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Sunday
Apr082012

Happy Easter from Small Town Gosselins

Easter brings another beautiful spring day to Wernersville, PA after another week (season, year, heading toward decade) of Kate Gosselin drama.  Outside in the real world the sun is shining and a slight breeze invites us to kiss the cold and darkness of winter goodbye.  Every day is a new opportunity for new choices and beginnings.  May today welcome a season of peace and harmony for all of us including Kate Gosselin and especially the eight beautiful children who did not ask to be a part of the publicly-displayed continual emotional upheaval they are burdened with.  Happy Easter, everyone!

Sunday
Mar252012

Gosselins Included in "Biggest Scandals Ever" Show on E!

The E! Channel has been airing an episode of E! True Hollywood Stories entitled "Biggest Scandals Ever" over the past week. The Gosselins were included, placing them right up there alongside Charlie Sheen, Tiger Woods, Mel Gibson and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  It's less than a year after Kate Plus 8 was cancelled and already the Gosselin shows have been reduced to a gossipy "where are they now" kind of show. 

My readers may recall that I was a guest on the the E! True Hollywood Story "Kate Gosselin" which aired early in 2011, along with fellow author and Berks County local Al Walentis.  E! used some of their footage of Al in this week's "Scandals" show but I didn't make the cut which is just fine with me.  (Who likes seeing themselves on TV?  Oh yeah...never mind.) 

Funny how the Gosselins are referred to in the show as "America's favorite family."  I never even heard of them until they moved to my small PA town in late 2008 and they'd already been on TV for a few years before then.  In fact they didn't become a household word until the scandals began in the spring of 2009 and if it weren't for all the mud slinging and tabloid headlines their show would have probably been cancelled and they would have faded into obscurity wihout most Americans even being aware of their existance.  Kate may have complained about the tabs and the paps but financially they were the best thing that ever happened to her.  For a while, at least...

Here's a transcript of this week's show kindly provided by blog reader L.

    Reality TV loves a train wreck, but the Gosselin family seemed to be an exception to that rule.  Until off camera scandals made headlines.  In April 2004, big news came out of the small town of Hershey Pennsylvania. A local nurse, 29 year old Kate Gosselin, was pregnant with sextuplets. 

Kate: I cried. Not tears of happiness, no. Tears of fear. It was scary. They kept counting and counting and counting and counting and I thought they would never stop.

Jon: The fear at the beginning, yeah, how are you going to do this? How are you going to support them?

     The Gosselins were already proud parents of twins. Then, on May 10, 2004, Kate gave birth to three boys and three girls via Caesarean section.

Kate: A very great experience. Wonderful friends made. Awesome nurses, awesome doctors and I am just very thankful for this day. They're healthy babies.

TV Host commentator Michael Kosta: They had to deal with eight kids at once, so there was just naturally a sense of, “We're rooting for you."

     But Jon and Kate needed more than good wishes.

Kate (looks like she's on the GMA set): We were in a position after our sextuplets were born that we could not pay our bills.

Ken Baker (E! News Chief Correspondent): Producers at the Discovery Health Channel did a couple documentaries about their life. and they were such a big hit, that they decided to do an entire TV series on the family.

     Becoming reality TV stars paid off in perks.

Al Walentis: Clothing, Cribs, strollers, car seats, different amusement parks. Just about everything in Gosselin world was being paid for by someone else.

Alison Rosen: People began to feel like maybe the fame is going to Kate's head.

Ken Baker: Kate got a tummy tuck, she also got her teeth whitened, and mind you most of this was documented on the TV show.

      By 2008, the demands of shooting the series took a toll on the young couple.

Stephanie Santoro, former Gosselin nanny: Kate always wanted things her way or no way at all. She always wanted Jon to do things for her. If he didn't do it right she would flip out on him.

Kate: Anyone who has to watch themselves on TV, and how they talk, um, you think, oh, that came out a lot harsher than I meant it too. Or louder or meaner.

Ken Baker: Fame really changed their lives. She was spending most weekends away traveling, doing speaking engagements. She really enjoyed the attention.

      Although the Gosselins kept a lid on their marital problems. Rumors began to spread about tension between Jon and Kate. Then in January 2009, photos surfaced of Jon partying with various women at singles bars.

Ken Baker: He would hit all the local clubs. People were telling me that he'd go out dancing, having fun.

      At the same time, Jon and Kate remained under contract to film their show.

Ken Baker: They were really living totally separate lives, barely communicating. And when the cameras would come they would turn it on and pretend they were together.

Jon (Chris Cuomo interview?): I mean, I am sleeping in an apartment above my garage. I am paying a mortgage on a house I don't even sleep in anymore. 

       Finally, on June 22, 2009, in a move that stunned fans, the Gosselins decided to end their marriage on national television.

Howard Bragman (Vice Chairman, Reputation.com): Jon and Kate probably would have split up eventually. It just happens a lot quicker in a reality TV world.

Al Walentis: The divorce papers were filed the day that the episode ran.

Ken Baker: At the peak of all the drama they got over 10 million viewers. They were more than doubling their viewership by finally exposing the true reality of their lives.

     Kate wanted to continue filming the show, but Jon was ready to quit.

Al Walentis: He had a sign made up that said TLC is not allowed here under penalty of law, signed 'Jonathan Gosselin.'

Kate Gosselin: TLC has always said if one of us didn't want it to happen it anymore... and obviously they're not going to stand in the way... Jon is a parent. But, I wish he would think harder about it because it has ended our income, and our paychecks, and our opportunities. It is a terribly hard situation to be in.

     America's favorite family was in turmoil. Scandalous stories about the Gosselin's divorce dominated the media, fueled by the couple's custody battle.

Kate Gosselin: It is very clear that we are two different people at this point, with two different sets of goals.

Ken Baker: After a lot of back and forth, a lot of posturing in the media.  Kate won primary custody of all the kids. As a result, she continued to shoot the series which was retitled Kate Plus 8.

Kate Gosselin: I don't feel like it is time to end it if we are all enjoying it. I just feel the nine of us who want to do it should be able to do it.

     But Kate was having problems coping. During one episode of the show, she lost her temper when the babysitter and the kids took a piece of pizza that Gosselin said was for her bodyguard. “I am so tired of your dramatics,” the nanny told Kate on camera, and then quit.  Due to negative publicity and low ratings Kate Plus 8 was canceled in August 2011.

Howard Bragman: Kate Gosselin needs to focus on being a good mother and making a living and supporting her family.

Alison Rosen (entertainment journalist): Those eight kids are better off without the show. Having a reality show means your life is different and is interrupted. It was a like a tiny child star factory.

     Where the Gosselins go from here is anybody's guess.

Alison Rosen: Kate got a new haircut and now she's involved in extreme couponing, but no one cares.

Dr. Charles Sophy (psychologist): When you are a reality person who was Average Joe, and now you're going back to that person, it's a very tough road.

Alison Rosen: Perhaps Jon and Kate can have success in the public eye again. But, I don't think there are that many people who are clamoring for more Gosselin anything. Except for news of how they are having a tough time and they are in trouble.

Kate Gosselin: In everybody's life you make sacrifices. Everybody has to work, everybody has a job. Ours is a very unique job. It has taught us many things. It's given our kids many opportunities they would not have otherwise had.

(end)

Thanks to L. for providing this transcript. :)



Wednesday
Oct262011

Kate Gosselin's Tweets Not So Sweet

Kate Gosselin's tweets, which have been known to include veiled (or not so veiled) jabs at her ex-husband Jon, took a new direction in nastiness Monday when she put down widely respected veteran actor and child advocate Paul Petersen. When a Kate fan informed her through Twitter that Petersen had been on a local radio show that morning, Kate's response was, “lol. He just needs a platform to hear himself talk...”

Paul Petersen's worked in the entertainment business for over fifty years. He starred on the Mickey Mouse Show, co-starred in classic feature films with Hollywood royalty like Cary Grant and Sophia Loren, has had several hit singles, and authored a series of sixteen books. In 1990, following the suicide of former child star Rusty Hamer, Petersen founded A Minor Consideration, a non-profit child advocacy group providing support and guidance to former child stars and children in the entertainment business. The group's membership currently includes approximately 600 former child actors. In 2009, he successfully petitioned a California court to appoint a law guardian to oversee the earnings of the widely publicized octuplets born to "octomom" Nadya Suleman. In 2010 he met with community leaders, lawmakers and the media to promote PA Representative Thomas Murt’s bill to reform Pennsylvania’s child labor laws (still pending). Ironically, Kate Gosselin, who achieved fame by giving birth to sextuplets after intrauterine insemination and is widely reputed to be self-centered and difficult to get along with, would be lucky to achieve half the success in her lifetime that Petersen has achieved in his.

Kate's rude tweet about Petersen was in response to the fan telling her that Petersen had been “judgmental” on the local radio show, but it's hard to figure how someone who's dedicated his life to preventing future child actor disasters could be construed as anything but positive to a mother of eight famous children. Perhaps Kate Gosselin resents the fact that Petersen brought attention to the need for improved child labor laws in Pennsylvania partially as a result of her shows, Jon & Kate Plus Eight and Kate Plus Eight, being filmed here. Many former fans of Gosselin's shows now believe she exploited her children for fame and money by allowing them to be filmed engaging in such private acts as having their diapers changed, sitting on the potty, fighting and having tantrums, and vomiting. The proposed bill will protect the working children of PA by limiting hours they're allowed to work, mandating that they have guardians on set, and have protections for their financial well being set in place, among other improvements. For most parents of kids working in entertainment in Pennsylvania, that bill, when it finally passes, will truly be something worthy of tweeting about.                                                               

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Article first published as Kate Gosselin's Tweets Not So Sweet on Technorati.

Saturday
Apr232011

Win a Free Copy of J&K+8: "Reality" TV & the Selling of the Gosselins :D 

Here's a fun little contest for winning a free copy of my new book  Jon & Kate Plus Eight: “Reality” TV & the Selling of the Gosselins.  There are two version of this contest.  Take either the words "beautiful werny" or "beautiful downtown wernersville" and make as many words out of them as you can.  Send me your response by the end of Monday in a comment along with your name and address.  I won't be publishing the entry comments but I'll continue to publish your other comments as usual.  On Tuesday I'll print the two winning entries along with the two winners' first names.  (I won't print the winners' last names or addresses, just their entries and first names.)

 

If you absolutely refuse to pay for a copy because you're a KateMate, there will be more contests so you can take your chances.  If you can't wait or are lousy at contests, you can order the book at the link to the right.  You can also send me contest ideas if you think of anything fun.  I'll be giving away four or five books and I hope we can have some fun in the process.

 

To all my dear readers, Happy Easter.

 

Thursday
Dec302010

The Australia & New Zealand Fiasco

The source I mentioned in my last post was correct and so were my instincts about Jon.

Jon did not want the kids to go to Australia.

Kate's attorneys convinced a judge to overrule Jon.

This is the same judge who said the kids could still be filmed, back in October.

Jon is hurt and upset that his kids are filming, he is upset they have been taken out of the country without his permission, and he is upset that he won't get to be with them on his custody days for the next three weeks, esp since he would have gotten to ring in the New Year with them if they were home.

HollyBaby reported the flight alone cost TLC almost $142K.

Kate, you made $3.5 million last year alone.  TLC, you've made hundreds of millions off of this fractured family in the past six years.  In the process, a marriage has been lost, friends and family have been cast aside, and some time ago eight sweet children, who've had no choice in the whole mess and said they don't want to film anymore, are acting out and in turmoil.

When is enough enough?

Additional questions that quickly spring to mind:

Kate, what Bible did you learn this kind of Christian parenting from?

Two of the younger Gosselin kids have recently been expelled from school.  How is missing more school due to filming helping these eight children educationally or socially?

Steve has reportedly lived at the Gosselin house rather than with his own wife and children in Maryland for some time now.  He "bodyguards" a woman who few people care about while true stars like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie travel without security.  Kate gets a bodyguard, the kids do not.  The bodyguard carries toys, luggage and other personal belongings wherever they go, and he also carries the kids.  Steve and Kate often travel alone together and stay in the same hotel.  There are several pictures and accounts of Steve and Kate touching each other as well as sharing affectionate looks.  He is from New Zealand, a small island right next to Australia, of all places, where they are now all traveling, and they will be going to New Zealand during this trip.  Where are the professional boundaries in this relationship?  Why does Kate need a bodyguard?  What kind of messages does this relationship give the eight little ones whose parents recently divorced?

Sounds to me like the judge involved has very little understanding of parenting, child development, the reality of "reality" TV, and even the financial situation, but even if the financial situation was bad (which of course it's not) children are not responsible for supporting their parents.  If this judge is who I think he is, he has a reputation for focusing on money rather than what may actually be best for the children.  It's bad enough when one of the parents has skewed values when it comes to the welfare of her children, and we know TLC doesn't give a rat's ass as long as they're making money, but the thought of a judge allowing one parent to take the kids out of the country to film against the other parent's wishes?  That is truly frightening.  How can the kids be protected within this kind of a system?