Vanity Fair hits the nail on the head with “Jon & Kate Plus 8”

This month’s online Vanity Fair article about Kate Gosselin confirms something I’ve suspected all along: Both she and Jon are addicted to all of the attention.

I am almost embarrassed to admit I own every one of these issues. Sheesh.

I am embarrassed to admit I own almost every one of these issues. Sheesh.

And, I suppose, in some sort of sick way, it’s understandable: Since March of this year, Kate and her husband of extremely poor judgment have appeared on the cover of celebrity tabloids over 50 times (15 times each in In Touch Weekly and Star Magazine alone). Vanity Fair says that number is more than any other celebrity, Brangelina included.

Star Magazine editor Candace Trunzo points to those photos of Jon partying at a bar with college coeds in Pennsylvania as the beginning of the insanity.

“It was the beginning of this incredible phenomenon known as Jon and Kate Gosselin,” Trunzo tells Vanity Fair. “Everybody wanted to talk about them. They had become a real-life soap opera. The show was never as interesting as the two of them in real life.

“They were doomed to be exposed,” Trunzo continues, “because they put themselves out there in the first place. And now they’re addicted to the limelight.”

And are they ever. “The View,” the “Today” show, “Larry King Live,” “The Insider”… it’s endless.

Not surprisingly, the Jon and Kate scandal has drastically benefited these magazines, all of which have been suffering the effects of the slowed economy. Vanity Fair says that unlike other celebrity stories, the Gosselins are easy to produce, partly because the price of paparazzi shots of them run a lot less.

It also helps that Jon and Kate either don’t know how to control their image or don’t want to.

“Brad and Angelina try to be discreet,” explains In Touch Weekly editor Richard Spencer to Vanity Fair, “whereas Jon and Kate, they serve it daily to you on a platter.”

And if you had any doubt that Kate isn’t lapping up all this attention, check this out: During a shopping trip the Vanity Fair writer took with Kate to FAO Schwarz in New York City, a paparazzo sneaked photos of Kate as her purchases were rung up. He explains, “She’s a massive story at the moment.” When the Vanity Fair reporter relays that news to Kate, guess what her reply is?

“At the moment?”

This whole exploration of addiction to fame reminds me of what Kate said on the “Today” show a couple weeks back – about how her kids are upset that the TLC show isn’t taping.

“Over the weekend I told them that we’re not filming at this point,” she told Meredith Vieira. “And actually, times eight, there was wailing and sobbing. They love our crew, they love the interaction, they love the events. There is nothing harmful about it. They are angry.”

Based upon her statement, I’d argue the Aaden, Alexis, Hannah, Leah, Joel and Collin are addicted to the attention, too. And how could they not be? It makes perfect sense: Their parents probably pay more attention to them while the show is filming than at any other time. Plus, they have other people (the film crew) whom they can turn to when their parents are distracted.

Dr. Drew Pinsky should forget about celebrities addicted to drugs, alcohol and sex, and instead focus on those who are addicted to media attention. He’d have more clients than he’d know what to do with – and he’s already got 10 in Pennsylvania.

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.

“Jon & Kate Plus 8”: Enough already!

Cease and desist, indeed.

Preventing TLC from stepping foot on his property isn't Jon Gosselin's only problem. He also doesn't know how to spell. "Penelty"? Ugh./Credit Us Weekly

Preventing TLC from stepping foot on his property isn't Jon Gosselin's only problem. He also doesn't know how to spell. "Penelty"? Ugh./Credit Us Weekly

So Jon Gosselin has thrown down the gauntlet to “Jon & Kate Plus 8’s” parent, TLC, barring the network from filming at the $1+ million Wernersville, Pa., home he jointly owns with Kate (and which, ironically enough, was paid for by money given to them by TLC). He also told Larry King last night that he thinks the show is exploiting his twins and sextuplets. (No, really?)

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“I don’t think it’s healthy for them,” he told Larry as his attorney, Mark Heller (who has also represented David “Son of Sam” Berkowitz), sat beside him. “I think my kids should be taken off the show.”

Mark said he thinks “Jon & Kate Plus 8” (in any form) is “dead” and added that no judge would ever “subject the children to the show if the father believes it’s detrimental” to their well-being.

Of course, Kate’s attorney appeared via satellite and repeatedly pointed out that Jon had just filmed the show last week and didn’t express concern about it adversely affecting the kids until TLC announced his role on the program would be diminished and the show renamed “Kate Plus 8.”

Jon’s lawyer said that wasn’t the case at all, and that he notified TLC a week ago that Jon was going to quit the show and take his children off of it.

Meanwhile, Us Weekly reports that Kate’s lawyer, Mark Momjian, told “Today” that Jon will not be able to legally prevent “Kate Plus 8” from going forward.

Kate “is going to honor her contract,” her lawyer said. “She’d like to continue with the show. She loves doing the show.”


So who to believe? At this point, I don’t really care. I totally agree that continuing the show would be detrimental to the children’s well-being. Kate apparently disagrees, but I think she’s looking at it more from the perspective of a woman who is making money hand over fist and is unwilling to give up the cash cow.

I have no idea what Jon thinks he’s going to be able to do to support his family in the manner to which they’ve all grown accustomed. Then again, I wonder if all of this isn’t just a ploy to force TLC to release Jon from his contract, which would allow him to pursue that dopey reality show with two other father-of-the-year contenders, Michael Lohan and Kevin Federline.

I also find it hilarious that Kate’s attorney took Jon to task for taking his complaints about Kate and the show public rather than resolving the issue privately. What about all of Kate’s public appearances – hello “Larry King Live” and “The View” – which have given her a public forum to air her dirty laundry? Apparently what’s good for the gander isn’t good for the goose.

Sure, in an ideal world, Jon would take the high road, behave like a responsible adult/parent and keep his mouth shut in public. But it’s obvious that neither Gosselin is mature enough or thinking rationally enough to do that.

And Jon’s not done blabbing, either: He will appear on tonight’s episode of “The Insider,” where he’ll be confronted by the likes of Niecy Nash. I can’t wait!

Until then, you can read more about Jon’s “Larry King Live” appearance right here.

Michael Jackson: I believe that children are our future

Michael Jackson may not have penned Whitney Houston’s song, “Greatest Love of All,” but it’s becoming more and more clear that those were his exact sentiments – especially when it came to his own offspring, Prince, Paris and Blanket.

And Omer, too?

Wait a sec, I’m confused.

Is it possible that Michael was trying to create his own Jackson Five?

Is it possible that Michael was trying to create his own Jackson Five?

But perhaps I’m not as confused as Michael Jackson’s family. Either they are incredibly ill informed or they don’t talk to one another. (I suppose a bit of both is most likely.)

How else is there to explain why Michael’s brother Tito tells “The Insider” that he doesn’t known anything about his famous sibling fathering a “love child” from Norway named Omer Bhatti as his father tells another outlet that Omer is most certainly Michael’s son?

“I am not familiar with (those assertions) at this time, but I am going to be checking on that when I get home,” Tito told “The Insider” yesterday during an interview from Jamaica.

Meanwhile, Joe Jackson plainly states that Omer is, in fact, Michael’s child.

“Yes, I knew he had another son,” he says in the interview with NewsOne below. “Yes, I did. He looks like a Jackson, he acts like a Jackson…”

On that note, I am relieved to hear People’s report that Michael’s mother Katherine is getting custody of his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket. While I seriously doubt that she, at 79, will be their prime caretaker, I get the sense that she will not let their grandfather (that would be Joe) anywhere near them – at least without supervision. You can read more about Katherine gaining custody of the children right here.

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