October 7th, 2009
06:32 PM ET

Jon and Kate minus 8

Can Jon and Kate be given a grown up time out? Is there such a thing? Can I create it with them in mind?

I know when I was little and I misbehaved I was sent to my room. If I shot my mouth off at my parents I was sent right upstairs into a time out. Why does that stop when we get older? Jon and Kate are shooting their mouths off and you know what? It’s time for them to stop!

Jon is seen in this new clip on TMZ.com reading an email from Kate to the paparazzi. Now you can see from the clip that he is clearly frustrated; he is worried that Kate won’t honor their custody agreement on their twins’ birthday. Here’s the thing though, I shouldn’t know anything about that. It is utterly reprehensible that Jon was standing on a New York City sidewalk and telling absolute strangers about his divorce.

You both seem determined to air every aspect of your dirty laundry to the public. Kate, you claim you don’t have enough money to feed your children—even though at the same time you want to buy a pearl ring with eight diamonds. Jon, you want your kids off TV during your divorce—the one thing I can support you on. But I digress. I have a suggestion for you Jon and Kate—and I think you will both really like it. It would allow you both to keep talking about your crumbling marriage, make money and get your kids off of TV all at the same time. I am pitching you a new reality TV show: “Jon and Kate minus 8”, all about your divorce and custody battle.

I am willing to bet that people would watch, giving you what you seem to so desperately desire—attention. That brings me back to my original point about time outs. Kids are usually put there when they are misbehaving; you know, yelling, screaming, acting out, etc. Sound familiar? It’s time to grow up; if you are going to act like children I am going to treat you that way. Jon and Kate- TIME OUT!

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  1. Jude

    Jon has lost all the sympathy I used to feel toward him. He is now whiney and self-pitying. He seems to be determined to act like a teen, blowing tons of money on a fantasy-world round of young women, bars, parties,& vacation trips that others only dream about, and buying "stuff"(read: toys) for himself. He wants his old "younger days" back, poor baby. Well, shoot, lots of people would like to return to their devil-may-care past, but most are mature enough to understand they have children and responsibilities, they need to WORK and be grown -ups now. His childish irresponsibility is mammoth and seems to never end. At least Kate is trying to care for the kids and make money. (While Jon is out on a yacht w/22-yr-old girlfriend! ) Some father! His hypocrisy is immense as well, he's always talking to the papparrazi yet claims he wants the press out of their lives...etc. Until he gets a good job and acts like a grown-up for a change, he's just a big jerk in my book....those poor kids.

    October 25, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Denise

    Seriously......can Jon grow up and quit being such a childish little boy? He is a father and should start acting like one and quit reverting back to childish behavior! He is not cute and is trying too hard to have his "15" minutes of fame! I thought that he wanted to keep his life private????? Whatever dude!

    October 16, 2009 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Suzanne Steelman

    I am still dismayed that Child Labor Laws, have not been the focus of
    CNN Comment's and discussions, regarding the Gosselin children.

    One would hope that CNN would have a wealth of legal advocates that
    could research Child Labor Laws, in the state of PA. , and disclose fiancial wrong doings by either the TLC or the Gosselin Parent's.

    In any event, the children deserve their privacy.

    October 13, 2009 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Leslie

    Kate said she did the reality tv show "to make a better life for my kids" and "to provide a good life for my kids." I understand she has a lot of kids to take care of and raise. I also know of other families with as many, if not more, kids than that. These famlies have not made a tv reality show having their kids and family the center of attention, and every detail of their lives in the homes of millions of Americans and still provide a wonderful life for their kids. They go and find other ways to provide for their kids that does not make their kids the center of attention.
    I also believe that Jon is having a mid-life crisis of some sort. I know that tends to happen later in life, but look at his life right now. He has two cars that do not allow for his family to travel. He has a 22 yr old girlfriend. His life that he lives outside the "family home" does not allow for kids. I believe he misses his life before the kids came along, and he wasn't getting enough "Jon time." This is definately a cry for attention. I hope he looks back on his life and see what he has done to his kids. The kids should come first in both Jon and Kate's lives, but both seem to be more focused on living the "high life" and worried on how they are going to keep it; making sure they stay in the lime light.

    October 12, 2009 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mlee

    To sheila crone: If you're bored read a book. May I suggest "Empire of Illusion" by Chris Hedges. Maybe then you'll understand.

    October 10, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marta

    I don't understand, why everyone is hating on Kate?!!! Jon was the one who started this circus by being caught stepping out on Kate with a freaking teacher! He's the one who goes to the fence on his PA house to talk to the paparazzi and let them know what's happening in their life. He's the one who contacted ET to let them know when he was going to get to the house for the twin birthday party so they could filmed it (EVEN THOUGH HE THINKS THAT HAVING CAMERAS IN HIS CHILDRENS FACE IS NOT HEALTHY ANYMORE!) Yes, Kate is not perfect but she's being a mother to her children and she's not the one talking to the paparazzi everytime she gets out of the house.!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 9, 2009 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Britney...

    I am so sick of hearing about them, that i dont even care anymore of what they do.
    Kate said this, Jon denies it.
    Jon does this, Kate gets mad.
    Over and over and over again.

    October 9, 2009 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Laura

    I read about this stuff but just don't have the stomach to watch people making a fool of themselves. I used to watch this show and couldn't stand the way Kate treated Jon. Now Jon is making things worse for himself in the public eye by speaking out to complete strangers on the street. I still feel bad for him, I don't see the Today Show or any other sympathetic news/entertainment program offering him a chance to speak his side without total insane idiots like Nancy Grace belittling him or making him slip up on purpose. This man probably does not hire pr people or tons of managers the way Kate it. He doesn't have an outlet to defend himself. Man, if you look at posts or blogs from a couple years ago EVERYONE wanted Kate to go away – allegations that she ended the relationship years ago and wanted Jon to see other people as long as he kept doing the show. Have people forgotten about that? What about the testimony from her own brother about how she treated her marriage and the production crew filming her family? People in this country just love to turn on people.

    I don't blame him for wanting the show to end because he will not be a part of it anymore. Of course he said the show was good when he was on it. It was a way for him to remain a big part of the kid's lives. Now it looks like the only father figure Kate wants them to have is the camera man. So sad.

    October 9, 2009 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Hmmm

    It's a real simple solution. MEDIA BLACKOUT. Quit giving them the forum, air time and site space to act like asses, and maybe they'll grow up enough to deal with their marriage out of the lime light.

    Even that doesn't matter since these people should have been given about 15 minutes of air play and then left to fade. We have way more important stuff to concern ourselves with or at least we should–troop build ups, health care no one can agree on (now the Catholic church wants to dictate policy) and so much more.

    Jon & Kate – I'm sorry your marriage wasn't strong enough to survive a media frenzy, but go away and sort it out. Media just isn't the way.

    October 9, 2009 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  10. sheila crone

    To mlee and mrose61: people who watch these shows share the blame of this stupidity, but can you tell me why we do this? I'm bored, but I really do want to see how things turn out. What I can't embrace is the way the media is stirring the pot to keep the ratings up. Is it possible that this actually could be a redeeming event if told without dramatizing every little deal? Yeah, I'm pretty naive.

    October 8, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sheila crone

    Most, though not all, act like Kate and Jon when they are divorcing. The news media is eating it up. Take them out of the equation and this couple can resolve their problems without all the unwanted, extra advice and the unmitigated gall of hating them. I just watched Kate tell reporters to stop filming her. She called them "kids" quite appropriately and all the fool could say is "We're not your kids, mam."
    Showbiz, your commentator tonite, Ms. Kaplan, does not know one useful thing to opine about. And while I'm at it, lay off "old gaptooth dave." Tell me you're not hypocrites like him. Puhleeze, tell joy behar, bahbawa walters and whoopi to shut up. He's not doing anything that they haven't done for ratings or so I've read.

    October 8, 2009 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    Jon & Kate have had their day, and it's time for all media networks to have the courage to pull the plug on this one. If they have any dignity, they will do so, mainly for the sake of the 8 children who are caught in the middle of this mess (since, quite obviously, neither Jon or Kate have any dignity left!).
    But, there is another main culprit who is responsible for this saga... You and Me for giving this any attention whatsoever. Me, for even writing in to this site right now! We have all fallen for this "let's live somebody else's life deal".
    For the sake of those kids, let's all collectively decide to walk away, and let Jon & Kate get on with whatever it is they are going to do. When they get to realise nobody gives a hoot anymore, maybe they will finally take a real look at the situation and grow up.

    October 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mlee

    mrose61: Right on! Except for the God part, you said it. The more the public craves the dark and private details that surrounds these idiots on a daily basis, the more media coverage they will get. They are providing the mindless substance that feeds the brainwashed sheeple. If everyone changed the channel on shows where these two clowns appeared, didn't buy the magazines that wrote the latest stories on them, just tuned out the Gosselins, maybe, just maybe they'd slowly disappear. The media is a powerful tool. These two people have people that "advise" them to create a limelight for themselves. The more they stay in the light, the wealthier they will stay. It's not about the kids anymore. The kids were doomed from the beginning. They became TV freaks through their parents. It's not about whose fault it is anymore either, it's about who is going to benefit the most from this mess. Jon did this, and Kate did that.......They've gotten more notoriety through the divorce than they ever did when they were together raising their kids, of course they are going to keep appearing on talk shows. The public is hungry, starving actually for all of the dirt, all of the crap that comes out of a divorce and the Gosselins are loving it, all the way to the bank.

    October 8, 2009 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. brenda fondessy

    Jon G. I am so sick of seeing your ugly face on every station crying the "poor me" card! You need to grow up! Are you looking for a REAL JOB so you can support your lifestyle in the manner you have been living these past 5 years? OR, do you plan to continue living off of your WIFE AND CHILDREN???? Kate is doing other things besides the TV show to make money. Books, etc. What are you doing besides running around with young girls and partying??? Nancy Grace sure put you in your place! Just fade away Jon – we are all sick of you!!!

    October 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Juniper

    What's up with the children these days. How are they missing their dad? Is mom even able to cope with the crap going on? What about the kids? Are they so selfish that they've made it all about them. It surely doesn't look like the children are the focus. And of course, we stupid humans are tangled up in their drama. Wonder who cares how the lives of the kids are already changing and we know it will affect them all. Wonder who cares about that?

    October 8, 2009 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Tara from FL

    What is wrong with this man? Regardless of picking sides between them or the private email... you do not announce to the world when your children s location and time to be picked up? What about the safety of these poor kids? What a dolt.

    October 8, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  17. mrose61

    Shame on tabloid & reality TV CONSUMERS. If there weren't an audience for this kind of garbage, it would quickly disappear. Going as far back as the original true crime magazines, the trashy newspaper/gossip rags at the checkout thru TMZ and the hundreds of online celebrity news sites...the average Joe & Jane have gorged themselves on this fare for decades. Kate & Jon have been blessed with 8 healthy, beautiful & innocent children whose lives may never be normal or peaceful thanks to their greedy, narcisistic parents. Division of Family Services should step in and take away all of these kids until their parents start putting their needs first. The difference here is K and J's drug of choice is not crack or meth, its fame and fortune. Foster care may be a more stable environment than is possible for these children in their current situation. Unfortunately, calmer heads may never prevail...God help all of us if the next set of headlines is captioned with the violent ending to one or more of the lives of one or both of these supremely selfish and self-destructive individuals.

    October 8, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Jennifer

    They didn't boot him out of the kids lives, just off their TV show. Who's to say he can't have NORMAL visitation like NORMAL people every other weekend or week or whatever they had worked out, in a house with no cameras? No muss no fuss. But he wanted the spotlight back. They both suck at life, and as parents, period. And if TLC had any heart, they'd put the entire production on hiatus while these two rodeo clows figure their mess out. Someone please think of the kids.

    October 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Teaups


    Jon, as the child of divorced parents and later myself a parent that went through an acrimonious divorce I will bare my heart and pride to tell that, when my child was young, her dad and myself systematically destroyed one Christmas Day for her – by fighting over something as stupid as how many hours each one of us got her. Jon, by the end of the day she was sitting on the floor crying and cried herself to sleep on Christmas night. Jon, that day was almost 20 years ago and I will never, ever forgive myself for doing that to my child. You are destroying your little girls and your little boys. This hate-filled media fighting is doing so much more damage than your show ever could.

    Jon, I beg of you today, the birthday of your dear little girls, to please be the big man here. PLEASE – accept the 2 hours, handle it like a man, love on those 8 kids while you're there, and save the acrimony for another day (IN PRIVATE, PLEASE). You don't "own" that house anymore than Kate does. But who that house really "belongs" to are eight children. Especially today. Be man enough to put your pride aside just for today. You've got to believe me on this – – you will regret this later . THIS ISN'T ABOUT YOU.

    Speaking as a parent who destroyed an important day for my own sweet child simply based on "I'm going to have my way even if it kills you", I know what I'm talking about. PLEASE, JON. (And Kate).

    October 8, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  20. cathy

    you know it was okay for the kids to film as long as jon was a part of it and now that he is not he is not going to allow his kids to be filmed in his home, first of all he does not live their anymore, does he not have a place in ny and why is he soooooooo concerned about what his soon to be ex wife and kids are doing i thought he was to busy with try to make a decision on what girl he was doing next, remember this his first girlfriend the one he left kate and the kids for called him a scumbag, second of all now he wants to get the daddy of the year award being soooooooo concerned about his kids, give me a break, he needs to grow up and suck it up stop acting younger then the kids, he just can not handle a strong very independent women who knows what she wants and it looks like it definately is not jon.

    October 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  21. abigail weeden

    if this is so "reprehensible" to you then why are you taking the time to repost the clip that you think is so awful and then blog about it, to only draw more attention to them than they are already getting. if people like you wouldnt take the time to put this stuff up jon and kate would eventually disappear along with all of their drama

    October 8, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  22. to

    kate is a manipulating you know what! you can see it in everything she does, if she does not have control she loses it!! John seems alot more normal, real, and down to earth, we all make mistakes but it looks like a better john is emerging than what we saw right after the divorce, kate seems the same totally self absorbed control freak!!

    October 8, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Dan

    This simply goes to prove that people are ill equipped to go through such a massive change in socio-economic status in their lifetimes. Jon and Kate are millionaires, who were brought up from middle class. They don't have the social support network to help them adjust to the massive amounts of fame and new fortune associated with this television production. So, what we're watching is people who have been seduced by all the advantages of their new found status, and found them to be the trappings of people unprepared for such a dramatic change in life-style. It's unfortunate for them, for their family, and it's amazing that people want to chastise them for their behavior under these conditions. It happens with massive lottery winners, professional atheletes, and others as well, but we expect that the "average joes" should be able to instantly be equipped to deal with multitueds of lawyers, handlers, hangers-on, and the pressure of being in the limelight all of the time. It is tragic. You can say they brought it on themselves, but who really believes they knew how this would change their lives. I would hazard a guess that, had they never been featured in a television program, none of this would have occured, and we would go on to being chatty-cathy's about other topics.

    October 8, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Isabel

    I watched Say Yes to the Dress yesterday when Kate was on last year, picking out her dress for the Hawaii renewal. You could tell by the way she treated the sales personnal that she was high on her horse. Also if you saw the tea party on Wed.'s show you could tell Kate was putting words into the little girls mouths to make herself look good. It's time to stop this sad show.

    October 8, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Tina

    I am so disgusted by Kate at this moment. I am a single parent and have been for 16 years! I can't imagine having $230K in a bank account. I have lived paycheck to paycheck my entire life. I work two jobs! I pay for great health insurance, all the bills, will never own my own home, never have a vacation with my kids, etc. I work about 65 hours a week! And she sits there on the verge of tears one moment about how she can't pay her bills, then 5 minutes later talks about a diamond and pearl ring she wants to buy. She is sooooooo out of touch with real women. I never watched the show until the last few months I have been watching reruns. I feel sorry for Jon and they way she treated him, they are both at fault for the demise of their marraige. But Kate....she needs a reality check!

    October 8, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  26. sue

    If these 2 cared so much about their children as they (or Kate) kept saying then enough already. Every time I turn on the tv they are on one show or another. All of this will never go away. The children will see this one day online. They need to respect each other and the kids and settle this in private in court NOT in the court of public opinion.

    October 8, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jude

    As Supernanny would say, "Put them both in time out!" Typically, when divorcing there is intense fighting over money, lots of sniping and hypocrisy etc. We WISH these two would behave in a mature manner, but I'm not surprised it has come to new lows,& I'm concerned for those sweet children. Their parents have been behaving appallingly, for quite some time. Jon's mid-life crisis is completely bizarre and outlandish, bar-hopping w/young women all over in public, blowing money on expensive vacations in Vegas and France, a yacht on the Riviera w/ 20 yr. old girlfriend...come on! This is about whats best for his kids?!! And Kate wishing for an 8 diamond ring,(I wish I had an 8 diamond ring too, and also money for rent and a car payment!) lol...these people have become used to the Good Life for sure! They are completely out of touch w/reality, w/real people/real families!! Its just sad, how soon they forget what it was like to live in a normal home, on a budget, etc. Didn't Kate make a million on a book/books just recently? I also heard somewhere that the children's college is already taken care of in a trust of some kind. What I'm saying here is, considering how much money they've made in the past few years, (what would it be, a few million?) my family would have been set up for life!! They have both acquired very expensive and privileged tastes, and need to come back down to reality....this is why their fans are so disgusted w/them, they no longer relate in any way to the average fan who watches their show. Its sickening. The media should withdraw and just ignore their sorry selves....

    October 8, 2009 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Fred L. Fraud


    October 8, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  29. Michael

    A couple of losers.

    October 8, 2009 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  30. Wendy

    This is a very sad situation for that whole family! I'm sure it didn't start out with this intention. There is no blame on one person. It's the old it takes two. They should stop talking to the media and try to find a happy medium and go on with their lives. Jon needs to grow up! He's in love? Ya right! Kate is smart and savvy. She needs to bottom line this whole situation and do what is best for her family and herself. I sincerely wish them the best! This started out as a cute show but truly ended up in a mess.

    October 8, 2009 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  31. Debra R

    Isn't there anyone in PA that can take these children and protect them? Where are social services? This is the most public case of child abuse I have ever seen.

    October 8, 2009 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  32. dragonflei

    I thought J&K+8 was a great show idea in that it gave us an opportunity to peer into the unique lives of a family of multiple-multiples.

    What I found disturbing is that instead of showing us the challenges and joys of raising all these beautiful babies, Kate decided to bash Jon every chance she got. She cut him down, belittled him and make him out to be a shiftless lowlife who burdened her with 8 babies.

    I do not recall hearing a sincere "thank you'" or any genuinely kind words coming from Kate's mouth when it came to Jon or what he contributed to the family..........have you?

    Although I wish he would express his hurt and outcries for attention in a different manner, I cannot blame or hold judgment against the guy. He is longing for the positive attention from a woman that reaffirms he is a man, worthy of being desired and appreciated.

    Kate has beaten him down and it is time to get back up and fight the good fight.... but please, for the sake of the kids... lay low and focus on them- not yourselves!!!

    October 8, 2009 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  33. Karen

    Why do we care????? Why????? It's terrible that their family fell apart and they have children who are in an unusual situation with the television show-public lives, but come on!! We have things to worry about in our own lives and the Gosselins should be the only ones worrying about the Gosselins. If we stop taking the bait, they'll go away. So if you want them to leave the public eye, avert your eyes. I read this story because I (wrongly) assumed by the headline that they were finally finished and that we would be liberated...

    October 8, 2009 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  34. hassan

    lol no money but im buyin an 8 diamond ring who cares if my 8 children starve all i need is attention n jon is takin it away from me!

    October 8, 2009 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  35. Delores

    Seems to me that news people and paparazzi enjoy setting things up so they have something "intelligent" to say about them. The mass news media are using readers and feeding the fire is what I think.

    Stress broke up a marriage, with 8 kids AND TELEVISION, but the news media seems to be making sure it is flaming and a divorce is imminent, rather than reconciliation: which more people would be less interested in following.

    We live in a sick society, no wonder we are called Infidels.

    October 8, 2009 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  36. candy

    I agree kate treated jon like he was her puppy dog and things had to be her way or no way and now she wants to limit his visitations when during the shows he was the one who mostly had the kids but that don't mean what jon is doing is acceptable because it's not. What they need to do is act like adults and stop blaming each other for everything because your both in the wrong and i think you both are using the children for your own personal gain and it's not fair to them

    October 8, 2009 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  37. Tim

    It seems to me that every one of the news people are bashing Jon and Kate. Now don't get me wrong I don't like what either Jon or Kate is doing. I have said from the beginning of the show that these two were only doing the show for the money, but you guys and gals in the news business tell them to don't bring out all the dirty laundry on tv but makes sure if one of them wants to be on your show they are given their time. To me you guys are part of the problem. If you want them to stop bringing all this up the easiest way to me seems to be don't put either one of these morons on the air and get the kids some help cause if they don't need it now they are going to need it in the future.

    October 8, 2009 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  38. P.S.

    I do not have sympathy for Kate. If Kate can't pay her bills, then she needs to make some adjustments -- does she really need a million + dollar home? NO. Does she need to get her nails done each week? NO. Does she need to take extravagant vacations? NO. With the state of the economy right now, she shouldn't be whinning about her inability to pay for her high-end lifestyle! She is a nurse - why not WORK?! She has always used her children as a paycheck, but in the beginning she was more 'real' and down-to-earth... enjoyable to watch. As she got used to the higher lifestyle change, the only 'real' portion of the show is the money. Now we watch where Kate goes on vacation with her kids --boring!!!!!

    As for Jon draining the checking account, let the facts speak through bank records and end the finger pointing!

    October 8, 2009 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  39. JoeAnn

    Oh Jon, of course your new 22 year old gf is a rock as you pointed out on Larry King she hasnt even been around your eight kids!!!! Lets see what kind of a rock this child is when she has to help you look after them. Jon your new relationship isnt even dealing with your reality wake up!!! continue to get help for yourself and yes take yourself off of tv and keep your mouth shut in public and you should be discouraging Mady from reporting back to you on what is said in your wifes custody not sharing it with the world grow up man!!!

    October 8, 2009 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  40. Cathy

    After watching all this on Showbiz Tonight, I've only one thing to say: Jon and Kate DESERVE each other!

    October 7, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  41. sheila crone

    I'm finally cooling off. I'm a hypocrite also. I like hearing about this drama. It's alot more entertaining than ole' gappy letterman.

    October 7, 2009 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  42. sheila crone

    You commentators look and sound like a pack of jackals. Of course, these people make conflicting statements. Don't be hypocrites and say "I just can't imagine....blah, blah, blab."

    October 7, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  43. sheila crone

    Say "Time Out" to the media moochers! That should give Jon and Kate a rest that they would appreciate.

    October 7, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  44. sheila crone

    Nancy Grace and Showbiz tell the Goselins to care for their children and to quit talking about their problems so much. People are tired of hearing about them. In my opinion the hosts of these entertainment shows are the biggest blowhards and outlandish hypocrites that ever could be televised. What, I ask you, would you talk about. Do these poor people seek you out? Somehow I don't think that every time the Goselins spoke on tv, they requested to be interviewed on tv. TV Hosts: quit being leeches.

    October 7, 2009 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Linda

    I was really disgusted with the way "poor" Kate treated Jon on "Jon & Kate Plus 8", like he was her puppy dog & doing everything her way. Not allowing Jon to take part in raising the kids. It has always been her way, or the highway! NOW, Jon has gotten away from her & is acting out his frustrations (I don't condone what he has done) & he will settle down. He has settled some I believe. Her intention has never been "for the kids". Her intention was, & is, for "poor" Kate. I personally, will not be watching any show Kate has to do with. I certainly wish Jon and the children the best of luck & pray that they can get past all of this.

    October 7, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  46. mary

    I totally agree – gives the kids a break! If you want your "reality show" so much – let it be centered around the two of you! I would watch that – I would not watch anything else however. It is hard to decide which of you is the worse here – Jon is such an infant, chasing after women, taking money, I doubt if he even remembers his childrens names! Yet Kate is almost as bad – striving to be a talk show host (and failing), just thinking "money, money, money and I seriously doubt if this money is for the children. Why dont you and Jon hash it out on reality tv and maybe grow up in the process. Leave the kids out of this! They have been destroyed enough!

    October 7, 2009 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Brenda

    These two sleeze balls are disgusting. If you, like me, can't stand them, then just don't watch. Also, it might help if you email TLC and Discovery and tell them that you aren't watching anymore of the shows until John and Kate take a permanent vacation.

    October 7, 2009 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  48. carmen

    Honestly people what is with the hate on Kate. She is a devoted mother, have those children ever gone hungry, no shelter or clothing NO!!! She has made sure they have been well cared for since birth. She is their mother and with her actions it shows she is all about them. Now Jon on the other hand brought all this media on the family by getting caught stepping out with some young girl before that no tabloid cared about them.. they were just a TLC show. His actions show that he rather spend his time boozing it up with girl after girl, flying from vegas to the french riviera, spending the money like its going out of style.. These aren't family trips these kids are left where...but with their mother. Really people look at actions not at personality because at the end it is the actions that speak louder than words. And if Kate wants a new ring that commemorates her 8 little wonders then so let her.. What is Jon getting to commemorate his little ones..oh yeah... nothing..unless you count the floosies he is collecting.

    October 7, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  49. JUST ME

    Jon IS the fool that now has borrowed a set of B_ LL'S from some one else and is trying to bully his way around this situation... What is this THESE ARE MY CHILDREN AND I AM GOING TO PROTECT them crap that he is spewing ? He was the one sleeping with every pop tart he could find ? He left this family.. He was not so concerned then... Why now... He had no problem with the kids filming as long a she got the lion's share of the money... Money is gone now it is bad for the kids to film... He steals the family bill money and he wants to blame her ? He Thinks that IT IS MY HOUSE AND I CAN SAY WHO COMES AND GOES... What the heck... it is her house too and she lives there
    ( you live in New York).

    When she wanted to come over and check on Her Childrern on one of YOUR days You called the Police ( Cara Had called her scared)
    Now Maty's and Cara's birthday falls on time that they should be with her and you want in on it just so that you can bully Kate into speaking to you in person ( You have Lawyers for that).

    Next time you have visatation then you do some thing special with the children to mark the girls Birthdays.

    You are no different then any other Non Custodial Parent, You need to make the best of the time you have and quit making waves. It is not fair to the kids... Why Ruin the Girls Birthday by Fighting with their Mom and making the whole day so stressful... This day IS NOT ABOUT YOU... IT IS FOR THE GIRLS...

    You need to Just leave Kate and the Kid's alone to adjust to what ever kind of life they can carve out for themselfs now that you messed up the one you promised Your wife and kids they would have...

    Stop thinking about YOU and what YOU want... Think about the dfamage you are doing ... Damage that you will never be able to repair between you and kate as well as between you and your kid's..

    The kindest thing you could do is just leave them to get on with their lives.

    October 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  50. sherry

    shame on jon. he is toxic

    October 7, 2009 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  51. l

    It is a shame that the public continues to feed off of the private lives of these people and that the couple continue to make money airing their dirty laundry in an attempt to get people to take their side. How can the children move forward with their lives and really adjust to the divorce if there are cameras following every move that they make. Having gone through a divorce, the last thing I wanted was to tell people that don't know me and didn't give a hoot about our feelings what was happening and what my finances were. The public needs to tell the television station that they don't care how they deal with the divorce. They care about the sanity of the children. What chance do these kids have? The point is Kate loves the money coming in and doesn't want the show to end because she may have to get a real job. I don't feel Jon wants the cameras out to get back at her. He has somewhat of a brain on his head and realizes that they need to be out of the spotlight and try to lead a normal life. We need to stop watching the show. It needs to be cancelled. They need to live like normal people. Divorce is not fun – the last thing I would have wanted was a camera in my face during the entire time I was arguing with my ex (16 months).

    October 7, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Mlee

    From one of the Simpsons Halloween episodes that fits these people:

    Just Don't Look-

    Paul Anka: To stop those monsters 1-2-3,
    Here's a fresh new way that's trouble-free,
    It's got Paul Anka's guarantee...
    Lisa: Guarantee void in Tennessee.

    Both: Just don't look! Just don't look!
    Just don't look! Just don't look!
    Just don't look! Just don't look!

    October 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Oklahoma

    come on peoples............... this whole thing is jons fault he started the cheating and the lies........... why is kate all of a sudden the bad person????!!! I think she is doing what is right.......... go kate

    October 7, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  54. David H.

    Okay I have idea...might not be popular...but how about the cable sleeze shows just ignore these two until they get their act together. Neither are good parents in the eyes of the nation. Sad thing is that I'm sure for every Gosselin family on TV there are hundreds or perhaps thousands of families going through the same thing....without all the tabloid newshound TV.

    October 7, 2009 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  55. CityGirl

    Wow! That was about the most judgmental blog I have ever read. Kate wanted to buy a ring? So what? Who hasn't wanted something they could not afford? What does that have to do with anything? How do you know that they desire attention? Got x-ray vision? Maybe Kate just wants to support her eight children in a reasonable life style. I cannot imagine coming up with eight college funds. Brittany – I do not know who you are, but I want to ask you – what would you do if you found out you were going to have six babies? How would you handle it? So lay off Kate and give her some support. She's doing the best she can – and she is doing far better than most of us would in the same situation.

    October 7, 2009 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  56. jessica

    i think its great that jon was fired from the show.jon needs to seek mental help . he is such a dumb ass always trying to make look bad sorry jon not working i think she is a great mother she is a head strong women she dont need that cheating hubby of hers

    October 7, 2009 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Kurt

    I think they are both quite petty, on that much I agree. However, Jon (as dispicable as he is) has the problem of fighting 'public opinion' with out being given a 'soap box', remember, TLC booted the father out of the lives of his children.

    Kate is the god awful worst mother of children I have ever witnessed (minus the mothers who have killed their kids of course). It is the RIGHT thing to do to seek getting those children away from such a HORRID mother. Just sucks that it happens to be a horrible dad that is the one doing it.

    conclusion: They deserve each other, and the kids deserve better!

    October 7, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Mlee

    Sounds like you'd be rewarding their behavior. Let's not pay any more attention to these two clowns and maybe they'll go away. Take the kids away too. Tired of this mess, make it go away.

    October 7, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  59. suzie Q.

    excellent post, right on the money.

    October 7, 2009 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  60. BLC

    I don't blame him for using these opportunities to get his side out... he's made some immature decisions but even in his mistakes he is a lot more genuine in his motives than she is. if the kids are 'too stressed' to see them both you can guarantee its her doing. She claims the kids 'wailed' because filming was delayed due to John's legal actions. What she leaves out of the story is that she probably gave them a sob story about how they wouldn't be able to do some fun event due to 'mean daddy' stopping filming. Of course kids are going to cry if they can't do some fun thing they were promised. Kate is a huge manipulator and emotionally abusive to her kids (see the J+K+8 episode where she wildly/dramatically threatens to throw away one son's blanky toy because it got gum on it..despite his uncontrollable sobbing.) If she wants to limit his time with them on the twins birthday its likely because she's afraid they'll find out the truth from him and expose the lies she's been telling them. Still...I kind of wish they would both get off all the TV shows... theirs included.

    October 7, 2009 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Brenda

    I really agree with this article and to be honest would be sad if people even wasted there time on this couple. Enough already, move on with more important things that are happening in the world

    October 7, 2009 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Michelle

    These 2 people are obviously in desperate need of attention.
    And if Kate thinks people actually believe she can't pay her bills, then she's just oblivious to reality.
    I can't even utter another word about these morons..when is there 15 min over?! I'm so tired of these reality show losers being propelled into celebrity. What happened to real TALENT? Real actors? Actresses??? It's so upsetting already..get your faces off of my tv!!!!!!!

    October 7, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  63. m

    if either of them were the, "bigger person"...neither of them would respond to each other, OR "spread" any of their personal information about themselves, their kids etc to the tabloids to be used as fodder to be feasted upon by the masses. if "either" of them were the bigger person...i say, ignore each other.

    October 7, 2009 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |

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