Thursday, October 1, 2009

"I don't think anyone asked for that amount of attention."

Jon Gosselin, of "Jon & Kate Plus 8," has decided that it isn't in the best interests of his children's welfare to be filmed anymore.

"Effective immediately, no production crews are to enter Jon's family home for any reason. In the event that anyone enters the marital property, Jon Gosselin will notify the local authorities to effectuate police action against any trespassers," his lawyer Mark J. Heller wrote to TLC.
Jon now says he believes it is not in the best interest of the children's welfare to continue with production of the show.

That is a bold stand to take. After all, he and his (soon to be former) wife make about $75K an episode.

And in the world of reality, generally bargain rates compared to scripted television, some stars still earn paychecks to write home about. Ryan Seacrest earns $15 million a year for his "American Idol" hosting duties, while reality stars such as former couple Jon and Kate Gosselin take home $75,000 an episode for TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

So what caused Jon Gosselin's change of heart? It might have something to do with the impending change in the title of the show.

"Jon & Kate Plus 8" will soon be simply "Kate Plus Eight."

That's the word from the TLC network, who announced Tuesday that its hit reality show is adapting to changes in the Gosselin household, which has been disrupted by the split up of Kate and Jon.

That's a tough break for Jon. After all, he's at least partly responsible for the "8." They carry some of his DNA, the lucky little tykes.

It's quite a change since the series clicked with viewers two years ago for its heartwarming look at the challenges of raising eight young children.

Going forward, [TLC president and general manager Eileen] O'Neill said, "We hope for the sake of the family that things are more manageable. I don't think anyone asked for that amount of attention."

She doesn't think anyone asked for that amount of attention? Really?

They have a television show! Kate has written at least two books and gone on a tour to promote them, and herself. She's filmed a talk show pilot. Jon has been dating any moderately attractive woman who will have him, and does interviews in which he talks about how much he despises her, then suspends his divorce proceedings.

She's right- they didn't ask for the attention. They begged for it.

Jon and Kate Gosselin, with the "8" (whose names didn't make it into the title), back when it was still in the best interests of their welfare to appear on a television show.

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