Monday, May 25, 2009

Jon and Kate should put FAMILY first

Both Jon and Kate Gosselin, stars of TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” are dodging allegations of infidelity. Family members are turning the screws in tell-all interviews. Kate has told People she can envision a divorce.

TLC did not provide a screener of the one-hour episode airing at 9 p.m. Everyone who works there would have to be criminally stupid not to know that tonight’s episode is likely to draw record ratings for the channel.

In a preview posted at, sitting alone on a loveseat, Jon acknowledges the recent turmoil.

“Kate and I have been obviously going through a lot of stuff and discussing what’s best for our kids,” he says.

Here’s a crazy idea: Cancel the show.

If family truly comes first, lock the camera crew out. If TLC balks at letting them out of their contracts, go public and shame the channel into giving them back their privacy.

“My kids are the reason why I’ve always done everything,” Kate says.
Here’s a chance to prove it.

But reclaiming even a sliver of privacy might jeopardize the perks they’ve grown to depend on - the hair plugs for him, the tummy tuck for her, the trips for all of them. Some viewers have found that sense of entitlement repulsive to watch.

It’s one thing for adults to sign up for a reality show, it’s another thing to subject their young children to that kind of scrutiny. These kids are essentially the cutest indentured servants of a growing financial empire in Pennsylvania. Where do they go if they don’t want to be filmed? It’s hard to step out on your family when you are 5.

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