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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A month after Radar Online first claimed Alexis and Collin Gosselin were expelled from school for hitting other students—which mom Kate denied—the tab is now changing its story: turns out the Gosselin tots were also attacking adults. “Both Jon and Kate were sent a letter from the head of school explaining that despite their best efforts, staff had reached a point at which they had to request the children enroll in another program,” says their source. “Both Alexis and Colin received three full weeks of intensive special treatment to focus their behavior…[but] it became apparent to the school that the pair needed intensive assistance to help them with their social, emotional and academic needs.”
Though Kate blamed her divorce from Jon Gosselin for the drama (“there has been nothing but positive that has come out of [the show]”), it sure sounds like reality-show stardom is playing a part, too. “Collin actually covered his face when he was having his school photograph taken because he thought he shouldn’t be photographed,” says Radar‘s insider. After Kate’s meltdown on Sarah Palin’s Alaska, it looks like everyone could use a time out from TV.
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Kate Gosselin doesn’t appreciate you assuming TV stardom is turning her children into unschoolable hellions. First off, Collin and Alexis weren’t expelled in the first place! “They were not expelled from school,” she told Meredith Viera on Today. “They were having anger issues. They were acting out, having behavior things…So I did what I could do, we mutually agreed, I brought them home…[a tutor] is teaching them on on one, they are excelling along with weekly therapy…The goal is to get them back into school.” And it’s her divorce from Jon Gosselin, not the camera crews that are inspiring this. “[Collin and Alexis] have been the ones to verbalize the most that they miss Daddy,” she told People. “I could see that they’re the ones struggling the most.”
While she acknowledges that the shows help with her income, Kate’s feels the public attention does a whole lot more for her eight rugrats. “There has been nothing but positive that has come out of it. I am working while they’re by my side and traveling and that is not only providing us trips for a lifetime but it’s providing for their future and I am still sitting here honestly telling you Meredith and I believe it wholeheartedly, as does the evidence that you see on TV, that it is in their best interest…we would not be doing it if it wasn’t… it’s a heaven on earth job, it really is.” Seems weird she’d claim there’s no negative side when her kids are acting out over her divorce, but maybe she figures she would have split from Jon even if he hadn’t become the fame-hungry JoGo monster we loved so much last year.
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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!