“Jon & Kate Plus 8”: Something’s going on here

How can anyone who saw this week’s episode of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” not believe the rumors that the Gosselin marriage is in trouble?

So much for happily ever after./TLC

So much for happily ever after./TLC

I’m not even talking about the controversial preview for next week’s season finale, which ambiguously addresses said marriage problems. I’m talking about the content of the skiing/Sesame episode. It was unusual enough that Jon and Kate were apart for the entire episode, with Jon taking Cara to Utah to ski and Kate alone at home with the rest of the kids – mind you, that’s seven other kids – and taking them to “Sesame Street Live” (gotta love those incessant product placements!). As happy as Cara seemed about skiing and spending time with her dad, there was an underlying sadness to the trip, don’t you think? Sure, she was homesick – but could it also be because she senses (or even worse, knows) the strife between her parents.

Plus, did you pick up on Jon and Kate’s body language during the commentary scenes? Kate spent all of her time on the couch completely closed off from Jon. Her shoulders were rounded (away from Jon), and she was definitely on *her* side of the love  (oh, the irony) seat.

Plus, when Kate spoke about how happy she was when the ski trip was over, she never once expressed happiness that her husband was back, too. (Chances are that even in the good old days she would’ve said she was glad Jon was home so he could help her with the rest of the brood.) Nope, she just talked about how thrilled she was that Cara was back in the fold. Hmmm…

So what are the odds that TLC is totally taking advantage of the marriage-on-the-rocks rumors to score major ratings with next week’s finale? Or is there really something going on that the network feels it must address, because any subsequent episodes – anyone know how long the Gosselins are locked into contract? – may feature the kids visiting Jon at his mom’s house?

In the meantime, you’ll be thrilled to know that there’s a new Gosselin book on the not-so-distant horizon. “Eight Little Faces: A Mom’s Journey” by Kate Gosselin (emphasis: no Jon!) is due out soon. Read more about it here.


  1. Nicky said,

    July 30, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    To have gone from the all american family into a reality nightmare that’s pretty harsh on anybody. I’ve lived threw my parents divorce and it wasn’t a nice experience. Everybody needs to back off of them. Expecially for the kids sake. Whatever Jon and Kate are going threw that’s their problem, they don’t need our options. Obviously they weren’t happy and if that was the case then it’s better off, instead of having the kids growing up in an unhappy household. As long as they know their parents love them and will be there for them there is no worries.

  2. Ann Davison said,

    June 30, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Kate is a greedy bitch, Jon is no better. Its all about the money, period! She wants to go to the spa, he wants a motorcycle, they go on vacation. How many families can afford to go away with 2 kids today, never mind 8. Its called reality! She is simply a jealous shrew, and she got what she deserved when Jon started stepping out on her. How many men would allow their wives to speak to them the way she speaks to him? Screams at him in public like he is an idiot. How many times have you ever seen her hug or kiss her kids. And I’m sorry to say Maddy is a carbon copy of her. Maddy doesn’t want anyone to “tell surprises”. She has to, or throws a fit. She wanted to get dogs that only loved “her”. Remember the episode of her coming in kicking the balloons on her birthday. How she “accidently” kicked and hit the younger kids. She is her mothers daughter, and I promise Kate is going to get just what she deserves from that one! Cara is much more sensitive and sweet. I hope the younger 6 can remain as sweet as they are. I just keep picturing Joel sleeping sick on the laundry room floor because he vomited on his comforter. That is until Jon got home and resued him. Don’t you wonder where they’re families are? She alienated her brother, Aunt Jodi, and her friend Beth with her greed, and his family has never been seen. Where are her parents and other sibling’s. There’s a lot more to this witch than anyone has said. I hope Jon’s “friend” is a lot more sensitive that Kate, the kids deserve it . Also have you noticed that she isn’t “bothered” by the fact that the little kids called her by the name of their babysitter. She said that was “normal” for kids when their mothers work. Is she crazy?

  3. kira said,

    June 13, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I think Kate and john just need to be left a lone for awhile. After what has been going on they are just stressed. Photographers cant be on them all the time . Come on people.

  4. Darah said,

    June 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Hey, who in American hasn’t had marital problems, the difference here is IT IS ON TV for all to see. Back off, let them work it out if they can. I have NEVER liked Kate’s berrating of Jon, especially on camera, she keeps saying “I forget how young he is”, he’s only 2 years younger, and albeit she is the organizer of the family, he also has his part to give. Just back off….we ALL HAVE ISSUES at one time or another with our loved ones. I would hate to see the show canceled for folks who believe they are better and DON’T HAVE ANY SKELETONS in their closets.

  5. me said,

    May 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    ok look
    you guys need to stop ragging on kate,
    she does the best she can and if you havent noticed before that the press takes stroies and try to make them juicyr. even though they are a LIE. do you think the press really cares?
    Well anywho. . . The gosselins try thier best to dowhat they do! Try to put yourself in thier shoes. She has even said that she wasnt even sure at the begging that she wwas never sure that she would be able to put food on the table. I think thats alot of pressure and she has come a long way. She has made changes for the better foor her kids. And the person who wrote this artical if you ever watched the final last eason THEY NEVER TALKED ABOUT HWO THIER MARRAGE WAS GOING!they just talked about how they werent sure about how they were going to get back and start a new season.

  6. PR said,

    May 15, 2009 at 9:25 am

    I used to be a big supporter of Kate, but now I’m not so sure about her. I do believe what Kevin & Jodi said on their online interview because what could they gain from lying? I wonder how Kate can be such a wonderful hands on mother if she’s always away promoting the show or a book. Obviously, Kate is controlling and wants what she wants, but I always chalked that up to her need to have perfect control to keep things running smoothly with 8 kids. I figured she was obsessive with everything to save her sanity, but now she’s the same way and doesn’t do half of her mommy jobs anymore. She just can’t, if she’s always away. I feel bad for those adorable kids too, especially Maddy & Cara who are old enough to realize what’s going on. Jon is no angel either & if he did cheat, he’s to blame for this mess also, but it’s apparent that Kate has become money hungry.

  7. Sharon said,

    May 14, 2009 at 3:02 am

    The thing that kills me about all this is they couldn’t get pregnant on their own. They opted to have 6 eggs inserted. Kate being a nurse would know that there would be a chance of multiple births.Now a days anyone can have this procedure done, and possibly have 6 children. You hear of it more and more everyday. It’s not like some miracle that they had 6 kids. Now had they gotten pregnant on there own, the old fashion way, I could say wow what a miracle this is. I don’t understand why they made a show for these people. I have watched the show and Kate was ok in the beginning. As the money grew so did Kates head. She has become arrogant and always talks down to people. She has this air about her that she is better. It amazes me that a simple mother could have so much publicity. Years ago I knew a woman who had 17 children all on her own and nobody thought anything of it. She didn’t get perks. She had the children and she raised them with no outside help. Kate is a very good looking woman but her attitude makes her ugly. It is always all about Kate! She is a drama queen. Mady is Kate made over, just a little smart ass. If kate wants such a superior family, where is her’s? She never talks about her mom or dad, she has other siblings besides the brother that was on the show occasionally. You never hear anything about them. Where are the friends? They have no outside friends. I always felt Kate was jealous of Beth. Well you have seen what usually happens to young childhood stars. They become drug addicts or are so messed up that they can’t function in the real world. They were much happier in the early seasons when they lived like every other Joe Shmoe. Goes to show you that money is the root of all evil! I think this marriage is doomed. It’s about time John grew some balls!

  8. Carol C Milner said,

    March 28, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I have watched this program for a long time and I really do not think there is anything wrong with the Jon and Kate marriage. I do believe that they are probably very tired of having the crew taping their every move for the show. I listened very closely to what they said at the end of the last show and I just think they were letting us know what their plans might be for the fall. If I had 8 children and 2 very active dogs, I would want to slow the pace down. Perhaps they are going to be taped for special occasions and not every week. They are in love with each other and to do what they have to do with those precious babies I admire. I had 3 and I thought at times I wanted to run away from home. Just have prayers and faith in what the Gosslins do and they will come out fine knowing that a heap of people are praying for them and their little ones.

  9. Stop the bashing! said,

    March 25, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    All these accusations about the Gosselins are all unproven. The pic was just a fan pic that people have taken the wrong way. Neither parent is perfect. They both have flaws that may bring out the worst in each other but it’s no excuse. This is just life and we all go through this. Leave them alone for the sake of their kids. The more you bash, the more you hurt them.

  10. Leslie said,

    March 24, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I watching the season finale last night, Kate didn’t seem thrilled about going to the Globetrotters game, she called it “stupid fun” she is so fake, if only she could see it! You know damn well there is going to be a season 5, TLC & KateZilla are not going to let that cash cow die anytime soon, fuck Jon, make him suffer even more, as far as their new “helper” who doesn’t want to be seen on camera, please, she takes care of the kids, what would you call her??? Kate said “we will never have a nanny!” well what was the agency she used alot??? Nanny helpers, or something like that, I think her lies are starting to come around full circle, and when Jon said he was at his mom’s house b/c she broke her foot, that wasn’t truthful, and did anyone else notice that the kids repeated “dad’s at his mom’s house” why didn’t they call her grandma? Is she another victim of Steam Roller Kate???? Not allowed to be in her grandchildren’s life??? I hope they don’t come back on, this bitch is delusional IF she thinks that she is this celebrity, just like the Octomom, it is a joke, so you popped out alot of kids, my grandmother had 21, where’s her fame & fortune??? Go home Kate, take some meds, and be a real mother to your children! It’s not too late!

  11. Cathy Browning said,

    March 24, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I think their biggest problem right now is everybody making gossip and accusations. It’s a TV show people – it’s entertainment. Plain and simple. Watch it, but don’t pretend you know what’s going on in their lives. Hell, I can hardly figure out my own life some days!

  12. HelloThere said,

    March 23, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    MarshaM said, “People talk about how much of a bitch Kate is.. well if you had 8 kids and changed diapers, cooked all day, think how you would be at the end of the day!”

    LOL. Sorry Marsha, there is no excuse for acting like an utter bitch to your spouse. Nor for being entitled and ungrateful and keeping your hand out gimme-gimme all the while touting your Christian beliefs.

  13. Cee said,

    March 23, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Aww… I really hope they don’t get divorced and I really hope the show doesn’t end! I love watching them! I saw the picture of Jon with those two college girls, his face is really red and he was half-blinking so he looked REALLY bad… but then he wasn’t touching the girls in any suggesting way. It really did look like a fan pic but then again he did look really happy… BUT I don’t think the picture is very convincing. I think all the rumors about Jon hitting up the bars everyday is false. With 8 kids.. how CAN he go out everyday? I do think he’s a good dad and I do think he connects with the kids well, especially with this last episode with Cara! He always connected with Cara though but he’s pretty good with all the others too. I did find it weird at the end of the episode how Jon and Kate had no connection at all and Kate didn’t mention how happy he was to see Jon, at all. In earlier episodes at least it was Kate doing all the talking but Jon would cut in sometimes and TRY to talk, but this epi he just look like he gave up… :(. I hope they don’t split! Because they’re like this sometimes anyways! They just got re-married and moved into this HUGE house. Stay together! At least for the money… 😉

  14. Jeanette Brown said,

    March 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I started watching Jon and Kate, while laid off my job last fall. The Kate in the earlier episodes is totally different than she is now. She is much more self-centered, and has become a “woe is me” woman. Her treatment of Jon is much more degrading. She used to talk about how she wasn’t a morning person, had to have coffee to get going in the morning. Now they have a new house, and she gets up at 5:30AM to work-out…what gives? Yes, the kids are adorable, but Mady is a brat and at times her behavior is atrocious, and she doesn’t get reprimanded for it.

  15. Alma said,

    March 22, 2009 at 2:17 am

    I think that Kate appears a bit “direct” at time but I’m sure that she is the woman that Jon married and she was his choice…..till death do they part. IF the rumors are true then Jon needs to find a better way of dealing with whatever stressors he has in his marriage….he has a wife and 8 children that he’s responsible for. It isn’t Kate’s fault for how Jon has chosen to repsond (if in fact any of it is true). The fact that they have made money off their family situation shouldn’t be distrubing to anyone. If it shows to be harmful to the children, there are many social service agencies that can get involved and their life is certainly public enough to draw the right authorities IF there were such a problem. Otherwise, how they choose to make a living and raise their children is not any of our business. Their children appear to be amazingly bright and stimulated, nurtured, well cared for and obviously loved and loving towards each other and their parents. These are little children being captured in a situation without “rehersal”, it would be so clear if it was a neglectful, unloving situation. To speculate what their relationships are with extended family or friends again is so….not our business. All the “Kate bashing” is truly sad, irregardless of how we might perceive her in the few minutes that we see her interact with her husband each week. She is a wife and a mom with a huge family and really no one is going to encourage her to be a better person by beating her down. I’m sure she is well aware of her weaknesses, just like the rest of us.

  16. MARSHA M said,

    March 20, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    People talk about how much of a bitch Kate is.. well if you had 8 kids and changed diapers, cooked all day, think how you would be at the end of the day! I say good for Kate! She a wonderful person and yes that had a chance to grab “fortune” in their hands, took it and ran! I think anyone in their situation would have done the same thing! Hats of to her and Jon. I only hope that their relationship can stand all the “back stabbing” that comes with fame! Their family is so adorable and they kids are welll behaved! I would only ask that people step in their shoes for a day and they will see how easy it isn’t to raise such a “big” family! Love you Jon and Kate!

  17. Marie said,

    March 20, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    i personally think that everything is fine with the Gosselins. the only reason why Jon took Cara on the trip by herself was because if they brought the other 7, there would be too many problems like last time they went skiing Mady got frustrated and the little kids weren’t really into it. the only one who did like it was Jon and Cara. and about Kate taking the little kids to see sesame street live……….. what else was she gonna do with 7 kids home alone without Jon?

  18. Tiffany C said,

    March 20, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    I agree that it is odd that Jodi and Beth are not really ever on anymore. I think the new house is ridiculous. I have been wondering when the show would come to a close and I fear that may be soon. Now that they have EVERYTHING. Huge house, millions in the bank for the kids college funds (if they even go) and all the fame and attention anyone could ever ask for. It just seems like they only did it for a temporary thing to get what SHE wanted and that’s that. I just really hate how rude Kate is to John. If he did these alleged outings then that’s his problem. nobody would give a hoot if they had never been on tv. She’d just be another bitchy wife who drove her husband nuts….

  19. Aprillo said,

    March 19, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    #1. Kate does not have a chef. She does most of the cooking. On some of the days were they are shooting all day, they have food ordered in for the entire crew.
    #2. The crew is not there 24/7. There aren’t even there every day. They only come about three times a week.
    #3. They admit that the hotels pay for trips, but that it would be the only way possible for them to go.
    #4. The show is getting out of hand and will probably end up causing a lot of problems for the family, but can you blame them for signing the contract? They needed the money at the time, and it was best for the family. Hello? Eight colleges?

  20. avagacser said,

    March 19, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I don’t know how much they get from the show itself, but isn’t Kate a spokeswoman for Proctor & Gamble? I bet that’s a cash cow. And I know she does a lot of public speaking engagements. I certainly don’t begrudge her that; hey, if it brings home the bacon – and god knows they need a lot of bacon! – then go for it. Especially if her speaking doesn’t involve trotting the kids out. I don’t even know how you’d go about effectively parenting that many kids. I think the Hayes family from New Jersey has a better idea, though. Their new show, “Table for 12,” debuts on Monday night after J&K.

    I did hear J&K’s new home cost $1.3 million…

  21. Monica H said,

    March 19, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I don’t think he works anymore at all. I had heard that he never really did much to begin with and was just a low man in the computer field. Could be hearsay but I would imagine they get lots of money for doing the show (that has to be a million dollar plus new house they have) and his “working at home” was a ruse for him to now work at all. I read somewhere that he really wasn’t all that ambitious. Not sure where the friends are. Beth cowrote the 1st book with Kate but now I saw an interview with Kate that said she loves to write and implyed she was the writer of all the books. She should spend more time parenting than trying to showcase herself and all her “hard work” running the household. We should be so lucky to have that huh?

  22. avagacser said,

    March 19, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Monica, I have heard about her sister-in-law, Jodie, before. It’s a good question about Beth. Does Jon still work for Beth’s husband? They never seem to make mention of his job anymore. I had not heard about some of the other things though – the chef thing is the most outrageous of all, if true!

  23. Monica H said,

    March 19, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I went searching and this is what I came up with. She had her sister in law axed from the show because she was offered money to be on the show. What happened to friend Beth now? Did she fall by the wayside as well?

    Here is the rest:
    1. Kate has around the clock help that the show pays for?
    2. Kate has an organic chef that is never shown on the show?e
    3. The crew cleans her entire house everytime they arrive so that they can set up their equipment? Kate doesn’t lift a finger!
    4. Kate has people come and help her clean and do laundry free of charge!
    5. All of their trips and outings are pay for by the show!
    6. They have made millions off of the show! They can pay the poor people who have helped them out of the goodness of their hearts!

  24. Monica H said,

    March 19, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Well I watch this show regularly and swear I will never watch it again! I cannot believe how distant Jon is with his kids. You see him doing stuff with the kids but not really “connecting” with them. Kate is all about Kate and needs to make sure she is portrayed as the overworked, overwhelmed mom when in fact I hear they have a chef, housekeeper and nannies. What DOES she do? All we see is her bitching about Jon. Once in a while you see affection but then you see her making sure the camera sees it. This show isn’t about the kids .. this is about Kate. The kids do seem to be well adjusted but I wonder how much of that is real and how much of it is them learning to cope. I really dont’ see family time. I see trips, travel and busy time that other people are paying for but I don’t see “family”. So sad.

  25. Karen said,

    March 19, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    They say “karma can be a b*tch” well reality t.v. claims another victim! What else did they expect to come of all of this? In the beginning of this “ride” they seemed happy, as time has rolled on, KateZilla is the one who has become annoying, demanding, self centered, a bad case of the “me, me, me’s”. Who can blame Jon for this marriage falling apart…all fingers point to the woman w/ the very bad hair style! Feel sorry for the kids & Jon…not the crazy lady they use to call mom!

  26. Elizabeth L. said,

    March 18, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    It is sad to see two adults that have such different points of view – he loves the outdoors – she hates it. He likes sports – she hates it. Believe me, I learned to ‘like’ sports, camping, hunting and fishing, and I would never speak demeaningly to my husband.

  27. Marie Wangler said,

    March 18, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    My heart breaks for all of them,can you imagine how exhausted they must be and to have cameras in your home watching every move. Those are precious people who need our thoughts and prayers and Jon and Kate I wish ya’ll patience and clear minds to work thru possibly difficult times. We are not in ya’ll’s shoes. May God bless your family.

  28. Shannon said,

    March 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    The curse of Reality TV strikes again!

  29. Carla Bryant said,

    March 18, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    This is a family in trouble. Instead of criticism, let’s send prayers, good thoughts or positive energy. there are 8 small children who need help.

  30. Melissa said,

    March 18, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    My feelings are this..they have moved into a new house, their kids are getting older, it seems as if their schedule is on overload..if they have to sit down to do any interview how do any of us know that they are just dead tired? I know I only have 4 kids, but i’ve been married for over 12 years and if in a regular course of a day if my husband and I were bickering and all of a sudden I had to sit next to him and do an interview, I would not have an easy time pretending that everything is all roses. Just becasue the are on TV doesn’t mean it is for them either. Then everyone assumes they are going to divorce because things “look” rough..well if that were the case for everyone, my family and friends would have thought I was getting a divorce many times! People have issues all the time, The Gosselin’s just happen to be broadcast for the world to see!

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