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‘Kate Plus 8’ season premiere review: It’s off to a brilliant start… or is it?

Kate Gosselin began the new season of Kate Plus 8 episodes by showing a new side of herself. Charming, witty, and endearing, she managed to overturn a widespread image of herself as petty, mean, and selfish. The new episode took the family-minus-Jon to  Australia, where…

Awww, I’m just kiddin’ ya.

Kate Plus 8 was tedious whenever it wasn’t painful. Accompanied by two helpers necessary to aid a mother who chooses to shepherd her children through two airports while wearing spike heels, Kate took the children to Sydney. There, they threw boomerangs, and watched fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Guess what? Cara had a meltdown during the fireworks.

To offset the even poorer image she accrued during her appearance on Sarah Palin’s Alaska, Kate emphasized her new-found adventurousness and good-sportiness. “I had a little redeeming to do,” she said of her Alaska livid-diva turn. “I’m in the mode of challenging myself,” Kate told the camera when she was safely back in her Pennsylvania home. Continue reading

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April 5, 2011 Posted by | A Minor Consideration, Advertising, Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Child Exploitation, Child Labor, Divorce, Employment, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Pop Culture, Reality TV, Sad Children, TLC | 1 Comment

Kate, Start Parenting! — From CBN.com

Linda Mintle, Ph.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist, author of 16 books, a national expert on family issues and the psychology of food and weight. She’s an assistant professor in the department of pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School, a national speaker, writer, and news contributor.

Kate, Start Parenting!

For weeks, American reality TV star Kate Gosselin left her 1.2 million dollar home in Wernersville, Penn., to fly to Los Angeles to rehearse and perform on Dancing with the Stars. She even built a rehearsal space in her basement to practice in between shows. People.com reports that she enjoyed getting advice from former Playboy bunny Pamela Anderson on how to be a single mom. And according to Kate, her children were all for mommy leaving them each week.

Who are we kidding? Show me a single mom with eight children whose priority is to get her body back into shape (Kate’s stated goal) by leaving her children for weeks at time. How do plastic surgeries and makeovers help her children?

“My heart is always in my kitchen, baking and cooking for my kids, and I’ll always be there.”

Really? Can we stop the charade? Dancing with the Stars is much more exciting than being home with eight children baking cookies. I get that, but do not use your children as an excuse to live the high life and hob-nob with the stars. And Kate, it is possible to dictate a contract stating you will do the show if you can have your children with you!

Kate has been bitten by the celebrity bug. She has tasted fame and wealth, and loves the camera. She knows that celebrity is her ticket to making money. Just admit it and we can all move on. Stop pretending to be an everyday mom sacrificing for the children. We are not so naïve as to think that her appearances on Dancing with the Stars have nothing to do with her upcoming book release and new TV show.

Look, I understand the pull of stardom, but let’s consider the impact all of this on the kids. Their lives are on constant display. It’s hard enough for children to go through a divorce without adding absence and celebrity drama to their lives. And what mother thinks that six-year-olds can make decisions about whether or not she should go to Hollywood?

My advice to Kate (and I know she isn’t asking) is be a mom. Stop the madness and get some perspective. Make an appointment with a marital therapist and try to end the contention with Jon that continues to get played out in the press. Create a routine for those kids. Help them adjust to all the changes. Stop asking the multiples what you should do and find another source for parenting advice (not Pamela Anderson). The children need a mom and a dad who are physically, emotionally, and spiritually present, and who can guide them through everything that has happened to them so far. It is not too late to pull back and give them a more normal life, but it will require some tough choices.  And hey, now you can bake cookies with kids!

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Check out Dr. Linda Mintle’s book, I Married You, Not Your Family (Siloam Press, 2008). For more articles on marriage and family, www.drlindahelps.com.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Books, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Reality TV | , , | Comments Off on Kate, Start Parenting! — From CBN.com

Gosselin Children cleared to work on “Kate plus 8″

I congratulate you fans for having such love for these kids that they will, once again, work and sacrifice their childhoods for YOUR entertainment.

Kate Gosselin’s 8 Kids — Cleared for Spin-off

Originally posted Apr 25th 2010 1:00 AM PDT by TMZ Staff

Kate Gosselin‘s new TLC show “Kate Plus 8” is all systems go — because the local Department of Labor says the kiddies have been cleared to continue their careers as reality TV stars.


A rep for the Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor and Industry tells TMZ the correct paperwork for the show was submitted and approved … and said, “The proper steps have been taken and the kids are permitted for ‘Kate Plus 8.'”

But according to the rep, nothing has been submitted for Kate’s other TLC spin-off “Twist of Kate” — which could mean the kiddies may not be joining Kate on that one.

That’s probably a good thing … because 5-year-olds shouldn’t have to work two jobs.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2010/04/23/kate-plus-8-kate-gosselin-spinoff-show-tlc-department-of-labor/#ixzz0m7MpN7MK

April 25, 2010 Posted by | Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Books, Child Exploitation, Child Labor, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Reality TV, TLC | , , | Comments Off on Gosselin Children cleared to work on “Kate plus 8″

Where’s all the Gosselin chatter?

I’ve gotten a few personal emails asking me where the “jellus haterz” are discussing Kate and Jon’s latest escapades. Since nobody likes to post here (residual that I accept), I thought I’d send you to the sites where I’ve found the most spirited, humorous and intelligent discussions.

15 Minutes Gosselin Style (formerly Divorce Gosselin Style) Written by a lawyer and former nanny, this busy, insightful blog has become the best of  the Gosselin blogs with great humor, information and respectful posters.

Small Town Gosselins Written by a neighbor of the Wernersville home, this blogger provides inside information and observations that cannot be found in the Tabloids or on TLC’s approved gossip sites.

The Lying Channel by JibberJabbers Is a great place for the snark that we all crave. She’s a photoshop genius, and her positioning of photos comparing the faces of the kids when with Jon, compared to when with Kate, are priceless and speak louder than any “photo op” staged by TLC. Too many of the recent magazine covers are very similar to some of JibberJabbers Sheeple Magazine creations. Truth is stranger than fiction.

I’ve watched all these blogs begin and grow. I don’t know the individual blog owners but it’s been fun watching the blogs blossom and communities being formed. Some very insightful and humorous posts/comments provide hours of great reading.
CLICK HERE to Read some of Kate’s new book.


April 11, 2010 Posted by | Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed | | Comments Off on Where’s all the Gosselin chatter?

‘Twist of Kate’: Gosselin’s new TLC series

By Gary Levin, USA TODAY
Kate Gosselin is struggling as a hoofer on Dancing With the Stars, but she already has found her new calling: using her role as an “example mom” to help and learn from others.

TLC announces plans today for the Jon & Kate Plus 8 star to get her own series, Twist of Kate, and to revisit her family life, without ex-husband Jon, in a series of Kate Plus 8 specials. It’s part of a plan to build on the channel’s growth that also includes Sarah Palin‘s Alaska, a travelogue series about the state and its high-profile former governor.

In Twist of Kate, Gosselin will use fan letters from women inspired by her story as the basis for profiles of women facing their own challenges. Twelve episodes will start airing in late summer.

MORE: Families, food, feuds on TLC

“I look at it as a loose concept,” says Gosselin, who says that despite rumors, she never contemplated dating or talk shows. “I want to be out there learning from others, helping to provide insight whenever I can, though I don’t consider myself an expert on anything.”

Gosselin will visit the homes and workplaces of everyday people. “She will be in that person’s shoes. And more often than not, it’s not going to be terribly comfortable for her,” says TLC chief Eileen O’Neill. “She’s game for things, but she also has limits and boundaries.”

Kate Plus 8 was scuttled last year when her ex-husband raised concerns about filming the kids, but the first in a series of specials will air in June, focused on Gosselin’s new role as single mom. (Jon has sued Kate for primary custody of their children.)

Gosselin is a true reality-TV superstar and a source of fascination for tabloid magazines that chronicle her mothering skills, her marital woes and her every dance step. Good or bad, her appearance on ABC’s Dancing has helped the show earn its biggest season start yet, beating American Idol for the first time two weeks in a row.

“The fact that people really support me and want the kids and I to do well … is flattering,” she says. “I never understood the importance of fans until we struggled and went through tough times.”

And those fans are keeping her dancing on ABC despite withering comments from the show’s judges. The contest “is very much more mental than physical, willing my mind to be able to withstand the pressure and pull off what I do in rehearsal,” she says.

Does she think the judges’ criticisms are fair? “No, but it’s their option to say what they’re going to say.”

April 8, 2010 Posted by | Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Books, Couples, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Humor?, Reality TV | , , | Comments Off on ‘Twist of Kate’: Gosselin’s new TLC series

Funny Fallon . . . DWTS

April 8, 2010 Posted by | Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed | | Comments Off on Funny Fallon . . . DWTS

TMZ: Jon Gosselin Goes After Kate in Court

Jon Gosselin thinks “Dancing with the Stars” is damaging his kids, thanks to Kate Gosselin … and Jon now wants primary custody as well as spousal support from his ex … TMZ has learned.

Jon’s new lawyer, former assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony F. List, tells TMZ he’s going to court to ask for primary physical custody. List calls Kate, “an absentee mom,” which he says is no surprise to anyone.

List expects to use “DWTS” as evidence that Kate does not spend “quality time with the 8 kids.”

List also thinks Jon is getting screwed in the child support department, claiming “$20,000 a month is ridiculous.”

In addition to primary custody, List says he’s considering asking the judge to reverse the support obligation and make Kate pay Jon. He did not specify the amount.

April 6, 2010 Posted by | Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Couples, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Reality TV | , | Comments Off on TMZ: Jon Gosselin Goes After Kate in Court

“Super Bitch From Hell” — Oh, Bruno, You “jellus hater”

April 6, 2010 Posted by | Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Reality TV | , | Comments Off on “Super Bitch From Hell” — Oh, Bruno, You “jellus hater”

Chelsea Handler comments on Kate Gosselin and Jesse James’ Whore

In what has to be the most hilarious episode of Larry King Live ever, comedian Chelsea Handler’s sharp tongue targets Kate Gosselin and other newsmakers. RadarOnline.com has the video with the best highlights from Thursday night.

The host of E!’s Chelsea Lately said “I don’t like people that are famous because of something like that–because she had a lot of children. She doesn’t seem like the nicest person in the world. And I don’t know what kind of mother that has that many children–I don’t know how many children she’s up to right now–would have time to be on Dancing With The Stars. Because from what I hear, the rehearsals are pretty laborious. It’s like 4-6 hours a day. You have 8 children that’s pretty important.”

Chelsea, who is promoting a new book Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang went on to say “I think it’s important to make sure people have their 15 minutes then let them go.’ But Chelsea pointed out,  “She’s gotten a lot of minutes.. so hopefully they’re up.”

When asked why she turned down Dancing With The Stars, Chelsea quipped, “I have a job, I didn’t really need to do that!”

Larry King also asked her about her feud with the woman who exposed the Jesse James Cheating Scandal: Michelle “Bombshell” McGee.  It started when Chelsea joked on her show: “I guess she doesn’t read magazines, because she basically has one on her face.” McGee was so upset, she took her anger to Facebook,  “Use some of that botox from your forehead and put it in your flabby underarm skin I’ve seen better wings in a bucket of KFC chicken.”

Chelsea stood up for herself saying ” the show (Chelsea Lately) is silly. I like to poke fun at myself and poke fun at others. So when someone like that makes a comment about me I like to stand up for myself. I’m outspoken and I’m a comedian. So you shouldn’t really say anything to me unless you’re ready to hear it back.”

When asked if she would have McGee on her show. She said “No.”

“it’s like Heidi and Spencer Montag or Pratt whatever their names are.. who i call herpes 1 and herpes 2. i really wouldn’t want them on the show either. I just don’t think it speaks volumes about the kind of  person i am. it’s a silly show, but it’s not a gross show.”

And, she couldn’t help weighing in on the Sandra Bullock marriage crisis. She said “It’s like something’s going around,” because of the Tiger Woods and Jesse James scandals. “It’s like people are hornier than ever.”

Chelsea said keeping up with reality shows and celebrity scandals is putting her IQ in question, “You feel like your brain is melting.”

She has her sights on Larry’s CNN job: “So hopefully you’ll retire soon so I can take over a job like this.  If I have to talk about Kate Gosselin for one more year, I’ll probably shoot myself in the head.’

April 2, 2010 Posted by | Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Books, Chelsea Handler, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Reality TV | , , | Comments Off on Chelsea Handler comments on Kate Gosselin and Jesse James’ Whore

Back By Popular Demand . . . “Shrew under the Glue” dances for her supper

Please visit Jon & Kate Plus 8 Snark for more great screen shots of Kate’s wonderful dancing performance.

Believe it or not, TVSnark has nothing snarky to add to all the press and comments this talented woman is receiving. The “hate” movement is growing by leaps and bounds and Mrs. Gosselin doesn’t realize that ABC and TLC are no longer kissing her ass but they are now exploiting her ignorance and making a complete fool out of her.

April 1, 2010 Posted by | Attention WHORE of the YEAR, Gosselin, Gossip, Greed, Reality TV, Songs | , | Comments Off on Back By Popular Demand . . . “Shrew under the Glue” dances for her supper