Friday, May 29, 2009

Mama Gosselin talks to Star Magazine

Although she doesn't say much (let's hope she comes clean later), she has nonetheless started to talk. On one hand, it's great and on the other hand, I wonder if Jon put his mom up to it (again- not man enough to ball-up and 'fess up).

Read about it here.

Exclusive: Jon Gosselin's Mom Speaks Out For First Time -- And It's To Star

As Jon Gosselin, star of TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8, continues to deal with allegations of infidelity and the breakdown of his marriage, there's one person he can count on for support: his mother! In an exclusive interview with Star, Pamela Gosselin breaks her silence for the first time since the JK8 scandal broke.

"I don't think he will ever be portrayed fairly," a frustrated Pamela tells Star of Jon's relationship with wife Kate Gosselin. "It's always twisted."

Reached at her Pennsylvania home, Pamela says, "I don't think it's fair, and it never will be."

Dept of Labor is probing complaints that J & K are violating laws

Access Hollywood reports from the AP that the PA Department of Labor is probing into J & K to see if they are violating laws. I would be surprised if they found that, as the laws in PA are pretty lax, but maybe this will spur some action and get stricter laws for kids on TV and in reality shows.

Pa. probing 'Jon & Kate' complaint

AP – In this publicity image released by TLC, reality TV stars, Jon Gosselin, right, and his wife Kate Gosselin, …

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM, Associated Press Writer Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press Writer –

WERNERSVILLE, Pa. – Jon, Kate and their eight children have attracted a huge TV audience, screaming tabloid headlines and, now, a state labor investigation.

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor says it's looking into whether the hit reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8" is complying with child labor laws.

The TLC series follows Jon and Kate Gosselin as they raise their eight young children, including 8-year-old twins and sextuplets who just turned 5. The show drew nearly 10 million viewers for its fifth-season premiere Monday following reports of trouble in the Gosselins' marriage.

Labor Department spokesman Justin Fleming tells The Associated Press that the department is looking into a complaint against the show.

TLC says it "fully complies" with state laws and regulations.
AP Television Writer Frazier Moore contributed to this story from New York.

Freaky Friday: Kevin and Jodi still blabbing (and other assorted truffles)

Radar Online has its newest installment of Jon and Kate dirt from Kevin and Jodi. They say the couple isn't much for church. No shit?! Really?! I would have never guessed that!

The brother and sister-in-law of Jon & Kate Plus 8's Kate Gosselin, Kevin and Jodi Kreider, said in an exclusive new interview with that, despite the fact the couple is sporadically seen attending church on their reality show, it's really not much of a priority to them.

"When [the children ] were little, that was like, the outing," "Aunt" Jodi said, referring to the episodes which showcased the family in their Sunday best. "They're not [going to church these days], cause they're obviously away."

Kevin was less condemning, as he said, the couple tries "to make an effort to get there" but he wasn't sure it was a priority for Jon or Kate. In response, Jodi simply shook her head, gesturing "no."

Barry Knoltnow from the OC Register, asks, "Who cares?" when it comes to Jon and Kate:

"...I really don't care what happens to these people....If it turns out that Jon has eight more children with a secret wife in New Jersey, I won't watch.
If Kate leaves Jon and moves in with the Octomom, I won't watch.
If Jon and Kate go on "Dancing with the Stars," I won't watch.
If the sextuplets audition for "American Idol," I won't watch.
If they attempt to save their marriage by installing a stripper pole in their bedroom, I won't watch.
If Jon and Kate go out on a double date with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, I won't watch.
If it is revealed that Jon and Kate are actually deep-cover spies for an unfriendly regime, and agreed to have eight children and be on an American reality show as a cover for their intelligence work, I won't watch."

Dennis Miller slams the Gosselins on Fox News. Apparently, Hollywood isn't as impressed with Kate as she thinks they are.

O'REILLY: OK. But we're seeing a rolling trend of Americans accepting this kind of stuff. Look at the Octomom. We have real-live children in situations that are damaging to them emotionally. Now it used to be, when you grow up, Miller, tell me. In my neighborhood, if a parent was harming a child, I've got to be careful here, because it was a different time. I'm not talking about spanking or anything like that. But if a parent was harming a child in my neighborhood, the other adults would rally around and tell that parent to knock it off or they'd do something about it. It doesn't happen anymore. In the American community, we're not rebelling against the Gosselin family or the Octomom or this nut in Canada. We're letting it go. And therein lies the problem, I think. But I don't know exactly what we can do. Do you?

MILLER: Yes. We've got to bring back shame. We have to shun people from the herd. We don't do that anymore, because we don't want to step on anybody's toes. Now, I don't know who the Polynesian kid is there. Is he the oldest son, and — or is he the guy who's married?

O'REILLY: He's the husband. The Polynesian kid is the husband. They had six babies at once through in vitro. It's almost kind of like the Octomom thing. But the problem is that these children don't know what's going on there. Every other kid in the neighborhood knows their parents are loons. And wherever they go for the next 10 years, they're going to be freaks. People will be pointing at them and doing all of this stuff. And I mean — what is the responsibility of TLC? What is the responsibility of society for this?

MILLER: The responsibility of TLC is to look for a family with nine kids for next year. They're a constant. They're just going to do television. What we have to do as a society is very simple. All you can do is a one on one basis. If you run into these two, just turn your back on them and walk away. They should be shunned. We've got to start outing people from the herd when they do creepy stuff like use their kids to get a TV show. I don't know. We seem to celebrate people. They should be shunned.

Bonnie Fuller from the Huffington Post slams the Gosselins as Slumdog Millionaire parents:

"...And here's my next big question: Are any of the bags of money earned by Jon & Kate and the hardworking Gosselins being set aside in trust funds for each of the kids? Or are Jon & Kate free to use it all for her French manicures and his frequent bar-hopping?

If not, these adorable tots aren't much different than the little stars of Slumdog Millionaire, which has grossed over $400 million, while they're back to living homeless in the Mumbai slums. A bunch of adults made enormous bucks from the work of these kids in front of film cameras, yet the little ones didn't end up with much more than a few nice, new outfits.

Hey, the Gosselin kids are always well-dressed too. At least in front of the cameras!

Who's going to intervene?"

Entertainment Tonight is hosting a video from the show in which Jon says they don't call each other when they are apart. That is one of you biggest issues, dimwit. If you want a happy marriage, you have to be around each other.