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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)

You guys have probably already heard that Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have agreed on and sign their divorce agreement.

I heard one comment that Tom was willing to settle quickly before any messy details come out -- whatever -- but my POV is that this is best for Suri because when she googles this time of her parent's divorce in the future she will not find any glaring "he said/she said" headlines that go on for months.

It is just too bad that the same cannot be said for the Gosselin 8 since their parent's divorce is considered one of the nasty ones. At least there are 8 kids and can rely on their collective memories to figure out what is fact and what is fiction, whereas Suri is an only child and it appears that she has few, if any, friends her own age.

July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

Thursday night's ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT had a segment on DWTS and their upcoming All Star Season.

Here is the chat who may make a ballroom return: Stacy vs. Elizabetta, Jerry vs. Emmett, Donny vs. Marie ...

Other names were mentioned, and it was commented that getting Stacy Kiebler would be a major get simply because George Clooney would be in the audience LOL

Entertainment Weekly's Jessica Shaw believes producers will try to maximze ratings and said, "I think that if Bristol Palin would do this show then DWTS would love to have her back. Kate Gosselin, I'm sure, is like calling ABC every five minutes and going like plaleeeeeze let me be back on the show."

I cracked up while I was watching this segment ... IMO Jessica Shaw was doing everything she could and not bust up laughing while talking about Kate Gosselin.

July 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

You'd think after leaving so many burned bridges behind, one would figure out how to stop starting fires, right? I've never really watched that show regularly but I'd like to see Donny vs. Marie. That would be fun, and I bet they have a hoot doing it too.

July 14, 2012 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

"Wow. We all agreed: we miss our show&the adventures and huge opportunities to help and entertain :)others! Why am I watching and crying??!:)," Kate tweeted.


It turns out, Kate and her kids actually actually watch old episodes of Jon & Kate Plus 8!

This woman will NEVER stop!!! this was from radar.com

July 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

Hope all the small town gang is having a great summer...

Love that Mickey M....I bet ABC has caller id....they probably don't even answer the phone when they see 1-800-GRIFTER light up.

She was given so many opportunities and she blew every dress rehearsal--- (that thing called a BIG HEAD will catch up to you one way or another.)

She has that big house her kids bought for her...do a home radio show to plug into your 5 sheeple each week.....do whatever but please stay off tv.

Watched a show called Beverly hills nannies from California--- production companies still filming kids for bath times...Helllllllloooo world don't let people film your kids while nude--- you may never know who is gonna get the film footage--- blankenship--- tlc

July 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

WG I posted a couple of days ago , did you get my post ? I know you might be busy but I just wondered.

July 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

Yes, I got it dear Julie B and I apologize, I am in the middle of all sorts of busy busy things here and am finding it hard to have time to take care of the blog. Don't take it personally please! Plus I have to admit all things Kate Gosselin make me feel pretty ill by this time. It would be just fine with me if she would move away from this small town and go to Hollyweird once and for all. leaving the kids here with Jon of course.

July 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

WG- I totally understand , not taken personally at all!
I know exactly what you mean about her I never go to her twitter anymore or Webpage . I just happned to see that on radar while reading the o ther day . I think other than her twitter "followers" she is done. She ran her own course. She did her ownself in. I bet the kids are getting big and really happy to have some privacy.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

Here is an update on Octomom from TMZ.com:

Rest easy America, your tax dollars are safe ... 'cause Octomom + Porn + Stripping = NO MORE WELFARE!!!!!

Sources tell TMZ ... the mother of 14 no longer needs government assistance thanks to her various XXX gigs. We're told Octo has raked in more than enough cash to support herself -- we're talkin' 6-figs.

TMZ broke the story ... Octo went on welfare​ back in March (resulting in a slew of death threats) claiming she needed the cash to help feed her family. But as of June, her 3-month cycle ended and she chose NOT to renew it.

We're told Octo still stands by her decision to go on welfare in the first place ... but she's happy to show the world it was just a temporary situation.

Kind of like her clothes ... at a strip club.

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

This morning I found on a local station the old TV show HERE COME THE BRIDES with David Soul and Bobby Sherman from 1968. God I loved this show, and when it was cancelled when I was 13 years old I wrote and mailed letters to the network begging them to keep this show on the air. Alas my letters did not make a difference in their decision.

Fast forward to 2009 and once again 40 years later I find myself writing letters to a network about a TV show but this time I am asking them to cancel it because the children are being exploited. Still as we all know it was not until August 2011 that we officially heard that KATE PLUS 8 is was cancelled by TLC.

Here we are almost a year later and I can't help but chuckle how Kate seems to be desperately clinging to the idea that she is wanted somewhere in the TV world. I listened to her recent radio appearance and found it so boring ... and of course everytime she used the word "honestly" I knew that if her lips were moving she must be lying.

Anyway today is a good day since it started off seeing a show on TV that I have not seen in 40 years (egads - where does the time go?), and I hope and pray that it will be at least 40 years before I see reruns of J&K+8 or K+8 on my TV ... but of course by then I will be in my 90s and I probably will not give a rip who is on my TV :)

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

Kate Gosselin Shopping Around Reality Dating Show: Report

http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/kate-gosselin-shopping-around-reality-dating-show-report-2012237#ixzz21VxJOtP3

This makes me ill............... blah!!

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

I'm a bit behind but just wanted to say

it's my duck Snuggles' 5th birthday!

http://twitpic.com/abeyc2

First pet I've ever had longer than 4 months (not counting gerbils)

July 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPamelaJaye

This has to end and never happen again. What? Where a couple with 8 children lie, grift, take, store and keep everything they could get their hands on based on having the unexpected 8 children.This was so planned out that I will never believe anything about Kate having polycystic ovaries, excuse the spelling and several of us nurses do not even believe that those 6 are really all John & Kate's children. Never did. Such a difference in looks plus Kate dislikes her sons so much. But I think this needs to be blown open as Kris Kardashian and her destruction of her family needs to be exposed.

I could go on and on, but Polly, you have always told the truth. The bodyguard is not a bodyguard and that is obvious. I don't know too many people who have a bodyguard protecting them unless they have a lot to hide, especially someone who took so much from Church members those first few years and demanded, actually demanded first class everything.

Blow the whole thing up and tell the truth and then, maybe, just maybe those kids will get some therapy and be with people who love them. I have never seen such unhappy, posed children in my life then what Kate posts on her blog. Sad, very sad. Living in isolation except for school.

She needs help, I believe her family knows this, her brother and sister in law tried so hard to help those children, very sad.

Wonder if those 6 are still beating each other up when she is not around. It was their previous past time and she either did nothing or she bragged about how exhausted she always was. She never raised them and she is furious she has them now. Well getting custody did not get her another show. I do believe K8 was her true self, so pre occupied with herself and her bodyguard.
Good luck Polly, I hope you can expose all of this or it just goes away. But 8 children need help.

July 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren, NH

Happy Happy Bday to Snuggles....how many years old is that for

a duck?

A dating show for Kate----- if you have to shop for one chances are it is a no go. Some mom's will do anything not to have to be home with their kids....she is something else.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIrene

Julie B,

I also saw that blurb on my AOL home page but I didn't really think much about it because Kate was such a bitch to John that most men with "a pair" would run to the hills -- and her "baggage" of having 8 kids would have nothing to do with it.

So yesterday morning I got around to 15 to see what was new over there and I saw the video of Jimmy Kimmel addressing this latest news re Kate. I have to admit that Jimmy did it in a way which shows how I believe most people who do not wear rose colored glasses see Kate Gosselin. It was a hoot!

Then last night on ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT the host said, "... and a look at who else who is looking for love ... Kate Gosselin may be taking her dating life to television. The 37 year old divorcee and mother of 8 has reportedly agreed to do her own dating show."

It was a quick little blurb. Again the ET host used the words MAY BE. Now I don't know if this means that Kate is available and willing to date just to get back on TV or if a dating show is already in the works and being filmed.

Do I think that Kate is desperate enough to actually use the kid's money to produce and film her own dating show and then try to sell it to a network? YES

But once again I refer back to the Jimmy Kimmel skit. Unless viewers want to see how Kate abuses and controls the men in her life, I just don't think that there will be enough viewers to watch this show. IMO Kate being Kate has already submarined any possible return to TV, that there is no interest in who she dates, they just want her to go away once and for all.

Happy belated birthday to Snuggles!

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

Karen, I agree the bodyguard isn't a bodyguard and to me it seems obvious too. Why would she even need one? The whole thing is ridiculous. I feel very sorry for his wife and sons.

True, Irene, and some people will do anything to avoid having to get a real job. I think it's a perfect example of what Paul Petersen's pointed out; once someone's famous and made the sudden big money that comes along with it they think they're above "normal" jobs from then on. Nothing mediocre for Kate.

Saw that Jimmy Kimmel skit somewhere, maybe on radar, a few days ago and it's hilarious.

July 27, 2012 | Registered CommenterWerny Gal

It is official -- DWTS has announced who will be on their all star show:

Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars will feature Gilles Marini, Pamela Anderson, Kelly Monaco, Shawn Johnson, Melissa Rycroft, Joey Fatone, Helio Castroneves, Joey Fatone, Drew Lachey, Bristol Palin, Apolo Anton Ono, Kirstie Alley and Emmit Smith.

Plus, for the first time, fans will be able to vote for the final All-Star -- it will be either Kyle Massey, Sabrina Bryan or Carson Kressley!

Yep that's right, NO KATE GOSSELIN!!! Whohoooooooooooo!

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

I saw the skit too! I laughed out loud! She just wants to travel!!! SHE misses it! Who would want her !?????????

July 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie B

I've heard of ducks up to about 17 years old.
(and thanks!)
As for Kate's show - is this a show that at least has a production company shopping it to networks, or is she shopping it herself, to production companies (or more naively, to networks directly)?
Is there even a production company that would go near her?

July 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPamelaJaye

I think it is hilarious.....I was looking at Julie Carson May's Media Motion site....Kate pays big money for that woman and yet on the Kate page it says NOTHING about her rehearsal on DWTS.....all that humialion and Kate can't even use it on her resume!

anyway, hope everyone is having a good summer it is hot as hello down south!

July 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterirene

Grifting 101 - I am beginning to see signs that not only do people now understand how grifting works thanks to Kate Gosselin and Octomom, but that grifting is no longer working.

Last night I could not help but notice that on my AOL home page, under "Wierd News" no less, is an article about Octomom begging for money.

The fact is I already knew about it over 24 hours earlier thanks to TMZ.com. What is going on is that even though Nadya has had a lot of publicity recently with her solo DVD and stripping in Florida gigs, she is still crying cash poor so she is now asking her fans to give her money. Specifically $150,000.

As of this morning when I checked the dedicated web site where you can give Nadya money she has only 1% of what she is asking from her fans. I find this interesting since I first heard about it on TMZ, then on Huffington Post on AOL so word is definitely getting out that she needs help, but yet people do not seem to be coming forward and giving her money.

Therefore I am inclined to believe that people are learning all about Grifting 101 and are no longer willing to help. Or maybe it is just HOM moms like Nadya and Kate Gosselin, after all one can only grift for so long, you certainly can't make a career out of it just because you choose to have a bunch of kids if you couldn't afford them in the first place.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

To get back to the subject of this thread, apparently on Hoffman's web site he has posted information re a contract that Jon and Kate had with Lane furniture a few years back that was very lucrative.

Now, as for whether or not his book will ever be published, who knows. Since there has been no release as of the end of July, I figured that Kate and her legal team were able to stop the book from seeing the light of day. But then I see this little tidbit of information that only confirmed what I already knew -- I saw furniture in the new house that was not in the old house and even with no verfication that it was "free", suffice it to say I assumed that it was at the time because TLC could not film a show in a huge home with no furniture.

Guess I will have to wait another month or two to see what happens in regards to Hoffman's book, if anything.

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

Mickey, Hoffman allegedly made an appearance on 15 and stated the book would be out in August.

Werny, any word on whether Jon is gainfully employed or not? Did he give the interview to Star Mag being reported on at Radaronline about being too poor to pay his rent and being threatened with jail for being behind on child support? Also, according to Radar and Kate's attorney, Kate relieved him of paying his child support back at the end of April (great timing with the People Article "She's a great mom!", btw). Can she do that? I didn't believe so.

I really wish these two would stop airing their dirty laundry in public. I thought we were past this, at least to this degree.

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersilimom

On Thursday's episode of THE VIEW when the gals were talking about Steven Tyler and Ann Curry recent departures from the TV shows they were on, or more to the point, if you were let go should you just own up to it or say that you wanted to move on.

Then Sherri Shepard brings up Kate Gosselin's name -- at first saying it with Ann Curry's name so it was very hard to understand her point of view that she was trying to make -- but then Sherri gets back on track and said, "Kate Gosselin was reportedly talking about her wanting to do DWTS all stars ..."

Barbara said, "She will do anything ... she has to earn a living "

Sherri continued and said, "Her comment was 'I wish everyone the best but it is a sigh of relief' which I think for Kate Gosselin you may not want to own up to I may not be a bad dancer cause it shows a lack of confidence and you don't have anything up under you so people can't hire you"

Once again with the women talking over each other it was hard to follow, still I was surprise how Sherri threw Kate's name out there in the first place.

Then today on my AOL homepage there is a video of E ONLINE about Kate Gosselin and not getting on DWTS. I thought, OK, whatever.

But then a couple hours later on my AOL news reel I see a photo of Jon Gosselin. Apparently on ROL it is reported that Jon is so broke he can't pay his child support and his rent, but then there is another article from Kate's attorney stating that on April 27th, 2012 Kate has opted to relieve Jon of his child support payment obligations, that she alone will pay for the kids.

I cracked up when I read one comment about how Kate did not sashay into court and let the judge know this was OK with her, nooooo, the judge would have to approve this decision.

The bottom line, if these stories are based on facts, then this means that Kate will not allow Jon to be thrown in jail as a dead beat dad. If true, kudos to Kate for seeing that allowing the father of her children to be arrested would only backfire on her in the eyes of her children in the long run.

August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMickey McKean

Well, the past few months are starting to make sense now. First sheeple tweeting about Jon being behind in child support and going to jail. (April) Twitter threats (I use the term loosely) and the Gosselin book (early May) and Jon apologizes for his share of the divorce (mid June). The Gosselin Book then goes on hiatus due to legal issues (late June). Next we have Jon stating that Kreider is a good mother (Late June). Meanwhile, Kreider is hinting REALLY loudly that she'd love to be on DWTS again. Gosselin Book site posts a contract that the Gosselin's signed for furniture. (July 30) Then Jon states publicly that he's being punished for pulling his kids off of reality t.v. and that he could be going to jail for not making CS payments (Aug 1). Kreider's lawyer then states publicly that Jon was relieved of those payments on April 27, 2012. (Aug 2). Feel free to add any drama that I missed, like going ballistic at the photog who had the "money shot".

Kreider ultimately is passed over for DWTS because her story is not compelling enough at this time. Gee, really? I think she wasn't asked back for a very different reason. People are sick to death of this phony and she no longer gets away with her Diva behaviour (Canadian spelling). I believe Tony and other members of the cast were so abused by her that having her back was out of the question.

As to the CC site, I refer to it as the Shyster Shack. Everything Kreider posts is pathetic and the comments are 99.9% negative and mock her totally asinine posts. I'm betting that Shyster Shack does not renew her contract in November.

BTW, her marathon running has morphed into 3 miles? Did she ever actually run a real marathon? Methinks not.

Have a great weekend everyone.

August 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterP.J.

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