“Jon & Kate Plus 8”: The gravy train keeps on rolling

We’re barely one week into the new season of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” and the rumors, allegations and innuendos show no sign of abating anytime soon.

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Case in point: The cover of this week’s issue of Us Weekly (above), which screams about the tight leash Kate supposedly keeps on Jon.

$5 a day? Seriously? Don’t most babysitters make that much per hour nowadays?

But that’s what Jon’s former boss, David Rothermel of StyleCraft Corp., tells the magazine.

“She used to give him only $5 to spend, and if he was out and needed more money, she would give him hell,” David says.

The article goes on to reiterate what it published in a previous issue: that David fired Jon for doing personal stuff on company time. The magazine says David recalls Jon searching online for freebies for the sextuplets, as well as an incident in which Kate, who was pregnant with the six littlest Gosselins, marched into the office making demands.

“She came in raising hell because Jon’s father was supposed to bring her lunch and he was late,” David says. “She got up out of bed rest to come in and yell at anyone who would listen!”

The magazine also quotes a source as saying that Kate rejected a 14-passenger van that was donated to the family by a friend of Jon’s father.

“(Kate) never thanked him (for the van),” says the source, and in fact “she traded it in because she hated the color burgundy.”

We’re already well aware of the unkind things Kate has said to Jon, about everything from his weight gain to his hair loss to his “rambling” to his very breathing. Anybody who’s watched the show knows all about that, so I’m not sure there will be any new information there.

But I am curious to hear more about how Kate supposedly kept Jon from seeing his brothers once their father died…

But does any of this really matter? The show must go on, after all. Kate’s sister-in-law Aunt Jodi Kreider told “The Early Show” today (watch it here) that there’s no way the Gosselin parents are going to walk away from the show – or all that moola. And apparently TLC is well aware of that fact, too: The network confirmed as much today.

“The show’s ratings have grown consistently, as there has been interest in these real-life issues of this real-life family,” TLC said in a statement to E! News. “We will continue to air as the interest continues, and the family wants to do it.”

I’ll say the ratings have grown consistently! Its fourth-season finale (in which Jon expressed reservations about returning) scored TLC over 4 million viewers. This week’s fifth-season premiere racked up an impressive 9.8 million viewers.

But that’s not all: TLC plans on airing a mind-boggling 40 episodes this season. That amount is double last season’s order.

I shudder to think what some of those episodes will involve. Considering the show’s incessant product placements (Will I ever forget Kate singing about her Whirlpool Duet washers and dryers? Not bloody likely), the sky is the limit, I’m very sorry to say.

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