Kate Gosselin appeared on Bethenny Frankel's talk show today. Bethenny asked Kate point blank how she spent her Jon & Kate Plus 8 earnings. Kate turned the conversation around – poor little divorced me – and said a few things about co-parenting that Bethenny really needs to apply to her own life.
First – the money! Where did it all go? Bethenny pointed out that Kate made a ton of money during Jon & Kate Plus 8's wildly successful run. Typical Kate hemmed and hawed a bit but ultimately agreed and said it was a blessing.
Bethenny continued, "You said publicly you kind of need to support your kids. You need money to support your kids. So I think people want to know where the money went, where the money is."
Kate answered, "The majority of what we made, I personally took and put into a college fund for the kids because they will go to college. So I use coupons and we don't wear top brands. Those things, to me, really aren't overly important, but college, school, and the house where they live is important.
Kate Gosselin, who has a cook book to promote and a lawsuit to milk, is out and about. Consider yourselves warned. On the Today show, Kate talked about how much she's changed since Jon & Kate Plus 8 aired, as well as the lawsuit she filed against ex-husband Jon Gosselin. She did it for the kids!
Well, it appears the rumors were true! Kate Gosselin just can't go away…it's as if reality television is her own form of crack. This go-round, the former Jon and Kate Plus Eight star will be switching lives with Kendra Wlikinson for Celebrity Wife Swap. I guess ABC is taking a cue from Bravo's housewives' franchise and not requiring its "stars" to be actual wives…
The women will spend a week in the other's household, trying to maintain order with the family rules before implementing a system of her own. I can only imagine how drill sergeant Kate will fare when she returns home after laid back Kendra has been in charge!
Jon Gosselin probably thought his life would improve after divorcing Kate Gosselin, but unfortunately things have gone from bad to worse for the former reality star. While his ex-wife lives it up in a million-dollar home promoting coupons, it seems the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star is so flat broke he is forced to choose between child support and rent!
“I can’t afford to pay my rent and the domestic-relations staff tell me they will put me in jail unless I pay child support,” Jonconfesses to Star. Jon reportedly owes about $3600 in back child support.
In what may just be the least shocking news ever, it seems that there are still fans of Jon & Kate Plus 8 who walk among us. Well fan. Singular. And it’s Kate Gosselin herself. Color me surprised!
The former reality mom turned fifteen minutes of fame diva recently tweeted, “Wow. We all agreed: we miss our show&the adventures and huge opportunities to help and entertain :)others! Why am I watching and crying??!:)” My guess is she’s crying because she’s no longer on television, but I could be totally wrong about that!
Surprise! We knew there was a reason that Kate Gosselin suddenly emerged again to give interviews this week – even gushing about getting along with her ex-husband Jon Gosselin- and it wasn’t just to spread the joys of couponing with the masses.
Turns out Kate is trying to shop around a new/old show, but nobody is biting! During the interview with Today she claimed that the kids were missing filming and that “they” were all hoping to do a new project: “We’re hoping – our TLC contract is over – so we’re hoping to move forward and do more fun projects. Fans are begging, ‘They’ve grown up, they’ve turned eight, what are you doing?’ and so we’re hoping to put that out there for them.”
Poor Kate Gosselin try as she might, she just can’t let go of the past! Despite having a new job as the representative and former “celebrity” blogger for CouponCabin.com, Kate still yearns the spotlight and misses it in a big way!
Although the star of the once popular Kate Plus 8is reportedly “happy” to have a new job, she is still hoping in vain for a new TV gig! “Kate would do anything to have her own job as a TV host,” Kate an unnamed source tells HollyBaby.
Kate, while grateful for the opportunity to espouse her knowledge of budgeting (knowledge?), really, really, really just wants to show off her TV prowess! “She’s happy to have something to do while the kids are at school and she knows a lot about being on a budget, so the coupon job is good for her,” the source continues. “But is she thrilled to not have cameras with her? No! She craves the spotlight.”
“She’d even do reality TV again if someone asked her to.” She’d even do reality TV? I’m pretty sure that sentence meant to say she’d LOVE to do reality TV again! So if SuperMom Kate is prepared to do pretty much anything to get in front of the paparazzi again – why isn’t she on another reality show already?
“Kate’s really unwilling to show her personal life outside of being a mom so not many networks are interested in another reality show,” the source expects us to believe. “That’s why her TLC show bombed, it became boring.” Wait – the show became boring and audiences lost interest because we, the viewing public, wanted to see more of Kate’s personal life?! Yeah – I don’t think so. Frankly, we saw enough of that!
Personally, I think too much of Kate (and ex-husband, Jon Gosselin) in the public eye was the reason people lost interest in the show. Their divorce drama combined with constant pleas for media attention (aka famewhoring) drove viewers away. Especially after fans started to realize the show and subsequent drama was less about featuring a family and the lives of the eight Gosselin kids and more about the dysfunctional dynamic behind the scenes. Furthermore, I, along with many other fans started to think the show was exploitative to the children and Kate becoming a domineering drama queen, screaming at everyone on the show further isolated viewers. Again, that’s just my opinion.
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WHAT DO YOU THINK? IS KATE REALLY DISINTERESTED IN DOING REALITY TV? DO YOU THINK AN UNWILLINGNESS TO PUT HER PERSONAL LIFE ON SCREEN IS THE REAL REASON THE SHOW BOMBED?
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 allegationsJon 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?