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Kate Gosselin’s New Reality is No Reality

I hesitated to write about Kate Gosselin because  last time I did, I was immediately thrown in to one of two camps–the haters and the supporters. I’m neither. I do not hate Kate, nor do I support a number of her actions.

My concern–her reality about reality TV does not seem to be based in reality.

Monday night was the finale of Kate Plus Eight. Her reality TV show is retired and she told E-News that she wakes up at night wondering how she will provide for her kids. She is gripped with fear regarding the future for her family financially.

Here is what what I do not get about Kate’s thinking.

How much money has Kate made during her six years of television, her stint on Dancing With the Stars and from her endorsements, book sales, speaking engagements and appearances.  Here are the numbers from MyFoxPhilly  back in 2009.


a)  Jon and Kate plus Eight –30,000 an episode

b) Kate Plus Eight– $250,000 an episode.

c) Dancing With the Stars–$600,000

d) Her first book, Multiple Blessings sold over 500,000 copies and she got an advance and royalties on her books. So even if she netted a dollar a book (and it had to be more than that) we are talking half a million on book one. Her second book, Eight Little Faces debuted at #5 on the New York Times Bestseller list. Her third book, I Just Want to Know You, was #103.

e) She and Jon reportedly charged $25-40,000 for appearances for speaking engagements.

Celebrity net worth has her worth at about 5 million dollars. Now, I know she has expenses but even if this number is way off and she is worth a mere million, she should not be sweating how to financially take care of her kids.


So why is this mom gripped with fear about future finances?

The money she has earned from her celebrity should easily support a family of nine.

Both of my parents came from families with 8 and 7 children respectively and had very little income. They might have been considered lower middle class, yet they all turned out great and had wonderful families. Their strong work ethic and character were not financed.

So Kate, I’m sorry that your income source has dried up for now. But you have earned way more money than most American families ever dream of, kids or no kids. And your bold pitch to any producer  for a talk show or some other television show only confirms that celebrity is your choice for the future. If  you like being a celebrity, admit it. Don’t use your children to fuel your dream.



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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sheila

    l beleive everyone has commented on just about everything l had to say about Kate Gosslem, she had only one brother of her family that she got along with but also ruined that, having her only show kate even got her stomach fixed for free by a doctor, they all lived great on the money she made going on plane trips and prob all other trips but somehow in my eye feels she deserves it.on one of there shows l heard John did not want her to get pregnant a second time but she talked him into it. maybe a little hard luck is what she needs to remind her how everybody else has to struggle to make ends meet. l also noticed the beautiful house she has being single. Kate also was just on a show l saw last wk, celeberty wife swap, what is next.

  • jello

    She would throw those kids under the bus in a minute if she was to get an offer for a show for herself. Even her sister-in-law Jodie stated that when the camera wasn’t on her the kids were a major nuiance to her.

  • Linda Mintle

    Angie, I do appreciate your comment but I do think we need to address issues that are in the public eye. People claim to be Christian and then act in ways that are counter to the faith. This makes it very confusing for others who either want to explore Christianity and/or are trying to live a Christian life. And this notion that any comment is judgmental is nonsense. We have biblical standards. The challenge is to help each other live lives that glorify Christ. We all make mistakes, there is grace.

    This notion that she can’t provide for her family after all the money she has made is utter nonsense. And she makes it our business by being a public figure.

    I do agree we should pray for her. I would love to hear her talk about the role of her faith again and that she is trusting God for her future.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Angie

    Hello Fellow Christians,

    Honestly, it’s none of our business how she chooses to live her life. If we can’t “uplift her in a spirit of meekness” then why bother to even comment. Regardless of her motives and her ability/inability to budget, she will have to answer to her own actions before the Lord. We are quick to provide our opinion, however, we have no clue what walking in her shoes feels like or entails. Let’s do as a sister admonished in a previous post, simply pray for her. Pray that her heart will be grounded in Him. Pray that she uses wisdom to navigate this life. Pray that she does what is necessary to raise her children in the fear of the Lord.

    My point, let’s stop talking about what others should do and be and pray for them.

    Just my opinion in love,
    Blessings to you all!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Doris

    I do not feel that you use your children in anyway. I feel it is admirable of you to include them. If you were on a reality show without them, some would say you are neglecting them; so, enough of that from me. How you choose to take care of your children is your choice and we can comment. We certainly do not want you telling us how to raise ours, at least not me.

    As far as you being unable to take care of the children, I think you have worked hard enough to be able to take care of them and yourself and with Jon’s taking care of them as well, you should be quite okay I would think. Pray and be thankful for what you have. Some of us live on less than 3000 dollars a year. We have tough times but, we make it pitifully. Hang in there and be happy and enjoy your children while they are small and the rest will come.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Deneene

    Why doesnt Kate go out and do what almost every American does, GET A JOB? She has a college degree why doesnt she use it. She could make plenty of money as an agency nurse. I am sick and tired of hearing her bitch and moan about everything. Why dont we all ignore her and maybe she will just fade off into the sunset.

  • Linda Mintle

    I agree that we need to pray for her. Somewhere along the way, the fame, the money, the celebrity got in the way. Absolutely pray for her to front and center with God and allow Him to direct her path!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Elaine

    Kate is our sister, we should be grieved for her and we need to pray for her and John and their family. “Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall”. I always thought the bible said pride goeth before a fall but a “haughty spirit” precedes a fall. I think we all either have or will be there at some point of our lives, maybe not as publicly as Kate but we humans are so weak. I read her first book and there was a young woman that you could respect. Maybe we should all pray for her spiritual restoration and healing. That could be a real story!!!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Mary

    I divorced my ex making less than $500 dollors a month.Isn’tshe a nurse.Can’t she take some classes and go back to nursing.Maybe she needs to give back instead of whining.Her kids will think more of her forhelping others.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Susie

    AMEN !!!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Shante P.

    OMG!!! You said it best. I do agree with you. She needs to focus on raising her kids and not to teach them that they have to be famous to make money. I mean that’s what it’s looking like. She was a Nurse before right…That is a career that is always in need of people. She is barely around her kids now…I’m pretty sure her going back to being a nurse is much better than her complaining that she doesn’t have another show. Stop spending money and open up a trust fund or something for your children.

  • Linda Mintle

    Actually when you become a celebrity, these things become public and are published. And the only way I know of her plans is listening to what she said in interviews–which is what I did. The words came from her.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Carolyn A. Weldon

    I can’t understand how you think that you know Kate’s thoughts and plans for her family’s future. I think there are alot of people who seem to be jealous of Kate’s success. Her income is Kate’s business only.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dennis

    I lost all respect for Kate due to money grabbing ways. It was never the kids but, her fame and fortune that mattered. She talked to Jon like a servant as she got beauty treatments and bought clothes like a rock star.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Dorothy

    It was a breath of fresh air to know that her show had been removed from the TLC channel. She is a very over controlling and mean woman that is very addicted now to what she thinks is power of some sort and receives it through exploiting her spoiled children. Sorry that the marriage ended-they really did not try hard enough to fix it considering they did have eight children and she is a poor example of “faith”.

    With her investments or whatever she does have; downsize dramatically and go back to being a nurse and move on and off the t.v. to allow “The Learning Channel” to return to better and more imformative programming. Please.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Chris

    She spends it as fast as she makes it, of which about 50% of what people do.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Angela R. Johnson

    I agree with ALL YOU have written!!!
    Every word written are my feelings, also.
    My grandparents on both sides of my family
    raised 10+ children with only 1 paycheck
    per family. And I may add both grandfather’s
    were blue collar workers. So, I too believe
    she is using money and her children to pursue
    her own endeavors. AMEN TO EVERY WORD YOU

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Heather

    She has made it quite clear to the public how proud she is of her so called “Chritianity”. Just by looking how she has transformed over the years in Kate plus 8, and seeing her on Sarah Pailins reality show and how she acts now, she may have had hold of God when she started, but now $$$$ has become her God and her idol. She has been exploiting those poor kids for years. Her obsession with money and the lime light lost her a marriage as well. I’m sure I will probably get some backlash for this opinion. And keep in mind this is only MY opinion, it is people like her that say they are godly christians, BUT then do not live it out that make good christians that do their best to embody what that is look very bad.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jayne

    Well said, she just wants to be in the so called celebrity world, she is a social phoney.

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  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment karen

    This is so true and she being of christian faith to make such a remark. I have friends who have 3 and 4 bedroom houses a lot of sqare footage complainin.g about losing their homes my goodness downsize that’s what I am planning on doing when we retire.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment hillgirl

    Amen, couldn’t have said it better

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Rhowen

    You took the words right out of my mouth [of course you eloquently described khate gooselin better than I can]. khate started as a struggling mother who became rich and allowed herself to forget where she came from. she placed her own self on a pedestal and created this grandiose idea that she is better than any of us. KARMA is just around the corner… what she had, will be taken away from her. she forgets there’s always some Higher Power watching over us. khate will be a good example of what NOT to forget that these people she ungraciously called “MEDIOCRE” were the ones that gave her the lavish lifestyle and these same “MEDIOCRE” people can [and will] take it away from her.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Carpetmom

    I totally agree with you. Many people do alot more with so much less. I don’t get what she is talking about either. She needs a “reality” check. :)

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Jessica Wilson

    Oh Linda, I could not have said this better myself. I sooo agree with you. If she managed her money well there is simply no reason that she should not be able to continue to provide easily for those children. She is not upset because of the money, she is upset because she is no longer in the limelight and I also whole-heartedly agree with you on that as well. She needs to come back down to reality and be a regular, normal mom to those kids for a change.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Becky

    Sometimes the more they make the more they want. She seems to fall into that category
    I think it is more her status with the stars she is thinking of missing than the money it
    is going to take to raise her family. Besides, doesn’t Jon still have to pay some type of child support? I do not think he will abandon his children completely should they need something in the future.


  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Angela Proper

    Amen Sister!

  • http://RealityCheck Laura

    AMEN!!! This article is right on the money!! We are all struggling this day and age, deal with it like we are having to. Sorry no sympathy from me.

  • http://Agree Annette

    I totally agree. Living the “life” can be costly!

  • http://inagreement..... NancyLl

    thanks for sharing….I agree with your account of her financial status. If she needs to give up hair extensions and shoes that cost over $100…so be it. That’s reality.

  • Linda Mintle

    Sadly, this may be the case. I can understand her concern of wondering what is next in her life, although she would have plenty to do taking care of those eight kids and should be able to support them all based on the income she has received. She may be struggling with giving up all the perks that came with her celebrity life.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Timon

    Excellent post. The points you touched on were great. I think it shows where her heart is now. Money is now important than a great character and as the saying goes ‘you can never have enough money’…

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