You’d think it would be a relief to ditch the camera crew that’s been all up in your business for six years. But apparently it’s not so for Kate Gosselin, who admits that she is “freaking out, big time” at the prospect of life after reality television. The mega-mom put on a brave face last month when it was announced that TLC cancelled her show Kate Plus 8. Yet now she’s admitting her insecurities about the future, and fearing for the welfare of her children. Fearing for the welfare of her children? There’s a first. Kate is claiming that her offspring army “weren’t ready” to leave the show. “Nobody was. I’ve never quit a job in my life without having something else lined up. I don’t know what’s next,” she told People. In fact, the magazine made Kate’s financial woes their cover story this week. That oughta make the kids feel better.
“I told them I will work my fingers to the bone to make sure that they can stay here and go to their school,” she continued. “There are no guarantees in life for anyone, but they know that I’m giving it my best shot.” How…comforting? Damn, that’s a cold dose of reality, and not the kind that pays the big bucks. The real question is, what the hell happened to her piles of TV cash? Between …Plus 8 and her stint on Dancing With The Stars, you’d think she’d be able to build a house out of benjamins for her brood. Our guess? Divorce lawyers, therapy fees for eight, and salon bills for making her hair look less like a porcupine.
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Ding dong the witch is cancelled! After six years as the scariest reality matriarch this side of Kris Jenner, TLC has decided to pull the plug on Kate Gosselin and her army of cuteness. The network has issued a statement that they have decided not to renew Kate Plus 8, a series which follows the wacky antics of an exploited family disintegrating in front of a cold, unflinching camera lens. Kate took to her twitter to confirm the end of the show’s stretch after nearly 150 episodes. “TLC cancelled it. I’m sorry. We’ve had a great run! Six years of whirlwind fun-filled adventures.” Yet she’s looking ahead to the future, expressing a desire to do some “motivational speaking, book writing…and maybe even some dating!” She insists it’s not an end, but a new beginning. “Remember,” she wrote, “This is not a goodbye. I prefer to say, ‘See you around.’” We prefer “Goodbye.”
But she’s right, it isn’t totally over for Kate and the gang. TLC plans to “check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future.” No word on whether daddy Jon, who bitterly split from Kate last year, will be invited back as well. But he did reveal to Radar Online that he was very relieved at the cancellation. “I hope that this will bring more privacy to my children and that they can get the proper attention they need for any personal issues they might have in the future.” Or they’ll just make it into a spin-off series, Reality Rehab.
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For a while there it seemed like Jon Gosselin was willing to do whatever it took not to be an average, working-class citizen ever again. The reality-TV dad was clearly bitten by the fame-bug and would only consider things like suing TLC, selling autographs, and mooching off younger girlfriends to maintain his douche-tastic lifestyle. Happily, we can report today that, unbelievably, Gosselin got a real job in his old field of expertise, working in IT. A source tells E! Online, “Jon is back at work at a normal job…He’s working in technology, which he did before the show.” To which we say kudos and thank God he still has some sense. We were really worried about him for a while.
Could this mean the return of the camera-shy, humble Jon we grew to know on Jon And Kate Plus 8? We can only hope—at least it’s a step in the right direction. The real question we don’t even want to bring up though is who the hell hired him?
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In a stunning display of cause and effect, Alexis and Colin Gosselin have reportedly been expelled from their private school for essentially imitating their parents, Jon and Kate. OK, technically a source told In Touch Weekly that the two six-year-olds “fought with their peers, called them nasty names and made fun of other kids.” So yeah, imitating their bitter and bickering parents,Ã‚Â who have been calling each other nasty and insulting names in the press for over a year. Now the two young offenders are to be home-schooled.Ã‚Â Somehow we’re not sure if more time in the house with Kate and the rest of theÃ‚Â reality show circus is going to help them better adjust to the world.
“The things they are saying are not words they should know,” the source continued. “They are learning them somewhere, but Jon doesn’t know where.” Perhaps they learned the words from the cameramen who have been following them around every moment of their cognizant existence. Apparently the children have “rage issues” connected with their time on TLC’s reality show,Ã‚Â Kate Plus 8. According to the insider,Ã‚Â “Collin had such bad issues that he refused to get his picture taken at school because he’s tired of being on-camera.” That is one of the saddest things we’ve ever heard. The kid is six, and he’s probably ready to take a swing at a paparazzo. Did you hear that?Ã‚Â It sounded like thousands of child psychologists across the country screaming “I TOLD YOU SO!”
This isn’t the first time one of the Gosselin children have acted out. According to reports, one of the sextuplet girls was expelled for two weeks last spring for hitting a classmate. And it will probably continue unless their situation changes.Ã‚Â Kids are smarter than we think, and no matter how hard the parents and handlers try to shield them from the chaos and fighting that is a part of their lives, they’re going to pick up on it. Hell, all they have to do is google themselves to get the latest chapter of their family battles. Children look to their parents to learn how people interact and get along. And if that respect isn’t there, well…their next series could be Kate and 8 Plus Probation Officer.