As if Kate Plus 8 wasn’t insufferable enough, the good ol’ producers at TLC thought it best to toss in one of the most polarizing politicians in recent history, Sarah Palin. You read that right – Kate and her gang of [adorable] munchkins will be heading north – way north – to get schooled on the ways of the Alaskan wilderness while campin’ with the Palins.
The momma Grizzly herself will be showin’ the Gosselins how to fend off bears, wolves, and those pesky Russian neighbors, while maybe doin’ a little cross-promotion for Sarah Palin’s Alaska, her upcoming show on the Discovery Channel, TLC’s sister network.
While it’s not unusual for us curious/masochistic worker bees of the Internet to watch a show purely to get in on postmortem criticism, the combination of Palinspeak and Kate’s eyerolls may be enough for us to go sans reality television for a night. And thankfully, we shouldn’t expect these two lovely [cough, cough] ladies to become BFFs off-screen. Popeater‘s inside source reported that “A friendship is unlikely” and “with Kate, out of sight means out of mind.” Whew!
Doesn’t it seem like Michael Lohan, Hailey Glassman, Kate Major and anyone else that has associated withJon Gosselin in the past year (including Jon Gosselin) should just disappear? We’re sort of feeling like they’ve worn out their welcome a thousand times over. That doesn’t seem to stop them from talking to the press though. Glassman, the woman Jon claimed to love and be soulmates with, except not anymore, is actually trying to compliment Kate Gosselin‘s new long-haired look. High praise from someone who dons only her finest Old Navy stretch pants to gear up for Celebrity Boxing.
Glassman seems like she wants to win some points with Kate, because she spoke to Entertainment Tonight about Kate’s People magazine cover, saying “She’s like fine wine, she gets better over time! She looks so much better now than she did three or four years ago… I like it – a new her and all the power to her, I think she looks amazing.” We get that Hailey might want to reach out to Kate since they both had terrible taste in the same man and might want to form a club, but something tells us Kate might be busy with her kids to care about what the college pot-smoker who was screwing her husband has to say. [Photo: GettyImages]
TMZ announced yesterday that Jon Gosselin had “sworn off reality shows—forever!” But nothing he’s said since suggests he’s planning to retire. Discussing estranged wife Kate’s goofy appearance on Leno last night, JoGo rather hypocritically sighed “it’s messed up, the timing,” before taking a more diplomatic stance. “What she does on TV, that’s her career. I’m happy for her career. I hope she can be happy for my career [and] we can have a career on TV, kind of together, but our kids will come off.” Woah, woah, Jon wants a “career on TV,” “kind of together” with Kate? What are they going to do without the cute spawn, review movies?
In further “hypocritical loser” news, it looks like JoGo’s decision to play up Mady and Cara’s impending birthday party like a wrestling match (“It could be World War III when I get home!”) may have been to hawk Entertainment Tonight‘s “live feed” of his arrival at the Pennsylvania mansion. So he doesn’t want his kids being filmed, but he’s going to show up at the birthday party with cameras? Your horns are showing, JoGo.
Jon Gosselin has complained before that he has no friends—which might explain why he keeps blabbing with tabloids and paparazzi. Sitting down with Entertainment Tonight, JoGo once again denied having the hundreds-of-thousands estranged wife Kate accused him of swiping, adding that she’s probably off telling the kids that he’s evil for not letting the nice cameramen film them any more. “‘Oh, daddy’s put a halt on filming. Your friends are going to go away.’ She probably worded it in a way that’s a violation to them, or their sense of security.” Bet she took away their toys, too.
While the court hearing over the missing moolah has been delayed for a week due to the death of the judge’s wife (poor guy has to come back to this after the funeral?), it shouldn’t put a damper in the ongoing drama. While taking a cigarette break with a mic-wielding pap from TMZ today, Jon complained that Kate was asking him to only spend two hours at Mady & Cara’s birthday party tomorrow “due to recent events.” “It’s ridiculous, I can stay as long as I want,” Jon muttered, inadvertedly (or not) making sure that the photographers will be salivating extra hard outside of the family compound. And you know those birthday girls are excited too! Maybe Nancy Grace will pop out of the cake.
I withdrew $22,000 last Thursday. I have the paper trail to prove it…I’ve never taken any money out because over ten years, Kate handled all the banking. Over the past four years of doing the show, we accrued $2,250,000. She says in the past week I took $230,000. I have withdrawn roughly $177,000 over the course of a year, which is less than 10% of what we made. That’s like my paycheck…I believe she’s incriminating herself and not thinking clearly. She’s wanting me to look bad.
…She’s hiding money. We have 11 bank accounts. That was just our joint account. She had a best-selling book. Where’s that million dollars? I didn’t want these things to come public. I didn’t want this to be embarrassing for her.
TMZ suggests that the pair are up to their neck in debt—something JoGo might not understand if he doesn’t do the books—but if Kate lied to Meredith Viera about her poverty this morning, there will be hell to pay.
It didn’t take long for either Kate Gosselin or TLC to react to Jon Gosselin‘s legal threats against Kate Plus 8. “I’m saddened and confused by Jon’s public media statements,” Mommy Dearest said in a statement. “Jon has never expressed any concerns to me about our children being involved in the show and, in fact, is on the record as saying he believes the show benefits our children and was taping on Friday with the kids…Jon used to [agree the show was beneficial] until as recently as the day the network announced the name change of the show and indicated that Jon would have a lesser role in the show…It appears that Jon’s priority is Jon and his interests. My priority remains our children and their well-being.”
If that wasn’t enough of a smackdown for you, The TLC Corporate Machine (as Dad’s showboating lawyer Mark Hellercalls them) had this to say about Jonny Go-Go:
We are aware of Jon Gosselin’s recent statements, and remain deeply disappointed at his continued erratic behavior. He and the family were shooting as recently as last Friday, without incident, and his latest comments are grossly inaccurate, without merit and are clearly opportunistic. Despite Jon Gosselin’s repeated self destructive and unprofessional actions, he remains under an exclusive contract with TLC. Direct filming of the children has been currently suspended, pending further conversations between both parents.
Erratic? Self-destructive? Opportunistic? This is what happens when you spend too much time with Michael Lohan, folks. You go from being a put-upon husband everyone pities to an obnoxious attention whore who thinks people care about him as much as his lovable spawn. It’s contagious!
The promo for next week’s hour-long episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 promises an “announcement” from the estranged couple, and seems pretty likely that they’ll reveal plans to divorce—what with all the sad music and alienated posing. Then again, maybe that’s just what they want us to think. Some other possibilities for the Gosselins:
Despite the drama, Jon & Kate are determined to see this marriage through. They will continue to vacation separately and not look each other in the eye until their kids are grown—or TLC cancels the show, whichever comes first.
Last night’s season premiere of Jon & Kate Plus 8 raised more questions than it answered about the fate of Jon & Kate Gosselin‘s marriage. Why did he tell his kids he was away for “work” if he’s quit his job? Is he even living in the same house? When they say they’re “here for the kids,” do they mean their relationship or just the show? The couple have since released a statement to explain what’s going on…sort of.
As many couples do, we are navigating a very difficult time. Our current situation brings us together around the children and some times sets us apart. We keep our faith that we will make the right decisions for our family.
Between the attention from the paparazzi and their own film crew (not to mention the resentful blog posts of relatives), it’s hard to believe these two can ever hope to patch things up. So will it be Kate Plus 8 and Jon Minus 9, or will Mom and Dad just not look each other in the eye? Get ready for some awkward, awkward reality TV.
Jon & Kate Gosselin threw a birthday party for their sextuplets this weekend—a week after their actual birthday—but there was plenty of reason to believe things weren’t back to normal. The pair hardly interacted—Jon spent more alone time with alleged cuckolder Steve Neild—and the couple left in separate cars. Actually, that’s pretty status quo for these two. But still!
With Kate’s relatives spilling specifics about their quarrels (“One time, Kate was so angry over some little thing that she pulled a huge drawer out of a dresser, dumped the contents on the floor, threw the drawer on top of it and stormed out of the room!”) and paps now capturing their every move, TLC’s rush to make next week’s Jon & Kate Plus 8 premiere as up to date as possible may not be over yet.
Who’s telling the truth: Steve Neild or Us Magazine? Neild, Kate Gosselin‘s friend and bodyguard, has denied that the pair are screwing their way through her book tours. In a statement from his security firm:
Tabloid media is doing what people love it for doing; skewing information, misinterpreting, and embracing garbage and gossip. Steve Neild’s and our firm’s client relationships are, always have been, and always will be of the highest professional standard. No allegation of conduct inconsistent with this high standard has any merit whatsoever.
While his firm says “no,” Us Magazine’s body language expert Janine “The Lyin’ Tamer” Driver thinks the above photo says “aww yeah, I’m like Brad Pitt up in that thang, keep it on the hush.”
The fact that that they are passing some travel documents to one another without looking at each other is what body language experts call a ‘Probing Point’ or a ‘Hot Spot.” We usually look at the person we are handing something to, but to not do that sends the message that they might be trying to convince us of something, i.e. that they have no connection.
We saw similar ‘convincing’ body language with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt during the promotion of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but we all know there was more to the story there!
She’s blinded us with science! Driver admit this isn’t proof or anything, but we’ve all seen Lie To Me. Something secretive and sexy is afoot! Either that or she’s got a book to promote. But maybe both!