America — you spoke. But you’ll be sorry!
You voted Kate out of DWTS BUT you will live to REGRET it. Just wait until next week or even this weekend, when you have nothing to anticipate. You will not be able to wonder just how wooden Kate will be on Mondays upcoming episode. Or what crazy new big-haired way she will wear her hair or how heavy her makeup or eyelashes will be.
You ‘ll see, you’ll miss worrying about how single mom Kate will take care of her eight little Gosselings — who she now says have an “uncertain” future.
Oh, I know many of you may be rolling your eyes and saying “ugh” — I’m sick of hearing about Kate’s problems. After all, she does have two upcoming TLC shows — A Twist of Kate and her Kate Plus 8 specials, plus her new book, I Just Want You to Know. She’s hardly standing in the breadlines with her twins and sextuplets.
But I challenge you to watch Dancing with the Stars next week with as much anticipation and interest as you have had. In fact, record numbers of you have been tuning in to DWTS this year and I believe, it is the “Gosselin effect.” Whether you consciously like Kate or not, she touches you emotionally.
She looks exhausted. She looks like she’s 34 going on 44, thanks to the burden of raising eight little ones on her own. Deep down, you know that she is truly alone. Her ex-husband Jon is MIA most of the time. She can’t count on him to have a reasonable discussion about any needs or issues that he kids have. She can’t count on him to get a job and help support them — he’s shown no interest. All he’s done is fight her, try to take custody away, cut his child support, and destroy her ability to earn a good income.
No, Jon’s been far more interested in satisfying his libido with multiple girlfriends than satisfying his children’s needs.
Also, Kate reportedly has no emotional support from her own family. Her brother Kevin Kreider and his wife Judi accused her of psychologically damaging her children by putting them on TV.
So Kate IS alone with the burden of her kids. All you parents out there, you do know what that means.
Deep down, you know that Kate isn’t BSing when she talks about being the single working mom breadwinner who’d rather be baking and cooking and caring for her kids, than working like a madwoman. She drew a smiley face and blew a kiss to them into the camera during her last moments on DWTS last night. Because of that, she does touch you. You emotionally connect with her.
Has there ever been a more emotional final leave-taking for a DWTS contestant than Kate’s? Has there ever been a “group hug” before? Those were not fakey-fake tears — she was sad, disappointed but relieved in a way to be voted off. She genuinely couldn’t hold back her tears when she apologized and said, “I’m sorry, I’m a crybaby”, and THEN admitted that she “was scared to death most of the time,” when she was dancing. When she said to the show’s audience “I thank you for believing in me, probably more than I believe in myself,” it was an insightful moment into Kate’s real burden and her insecurities. And when her partner Tony Dovolani said, “I give her all the credit, no matter how exhausted you were…” he brought up a real truth — Kate WAS exhausted.
Any parent knows this was and is true. Eight kids, weekly commuting to LA, dance practices and performances, Kate bit off more than most human beings could chew.
You will miss her two left feet and her human drama and that’s a big part of making DWTS, the hit it has been. I say, let’s ask for one of those American Idol special judge-saves and bring Kate back! Vote for it now!
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