Kate Gosselin — You Only Have Yourself To Blame For 'Kate Plus 8' Being Canceled!

Mon, August 15, 2011 6:03pm EDT by 115 Comments

Kate — I hate to tell you, I told you so, but I did tell you to stop attacking your ex-husband Jon at every turn and to start being warmer to your kids.

Listen Kate — I’m sure you were trying to do the best thing for your kids by putting them to work and making them stars of a reality show. I’m sure that you looked at your former salary as a nurse and it was a quick calculation to see that you’d be making a whole lot more dough and could lead a far more exciting lifestyle if you had the Jon & Kate Plus 8 show, and then kept it going after your divorce.

But what you never seriously considered was what made your initial show a hit and what you would need to do to sustain it or even grow that interest after you dumped Jon personally and professionally. But you didn’t do that!

You clearly didn’t realize that #1 your fans liked you and Jon together as a family — even as a family with parents that sniped at each other. THAT was refreshingly real — most parents do bicker at each other, and fans could understand why you’d do that, especially with eight young kids. It’s stressful — we got that.

What wasn’t so appealing after you split was when the sniping became one-sided and when it went on and on and on. Last September 10th, 2010, you told Anderson Cooper, who was filling in on the Regis & Kelly show, that when your kids had visitation with Jon, “[you] basically wait for the phone call, for how many of them want to come home.” You admitted under further questioning that “at different days and different times, some of them don’t mind spending time with him.” Slam!

But of course your kids didn’t mind spending time with Jon — he’s still their dad and he could be a fun dad. We saw that on the show. Just because you and Jon had issues and yes, he may have cheated – that sucks- but didn’t mean that he couldn’t still be a loving father to your kids.

You were still at it on Access Hollywood recently on June 6, when you again implied that Jon still didn’t want to parent his children. “He is actually making an effort for the four days a month he has the kids,” you related. “I do wish he would see them more, but that is what he has chosen.”

The only thing Kate is that, it’s been very well publicized that you have full custody of the Gossellettes and that Jon would love to see them more. That bothered the fans of the show. They didn’t like that you were apparently with holding the kids from Jon.

#2) Fans wanted to see the eight cute Gossellettes on Kate Plus 8 and instead we got a whole lot of you — going bungee jumping without the kids in New Zealand, going swimming with sharks without the kids in Australia and going out with your girlfriends to party and dance in NYC for your birthday, without the kids.

The problem with this was that you weren’t loose, or funny enough or self-deprecating enough to make interesting TV on these “adventures.” Maybe if you had just been very open and honest about the trials and tribulations of going through a divorce and being a single mom, it could have made for very engrossing and empathetic TV.

Instead, you preferred to present yourself as a perfect mom, though grouchy mom, who made all your kids meals, even when you were traveling to LA to do Dancing with the Stars.

#3) When your kids were expelled from school — again you weren’t honest about it, and you insisted that filming a TV show was not at all part of their problems.

Kate — people get uncomfortable when they feel like they’re contributing to making children miserable and I think this was more of a watershed moment than you realized.

You did admit that Collin and Alexis “were having anger issues, acting out, having a behavior thing.” But you insisted that TV was not the reason for your children being asked to leave school. Maybe so — but then people wondered if the hostility that you kept expressing against Jon on TV could have a lot to do with it. If you were dissing Jon publicly, what were you doing when the cameras were off? Maybe that upset your children who were after all only seeing their dad four days a month!

#4) Finally Kate — you were a Wendy Whiner who seemed too focused on your hair, abs and spray tan to appeal to regular moms.

You went on Sarah Palin’s Alaska and whined about the rain, the Caribou burger, and the cold and then you dragged your kids away from having a good time, and dissed them by telling them they were now Palins instead of Gosselins.

You whined on your birthday episode that you didn’t want to dance and that Jon was “abducted by aliens,” and you whined when you tried bungee jumping.

On the other hand you seemed to spend an enormous amounts of time away from your kids, working out, getting extensions, haircuts and new blonde highlights, plus getting spray tanned.

Again, it made your fans — who first tuned in to watch an extraordinary family cope — feel uncomfortable and they started tuning out in droves.

I know you need to earn a living and support your kids but honestly, your fans would love to hear about how you’re going to focus on the Gossellettes they care about, at least for a while. And listen- Jon has gone back to the “real” world and is working , installing solar panels.

But even now you’re tweeting about your “many more invigorating opportunities that may come my way” and “I can’t wait 2 have the chance 2 challenge myself w future endeavors.” It’s still all about YOU.

And that Kate — was the problem!

— Bonnie Fuller

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Marie LeGrand

Posted at 10:04 AM on August 30, 2011  

Plain and simple…she’s a bitch who is too rapped up in her own celebrity.

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anna

Posted at 7:17 PM on August 29, 2011  

somebody said-
It was horrible to watch a whole hour of that woman complain, complain, complain! She has lost herself amongst the reality world. ———

If it’s so horrible to watch, why did you??? Did someone tie you to a chair and put a gun to your head?

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patty

Posted at 7:14 PM on August 29, 2011  

you are daft. ALL tv shows end at some point. Kate’s is no different. I suppose Kate is to blame for the flooding in VT too?

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Glen Lyon

Posted at 6:31 PM on August 29, 2011  

Kate’s “positive” attitude is just for show to get the sympathy of the viewers (or lack there of) I do not believe her to be a genuine person to the public unless she get something in return,, Kate stop while you are ahead GET A JOB!!! Take care of your kids and give them any amount of normalcy that is left while they are still young ….

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Donna

Posted at 9:34 AM on August 29, 2011  

Sorry, I like Kate and think she is doing a terrific job rearing eight children on her own. She has to be well organized and has to set boundries or her life would be total chaos.She is a very particular person and likes things done correctly……..she has little patience for incompetence because she doesn’t have time for it in her busy life. I wish everyone would just stop hating her long enough to see that she is doing the best she can and she is doing it alone…….

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jjmc

Posted at 4:43 PM on August 30, 2011  

While I can totally understand the need to be super-organized and such with so many kids there is a way to do it with some compassion towards other people around you. I don’t hate her by any means and I understand where she’s coming from, I had 4 kids in 5 years and things get hectic but I have NEVER spoken to my husband the way she used to talk to jon and I have learned that trying to make everything perfect makes everyone miserable. I have learned to take a deep breath and let some things slide and it makes everyone in my life a lot happier and SMILY :)

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Jaz

Posted at 1:55 AM on August 28, 2011  

If you had actually watched the show before posting this article you would know that both Mady and Cara went bungee jumping with her, and the kids were with her when she went swimming with the sharks. They just didn’t go in the water with her, for some reason. (like maybe they werent old enough or she didn’t want them to for safety reasons?)
Sounds like just another bandwagon “bash on Kate” article to me. . .

The stuff about her snarky comments about Jon is true though lol but she still seems like a great (not perfect of course) mom.

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Jim

Posted at 9:25 PM on August 27, 2011  

Just means that Hef has a better shot getting her in playboy sooner. Its either that or porn (sorry just threw up in my mouth on that thought)…

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butterfly23

Posted at 3:00 AM on August 27, 2011  

I completely agree Bonnie! It was horrible to watch a whole hour of that woman complain, complain, complain! She has lost herself amongst the reality world. I feel sorry for this kids.

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Diana

Posted at 2:41 AM on August 26, 2011  

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tina

Posted at 1:11 AM on August 26, 2011  

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Finally someone being honest about Kate and not bashing Jon. I wouldn’t be surprised if she had this all planned from the beginning, she doesn’t seem like the kind of person that could get along with anyone for very long. I guess that’s why she has no friends or family that speak to her anymore. When is she going to realize it’s her and not everyone else.

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Mary

Posted at 3:06 PM on August 25, 2011  

One minute the article bashes Kate for “putting her kids to work” and then at the end when Kate remarks on how she’s excited at what future work endeavors lie ahead for her, she is again bashed because it’s all about HER.
Pick an argument Bonnie, she’s staying positive and looking for opportunities to support her family…
I wish them all the best.

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Ioana Marincean

Posted at 11:23 AM on August 25, 2011  

I’ m sure she wasn’ t like this from the very beginning. But in times of conflicts, stress and real struggles we reveal our true selves( and no matter what you say , it’s definitley not easly raising 8 kids).And everything turned out to be( in her mind) about The Perfect Mother and latter after Jon, about The Perfect Woman. The big mistake that we all do:it’s all about us. But we shouldn’ t be so hard on her or juge her so easily, because, after all, she’ s just trying to rais her children ( the best she can and know like everybody else). And if her show went down, it shows us that she exposed herself as in the real life, not caring about some script( financially not very wise).
And yes, we can learn from her and her show because it’ s always easy seeing the mistakes on the other people.

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JJSMJJCW

Posted at 9:39 PM on August 24, 2011  

I could never understand what was so special about the show, she is not special nor are those kids, there are lots of families out there with that many kids even more. Octomom has 8, so what makes Kate think she is so special. Good riddens. I hope they dont figure some other way to put her on TV. She needs to go back to reality and realize she is just Kate, nothing more, nothing less. NOT ANYTHING SPECIAL!

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Amy

Posted at 6:27 PM on August 24, 2011  

This woman is nothing more than a controlling self absorbed tyrant who uses her children to make bank .I am thrilled that TLC finally came to their senses..

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SoCal73

Posted at 5:05 PM on August 24, 2011  

She’s Queen Douchette. She’s like a damn cockroach that won’t die or go away. She’s an ugly, hateful, bitter woman and I hate her as much as I hate Casey Anthony.

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Christopher

Posted at 1:47 AM on August 24, 2011  

Kate has always been(and will always be) a prima donna. While I am saddened that Jon cheated, I am by no means not surprised. She doesn’t appreciate the kids like a good mother should. She is only concerned about herself, not the kids.

I am saddened that her parents have not stepped in, to stem the craziness.

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Sandy Dvorak

Posted at 1:41 PM on August 23, 2011  

I haven’t watched Kate Plus Eight for months now because it became all about Kate and I was tired of hearing her grumbling and squealing. I even wrote to TLC about showing less of Kate and more of the kids. I love watching the kids; loved the show when Kate would have a “make soup day” and that sort of thing. But all they’ve shown for the past year are vacations and that is so BORING because that is not real life and not why people were watching the show.

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Lydia

Posted at 9:09 PM on August 23, 2011  

What is wrong with you TLC? Trying to bore us to death with Kate plus 8. Please find something else to air ; anything but that dull fake Kate showing her breast and wearing high heels with shorts etc. I wonder if she wears heels with her night gowns?

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Tiffany

Posted at 12:39 PM on August 23, 2011  

This article could not have said it any better… I wasnt a big fan of her when Jon was still on the show but they were better together. Those kids have grown up on tv but when it turned into JUST Kate I couldnt watch it anymore… Jon might not be the brightest craynon in the box or sharpest tool in the shed but maybe he should have the kids.

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Elaina

Posted at 4:56 AM on August 22, 2011  

Bonnie, I agree with you 100%. Normally I would say that no one has the right to judge anyone else on their parenting skills, as we all have fallen from grace. But when you put yourself out there in the public eye so much, then I think that people do have a right to at least speak their mind. I have been annoyed for a very long time about how much the show seems to be all about Kate and little about the kids. And it bothers me when she takes one or two of them on special trips but we never see the others treated the same way. It may be happening, but we sure never see it. And all the self rightous comments get old fast. And the temper tantrums (from the children AND Kate) that are tolerated and not dealt with in a health manner bother me. So,in the end, it was time for it to end…about 3 years ago! I am only sad that the children will eventually see all the nasty name calling from the viewers and the mean and hateful comments. That’s just wrong.

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Jenn

Posted at 12:09 PM on August 22, 2011  

Jon did NOT cheat on Kate. She wanted a divorce from him but wanted him to stay and pretend to still be married, so the show could go on, when he refused, she kicked him out of their new house. He began going out and doing what single men do. She created this, not him.

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Jane in CA

Posted at 2:04 AM on August 22, 2011  

Very good article. I think you definitely hit the major reasons why fans began to tune out in droves. Jon acted as a buffer for Kate’s unpleasantness. Without him, you just felt so badly for those poor kids, having to deal with an unstable and highly unpleasant mother with no dad to run interference.

As to Jon – he made some bad decisions for awhile. But that appears to be in the past and for some time now, he’s been stable, staying out of the limelight, working at a “regular” job, and keeping his comments about his ex positive. The same cannot be said for Kate, who seems unable to accept that the marriage is over, and it’s time to move on instead of rehashing old wrongs. Get over it Kate – you drove your husband away with your behavior. He’ll never return to you. You’ll probably never find another guy who willingly will take all that abuse and be treated so disrespectfully.

Finally, she lies about how much Jon would like to be with his children. Maybe the Court system will finally be more fair and allow 50/50 custody – but that family law court judge sure seems terribly biased and it’s a real shame.

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Dawn Alleyne

Posted at 1:00 PM on August 21, 2011  

About time someone told her what her problem is.

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Ama

Posted at 12:48 PM on August 21, 2011  

Hmmmmmm, God forbid, a woman with too much of a desire to succeed. If Kate was a man, her personality and drive would be celebrated but a woman who is strong and success-driven is considered unfeminine, unpleasant, etc. Don’t forget, dear author of this story that it was KATE who kept things going for the kids after Jon fell apart with cheating, stealing money from the family funds, drinking non-stop, still more cheating, and lying. I give her a ton of credit for that. And quite frankly, if my husband did all of that, you can be darned right that I’d worry about the kids being with him.

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Jane in CA

Posted at 2:06 AM on August 22, 2011  

Actually, if a man had treated his wife the way Kate treated Jon, people would have been up in arms. Name calling, face slapping (supposedly “playful”), bellowing at your spouse in public, telling the children that the spouse isn’t a nice person, talking down your ex constantly in public. That’s why Kate did and continues to do. That’s not being a strong woman, that’s being a mean, unpleasant, bitter woman.

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Niche

Posted at 10:59 AM on August 21, 2011  

I think it’s pretty evident that the show has run its course. The children deserve what’s left of their childhood. Kate has become something, someone totally different. I’ve noticed over the years how her extended family and family friend circle dwindle to absolutely nothing. There has to be something really wrong with her because she has no family. Aunt Jody and Kate’s brother come to mind, and others that we were introduced to us on the show. Just a sad situation. Happy for the kids and Jon.

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Jamie Weiler

Posted at 10:51 PM on August 20, 2011  

thinking about it…it would be interesting to see her on celebraty appentice. she would get eaten alive!

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AM

Posted at 1:11 PM on August 20, 2011  

I am not shocked that Jon cheated and left. She was a controlling witch with a b at the beginning too. I liked Jon more then Kate though sadly as the episodes carried on you could literally see the life drain out of him. It was always Jon this, Jon that, Jon your not doing it right. Probably why he never sees his kids is because Kate won’t let him, and if he does she’s controlling ever little thing. To be honest with Kate having full custody I am waiting for the kids to get into deep trouble one by one. We know drugs, drinking, smoking, and other bad things are awaiting the kids because of Kate.

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