Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Jon "Strikes Back" on Good Morning America, Recap of Dude Ranch & Dress Up & Watch Video Here!

Jon Gosselin Speaks Out: The Father of Eight Says He ‘Took a Lot of Abuse’ From Wife: Good Morning America To be aired September 8th..

After 10 years of marriage, Jon Gosselin says he is done with taking “a lot of abuse” from his soon-to-be ex-wife Kate Gosselin. The father of eight kids breaks his silence about what went wrong.”She’ll call me like, almost like a lame fish. Like I wasn’t going anywhere,” Gosselin told “Good Morning America’s” Chris Cuomo in his first television interview since the divorce papers were filed.

Gosselin, 32, said he was at home with the eight children — one set of twins and one of sextuplets — while his wife was traveling. “Well, excuse me, I’m taking care of the kids. She’s on book tours, she’s doing all these things. You know, she’s gone a week. You know, comes back. Packs up and leaves again,” Gosselin said. “I’m standing there like, ‘Oh, OK. Your mom’s gone again.’”

Jon Gosselin Ready for New Life, New GirlfriendRecipe: Kate Gosselin’s Hearty Meatloaf 5 All-Too-Familiar Families — Thanks to TVThe couple, stars of the show “Jon & Kate Plus Eight,” has had a public and sometimes nasty breakup. Tune in to “GMA” Tuesday, Sept. 8, for more of the Jon Gosselin interview. There were allegations of cheating and an ongoing custody battle that resulted in the police being called to the couple’s Pennsylvania home.

“I wouldn’t let her in the gate,” Gosselin said. “I said I’m spending time with my kids … and she’s going to have to leave and she tried to cry it up with the cops and it didn’t work and they told her she had to leave.” Now the former stay-at-home dad is acting more like a playboy. He hosted a recent party in Las Vegas and went sailing this summer on a yacht in Saint Tropez with his girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, 22, who is the daughter of a plastic surgeon who performed Kate’s tummy tuck in 2006. Gosselin spoke to People magazine in July about his relationship with Glassman.

“What began as friendship has grown into something more. I know that my decision to appear publicly with Hailey this weekend will be scrutinized, but I hope that people can see I’m a regular guy who is going through a very difficult time in life and wants to move forward,” he told the magazine. Kate Gosselin has publicly expressed concern about Jon’s dating and how it could affect their children. “Suppose he brought a date over to the house when he has the children?” she said on “Larry King Live.” “These are all things that everybody who has been or will be or is in the middle of a divorce … thinks about.”

Dude Ranch & Dress Up: Review By Entertainment Weekly & Video

Welcome back, Jon and Kate watchers! While we had a week off from the show (though we were inundated with Larry King interviewsand Las Vegas spectacles, because do we ever really have a break from Jon and Kate?) it was time to jump back into the swing of things with last night's ''Dude Ranch and Dress Up.''

Things stayed par for the course with the kids splitting up time and activities between parents. The boys, like in the last episode, were with Kate, while the girls stayed home with Jon. Ma Gosselin took Collin, Aaden, and Joel to a dude ranch in Wyoming where they rode horses, chased goats, and made some really questionable fashion choices (well, Kate did, anyway.)

From the very beginning, the boys were utterly fascinated by the ranch, musing that the horses looked like cows, which Collin quickly affirmed that it was because they were, in fact, ''horse-cows.'' The mysterious and majestic horse-cows held the lads' attention until grasshoppers stole the spotlight. The boys' playful nature and funny running commentary salvaged what could have just been an interchangeable themed episode. Kate showed up to the ranch in yet another inappropriate outfit (as rancher Bob so delicately put it, she was ''not in high heel country.'') In addition to Kate's daring new wardrobe is her ''need for speed'' attitude as she rode, rather speedily indeed, on an ATV.

Admittedly, the boys looked painfully cute in their cowboy outfits and hats that were much too large for their little heads. Wish we could say the same for Kate's pink cowgirl hat (c'mon Kate, just about everyone is on your side now, please stop making it so hard for us!) She and the boys rode horses, much to their delight, although Collin was concerned that ''the horse is going to eat me!''

Back in Pennsylvania, Jon tended to the girls (including Leah, Alexis, and Hannah, who, sadly, were all but missing from the last episode). It's hard to tell how much of this was actually done while Kate and the boys were in Wyoming (TLC has become masters at editing over the past few months) as we're occasionally transported back to PA to check in on the rest of the Gosselin kids having a scavenger hunt in the backyard, going to the dentist, making tin-can telephones and playing dress-up with their very unenthusiastic dad.

There was almost too much irony about the fact that Jon, who never really wore the pants in his family, volunteered to wear a dress for his girls' dress-up party, particularly in an episode where he gets about 20% of the screen time. It was almost enjoyable to watch Jon play with his kids again, going so far to be a good sport and actually don a dress, purse, and hat. That was until Jon reminded us that now he's living in New York City, and while he misses his kids, he really, really likes being on his own there. Kate? Consider the pink hat, the heels, and the shoddy Southern accent forgotten!

The little girls, who were particularly funny during their couch interviews, saved the day with their dress-up commentary. A not-so-modest Leah boasted, ''I looked like a rock star!'' But, in her defense, she really sort of did. The girls' brothers, back on the ranch, were wowed by a cowboy named Clay, fascinated by horse poo (but, what five-year-old boy wouldn't be?), and enamored with escaped goats and kittens. Kate disappeared (as Aaden cried, ''We can do whatever we want, 'cause Mom's gone!) to try her hand at the shooting range where she not so slyly said she was picturing someone while doing it. It's a long shot, but my money's on her imaginary target wearing an Ed Hardy shirt.

Kate also mentioned that it was the first time in five months that she (though she doesn't mention the kids here, oddly enough) had been free of the paparazzi. While it was certainly nice to see Kate let go of a lot of her former idiosyncrasies, when she talks about the paparazzi hounding her, you can't help but think to yourself, ''But, you've still got a camera in your face right at this very moment!''

When she reunited with her boys, they took part in a mountain lion trail (no lions, just a lot of their former prey), rode horses again (this time ending in an egg fight) and attended a rodeo/cookout. While I realize it's petty to pick sides (and many of you have told me how you feel about doing that in these recaps), it was hard not to wave your Team Kate flag when she said, in a most heartfelt manner to her boys, she's ''so honored to be their mother.'' While the episode was one of the more tolerable, light-hearted ones of this season (thanks mostly to those wee Gosselins) it all still feels like its losing steam. It's not as depressing or tense as the season's rocky beginning, but there's still something looming over this show that no amount of rodeos and cute outfits can salvage. Do you feel the same way, TV Watchers? Do you also feel torn? Or do you think Jon and Kate have made a show worthy of your time again?

Monday, August 31, 2009

Jon In Vegas, Kate, The Bodyguard & His Wife! Discuss Dude Ranch & Dress Up Here!

Hello Gosselin fans! It's Monday, the week before my kids go back to school. So we are at a fever pitch trying to get ready for next week. I am sitting here laughing as I look at the photos of Jon's mom in Vegas. For a quiet woman that didn't like to be shown on TV she sure looked like quite the spectacle out there in Sin City!

Jon Gosselin Heckled At Bikini Pool Party:

Jon Gosselin hosted a party at the MGM Grand Hotel's Wet Republic pool Saturday. Most of the 2000 party-goers were girls in barely-there bikinis but the few guys who braved the crowd had themselves a field day at Jon's expense. They heckled the Jon & Kate Plus 8 star about his bald spot, asking him about the cost of hair plugs; his weight; his pecs, or lack of; even his clothes -- and he wasn't even wearing Ed Hardy!

Jon had four friends with him but that didn't stop him from mixing and mingling with as many women as possible. He had the welcome mat out at his cabana in the club's VIP section and even took phone numbers from several girls as he downed a glass of Veuve Cliquot Champagne. Not all the women there were Jon fans however. Some came just to get out of the 115 degree Vegas heat. One woman even held up a Team Kate sign.

Does Anyone Want To Hire Jon Gosselin?

Actually, Gosselin and his kids were selling lemonade for charity, at a local Pennsylvania fire department. Photogs and reporters caught him out there a few days ago while he was filming a new episode of his reality show. The firefighters might be the only fans Gosselin has left, though, if what everybody is telling me is any indication...

During the lemonade extravaganza, Gosselin complained to reporters that he wished he could quit Jon & Kate, but that he can't because he has bills and, in case you haven't heard, eight kids. If that sounds desperate, that's because it genuinely is.

Gosselin had a paid appearance lined up this week at the Shrine club at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods—on which he bailed—and he has one other in the offing, at a club called Wet Republic in Vegas, for which sources tell me he will be paid $15,000. But beyond that, I could not find a single booker willing to deal with him. Including the very people who were seeking him out just days ago.

"We offered $5,000 for an unadvertised appearance," Randy Greenstein, partner at Shrine, tells me. "Jon is not really in demand because of his negative image. Who would want to advertise 'come hang with the world's biggest scumbag'? "No, we would never book him again." Other talent bookers tell me there's plenty of demand for soon-to-be-ex Kate Gosselin, but none for Jon.

"Kate is doing three upcoming events for me," talent wrangler Glenn Rosenblum of Celebrity Access tells me. "She is lovely and a hard worker." As for Jon, he could garner an estimated $10,000 per appearance if anyone wanted him, but "especially with the economy, it would be hard to find a group that would want him right now." Other talent bookers, including Huff Events in New York, Queenie Donaldson in Los Angeles, and Leverage 8 in Chicago, all tell me they see no current demand for Jon, only Kate.

And oh, just in case you're wondering whether clubs outside of Los Angeles, New York and Vegas would like to hire Gosselin, the answer is, not likely. At least not for money. Shane Brennan of the San Diego nightclub Stingaree tells me, "Even with the big hype surrounding Jon Gosselin's pending divorce and personal drama, he's still not the caliber of celebrity we'd pay big bucks for. He doesn't appeal to our demo of young and hip partygoers. Although Stingaree would not pay an appearance fee, we would likely offer complementary bottle service to his party."

Kate Spends Weekend With Steve Neild & His Wife:

Want to know the quickest way to put those bodyguard affair rumors to bed? Just ask Kate Gosselin. While her soon-to-be ex-hubby, Jon Gosselin, was off having a pool party in Vegas, the mom of eight hosted her own get-together with loyal protector (and rumored beau) Steve Neild and his family. Kate's security detail arrived at her Pennsylvania home with his wife, two teenage sons and a cooler full of goodies in tow.

"The kids all went swimming," an eyewitness tells E! News. "They were splashing around in the pool and having a really good time." The gang spent the rest of the day picking apples on Gosselin's property. But Neild, the consummate bodyguard, kept one eye on Kate plus the eight's safety the entire time, patrolling the perimeter on Jon's ATV. Wonder how the patriarch will feel about that?

After over five hours of fun, the Neild family departed, and Kate and Steve's wife even hugged good-bye. So, like we said, affair? What affair?

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