Mother of octuplets hires agent, wants $2 million from Oprah & own TV show

Grandfather of Californian octuplets takes his other grandchildr
The grandfather of the octuplets takes some of his grandchildren to the schoolbus. Credit: Splash
The woman who just gave birth to octuplets, Nadya Suleman, 33, will have 14 children at home all under the age of 8. Suleman underwent IVF through an unnamed doctor to become pregnant with all of her children. They are thought to have the same father, a sperm donor who is said to be a friend of Suleman’s but has no involvement with the children. She is a divorced graduate student without a partner, and has been living with her parents, who have supported her and helped care for her many children. Her parents had to declare bankruptcy 18 months ago and move into the home they bought her as the financial burden of caring for their daughter and her then six young children proved too great for them.

Suleman’s mother has spoken negatively about her daughter’s need to have so many children so quickly, and has said that her daughter was “obsessed” with having children from a young age. Suleman’s mother doesn’t plan to be a doting grandmother for long – she says that as soon as her daughter comes home from the hospital she’s going to leave. Suleman’s dad also plans to leave to go back to Iraq, where he works as a contractor.

Although it was first thought that Suleman would shy away from the media, she’s planning to cash in for as much as possible. She’s hired a public relations firm to handle all the requests she’s had for interviews, and she wants $2 million each. Oprah and Diane Sawyer are said to have scored the first interviews:

The mother of octuplets born in California last week is seeking $2 million from media interviews and commercial endorsements to help pay the costs of raising the children, the Times of London reported.

Nadya Suleman, 33, plans a career as a television childcare expert. It was learned last week that she already had six children before giving birth to eight more. She now has 14 children younger than 8 years old.

Although still confined to a Los Angeles hospital bed, Suleman reportedly intends to talk to two influential television hosts this week — media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Diane Sawyer.

Her family has told agents she needs cash from media deals.

Suleman is being deluged with offers for book deals, TV shows and other business proposals, but according to her publicist she hasn’t decided what she might do once she leaves the hospital.

On Friday she retained the Killeen Furtney Group public relations firm to handle what company President Joann Killeen says are hundreds of offers arriving daily. They include requests for paid interviews, TV show appearances, book deals and other opportunities.

Killeen says Suleman is “the most sought after mom in the world right now,” but she hasn’t decided what she’ll do next, other than care for her children.

But Suleman’s earning power could be diminished by the growing ethical and medical controversies surrounding her octuplets’ birth. Experts believe that the unnamed fertility specialists who gave her in vitro fertilization (IVF) should not have implanted so many embryos, and in choosing to carry all eight to term, Suleman ignored guidelines, risking both the babies’ health and her own.


The doctor who implanted Suleman with eight embryos, which she chose to carry all to term, is still not known. She initially thought she was pregnant with just seven babies, and the eighth was a surprise, although that hardly lessens her responsibility in this case. Her mother claims that she was implanted with less than eight embryos, and that some of the fetuses kind of just generated, which I heard an expert on NPR call “highly improbable, if not impossible.” Other fertility doctors quoted by the Associated Press say this is possible “since Nadya Suleman’s system has likely been hyperstimulated for years with fertilization treatments and drugs.”

Do you think this woman should get her own television show in which she’s lauded as some kind of childcare expert? Should she be paid $2 million for a single interview? I know I would watch an interview with this mom because I want to know more about her, but it seems irresponsible to reward her for having so many babies so quickly.

Many people want to question Suleman’s fertility doctor for helping her have eight babies at once, a risk to both her health and the babies’ health. Her friend told the AP that Suleman “got paid” for getting IVF, which brings up all sorts of ethical questions. This story is far from over and we’re sure to learn more details in this baby soap opera once Suleman starts talking to the press.

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  1. Jen says:

    If she’s an unemployed student, who is paying her and her babies’ medical bills?

    I’m sorry, but this woman is some kind of sociopath…

  2. photo jojo says:

    Words cannot express how disgusted this entire situation makes me!

  3. Anastasia Beaverhausen says:

    Stupid. Absolutely irresponsible, on the part of both her and the doctors involved. Heads should roll, seriously. And I don’t blame either of her parents for saying they’re taking off after she gets out of the hospital, though I think I might have a hard time leaving my 14 grandchildren in the care of my one, apparently delusional child. It’d be tempted to be a matriarch of sorts. But good Lord, the exhaustion and stress.

    The mom is crazy. Her doctor is crazy. God help those kids. And no I don’t think she should be REWARDED with any kind of book or media deal. She had those kids, now let her deal with it.

  4. photo jojo says:

    And since when does gestating make you a ‘child care expert’?

  5. geronimo says:

    Cashing in? Surely not. The right thing for the media and the rest of the world to do here is to ignore her completely, give her no attention whatsoever but since that won’t happen, she’s laughing all the way to the bank.

  6. KDRockstar says:

    Please make your own money. I don’t want my tax dollars paying for your stupidity.

  7. YoMamma says:

    Please, Please don’t reward her for her selfish insane decision. You do it with this one and others will follow. Although I don’t know how she will support a family this size without a job. Actually it will come down to the American taxpayer supporting her and her insanity. Tie her tubes or better yet remover her ovaries.

  8. boomchakaboom says:

    This is not good.

  9. sissoucat says:

    “and in choosing to carry all eight to term, Suleman ignored guidelines”

    WTF ???

    There was a doctor batshit crazy enough to implant a woman with that many embryos. To let the mother and the babies take those terrible risks to their health. And she should be somehow guilty of keeping all of them ?

    Don’t misunderstand me, I’m totally pro-choice, including the choice to keep alive what’s been implanted in your belly.

    There were siblings, so what ? Did that change the risks for this pregnancy ? No way !

    And what kind of a doctor was he/she, not to be able to see that the lady’s body had already given birth quite a number of times ?

    I wouldn’t vote her for mother of the year, maybe she’s crazy as well, but who enabled her going through this ?

  10. Jannipoo says:

    Why reward self indulgence? If indeed we must pay for our need for details, and I would watch or read those details myself, place some contingency on the payment. College funds for the 14 children, not diaper and formula money for a mother who seems to have herself as her top priority!

  11. cheetahstripes says:

    This is wrong on so many levels. If this is the new way to earn millions…??

    This lady needs mental help and FAST. There is no freaking way she is capable of taking care of all those kids. She is off her rocker.

  12. Livia Llewellyn says:

    I think Oprah should give her the $2 million – after Suleman hands over her ovaries in a jar of formaldehyde during the interview.

  13. stoptheattention says:

    we can all stop the publicity now

  14. tigerlille says:

    Disgusting. Those poor children. On the up side, now all those ‘Jon and Kate + 8’ haters have someone to really go after.

  15. Syko says:

    The publicity should stop now. This is obviously some sort of psychopath who is out for attention and/or attempting to see how fast she can cause her uterus to fall out.

    I think IVF is a wonderful thing for a couple who wants children and have tried to no avail to have them, and IVF gives them the babies they want. I think it’s ridiculous to use it on someone who is young, has no partner, can not support herself (much less 14 kids) – and to risk the health of those children by having so many at once? The woman should be locked up and the doctor should lose his medical license.

  16. kiki says:

    I am not surprised where are they going to get all the $$$$$$ they need to raise all those babies? If people want to give money to them and its not the taxpayer burden , then go for it. I was wondering due to the success of Jonkate+ 8 when some women will try to outdo them. Jon and Kate started out small handouts for the basic needs of their family then it escalited to plastic surgery for Kates tummy, hair plugs for jon trips to hawaii LegoLand a million $ house and still the woman cries “more more” same thing here.

  17. bros says:

    this is truly a ‘what the fuckity fuck?’ moment in our society. the doctor and nadya sound like they had some plan going on to make a whole bunch of $$ for this kind of cracked-out medical malpractice shenanigans played with her uterus. otherwise, what business did he have plugging her with that many embryos? thats way above the normal amount, and its not like she had some major malfunction-she had 6 kids already, so there was no need to supercharge her.

    what kind of f#cked up world are we living in that this is how people think they are going to make an easy living-a human freak show, but there are other little lives at stake, helpless infants, so its not like we can say ‘no one is getting hurt.’ this is just wrong. publicity and fame seeking and money grubbing in the worst way

  18. Spike says:

    Instead of rewarding her Children’s Service should be removing these children from her care. It’s obviously about $$$, not about them.

    I won’t watch one interview or spend one dime on this person and her stupid viewpoints. She should be ashamed of using her children for profit.

  19. Charlene says:

    As crazy as everyone is making this lady out to be…. SHES GOING TO GET HER WAY!

    Sad but true people but YOU ARE AMERICAN— only we will pay this stupid waste of a woman to see these “amazing babies” and of course we’ll give her a tv show… who wouldn’t want to watch all these kids grow up in hopes of this mom messing up somehow??
    It’s disgusting how little people care about teaching morals and watching educational shows.

    It’s about time people start becoming concerned about the WORLD instead of this woman who popped out children like puppies.

    She has yet again added to a world filled with women who cant PARENT and uses children like ACCESSORIES!

  20. ** says:

    This woman is sick IMO. She´s looking to fill a void in her life, but… hey darling! If it hasn´t been fulfilled with 8 kids, chances are, it´s not gonna be satisfied by having 8 more kids either, maybe it´s time to look for other activities that don´t involve innocent children and bringing your parents to bankrupcy?

    And also…What kind of doctors helped her bring ONE more kid to the world? … Let alone 8 ! Isn´t there some kind of previous investigation or interviews to see what kind of life the woman is going to be able to give to her future child ? These doctors are as responsable as she is.

  21. rbsesq says:

    Well said Geronimo. The media just needs to ignore her. Don’t reward her. If she gets all these deals, more women are going to see this as a way to cash in on their kids.

    Child care expert indeed. If she’s such an expert, why are her parents raising the 6 kids she already had?

  22. kiki says:

    oh yes she get what she wants all those kids she turned in to a baby circus sideshow. The funniest part she get her own show on child development since she went to school for it. And people for the Love of god stop holding the Doctors to a high standard of whatever… just show them the $$ they don’t care if she had 10 other kids before no husband is poor that she cant support all these baby fetishes on her own and her parents and family dont tell her NO.

  23. Kiki says:

    This woman is a nutjob. She shouldn’t get a penny from this. The media needs to ignore her because clearly, she wants the attention or she wouldn’t have hired an agent.

  24. prissa says:

    “She now has 14 children younger than 8 years old”. TAKE THAT Brangelina!

    But seriously, what is this world coming to when 1) a woman is allowed to do this and 2) “we” the ppl are dumb enough to allow her to cash in on it????

  25. Dee says:

    I think Ms. Suleman and her cadre of PR people have seriously misjudged the current American appetite for rewarding selfish and irresponsible behavior.

  26. Bunny says:

    Oprah and Diane should be ashamed of themselves for scoring interviews with this worthless, selfish piece of trash.
    These two (along with the others that also willing to pay for interviews, tv deals etc). They are both disgusting pigs with no morals at all.

  27. Couger says:

    Dee: Exactly!!! Bailouts are one thing. This is entirely something else. Outrageous and disgusting. Why do we not know the name of the doctor by now. Is no one investigating this?

  28. boomchakaboom says:

    Really, Oprah & Diane? You think this is such a good idea?

  29. lisa says:

    Please Oprah, Dave, Jay….anyone with a talk show or news program, please do not pay a dime to this woman. Do not glorify what she has done so that young girls think its glamorous or romantic and decide to follow in this fool’s footsteps. What they should report on his how these babies are going to struggle due to their mother’s lack of brains and forethought.
    Quit talking to the grandparent’s who stood by and coddled their daughter while she fulfilled some insane fantasy.
    All of the media surrounding this woman needs to stop so she can wake up into reality and deal with what she created on her own.

  30. Patrice says:

    This entire situation is a crime against humanity. The only victims here are these children that are all obviously some sort of trophies for this unethical immoral woman. Oprah and Diane Sawyer are both repectable news reoporters with excellent reputations. If they so much as give this woman A DIME they are contributing to Sulemans cause which is clearly all about her all the time. By the way, she was paid to go through in vitro???!!! Has anyone taken the time to put two and two together? Obviously this was all plannned to be a hugely profitable publicity stunt from the beginning. So sad.

  31. Wif says:

    Bunny, you just said what I was going to; Oprah and Diane should be ashamed of themselves. IF this woman is clear-minded and created this situation to be opportunistic, she should be ignored. And IF this woman is mentally ill and created this situation to fill some need, then she should be treated in private, not exposed to the derision of the world. I have yet to see a single positive post regarding this woman; the world is going to rip her to shreds.

    So shame on you Oprah and Diane, you’re doing this to make (another!!!) buck. You’re just adding to this problem that OUR culture has created.

  32. YoMamma says:

    Instead of Dian Sawyer and Oprah this woman belongs on Jerry Springer or maybe Maury could do one of his DNA paternity tests on her.

    Livia Llewellyn says it best in her comment.

  33. aleach says:

    Sadly, this woman is getting exactly what she wanted…money & fame. She’s still in the hospital, & already looking over book & movie offers. She did this because she knew if would bring lots of sponsors (hello free diapers! crips! clothing! etc.etc.). Jon & Kate and their 8 are living the good life now, this lady is trying to cash in. Its so sick. The thought of making $$ off your kids is disturbing. Im sure this family arent going anywhere anytime soon…unfortunalty.

  34. Ned says:

    Why is a 33 years olf MOTHER OF 6, is allowed to get in vitro?

    She is using her parents, the tax payers and everyone for her narcissistic need for attention and laziness.

    She figured out a way to live at the expense and care of others.

    She is a parasite.

    Only parasites find ways to get other people take care of their needs.

    She is a lazy parasite, and what she has done to her children – is nothing short of disgusting.

  35. Chiara says:

    Her 15 minutes of fame is almost over. I’m far more interested in the psychological diagnosis of this woman.

    She’s filed bankruptcy, the children do not have a father figure, she plans to work. Her behavior appears more o/c than truly wanting to parent.

  36. The Big O has to pay guests to be on her show? Who knew?

  37. Bina says:

    Killeen says Suleman is “the most sought after mom in the world right now”

    Bet Angelina’s really pissed!

  38. Jess says:

    Yeah. And people who choose not to have kids are selfish? Sick.

  39. MsTriste says:

    As with everybody else, I have a lot of problems with the ethics of this whole thing. I think nobody should pay her a penny. For her to profit off of this should be a crime. Yuck. And now other women will think they can make money in this crappy economy by making babies.

  40. Shenna says:

    This is pathetic. I feel so bad for those babies.. It’s not right to have these young children in the spotlight, so early in life. This “mother” is a POS. I wish I could meet her in person, to slap her and ask her “What the HELL are you thinking”!?!

  41. daisy424 says:

    This woman is a selfish, fame whore who doesn’t deserve any of these children.
    The doctor should be brought up on charges for malpractice and lose his license.

    Her parents should have kicked her ass years ago.

  42. OXA says:

    I want the state to step in and take all of the kids. My taxes are paying to support this selfish bitch and her litters.

  43. Sam says:

    Anybody want to volunteer for daddy duties?

  44. Mandy says:

    If she really loves kids so much, then why not adopt a child? If she’d prefer a less permanent solution, why not start a daycare center, or volunteer with a group like Big Brothers/Big Sisters? If she enjoys being pregnant (hey, some women do), why not become a surrogate mother for a couple who REALLY need help to have a child? Why, why, why?

    Because she is selfish, greedy, and manipulative. Shame on the media who are glorifying her irresponsibility (except Oprah. I’ll withold judgment of her until I see the interview, because every now and then, she DOES call her guests on their bullshit).

  45. Jill says:

    this woman makes me sick.

  46. Mother of octuplets hires agent, wants $2 million from Oprah & own TV show.

    Of course she does.

  47. Maritza says:

    Well if her parents are planning to leave then she should cash in while she can, cause she will definitely need the money to be able to pay for a couple of babysitters. There is no way she will be able to care for so many kids by herself.People should not judge,I wish them only Good luck!

  48. Jag says:

    My bet is that she’ll use the money for everything but the children.

    Those kids need to be placed in loving homes, with as many of them together as possible, and they should know from day 1 that they have 13 other siblings…

  49. Theprettyembalmer says:

    This is a mess! But I guess she gotta feed all those kids somehow…
    I’m starting to feel like she had all those kids for fame.
    The whole situation is a wild mess

  50. lulu says:

    I’m very happy for them i hope it’s true & to those who were unhappy & thought they’re going to use the taxpayers money to raise their kids, now you can stop worrying.

  51. Annie says:

    Because there aren’t millions of children in the world already who are starving and alone.


  52. Sarah says:

    I WILL NEVER WATCH OPRAH AGAIN IF SHE PUTS THIS IDIOT ON HER SHOW AND PAYS HER! Child Services better get involved quick…If she needed her parents to help her with 6 kids, how is she going to take care of 6 kids and 8 babies? She is a VERY selfish women.

  53. Carrie says:

    I agree with bros – I think the pregnancy was some kind of stunt cooked up by PsychoMom and her doctor to make money. I think he (or she) needs to be flushed out from wherever they’re hiding and rapidly struck off. Assuming they’re actually licenced to practice. As for this woman being an expert on parenting….Paris Hilton running for president would be a lot less laughable.

  54. kate says:

    how the hell can she afford to pay for all this IVF? does her insurance pay for it? if insurance pays for this lazy bitch to get IVF then insurance should pay for other people’s adoption fees, too. disgusting.

  55. santacruz says:

    Boycott the interviews! This woman is up there with brittney spears in the use of their children for monetary gain.

  56. barneslr says:

    Child Protective Services needs to get involved NOW. A single, unemployed woman who already had more children than she could handle has 8 more, and thinks the world owes her a living? No. Better for those kids to be placed in loving adoptive homes where they can be cared for by people who want to be parents, not oddities.

  57. CB Rawks says:

    The doctors who allowed her to try for yet another pregnancy when she already HAD six kids and was living with her own parents, should be struck off the medical register.

  58. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:


    STUDENT? Say what? I’m single with no dependents, and as a graduate student, I’m strapped for time and cash. Who has time to make all of those babies? I have to schedule my showers around my research.

  59. lway says:

    That’s just cruel. Those little children will never have what they deserve as they have 1 mother and SO many borthers and sisters all firghting for attention at the same time, from the same person.

    I have 2 children and at times i am overwhelmed by everything that i need to get done in a day – how is she as a single mother going to cope with 14 kids?

    I can see this going one way – Social Services!!

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  61. Sherry says:

    This woman had these children for no other reason than to cash in. She is the most irresponsible human being on the planet. No mother who really wants the best for her children would be so stupid to have that many children in this world the way it is today. The worst part is the taxpayers are going to be footing the bill. If Oprah has any sense at all she, along with all media, should let this dead dog lye. She is a pig to want a better life for herself on the backs of her children. She is supposed to take care of them, not the other way around. Shame on her.

  62. Cristina says:

    I think that Nadya is more sane that than Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who sell their babies for 25 million dollars each and ask American women to kill their babies in the womb!


    I hope that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt stop pimping out their sexual fantasy show to the whole world!


    Thank God the pornography show ends with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie!

    Brad Pitt is an ass-hole and Angelina Jolie is a woman who gets paid millions and millions and millions, hires nannies and then parades around the world batting her eyelids.

    Does anybody think Brad pitt would have loved her if she was a single woman with nobody to take care of her like Nadya?

    OH PLEASE!!!

    Nadya is the only sane woman in California!


  63. Rachel says:

    This woman is a head case and so is her doctor. I think that the doctor should be made financially responsible for these children. I don’t think that this woman deserves a dime…because that is the only reason she brought these children into the world. What kind of “FAMILY” values could she possibly instill in these children. She is obviously tearing her own family apart due to her lack of accountability.
    She has lead her parents into bankruptcy and forced them to move into the home that THEY purchased for her and her children…and she NEVER gave them a dime for anything. Sounds to me like she is a lazy spoiled brat and shame on the media for rewarding this sick behavior!!!

  64. Caroline says:

    A seriously deranged sense of the world is the only way her situation could accur. There are so many couples with a loving family and a nursery waiting and our media wants to parade this person around. Those children would have a chance at a successful life with a deserving family who could care for them. The next sin worse than what she & the doctors did would be for the famous “Oprah” & others to pay, support, encourage this twisted behavior. Think of all the strong, dedicated & determined woman who have a far more worthwhile story to share than this; myself included. I, however, don’t have a publicist.

  65. Katrine Shuchman says:

    I have one beautiful daughter born in Sept of 2004…this took me 6 tries at IVF and to think this single mother of 6 used this to concieve 8 when there are so many trying out there to just have one.

    This woman does not deserve to profit on this and she is not the only one at fault the doctor whom helped her to concieve is too….I have shared so many tears with so many woman over never having a child until the help of a Dr in Toronto whom only transfered 3 embryos.

    8…how many did the Dr transfer???

    This is criminal please do not help her to profit!!!!!!

  66. Evelyn says:

    What is all trhe hating about? Should she have murdered those precious little ones? Would people be satisfied? Why not help her raise her children by way of doing what we would if she was with her husband- or if a single parent at least she wants them!!! All the concern in this world- how hypocritical! We just bailed out billons to those who by no means are hurting nor will be when it’s all said and done! Give the babies a break, one could be the next Dr. with a cure for one of the dreaded diseases mankind faces. Who knows? Just for the info. any mother who has had twins, single births a yr. apart or back to back understands the hard work involved- she certainly needs HELP in caring for her children ( a 10 min. rest!) — and if you think she needs better parenting skills, why not help the mom? Have we become so hard hearted in this great land– the babies are here, why not help- children do grow up for those who were born adults! and some will actually help take care of mom/dad for all the sacrafices made to raise them .Tell her not everyone is speaking negatively about the births! Last thought , she may have had help in the process but God ultimately gives the miracle of a birth!!