Thursday, January 29, 2009

Jon and Kate Plus 8 Minus 1 (Viewer)

I interrupt this week's regularly scheduled post of Friday Fragments for a non-random rant about TLC's Jon and Kate Plus 8...

I try not to judge (I mean, it's not like they're the Duggars or anything), but on this week's episode, they showed their new house- A 6,200 square foot house- complete with farm, pool, pool house and extensive acreage...




I've watched this show from the get go. I couldn't care less how many kids you have or how you got them OR even if you make money by doing this show, BUT I won't be LIED to (that was my best Glenn Close from Fatal Attraction).

Kate, I was a fan. I'm sorry to break this to you, but it's over. I can't handle the deception anymore!

Your husband works in computers and you are a nurse by trade that stays home with your kids, why exactly did you need a farm? ("We needed this"- a direct quote).

You insist (and repeated it several times throughout the course of the show) that you agreed to do the show simply to have a video keepsake of the kids and that there was no financial benefit from it... you have since had a tummy tuck, braces, your husband- hair transplant (because of YOUR vanity), and traveled extensively for a family of 10 on one income!

You're just plain mean to Jon. I have been compared to you and, yes, I am a controlling bitch at times, but my husband isn't nearly as pussy whipped as yours and doesn't just take it like Jon- that would make me feel really guilty!

I have watched from the beginning, I enjoyed the believability of your life. You did a lot of the same things I do and had some of the same quirks/disorders, too. I enjoyed your modest means living, your way of stretching a dollar, your suburban ranch home, the fact that the kids rode their bikes in the driveway and threw temper tantrums.

I could have done without your 'holier than thou'' organic food bit and your rooster haircut- but I dealt with it because you were the closest thing to me on TV. I could relate to you. Your kids misbehave, you yell, you argue with your husband, but at the end of the day, it was real.

Your kids are adorable- although you better watch those twins- they're getting your attitude and Mady beats the crap out of the little ones, just so you know!

The beginning of the end was when you started traveling. The trip to Walt Disney World is one thing, but then Salt Lake City, Utah and then... I really started slipping when you renewed your vows with your 8 kids in Hawaii for your 9 year wedding anniversary.

For the record: NINE YEARS? That's not an anniversary that you pull out all the stops- maybe 10, 15,20-now 25 is a really monumental one! But 9? Not so much.

I'm not buying it! You're not 'benefiting' from this exposure? BULL SHIT! Don't get me wrong- I would probably do the same if it was offered to me, but I wouldn't pretend that we just came upon some windfall of good fortune and hard work and deny the truth!

So, I'm afraid this is the end. In this economy, the last thing I want to watch is some spoiled bitch pimp her kids on The Learning Channel for material things and live in the lap of luxury while I'm wondering how I'm going to pay my utilities. So if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go see my artificial insemination doctor!

Former fan and fellow OCD patient,

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60 comments:

Leslie said...

A-MEN SISTER, A-MEN!!!

I think I just "got-off" on your post, I'm not sure, but I think I did....you're good!!

Denise said...

This was hysterical. I am a big J&K fan, have been for years. But I have to agree....they do seem to be selling out. And who can blame them, but you're right....just be honest and say "thanks Fans! you bought us this mansion!!"

Wendy@RuensOnTheRun said...

Never seen the show, but I did enjoy your run down of the show, now I have no need to add it onto my list of regular viewing pleasure!

The Panic Room said...

I think Obama actually brought this up tonight when he was ranting about the irresponsible and shameful bonuses that the Wall Street Bankers gave themselves. He was like: no more bonuses... AND fuck the Jon & Kate plus 8 family for being greedy and full of shit. I heard it when it was live, but they cut it out on the taped versions of his comments. But yeah he agrees with you. So do I.

Good luck with the utilities.

Jill said...

We don't get the show here, though we did in Israel, and I will admit that I've watched it a handful of times.

That being said - I totally agree with your commentary. She is totally pimping out her kids - and she is a bitch to her husband!

Sorry I haven't been around lately... I've missed commenting!

DJane said...

I hate it when reality TV goes un-reality.

Stinks that you lost faith in a show you really liked but completely understand!

So Not Mom-a-licious said...

I'm still pissed I missed that episode. I will watch next monday just to see it, but I haven't watched in a couple of months. It seemed like it was just the same show over and over everyday. she yells, the kids scream, she yells at the kids, she yells at jon, repeat.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I'm also one that watched the show until it started adding up...the frills of being on tv and her constant whining = complaining and never being satisfied.

I feel for Jon...take that back...he allows it instead of putting his foot down so I don't feel for him.

How long will the show run? Until the kids are Harvard bound paid for by the television viewers?

Good post! I totally agree!

bsouth said...

Well said. I have no idea what this programme is but I appreciate your sentiments.

Deb said...

I hate that show!!!!!!!!!!!!

Deb said...

"just so you know"... that is hysterical. i was never a big fan. this just sealed the deal.

Mrs4444 said...

Missing your fragments, but Loving this post! BRAVO.

Piece o' Coconut Cake said...

I saw it once and wasn't impressed-she seemed like a bitch. The way she spoke to the poor PA that they had hang her curtains for her. And then how she whined about it to the Director and her husband. I guess I was right!

Not The Rockefellers said...

I wonder if the McCaugheys and the Dilly's ever get pissed off about the J&K+8?

Their litters didn't get half the attention.

I would love to know what their reaction to the show is.

Peace - Rene

Soxy Deb said...

Well you told her, didn't you??!!

Liz said...

To quote Leslie... AMEN!

Jen said...

I never really watched this show but when everyone started going on and on about how good it was, I felt compelled to turn it on. Well, I didn't get past one episode. The whole thing seemed so fake to me. And Kate rubbed me the wrong way. I couldn't put my finger on why, but I knew there was something about her that I just didn't like. I don't blame them for "pimping" out their kids for trips, houses, etc.. I'm sure if I were in their position that I would do the same thing. I guess I must be a bitter person because I just can't bring myself to watch someone else's good fortune.

Great post!

Under the Influence said...

I was out with friends last night and I swear, we had this SAME.EXACT.DISCUSSION!

Paige said...

Right on sister--she is an unholy bitch.

I bet it wont be long til ol Jon is screwing the PTA president just to get a break from kates bitching

now lets talk about the duggars--that one got married on this weeks show and I have a number of things to say about that too

Annie said...

I don't watch often! SHe is mean and she might as well fess up= it is her job to make the fam $ through TLC. DOcumnetary my ass.

The Daily Blonde said...

Thank you...I'll join you in the boycott---which I did a year ago. She "needed" the house...lol. Pimping the kids, yes. Too bad.

Just for the record, he is pussy whipped. But he gets paid for it. lol

The Mom said...

LMAO! You're so right, I told hubby that the other night, just say, THANK YOU TLC for this lovely home with the dirty fridge!

DONNA BOGIE said...

I'm a total lurker, but had to comment on this , there's a site I`ve been reading called, Gosselins without pity. They are supposedly concerned about the kids and the long term affect this will have on them. And John is no longer employed, hasn't been for a long time. I really enjoy your blog BTW!
Donna

Me said...

DITTO!! Cracking up at the rooster haircut!

Me said...

Oh yea and a little help over here with my utilities would be great!

Coloradolady said...

I usually do not leave a comment, although I do visit often.

I could not agree more with what you said. I have missed a lot of the new episodes this season...well, maybe I have not missed a thing!

I have felt that most things are not real as they were when this started out....it seems her attitude is...well, who are we to turn down what is offered....but it seems sorta like a slap in the face at times.

Great post...I really enjoyed this and I too, will not watch again. Oh, and the twins will be a just like her, especially that Mady....she is just a not very nice.

Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

I haven't watched in a while due to not having TV, but she drives me nuts. I always wondered how they could make it and do so much with his one income if they weren't getting paid by TLC.

Smart A$$ Mom said...

alle-fucking-luia.

I watched for a while and then on one more pms-ey days than others I hear your kids whining and I asked myself: 'self? Your kids don't whine anymore, you didn't like it then so why pump these ratings for annoying kids?'

Dr Zibbs said...

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Amy@Bitchin'WivesClub said...

I totally agree. I hate hypocritical b.s. like that.

Hope they have enough to pay their mortgage after the show gets dropped, which it will inevitably be.

Susan in the Psych Ward said...

I've never watched the show.... one of my best girlfriends kept trying to get me to watch it, but I just can't. Come on, we all have kids that throw tantrums and act like spoiled brats... I see enough of that from the ONE kid I have.... I don't need to see 8 more.

Mrs. Schmitty said...

That's some house. Yea, they have definitely sold out. I just never understood how they wound up with 6 kids at once anyway. I went through years of fertility and my doctor was always careful. If I had over stimulatated ovaries the month was cancelled. I had in-vitro and no more than 3 embryos were implanted. I just don't get 6 or more.

Tiffany said...

Hell fucking yea! I've watched it from the getgo and i totally agree. Kate has turned into a major bitch and Jon is a wuss. And I'd like to tear up Mady's little ass with that attitude of hers.

I DO watch the Duggars as well. Even though her vagina might be fixing to fall out, at least their kids are polite and respect others. But good god 18 kids??? And they're not allowed to kiss until marriage. WTF????

Threeboys1mommy said...

Have we had this conversation before ;-) If you manage to score sextuplets, I'd like to make a guest appearance as the saintly laundry folder.

Scope said...

Some woman just gave birth to octuplets in California, so Kate, your 15 minutes are up. Jon, that divorce lawyer you've had on retainer? Start his engines.

Brenda said...

I live near Jon & Kate's new home. They are originally from my area. My kids were patients of Jon's dad (before he died)- he was a dentist. The good Dr. Gosselin was not even allowed to see his grandkids because of the "germs". And friends of ours who belonged to the church where Kate's dad was a pastor were pissed when Kate refused their donations of cribs and diapers and what-nots when the 6 were born. Kate wanted the cold hard cash then and obviously still wants that now.

I also saw Jon when I was Christmas shopping. Really wanted to go up to him and ask him why he puts up with her - but I chickened out.

Not many people I know here in our area watch the show because we have all had it with Kate.

Brittany said...

So true, I was a huge fan, but as I sit here with my laid off hubby, I am no longer relating much to them.

I do want to make a point though. I used to feel bad for Jon.

USED.TO.

Look at what his pussy of a personality has gotten him, a mansion in the country and free hair. At this point, I think he's in it to win it.

The Daily Blonde said...

Just came back to your blog to see if you wrote anything snarky today and there was nothing. Still John and Kate plus the 8 darlings in the big house. Jerks.

I'm sick. My kids are at my ex's. I am 9 days into being flipping single again and I have no one to take care of me. I am, of course, feeling sorry for myself so I came to your blog because you always have some crap going on that makes me feel like I'm not alone. lol

Happy Saturday. Post something, will you? :)

Priscilla said...

Wow this sums it all up. I never really followed the show, I watched it once or twice, but something never pulled me in. I have to say you rock and I love this post!

floreta said...

great rant!! i've only seen this show once.. and had never heard of it until then. but apparently they have their own book now too. i have a hard time believing it's not for their own benefit/exposure when people start writing books.. just like that pregnant guy.

Deb@Mommie Mayhem said...

100 % agree ! Amen sista !

J'Ollie Primitives said...

Well honey when everybody else gets sick-n-tired of whiney Kate and eight kids they can hit Real Housewives of Orange County to watch the big people whine!

It's amazing how much we love to watch greedy bitches on TV, huh?

Sarah said...

"rooster haircut"...so darn funny! And so true! and the part about maddy beating the kids up, just so you know...love it!
You are so right on so many levels, I used to love the shpw, now it actually makes me angry to watch, I really think Kate needs a reality check!

Karen MEG said...

Don't you hold back, girl :)!

It's been too long since I've been by...I'll have to remedy that. This was AWESOME.

(I've always had issues with her hair too, I don't know why...)

Traci said...

And is it just me, or does she seem to be getting meaner and meaner to her husband as time goes on? It's embarrassing. What was that in the bedroom when she was telling the kids that couldn't come in - why was she being so pissy to John? Sheeesh.

And yeah, that Maddie is quite a pistol.

I have no problem with them getting paid for the shows and buying a big house. I do however think they should stop soon though - before the kids get much older. When the kids get older they'll really need to have privacy and be normal. But I do hate that hair, and I do think she is VERY rude to her husband.

JilliBean said...

Very well said. That 9 year anniversary vacation in Hawaii turned me right off!

blogomama said...

I heart you Tena! Great Post!
You'll also notice that Jody, Beth, Nana whatshername and the whole cast of slaves are banished, gone! If no one you once loved is talking to you, including your own parents, maybe everyone else is NOT the problem! Her "brand" was normal, frugal Kate, not Katezilla! Sheesh!

Amy Amy Bo Bamey said...

Rooster Haircut......now THAT was so funny!

If she thought those cabinets were dirty she would think I am the SCUM of the earth.

I watched the "New House" Episode and she totally rubbed me the wrong way. She just comes off like she has a chip on her shoulder.

Great Post!

Mel Fraase said...

Hey, dropping by from RaMbLeR's place....I've hit the motherload! I so absolutely and totally agree with you on this!! I can't even watch it anymore for the pretentiousness. And a good round of spanking would cure those twins in no time, I don't care what she says....

alanna rose said...

Exactly what I was thinking, but you said it so much better than me.

I think Jon and Kate are actually the show producers now?

I'm afraid that in ten years we're going to see their kids on TMZ.

Complicated Mama said...

OMG!!Im your newest biggest fan.. love the blog and LOVE LOVE LOVE this post in particular... SO TRUE.

I always watched Jon and Kate and think those same things!!! .. I too saw myself in the old kate, and my hubby in Jon... and the way they argue.

And the Organic food!?!? SERIOUSLY!?!?
lol

O and as a last thought, I cringe at thought of bundling up my 2 to go to SHOPRITE, nonetheless packing up 8 to go-- Skiing?.. really? Skiing!?

lol.. ok Im done... but ive added you to my subscriber.

Manic Mom said...

I couldn't have said it any better!!!!

Kelly said...

i never liked kate. i saw her interview on oprah and she seemed like a miserable bitch to me (sorry, can i say bitch on your blog?).

Allison said...

I feel much better now. I used to watch the show regularly. I actually defended Kate for a long time. However, you are right, since the traveling, the hair the house...I want to stab my eyes out. It's all good though. Mady will torture the shit out of her for the next 10 years and beyond.

Maggie May said...

wow.

i'm happy for them. i don't love Kate's attitude, but she has not said they don't GET money from the show, just that that isn't why they started doing it. they put themselves out there so i guess they have to take what you can dish out... it's too easy to stand in a group and throw stones and call names and make fun of someone's haircut. i'm just not in that circle.

pixie said...

Whoo-hoo! You said it, sister!

Sweepea said...

“Rooster haircut”! Classic!!

I especially loved how she did a full-on Whirlpool commercial last night. "I don't know what I'd do without my Whirlpool Duets. They say they take up to 8 pairs of jeans. Well, I do the entire kids bedding in one load. Whirlpool. You gotta have one. *ping*!"

Then cut to...a Whirlpool commercial! Go figure!

pixie said...

BTW, must be nice to have TWO washers and TWO dryers. Well, if they're getting them for free, why not ask for TWO of each??

Preppy Mommy said...

OMG...you have just said word for word what I have been ranting to my husband about for months...AMEN, sister!!!!

I am Barking Mad said...

AMEN!!!!

I used to think TLC would yank the show once the uproar against how she pimps her kids out for money got to be too loud...however I think they sort of enjoy having one of the most-hated, bitches for a mom, on their roster.

I can't stand to watch Kate berate and demean her husband. He's so pussy-whipped it's not even funny.

It cracks me up when I hear certain people say that bloggers pimp their kids out for money...yeah right! Kate Gosselin is the one who defines that phrase and more!

Auds at Barking Mad!