Baker said...

I agree totally with Julie and I've said before on this blog - everyone needs to make a pact not to watch and contribute to the ratings they are hoping to get tonight. Watching the self-destruction of this family should not be entertainment.

TUNDRA said...

Personally, I have the upmost respect for Julie who clearly has the children's best interests at heart as does her sister Jodi and her husband (Kate's brother) Kevin.

It's very alarming/disturbing to learn the TLC production crew had "issues" with filming gumgate and that as a result, we (the public and target purchasers of advertised products) could have been shown a highly sanitized, watered down version of what actually happened when the kids got home.

Anyway, big kudos and (((HUGS)))) to Julie for her efforts. One day the Gosselin children will know of the controversy surrounding this show and subsequent frustration at the lack of legal protections for children who participate in "realty" tv.

I just posted this link in a different thread in case anyone missed it:

Must see footage of Kate's greatest meltdowns:

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2009/06/must-see-video-kate-gosselins-greatest-meltdowns

canadianmom said...

You know, I couldn't help thinking over the past couple of days that this whole big announcement is nothing but a smoke screen to draw attention away from Kate spanking Leah. Unfortunately, even here at GWOP is seems to have worked. As I type this there are over 700 comments on "the big announcement" and only 176 on "spankgate". I, for one, refuse to be conned by these two any longer and will not be watching tonight. I will, however, be on GWOP shortly afterwards to find out what happened;)

Potato Chip said...

I'm going to admit it. I was still watching this show. I tried to pull myself away, but I rationalized my viewing and thought "what harm will it really do?"

After seeing the latest promo, and then reading Julie's blog, I feel dirty. I feel sick and ashamed and honestly, I feel like I owe those kids an apology for watching their lives implode on national TV while they were way too young to have any idea of what was realy going on.

I can honestly now say that I am DONE with this show, and ALL THINGS Jon and Kate.

I will not buy the tabloids if they are in them. I will not watch new episodes nor reruns. I will not "hit" a website with a J&K video or story on it.

I am done.

Someday Kate and Jon will reap what they've sewn, but that brings little comfort to me as it will not erase ANY of the damage they have done to their kids.

Niya said...

Plain and simple the ONLY way to get this farce of a show off the air is to affect the advertisers. Once the ad dollars dry up, TLC will move onto someone else to exploit.

Anyone who watches the show, (I refuse to watch) please make note of ALL the advertisers and post them on this blog.

If anyone catches wind of a church or other organization associating themselves with the Gosselin's please post their info.

It may take time but I think eventually they will be forced off the air.

Once they are off the air and the speaking engagements dry up, then the money gravy train stops; then maybe just maybe someone will have the wherewithal to step in for the children.

Shame on anyone who is looking the other way because they are profiting.

Calgary7 said...

Julie, Jodie and Kevin,

Thank you for caring for your nieces and nephews.

Thank you for speaking the truth about their life.

Thank you for providing wise counsel to JK and your willingness to take the rough path to do what is right.

Thank you for being there for this very troubled family.

I too come from a close family who are always willing to offer me the benefit of a shoulder to cry on, unconditional support and their wisdom/knowledge and finally a verbal "whack up the side of the head" when I am being a jerk.

As hard as this is on your extended family, know that your efforts are appreciated and it will bear fruit.

Sue said...

I don't see how anyone could watch this program tonight with a clear conscience after reading what Julie has had to say in this blog.

Diane said...

Whatever is said on the show tonight we can all bet these lines will be included: "I have to make a living to support my kids" and "I will do anything for my kids".

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Yes, but what Kate really should be saying is "I will do anything TO my kids." She acts like she does all of this for the kids, but in reality she is doing all of this TO her children FOR herself. It's quite sad.

A Mother's Walk said...

THE LYING CHANNEL IS BLOCKED ON MY TV. join the movement in your home. It is nothing more than a PR ploy.

eatfoodnot2muchmostlyplants said...

i seriously hope tlc or someone has 'never before seen' footage of what a beast kate is. she deserves to be the most hated woman in america.

Momof2 said...

Yes, the announcement is to deflect the attention off Kate for the abuse she inflicted upon Leah....just like when she threw Jon under the bus in People to deflect the attention of her own affair with Steve. Kate is a master in passing the buck and covering up her sins.....don't let them get away with it.

These kids are being abused for the sake of their parent's greed...and if TLC knows more they are morally and ethically responsible for these children. These kids are being treated like zoo performers.

Don't let them make any more money off this charade...don't watch! Boycott TLC...email them, write them...write the state of Pennsylvania.

Oh yes, now I completely understand why Kate would need a bodyguard.....something TLC knew about all along. SICK and DISGUSTING.

LetTheTruthBeTold said...

I can honestly say that I am intrigued by this "Big Announcement", but I will NOT watch tonight. I want this family to just go away and those children to get any help that is necessary for them to live full, happy and productive lives.
Please join me in NOT watching !

Jacsamic said...

Julie, Jodie, Kevin-

Thank You.

When the children become adults there is at least one place where they will find somone in their family had the courage to speak up for them- to try to expose the henious child exploitation that simply being born created.

Please, do not give up.

Jennifer said...

Like many other people, I'd love to see this show discontinued, and I hope that's what the "Big Announcement" is about. Something that really worries me, however, is how Kate will treat those kids after the show ends and the flood of money is reduced to a trickle? She treats them horribly enough how she treats them now; if there are fewer people around to see, how much worse will it get? I hope the kids get good nannies who care about them and can protect them from her.

Ashley2424 said...

Wow. After "gumgate" things got so bad the crew just LEFT!? If they didn't want to be there then you can just imagine what was going on. I'm sure the red spoon came out that night.

The crew there was the only thing keeping those kids somewhat safe! If they felt it was so bad they needed to leave the house then maybe a call to CPS should have taken place.

Not Watching said...

We certainly have just seen a tiny bit, IMHO, of Kate's rampages, as she puts it, but I'll bet those kids have seen plenty. They are her whipping boys (hate that phrase, but it fits here) and we've seen her charging around the place fit to be tied about a speck of gum. What happens off camera to make those kids flinch and make themselves vomit, to rock back and forth, to run to the corners when they are ordered to do so? I have no words to express how disgusted I am with Kate, with Jon and with TLC. Victim, Kate? There isn't a person in this world (including BM) who will ever buy her as a victim of anything.

History is being made here. Adults watching the exploitation and abuse of children for their entertainment. Is nobody in a position to stand up?? I wish I could think of anything I could do other than writing sponsors and boycotting TLC. This is a very sad commentary on our generation of parents and our generation of TV viewers.

What in the world are people thinking in letting their children watch this crap? Are they being taught that Collin calls Kate "a boy" when he's mad at her because he knows already that boys are gross and icky and second-class? Are the girls learning how to talk to any future spouse and children, how to treat relatives and those who help you?

No peace will be found EVER for the Gosselin children unless and until they are freed from TV coverage and freed from the monster they unfortunately have for a mother.

Momof2 said...

......I wonder if that new Toyota Land Cruiser she picked up is armored.....

abbie said...

I hope when Jon & Kate get to Hell, they are seated RIGHT NEXT TO my ex-husband, who will surely be there too.What a real piece of work these 2 are....
Hey Kate111 Good luck finding a man who wants a stretched out but re-built woman w/ 8 kids, and Jon, good luck w/ that child support there, buddy.
Karma is SUCH a bitch!!!

curly said...

Ya know what is awful? Right now, these kids are kids. They are cute, manageable and 'tolerable'. However, the more time they spend around Kate, the more they are going to develope coping strategies that are not going to be so 'cute and tolerable'. It is hard to explain what I'm trying to say....I guess I'm trying to say that, as we see them now, they are innocent bystanders in this circus. But, someday, they are going to be adults making decisions for their own kids and being responsible for their own behavior. How many of them will be 'Kates'? How many of them will be 'Jons'? How many of them will turn against themselves in order to cope? I just get sad when I think that the odds are stacked against them right now. We can boycott all we want but the truth is, Jon and Kate are their parents and they are horrible role models (in Kate's case - totally toxic to be around). Kate is a horrendous person. She picks and picks and picks and controls.....those kids are not gonna have any boundaries. They are going to be anxious to do anything because they know criticism from Kate will be the result. They will probably either tune out like Jon or become an anxious ball of mess to deal with it.

It is all just so sad and there really is very, very little that can be done. There are not grounds to take the kids away so then what? They are being raised between Jon and Kate.

Techymum said...

Dear Julie,
Thank you for getting the word out that the inside family is indeed fighting for the kids.
I do believe their childhood has been stolen, but thankfully I also believe children are resilient.
One day they can look back and know you were all fighting for them, and they will gain comfort and strength from that.
My mantra - end the show. Bring out a National Gosselin law protecting children who act in reality based shows.

RememberMe said...

Are they being taught that Collin calls Kate "a boy" when he's mad at her because he knows already that boys are gross and icky and second-class?

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You won't catch me defending Kate at all, but my 4 year old thinks that calling a girl "a boy" or a boy "a girl" is one of the worst put downs. And, I don't think he's icky at all. But, I do think Kate's attitude towards the boys is icky to say the least.

Mary said...

makes you wonder what the Nanny sees and hears

wendyzr said...

I wonder if the crew had more on the cutting room floor from that episode where Kate was SCREAMING at the boys for taking a knob off a dresser??? A knob deserves that? The look on their faces. Oh there is so much more I bet.

Beana said...

PULL THE PLUG TLC - this is just downright sickening!

A Mother's Walk said...

MOMOF2 said:

Don't let them make any more money off this charade...don't watch! Boycott TLC...email them, write them...write the state of Pennsylvania.

Already...not that TLC has responded but I made my claim on a small letter to the producers. It is a shame that so many american's are still watching this crap. Those poor children. They will one day look back and hold anger and resentment to their parents, when in all honesty it could have all been avoided by the pulling of a plug.

My heart goes out to all 8 of those kids. Every time I see that wench on a cover of a tabloid, or a show airing on E or the TV guide channel I get sick. More money being made at those babies expense. Makes me want to hurl up my chicken salad sammich.

AeroSpice said...

First and foremost, Thank you Julie, Jodi, Kevin, and anyone else who is doing what they can to try and stop this sham of a show.

Jon and Kate "say" they WILL DO ANYTHING for their children...EXCEPT of course, WORK A REAL job, EARN an HONEST LIVING, and STOPPPPP EXPECTING SOCIETY TO PAY for their children.

The twins weren't enough for Kate, and I'm thinking the month of "mourning and praying" were nothing more than her badgering and bitching at Jon until he caved.

I can't stop thinking about the plaque on their old dining room table that says "PLAN AHEAd"

NO ONE can convince me that they didn't have this all planned out from the very beginning. Kate grew up in church..she witnessed the willingness and compassion of church goers and wouldn't surprise me a bit if each time a love offering was taken up at her church she wasn't wishing it was for her and scheming on how to get ahold of some of that money for herself. Her greed and deception never cease to blow me away. I, like a lot of you, held out hope on Jon to step up and yes I agree he's the lesser of two evils, however, he too will do anything EXCEPT earn a decent living. Ughhh the gall of these two people!

abbie said...

and one more thing...mabe I am dumb about such things, but what kind of credit do the Gosslins have to be able to afford that mansion? Or did TLC buy it outright for them in exchange for "whatever".?????
If TLC bought this house, if they stop the show will TLC throw K8 and the kids out?
Neither one of them are working, is what I am saying...who is making the huge house payments every month? Jon, who hasn't worked since he got fired from his last job (and why did he get fired anyway?)
Jon looking for an apartment says (to me) he never plans to have all of his kids for a visit @ his place.
I have been watching this show for awhile, and here is the part that turned me away- those playhouses that cost $2000.00 or more (I looked on the Crooked Houses website). FGS, John couldn't have banged ONE playhouse together w/ his kids, out of wood from Home Depot, not from a high-end playhouse company? And MORE THAN ONE playhouse? I can only imagine "Kara and I have playhouses and NOBODY ELSE IS ALLOWED IN MINE". Fights and arguments ensue. Her kids are going to be spoiled brats and grow up thinking that they are entitled to anything they want.

Anonymous said...

I remembered the first reality television from the 1970's "An American Family" which chronicled the Loud family and its eventual breakdown. Lance Loud said it best: " television ate my family"

Just Wondering said...

If no one is watching, who will write the recap so we can pick the show apart?

Sue said...

I look forward to the day when the thought of watching children on reality shows will be viewed with the same distatse as we now think of how the Dionne quintuples were put on display three times daily for the public to gawk at.

Sharla said...

I believe we have a new recapper this week so it should be interesting.

whatamess said...

To Julie, Jodi & Kevin,

Thank you for speaking out on behalf of the children...youa re all they have and they will thank you one daye.

I will not watch this exploitationa nd am so sorry I ever did.

just wondering said...

This family, this show, is going to be discussed in psychology classes all around the country for years and years to come.

It will become a sad footnote in the television industry forever, because I don't think for a minute that the children will survive intact.

WorkerBee said...

WTG Julie! Everything she said we've been speculating on for a long time.

I emailed TLC/Discovery (again)! I'm sure I'll get the standard reply. *rolleyes*

Here is my email:

Due to the Discovery Channel/TLC's continued explotation of the Gosselin Children and your attempts to do or say anything to hike ratings, I will no longer watch ANY of your programs on ANY of your many channels. I will be deleting them from my lineup. I understand now that after THOUSANDS of complains about this show, your motto is the show must go on at all costs. That your channel puts money ahead of 8 little lives that did not ask to be in this circus you've help create. I haven't watched this show since sometime last year but it's hard to miss what is going on when it's in every aspect of the media. I know you could care less about this complaint but I would hope that one day SOON you find the good sense to turn those cameras off. I guess that day will come when enough people quit watching and the $$ fade from you and mom & dad Gosselin's eyes. And trust me, that day is coming. Ugh, your channel disgusts me.

abbie said...

If you REALLY don't want to watch it, at 11pm on Headline News CNN channel they will be running a story about it, post "announcement".

Or you can YouTube it...

TandLMommy28 said...

bedonenow said...

Whatever is said on the show tonight we can all bet these lines will be included: "I have to make a living to support my kids" and "I will do anything for my kids".


I am so tired of her saying this! I'm sorry but the kids are going to be in school full time next year, yes? In most states kindergarten is all day, correct? She has a degree in nursing so she can march her sorry little butt back to the hospital and beg for a job again. You know, actually WORK for her money. If she is truly willing to do ANYTHING for the kids, then she can get a freaking job.

Reminds me of that old song... "I would do anything for love, but I won't do THAT."

JustMe said...

WHY did the TLC crew pack up and leave when things got out of hand during Gumgate? What in the world were they thinking??!! They had the luxury of walking away from it, but the kids were left to deal with whatever was going on? In what universe does that make sense?

Couldn't someone---AT LEAST---have said soemthing like, "Uh, Kate, we're filming here. You probably want to tone it down for the camera." Better yet, follow your conscience and really speak up for those kids. No job is worth selling your soul for.

When good, decent people stand by and do nothing they are just as guilty as those who are doing wrong.

It all comes down to $$$, doesn't it?

Heidi said...

From JustWondering
This family, this show, is going to be discussed in psychology classes all around the country for years and years to come.

It will become a sad footnote in the television industry forever, because I don't think for a minute that the children will survive intact.

It is so sad but probably very true.

Teddielee said...

Please correct me if I am wrong, but, isn't PA. a "Mandatory Repoting" state? Meaning that if you are hired to work with children i.e.:
"not a nanny"
"not a babysitter"
"not a film crew"
that you MUST report ANY and all signs of abuse to the proper authorities or you too can be in serious trouble.

HappyMommyandWife said...

Bakers s aid"everyone needs to make a pact not to watch and contribute to the ratings they are hoping to get tonight. Watching the self-destruction of this family should not be entertainment."

I AGREE 100%!!!!! I'm in on the pact! haven't watched since last season and I won't watch tonight. I can get a an awesome recap here instead.

HanoverTomato said...

I hadn't been to Julie's blog in ages, and skimmed some of the older stuff again.

Awhile back, Julie posted a letter that the surviving Dionne Quints sent to the McCaughey's after the birth of their 'tups. It really struck home for me today (bolding is mine).

______________________

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

As published in Time Magazine, December 1, 1997.

________________

Just thought it was worth dredging up in case others hadn't read it. What wise words from ladies who have already been down this road.

TandLMommy28 said...

Wouldn't it be great if the ratings dropped to from millions down to just THREE lonely viewers? Baby Mama, "Jeff", and our awesome recapper!

I can dream, right? :)

And I will NOT be watching.

HappyMommyandWife said...

Thank you to Julie for blogging the truth...

Thank you to Jodi & Kevin for speaking the truth...

Thank you to GWOP for allowing the truth and speculation to be discussed and providing recaps so I don't have to watch the show and contribute one eensy-weensy rating to TLC

Canadian Mom said...

Potato Chip said...

Someday Kate and Jon will reap what they've sewn, but that brings little comfort to me as it will not erase ANY of the damage they have done to their kids.
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Oh Mr. Potato Chip, I think they are starting to reap that now. Altho after watching Jon gleefully sign autographs and flippantly talk about his 'bad habit' (smoking), I feel sickened by him. Pathetic. Just pathetic.

If I had the $$, time, and an updated passport, I would SO protest outside their gate...guessing I wouldn't be alone???

pinkdiamond611 said...

The kids are NOT going to be in school full time next year. On the American Chopper epi, khate mentioned to Paul Sr., that next year the tups will be in Jr. Kinder. 3 days a week from 7 am to 3 and she can't wait. Of course one needs to leave two days open for filming, if the class is appropriate or not. This was on the American Chopper one not on J&K.

SKB516 said...

Wow. So sad. I can't believe the crew would just pack up and leave those children to face Kate's wrath. Did we ever determine exactly when the 'old crew' (Jen, Scott, etc) left? Was it around this time? I'm wondering what was the final straw that broke the camel's back. Either way, it's sad that they just went on their merry way without speaking up for the kids. I agree that confidentiality contracts wouldn't hold water if they had real evidence that the children were being mistreated and took that info to the proper authorities.

HanoverTomato said...

Teddilee asked about mandated reporters in PA and I found this:

"A mandated reporter is a person who has a legal duty to report child abuse. Under Pennsylvania Law, mandated reporters are defined as people who in the course of their work have contact with children and who have reasonable cause to suspect that a child under the care, supervision, guidance, or training of that person, or an agency, institution, organization or other entity with which that person is affiliated, is abused. This list includes, but is not limited to:

* Licensed physicians, osteopaths, medical examiners, coroners, funeral directors, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, podiatrists, interns, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, or hospital personnel engaged in the admission, examination, care, or treatment of persons
* Christian Science practitioners or members of the clergy
* School administrators, school teachers, school nurses, social services workers, daycare center workers, or any other child care or foster care workers
* Mental health professionals
* Peace officers or law enforcement officials (23 Pa.C.S. § 6311)

If you are not a mandated reporter, you are still encouraged to make a report if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected. "

From: http://www.advokid.org/mandated.asp

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Don't think it would apply to the crew, but nannies? Definitely.

Kallie said...

TandLMommy28 said...

....I'm sorry but the kids are going to be in school full time next year, yes? In most states kindergarten is all day, correct?


No. The sextuplets are going to junior kindergarten, as Kate said in a recent episode. So they'll be going three days a week, not five. I think they may go for the whole day, though. I still don't quite understand the concept of junior kindergarten, or if it leads them to first grade next year. At this point, it's probably good they don't. Those kids need some hardcore speech therapy, and it's not unexpected. Multiples are at higher risk for speech and language problems, and it's quite clear the tups have some.

And I don't believe kindergarten is all day in most states. I think it's still half day, but with the option of full day. I heard that about half of kids in kindergarten go full day, and half go half day.

Also, HanoverTomato, I think that letter the Dionne Quints sent the McCaughey's needs to be forwarded to the Gosselins. If you've read about the Dionne Quints, it's a different situation, but not by much. I'd say the biggest difference is we don't have to leave our home to gawk at the Gosselins.

Lauralee said...

yikes ...

Thanks for the post, Julie. What a trainwreck this whole thing is.

PatS said...

Since I don't know how investigations work maybe Julie or someone else can help me understand something.

The part about people not wanting to lose their jobs - I certainly understand that but couldn't the investigators force them to tell what they observed? If they were forced to tell because of an investigation then wouldn't that put them in a position where their superiors would not be able to fire them legally?

Also, regarding the state of PA not wanting to lose revenue. I'm confused as to what revenue the STATE OF PA itself is losing.

This whole thing is disgusting and sad.

Isn't there someone we can write to just to keep encouraging these investigations to continue?

ICExploitation said...

WHY did the TLC crew pack up and leave when things got out of hand during Gumgate?

A friend of mine worked as a researcher for the Dr. Phil show. When I implored her to do her homework and not do a fluff piece on Kate, she told me that Dr. Phil - decides which way his story will slant. That she didn't work on Kate's story, but she was very reluctant to make waves or bring the great doctor information that didn't fit his slant. Bottomline, she said she knew which side of her bread was buttered and who butters the bread so that's why she didn't go into detail about how information is gathered and what is used. - She ended up getting shitcanned anyway.

Julie is getting flamed again about the tax revenues - but the one PA blogger who talked to the cops said the same thing. The State of PA has a lot to lose if the the Gosselin house crumbles.

Johanna said...

Thank you Julie for speaking out on behalf of the kids. I only wish more people who are in the know would find the courage. Jon and Kate are sick, sick people. I am tired of them crying that they have 'changed' and became different people. Maybe they should have figured out who they were before undergoing two rounds of fertility treatments resulting in eight innocent children. Life lesson folks: figure out who you are and what you really want out of life before having kids. Obviously, Jon wants to party before parenting and Kate is a greedy, self absorbed witch who prefers the spa to her children. I don't think either of them want to be a parent at this point, they are just using their children to support their lifestyle. The truth will continue to come out.

PaLisa said...

I knew it! I can say I am not surprised one bit. I knew the renewal vows were fake. And I also know that money is keeping people quiet. Nobody including the people that work for TLC, the state of PA, and more importantly the parents care 1 bit about those poor kids. I hope they all rot in hell for what they have done to innocent children. State of PA I am truly ashamed of you. Can you hear me gov Rendell?

AnotherLisa said...

Right on Julie!

The Gosselins should have terminated production of the show when they decided to separate.

They are misleading the public and torturing the kids. What greed. What cruelty.

Kate orchestrated this train wreck.

Heidi said...

I think the revenue would be from what TLC pays in taxes to film there plus all the money they make from people coming to the area to gawk. The Paps have to sleep someplace.

But that is just a guess on my part.

PaLisa said...

Mary said...

makes you wonder what the Nanny sees and hears
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Makes me wonder why she stays and keeps quiet. she isn't any better than the parents in my book. Don't worry tho there is plenty of room in hell for all of you enablers

PaLisa said...

wendyzr said...

I wonder if the crew had more on the cutting room floor from that episode where Kate was SCREAMING at the boys for taking a knob off a dresser??? A knob deserves that? The look on their faces. Oh there is so much more I bet.
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Since you brought that episode up wendy did anybody notice when she was screaming I think it was while throwing the toy down the stairs, she swore but they left it out. you can see her mouth the word. Yep she is a christian. NOT

natalie5378 said...

Per People and TMZ, they just filed for divorce in Berks County.

http://www.tmz.com/2009/06/22/gosselins-file-for-divorce/

I am sad for the children. Neither of them are very loving to those poor kids, IMO.

Tiffany said...

Jon is now officially a major league douchebag! He is now on TMZ famewhoring himself out in front of the family's house. This is so ick that I don't really know what to say. We'll have to watch the show, is that what the TLC minders have taught you in their media savvy course? Guess what, TLC might have told you to stick to that line, but now you just both look like a couple of backwoods hicks pining for the fame that is slipping from your greasy fingers.
Laughing that the kids don't see you smoke. Someday they are going to grow up and see that you hid some real whoppers from them-do you lie to your kids every day too, or just the public?
I am so sick of the twisted mess that is the Gosselin 2. Really, really disgusting. You can have it, living your life out on TMZ, all the money, oh yeah and being total nothings. Have the two of you done anything or said anything ever of value to humankind besides medically breeding the 8 best things to happen to you sorry people. I am just so mad after seeing that. I can't tell if it is time to get off this crazy train or stand back and watch the carnage. Too bad it will those great kids to pay the price of your greed and selfishness has done. At this point it's way off the mark of financial security, you surpassed that long ago. It's now obviously all about things, riches, fame, rage, lust, envy. Did I hit on all the wonderful traits we've seen from you two? Nice job on hitting all those deadly sins, way to spread the wealth.
I do hope you get every single thing you have earned and "deserved" as you like to say it.
Like I said, I really like the idea of the KON and DEADLIEST CATCH doing a crossover show. I'd pay money to see those two bitches out there with all those icky men in the awful cold. Maybe they could arrange for a rogue wave for the two of you.

PaLisa said...

TandLMommy28 said...

Wouldn't it be great if the ratings dropped to from millions down to just THREE lonely viewers? Baby Mama, "Jeff", and our awesome recapper!
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Oh dear baby mama is going to end up needing therapy after this

Reading news said...

Mary said...
makes you wonder what the Nanny sees and hears
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Remember at Penn State Jon said she was from some Asian country. She probably doesn't speak English.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

wow, there are several who know them personally that are now speaking out. I just found out that the old house they moved from was in a unique neighborhood that was with friendly Christians who were very bonded. Why did Kate not bond with such a group? I never recall her having any contact with her neighbors:

http://learningmylines.blogspot.com/2009/06/jon-kate-too-late.html

Bingy's blog said...

They just filed for divorce less than an hour ago!

SKD said...

Jon and Kate Gosselin just filed papers for divorce, this according to People.com.

According to the report, the papers were filed moments ago at the Bucks County Courtroom in Pennsylvania.

The two have been married for ten years. They have 8 kids together -- hence the title of that show.

There are reports claiming Jon is planning on moving to New York to live. Sources say he is considerig moving into Trump Place.

http://www.tmz.com/2009/06/22/gosselins-file-for-divorce/

Kay said...

People reports divorce papers were filed today..guess TLC's big announcement was blown before the show aired..shame on you KON you disgusting grifters

OriginalThoughtz said...

CNN headline news just said that there were papers filed at the Bucks CO. courthouse this afternoon....

Hope that takes away from those wanting to watch tonight...we dont want their ratings to be high and give TLC and Kate the satisfaction
of thinking we care for anything more than the well being of the kids.

Jacelynn said...

Thats the thing though, the ratings are high, and Im sure they will be tonight. TLC doesn't care why we are watching, just that we are.

MM2005 said...

I don't watch and I won't watch.

My household is not a Nielsen family. We do not have Tivo and our DVR died 8 months ago. I don't believe our cable company currently keeps track of viewership for particular programs. This has nothing to do with my decision.

Call it symbolic, but I refuse to watch the children being forced to perform. They deserve privacy, dignity and respect, and unfortunately their parents have sold those basic human rights to TLC in exchange for a lavish lifestyle.

The show isn't decent, TLC isn't decent and the parents, well, they are beneath contempt.

I won't watch. I can't watch. The people who could take meaningful action, aren't, so although it isn't much, I will continue to write to any and all concerned parties and politely ask them to reconsider their associations with both TLC and the Gosselins.

How profoundly sad that those children need protection from their own parents.

Pattypanda said...

Niya - I like your idea. I had no plans to watch, but if I do, I will, with a pen and pad in hand, to record every promo, sponsor, endorsement, and freebee I can see.

John grocery shopping w/ the body guard today, after 4 days doesn't
"know" where Kate is. Maybe she's checked into a mental institition - one can hope. How about charges against her for abandonment - if he really has no idea where she is. She's never far from the pink phone. Only Kate goes away for days and doesn't check in with her kids.

Thosepoorkids said...

After hearing about how mean Kate is when the cameras aren't rolling (no surprise here) it explains why you see the kids zoning out so much. It's a coping mechanism. There have been so many times when she was horrible that were shown on camera. Like when she continued to leisurely shop for beds when poor Collin was constipated. One can only imagine what she does in private.
As far as the cameramen filming, as explained in wildlife documentaries they don't interfere with what goes on, like saving the baby calf from the alligator or saving the starving hurt animal. They just film it. You would think it would be harder to stomach the mistreatment of the kids.
This show needs to end.

Jacelynn said...

After all that has happened how come Kate is still the "bad" one? Jon doesn't seem to care about being around his children so why isn't he under the same scrutiny?

Jana said...

It made me feel queasy to read in Julie's latest blog that the "gumgate" episode was actually much worse than we were shown, so bad that the camera crew finally shut down and simply left. What happened to poor little Collin after they camera crew skedaddled, leaving those helpless kids and their raging mother behind?

The more that comes out, the clearer it becomes that Kate is, to put it politely, "not all there" in the head. I'm no psychiatric expert, but flying into uncontrollable rages over minor things -- that's what I'd consider psychotic behavior. I recently dealt on the telephone with a man who, by the end of the call, I felt was unbalanced. Here's the gist of the call:

Me: Good afternoon, _____ offices

Him: Did (name of my boss) call my office this morning?

Me: Who is this please?

Him: Just answer the question, did he call my office at _____ a.m.?!

M: Is this Mr. _______?

Him: What is your name? (said very belligerently)

I told him my name, he demanded once again to know if my boss had called his office at a particular time that morning. I said I didn't know, but would be glad to take a message. He then yelled at me for even bothering to ask his name (although that's what I'm supposed to do when I answer the phones and take messages).

He completely flipped out, and it was over nothing. But in his mind, I was questioning him in some way, by merely asking questions that would help me clarify what he wanted to know.

To me, that's what Kate is like. She's unbalanced, easily set off, flies into rages so often she even jokes about "going on a rampage."

Do you think that Mr. Gray is hired by TLC to provide a distraction for Kate? When she starts to lose control, he is right there, redirecting her attention, even flirting with her, all in the name of minimizing any possible damage or public fallout?

Because I don't see him as the type of guy who would let a woman control him. Any possible romance between them seemed so unlikely; yet I couldn't understand why he was her shadow, going with her to book signings, keeping people at bay, always at her elbow. But in the context of someone being paid to ensure that Kate didn't go into a rampage against one of her own fans, or another member of the public, create a public scene that couldn't be easily explained away -- then Mr. Gray's presence makes more sense to me.

Of course, TLC can't say as much to Kate, so instead they find a real life bodyguard whose firm is happy to take the $1,600 per day fee, just to babysit a crazy woman. It's relatively easy money, and all Mr. Gray must do is endure Kate's endless talk about herself, her numerous calls, pages and texts, and of course, the ongoing ridicule he's been getting around here (and possibly other places). Oh yeah, he's got to explain to his wife that she has nothing to worry about too.

But at $32K per month (roughly 20 days work), I think the wife just might be a little understanding.

When we started questioning why Kate was the only one with a bodyguard, TLC had to spring for a 2nd one to stay with the kids when Kate was away.

Just me speculating, but I would not be at all surprised to learn that Mr. Gray wasn't some sort of on-site damage control.

Shana said...

Reading news said...
Mary said...
makes you wonder what the Nanny sees and hears
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Remember at Penn State Jon said she was from some Asian country. She probably doesn't speak English.
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If the nanny is from a foreign country, Jon and Kate have probably threatened her with deportation if she squeals. It's hard for authorities to follow up if the complainant is out of the country.

If they are really vindictive they probably have control over her passport too. I wonder if she has a valid visa? There are so many scenarios that could keep the nanny silent.

Jana said...

Jacelynn said...

After all that has happened how come Kate is still the "bad" one? Jon doesn't seem to care about being around his children so why isn't he under the same scrutiny?
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Because while Jon is weak, passive and unwilling to stand up and do the right thing for his kids, he does have a heart (a weak, passive one, but a working heart nonetheless), and he loves and is affectionate to his children.

Kate, on the other hand, doesn't have a good bone in her body. Whatever gene or DNA strand or mental wiring that most humans have that provide the human emotion of love -- that's missing in Kate's brain. She is incapable of love. Furthermore, her brain's got some crossed wiring that cause her to go into scary rampages at the drop of a hat. In short, she's wacko, to use my non-scientific term.

Of the two, Kate is the truly horrible one, because she doesn't love her kids, nor like them. She created them solely to bring her material things. She is a low as a human mother can be. In fact, I don't want to call her a mother -- she birthed those children, but she has never mothered them. That's why she gets the brunt of my antipathy and disgust.

Money Is The Root Of Evil said...

OMG, it's so much worse; how can it get any worse...the poor children have known nothing but negativity for so long.

This couple does not know how to save themselves or their family. The only thing that will save the children is for the show to be cancelled. If the ratings plummet, the show would go off the air. How do we affect the ratings? That's the key. What do we do? Keep talking, keep talking, and maybe the Nielsen families will hear us and not watch? Do we continue to write and boycott all sponsors and advertisers? Do we continue to hound TLC/Discovery/Figure 8, etc.?

I don't think we can wait for Jon and Kate to sink themselves. We have to work harder to put more holes in their boat.

The thing is, even if their show is cancelled and they become nobodies again, there is still the issue of unfit parenting and, unfortunately, there are many of those kinds of parents out there. They feed, clothe, take care of their kids with the day-to-day stuff, but they emotionally abuse their children because of their own twisted issues.

We can try to get the show off the air but we will never be able to take off the pressure of bad parenting. Hopefully, the Gosselin children will have enough intelligence and knowledge to seek out the right kind of people to surround themselves as they age, including a good therapist, so that they can reconcile their lost youths and not let the damage totally ruin their adulthood. They deserve to be free of their childhood bonds. At least between the eight of them, they can commiserate over the years and take some comfort in each other having endured the same stormy circumstances under Kate's dictatorship.

Vicki said...

TUNDRA said...
Personally, I have the upmost respect for Julie who clearly has the children's best interests at heart as does her sister Jodi and her husband (Kate's brother) Kevin.
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I'm with you, Tundra. I have so much respect for these three people I will never meet...Julie, Jodie and Kevin. No one can fake that much sincere emotion on video and in print over a situation they are so concerned about but of which they have little to no control. I can't imagine the helplessness they must feel as they continue to worry about the Gosselin eight. The very fact that Jodie and Kevin didn't shop themselves around and were very selective who they spoke to, for the widest audience, when they decided they finally had to speak out...and then they disappeared...spoke HUGE volumes to me about their credibility. Julie also waits to blog when the truth needs to come from an authentic source. I find it very grounding and it has stunning impact.

Thank you, Julie. Our hearts go out to you and the others on the sidelines. You guys didn't need this. You have your own families and your own lives. I'm sorry you're having to go through so much angst, worry, confusion, frustration and pain over the trainwreck which is Jon and Kate Gosselin.

Thoughts2Ponder said...

Reading news said...
Mary said...
makes you wonder what the Nanny sees and hears
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Remember at Penn State Jon said she was from some Asian country. She probably doesn't speak English.
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If the nanny is from a foreign country, Jon and Kate have probably threatened her with deportation if she squeals. It's hard for authorities to follow up if the complainant is out of the country.

If they are really vindictive they probably have control over her passport too. I wonder if she has a valid visa? There are so many scenarios that could keep the nanny silent.

6/22/2009 3:21 PM



I think you are reaching a bit witht them controlling her VISA. I think its probably more a case of TLC or Kate having them sign a confidentitality contract to prevent them from speaking out.

Isn't Kate Being Investigated? said...

Mary said...
makes you wonder what the Nanny sees and hears
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yes, but you have to assume they probably make all these hired people sign a confidentiality clause; they can't speak....

History Repeats Itself said...

Anonymous said...
I remembered the first reality television from the 1970's "An American Family" which chronicled the Loud family and its eventual breakdown. Lance Loud said it best: " television ate my family
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I barely remember this but I remember it was huge, and awful. It didn't do anything for anybody but make an audience squirm and a family fall apart.

Money-Grubbing Monsters said...

just wondering said...
This family, this show, is going to be discussed in psychology classes all around the country for years and years to come.

It will become a sad footnote in the television industry forever, because I don't think for a minute that the children will survive intact.
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I believe you. Your posts are always written intelligently and factually. Another poster with credentials on GWoP said, in addition, that there's no hope that the parents can work on themselves in therapy; they're too far gone.

I fault TLC. They're exploiting the entire family at this point. No one at that network or group of companies has a conscience.

Mona said...

http://mheckman.berksblognet.com/2009/06/10/gosselins-congesting-422/

That PA might have a stake in J&K+8 continuing and that this might influence the investigations we've begun to hear about lately never occured to me until I read this guy's blog.

Shelly'sFedUp said...

I would be a lousy recapper. It would go something like this...

Kate was sprawled on the couch dirty feet up saying blah blah blah
I really couldn't tell you what she said because I mute her.

Meanwhile back at the McMansion...

cdnmom47 said...

It's frustrating as a lay-person, watching this unfold in public...watching the charade they are trying to portray. The lies they continue to tell, expecting us to just accept their 'reality show' as truth. Mind you, there are a few (and it's becoming fewer and fewer) people who are falling for your crap, but the numbers are dwindling...

Well, Jon and Kate, there are many of us out here who DON'T believe your garbage and never did. To anyone who IS a good parent, it's as clear as glass that you two AREN'T. There are some things you just can't fake.

A good parent doesn't go around saying how great they are....a happily married couple doesn't have to go around 'talking' about what a wonderful marriage they have...they just live it. I never in my life have heard a parent tell their child that 'we're saying our vows again to show you that we'll be together forever'...until you came along. It was obvious that you were good at the 'talk' part, but not good at 'walking the walk'.

We know you're trying to come across as a victim in all this, but we're not going to fall for that. I'm tired of your garbage...tired of even hearing your names mentioned on t.v. Your 15 minutes of fame are done...it's time for you to go.

As I said...it's just frustrating for us who are on the outside looking in...I can't imagine how frustrating this is for Jodie, Kevin, Julie...those who are closer to the situation. It seems they are just as helpless as we are to do anything about this mess...how sad for the kids...MONEY has and is preventing them from having a good life...a healthy life. (though it sounds like Kate was a horrible mother and human being all along...even before money came into the picture).

avidreader said...

For those asking about junior kindergarten, it's generally used for those kids who aren't mature enough to go into a regular kindergarten class or for those who are slightly behind and need to do a little catching up. After junior kindergarten, kids then go into a regular kindergarten class the following school year.

The kids probably should have gone into junior kindergarten at the age of 4 and then went to regular kinder this upcoming school year.

Also, here in CA, it's up to the school district whether or not they want all day kinder. They don't have half or full day option, but one or the other.

Cherier1 said...

Thank you Julie and others such as Kevin and Jodi who stand for these kids no matter what is thrown their way for doing so.

Words fail me.

I am so repulsed that they would let this play out of tv at the expense of their children.

I am so repulsed that a film crew would just LEAVE. I don't give a shit what contractual obligations they have to stay silent.

I am so repulsed that TLC let this abuse continue and let those children be used and abused in this way.

I am mad as hell. WTF is wrong with these people??!!

ARGHHHHHHHH!

JLHfromVT said...

First time poster, long time reader.

I can't help but think this divorce is another staged event which has roots in true reality, but in the end could provide even more publicity and $$$ for J+K. I am really not liking the information about what is true "reality" here compared to what is fictional - like what they actually air. I think that they will get the divorce, or atleast give it a good run, then decide to get back together, and voila! another book and more episodes.

Gawd do I feel so bad for those kids. From bathroom scenes with no privacy aired across the globe, to watching a TV show "eat the family".... so well put. PA authorities need to pull their heads out of the sand and their hands out of the Gosselin children's pockets. And pick up the pieces when Jon leaves home because we all know Kate can't handle life without reality TV in her face.

What a joke TLC is, and how stupid they must think we all are. Very sad, I used to like both JK+8 and other programs of that ilk (reality). Now I question everything I see on there.

Sidney said...

Thank Heavens for Jodi and Kevin, and Julie.

I wish there were more heros in this sad story. Hopefully, if need be, others might step forward to help protect these little kids.

Those kids should not be left in Kate's care. They just should NOT be.

She will be seeking revenge and anybody in her way is going to get it.

We saw Jon absolutely giddy when he was signing photos and answering questions. He sees his freedom on the horizon.

It is finally almost over for him.

It is those kids who could be in real trouble.

SaNdY said...

ICExploitation said...
WHY did the TLC crew pack up and leave when things got out of hand during Gumgate?

A friend of mine worked as a researcher for the Dr. Phil show. When I implored her to do her homework and not do a fluff piece on Kate, she told me that Dr. Phil - decides which way his story will slant. That she didn't work on Kate's story, but she was very reluctant to make waves or bring the great doctor information that didn't fit his slant. Bottomline, she said she knew which side of her bread was buttered and who butters the bread so that's why she didn't go into detail about how information is gathered and what is used. - She ended up getting shitcanned anyway.

Julie is getting flamed again about the tax revenues - but the one PA blogger who talked to the cops said the same thing. The State of PA has a lot to lose if the the Gosselin house crumbles
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Comment on that last sentence...to me, this is so very sad, that in the United States of America, in the state of Pennsylvania, the home of the City of Brotherly Love, that the state is more concerned with the Almighty Dollar than the precious lives of 8 innocent children that reside there...

Kittycat said...

LOL @ Shelly'sFedUp recap....

but, I do await the recap from tonights show....this saga is becoming like the song that never ends...and on we go......

KidsRthePriority said...

Wow - it's actually worse than we've seen or imagined? I agree with everyone who voiced how ill this made them feel. How trapped those poor kids must feel, especially the twins. Thank you Julie, Jodi and Kevin for all that you are doing. It's a small comfort to know that someone is trying to do something.

I asked myself why they waited until now to file for diverce and came up with two possibilities. I know someone who intended on leaving her husband but waited until after their 10th wedding anniversary, so that in the future when one spouse died, the other would be eligible for the Social Security benefits. The other possibility, and this fits with Jon's comments today, is that this is the only season that Jon/Kate are co-producers, so they get a bigger piece of the pie for each episode. Regardless, either possibility is just sick.

Won't be watching, haven't watched since the hair plugs, and want to thank the viewer who informed us he/she blocked TLC - that's just been done on our TV, too. A huge sacrifice for my DH as he loves several of the other shows on that channel, but when he read Julie's blog today he totally agreed to boycott TLC.

Why waste time and electricity on shows that are totally fabricated, morally bankrupt, and that exploit innocent children?

Aunty Anne said...

Could there be a woman's group or a Christian group anywhere that will actually keep paying to hear Kate's "inspirational talks?"

I am afraid there is.

There are still crazed fans out there that will stick to her like glue through all of this mess.

Utterly disgusting.

ILikeJon&Kate said...

I can't believe they're getting a divroce - he was wearing his wedding band yesterday!

Kris said...

I'm all for this couple splitting up. What I'm not all for is Jon moving away and only seeing his kids on weekends. That means he's leaving his kids with the very woman who is mentally abusing them so he can go relive his youth. What a scumbag. I have no doubt Jon loves his kids, in his own way, but he needs to put them first and himself second. This is the time to grow some effing balls. He needs to fight for them and fight for custody. A one bedroom apartment in NYC sounds like he has no intention of fighting for custody. If he can no longer takes Kate's abuse what does he think is going to happen to the kids when he's not there? He needs to be present, physically and emotionally. Kate is raging and flipping out now... just wait until she is a stressed-out emotionally absent single mother with a grudge to bear.

anotherPAmom said...

Julie, thank you so much for your efforts over the years on behalf of the Gosselin children. We know that neither you or Jodi signed up for this! I really admire you both for remaining clear, true, and focused on what will be best for the kids. Please know that so many people are rooting for you both- our prayers and good wishes are with you and your efforts!

SundayRose said...

JULIE, thank you for writing an insightful eye-opening article, exposing the real truth on what goes on behind the scenes of their show. I knew it had to be severe. As I watched Kate's words and actions on the show, whether it was her abusive ways towards Jon, her cruel comments to Jodi and others, or her painful outbursts towards her kids, there was no doubt that even worse turmoil and major disfunction existed behind the scenes. It appears that Kate must be in extreme control of what others say and do, and there seems to be no limit to her madness.

Emily in PA said...

ILikeJon&Kate said...
I can't believe they're getting a divroce - he was wearing his wedding band yesterday!

6/22/2009 4:40 PM
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He had to wear his wedding band yesterday. Without it, everyone would have known what the big "announcement" would have been today. I'm sure he'll have it off by tomorrow....

VillageMom said...

I, too, wish Jon would grow a pair and be the father that his children need him to be. You know you stink at parenthood when Kevin Federline turns out to be a better dad than you.

that was close!!!! said...

I needed that!!!!!!
I first became aware of the Gosselins while watching one of the first one hour specials and I really enjoyed it. The kids were so sweet and like so many others I saw a struggling young family and I had sympathy. As new episodes were aired, I started to see things changing right before my eyes and one day I realized that even though I was watching every week - I was doing it with dread...I was worried about the kids (those innocent VICTIMS - my heart just weeps for them!). I stopped tuning in for the most part. I started coming to this website around Christmas. I was amazed and thrilled to see so many wonderful advocates for the kids. I watched the Going Green episode and the season premier out of sheer curiosity. The Going Green episode I caught in a rerun and I just *had* to see how bad Kate was...I wish I hadn't. I was shocked at her rudeness. I caved again with the premier...the curiosity got to me...again...i wish I hadn't. It was so sad that the kids birthday was tarnished by their parents problems...what a sad reminder for them. Today I got home from work and remembered that tonight was the "big announcement", so I set my DVR to record it and hopped onto GWOP (I wanted to read all of the responses to "Jeff" - LOL!) and I saw the link to Julie's blog. I clicked the link and read her thoughts...then I picked up the remote and removed my recording for tonight. Thank you Julie! Thank you MODS! (you women are amazing.) and thank you fellow posters - I am not normally a praying woman, but I'm praying for a swift end to this show. I do not know how either of these "parents" can sleep at night knowing that they've sold their kids lives for an expensive house, multiple unnecessary vehicles, toys for Jon's early midlife crisis, plastic surgery for Kate's, and all of the pointless, unearned freebies and vacations. Both of them disgust me and I'm pretty sure there will be a special place in hell for both of them.

Kay said...

I too have been thinking about "An American Family", the first reality show which appeared on PBS in the 70's. It showed the Loud family: Mom (Pat), Dad (Bill) and their five teenagers. In the middle of the short series, the parents separated and divorced. At the time, ""An American Family" was a revolutionary new type of television- showing a real family as it fell apart.

What amazes me is that, after all of these years, I still remember this family and all their names. When their eldest son, Lance, died a couple of years ago it made the NY Times. The family never got "peace" after doing that series.

The fact is that the Gosselin children will be questioned about their family (probably on a daily basis) for their entire lives. They will have no option to live anonymous lives. And if Kate thinks the children are difficult now, let me say this: Kate, Honey, wait 'til you have eight teenagers who are pissed as hell. You and Jon have seen nothing yet.

Maya Angelou, the poet, once said something like "We do what we know how to do and, when we know better, we do better". Surely, Jon and Kate, you know better by now. Do better and stop messing with the lives of your dear children.

Kay said...

I too have been thinking about "An American Family", the first reality show which appeared on PBS in the 70's. It showed the Loud family: Mom (Pat), Dad (Bill) and their five teenagers. In the middle of the short series, the parents separated and divorced. At the time, ""An American Family" was a revolutionary new type of television- showing a real family as it fell apart.

What amazes me is that, after all of these years, I still remember this family and all their names. When their eldest son, Lance, died a couple of years ago it made the NY Times. The family never got "peace" after doing that series.

The fact is that the Gosselin children will be questioned about their family (probably on a daily basis) for their entire lives. They will have no option to live anonymous lives. And if Kate thinks the children are difficult now, let me say this: Kate, Honey, wait 'til you have eight teenagers who are pissed as hell. You and Jon have seen nothing yet.

Maya Angelou, the poet, once said something like "We do what we know how to do and, when we know better, we do better". Surely, Jon and Kate, you know better by now. Do better and stop messing with the lives of your dear children.

BarbMae said...

Julie you are so right in your posting. TLC portrayed Kate as the "Victim" and how she doesn't understand what happened. Pulleezze. Again, I apologize for watching but just like a train wreck it is hard to avert your eyes. Of course Kate will be alone in raising the kids because she has isolated all her friends and family. Maybe Jon will be able to bring back family when he has the 8 children. Jodi and Kevin, his Mom, his Grandmother, and hopefully one day Kate's parents. I am so glad that Jon admitted that he didn't have any backbone and Jon if you read this blog... get a backbone and bring back loving family members and friends into your children's lives. Don't isolate them anymore as Kate did. I only have one sister and we are not close. My 2 boys are grown and see how she is all into herself and could care less about anyone else. She is just like Kate. My adult sons do not respect their Aunt and see her flaws but still love her because she is my sister and the only aunt on my side of the family. I still love her but don't understand her which is probably how Kate's siblings feel about her. My youngest niece just invited me to her baby's first b'day party and I will gladly go because I was the first one to hold that little baby in my arms after his birth. My sister actually gave up her "selfish" ways and invited me to the hospital for the birth of her youngest daughter's baby's birth. Is my sister still selfish, YES, but I will go to the baby's first b'day and celebrate cause I know that my niece wants me there. Jodi and Kevin my wish for you is that also someday you will be involved in your nieces and nephews lives again. My prayers are with you and the 8 children. God Bless....

Ravello said...

Julie, I watched the last 10 minutes of the show. I'm sorry to admit this. Kate disgusted me with the fake tears. If there was any real emotion it happened ages ago. I am very disappointed in Jon, he let me down. I thought for sure he would fight for the kids. Bottom line, I think he loves them but he is just lazy. I wish his father were alive to guide him.
Keep updating your blog, your observations are much appreciated.

Kittycat said...

Thanks so much Julie for being a champion and a voice for those little kiddies.
Kate almost earned herself an Oscar with that victim performance tonight. Never being accountable, never being wrong, never being sorry....
Keep up the fight Julie..and tell Kevin & Jodi thanks for getting the ball rolling with their videos. I hope they become apart of the children's lives again...their values, warmth and love is sorely needed.

Bonnie said...

I would so much like to know how Oprah, Dr Phil, and the other show hosts that thought Kate was on the up and up feel now.

Yep, I wonder if they will be booking her once again to tell her story of how she kept it altogether even when Jon was at his worst. Hmm... I wonder..

Rocky said...

I can't get Kate's performance this evening out of my mind. The word "toxic" occurred to me and the terrible thing is, she has no clue, none whatsoever, where she has gone off the rails. She must be a terribly wounded person, from childhood -- and needs prolonged therapy. Jon has the flattest affect I have ever seen -- how can any human be this boring? And how can a TV network see him as interesting in the least? Sorry parent, too. He lost me when he used his foot to shove the kids around in the kitchen. Lazy jackass. Both of them are as repulsive as can be.

tomo718 said...

Bravo to Julie for your honest views about the so called big announcement. Please ignore the weirdos who continue to support those 2 douchebags, those kids will need your support one day and I think it will help them to know that they were not abandoned. I hope they can look at this blog and see how many people are pulling for them and that they can move on with their lives.

Tonight's show is just another ploy by TLC to bring back viewers, TLC - look at my big fat NYC middle fingers.

Everyone please continue to spread the word and boycott the show. If you can get a list of the sponsors, please post them here and everyone should call these sponsors out for exploitation of children.

RECAP - not interested, don't care.
That man needs to find his nuts and that woman needs to be locked up.

kim said...

i used to be such a fan of the show until it turned to the gosselins constantly doing sponsored activities.

what the gosselins are going through is just awful. i actually don't blame the show - it's very possible that the show actually kept the marriage going longer than needed because it forced them to be together. show or not (e.g. money or not), i think their marriage would've fallen apart anyway because ultimately they simply weren't right for each other.

as for their adult family members speaking out, i can't imagine broadcasting my family problems like the gosselins' relatives. (actually, all of them are from kate's side - i don't think anyone knows about jon's.)

i feel hypocritical since i'm reading all this stuff, but to summarize, i have to say that:

1. it's insane to display this much on tv.
2. the tv show isn't to blame for the separation.
3. this is awful for the kids.

i wish them the best, and may they be blessed with peace in the near future, tv show or not.

Take Paws said...

Julie, Kevin and Jodi--don't ever give up. Forget the naysayers--they don't care about the kids. Thank you for bringing forth the truth and for you undivided concern for the kids.

Lisbeth said...

Thanks Julie. Your statement, "Why isn't anyone doing anything?"---to help the kids or stop the show. Here's the answer...many people are trying. The problem...MONEY!! It's more powerful than I ever imagined!" just stops me in my tracks and makes my stomach churn.

I hope someone, somewhere can stand up for these kids. Julie, Jodi and Kevin you are on the right track. Please keep on going and know you have support from many here to allow the kids to live their daily lives without a camera in their face.

Ms.Peach said...

Kris said...
I'm all for this couple splitting up. What I'm not all for is Jon moving away and only seeing his kids on weekends.
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Actually, Jon is home more with the kids than Kate is. Remember how often she was away the past year? Since they don't have Mon-Fri jobs, I think Jon and Kate will split their time with the kids 50-50.

Everyone is criticizing Jon for getting an apt. in Trump Tower in NYC. Well, he can afford it, thanks to his kids. Let's see what Kate moves into while Jon is at the PA house. I'm betting a NC beach house.

Ms.Peach said...

just wondering said...
This family, this show, is going to be discussed in psychology classes all around the country for years and years to come.

It will become a sad footnote in the television industry forever, because I don't think for a minute that the children will survive intact.
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I bet if there's not already, there'll be a college journalism/communications class too on reality TV, or maybe just on the Gosselins alone. It is interesting stuff because there's no way to predict how these kids will turn out. Hopefully, it'll be ok, but I'm skeptical.

Anonymous said...

It is interesting how historically t.v. shows always try to end their series on a high. Could you just imagine if Jon and Kate Plus 8 had ended their show about a year or so ago. They were at such a high; the show was a complete success and endearing to so many people, the kids were good; Jon and Kate were good; they still had family and friends (Aunt Jodi and Beth) and they had plenty of money to survive...very well. Imagine the positive memories that would remained in people's mind..what image would have gone down in history...a true success story instead of the ugliness that is facing everyone now. M

Oh, The Momma said...

So, I am surmising here, but JON must have SOME OPTION as to what happens with the show and the kids - or - Kevin and Jodi would be speaking out about that. They are pretty clear when they say "JON and KATE will not quit".

It's so sad.....for the kids......and DISGUSTING what has become of Jon and K8.

I have been more on the 'Jon' side of things - but just can't accept that he isn't putting his foot down and speaking up for HIS KIDS and saying "NO MORE".

Wise Observer said...

Many people on this website want TLC to stop showing the show. Why? 50% of all marriages end in divorce. TLC has the unique opportunity to continue to "catalogue the lives of the children" through the bad times too.

Suzanne said...

Anonymous said...
It is interesting how historically t.v. shows always try to end their series on a high. Could you just imagine if Jon and Kate Plus 8 had ended their show about a year or so ago. They were at such a high; the show was a complete success and endearing to so many people, the kids were good; Jon and Kate were good; they still had family and friends (Aunt Jodi and Beth) and they had plenty of money to survive...very well. Imagine the positive memories that would remained in people's mind..what image would have gone down in history...a true success story instead of the ugliness that is facing everyone now. M

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They were hung by their own petard to borrow a phrase....
As indicated by Julie/Jodi/Kevin/former neighbors etc., this show was a sham from the start. It was just a matter of time before the TRUTH was revealed. Wasn't that the purpose of Julie's blog? Thanks to all for not giving up for the sake of those children. There are still miles to go.

MBach said...

I do not care about what Kate/Hate and Jon/Worthless do with the rest of their lives. Why would anyone? They are not quick witted, talented in the least, nor even attractive. They are not interesting to watch even in interesting locations. I never watched the show to see the parents, just the kids.

I couldn't care less that their marriage is over - oh what a big surprize - they were NEVER right for each other. TV show or not, their marriage was going to end. It might have lasted a little longer then 10 years, but I seriously doubt it.

However, I think the only thing important here is to get this show off the air as soon as possible. I am afraid it might be too late for these kids already. They will forever be linked to all this scandal -that is their show/ that is their life. Just like a child actor with a bad catch phrase, who as an adult must put up with idiots pinching their cheeks, and expecting the "line" from the old days. How about "your mom was such a b----, and your dad was so lazy, I remember when you couldn't s---, I remember when picures of you getting spanked were everywhere!" On and on, too many to list!

Sick, just sick. What evil things fame and the love of money will create!

MBach said...

For months now I have been typing I WILL NOT WATCH! I have not. Who has to? They are everywhere.

Thanks to potato chip, and I have said the same many times. Do not watch. Do not click into websites. Do not watch, you are being counted, even if you are NOT a Neilson family.

For the last few weeks I have checked my active button on my Direct TV guide. It shows the top 5 shows being watched at any time of the day. For the first show of the season (approximately 10 million viewers) Yep! Right there at number 4. I checked last night, it was at the number 2 spot! Then again at the repeat, it was at number 3. What will that equal, 14 million? Sick!

After the first highly promoted episode of this season, the show didn't register in the top 5, but the TLC machine has pushed it back into the top again. What will they pull over the next- what 35!! - episodes?? Human sacrifice? Oh wait, they are already sacrificing the Gosselin children for the benefit of 2 greedy parents, plus hundreds of other unseen greedy uncaring others.

Each and every way to sell advertising time is tallied and reported. It could be how many magazines sold with J&K on the cover. It could be how many people voted on a website, or called up a video clip. Interest, good or bad, is still interest, and interest equals money to keep the show going on forever.

Do you want this show to end? Then stop watching. Stop contributing to the madness. Say I WILL NOT WATCH often. Write to sponsors as you hear of them, and tell them the same.

TV shows have been brought back from cancellation by devoted fans. Shows have been cancelled by protesting viewers.

It takes more then complaining. It takes action!

The first action - stop watching!

Sue in PA said...

Oh, The Momma said...
I have been more on the 'Jon' side of things - but just can't accept that he isn't putting his foot down and speaking up for HIS KIDS and saying "NO MORE".
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I feel the same way. For some reason Jon doesn't see the show as a problem for the kids. But, Keep in mind he is in the thick of things, which can make it hard sometimes to see what is going on. I'm hoping that as he spends more time away from the house and away from the show, it will open his eyes as to how the show is impacting those kids.

Kittycat said...

Thanks Julie for the being the voice of reason.....I hope at least Jon listens to you and stops the madness...Khate will go on and on.
TLC is milking it for all it's worth...t.v. guide says it is on all evening on Friday, July 3...episode after episode....
stop the madness.