Kate Gosselin got more TLC specials: career reboot or postponing the inevitable?

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Just when you thought she was going to fade into the sunset, Kate Gosselin and her offspring are getting a series of TLC specials to air in December. The Hollywood Reporter announced the news and threw some mild shade on Kate, referencing the “awkward” Today Show interview in which Kate’s daughters seemed to ignore her and refused to talk. THR also outlines the reasoning for more Kate Plus 8 specials: her one-off special, which aired in June “earned a strong 2.1 million viewers.” They point out that the original show, Jon and Kate Plus 8, had almost 10 million viewers for their very special divorce episode. It’s unknown how many specials will air, but there will be more than one.

So Kate isn’t as popular as she originally was, but she’s hanging in there. TLC and their advertisers don’t care whether people are hate watching as long as they’re watching.

Radar Online has more insider news on this announcement. Onlookers spotted Kate, her kids and her married “bodyguard,” Steve Nield, filming at the Plimoth Planation in Plymouth, Massachusetts recently. Steve was thought to have left Kate and returned to his long-suffering wife, but I guess he came back as soon the money started flowing again.

Not only was the Gosselin, 39, gang spotted touring the historic landmark, but the reality star’s bodyguard and rumored boyfriend, Steve Neild, was also seen cavorting around with the family.

“The film crew was shooting to the right of the photo, as Kate and the kids were heading in,” eyewitness Jennifer Kelly told Radar. “Steve kept standing in front of me and blocking my view.”

It turns out that the new specials will follow the Gosselins on their family vacation as they travel to Boston and throughout New England, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The specials will premiere in December.

[From Radar Online]

I guess things are back to “normal” for Kate and her kids since cameras are following them for a while. I wonder what this means for Kate’s “career” as a reality star. Does she realize that this is yet another one-off or is she still hoping to spin this into a more permanent gig? She’s been talking for years about getting back on television and now that it’s happening for her I can’t help but wonder if she feels triumphant. She probably thinks it’s just a matter of time before the public embraces her again. It’s not about the kids. Kate will next appear on Celebrity Apprentice, which will air sometime this fall.

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Kate Gosselin, Brandi Glanville, Leeza Gibbons, Kenya Moore, Geraldo Rivera, Ian Ziering and Johnny Damon seen at the 'Celebrity Apprentice' set in Uptown, Manhattan, New York City

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Kate Gosselin is shown filming Celebrity Apprentice this spring and at a GMA appearance in June. Credit: FameFlynet and Pacific Coast News

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  1. kaligula says:

    I’m going to include her and her children in my nightly prayers for a bit.

  2. msw says:

    Why hasn’t this jerk faded into oblivion yet?

    • mom2two says:

      Seriously! Who are these people who keep watching her specials and bringing her back on TV? If there is one person that I want to never, ever hear from again, it’s her.

  3. Leaflet says:

    She’s post phoning the inevitable at her kids’ expense. Sad really. She need to find a way to invest this new income. to make it multiply, so that she won’t act so thirsty anymore.

    • Tracy says:

      I don’t know how this all works but I certainly hope some money was put away for the kids education. They certainly need away out….

      • Leaflet says:

        @ Tracy,
        Oh defiantly, the Gosselin parents are quite petulant. The dad was busy famewhoring because he has a lower level job and wanted Kate to be blamed for it. It’s like dude, just go back to school and get a degree, so that you can pay for your kids instead of being busy portraying yourself as the former husband that was sorely mistreated and abused by your wife. Also, Kate needs to stop controlling her kids in an unhealthy manner. She’s treating them as if they should have to work to earn their keep. This is wrong. She had them as well as John. It is THEIR responsibility to financially take care if their kids and not the other way around.

      • JudyK says:

        Leaflet, it’s “Jon,” not John. Jon does NOT want the kids working and it’s well-documented, so don’t put that on him.

      • Leaflet says:

        @ Judy K,
        Does it really matter how I spelt his name? Lol. John says that he doesn’t want the kids on t.v, yet the last time I saw him, he wasn’t talking about steps he was taking to make more money to support his kids. He was saying that he didn’t make much money and couldn’t support his kids off his waitressing salary. He was talking about how he had a skill with no certification in the field he was in, so when he lost his job, he couldn’t get another one. He needs to do what he can to support his kids instead of putting all the blame in Kate. You seem way too invested on JOHN and his situation — no need to sound nasty. Take it down a notch. Girl, JOHN ain’t stun you. 🙂

      • ol cranky says:

        I don’t think it’s just about the money with Kate, I think she believes she is so special that she deserves to be a star and that people should want to watch her

      • Tjkkn says:

        Jon signed an agreement saying he wouldn’t try and stop the kids from being on TV…guess why… So he no longer has to pay child support. Now I’m honestly not a Kate fan, but can you imagine being the sole provider for 8 kids that are used to a nice home (or even having to afford a house big enough) they got used to a certain lifestyle, and it would be heartbreaking to say “Sorry kids, no school clothes, birthday presents or Christmas this year. Daddy left us so he could date 20 yr old tramps and wear Ed Hardy t-shirts.” Lol. He gave all those interviews saying he got married and had kids too young, he wanted to get out there and make up for it. Too late douche bag, you’re old and you created a litter of children. Man up. I think Kate does like the attention but Jon most certainly did too. He only decided his kids shouldn’t be on TV after he was fired from the show. Also, (this pains me a little to admit) I watched the last special about the kids turning 10…if Kate wasn’t strict can you imagine how things would work around there? Someone has to make them mind and the Mady kid is going to be hell on wheels all by herself 🙂

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  5. Ruyana says:

    Once upon a time TLC stood for This Learning Channel. Now it’s The Loser Channel. What is wrong with them?

  6. dorothy says:

    TLC just keeps milking this for all it’s worth. Clearly they don’t realize this woman’s 15 mins. are over, as is her appeal.

  7. Jenny12 says:

    On the plus side, she’ll have to rein in her venom towards the kids she wanted so badly because she knows everyone will be watching. This woman truly thinks she’s a celebrity; nice work there, TLC.

    • Falula says:

      That’s exactly what I was thinking! If there’s one silver lining it’s that she won’t actually beat her kids on camera. That’s probably why they like having a crew around.

    • Josephine says:

      But they are only on camera for small amounts of time – can you imagine the treatment they receive the rest of the time, in preparation for looking happy and perfect an d making her look good on camera? And what happens when they don’t perform to her standards? I see no silver lining here.

      • yuck says:

        They film for HOURS to get enough usable footage for a program. They are almost as scripted as any sitcom on TV. When the crew packs up and goes home after a 12-14 hour day, they still have that ridiculous chore list that she flogs them with. There ought to be better laws and protections for children on TV who are at the mercy of a nasty narcissistic woman who simply doesn’t want to WORK for a living. I hope the people who love watching this harpy have the good grace to feel bad about the attention they gave her when one or more of her kids, inevitably, has serious emotional problems down the road. I hope Kate didn’t manage sign away THEIR rights to sue the network that aided and abetted their distress.

  8. OTHER RENEE says:

    Noooooooooo!! Please make her go away already!

  9. Belle Epoch says:

    The only thing that will kill off this zombie series is losing money. No viewers, no advertisers, they’ll pull the plug. Enough curious viewers and she’ll be around FOREVER.

  10. Ellie66 says:

    Nope! They would have to hold my eyes open and duct tape my butt to a chair (like in Clockwork Orange) 😉 before I would watch this tripe! Poor kids what a horrible woman and her creepy “bodyguard”.

  11. Christin says:

    So will these specials be a travel series (so that perhaps the scenery will help offset the family dynamic)?

    I remember when the series was floundering and she tried the charity spin. Kate and crew came to my town to help a local food bank. She was interviewed by local TV personalities, and she came across so tense. Not really hateful, but just tense.

  12. Jaderu says:

    It’s officially over for TLC when Honey Boo Boo is the classiest show they have on their line-up.
    This woman is vile.

  13. Josephine says:

    Yet another example of someone making money and staying in the spotlight by being loathsome. I really don’t understand who watches the reality trash out there. Why are we spotlighting the worst of human behavior?

  14. GeeMoney says:

    Her hair extensions look really bad.

  15. tx_mom says:

    I just want to go on the record for appreciating how you always find the photo that makes this woman look the most crazy!

  16. JudyK says:

    Steve Neild is not and never has been there for the “money.” He’s there because of their affair and would be there whether she had another gig or not. The money doesn’t hurt, but she doesn’t pay him.

  17. Leah says:

    I would only watch to see the kids, I remember when they were tiny little toddlers being adorable and just want to see how they are now. But not enough to actually get TLC again. Also she kinda looks like Kendra Wilkinson now? Did she learn more from that Celebrity Wife Swap then we thought?

  18. Cinderella says:

    She is like a big cockroach. You can spray her, swat her with a newspaper and smash her with a shoe, and she’ll still keep on crawling.

  19. C-No says:

    Noooooo. Get out of my state, harpy!

  20. Jennifer says:

    Why is she still relevant? Can anyone answer that? She is wretched and I will not watch another one of her “specials” if it’s the only show on television. I don’t even know why I read this article.

  21. Anony says:

    Something nice: She looks amazing for 39. I am 32 and I think we look the same age :S plus she’s had 8 kids. Crazy.
    Confession: I would watch the show. I watched it when they are babies and I like seeing the updates and how they look/act as they get older. It’s also entertaining to watch for Kate’s b*tchy moments. So yeah, I would watch it. Only when my husband is not around though…there’s only so much groaning and eye rolling I can take

  22. Beezers says:

    I just don’t understand people who watch this smug, nasty woman, or anyone who watches the Kartrashcans.

  23. Kswan says:

    She is wretched… why would anyone watch her?

  24. Sport says:


    What the hell happened to TLC?
    Wasn’t it actually educational at some point 5-6 years ago??

    Giving this Shrew money to abuse her kids for the camera and pretend she is queen-of-all-shit is beyond ridiculous.