Jon Gosselin’s on Twitter: It’s the end of the world as I know it

Stop the world, I want to get off.  Jon Gosselin is on Twitter.

Jon Gosselin gets wet and wild at the Weet Republic pool at MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas yesterday./Credit Just Jared

Jon Gosselin gets wet and wild at the Wet Republic pool at MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas yesterday./Credit Just Jared

Naturally, I started following him as soon as I heard. Great. As if I haven’t already wasted enough time in the last six months following pretty much everything Jon and his bitter wife Kate have been saying about one another (most of which is not very flattering). Now one of my few Jon-and-Kate-free refuges has been infected, and you know darn right well I’ll be reading each and every one of Jon’s posts.

Sigh. But really, I guess it’s only fair. Jon has remained pretty close-mouthed… well, at least compared to Kate. Several weeks back he canceled an interview with E! Entertainment, which was never rescheduled. In the meantime, Kate has flapped her gums all over the place, including “Larry King Live” and another People cover story, both in the last week alone.

And, I feel the need to point out, Jon (thus far, anyway) isn’t using his tweets to put down/talk smack about his soon-to-be ex-wife. Instead, he’s so far focused solely on general comments about his time this weekend poolside in Vegas (surrounded by a bevy of babes… and his mom) and his children. His latest tweet?

“Definitely watch the show tonight and tell me how you like my red dress (thanks leah and alexis, daddy looks great)!”

While some might consider the above comment dull, I disagree. After months and months of animosity and anger (fueled once again by Kate’s latest comments to People that “Aliens have taken (Jon) away”), it’s refreshing to see Jon refrain from pettiness and focus instead on his children.

However, that doesn’t mean their TLC show should do the same. With all of the reports and rumors swirling in the press, I think it’s important “Jon & Kate Plus 8” morph to accommodate how the Gosselins’ lives have changed. They are not the same 10 people who started out doing a little slice-of-life show. Like it or not, they are celebrities (however loose the definition) and viewers want to know what their lives are like now. Avoiding or dancing around the issues – as distasteful as they may be – is not going to help viewers relate to them or want to watch.

Sometimes I wonder if TLC has ever heard the phrase “fiddle while Rome burns.”

“The Real Housewives of Orange County”: The haves and the have-nots

News flash: “The Real Housewives of Orange County’s” Gretchen Rossi is a millionaire and Lynne Curtin is homeless…almost.

How prophetic is this picture? Will Gretchen once again comfort Lynne?/Credit Bravo

How prophetic is this picture? Will Gretchen once again comfort Lynne?/Credit Bravo

TMZ is all atwitter over its report that Gretchen, who has been spotted numerous times with ex-“Real Housewives” star Slade Smiley, has inherited $2.5 million from her deceased fiance, Jeff Beitzel.

According to the tabloid site, Gretchen’s reward (after all, she did stand by his side during his cancer treatments and did seem to legitimately care for him) includes money from Jeff’s life-insurance policy. In addition, TMZ contends that Jeff’s ex-wives – of which there are five – aren’t pleased she’s now rolling in the dough.

If Gretchen is as thoughtful and considerate as she seems to be, maybe she’ll be willing to throw a bone to fellow housewife Lynne, who TMZ reports is getting kicked out of the rented home she shares with her husband and daughters.

TMZ cites sources who claim that Lynne and her husband never paid over $12,000 to their landlord, who claims they owe him rent and other expenses. The Curtins reportedly have until tomorrow (that’s Aug. 27) to pack up and vamoose.

Kate Gosselin: Talk-show host?

Look out, Elisabeth Hasselbeck: Kate Gosselin is jonesing for your job.

Look out, Larry: Kate will have your job before you know it./Credit Just Jared

Look out, Larry: Kate will have your job before you know it./Credit Just Jared

Hey, it’s only fitting that a reality show star replace another reality show star (don’t forget Elisabeth was on “Survivor” some years back). According to People, the mother of eight will fill as a guest host of “The View” on Sept. 14 and 15 while Elisabeth is on maternity leave.

While I can’t promise to tune in, I am curious to see Kate engage in some lively discussions with Whoopi Goldberg. Will Kate actually voice her opinion on something, or will she plead the fifth as she’s become so expert at doing?

Dear Kate Gosselin: Please shut up

I love Larry King.

Honestly, I never ever thought I would say that, but it’s true. He did a fantastic job interviewing Kate Gosselin last night on “Larry King Live,” asking her the tough, point-blank questions that everyone seems too scared to ask her.(Are people intimidated by Kate? Discuss.)

Never mind that she didn’t answer any of them, he put her on the spot enough that you could see her squirm. Kate has grown far too comfortable with being thrown softball questions that she can brush off with a pat, “That’s private and I won’t discuss it” kind of answer. Here are just a few of the gems old Larry threw her way:

1) “How do you go from renewing your vows to filing for divorce in a year?”


Kate’s response: “I don’t know.”

(If you don’t, then who does? I wonder.)

2) “When you leave out those details don’t you disappoint the audience that’s come to expect more?”

Kate’s response: The usual spiel about how her main focus is her kids. (But we already know if that were really true she would quit the show and get them into therapy. WHICH, by the way, they are not in.)

3) When Larry quotes Kate’s statement from when she filed divorce papers (“Jon’s activities have left me no choice…”), he asks her, “What are you talking about?”

Kate’s response: She can’t share details, blah blah blah. “For the sake of my children, I only speak positive.”

(For the sake of your children, you should just shut up already.)

4) What exactly happened when the police were called to the house recently?

Kate’s response: She admits it was Jon’s turn to be with the kids, but she’d had a “rough day” and wanted to be with them “instead of the babysitter.” She called the police herself as a precautionary measure in case things got heated.

5) “Is Jon a good father?”

Kate’s response: “I know deep down in my heart he is,” buuuuuut….. “his decisions right now are not ones I would make.”

(Of course they aren’t. You’re not into partying with 20-something chicks.)

After all of that, I still have no idea why Kate went on “Larry King Live” last night, other than to shill “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” which is quickly dwindling in the ratings. I mean, she didn’t have anything new to say. I suppose the network yanked the dude ranch episode on Monday and is holding it for next week, so that Kate could promote it on Larry’s show in the hopes that it will attract more viewers.

And here’s my bonus “I-never-thought-I’d-say-it” moment: Larry’s second guest of the evening, Kathie Lee Gifford, offered some sage advice for Kate. In addition to saying she thinks the healthiest thing for the Gosselin kids is to get out of the spotlight, she added this gem:

“Sometimes we talk too much about everything, and we assume that everybody is fascinated about it. When in reality, we should only talk to the people that truly care, whose opinions really matter to us.”

Wow. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Kate.

“True Blood”: Sure it’s raw, but don’t call it rape

The September issue of Nylon features an interview with Sookie Stackhouse and her vampire lover, Bill Compton’s alter egos, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer, as well as “True Blood” creator Alan Ball.

nylon anna paquin

In it, Stephen and Anna talk about their steamy love scenes in the hit HBO series. What I found most interesting – and judging by the comments on the Huffington Post link, so does everyone else – is a comment made by Stephen in which he refers to Season 1’s sex-in-the-cemetery-mud scene as “rape.” Here’s his full quote:

“The thing about vampirism is that it taps into a female point of view – you have an old-fashioned gentleman with manners who is a f***ing killer… it’s an interesting duality, because in our present society it would be an odd thing for a woman to say, ‘I want my man to be physical with me.’ How, as a modern man, can you f***ing work that?”

OK, Stephen, I’m with you so far… But then he goes on to say this:

“It’s one thing to be polite and gentle… But when do you know it’s OK to crawl out of the mud and rape her [as Bill does in one scene]?… It’s difficult stuff for a bloke, but a vampire gets away with it…. I think that’s the attraction of the show – it’s looking back at a romantic time when men were men, but they were still charming.”

Since that’s one of the most memorable scenes in all of Season 1 – heck, I’ll go so far as to say it’s one of the most memorable “True Blood” scenes of all time – I most certainly do recall it. But I don’t think  Bill’s actions – and Sookie’s reaction (she was quite receptive, and I can totally understand why… after all, she thought he was stone cold dead) – constitute rape. It was fraught with passion, lust, anger, frustration… a whole host of emotions, but I wouldn’t call it rape.

Do you agree? I’d love to hear Alan Ball’s take on this.

You can read the rest of the interview here.

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