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In a shocking new report an editor for TLC’s once popular Jon & Kate Plus 8 has been arrested on child pornography charges.

William Blankinship, 56, who has worked on a variety of TLC’s family-friendly shows, including 17 Kids And Counting and Kate Plus 8 was arrested Oct 21 in North Carolina when he was caught in a State Bureau Investigation sting called “Operation Spyglass.” Blankinship was one of 24 men who were arrested on felony charges for “possession and distribution of child pornography and/or sex acts with a minor,” RadarOnline reports.

The arrest report states William is charged with 10 counts of “sex exploit of minor (3rd) 14-1,” which basically states he was in possession of visual materials that represented a minor engaging in sexual activity of some kind.

At this time – thankfully – no bond has been set because according to a spokesperson for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, William will remain “under the authority of the U.S. Marshals until they are sentenced and convicted, and then they’d be sent to a Federal prison.” This means he remains in prison throughout his trial and then is moved to the penitentiary where he will serve out his sentence.

William was never actually an employee of TLC, but was hired by the network as a subcontractor employed by Serious Robots and Figure 8 Films to edit portions of their reality shows. “Upon learning of the shocking allegations his employment was terminated,” Figure 8 Films announced in a statement.

Because William was a subcontractor not employed by the network TLC has assured the public he was, never at any time, in contact with any of the eight Gosselin children. “At no time was this man ever in the field or in direct contact with any of the talent for any of our productions,” their statement promises.

In response to the allegations Jon Gosselin is speaking out about his “distress” related to the situation — particularly that William had a tremendous amount of access to “raw footage” of his children! “Of course we filmed potty training…” Jon reflected. “Any parent would be freaked out by this, because the cameraman definitely shot the kids getting ready for bed, being showered and being changed.”

“My first thought when I heard this was, ‘Oh my God!’” Jon revealed. “I’m sure everyone working on the show is shocked and never expected something like this.” Gosselin added that he met William “several times” through his association to the show. Wait – didn’t TLC deny that he had any contact with their reality stars?

Jon is not taking the news lightly and will be doing further investigation into the charges. “I have contacted an attorney and I’m trying to gather all the information from the authorities in North Carolina to see if there is any evidence he has footage of our family or if he has distributed it.”

As for what his ex-wife Kate Gosselin has to say, Jon plans to communicate with her about the matter. “I will write her an email because I feel this is going to explode, because it is so bad,” Jon regretfully explained.

Jon who has been against his children continuing on reality television, previously stated: “I put my kids out there to every pedophile on the planet and they never got paid for it,” of their involvement in television. Sadly, this is a case where it isn’t rewarding to be right.

As for Kate, so far she has not released a statement on the horrendous matter. The mom of many has been focusing her time in her new promotional role for CouponCabin.com and was snapped leaving for her job with the company.

It is our sincerest hope that no damage has come to the Gosselin children related to this matter. Reality Tea will continue to bring you the updates.

THOUGHTS ON THE NEWS? DOES JON HAVE LEGAL RIGHTS AGAINST THE NETWORK FOR THEIR FAILURE TO PROTECT HIS FAMILY?


After pleading for television gigs and insisting that she will never be able to provide for her brood turned up nothing, it seems mom of many, Kate Gosselin is taking her ex-husband’s advice and returning to nursing.

Kate, 36, tried and tried some more to become a TV star in her own right, even pitching television show ideas, but no job offers apparently came in, so with no where else to turn she is eating humble pie and pulling on some scrubs!

I know! Poor patients! If you recall, free bitch Jon Gosselin publicly chastised Kate’s refusal to let go of a life as a C-List celebrity; reminding her “reality TV is not a career.” Encouraging the woman who was his former partner in fame grubbing to “Get back to normal life, simple life, provide for your family, and go from there.”

After months and months of hanging onto the delusion that people want to see her mug on their TV screens screaming at her kids and throwing tantrums giving parenting advice or hosting talk shows, Kate has accepted it’s not going to happen. According to Life & Style the former terror of Kate Plus 8 has completed courses to renew her nursing Incense as a labor-and-delivery nurse. Pregnant women of Pennsylvania, you have been warned!

“She just completed more courses to renew her license,” a ‘friend’ reveals to Life & Style.”She has no clue how she’ll continue to pay for the kids’ private school and living expenses,” adds the pal of Kate’s decision to reconsider nursing ( though she has yet to find a job in that field either!).

Kate has laughed off claims that the family is rolling in the dough and became filthy rich through the series. “I read what we apparently make and it’s hysterical,” she told The Huffington Post. “[I've saved] for a little while. People think we made gazillions of dollars, and we didn’t.”

However previously released accounts of Kate’s monthly expenses don’t paint the portrait of a woman living on modest means! It’s been reported she spends as much as $500,000 per year on staff alone! She needs to employ that full-time bodyguard! For her safety…

“The bottom line is I have eight kids to provide for,” Kate recently admitted and I guess that is the bottom line. Although I find it very hard to believe Jon and Kate saved no money after several seasons on a very successful (at one point) reality show and several other accompanying endorsements, books, and media deals. I guess Kate’s GTH (Gym, Tan, Hair) regiment really costs a lot!

Photo credit: NBC

Do you believe Kate will actually return to nursing or is this just a last ditch effort to get networks interested in her plight? Is Kate desperate for attention or work?

UPDATE – So much for Kate Gosselin getting back to nursing and more importantly, getting off our TVs! Kate actually took to her twitter page to deny she is returning to nursing. “No truth,” tweeted Kate. “Renewed license when up for renewal. And that got it all going!”

Days after PEOPLE magazine (a very reputable mag) reported that two of her kids were expelled from their private school, TLC star Kate Gosselin went on national television and lied denied her kids were expelled, simply stating she decided to withdraw them from their school for some home tutoring.

Kate admitted that her kids were indeed acting out but blamed it on her divorce. Well RadarOnline is now reporting today that not only were Kate’s two kids – Alexis and Collin Gosselin – both age 6, kicked out of school for rage issues and bullying other kids, but also for harming an adult.

According to Radar, one of the expelled kids physically harmed an adult at the school not once, but twice! This reportedly created a situation that caused school administrators to believe they had no choice but expel the kid.

While the nature and extent of the adult’s injuries are unknown, the situation was severe enough that it contributed heavily to the school’s decision to expel the children.

Radar also reports that Kate’s decision to go on national television and lie about her kids’ expulsion has caused an even bigger rift between she and her ex-husband Jon Gosselin, as Jon knows the truth.

“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,” a source close to the school told Radar. “It’s clear Kate did not tell the truth.”

As for the kids, sources reveal that they need to be integrated back into private school as quickly as possible because “Alexis and Collin could go to a public school but they would be photographed and harassed.”

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS STORY? ARE YOU SURPRISED KATE LIED?

Kate Gosselin is making the press rounds today, giving new interviews to the Today Show and PEOPLE magazine. And no, she has nothing to promote.  She is simply wanting to set the record straight on some issues.

Issue #1 being that two of her kids were expelled from their private school in PA due to bad behavior.  Despite the report made by several media outlets, include the reputable PEOPLE magazine, Kate still denies her kids were expelled though she admits they “were having anger issues, acting out, having behavior things.”

“The school would never use that word,” Kate, 35, tells PEOPLE. “[Collin and Alexis] were not expelled. [The school] did not feel like they could meet their needs anymore, so it was decided they should leave, for now.” (Um isn’t that expulsion?)

Kate also tells PEOPLE the kids were acting out because they missed their dad Jon Gosselin. “They’ve been the ones to verbalize the most that they miss Daddy,” she says. “I could see that they’re the ones struggling the most.”

And it wouldn’t be a Kate Gosselin Today Show interview if she didn’t manage to take a shot at her ex-husband. When asked by host Meredith Vieira about a Tweet Jon sent last month, apologizing for his actions in 2009, Kate said she found his words to be insincere.

“I have never personally been apologized to,” she said showing frustration and adding that she doesn’t consider “an interview on TV or a tabloid” the appropriate venue to issue an apology.

While Kate claims to have forgiven Jon “for the sake of my kids,” she still wants us to know she is a victim.  “I am angry — I’m hurt and I’m angry,” she said of Jon’s past actions, adding she does not like to dwell on the past because she doesn’t “have time to waste being upset.”

When it comes to the status of her kids today, Kate tells PEOPLE Collin and Alexis are seeing a therapist and “doing much, much better.”  She adds, “I’ve kept the stability, the income – everything that they know and love – I’ve been the parent to come through on that.”

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