Jon & Kate Plus 8

After the recent drama that aired on the season 5 premier of TLC show Jon & Kate Plus 8, more problems are arising with regards to child labor laws and child exploitation that could bring the series to a crashing halt. According to the media, the Department of Labor in Pennsylvania received a complaint from an anonymous source which is currently under investigation.

In a statement released to the media, the Department of Labor released a statement clarifying that their investigation stems from a report alone and has not been independently initiated. “We don’t initiate the charge. We receive a complaint and we respond. We’re what’s called complaint driven. So if somebody’s going to file some kind of charge a party has violated Pennsylvania labor law, they go to our website, download a form, fill it out and send it to us and we respond. We are complaint driven. We don’t initiate it, but we’ll conduct an investigation if we receive a complaint.”

While last week Kate clarified on Jon & Kate Plus 8 that none of her children are forced to film during the average 3 days a week the TLC crew shoots the family, it appears that not everyone watching the hit show is ready to sit back on watch the drama unfold in the spotlight that is leading them down the road towards divorce. While the show many be providing the sextuplets and twins parented by Jon and Kate Gosselin opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise have in their lives today, or later down the road; it’s not hard to see, with the current plotline surrounding the couples’ marital trouble, that it might also be responsible for tearing the family apart.

TLC assured viewers in a statement that they abide by all Pennsylvania laws “TLC fully complies with all applicable laws and regulations. Jon & Kate Plus 8 is no exception. For an extended period of time, we have been engaged in cooperative discussions and supplied all requested information to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor. We will continue to engage the appropriate officials and meet any standards or regulations that are applicable to TLC productions.”

 

Last night’s season premier of Jon & Kate Plus 8, was anything but what viewers have come to expect of the quirky show which has typically been entertaining because of the cute, playful banter that takes place between the couple. In season 4’s finale, Jon voiced that he wasn’t sure he was in for another season of the show due to the stress and scrutiny caused by living in the public eye. After rumors of cheating on both sides, and Jon’s newly developed tendency to hit the nightlife with college aged women; surprise, surprise, their rumored $60,000 to $75,000 paychecks brought them back for a 5th season.

The show started with the sextuplets 5th birthday on May 10th, 2009; which Kate was left to organize and plan on her own while Jon was noticeably absent from their home. She explains her husband’s absence stating that “Jon decided he needs a weekend off” but neglected to mention the fact that their children’s’ fifth birthday coincided with the rumors of Jon’s cheating with a local 23- year old teacher. Cut to their interview room testimonials, which were rumored to have been filmed at the last minute, to catch the latest drama for the premier; and you could cut the tension with a knife. As we predicted, Jon and Kate who typically sit down together and playfully banter back and forth about their experiences with their 8 kids sat down separately to talk about the state of their marriage.

Typically at the end of an episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8, I’m left feeling light-hearted, with new insight into the world of parenthood. However, after watching last night’s episode, all I felt was sad for the kids; especially when one of the children came up to Jon at the birthday party and said “I miss you daddy…never leave us again.” Sure, filming the TLC show has opened many doors for the family and provided opportunities they wouldn’t have otherwise had available to them. The kids will certainly have their future educations paid for, they finally have a home that’s better suited in size for the large family, and they’ve been able to travel and get a typical childhood experience, not inhibited because of their large family size. But, is it all really worth it at the sacrifice of a family where mom and dad can no longer live as a family under the same roof? Or where the family’s every move is under scrutiny?

I’m still not entirely convinced that last night’s episode wasn’t a publicity stunt, but quite frankly, I don’t believe that either Jon or Kate are that good actors – a real problem definitely exists in their marriage. But, as the once light-hearted family show transforms itself to a drama-filled documentary, where the humor and characteristic banter of the once playful couple is noticeably absent…will their audience and the popular TV network keep them onboard? Or can we expect to say “Bye!” not only to Jon & Kate’s marriage, but also to Jon & Kate Plus 8 the show?

As season 5 of Jon & Kate Plus 8 approaches, premiering tonight at 9pm EST on TLC, naturally the rumor mill is full of speculation on what’s really going on behind the scenes of the hit show. Some sources claim that these rumors are all another publicity stunt to boost ratings for the new season of TLC (which is expected to bring in record breaking ratings for TLC); others claim that the famous, feuding couple are only pretending to be mending their relationship; and others, think something else altogether.

Whatever the real story is, we may find out tonight, but chances are we won’t. Whether Jon & Kate as only pretending to be fighting to boost their shows ratings, or pulling a publicity stunt with the hopes of closing a movie or book deal about parenting and maintaining a relationship while in the public eye, the fabricated plot line will probably continue throughout the season. Perhaps Jon & Kate’s marital problems are real; but we’re not likely to find out if they’re only staying together for the sake of the show, because we don’t get to see what happens when the cameras are off.

What we do know about tonight’s season premier is that Jon & Kate film their interview room segments separately, which might just take away from their characteristic banter that makes the show so entertaining. But how much insight into the marital problems we will see as viewers has yet to be determined, as the Gosselins plan a fifth birthday party for the sextuplets.

Tune in tomorrow for a recap of tonight’s Jon & Kate Plus 8 season premier on TLC, there’s sure to be some drama!

With a new season of Jon & Kate Plus 8 set to start on Monday, May 25th, TLC is jumping in and taking advantage of the free publicity surrounding the series amidst rumors that Kate Gosselin is having an affair with the family’s bodyguard Steve Neild. Only 2 weeks after Jon Gosselin made headlines for a supposed affair with a 23 year old teacher from Pennsylvania, the accusations of more Gosselin infidelity arose. TLC is taking full advantage of the free publicity through their advertisements of the new season, and according to Good Morning America, haven’t even finished filming the first episode because they want to incorporate the latest tabloid headlines.

TLC’s preview of the first episode has Jon & Kate sitting together on their famous interview chair, with obvious tension in the environment, as Jon says, “I can’t just be Jon; I have to be Jon and Kate Plus 8” and a narrator promises that “Jon & Kate will face off for the first time” Jon & Kate Gosselin have done a pretty good job at staying out of the public eye and the tabloids during the filming of their first 4 seasons of the popular TLC show, so with infidelity in this relationship making headlines, could it be that TLC is requiring the couple to boost their ratings for the 5th season of the show to earn their rumored $60,000 an episode paycheque?

Kate Gosselin addressed the affair rumors recently stating that “The next story coming out from the animals that stalk us is about our security person and his family. Already the allegations they’re making about me are disgusting, unthinkable, unfathomable, and I am horrified.”

Tune into the new season of Jon & Kate Plus 8 to see how the plotline unfolds Monday, May 25th at 9pm.

 

With rumors circulating that Jon and Kate Gosselin, of TLC’s Jon and Kate Plus 8 are nearing divorce, fans of the show are still wondering if the buzz on the web is based on harsh rumors, or some semblance of truth.

According to reports, Jon Gosselin, father of 8-year old twins Cara and Madeline and 4-year old sextuplets, Aaden, Joel, Colin, Alexis, Hannah, and Leah has been out partying while out of town either to take care of an injured family member, or while at a public speaking engagement (dependent upon reports). According to a statement released by the Gosselin’s publicist, there are no truth to the rumors that he has been unfaithful to his wife.
“It is certainly hurtful for people to spread rumors and lies about us. It certainly makes me reluctant to live my life like the average person would. This has made it very clear that the simplest innocent gesture — such as taking a picture with a fan, can be taken out of context.
“As you can see on the show, I am not perfect, but I am a part of a loving family and couple.”
Even if this statement reveals truths about the photos popping up online, with Jon and younger female fans, TLC is fueling the rumor mill with more speculation. Advertisements for next Monday’s season finale of Jon & Kate Plus 8 shows the couple in their interview room, after introducing them with tense moments and arguments – Jon Gosselin states that “it’s really difficult”, while Kate ads “it’s a strange time for us, but we’re working on it”. The fact that both spouses are in the same room for the interview, may indicate that TLC’s doing nothing more than fueling rumors to boost ratings for the season’s final episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8, but fans of the show are still holding their breath awaiting the possible announcement of the couple’s separation.

Tune into TLC on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 9pm EST for the season finale of Jon & Kate Plus 8.

As one of TLC’s most highly rated shows, Jon & Kate Plus 8 has captivated audiences looking to get a glimpse at the lives of America’s favorite family of multiples. While the eight Gosselin children sure are cute, it’s the witty banter between parents John & Kate that make the series most entertaining. However, the most recent buzz amongst the TV community says that the couple’s relationship just might be on the rocks, so the world’s most popular family may stop filming with Season 5.

InTouchWeekly.com recently reported that Jon Gosselin, 31 year old father of sextuplets and twins, has been stepping out on his wife of almost 10 years, Kate Gosselin. According to reports, Jon was recently bar and party hopping all around Pennsylvania with young college girls. The contemporary dad, who has been rarely filmed on the show with even a casual glass of wine, was reportedly drinking heavily and playing beer pong at a college party while dirty-dancing and making out with his new female college friends.

According to representatives for TLC’s Jon & Kate Plus 8 TLC’s famous parents are not headed for divorce despite the vicious rumors circulating about Jon’s apparent infidelity. While Jon Gosselin admits that’s he is far from perfect, his rep assures viewers that there are no truth to the rumor; Jon remains a loving and committed husband and father to he and wife, Kate’s 8 children.

Fans of the show can only hope that Jon & Kate Plus 8 won’t stop with season 5; viewers have yet to see how Kate’s infamous compulsive habits unfold with the addition of 2 German Sheppard puppies (Shoka and Nala) to their busy household (which is now a sprawling $1.3 million estate).

Tune into TLC at 9pm EST Monday for an all new episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 and find out how the drama unfolds!