Jon and Kate Gosselin along with their 8 children, captivated a large chunk American audiences with their day to day lives managing 8 children. That is sextuplets and one set of fraternal twins. Originally airing on the Discovery channel, Jon and Kate went on to become TLC darling. Their eight children captivated viewers and Jon and Kate went on to become one of American TV’s most watched problems.
Then the inevitable. Comments were passed, judgements made. Some felt the eight children were being exploited, some felt Kate belittled her husband, others felt that Kate spent too much time trying to promote the show through her children rather than address more important family issues. Rumors were all over the internet. Perhaps Kate’s biggest critic, woman and child rights advocate and attorney, Gloria Allred publically expressed her concern for the Gosselin children.
Then, pictures of a ‘partied out’ Jon Gosselin surfaced all within days were plastered on hundreds of blogs, forums and articles. Then in May 2009, US weekly published a ‘confirmation’ of Jon’s infidelity with grade school teacher, Deanna Hummel. Not to the best interest of the situation, Hummel’s family got involved to tell ‘Deanna’s side of the story. Deanna denied many of her family statements, but still the damage was done. By then the Gosselin firestorm seemed out of control. Radar onlie reported that Jon Gosselin was in a relationship with the daughter of Kate Gosselin’s tummy tuck surgeon.
With the fame, came the fortune and a few other things that Jon and Kate may have hoped to escaped. A seemingly loving family has now been thrust into the spotlight, with the lights turned a very pale shade of ‘unflattering’.
Viewers aren’t surprised. Between immense pressure, on screen arguments, rumors that seemed too supported to be false – the Gosselins have been headed for disaster for months. The final reveal, this past Monday June 21st, 2009 was an odd one to say the least.
After arguing over where to put a ‘crooked house’, a premium children’s outdoor play house, their were scenes with the children, and then seperate scenes of Jon and Kat speaking their minds about the episode and their family Life. Tey both expressed not wanting to bicker infront the children anymore, Jon expressed frustration about the constant papparazzi attention. They were both admittedly miserable.
According to Kate, ” “It doesn’t matter where Jon and I are in our relationship, my kids still matter the most to me. If I have to put on a happy face to have a picnic with them and put all those issues aside, I do.”
Neither of the Gosselins used the term divorce in Monday’s episode, however, after the episode, the following message showed up on the screen: On Monday June 22, 2009, legal proceedings were initiated in Pennsylvania to dissolve the ten-year marriage of Jon and Kate Gosselin.
The main and most important questions is, what happens to the children? After a successful home based reality TV show with husband Ozzy Osbourne and two ( out of three) children, Sharon Osbourne admitted the swearing, crude bickering…etc were not present let alone common in the Osbourne household before the camera’s arrived. More than once, Sharon said the was quitting the show. Sharon is also reported to have said that if she could turn back time, and make the decision to do the show, she would turn it down. The payment was not worth the price.
Jon and Kate seem to have paid a harsher price, and not just personally. One thing that appealed to most viewers was the idea that two normal, outwardly attractive people were managing the immense pressure of having 8 children. Still, in this overpaced society – they managed. Now, with the marriage in pieces, and the children to be ‘divided’ in terms of time with their parents, they show is no longer of the same material that made it such a success in the initial stages.
Plastic surgery, hair plugs, tonnes of gifts, money, publicity, fame aside. When comes to family, the Jon and Kate saga highlight two things many aspiring reality fame seekers tend to overlook. 1.) There is alot more that comes with the territory than one may be prepared for and 2.) When it comes to broadcasting family life, it’s not worth it.
I acknowledge tonnes of children have it much worse than the Gosselin eight, but i do wish them well and hope the effect of the once ‘fuzzy-feeling’ show doesn’t do anymore damage to them than it already has.