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Sunday
Jun242012

Who Is Robert Hoffman: About the Author of a New Book About Kate Gosselin

 

The world is astonished to learn that anyone could think the public will buy a 297K words (that's 800 pages, folks!) book about someone whose social relevence has long faded.

 

The author of the supposed upcoming new book on Kate Gosselin claims to be Robert Hoffman. If it's true, who is he? He's been mentioned over the years, and I have occasionally clarified who he is in my blog comment discussions, but allow me to consolidate everything here, all in one place at the same time, once and for all.

Robert Hoffman, or Bob, as he is sometimes called by friends and family, was an employee of the Reading Eagle until he was fired around 2007. He then teamed up with Al Walentis, another former Reading Eagle employee who in the spring of 2009 was part of a massive Eagle layoff of 50+ employees, to follow the Gosselins for US Weekly. While working as reporters for US Weekly, they agreed to share notes for a book they planned to co-write about their adventures following the Gosselin saga during that summer and fall. 

The summer of 2009 was a crazy Gosselin summer here in Wernersville. We were besieged by the paparazzi and tourists who gathered in front of the Gosselin property until the cops were eventually handing out tickets right and left to anyone who even came to a complete stop on the road in front of the house. Robert Hoffman and Al Walentis were at the property every day along with paps from all over the U.S. as well as the U.K.  Robert Hoffman and Jon Gosselin eventually became friends, or, in my opinion, Robert ingratiated himself to Jon. Jon gradually included Robert in his social activities, inviting him inside the fence, including him in dinners and on trips such as the one to Las Vegas for the Wet Republic pool party.

 

Flashback to 2005: As you may recall if you are familiar with Gosselin history, Dana Hoffman was the Reading Eagle blogger who first ran entries in the newspaper questioning the sincerity of Jon and Kate's, particularly Kate's, impassioned cries of poverty and need for excessive “love offerings” for the children and family. She also questioned why the state should pay for care for the children beyond the normal care provided for other state-assisted families, particularly when the parents chose and even engineered this lifestyle for themselves. And she wasn't afraid to point out Kate's many instances of entitlement and rudeness toward those who came forward to help.

 

In 2009, after Robert befriended Jon, he was afraid Jon would find out he was married to Dana and be upset about it, so for months he pretended he and Dana only coincidentally had their last names in common. As it turned out Jon was not upset when he found out, probably because of Jon's good nature and the fact that he and Robert had been friends for some time by then.

 

Here's Robert picking Jon up the day the kids were upset about being dropped off in the big blue bus. He's driving the car Jon gets into at the end of the video. 

 

Eventually Robert pulled out of the book with Al and withdrew some of the material he'd contributed to it, telling Al he was afraid Jon and US Weekly (which was still paying him) would know he was the source. Since then he's claimed to be a friend of Jon's, although personally I question his definition of the word Friend. The story about Jon having two call girls in for the night at the Las Vegas hotel, while Jon's mother stayed in the room next door, came from Robert, and so did the chicken coop story, which Robert shared with Al after apparently making it up to see what Al would do with it. Robert's also the one who launched that annoying/cloying bogus Jon Gosselin fan site, unbeknownst to Jon.  It also appeared to me that Robert was the person pretending to be “an insider” giving “exclusive” information on one of the Kate fans blogs a while back. Robert, Jon's “friend,” was also the one who took the photographs of Stephanie Santoro leaving Jon's Gosselin garage apartment early in the morning.

 

After meeting Jon in person some time ago and finding him to be sincere and unassuming, and seeing how Robert appeared to enjoy manipulating others, I told Al I had doubts about Robert's trustworthiness. I also at one point tried to warn Jon through a go-between to no avail.  My concerns about Robert's loyalty to Jon were further validated after Al gave me a disk which Robert had given him after the summer of 2009, containing Robert's original notes for his and Al's book. At my suggestion, Al withheld from printing some of the information on Robert's disk in his book because it was either not credible, or, if it were true, could have been extremely hurtful to not only the Gosselins but other families as well. I do not plan to share the nature of that information but I am mentioning it here to provide background information on Robert Hoffman.

 

Will Robert's book have anything special in it that hasn't been covered already by Al or in my book, which focused on the need for child advocacy in reality TV and the psychological effects on reality TV on the Gosselin family, especially the children? I doubt it. Has he interviewed “hundreds” for his book? I doubt it, and whoever he's interviewed probably hasn't included any true insiders. Is there any reason to believe Robert Hoffman has the children's best interests in mind? From the way he's been marketing his book, I don't think so. Has Robert ever given any indication that he is an advocate for the children? Um, no, and if he was, why would he write creepy tweets with cryptic Biblical references and comments about Deanna's boots? And why would any publisher accept a 297,000 page manuscript ~ equating to 800+ pages ~ about a topic that is clearly past its prime? Sounds to me like Robert's trying to create a lot of buzz about nothing. Also sounds like his main motivation is profiting off the Gosselin kids, and as we all know, no one's allowed to profit off of them except for Kate herself.

 

Reader Comments (154)

Mickey - I have been commenting here with you for a very long time and I have a great deal of respect for you. That being said, I have to say that I too found the comment about tapping (Kate's) ass to be in poor taste, at best. You are an incredibly smart and articulate woman and I think you used that turn of phrase for its shock value. Whether it was consciously done or not I don't know. I appreciate that you apologized and I personally feel we should move on.

Re: Bob's comments regarding Jon not being involved in this book: I think we may have an Andrew Morton & Princess Diana situation here. If they are the good friends he claims to be, then he had unfettered access to Jon's life and as a sideliner he probably witnessed a great deal. Did Jon contribute to this book? Maybe not "officially" but he may have spoken through his friends, much like Diana did. I think this scenario may also explain the recent interviews he has given. If he comes out in support of Kate now, there will be more credence given when he says "I had nothing to do with this. I think Kate is a good mother."

Werny, any thoughts?

June 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersilimom

You read my mind, Silimom. Exactly what I was thinking about Jon having access to Robert's book and being privy to the info in it. Sometimes the person being written about can't come out and say they endorse the book for legal or other reasons, but they are aware of it and may have even read it. They are just silent supporters.

It's actually a little chilly with a good breeze in Wernersville this morning. Hope it warms up enough for me to go to aqua zumba tonight. Have a great day everyone! :D

June 26, 2012 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

lots of good convo here this week , as far as the remark from Mcikey M , I think we have all said things sometime we thought would be funny infact the other person didnt take it that way. Knowing Mickey and her great posts here I wasnt offened I kind of got what she meant. A "new" book about the Gosselins should be interesting BUT I kind of think there might not be so much new . Their life has played out to the max already, we know Kate and her mouth , Jon has let us know he hasnt always made the right choices so in my head I think hmmm maybe someone who wants his 15 mins? I dont know I dont have a clue and dont pretend to, but just wanted to say hello and as always like how things can be discussed here without mean hateful things said like "other blogs" .......

June 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

That picture of kate looks like she is dressed up living in a mental institution and the makeup looks like she is in the descent of madness. Why is she spending the kids money for the expensive attorney in CA? She would be better off to let the book come out, because she would get many network interviews talking about it. She loves to do the morning show interviews. Also, when she was on the Today show the last time, I can't believe she didn't even mention the CC App not once until Ann Curry had to prompt her. She should of had some graphic or a cell phone and talked about it. I bet CC was fuming!

June 27, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlukebandit

Always great to hear from you, JulieB. :D

Hi lukebandit, that picture is from Kate's stint on DWTS. Gosh i haven't heard anything about CC for ages, does anyone know how it's doing?

June 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

Hi! Werny Gal. Yes, that is a picture from DWTS. I was being snarky. She looks like she has lost her marbles in that picture. lol It would of been Fabulous if when kate didn't introduce the Coupon Cabin APP on the Today show IF Donald Trump, who was waiting to talk on Today, if he would of had his cell phone and said: Everyone who wants to save money with coupons, why not try the new Coupon Cabin cell phone App now available! Ms. Gosselin was suppose to introduce it in the prior segment but forgot about it. I've got Coupon Cabin and so can you! Ha Ha I love to dream about scenerios about kate that put her in stupid light. haha

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlukebandit

That would have been funny, lukebandit, esp since Trump met with Kate for supoosedly her going on Apprentice and of course she never did.

We're in for a beeyotching hot day here and it's going to be blasting all through the weekend.

Any news on CC anyone?

Have a great day everyone.

June 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

Hi Silimom,

You are correct, I specifically choose my words because they were intended for only one reader: Robert Hoffman.

FTR when I woke up on Sunday morning and found this new post, I picked up my telephone and called Polly. Eventually my BF woke up and when we went out to lunch he asked me what was new in Wernersville that had me giggling.

So I told my BF the latest news that there is another book coming out and how Polly has just let the world know who the author is including the fact that he has been Jon's friend for the past few years. However, when I told him about the nasty and intimidating tweets it was my BF who made a comment that got me to start thinking "outside of the box".

This is why I was pointing out that men and women think about things differently. I also called Polly after lunch and told her my BF's comments and what I was intending to write -- this is why she was able to let her readers know what point I was trying to make.

Anyway I can see how some readers here were offended, and I will once again apologize and yes ITA we need to move on. But please understand that where I live the comment "I want to tap that ass" can be considered a compliment. Also if you watch the show TMZ it is not uncommon for either the guys or gals to say "I would hit that" when they are discussing a photo of a celebrity.

In regards to Andrew Morton & Princess Diana I can certainly see your point. Here we have Robert who is married to Dana, the original blogger re Kate's grifting, so he has been hearing bitching about the Gosselins for years, and then he gets a job where he is paid to cover their story? What a happy and very lucrative coincidence for the Hoffmans.

Now whether or not Robert's friendship with Jon is/was legit or just a way to secure information for a tell all book he was writing - with or without Jon's knowledge or approval - we don't know yet. However if there was a true friendship here I'm sure it was on Jon's end and if so ... when Jon realized that he was used as a means to an end that will ultimately hurt his family ... can you image the betrayal Jon will have to learn to live with?

I still feel that the timing of the book is too late, that the majority of the public no longer cares about anything Gosselin, but kudos to Robert for saying that 15 is his favorite blog. Whereas I'm not saying that 15 is not a good blog, I admit that my first thought was "gee, if I'm an author what blog would have the most potential buyers that might be willing to buy my book?"

We all will have to wait and see what happens, especially will Kate's attorneys be able to stop this book from being published? If it is published, will it finally get the TRUTH out into the open as to what this family and TLC have done? Or, because Polly has let the world know that he did fabricate the chicken coop story just to see what would happen, how honest and/or believeable is this author?

Have fun in Yellowstone with your family. To this day I still remember our family vacation in a 16' Aristocrat trailer back in the 1960's ... and Kate thinks that she suffered in a RV with no air conditioning? Back in the 1960's I don't think they had even invented an AC for RVs yet.

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

Here's their recent commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/user/CouponCabin

This was uploaded a month ago. Hmmm... I wonder why Kate didn't get to do the voice over?

June 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersilimom

This is off the topic ( as I usually do) lol but I saw a clip from The View today and Rielle Hunter was the "guest". As I watched the interview I thought to myself she acts sort of like Kate, she doesnt answer the questions directly and laughs like someone who doesnt have a clue about life. Someone who thinks SHE is rigth and the world is wrong! Now if she thinks having an affair with a married man and making fun of his sick cancer wife is right well ? If anyone has/gets a chance to see Id like your thoughts about her behavior.
Have a great weekend everyone! :)
Rielle Hunter and John Edwards ( topic ) Book is called What Really Happened

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

Kate still has the weekly blog on CC. It's not very helpful and it's more about her life. CC is having Kate run a marathon in Chicago in July. Marathons are all Kate has been doing.

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterncgirl

Hello Everyone, gosh I haven't been on here for ages. Decided to come back on this blog after seeing People Magazine article about Gosselins. It was much ado about nothing. Glad to hear that the kids are not filming anymore and that she has a job, if you want to call it that. They seem to have made enough to live very nicely now. TLC paid them very well along with all the freebies indeed. Werny girl, thank you for letting me come back and vent. Someone mentioned here she now runs, ummm where? Everyone have a great weekend!

June 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSadie

Last night Katie Courik ( sp?) was on bravo's Watch What Happens and she asked who was her least face interviewee and she said it was a parent of sextuplets because basically who cares. Did anyone else see it? She did everything but say Kate's name outright.

June 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

Nice to see you again, Sadie. Kate runs over in Lower Heidelberg township where she lives. I've never seen her running but there are lots of google images of it. And I guess you've seen that she's doing marathons. Every time I've seen her out she looks in great shape.

We're in for a weekend of thunderstorms here in Wernersville so I'm going to go to the pool while I can. Have a great afternoon everyone.

June 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

Yeaaaaaaaaa for Katie Holmes! Getting herself and daughter out of that crazy set up . I hope she gets everything she needs to bring up her daughter with more kids her own age , (thats what she needs) Sounds from all news accounts she has been planning her "escape" for some time! Its terrible to be powerless in a realtionship . Glad she got tired of being bullied and didnt want her daughter around that Sciencetology(sp) I hope it all works out in her favor! She secrectly rented her own apt in NYC.
Im off the subject again sorry! !!

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

If the rumors that have been circulating for years are true, maybe Tom will cut out the silly pretenses and just come out and be done with it. He's made enough money now and he'd lose some fans but probably gain more. Who gives a number two if anyone's gay anymore?

June 30, 2012 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

ITA with JulieB -- Yeaaaaaaaa for Katie!!!

I have always felt that Tom is a master controller -- in other words Katie has been living in a golden cage and she has been chained to that cage because of her daughter.

I believe the reports that Katie had to be very patient, smart, and calculated in order to plan her escape. I also loved hearing that she secretly got an apartment in New York without Tom's knowledge which means she has established her own residency which is why she was able to file for a divorce in that state -- a very strategic legal maneuver that Katie was able to pull off.

However, it will not be surprising to hear that Tom is going to try to move this divorce proceeding to CA where he will have more control, not to mention his scienceology buddies for moral support.

Meanwhile ... also according to TMZ.com ... Octomom has a new boyfriend that she has had for two months and recently they went on their first date (complete with photos on TMZ of course). So is anyone going to be surprised to hear in the not too distant future that Kate is going on a manhunt so she can be in the headlines again?

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

OK, after I wrote the above post about Katie, I surfed on over to TMZ.com and I found a new post that claims that Katie is saying -- and TMZ is confirming -- that two suspicious vehicles have been tailing her for the past couple of weeks in New York City.

Whether or not it is scientology or not is yet to be determined. But if true, this can only help Katie's case ... so maybe there are times that it is a good thing to have paparazzi around and snapping all those photos.

Good luck to Katie in securing her freedom for herself and Suri -- boy, is she going to need it as I'm sure that Tom is going to launch one hell of a battle. If Tom is in fact the controller that I think he is, and when you take the male ego into consideration and that he has a lot of money, things are going to get ugly ... real ugly.

July 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

Tom has apparently hired the same attorney he used to divorce Nicole.

I, too, hope that Katie Holmes is able to have the divorce heard in New York. Her father is an attorney and the divorce attorney she hired handled Joan Lunden's and Christie Brinkley's divorces, so it sounds like she has some good advisors.

I think that Tom should be a little nervous, frankly. Katie's team could pull in how he raised his children from his divorce with Nicole and I'm sure they could make a case for parental alienation which was no doubt influenced by his Scientology beliefs (like most cults, they separate you from family and friends the church considers a threat. They call it "disconnection" and consider it a basic human right, allegedly).

It will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersilimom

I also hope Tom is nervous! His work comes first . Ive posted on here in other postings about poor Suri not having any friends or "roots" . She is here there and everywhere! Thank God Katy saw the light and put her plan into motion. In the end lets hope Sure can come out of all of this some sort of a "normal" kid with some happy memories.
I dont understand why Tom thinks he has to be in so many movies I looked and he is working or signed up for abour 12 in the next couple years. He has enough money and will never get that time back spent away from his daughter. I dont know if this is true or not but I read he missed her 6th bday! Shame on him! Like the Gosselin 8 I only hope the best for them and her......

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

The latest according to TMZ.com is that the Cruise prenup will leave Katie with about $15-$20 million -- just more proof to me that Tom is a controller.

Of course this proves that Katie married Tom because she loved him, it was not about the money. Besides she should be able to get a lot of child support, and part of it no doubt will be for security people (real bodyguards) which by the way she just fired the ones she had because she felt they were too close to Tom and were reporting back to him.

Good luck Katie.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

So happy to be able to discuss Scientology Boy and his currently smart wife. I hope this blog will post my post.
I never cared *about* Tom. I only knew who Katie was when my brother started talking of it when they were "dating." I saw only one of his movies: Rain Man. All I know is he is famous, short, Scientologist, and doesn't mind butting into Brooke Shields' life. If he wants to jump on a couch i'm good with that - but stay out of other people's business. Oh and he's short.
Glad to see Katie so smart - planning. Glad the paparazzi can be used for good.
Tom's divorce from Nicole - I've heard - really screwed with the kids. I think they are still in the grip. My friend who follows FLDS doings can understand... my brother just thinks TC is a self centered pr**k. But the stories I mostly hear are that he is down to earth and polite. A friend once crawled around a trailer floor with him looking for an electric socket. She was thrilled - I was bored. He's famous, so what? Big deal.

Back when I was about 19, someone asked me and my friend to take "a personality test" - got inside, found out it was Scientology. They told me I was depressed (but of course they could fix it) .I kept saying no till I got out the door. Lisa took longer.. I was worried. Eventually she got out too. We had our own cult to worry about. We just didn't know it till 95...

Maybe NYC will work out for custody. If she did it down her in Clearwater, she wouldn't have a prayer.
Down here even grown men fear these people.

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPamelaJaye

Greetings Werny Gal!! I'm a little curious . . . over on another blog there is talk that Jon took the kids to the July 4th festivites over in Wyomissing while Katie Irene sat home and tweeted the usual parental alienation statements about how hard it is for her and the kids to be separated, but she put on her big girl panties because he asked to have the kids---I'm kidding about the big girl panties, but that's how it read. Someone went on to say that Katie Irene avoids the locals etc, not just because they're too mediocre for her, but because she worries they would be less than friendly towards her.

Any insight as a local? Any stories of the locals ignoring her or being less than friendly?

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusantoyota

Once again I, as a viewer of a reality show, assumed (or perhaps was easily led to believe) something only to discover that it was NOT true.

My bf and I have been watching DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER for about a year and by now have watched most if not all episodes filmed during the 8 seasons. The episodes are either filmed in Colorado or in Hawaii.

Anyway after filming one or two seasons in Hawaii they were obviously living in one house but then it appears that the family moved into a much larger house that has a huge wooden driveway gate with Dog's mug on it.

Suffice it to say that I would understand that being on TV you will have fans that will want to meet you and try to figure out where you live (not to mention being in a business where you are chasing fugitives they might want to find you too) and with having young children at home that the parents might want to relocate to a property with a gate for added security -- but why would you then label the gate not only with your name but your face on it too? Isn't the goal to keep the family safe?

The irony of it all is that as it turns out it is because of this gate's size -- which is 2 feet higher than the city zoning code allows -- that I have learned on the Internet not only where the Chapmans live on Oahu but more importantly that the Chapman family are tenants since their name is not on the deed. So the story is until this gate is brought to code, the owner is fined $50/day LOL

Yep that's right, the big house is a rental and since it is located on a street currently with two digit multi million dollar homes currently listed for sale, I have to wonder why anyone would pay a lot of money in rent in this neighborhood versus buying a home they can afford and work on paying off a mortgage.

Oh that's right -- if one is filming a reality show you must constantly fool the viewers, you have a "brand" after all. As it is the Chapmans always seem to have 3 matching new SUVs as they are tracking down fugitives but I have recently come to the conclusion after watching one episode in particular that they are leasing these vehicles and not buying them.

Well after 8 seasons this show was recently cancelled by A&E so that stream of reality TV income is no more. For the record it was reported the Chapmans and network were negotiating for a 9th season but due to "creative differences" (which translates as money/salary demands) the show was cancelled instead.

The funny thing here is that I think the Chapmans will be able to survive -- if nothing else they were filmed while working a real job, a job that they had before the TV cameras showed up, a job that I assume they have no plans of retiring anytime soon from since they still have young kids that are still in school. Of course another reason to keep their real job is because they have a landlord that expects his rent paid each and every month or they know that he can quickly evict them.

Reality TV -- just not all what we viewers think it is and this is something we should remember at all times while we are watching these shows.

July 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

I read somewhere that when Katie was going to move from the apt. they were in and move into the apt. in NYC, it was an apartment that her and Tom had but was empty. She convinced Tom to let her and Suri move into it because it had a underground garage, more security and a lot less paparrazi and on the ground floor a Whole Foods. Little did Tom know that Katie was going to use the new apt. as establishing residency in NY to sue him for divorce and try to get sole custody of Suri. Don't you know he is kicking himself 24/7. Katie is so brave. She tore off that Big Scab that was on COS and now people are beginning to see what is happening and what has happened.

People missing for years, a woman who left the CO$ was so happy for Katie for escaping COS. She gave her opinion and then her 27 yr. old son who was born into COS in 3 days after her speaking about Katie leaving, Died! They said he had a high fever and they took him to the hospital. But here is the horrible part. They passed 3 yes count them 3 hospitals till they got to the 4th one, a hospital that had one of their COS cronies for a doctor. The medical board at the hospital has suspended his medical license. Now the coroner can't legally let the mother see her son because his wife is a COS zombie and is in charge. The mother didn't find out for 3 days that her son was dead. How cruel! These people also push for the women in the COS to have abortions. Why? They also have people held there against their will. We need to boycott Tom Cruise movies. When you hurt TC at the movies you hurt COS's wallet too. Katie Holmes is a bigger star now than TC is. If Katie didn't marry TC her career would of skyrocketed from Dawson's Creek.

Where is the FBI?

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlukebandit

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