Kate Gosselin is following in Oprah Winfrey's footsteps by jetting down-under to Australia with her eight kids to bring in the New Year. The reality television mom will also pay a visit to New Zealand during the whistle-stop tour where she will be accompanied by her bodyguard Steve Nield.What's more, we've learned Kate is doing it in style: the 35-year-old and her brood are flying first class! It's understood TLC is picking-up the tab for the expensive tour, as the family will be filming upcoming episodes of their hit show Kate Plus 8.However, neither Jon Gosselin or his girlfriend, Ellen Ross, are traveling with the group and will be staying Stateside to see in 2011.
"Kate and the kids flew-out just before midnight last night in what will be a staggered trip to Australia and New Zealand," a source said. "Obviously, Jon was informed of the excursion and the kids will not see their father again until mid-January when they return to America with their mom. "They will be filming for Kate Plus 8 and the kids are excited about visiting both Australia and New Zealand."Steve Nield - who is from New Zealand - will also be traveling with them while they tour both countries." As we previously reported, Gosselin tried to prevent Kate from doing her own reality show after the couple divorced once their original series, Jon & Kate Plus 8, ended. But the courts in Pennsylvania allowed the controversial mom to keep filming with her kids.
Jon Gosselin Asked Judge To Stop Kate From Taking Kids To Australia: RadarOnline.com
Jon Gosselin made a desperate attempt to stop his ex-wife Kate's trip to Australia with their eight kids -- and even went to court over it -- but a judge ruled that she could make the excursion because it was work related, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned (through REAL source Ellen Ross lol). The decision to allow the trip was made following a secret closed door hearing at Berks County Court in Pennsylvania earlier this month by the same judge that allowed Kate to film her spin-off reality TV show Kate Plus 8 on the TLC network, despite objections by Jon.“It was another slap in the face for Jon because he did not want the kids to go to Australia. “But the judge ruled that because it was for work it was okay. Jon had plans to get together with his kids and friends for New Year, but now he will not see them until they return in the middle of January.
The source added: “Jon’s friends are determined that he will have a good time at New Year even if his kids are not around. “It is most likely that he will be staying in Pennsylvania to be with his girlfriend Ellen Ross plus family and friends as they see in 2011 together.” In October, 2010, Jon was snubbed by the same court when he tried to keep his kids off television because he claimed they were suffering from emotional and behavioral issues.