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Kate Gosselin Has Eight Disney Kids

Kate Gosselin Has Eight Disney Kids

Kate Gosselin, star of the TLC hit reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8, recently opened up to Star at P&G’s brandSAVER Live! event.

Here’s what the mother of twins (8-year-old Cara and Mady) and sextuplets (4-year-old Aaden, Joel, Alexis, Hannah, Leah and Collin) had to say:

What kind of TV do they watch? “They’re Disney kids. And to be honest, our show is their favorite thing. They ask to watch it all the time. It’s interesting. It’s like them watching their memories.”

Do the kids know that they’re celebrities? “They don’t understand it. To them, it’s their normal. They’ve been filming since they were 15-months-old and they don’t know any different. And I’ve taught them — and at 4 they understand — that if people are taking pictures, and it bothers you, just say, ‘No, thank you’ and turn your back.”

Do you enjoy doing the show? “The blessings are we get to work from home, we’re there with them. We get to travel. There’s so many experiences that we wouldn’t otherwise have. I feel like it’s making them so well-rounded.”

New episodes of Jon & Kate Plus 8 airs on TLC on Mondays at 9PM ET/PT.

Check out Kate‘s full interview at StarMagazine.com.

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  • tana

    Her kids are so cute. I can’t believe with all these kids how organized she is. I have two and it’s hard with two much less eight!

  • Rita

    Yeah I don’t disagree with her parenting skills and nobody should judge unless they have eight kids themselves.

    Alexis is the cutest but my favourite is Hannah the homely sweetheart! I would love a daughter like her!

  • Cameron

    I love that show! Even though Kate and Jon can be frustrating, you can see the love. My favorites are Hannah, she’s beautiful and such a little mama, Leah, she’s a riot and Joel cause he’s so clueless. Maddy on the other hand, she has issues that one. I can tell she’s going to be the most trouble.

  • b chick

    i love them.
    they are amazing
    and the kids are so cute and polite

    they prove thats its possible to educate and teach kids how to be polite even if you have 8 of them

  • yea.. so

    This is my favorite show! I love this family! Leah is my fav, I love her smile…Mady- oh man oh man… she needs extra attention.

  • mary

    There is nothing positive to say about these two- people seriously need to do their research and realize what a scam Jon & Kate are…they have continued to play on the pity of charitable people which now equals a million dollar home, a full-time chef, full-time nanny, free vacations, free clothes, free toys…oh, and neither Jon nor Kate work…they sit back and collect free money and items (plus the money they make per episode) while continuing to tell people they are poor and need financial help.

    They have sold their children to make a buck…it’s plain and simple…these kids are adorable yes, but their parents have exploited them time and time again for free cash…do you think the older they get that they will get a thrill from all their classmates seeing the vids of them potty training? Probably not…

    Jon and Kate know that their children equals money and that is why they continue the show. They have a made a lifestyle out of doing absolutely nothing but playing the pity card that 8 children equals a free ride. No one forced either Jon or Kate to have 8 babies (because any woman undergoing fertility treatments knows multiples is a risk). They have lied about their financial stability and what they actually do (which again, is nothing- why do anything when you have a full staff to do everything).

    Perfect example, the trip to Hawaii…did anyone else find it strange that they renew their vows after what, 8-9 years and that even their kids were confused as to why they were doing it? Well, throw in a free vacation that equals thousands of dollars and I guess renewing the vows is part of the deal…

    There are thousands of families suffering right now and all I ever see from Jon & Kate is one free vacation after another…having 8 children does not entitle you to any more support than a family of 3 or 4…the problem with Jon & Kate is that they continue to misrepresent their financial situation and play on gullbile people who keep handing over the free stuff…everyone should do what many have already done and write a letter to TLC demanding this scam be pulled off the air for the safety of the children alone!!

    Open your eyes and do some research and you will see what a total sham this entire show is- I stopped watching months ago so that I wouldn’t contribute to their scam…

  • ivermom

    I love this show. The kids are all adorable. Maddy is a handful, I have to admit!

  • BECKY SMITH

    Listen everyone if you want to define PIMPING YOUR KID OUT! This
    is it… How do you think they get all those free trips to all these places
    do you really think they pay for it… NO they get the companies to do it
    for them …That is what PIMPING YOUR KID OUT MEANS..

    Not the paparazzi who likes to take pictures of people..

  • Georgia

    WHY aren’t of the grandparents or aunts & uncle in their lives???? I think she treats her husband like a kid & he doesn’t have the balls to stick up for himslf and I agree with number 6 100%.

  • Kim

    I love their show and so does my mom. Our favorite is Jon, he is so hilarious!!

    Georgia – Jon’s dad died a few years ago & his mom’s side of the family lives in Hawaii. If you watched the episode where they renewed their wedding vowels in Hawaii, you had a chance to see some of Jon’s family. Kate’s parents aren’t hardly around b/c they said it works better that way.

  • sara

    While I enjoy the show, I agree to an extent that it’s frustrating to hear of their money woes & how they stretch their money in order to provide for their kids (especially buying that dang ORGANIC food that Kate talks about all the time!) when we know they are getting a ton of $ & other freebies from TLC. Although at least in a roundabout way Kate acknowleges that the show is giving her family opportunities they may not otherwise have. This in contrast to TLC’s other mega-family, The Duggars, who gloat about raising their brood debt free without ever mentioning the $ they get from doing the show must go a long way to helping them do this.

  • Kim

    #6 Mary – What do you think other people get when they do reality tv shows? They aren’t the only ones that get their vacations paid for. There is Little People Big World, they go on vacations an I bet you a dollar that it’s paid for. So what? Of course you’re going to get paid for doing a show who wouldn’t? And they do think about the needy children. In one episode they had a yard sale at the church and they raised $1000+ dollars. Know what they did with that? They donated it to some cancer hospital/research program. Plus Jon had a 12 hr Job, from 7Am – 7Pm can’t tell me that didn’t pay good. So please don’t judge them until you watch the show to see what they really are about.

  • mary

    Kim @ 12/15/2008 at 1:27 pm I love their show and so does my mom. Our favorite is Jon, he is so hilarious!!

    Georgia – Jon’s dad died a few years ago & his mom’s side of the family lives in Hawaii. If you watched the episode where they renewed their wedding vowels in Hawaii, you had a chance to see some of Jon’s family. Kate’s parents aren’t hardly around b/c they said it works better that way.
    ————————————————————————————-
    and this was family that had never even met either one up until that day (hint, hint- they had to hide the fact that the trip to Hawaii was really based on a free stay at a luxurious resort that charges $800.00 a night rather than renewing their vows- they made it appear like family was there to hide what the essence of that episode was).

    There is a reason why people have slowly disappeared off the show and it has little to do with who lives where. Jon and Kate have driven off almost every stable person from their children’s lives. Aunt Jodi and other caretakers from the early episodes are nonexistent now. Once Jon & Kate started making their money, they got rid of anyone and everyone who helped them out for free. Plus some people finally got enough of Kate using them for free babysitting while holding out her hand for charity.

    Again, do your research and you will discover there is nothing authentic about Jon & Kate. They are a SCAM!!

  • yoyo

    Those two right there are fucking crazy. One night the wife is gonna wake up and find those gremlins gnawing daddies face off in bed. Ahhhh!!! Gawd!!!!

  • givemeabreak!

    More like they “use” their extrodinary circumstances (their children) to support/pay for their lavish lifestyle…

    You don’t see the McCaughney (sp?) family selling out their children…

    Jon & Kate plus eight spells: Pure Selfish Greed!

  • mary

    Kim @ 12/15/2008 at 1:33 pm #6 Mary – What do you think other people get when they do reality tv shows? They aren’t the only ones that get their vacations paid for. There is Little People Big World, they go on vacations an I bet you a dollar that it’s paid for. So what? Of course you’re going to get paid for doing a show who wouldn’t? And they do think about the needy children. In one episode they had a yard sale at the church and they raised $1000+ dollars. Know what they did with that? They donated it to some cancer hospital/research program. Plus Jon had a 12 hr Job, from 7Am – 7Pm can’t tell me that didn’t pay good. So please don’t judge them until you watch the show to see what they really are about.
    —————————————————————————————
    The Roloff family actually WORKS!! That is a HUGE difference right there. And they are also educating others on little people. Plus they never preach their need for cash nor accept charity (contrary to what you say- they have turned down many offers for free trips). So let’s separate them right away from the Gosselins who always talk about their need for money.

    Work is a term Jon & Kate are unaware of. Despite what you say, Jon does not work. Do your research! It is okay to earn money from a reality program yes, but please stop with the claims that they still need money. They continue to take handouts even after now living in a million dollar home and having a full-time staff. They continue to lie about their financial stability. Plus they are doing incredible damage to their children by not only exploiting them, but teaching them that they deserve to be taken care of by other people.

    Reports from their speaking engagements (where they appear at churches asking for love offerings) state that they are telling people they have no retirement fund and the children can’t go to college. LIES, LIES, LIES!! They are dishonest people!!

    The show is now based on little more than Jon & Kate parading all over the country for free!! And by the way, I am so glad to hear they could give $1,000.00 out of their 6 figure income. Way to go Jon & Kate- get serious, they are a joke and they take advantage of a system designed for families in need. There is no excuse for their dishonesty.

    I could go on and on with the facts about this scam of a couple!!

  • Lillianne

    This show makes a good drinking game. Everyone has to have a drink every time she yells “JOHN!!” I wonder if he realizes how whipped he is.

  • Sharonless

    Gesh Mary. Get A Life. It’s just a tv show.

  • jq

    i love their show…the kids are cute and i don’t think they complain about their financial situation…..even if they do what family doesn’t.

  • andrea

    lol i agree with sharonless. who cares if they get free crap or they “pimp out” their kids, its none of MY business. Its a freaken tv show and a “reality” one at that. Nothing they show on reality tv is hardly ever true. Hmmm watch a bunch of cute kids or watch one of a dozen reality shows they have on MTV? I’m going with the cute kids!

  • Katrogs

    I bet all those who left negative comments about Jon and Kate probably don’t even have kids and do not understand they are both fabulous parents! I LOVE the show! Just fuel all those haters into your motivators Jon and Kate!

  • mary

    Sharonless @ 12/15/2008 at 2:14 pm Gesh Mary. Get A Life. It’s just a tv show.

    Katrogs @ 12/15/2008 at 2:34 pm I bet all those who left negative comments about Jon and Kate probably don’t even have kids and do not understand they are both fabulous parents! I LOVE the show! Just fuel all those haters into your motivators Jon and Kate!
    ——————————————————————————————–
    What does being a parent have to do with the truth about Jon & Kate? Me being a parent doesn’t make me any more qualified to see a SCAM than not being one. And while you claim they are loving, great parents, all evidence points to the contrary.

    If this was a fictional TV show, then yes- who cares? But these are real people with real children who are passing themselves off as something they are not in order to get a handout. And these are beautiful children who have no choice in being paraded in front of a camera and exploited for some free cash and free vacations. It goes beyond a simple television show. They have preyed on people for charitable handouts- ones that could go to a family who really needs the help. Not one who lives in a mansion and travels all over the country for free.

    There are multiple sites and blogs that discuss the truth about this phony couple and have asked TLC to yank it off the air because of the danger to the children. You may say- “oh, it’s just television,” but your support and viewership continues to fund their lifestyle and continues to contribute to the exploitation of thei children.

  • NOELLE

    do they really have a nanny, chef and million dollar home? i watched a few episodes one where some environmental expert came to advise kate about recycling etc and it looked like a normal but comfortable home. Have they moved?

    I too find Kate a bit abrasive at times but i understood with 8 kids who wouldn’t. I didn’t know she had staff to help her i got the impression it was her and jon doing it all with a little help from their friends. Lovely kids though.

  • tadow

    Mary, it really is just a tv show, it doesn’t affect your life in any way. If you don’t like it, then don’t watch. These people aren’t trying to tell you how to live your life or be superior to you, so stop ranting like someone who has a chip on their shoulder. Also, stop telling people to do their research, we waste enough time writing on blogs without you trying to get us to indulge in more mindless foolishness.

  • tadow

    Mary, it really is just a tv show, it doesn’t affect your life in any way. If you don’t like it, then don’t watch. These people aren’t trying to tell you how to live your life or be superior to you, so stop ranting like someone who has a chip on their shoulder. Also, stop telling people to do their research, we waste enough time writing on blogs without you trying to get us to indulge in more mindless foolishness.

  • mary

    tadow @ 12/15/2008 at 2:51 pm Mary, it really is just a tv show, it doesn’t affect your life in any way. If you don’t like it, then don’t watch. These people aren’t trying to tell you how to live your life or be superior to you, so stop ranting like someone who has a chip on their shoulder. Also, stop telling people to do their research, we waste enough time writing on blogs without you trying to get us to indulge in more mindless foolishness.
    ———————————————————————————————
    chip on my shoulder? I don’t think so…I’m just pointing out the truth about this couple…how that constitutes arrogance is unclear to me…if you are stating that I don’t lie and take charity from good hearted people, then yes- I guess I am better than Jon & Kate…but you are indeed free to continue supporting this scam…I’ve stated enough on this topic…good luck to you and have a great holiday tadow…now onto a new subject :-)

  • Corey to cool

    People who put there kids in films and movies plays and living off there kids money. Atleast these kids get to live their lives. I pretty sure if you were offer a show you would take it, so give it a rest. The only think i dont like is how she talks to her husband but if he dont mind why should i

  • YOu go girl!

    #22 Mary, your comment was right on the money. These people are just pimping out their kids for money, and that Kat is a nasty, crabby c##t who treats her submissive husband with disdain and disrespect.

  • Alexis

    Sharonless @ 12/15/2008 at 2:14 pm Gesh Mary. Get A Life. It’s just a tv show.

    No. its not JUST a tv show. to us, yes its a family that america likes to watch.. to those eight children it is there lives. I used to love that show..but now i can honestly say i do not watch it because i find it disgusting… how would you feel if all of that embarrassing home footage was on tv for all of america to see? Having cameras around them constantly..these babies did not ask for that!! Talk about pimping out suri cruise or some child like that..these parents are honestly pimping out their children for money. they are making a living off the abnormal circumstances of their children. UGH its disgusting.

  • zzzz

    I’ve tried to watch this boring garbage and every time I am shocked at the verbal abuse this wife gives her husband. I can’t believe he renewed his vows with her. It had to have been for the money cuse any self respecting person would leave a spouse like her.

  • mslewis

    Mary, I don’t understand why you are so “up in arms” about this TV show!! I’m confused. What business is it of yours what they do or how they do it. IT’S JUST A TV SHOW!!! TLC doesn’t seem to mind paying them because the show is a big hit and I assure you TLC is loving every minute of it and they don’t care how much money they have to shell out for trips, cooks, maids or whatever!! It’s TV and millions are watching. What’s the problem??

    P.S.: I’ve only seen a couple of episodes because all those kiddies make me nervous!!! So, I turned it off. I suggest you do the same. Okay??

  • SHOOPS

    I think she is sooo mean to her husband! I have only seen it once on holiday (I do not think it is in UK yet, not that I care) and I was thinking, why does he put up with that? She is so condescending to him. Yeah, free ride. Why does the tv company not offer to feed needy children or match whatever they spend on that family for another whole bunch of kids who need it????

  • TXGAL

    As a retired educator, I can see some problems for the children in the future. I believe Maddy’s behavior is her way of saying, “No more!” They are always being filmed and taken everywhere with a crisis looming. Can you imagine living your life with a camera watching your every move? I have watched this show and believe it is cute…but I am questioning the MANY excursions the children are taking now. The youngest won’t remember the experiences except through the media’s eyes. We have child labor laws for a reason…makes me wonder how much time in the week the children are “filming.” When do they have private time? I foresee difficulties for these sweet ones in their future.

    Kate’s attitude toward her husband is demeaning. The children see this. Kate is OCD is many ways. It is her way or the highway. Her constant need to have the children clean and sweep the floor “six times a day” is unhealthy. At least the children will be starting school soon and can hopefully gain some time away from the prying eyes of the cameras and just be a KID.

  • Lesley

    To the people that think the show is a scam, she has been doing the show for 2 years. You know the reason they go on “free” trips is because the producer sets up story lines and basically gives the Gosselins a schedule of what they set up. Otherwise, the camera crew would tape the kids at home and the audience watching them would be bored after a few episodes. Of course they get products free…they have 8 kids! I have never heard them whine about money and their home and cars are very modest. John did have a job….not sure if he does now. Yes, he gets told what t do a lot by Kate beause he is laid back and Kate is the organizer. They balance each other out….he doesn’t take initial responsibility like he does so he has to be told. The reason they brought cameras into their home is because people are curious how they live and rightfully so…I think they do a great job raising their children…no one knows how you would act if you had 8 children very close in age!

  • cam

    Since when are these people on JJ?

  • Kim

    Mary you just a hater. I know the Roloffs work. They have farm and sell pumpkins/peaches plus he has a step stool business. I’m not stupid, I watch it too. I just think you’re a lil trouble maker troll, trolling around causing trouble and posting things about people you don’t like and nit picking stuff just b/c you have nothing else to do. And of course they need more money, they have more kids!! The Roloffs only have 4 and Jon/Kate have 8. And they haven’t pushed away some of their family. They show what they tape just b/c it doesn’t show them as often doesn’t mean they pushed them away. Jodi has her own family to tend to. Sheesh!!! And when have you ever seen a freakin chef on their show in their home? Uh never, Kate prepares all the food and once in a while Jon does too. And for god says, they are not pimpin their children out!! America wanted to see what i was like to have a big family and that’s why they did the show.

  • hmm

    Mary, I agree with what you’re saying. I used to be a big fan but started to hear some disturbing stories and did a little research. I realized that they were totally different than what they were portraying themselves to be and they seem to put their children’s welfare on the back burner. I know that the state was supposedly investigating whether it was legal for the children to “work” as many hours as they do. And people can say what they will but both Kate and Jon are college educated and should be able to be gainfully employed. Keep doing your work and getting the word out because it’s not about entertainment it is about the growth and development of these children who are treated like circus freaks and meal tickets.

  • lia

    mary, or should I say JODI, we get it. you think it’s a scam and all of us are blind and it’s your job to make us see the light…all for the sake of the children, yeah right. I think that you….uh, eh, wait, Jon and Kate is on, gotta go!

  • Kei

    I love this show! Kids are all cute!

  • socalmom

    Large families are great and there are lots of us out there. I have 5 kids. What bothers me is that Kate acts like she is the only Mom out there that has 8 kids. Give me a break. My sister in-law has 8 kids is an attorney and never fusses or tries to get attention.
    Kate likes the attention. She thinks its hard now. … what a joke – this stage is a piece of cake. I want to see their household in 5-10 years when they are all trying to do reports, apply for college, take drivers ed etc. That is where the money really adds up. Enjoy it while you can. Its a cakewalk compared to later. Ps – not cool to profit off of kids.

  • me

    Mary, I completely agree with you! I just wish other people could see what scam artists they really are.

    And no I am not jealous of Jon and Kate!

  • Nanea

    I don’t get why a TV station would still continue with them in this economic situation. What have they done anyway, to “deserve” a show? Nothing.

    Kate’s sense of entitlement gets on my nerves, and I wonder how many of the kids will need therapy sooner or later , who will end up doing drugs, with an early teen pregnancy. Who will pay if something goes wrong, TV or the parents who did this to them?

  • vmars111

    That poor woman’s vajayjay!

  • don’tlikethem

    Ok, I have been watching the show for a long time and want to put in my 2 cents. I know these two people love their children, they are good parents. BUT…they are totally making a living off of their children and it is so sad only because the kids don’t have any say in this situation. I agree with a former post that the beginning of the show was fun to watch but with each passing episode, it became clear that Kate (I don’t think Jon so much…but he is at fault because he doesn’t say anything) is a con artist. I am not saying anything about how she raises her children, but she herself is just a terrible person. She berates Jon all the time and can not take responsibility for her actions or words. This is a woman who saw the kindness of others when she first had her sextuples and took complete advantage of it. It never ended and now here we are with her and her husband living off of their little money makers. Prime example of her character…she gets offered a free tummy tuck by a kind-hearted woman and her dr. husband. Kate takes them up on it, as anyone would who would want a tummy tuck but couldn’t afford it, and what does she do when she gets to the office? She asks the dr. to look at her breasts too because she wants them lifted!!! You could see the astonishment on the dr.’s face in that episode. He tells her her breasts are fine and to buy a new bra and that she should be happy with the fact she is getting the operation alone. She was offered a free operation and she STILL tries to rake more out of the situation. Just like everything else. Nuff said.

    What upsets me about this couple is how they lounge around claiming they can “work from home now” because of the show. Look at the Roloff’s. These are two little people who have to struggle every single day yet they work and even volunteer to help out others. They make money off the show and get free trips just like the Gosslins’ but they also contribute to society in addition to the show. Even on the other show with the 18 children, the dad owns properties and you see the older children help out with the rental properties. The work and do not lounge around all day. Kate is basically like one of those moms who want to push their kids into show business so the kids can make money and the mom can “manage” their careers…control freak who can’t do anything for herself (like filling up the gas in the car) but wants everyone else, including her children, to work for her.

    The show has turned from a show about how to raise twins and sextuplets to a sitcom and the children and parents are now “celebrities”. These kids know nothing else but having cameras shoved in their face all day long. I know Kate has said because of the show they have memories but they could have made memories themselves with a simple camcorder.

  • iridescooter

    mary shut up. get a life. find a hobby other then ranting about jon and kate. obviously you have too much time going back and forth checking peoples comment. if you have kids, go feed them, go do the laundry, bake some cookies and shut up. hahaha.

    i love jon and kate. all the kids are adorable.

  • shelf

    Jared why are Jon and Kate on here? They are NOT celebrities! Kate is s demonic bitch…I hate this show!!!

  • nita

    mary ur a plain out bitch and to those other jon and kate haterz f u u are just jalouse cuz u have probably a million of kids and nobody is following u around and yeah they may be a scam who cares i like the show i watch okay and i did my research may be u should do urs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • don’tlikethem

    I want to make a comment about Jon. I like him and think he is a GREAT father. I can’t stand how Kate treats him as if he can’t do anything right. If Kate left, those kids would be well taken care of and loved by their dad. Jon is equally good at diciplining and being sensitive and responsible. That is what a great dad is about. The only thing that is not great about him is how he doesn’t stand up for himself. If only Kate had someone yell at her and not do what she wanted from time to time, she would think twice about her tendency to control.
    I ranted before about Kate but wanted to make it clear that I think Jon being their dad is probably the only way these kids will have a normal life.

  • ewww

    The show is great and the kids are so cute!

  • zoey

    Love the show and especially love the kids. Who gives a rats ass if they get “perks.” Unless you’ve walked in their shoes, you shouldn’t judge.