My favorite dysfunctional couple is back in the news once again. Well, half of them, anyway. Jon Gosselin made headlines this week when he finally settled with TLC, the network that made him, Kate, and their eight children—including a set of twins and sextuplets—household names.
TLC filed a lawsuit against Jon for breach of contract. He filed a countersuit for five million dollars claiming TLC violated Pennsylvania’s child labor laws. The lawyers hammered it out behind closed doors, and now the terms of the settlement are—big surprise—confidential. But in the end, Gosselin, his ex-wife, Kate, her hair, and their entire brood are still under contract with TLC.
Let’s hit the rewind button for a moment, shall we?
This all began way back when two people got married. They had twins. Then they had sextuplets. Eight kids in a house in Pennsylvania. Then eight kids in a bigger house in Pennsylvania. A warped version of The Brady Bunch plus two and minus a live-in housekeeper. Alice wouldn’t have been welcome there anyway, because Kate likes things to be her way and her way only. Kate swears they took part in the show because the money would give their children opportunities they would not otherwise have. Okay fine, I get it. It is true. Exploitation is a way to make money. I wonder how long it took her to figure that one out.
All right, all right…on with the story.
Kate receives a tummy tuck from a doctor with a young daughter. Said daughter eventually becomes Jon’s mistress. The two are caught by the paparazzi. He denies. She denies. He finally admits. In between all this, Kate continually emasculates Jon on television. They start gracing the covers of tabloid magazines, and there’s even an episode where the police get involved and Kate winds up in tears. They separate. They look for secondary homes because they don’t want the kids to be shuffled from house to house between Mom and Dad. Hmm, wonder where that bit of reason came from?
Anyway, they divorce. Jon is sued by TLC. Kate trades her reverse mullet for $7000 worth of God-awful hair extensions, then cuts them off a couple of weeks later.
Lawsuit is settled. Kate’s hair is still bad. And the most important fact…their eight children have witnessed everything.
A relationship gone bad. A family ruined. All in the name of money.
Something to think about.
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