E! wanted to bring us up to date on Kate’s “intriguing story,” but was there anything in tonight’s documentary that we didn’t already know? Nope, Kate’s still no “Mother of the Year.”
Tonight, Kate Gosselin‘s life was chronicled on yet another television show — E!’s True Hollywood Story. And I must say, I never thought it was possible to be overloaded with this much Gosselin gossip… and enjoy it. Well, the parts about the kids anyway. Read on to see what E! dug up about Kate’s past.
In an hour-long sitting, this documentary showed how much Kate has changed from May 2004, when the sextuplets were first born, to now. From dark short hair, to the iconic “Kate” haircut, to long bleach-blond hair, this reality TV star mom’s hair evolution pretty much followed the evolution of the Gosselin story. One thing that didn’t change though was Kate’s “difficult” nature. “She always wanted things her way or no way at all,” former nanny and ex of Jon, Stephanie Santoro reveals. “She always wanted Jon to do things for her and if he didn’t do it right she would flip out on him.”
Once again, it was depressing to see the destruction of Jon and Kate’s marriage play out on the screen. Loyal fans of Jon & Kate Plus 8, including myself, most likely shed a tear remembering all the smiles, laughs, fights and slaps that the not-so-happy couple shared over the course of the show. The Gosselin gang, especially 10-year-old twins Cara and Mady and 6-year-old sextuplets Alexis, Collin, Leah, Joel, Hannah and Aaden, captured the attention and hearts of many viewers, which is how Kate has ended up with a True Hollywood Story in the first place. (I’m pretty sure Jon won’t be getting his own episode special).
“Fame has given her a sense of entitlement, but she has always been known as difficult,” Polly Kahl, author of Jon & Kate Plus Eight: Reality TV & The Selling Of The Gosselins says. It’s her way or no way at all. And we have known this for a while, but we must remember, she’s raising eight kids here and has been through much more than any normal mother would go through. Then again, she did create this life for herself and her children.
We forget that Kate first became famous because she was one of the few women in the world who gave birth to a set of sextuplets. The Gosselins were “a normal family dealing with abnormal circumstances,” and the community really chipped in to help them raise their eight children. The goodness of strangers led to the goodness of Discovery and TLC, who offered to help the Gosselins by giving them their own reality TV shows. First came Home Delivery then Surviving Sextuplets and Twins then Jon and Kate Plus 8 and now Kate Plus 8.
The big question asked though was “Who is to blame for the fate of the Gosselins? Is it the Gosselins themselves or is it maybe this appetite of American viewers to watch a slow motion train wreck?” Paul Petersen, President of A Minor Consideration asked. What do you think, Hollymoms? I was personally affected by the images of cameras directly in the children’s faces, whether they were crying, playing a game or simply eating lunch. We have all watched the children on the show, but to see what the filming process was like was a bit disturbing. And although Kate Plus 8 reportedly goes for $250,000 an episode, with 15 percent of that put in a trust for the kids, I still agree that they are the ones being hurt here. “I personally think that the only people getting exploited in the whole thing are the kids because they don’t have a say they dont get to choose whether they get to live a normal life,” Stephanie explains.
So Hollymoms, what do you think and how did you like Kate’s True Hollywood Story?