Is the “Jon & Kate Plus 8” gravy train coming to an end?

While Jon Gosselin’s busy telling the hosts of “The Insider” that “even my therapist said I’m very charming,” Kate is crying to Meredith Vieira that she has no money to feed their eight children or pay living expenses.

Remember this couple? What happened to them?/Credit TLC

Remember this couple? What happened to them?/Credit TLC

“I have a stack of bills in my purse that I can’t drop in the mail,” she said tearfully on the “Today” show this morning (the full video is available on People). “The last thing I wanted was to do this show and not be able to pay my bills.”

The reason why? Jon’s withdrawn $230,000 out of $231,000 from their joint money-market account.

Kate said she didn’t feel comfortable leaving the money in that account, but that she had no choice because their arbitrator said it belonged there. And while she said that this isn’t the first time Jon’s withdrawn money without her “permission” – the first time was right before she filed for divorce – she admitted that she also previously took $100,000 out to ensure she had enough to provide for her family. Jon, meanwhile, spent his money foolishly, she implied, on “erratic purchases.”

I wonder…does a trip to Saint Tropez with Hailey Glassman qualify as an “erratic purchase”?

But I digress.

Kate also said that apparently she’s the only parent “pulling for the best for our children” and that it is because she’s a “contract honorer” that she is bound and determined to continue doing a show for TLC – a show, by the way, that the children were “wailing and sobbing” about not being able to film this weekend.

“They are angry,” Kate said, adding that the show is not at all harmful to them. “They love the events.”

Of course they love the “events” (aka “freebies”). They get out of the house and visit someplace they probably would never get to go because their parents wouldn’t be able to afford taking all of them. And the best thing about it is that it doesn’t cost the Gosselins a dime.

But Kate did finally admit that the reason they did the show in the first place was money.

“We did the show to provide a better life for (the kids),” she said. “Never did I think I would be back in the same (financial) position.”

Which brings me around to a point I’ve been saying all along: How on earth do Jon and Kate expect to support their kids if “Jon & Kate Plus 8” goes away? At least Kate appears to be thinking more logically when it comes to this subject. What the heck is going on in Jon’s mind? He knows his show is a cash cow, and right now his family is collecting income and he doesn’t have to do a lick of work.

Though I have to wonder… if TLC wants to limit his time on the show and rename it, will that give the network enough leverage to go back and say that Jon therefore isn’t entitled to any of the income the family incurs from doing the show?

Finally, I find it amusing that Kate would imply that Jon isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. (Hey, didn’t she marry him?)

“He has always been one to listen to the person next to him,” she told “Today.”

Well, that’s obvious to anyone who’s ever watched the show. Apparently, his passiveness was fine as long as Kate was the one standing next to him. But that passiveness and gullibility is suddenly a detriment when he’s no longer with her and is instead listening to someone else.

“I’m still hoping at some point I’ll receive a phone call, and the old Jon is back,” Kate said.

Yes, I bet she does.

1 Comment

  1. October 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Oh! I see, the beef is over the fact that Jon did NOT ask Kate’s permission to withdraw money out of a joint account. Could be why the marriage failed?

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