Wife Swap: Kate Gosselin Says Kendra Wilkinson Doesn’t Care About Her Family

Tue, February 26, 2013 10:47pm EST by 51 Comments
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On the season premiere of ‘Celebrity Wife Swap,’ Kate is overwhelmed with how much free time (and girls’ nights out) Kendra has, while Kendra nearly loses one of Kate’s kids on a surprise family outing! Read on for the full recap.

Kendra Wilkinson and Kate Gosselin seemingly have a lot in common — they were both featured on their own reality shows, and each competed on separate seasons of Dancing with the Stars – but when it comes to their home lives, they couldn’t be more different. Kendra was in for a world of shock when she stumbled into Kate’s home and took on the role of single mom to eight kids.

Kate, on the other hand, couldn’t believe that she would have to not only take care of just one kid for a week, but also leave nearly all of the house work to Kendra’s husband Hank Baskett and their housekeeper Rosa!

Wives Swap Places In Surprise Switch

When Kate and Kendra arrived at each other’s houses, it was a complete shock where they would end up — until they saw the family pictures in each of the houses! When Kendra saw Kate Gosselin’s photo, she about had a heart attack — she would be taking care of eight kids by herself!

Kate was a little more relieved when she saw Kendra’s photo, because she knew she would have a husband to help and just one little (adorable) kid to look after. When they read each other’s house rules and manuals, it got a little more complicated.

Kate found out that Kendra’s nanny Rosa takes care of the house work and little Hank most of the day, and there really isn’t a set structure to their schedule. “Relax and have a drink on me,” the handbook said — what a treat!

Kendra was floored when she saw that Kate’s schedule with her eight kids is much more structured. She starts making their breakfast at 5:30 in the morning, and is ready for when the kids come down the stairs at 6:03 A.M. (not 6, and not 6:05). She finds out each kid has a set of strict chores, which is foreign to her since she has never had chores in her life!

Kate & Kendra Take Over Role As Mommy

When Kendra meets the eight kids, they are super standoffish. And Kendra admits she’s pretty bad at remembering names, so she’s not sure how the week is going to go. But the kids teach her how they make their lunches, what their chores are and how they continue with their routine — basically, the kids are mothering Kendra! “Maddie is mentally older than I am,” Kendra admits.

Kate is in for a pleasant surprise when she sits back with a glass of wine and watches Hank make dinner on the grill. Then some of Kendra’s and Hank’s friends come over, and they all grill out and drink together. Kate says she can’t wrap her mind around grilling out randomly on a Monday night. Then, the night gets even crazier when the girls take Kate to a swanky LA club! She drinks some cocktails with the girls and tries to get used to a life of unwinding, but can’t get over that she’s normally in bed at that time.

Meanwhile, Kendra rests up for an early day with the kids. She makes them all cereal at 6 in the morning, which the kids aren’t pleased about (they usually eat eggs). But the boys do their chores of feeding the chickens, and the girls get all the lunches together. After a hectic morning, Kendra looks ready to break down! Then later after dinner, the kids resume all of their daily chores and Kendra can hardly believe the kids have to do so much.

Over in Hollywood, Kate she goes to the golf course with Hank and reveals over dinner that she doesn’t know how to relax, and hasn’t had dinner with a man in years! Kate feels like Kendra is taking advantage of her husband and not spending enough time with their son Hank. “I wouldn’t want it that way… nanny who was there all day for taking care of the house,” Kate says.”

Time For A Change: Kate & Kendra Lay Down Their Rules

When the moms institue new rules for their new families, Kendra gets rid of all the after-dinner chores, and wants the kids to just play and have fun! They even have a picnic for dinner in the middle of the living room, throwing out the tradition of eating at the dinner table every night.

She even took them to a local arcade park to play games and ride go karts for a night of fun and spontaneity — but she nearly loses one of the boys Aiden! Luckily, Aiden is found safe and sound, but Kendra soon realizes why Kate has so much structure in her life.

Kate, on the other hand, goes in the opposite direction. She says little Hank needs to eat dinner at the table like a normal person, and needs to learn some chores of his own. So they learn to pick up his torys together. She also doesn’t think Kendra spends enough time with her family as a family, so she wants all three of them to participate in activities together! They do yoga as a family — and Hank Sr. isn’t fond of making that a tradition.

But by the end of the week, Kate is starting to appreciate what it means to let loose and relax a little bit, especially when there’s someone else to take care of her. Kendra is learning that structure can be a positive thing, and it makes the household run so much more smoothly.

The Roundtable: Kendra & Kate Reveal What They Learned

When Kate and Kendra come face-to-face, the single mom of eight takes the gloves off and says what’s on her mind.

“It was my surprise to find that you have ONE child,” she revealed, and said it was was unique that she basically does “nothing.”

“You let everybody else do everything because you don’t care,” Kate says. “Between [Hank] and Rosa, they do everything, so essentially it enables you to do nothing.” She also says she needs to take some of the burden off Hank, who deos everything in their house.

Hank disagrees, but instead of getting defensive, Kendra is on the same page — she needs to give little Hank more chores, and take some of the responsibility off of her husband and their nanny. “Kate has empowered me. I need to dedicate more time with little Hank,” she reveals.

On the flip side, Kate admits she needs to chill out a little bit, and not feel guilty having some time to herself. Kendra says she hopes she learned the value of spontaneity and letting loose.

It looks like both moms learned a lot from each family — and is so grateful for the family they do have!

What do YOU think of Kendra and Kate switching place HollyMoms? Who do YOU think needed to learn the most? Let us know in the comments below!


– Christina Stiehl

More Celebrity Wife Swap News:

  1. Kate Gosselin’s Kids Scared When Left By Mom For ‘Wife Swap’ TV Show
  2. Kate Gosselin & Kendra Wilkinson To Switch Places On ‘Celebrity Wife Swap’
  3. Kate Gosselin: My Marriage Didn’t End Because Of Reality TV

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Posted at 1:24 PM on November 1, 2014  

Kate G… You are delusional😝😝😝. You just want to be in public eye

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Posted at 8:06 PM on October 10, 2014  

Kate please u suck trying to make Kendra and Hank look back u r all about control as ur first show was that’s y your husband ft u

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Posted at 9:14 PM on October 10, 2013  

Christina Stiehl, how in the world are you posting for a popular website? In one post, there were at least 5 major grammatical and spelling errors, 2 of which changed the context of the sentence, making it senseless. Ever heard of spell-check, or proof-reading? Really, that is just excessively careless, and I’m surprised you are asked to write articles. Simply bad writing, and bad grammar. Tons of redundancy throughout the piece.

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Posted at 1:41 PM on August 5, 2013  

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Posted at 9:31 PM on March 24, 2013  

Just another way to get Kate on tv. She will not stop. As far as her giving advice to Kendra about parenting, what a joke. We all watched in horror the way she displayed her children on tv. The way she humiliated John and the children. She is no parent that I would take advice from.

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Posted at 8:47 PM on March 16, 2013  

So tell me. How do you have a woman on a wife swap show. When she’s not a wife. Doesn’t seem like kate/Kendra swap. Wasn’t really a swap cause there wasnt a husband at the kate home. That kendra had to deal with. Especially at the end when the couple are supposed ro reunite. And discuss the changes. Seems kinda weird when there is no. One on the kate side. So didn’t reaally see why kate was even on the show

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Go Kate!

Posted at 10:18 PM on March 2, 2013  

Yes she went to a doctor to get pregnant, lots of people do and expect twins maybe but not six. Jon and Kate both had good jobs to support 2 or 3 kids. Now they have 8. My one child costs us a small fortune! She needed a plan, she needed to house, cloth, feed, educate, spend time with, show the world to, and discipline 8 kids! Her salary was not gonna cut it but TLC can. Husband couldn’t hang and left. Took the time check out and make up for some lost time. She lost her partner and needed to feel better about herself. She looks amazing! Wish I could look that great after one! College money set aside, house paid for, healthy diet, discipline and rules enforced, traveled, kids ARE happy and well educated. Laundry, a huge house to clean, except feed the animals make lunches( all those crazy chores) excercise, and endorse herself, read emails, grocery shop,make dinner, pick up the kids. I’m sure she is jealous of Kendra. Why wouldn’t she be? Go Kate! Don’t listen to ppl they could do what you do as great as your doing it!

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Posted at 6:19 PM on September 21, 2013  

are you freaking kidding me? Kate laid in bed until 8 a.m. and let those babies cry for hours. She shuffled them around from one helper to the next until Jon came home and took over. She has absolutely NO business telling Kendra how to raise her son. SHE (kate) is the person who did NOTHING.

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Posted at 9:21 PM on October 10, 2013  

And you know this how? Because of several 1 minute clips pasted together from maybe a day or two days of a crew filming the family? You do realize that Reality TV isn’t reality, it’s sensationalized half-truths mixed with a sprinkle of occasional truth. So you’re judging this overwhelmed mother based on what a reality show cuts up, pastes, and edits, from a few moments of their day? How ignorant of you. Why don’t we see how many naps you need if you were taking care of 8 young children every day? I doubt you would do half as well as Kate. If you can’t tell, Kate has made dumb choices and mistakes, she’s not perfect. But she’s also put her kids first and herself last, constantly. She makes them do chores, takes them on educational visits locally and for travel, she keeps them involved in hobbies, and tries to incorporate values, learning, and fun into every activity almost. She is a hands on mom, of 8 young children, so if she needs a nap, she can take a darn nap, she deserves it! You act as if a mom of 8 young ones sleeping until 8a.m. is outrageous, do you even have children? If so you should know that 8a.m. is early when you’re a mother to several kids. So unless you live in that house every day, you have no justification for judging her. Shame on you for using your ignorance as justification to insult someone you know so little of. Educate yourself please.

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