Last night we were treated to a double dose of Sister Wives. First off, Kody and Meri tackle their fertility issues, and then the Brown clan celebrates Valentine’s Day polygamist style. Throw in some drama about financing four new homes, and TLC’s bringing the tame drama! I’m not complaining…I’d take tame over crazy any day of the week!
Kody and his wives are trying to find homes in closer proximity with one another. Right now, the wives are all spread out over Las Vegas, and the children (all the children!) aren’t really functioning as a family. The wives meet with a realtor and lender hoping to be able to purchase four houses on the same street. Currently everything on the street is under construction. Basically, two of the wives, if approved for financing, can move into two homes within the next month. However, the other wives will have to wait until their houses are actually built. Kody and his wives reminisce about their perfect home in Utah, but hopefully they will have four perfect homes in Nevada…sometime. The lender admits that it isn’t unusual for her to work with polygamists. However, it’s tricky having five borrowers trying to buy four homes at one time. Kody, his hair, and his spouses vow (0nce again! haha!) to get all the necessary paperwork together for the loan officer.
Kody and his Sister Wives have been struggling since moving to Las Vegas, so they are trying to make it a positive experience for the children and all the women. That can only mean one thing…date nights!
Kody has a new car thanks to his marketing gig. The family meets at Robyn’s to see the crew’s new ride. It’s a convertible, so that’s practical given the amount of children this brood has. Wait, am I watching Sister Wives or the Bachelor? It seems as Kody planned individual dates for each wife so that their relationships can grow separate from the giant polygamist family they’ve created. Chris Harrison would be so proud. First up? Meri is granted a decades long promise from Kody, and the couple is going skiing together for the first time.
This Sunday Sister Wives returns for it’s third season. Just in time for Mother’s Day! The wives and husband Kody Brown have been making the rounds promoting both the new season and their new book, which is presumably about living a polygamous lifestyle.
This season the Brown family continues to struggle with living in Las Vegas. This season fourth wife Robyn welcomes Solomon, her first child with Kody into the world (she has three from a previous relationship). Solomon is the 17th child for the family. As first wife Meri continues to struggle with her fertility issues, Robyn she offers to help Meri by being her surrogate.
Kody and his ladies appeared on Anderson Cooper where they talked about their unorthodox marriage and what fans can expect from this season. And unsurprisingly Meri is considering Robyn’s offer! “It’s something I’m looking into,” Meri told the Silverfox.
The wives say they all work together to raise all the children, and Solomon is no exception. “It doesn’t matter,” explained third wife Christine. “When he cries we all turn and try to make him happy except when it’s time to eat.” Meri echoed that, saying: “We feel like one of the moms definitely.”
Attention All: Kate Gosselin is dating! That’s right — the divorced mom of eight long been rumored to be having an affair with her very married bodyguard Steve Neild, is dating someone — and it’s not Steve!
According to HollyBaby, Kate has been on several dates with a mystery man who is possibly her boyfriend! “Kate has been set up on many blind dates,” a source reveals. “But finally one guy has caught her eye.”
“He’s not in showbiz but she met him at an event. The two have been quietly seeing each other but she hasn’t introduced him to the kids.” While Kate is on the dating scene again, the former star of Kate Plus 8 may have ulterior motives because HollyBaby is also reporting that Kate is jealous of her ex-husband Jon Gosselin‘s relationship with Ellen Ross!
Apparently, the Gosselin kids “love” Ellen which has Kate steaming with jealousy! “Kate’s kids are starting to ask about Ellen and talk about her to Kate,” a source discloses. “They think Ellen is so funny, and they ask Kate if their dad is going to marry Ellen.” A photo of Jon and Ellen is below!
“Kate can’t stand that the kids like Ellen,” the source added. “Kate wants the kids to not think of Ellen as a stepmother, it drives Kate crazy. Kate doesn’t like the kids getting close to her and she refuses to accept Ellen.” Well, perhaps Kate can get over her preoccupation with Ellen by focusing on her new man!
ARE YOU HAPPY FOR KATE THAT SHE IS FINALLY DATING? DOES KATE NEED TO ACCEPT THAT JON HAS MOVED ON AND IS SERIOUS WITH ELLEN?
The rumors that Kate Gosselin is having an affair with her long-time bodyguard Steve Neild have been swirling for a while, but is there some truth to the gossip? I mean, Kate is apparently worried over her finances given that she no longer has a “real” job, yet she is still keeping Steve on the pay roll? Sounds fishy to me!
After being caught on what seemed like a romantic date without Kate’s eight, In Touch Weekly is reporting that the two looked quite cozy during an intimate dinner last month. “They were smiling and laughing,” an onlooker reports. “They definitely looked like a couple.”
Kate has long denied any romantic relationship with Steve, telling the Today show: “There is no affair. There never has been an affair;” claiming they are just “very good friends.” However, viewers of her former show Kate Plus 8 can attest that there were certainly some sparks (remember the pizza meltdown of the final season? yikes!)
Even her ex-husband Jon Gosselin has added to the rumors that Kate and Steve are a little more than just friends. “I speculate, but I don’t know — that’s a general feel,” Jon told Good Morning America. “You know, almost like when they were traveling together, I felt jealous. Here I’m Mr. Mom. And then there’s some other guy traveling with my wife.” And he was wondering just what kind of protection Steve was providing for his then wife! “Whether it’s protection or not, it’s all in — it’s in the back of my mind.”
Indeed, an insider is telling the mag that Kate and Steve definitely have a relationship! “Kate and Steve take long, lingering walks and even stay in the same room when they travel.” On a recent trip to Chicago the pair was definitely acting like a couple, and Steve also accompanied Kate on a recent trip to Australia! “Kate doesn’t hide her feelings for Steve,” the insider adds.”They’re not ashamed of their relationship.” But perhaps they should be!
For those of you who are thinking ‘good for Kate for finding a man!’ think again as Steve is actually a married man (who is often spotted sans wedding ring)! Steve’s wife of 20 years, Gina must not be too pleased by the amount of time he spends with a woman other than his wife. When In Touch attempted to contact Gina for her opinion on Kate’s relationship with her husband, she hung up! “She must be outraged,” a friend informed the mag. Kate has also claimed to be “good friends” with Steve’s wife, but somehow I doubt that! A photo of Gina Neild is below.
DO YOU BELIEVE THE RUMORS? DO YOU BELIEVE KATE WOULD REALLY HAVE AN AFFAIR?
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?
Good News! Kate Gosselin, reality TV has-been is now employed! And she’s “cutting back” on her expenses. I wonder if she’ll <gasp> use boxed hair dye to save money?!
The former star of Kate Plus 8 just announced she will begin a partnership with couponcabin.com, where she will write blogs about couponing to help pay the bills. “No matter how much money you have, it’s just smart to use coupons,” she tells E! about her new guest blogging gig. “It’s like free money in your pocket.” Kate’s first blog will debut Nov 22 – just in time for the holidays, she reminds us.
Apparently, Kate is an excellent saver (riiight) and has been couponing since “C-List celebrity” went to her head. “One week, I remember saving more than half my grocery bill that week with coupons,” she said. “I was beyond thrilled.” Kate’s blogs will reportedly include tips on how to “stretch a budget for a large family, holiday shopping tips, gift ideas and more,” along with sharing her “top coupons.” Oh, how the money have fallen.
In other Kate news, the 36-year-old single mother is cutting back on her personal expenses and investing much of her new-found free time into developing a budget. Good! So did she sell that $55,000 sports car? “I track my expenses and budget more carefully, which means I have to spend time on it,” she tells Life & Style, trying to earn brownie points with the public so she can land another TV gig “Finding the time is, of course, hard when you’ve got a large family. I’m doing my best to stay on top of it, though.”
Kate claims she takes budgeting very seriously as a result of losing the bulk of her income. “[Now] when I need to make a purchase, I always comparison shop to make sure I get the best prices,” she insists. “I’m constantly planning ahead. I plan ahead with grocery lists, daily purchases, extra expenses, you name it.”
Kate’s reasoning behind her money-saving efforts? Apparently, Kate’s change in income requires her to live on a much stricter budget! After a quick perusal of her recent earnings I find it hard to believe that she is that hard up for cash! Here’s the breakdown:
For the final year of her TLC reality show, Kate was earning a reported $250,000 per episode! It adds up to about $5.25 million in just two 21-episode seasons! That doesn’t count the income her children likely received for participating in the show!
Last year, Kate was a contestant onDancing With The Stars for which her wooden and completely emotionless performances reportedly earned her an unheard of $100k per week! It was rumored that she earned more than any other contestant.
Kate is the “author” of four books – two of which landed on the New York Times bestseller list. Who bought those!?
Kate commands $25,000 to $40,000 for each speaking engagement or appearance she commits to. WHAT?
Another thing to remember, Kate will continue to receive royalties from reruns of her shows as well as residuals from sales of books and other endorsements.
So where exactly did all that money go? Surely her hair care doesn’t cost that much! Allegedly Kate shells out nearly $500,000 per year to employ a staff, which includes two housekeepers, two nannies, a personal assistant and one infamous bodyguard, but I have a feeling that TLC likely footed the bill for many of those expenditures. No word if any of those employees have been laid off since her show was canceled!
Also, Kate sends all eight of her children to private school, which costs the family an estimated $500,000 per year. Wouldn’t her retired famewhore ex-husband Jon Gosselin be contributing to those costs? Additionally, Kate lives in a million-dollar home she claims is essential to maintaining her children’s lifestyle.
Kate shares that despite the new financial strain she is still able to put money aside. “I’ve also been managing to save for my family’s future.” Good for Kate, I am glad she is working hard to provide for her children.
Following up on last week’s shocking story about the recent arrest of former Kate Plus 8 editor William Blankinship on child pornography charges, Kate has yet to comment on the ghastly situation. Hopefully she is working together with Jon to best protect her family as a result of this serious issue.
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THOUGHTS ON KATE’S NEW MONEY SAVING EFFORTS? IS IT LEGITIMATE OR ANOTHER PLOY FOR MEDIA ATTENTION? DO YOU BELIEVE KATE IS REALLY STRUGGLING FOR MONEY BASED ON HER PAST EARNINGS?
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?