Prior to Jon and Kate Plus Eight‘s fourth season, Kevin and Jodi Kreider (Aunt Jodi and Uncle Kevin) were familiar sights on the hit TLC show.
Kevin was shown helping Jon in the garage, and Jodi frequently had the kids at her house to babysit. They were shown baking, doing crafts, and otherwise having a fun time. Who can forget the infamous “gumgate” episode, where Collin was given gum by Aunt Jodi and got it onto his bear blanket. Kate then threatened to throw the blanket away while venting her frustrations over Jodi giving the kids gum.
What do we know about Kevin and Jodi? Kevin is Kate Gosselin’s brother (Kate also has three sisters: Clairissa, Kendra, and Christen). He works as an insulator and is married to Jodi. Until the Gosselins’ move last fall to a large house in Wernersville, PA, they lived in the same Elizabethtown subdivision as Kevin and Jodi’s family.
According to sources (one being Jodi’s sister Julie’s blog), TLC sources offered Kevin and Jodi compensation for their appearances on Jon and Kate Plus Eight. Kate reportedly went ballistic, insisting that the Gosselins were the only ones who should profit from the show, and promptly cut off contact with Kevin and Jodi.
But they have entered the picture again recently, talking to Star Magazine about their fears that the Gosselin children are being exploited in Jon and Kate’s quest for fame and fortune. They also paint a very negative portrait of life in the Gosselin household, revealing that Kate had told Jon that she and Jon’s marriage was over last fall and presented him with a contract which reportedly allowed him to cheat with other women as long as he agreed to continue filming the show. They also said that TLC producers had trouble finding sufficient footage to use for the show because of Kate’s constant negativity and her fights with Jon.
Gosselin supporters claim that Kevin and Jodi are only speaking up to get their own 15 minutes of fame.
In an appearance on CBS’s The Early Show shortly after the season 5 premiere of Jon and Kate, the Kreiders appeared melancholy, repeating their assertion that the Gosselin kids are being harmed by the relentless filming: 40 episodes in six months. Jodi said that the Gosselin children had told her that they disliked the filming. “I don’t like the cameras on every vacation,” she quoted one of them as saying. She also objected to the children being filmed while they are upset or having a meltdown.
Judge for yourself: are Kevin and Jodi out for fame themselves? Or are they fighting for Mady, Cara, Alexis, Leah, Hannah, Collin, Aaden and Joel?