Kate Gosselin's Brother Slams "Jon & Kate Plus 8" In Hearing On Child Labor Laws: Radar.com
Kate Gosselin's brother Kevin Kreider and his wife Jodi told Pennsylvania lawmakers that the eight Gosselin children have been subject to unfair conditions during the production of the TLC show Jon & Kate Plus 8 in a hearing Wednesday, regarding the state's child labor laws, and how it pertains to reality TV shows. The Kreiders told the court that, among other concerns, Gosselin kids were stripped of their privacy, emotionally manipulated & had their safety compromised in the name of reality TV.
The kids, according to the Kreiders, were burdened with rooms overloaded with TV production equipment and as many as three crew members present for two to three days at a time. Their privacy was also compromised, the Kreiders said, as the kids were taped during their potty training (even without their parents present) for clips that were subsequently uploaded to the Internet.
In a statement released to RadarOnline.com, TLC responded to the testimony of the Kreiders by saying: "The welfare of and respect for anyone on our network is always paramount; and these allegations are either completely inaccurate or a distorted representation for maximum attention. In addition, we have and continue to comply with all regulations from the Department Of Labor.” When asked about the possible coincidence in timing between Jon’s custody lawsuit and Wednesday’s TLC hearing, Momjiam responded: “I’m not going to speculate but I do think there’s something rotten about the entire custody matter and I think it’s striking that it comes at a time when Kate is doing so well and providing for her kids.”
Jon, Kate & Every Last Gosselin Taking The Stand: E!Online.com
Just when you thought there were no Gosselins left to get dragged into the spotlight...
Pennsylvania state Rep. Thomas Murt wants to make sure the buck stops at the Plus 8 and, as a result, is dragging a slew of Kate Gosselin's relatives into court to ensure that no more kids are exploited by the big bad basic cable companies. At least not under his watch. His intent is to rack up as much testimony as possible about the impact being in movies and on television has on kids as part of an ongoing legislative hearing on state child labor laws—with which the Gosselins are all too familiar. It's unclear why Kate and Jon Gosselin won't be testifying, as theoretically they would have the most insight into the circumstance the politico is hoping to prevent, but keeping track of who's who in their ongoing game of good-parent, bad-parent is keeping them plenty busy for the moment.
Not that it's only going to be a Gosselinpalooza in the courthouse this week. Really, it was only a matter of time before defense attorney to the stars mistresses anyone in the vicinity of a camera got involved, and she's yet again managed to finagle herself into some column inches: That's right, Gloria Allred will also be taking the stand. But that's not all that's going on at the courts. Either through a stroke of genius or sheer dumb luck (our money's on the latter), Jon just might have found the perfect way to test his latest pet parental theory, thanks to a so-perfect-it-could-have-been-scripted coincidence with Dancing With the Stars.
A judge this week set a hearing date of May 25 for his latest tête-à-tête custody clash with Kate, the very same day as this season's finale of the reality hit. Delusions of grandeur aside, judging by her performance hit rate, Kate is unlikely to find herself competing in the finale, though she is expected, as all DWTS contestants are, to participate in it. So will she prove Jon wrong and choose prime time over courtroom face time? Sadly, we'll never know. Thanks to the time difference between a Pennsylvania courthouse and a Los Angeles soundstage and these newfangled things called direct flights, Gosselin can safely be in two places at (almost) the same time.
Back to scheming, Jon.