Monday, March 30, 2009
Read NY Post reaction to Jon's crybaby attitude on the season finale.
I think I threw up in my mouth a little.
More info here.
Read it here.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Jon & Kate Plus 8': Will they return for another season?
by Lynette Rice
It may not have been TLC's intent, but the fourth-season finale of Jon & Kate Plus 8 on March 23 managed to come off as the mother of all cliffhangers. Judging by comments made by Jon Gosselin in those final scenes -- which, EW learned, was shot right around the time the tabloids broke the news of an alleged drink-fest with a couple of coeds -- the costar of TLC's popular reality show didn't seem so keen on staying in front of the bright lights ("We don't have privacy at all...it's tough," he admitted on camera). If Internet rumors are to be believed and the Gosselin marriage is really on the rocks -- and there's enough doubt out there to prompt the paparazzi to chronicle the couple's every move -- then a fifth season of the show would certainly seem unlikely.
For now, TLC won't officially say whether a fifth season is in the cards, though it's certainly something the network wants. "Jon and Kate are part of the TLC family and we obviously want them to be happy," says a TLC spokeswoman. "The top priority is to let them have some quality time together." She added that production can -- and will -- accommodate the family's schedule. The prospect of losing the hit program couldn't come at a worse time for TLC, especially since the March 23 finale of Jon & Kate Plus 8 was the show's highest-rated episode ever among overall viewers (4.6 million), persons 25-54 (2.3 million), and women 18-49 (2.1 million). Eager to monetize the show's stellar ratings, TLC would no doubt love to go into its New York upfront presentation for advertisers April 2 with the news that it'll bow a fifth season of Jon & Kate as early as this June -- that is, unless something changes with the family.
Fortunately for TLC, some original episodes have already been banked so the cable net can air new installments of Jon & Kate this summer (in fact, a hour-long special featuring the Gosselins going green is set to air on April 19). Given all the attention the show now attracts, its fans are sure to return -- though some seem genuinely conflicted and have even begun to question whether the Gosselins should do a fifth season. Says one EW.com poster named Mich: "It's time to wrap things up now. I've watched Jon and Kate sit and laugh with each other [or] just bickering [with] each other." Adds another poster: "The show was great in the beginning, but fame and fortune is taking its toll."
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Read about it
Monday, March 23, 2009
The Gosselin family goes to see the Harlem Globetrotters, but there's more in store than just amazing basketball! (I hope the rumors are true that they got booed!)
The Gosselin clan heads to a unique museum where the kids learn and explore through tactile exhibits designed for touching. It's a day of feel good fun for the whole family (Paid for by TLC and I am sure with the VIP treatment!)!
We’re just going to lump all this hot mess together.
The first episode of the night boiled down to shopping, haircuts, Harlem Globetrotters and lies.
The kids are going to Oprah so they all need hair cuts. “It’s our live- pack unpack pack again.” We must coordinate, says Kate in her annoying monotone. Jon said he was helping his mother during this time because she had a broken foot and her husband was gone.
Kate and Jon have a “helper” (seems to be more part time than full time and isn’t really a nanny.) According to Kate, “We have a helper, we do not have a nanny, we will never, ever have a nanny….” Whhhhhat? What about nannies4hire? Jenny? Others?
Just so you know:
According to The Free Dictionary a nanny is, “a woman whose job is looking after young children.” Hmmmm
According to American Nannies , a nanny is, “A nanny is a person whose primary and sometimes only function is limited to caring for the children.
According to WordNet from Princeton University (yes, that one), a nanny is, “a woman who is a custodian of children.” You be the judge.
“We always eat organic”, “we will never eat fast food.” Also famous lies, er quotes from Kate.
Kate waxes on about how she feels now that the kids are getting older. She says she’s lonely when they are “dispersed” in the house- they are “like growing up”. Yep, that would be what it is! And she graces us with her laughing cow expression when remembering her bad fashion choices of the past (for us non-star folk, that means before she had a wardrobe guru and a PR rep). Kate admits she LOVES shopping.
The nanny, let’s just be honest, doesn’t want to be on camera- or else she had to sign an agreement, which is what I think. So while Kate shopped, the kids stayed with a babysitter. At the last minute, it was decided the Oprah show would be via satellite. Kate had to shop for NEW outfits for all the kids. I have no idea why.
Then it was off to get hair cut. Hannah wanted her hair cut and Kate said no. Cara wanted to keep her hair and Kate said no. It’s clear who is still the favorite.
Before they saw “Oprey” again, they went to a Harlem Globetrotters session. You can’t begin to get me to swallow that the Harlem Globetrotters are huge fans of Jon and Kate Plus 8. Why, is there no mention of the Gosselins on the HGT website—a fav link might be a good thing on your website if you endorse them, Harlem Globetrotters, if they are your FAVORITES!
By the way, if you are outraged that the favored Gosselins got to meet the Trotters and not the special needs kids, here is their contact info:
400 E. Van Buren #300
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Nichole Tillman is the VP of Publicity- I’d start there. Or try Kelley Lovell-Taylor, VP of Sales and Marketing.
According to the HGT website: “The Harlem Globetrotters are owned by Shamrock Capital Growth Fund. Shamrock, based in Burbank, Calif., is the investment entity of the Roy E. Disney family, founded in 1978 by Mr. Disney and Stanley P. Gold, Shamrock’s president and chief executive. “ Just in case you want to know who is truly responsible for their actions.
Jon put a blatant plug in for Allstate, right after we came back from commercial break, with (you guessed it) an Allstate commercial. Yeah, like Jon’s comment was spontaneous. “I have to do a lot of work this afternoon. My Allstate agent said…..” Whatever, eunuch.
Kate called the HGT “stupid fun”. Great way to treat your “fans”, Kate. I swear this woman has diarrhea of the mouth. Although we didn’t hear the boos we were told were part of the HGT session, be aware that sound editors can edit quite a bit out- as can video editors. But also notice that there was voice over from Jon and Kate when all the kids were taken out onto the floor—masking boos? And I don’t understand Cara being the chosen one. Let’s ignore Mady. Mady gets braces, Cara gets special meet and greets. Nice that they get swag from HBT. I’m sure other deserving folks would like a chance. Moving on….
During “Family Outing” Jon was “on a trip” and the kids were going to make paintings for him. They went to a Touch Museum. The “trip” was supposedly to his mom’s house because her foot was broken.
Jon has gained a lot of weight. His face has become quite round. Like the balls he’s missing.
Kate whines about the couch and then talks about making paintings. Kate talked about the studio being “paint covered” like it was the crabs or something. Kate then admits she wants art for her walls in the colors she wants (we all KNEW the paintings weren’t for Jon, didn’t we?). Kate had to choose colors—so they would match her home. Why not just let the kids be KIDS for once? Too much for your OCD nature, Kate? I am sure Jon missed out on all of this while he was partying with the sorority chicks.
Kate decided to tune everything (meaning the paint mess) out by painting her own canvas- that’s what they used to do in mental institutions back in the day, too. Kate, of course, shows her off first. Kate rolled her eyes when Jon complemented the paintings and said they could hang in Soho. What an idiot she is.
When they did the museum trip, Jon kept saying how much he had to help his mother, who had a broken foot and needed help. Again. So they go through the museum, Kate freaks out about the kids getting wet. What do you expect?
Ahhh and what we’ve been teased about: Kate is ready for season 5. Jon is having a problem being Jon when he has a public image to uphold as J & K Plus 8. They are at an “odd place” because they can’t go back to anonymity (really? Yes you can. STOP THE SHOW.) Jon kept saying it is all difficult for him to be a stay at home dad and Kate is happy with the course of things. (Hint, Jon: Get. a. job. ) Since we know they’ve signed on for Season 5 and because Kate is happy, they will be back, you can be sure of that. I wonder what ever happened to if it becomes a bad thing for the family that they will quit?
Oh, and I saw a preview for Table for 12 (yes, I know it aired already) but there seems to be an awful lot of product placement for Ragu. I am sure this family will go the same route as Jon and Kate- sellouts.
Friday, March 20, 2009
In light of the recent events and the implied drama for the season finale, I thought this most appropriate! Red text is mine.
"I'm not always proud of what you see on the show, nor is Jon," Kate Gosselin said, but "we're certainly not going to hide our imperfections." You mean how you seem to have had plastic surgery and you staged a fake wedding vow renewal ceremony?
"They don't yell and scream at each other, but many people appreciate it because it's so real. And it's a testament to Jon and Kate that they allow us to shoot all of it," Douglas said. (Wendy Douglas was the Executive Producer) Let's see how real it gets next week.
Gosselin said she told the show's producers she wasn't interested in "painting little pictures and putting a pretty bow on it" -- a fault she found with many media accounts of the sextuplets' 2004 delivery and their first chaotic months at home. And how difficult are the freebies and trips?
"The goal is to show the world that this job is hard -- a lot harder than Jon and I ever imagined," Gosselin said. Gee, from what we see, Kate, you seem to live a charmed life. Husband, family, shilling, er, career......
My how things have changed....
Read all about it here.
Monday, March 16, 2009
When I was growing up, I went to a high school that had a Roses and Thorns section in the newspaper. People could for a small fee (or sometimes the newspaper staff got their digs in) give roses (kudos) to people who deserved it or thorns (bitch out) people who deserved it. I am dedicating this episode to that fine tradition.
Roses: Cara and the father daughter trip (said it twice just in case we missed it). Big commercial for the ski resort.
Thorns: Mady got braces and despite Kate saying they weren’t going to film it, they did.
Roses: Cooper Hoffmeister, the pro at the resort gave Jon and Cara the VIP treatment- more freebies! And as Kate was talking about going to Sesame Street Live (like Mady wants to see that!), Jon looked smug, like he had something in his pants to give away to the snow bunnies—maybe Bonnie the instructor?
Thorns: Meanwhile, back at the McMansion….again, it is all about Kate. She has to do everything to take the kids to Sesame Street Live. (Mental note to boycotters- Crayola, Empire Carpet, Ford, Disney all had ads during the commercial breaks.) Kate’s annoying voice to the dogs—calling herself their mommy. (Snort, that’s about right!). They can afford a “doggie sitter”. And Mady doesn’t want to brush her teeth (whine) WHY?!?!!?
Roses: Cara got homesick and missing the “dogs, Mommy and all the other peoples”. Notice the dogs rank first. Kate said she was worried about missing her. Ha. Nice way to be subversive Cara! I am so proud of you! Cara was SO into that trip- she didn’t miss anyone.
Thorns: Kate finally got everyone in the van. Psst! Tip for you Kate: get the kids a step stool and stop posturing for the camera! The kids were sleeping when she got there and Kate couldn’t figure out what to do. Hannie had a meltdown. Poor Kate and Hannie…. LMAO. And did Kate tell her to get a grip like she would have with any of them….? NO, Kate carried the Precious One all the way in and left the other kids in her wake. What happened to the holding rings Kate? What happened to the buddy system? Of course “it ended up working out” because “that’s real life”. Great wisdom, babe. (Yes, she was in heels dragging six kids around in the dark. Which I don’t understand.) (Ads in second break- Volvo, Mars (3 Musketeers), State Farm, Apple)
Roses: Pat Brown was the bobsled coach for the Jamaican Olympic team….. more VIP treatment! I am not sure where Cara disappeared to. Sorry I blacked out from boredom. Later they said she wasn’t tall enough to bobsled. She’s just like Sporty Spice. Jon said he forgot to breathe during bobsledding. If only…
Thorns: They had a box seat. The kids didn’t appreciate it….. they ran around. Kate had a huge bunch of popcorn that she doled out to Mady in her hand. As if Mady couldn’t hold it herself. Kate even had her own private kitchenette!
Roses: In the teaser for the season finale, they tried to make it seem dramatic that there was a hint of marital strife…..
Thorns: ….but we already know they’ve signed on for another season. We just couldn’t be that lucky. Kids have to pay the mortgage and for spa days you know. (Ads- lost track for a while- real life intervened…). Cara and Jon-boy went to a tube park and went tubing….. woo hoo. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. As Jon talked about the day, Kate wore a blank expression or maybe it was more like “is it my turn to be the center of attention?” They did conveniently forget to mention that Jon bought a house in Utah.
Roses: We were back to the kids meeting the cast members. Mady stayed noticeably back for the most part. Way to really be subversive- or bitchy. Either way, congratulations.
Thorns: Kate was desperate to get her “flock back”. Jon and Kate couldn’t be less into each other on the couch. If Cara was so into getting out of the van and hugging everyone- why didn’t they show that touching moment? I call bullshit. An article was out a while back that said Jon bought a home in Utah. I am sure that this is going to be his divorce home. Rumor has it that they sent Cara back with the television crew and that is when Jon went clubbing in Utah.
I am sure that next week will be a rehash of the article that ways they are together and Jon is just at a loss because Kate’s career is taking off. I just threw up in my mouth a little.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Read the article
Saturday, March 14, 2009
How do you find the time to care for the children, write two books and film your television series? It is my job. It is extremely crazy busy and sometimes I think I can't handle it all, but I try to look at all of the positives. I can basically make my own schedule and I really like that. Every day is a challenge and I have become a scheduling miracle worker through it all! Also, I can't forget to mention that Jon and our babysitter also make it possible for me to travel and work. Her job as a snake oil salesperson. She is not a scheduling miracle worker at all. She has PEOPLE for that. Jon is NOT the babysitter. As Jon has said, they have a nanny. How stupid does Kate really think we all are?
You once feared for the life of your babies, what is your biggest fear now that they are four years old? Balancing each of their needs, all eight of my kids. What is your biggest challenge each day? Having enough time for everything that must get done! I call bullshit. She has chefs, an emasculated husband, and plenty of help with nannies and such.
How do you make ends meet, especially in these economic times? We're doing the same things we have always done: Clipping coupons; watching for sales; stocking up when things are on sale and planning meals (and other purchases) according to sale flyers. Bullshit. She's schilled so much that she doesn't need to clip. And when does she do it with her schedule. That is what her "people/staff/husband" are for.
Why did you want to write a second book? The same reason I wanted to write a first book--for my kids! Also, I can't describe how wonderful it feels to be an accomplished bestselling author. Who would have thought? We all know her kids deserve it! But she didn't even write it. She is NOT an accomplished bestselling author. At best, she co-wrote the book. What a self-serving cunt.
Why do you think your TV show has such wide appeal, with kids to grandmothers loving it? We are still surprised by the major ratings and reactions. Some people see us as 'inspiring' while we feel like we are just parents doing what it takes to raise our uniquely made up family. Little kids watch to 'make friends' with our kids. Teens watch because they babysit and don't have kids yet. Young married couples watch because they look to the future of their families. Young parents watch to get advice or see how we do things or even to remind themselves they 'have it easy.' Older parents watch to reminisce, as do grandparents.....and so on....... This has got to be PR crap. If I were a teen, the last thing I would want to do is watch her clowngina do tricks for the camera.
What are your plans for the future in terms of your public life? Will we see more books, more TV shows, more marketing of your family? I know one thing for sure; I am never sure what the future holds for us! However, I am enjoying doing TV in all capacities that I have had the privilege of doing and my dream is that there is a future talk show waiting for me! And this is truth of it. She didn't do anything for the kids, she wants a cush job while people think she's a great mom and shirks her responsibility.
Are you looking forward to your first Canadian appearance and why did you choose to make it in London? I AM looking forward to my first Canadian appearance. I happen to know that we have A LOT of fans in Canada so it should be extra exciting! By the way, I just learned that my grandma was born in London, Ontario, Canada so it will be extra special for me to visit. The poor daft Canadian bastards.....
Why did you choose to get two dogs in an already busy house? And how is the new home? We chose two dogs because we never do things in 'ones' and I guess my family caught me on a weak day. Yeah, you never do things in 'ones' because you're too much of a greedy bitch.
Read full article here
Thursday, March 12, 2009
People Magazine interviewed Jon who claims he is "lost" with Kate's "career" taking off. Right. Just lost enough to find a sorority or two.
I still maintain where there is smoke, there is fire. And apparently Jon is "lost" and soon he'll be "jealous" and Kate will continue to make him feel like crap because only SHE can cope with a career and EIGHT kids.
I feel strangely sullied now.
Monday, March 9, 2009
· Kate’s house is too small and loud.
· Joel was the chosen scapegoats this time around; Hannah was forgiven/overlooked
· The dogs are tired of being in the house.
· Kate is tired of the dogs.
· Jon is tired of Kate and wiping butts.
This episode starts with Kate bitching about it being too loud in her kitchen (which is twice the size of her last one). Joel wants his game and Kate calls him “obsessive-ish” because he swears it was left “at the old house”.
Kate readily lets us all know she already hates the dogs from taking care of them to cleaning up after them to having them breathe in the same space as Katie Irene. She claims with pure hatred in her eyes that they ran with her on the treadmill and “I won!” Whatever blows your skirt up, Kate.
We see the kids cleaning up the dog pee—I wonder if they wash their hands afterwards or just spread the joy amongst the toys and each other.
We return to Kate who is busy catching up her laundry from all her many trips. She declares that the laundry room isn’t big enough. Her baskets are always outside the laundry room (which is as big as a bedroom). She plans on expanding it to a deck and an enclosed sunroom.
On the way back to the kitchen, Kate had the nerve to tell Leah to stop “melting down” and breezed past the child to “save the world”. (No, I’m not kidding!) For lunch, the kids had hard boiled eggs and yogurt (where are the ORGANIC veggies?) and they took naps. (Is it really necessary?!)
Turning the talk to dogs, we hear Jon and Kate laughing about all the bad things they do. Instead of teaching dogs not to do bad things, they just think it’s funny.
We reach the climax of the show. Nala already ate a toy horse and was sent to the vet. Hannah was put on the spot because it was her horse the dog ate- did she get punished? No. The kids were told to let Nala rest for 2 weeks. Jon said the dog was one of the fastest recovering dogs the vet had ever seen. Whatever. Jon couldn’t have looked more disinterested in the vet’s office. It was obviously for show. Jon seemed to have the hangover cough and sported a very ruddy complexion.The final words of wisdom from this (yawn) episode: Jon (speaking of Nala): “I can’t keep her from running around- they are outside dogs.”
We were entertained by Jon’s story about the dogs pooping together. He doesn’t clean the dog turds outside everyday. So people can step in them and play in them. Kate ragged on Jon for not cleaning. Jon said he loved having doges and Kate said she was glad he didn’t have to clean the poop. Jon said very nastily that he was so tired of cleaning butts.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Jon minus Kate and 8:TV dad visited mom, partied in Huntingdon
By Ashley Gurbal, email@example.com
POSTED: March 7, 2009
Reality TV dad Jon Gosselin of "Jon & Kate Plus Eight" has been spotted out and about in Huntingdon - minus his wife and their eight children.
Sightings of Gosselin partying with Juniata College students were reported this week by Star Magazine and several celebrity gossip Web sites. John Wall, a spokesman at Juniata, confirmed the stories.
"His mother lives in Huntingdon, and he was at a bar that Juniata students go to," Wall said Friday. "Apparently some of the students invited him to a house off-campus, and he was there for an hour and a half and went back to the bar."
Wall said Gosselin met the students at Memories, a bar on 13th Street in Huntingdon. An employee who answered the phone Friday afternoon at Memories would not comment on Gosselin's visit.
"We're not real proud that our picture was in a national magazine," said the employee, who declined to be identified.
The two female students hosting the party were unaware that Gosselin had been invited until he showed up, said Gabriel Welsch, assistant vice president of marketing at Juniata.
"They're not very happy that their names were shared," Welsch said. "One of the young women said to me that at first it was kind of novel, a celebrity came by their house and they took some pictures and he took off, but then the gossip columns did what they do and tried to make something more out of it, and they regret having opened that door." (That's what happens when you go around like a drunken slut!)
Welsch said at the party, Gosselin "was sitting on a couch for awhile, just sort of meeting people, and played a little beer pong ... and then he left."
Wall said the events happened maybe two or three weekends ago, but he couldn't confirm any dates. He said the college's newspaper, The Juniatian, covered the story, which may have been how Star Magazine picked it up and sent a reporter to campus.
"We don't really know how Star got it," Wall said. "The two girls whose names were in the story did not give them any photos. They got them from another student, but I don't know who it was." (That's what happens when you go around like a drunken slut!)
"Jon & Kate Plus Eight" is a reality TV series on TLC about Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight children - twins and sextuplets.
Laurie Goldberg, TLC's senior vice president of communications, offered the following statement in an e-mail Friday: "Jon and Kate are part of the TLC family and we support them completely."
Wall said the publicity isn't positive or negative for Juniata.
"All the kids were over 21, and nothing really happened," he said. "This person's celebrity is kind of shining a light on the college, but it's not good or bad, it's just kind of neutral because they're following his behavior, and our kids' behavior seems to be pretty normal college kid behavior." (i.e. drunken slut)
Jon and Kate on the fritz
By Melissa Hank
Is the ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’ couple divorcing?
Could it be? Are Jon and Kate Gosselin, the original octoparents on TLC’s Jon & Kate Plus 8, headed for Splitsville? According to rumous, you betcha.
InTouchWeekly.com reports that Jon, 31, was seen partying with girls from Juniata College in Pennsylvania on Feb. 6. Apparently he was at Mimi's martini bar when he followed the girls to a house party, where he played beer pong.
"He walked in with two girls he met at Mimi's bar," a student at the party said. "It was so cool."
Afterwards, Jon followed the revelers to Memories Sports Bar & Grill. Still drinking, he flirted with the girls and told one, "We might be getting a divorce." Yikes.
"He was dirty-dancing with several of them, making out, kissing them on their necks and mouths,” an onlooker told Star magazine.
“I thought it was rather surprising for a father with his wife and so many kids at home to be acting like this. He was all over one girl, a long-haired blond who's nearly six feet tall. He left with several of the girls, including her."
In response, Jon’s rep issued the following statement: "It is certainly hurtful for people to spread rumours and lies about us. It certainly makes me reluctant to live my life like the average person would. This has made it very clear that the simplest innocent gesture — such as taking a picture with a fan, can be taken out of context.”
As with most couples, Jon and his wife have had their share of spats and several have been captured on-camera for their reality show.
“As you can see on the show, I am not perfect, but I am a part of a loving family and couple," the statement said.
Jon and Kate’s children include eight-year-old twins Cara and Mady, and four-year-old sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel. The children were the result of fertility treatments.
Jon & Kate Plus 8 originally aired on Discovery Health, but moved to TLC for Season 3. It is one of the highest-rated series on the network and is currently in its fourth season.
Most recently, Jon & Kate Plus 8 showed the Gosselins buying a $1.3 million mansion, taking in two German Shepherd puppies and renewing their vows in Maui, Hawaii.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Star Magazine article on Jon. Posted by a true Kate hater.
In Touch article. Posted by the same Kate hater.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Star Exclusive! Jon Gosselin: Partying With CoEds!
March 3, 2009
On TV, he is a harried father of eight with a wife who is constantly on his case, so it’s not surprising that Jon Gosselin needs to blow off some steam.
And in recent weeks, the star of the TLC reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8 has been doing just that — slipping away from his new $1.3 million mansion to drink and party the night away with a bevy of college cuties!
The father of twins and sextuplets has been living it up in Huntingdon, Pa., where his mom resides. He turned up uninvited at a Feb. 6 party thrown by Juniata College seniors Erin Albert and Mariel Little — and ended up playing the drinking game beer pong with members of the women's volleyball team!
"He was acting like a drunk, girl-chasing frat boy," one team member tells Star. "It really disturbed me. On the show he is so nice, but here, he was acting like an idiot."
The following night he ended up at Memories Sports Bar & Grill. "He was dirty dancing with several girls from the volleyball team, making out, kissing them on their necks and mouths," says a witness in the bar."He was all over one girl, a long-haired blonde who’s nearly 6 feet tall. He left with several of the girls, including her."
Pick up this week's issue of Star — on sale Wednesday — for more shocking details on Jon's wild nights and how his mom tried to cover for him. Plus: Find out where Jon spent Valentine's Day night — without Kate!
Monday, March 2, 2009
I had to really reflect on this episode. It just isn't good enough for a play by play. Kate and Jon are as obnoxious as ever. Kate whined on and on about her crackerbox shack that she "used" to live in. All the while she flashed her capped smile, strutted her tanned skin and generally looked smug and yet miserable at the same time.
I am still stymied as to why they would even want to go back to this "horrible" place if it was so lousy to begin with. At any rate, Kate was so surprised at how small her old home really was. They "needed" the space the new house afforded "so bad". Basically Kate bitched the whole episode like a stuck pig. (Similarities? You be the judge.)
Again, we find that they can't keep the editing straight and the episode fully reinforces the whole idea that everything is staged. Kate is wearing two outfits in the same day on this episode-- not a crime, but it just shows they have bad editing techniques. Also, there was the case of mysterious moving boxes. Perhaps they should call the Gang and have the Mystery Machine come and check it out!
The children looked very bored, tired and upset that the cameras were even there. Way to parent. Don't you know, Jon and Kate, that the kids need to have breaks from their "family job"? I am sure it was ORGANIC pizza they had. (What happened to cooking Kate- freezing, canning, preparing ahead and being the pioneer you make yourself out to be?)
I am always stunned by Kate and Jon and their disregard for the fine things they have. I don't know why but I am. They left the piano in that home. Can you believe it? I wish the person who donated it would come forward and tell us how (s)he feels about that! She even said you should get rid of anything you don't use in three months. That would mean her sons and Jon would be out in the cold! She certainly said that to jab at her husband and all his dad's stuff that should be gotten rid of (in her opinion). The non-look on her face when Jon talked of sorting through his dad's stuff was just more proof she is a Bitchy Grinch without a heart.
What I found the most painful about this episode was that Kate "tried" to include Jon in the conversation but they kept so far to themselves that it was glaringly obvious neither has a shred of respect for the other. (Cheers, Jon!)
The quote I loved the best this week was "I'll have closure when I don't have any more bills from that house". What the fuck? Closure? Was she traumatized in some way? And what bills? How can she even say that when she bought a $1.3M house in this economy? Dumb bitch.
And then it was over, with a montage of "memorable" moments with the Gosselins driving away. I bet the neighborhood broke out the champagne after that!
I caught the episode of the 'tups starting preschool. Yawn. I loved the fact that Jon and Kate pick up the kids and are the first ones out because they make up half the class. Uh, ok. Whatever that means.
Filler episodes mean there is a transition ahead. The kids are getting older, going to school. Not much left to show. This family isn't typical. The kids aren't that cute. What is left?
Maybe, just maybe, that gravy train is about to slow down- maybe even congeal a bit.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Jon and Kate: Behind the Philadelphia Magazine Story
A Q&A with Jessica Remo about the reporting for her March 2009 article “Jon + Kate + 8 = $$$”
What did you think of the show before you began reporting?
Before I began my research I was a huge fan. There is no denying how adorable the Gosselin children are, and I thought Jon and Kate’s banter was natural, normal.
When I began my research, I was astounded by some of the things written about the family on some of the blogs written about the show. Actually, heartbroken is the word. As much as I loved the show, I have to admit that being able to watch these kids all the time, in some of their most vulnerable moments (Collin being constipated, the kids coming out of the bath — to name just a few), did feel a little indulgent. I am of no relation to the family, yet I can gawk at their children for hours almost daily. It’s unsettling.
Did you ever meet the family in person?
I did attend two events where I met Kate in person. The first was a book signing at the Barnes & Noble in the Promenade Shops in Center Valley, Pa., right before Christmas. The place was mobbed — you had to get a ticket and stand in line, then they called your number. The turnout at these events is more amazing because they aren’t advertised on the show or Jon and Kate’s website. You have to scour the blogs or be from the area to learn of them.
The other event was the speaking engagement I detail in the story at First Assembly of God church in Marcy, New York, on January 11th. The scene there was giddier — there was even a woman who had cut her hair like Kate. I asked someone working the event if there would be a chance for me to interview Kate, but was told no. I later heard that at other events organizers have asked that no journalists be present.
Kate explained that Jon had just come home from a shoot and she couldn’t make him leave without spending time with the kids. The people at First Assembly were quite disappointed, to say the least, and in my reporting I learned that either Jon or Kate has backed out at the last minute at other events. Rarely do they appear together now, and they’ve admitted as much in recent interviews.
After Kate spoke, she signed copies of Multiple Blessings. I asked her bodyguard if maybe after the signing she would have a few minutes for me. He said he would see what he could do. I waited, and at the very end he asked for me, but the answer was still a “no.” He gave me the phone number for Laurie Goldberg, the senior vice president of communications for TLC, and said we could set something up over the phone. I had already been in touch with Laurie, however, at this point. No interview came of it.
Who else did you speak to during your reporting?
I talked to or corresponded with more than 100 people for this piece, many of whom asked to remain anonymous. I began, naturally, with Kate’s manager, Julie Carson May. I left at least four messages for her over the course of a month, with no response. Then I tried Kate’s book publisher, Zondervan, where I spoke to Karen Campbell, who does PR for the book, and she directed me to Laurie Goldberg at TLC. I tried to set something up with Laurie over e-mail for several weeks, but to no avail. Finally, she said I could e-mail her a list of questions and she’d see what she could do. I told her I would not because it’s not good journalism — we wanted direct access to Jon and Kate because we didn’t want a publicist answering for them through e-mail. In an e-mailed response, Laurie accused me of having “an agenda” and said “we prefer to work with ethical journalists.”
Some of the outside sources I talked to were many people who had appeared on the show; many of the churches that the Gosselins had appeared at or canceled on; many of the local places the family visited on the show; locals in Wyomissing, Elizabethtown, and the greater Reading area; people involved in the makeover of the Gosselins’ Wyomissing home; and other reporters who interviewed the Gosselins, like Shauna Lake from KUTV in Utah. I tried to speak with Kate’s parents, but they did not return my phone calls. I spoke for quite some time with Paul Petersen, whom I mention in the story, as well as the labor departments of California and Pennsylvania to compare and contrast the legislation. I spoke to David Rothermel, Jon’s former employer, as you can also see in the story. And I did see the state’s documentation surrounding Jon’s termination; our research editor also confirmed this with the Pennsylvania unemployment office, which had denied Jon’s claim for unemployment. I also spoke with Julie, Aunt Jodi’s sister, who wrote the blog Truth Breeds Hatred.
How much of the information on the blogs about the Gosselins is true?
Not all of it. There’s a lot of wild speculation out there. I can only personally endorse the facts detailed in my story, which were confirmed by the magazine’s fact-checking department. However, if it’s on the internet and about the Gosselins, I’ve read it. I’ve also watched each episode — there are 80-plus now — at least twice.
The reason I turned to Gosselins Without Pity as one avenue for my reporting is simply because it is the most trafficked blog on all things Gosselin. To not mention or contact them would have been neglectful on my part. But I did not take their word for fact, and I of course read other blogs, with both positive and negative angles. The battle that’s being waged between the different fans of different blogs in the magazine’s web comment section right now has a lot of history. I expected the heat from some of these diehard fans.
Why hasn’t this information been published in the mainstream media before?
Probably because no one has had the time or patience to confirm it all. The reporting on this took me more than two months and included persuading a lot of people to talk to me.