Saturday, December 1, 2012

Kate Happy Kids Will Be With Her For Christmas, denies self-funding pilot for new reality TV show

Gosselin. (Getty Images)

Kate Gosselin: All Eight Kids Want to Be With Me for Christmas

OMG/YAHOO.COM : Buying and wrapping Christmas presents for eight kids sounds like a job that would require the help of a team of elves, but Kate Gosselin is doing it solo this year. Ever since she split from husband Jon Gosselin in June 2009, she's been doing most of the everyday work herself — since she has primary custody of 12-year-old twins Mady and Cara and 8-year-old sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Colin, Hannah, Joel, and Leah — and this holiday season will be no different. Although the brood typically spends Christmas Eve with their father who lives nearby in Reading, Pennsylvania, "They're at the age now where we ask them," Kate tells omg!. "So they basically dictate it and they want to be home Christmas and the days surrounding it."
Now that the kids — who grew up before our eyes on TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and then the spin-off "Kate Plus 8" for seven seasons — are older, they're much more into the holiday spirit and what it truly means. Kate, 37, got a lot of help decorating from her eldest girls, who even put up a Christmas tree in their shared bedroom. "Mady and Cara are so cute; they shop for each other with their own money and they hide in the store from each other," she says proudly. "They're so fun just to take shopping because they genuinely really think through what the other wants."
As for the younger six, their eyes seem to be bigger than Kate's wallet. "We don't do Santa," she explains, "but they give me the list, and they have really really big requests and I really really work really hard to honor them. The littlest ones want iPods and all this stuff, and I'm just like, 'Oh my gosh.' All that electronic equipment is so expensive. I'm trying to explain to them, 'If that's on your list then please understand there's not going to be, like, a two-hour [Christmas present] opening session.' They're at the age where you have to explain that. You really have to do a disclaimer at the beginning before opening [gifts]."
Kate Gosselin and her brood of eight. (Splash News)
And the Gosselin kids are just as excited to play Santa for children who aren't as fortunate. This year, just like years past, they will take part in the Toys for Tots charity, which collects Christmas presents for the underprivileged. "They cannot imagine kids that don't have Christmas," shares Kate.
Though it's been over a year since the Gosselins have been on TV, they could all be coming back very soon — whether it's as another family series or Kate all on her own. So does that mean it will be a dating show, as reported? "Well, all I can say to that is you're just going to have to wait," teases the usually chatty mom. Regardless if that happens, the kids really want to go back to having the cameras document their adventures. "We definitely have fond memories of those days," Kate says. "The kids decide now, they have voices. If they're not into it, it's not happening, but I happen to know they honestly miss it, and they still talk about it and think it's exciting."
Kate on the run. ( then, Kate is keeping busy raising her eight kids out of the spotlight. And although that can be extremely stressful at times, she finds a way to burn off the tension: running. Last December, she completed her first marathon in just under five hours, and this coming Sunday, she's returning to the same Rock 'n' Roll race in Las Vegas, except, "I'm doing a half [marathon] this time around," she explains.
But she does want to one day run another 26.2-miler and improve her time, although working in practice runs when you're raising eight kids is nearly impossible. "[My trainer] understood finally that I just can't … if someone's sick tomorrow morning and they can't go to school, then there went my whatever-mile run," says Kate. "So I literally fitted in the amount of time on my own, I'm my own trainer in my head. It takes out a lot of stress. I have a lot of stress in life and it gets all of that out in a healthy way. I always say looking good is a side benefit."
And when she runs 13 miles on Sunday, her kids will all be cheering for her, even if they won't be standing on the sidelines in Vegas (because of school). Still, "I have a lofty goal of running the New York City Marathon and having them at the finish line — that just gave me chills thinking about it," Kate tells omg!. "They are lined up to get the text notifications [with the runners' times], and that's really exciting for them. They're really, really proud of me. They're my biggest encouragers."

Kate Gosselin denies self-funding pilot for new reality TV show Kate Gosselin has denied a report that she has decided to fund her own pilot for a new reality show in the hopes of convincing a cable network to pick it up. "100% false. Consider the source again," the former Kate Plus 8 star told Reality TV World on Friday about the report, which Huffington Post gossip columnist Rob Shuter had published in his Naughty But Nice column earlier this week. According to Shuter, Gosselin had decided to produce and foot the bill for a show pilot herself after failing to convince several networks to give her a new reality show. "I know three different cable networks that have passed on making a pilot with Kate," a source told Shuter. "Kate and her children are a known TV quantity -- it's an easy yes or no." Shuter also reported Gosselin had also reached out to fellow reality star Kendra Wilkinson and pitched the idea of filming a show about moms swapping their children. Gosselin and Wilkinson's representatives had reportedly not returned calls for comment when contacted by Shuter. 


  1. Thanks for the great new post, BabyMama!!

    How nice that they are giving the kids a choice of where they'd like to spend Christmas.

    I'm glad Kate cleared up some rumors. As always, I wish her and the kids the very best.

    I hope Kate has fun in the half marathon later today!!

  2. Like the new post, Baby Mama!

    Hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season1

  3. I do hope that whatever day it is, that Jon spends some quality time with the kids, whatever day it is. The idea of Kate self funding a pilot is ridiculous, do they think she has a money tree or something. Kate is onto something with the kids and pricy gifts. I've seen some who are disappointed when they get one or two pricier items instead or more cheap ones, it doesn't halp that they are wanting more expensive items at younger and younger ages

  4. I hope none of the readers here had friends or families affected by the recent tragedy. My heart goes out to those families that lost someone. There's been way too much of this going on lately. I really think we have to get beyond looking at the guns, the school security,and the laws and look at the hatred, lack of compassion, lack of value for human life, and decency that some people have. Where does it come from, how do we prevent it, how do we pick up on it early so we can protect ourselves from it without getting where we supsect everybody. Whether its mental illness, bad environment, genetic defects, personality traits, or whatever, it needs to stop.

  5. I also agree with tashapork! Way more factors involved than just gun control. Keeping all those families in my prayers.

  6. I hope everyone is having wonderful holidays this year, Healthy happy and safe.

  7. Best Holiday Wishes for everyone!! Have fun with your loved ones!!

  8. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with their families and friends! I know I did.

    My daughter-in-law's mom bought tickets for all of us to go see Peter Pan on Thursday. Enjoyed the show as well as dinner before the show.

  9. Hi all! Hope your holidays were (and are) wonderful!! Hugs xoxo

  10. Never got here to wish you all a Merry Christmas, so belated Merry Christmas. Hope everyone has a wonderful New Year.

  11. Hello everyone! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I missed you all very much. I continue all of you that have stayed loyal to this site in 2012. It was very important to me to know that I was still being supportive even with the blog quieting down. Know that I will continue to keep my promise to be here as long as there are readers who want me here.

    And to ring in the New Year.. FRESH PAPER! Please leave your thoughts and suggestions for me for 2013. It would be appreciated! xoxo