• Fri, Jun 20 - 11:04 am ET

Kate Gosselin Says She Has No Choice But To Be Famous, And For Once You’ll Agree

Kate Gosselin and her eight children on the cover of her cookbookCan somebody go down to hell and check if it’s frozen over, because I’m pretty sure I’m about to agree with Kate Gosselin on something — the fact that she wouldn’t be famous if she didn’t absolutely have to be.

HEAR ME OUT. I’m imagining a bunch of you getting really indignant, ready to protest that Kate clearly loves fame, or else she never would have put herself and her kids on national television. But hold that thought for a second while we talk about some stuff that came up in an interview with E! News to promote her TLC special Kate Plus 8: Sextuples Turn 10. When asked by the interview if fame is a drug, Kate responds:

“Hear me very clearly: if there was another way to singly support eight children, you would not know this name and I would be on an island, and so would they. You would never hear from us again.”

Guys. That’s very true. Every time we get on this lady’s back for being in the spotlight, we forget to consider that that’s how she earns her money. This is a single mom we’re talking about, so when we see her out there drumming up publicity for her family like it’s her job, it’s because it is.

I think there’s a definite argument that her kids would benefit from having less of their lives observed by cameras (not to mention having a parent who wasn’t quite so strict), but those are luxuries that a single mother of eight can’t really afford. What other job could she get that would allow her to support nine humans without being at the office 100% of the time? Considering her situation, doing a reality show is not only a good option, but kind of the only option.

That’s not to say she doesn’t appreciate it, though. This interview actually does a great job humanizing Kate, and allowing her to show some self-awareness as far as how lucky she is to be able to earn a living and secure a future for her children simply by allowing their lives to be documented:

“Having said that, this is a pretty fantastic way to feed my children, keep them in an amazing house, at an amazing school, and make memories together. That’s just my life and cameras are there. So I understand this situation because I landed on TV somehow. This is just part of that. I look at it as work and the kids are with me, they run in and out of the frame, and we go to cool places sometimes.”

Somebody pinch me, because I think I might actually be feeling sympathy for this woman.

(Photo: HCI Books)

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  • ScottSegal

    Those kids will get as far away from her as they can, when they are able.

  • SB

    Kate was a nurse and Jon a computer tech when they did fertility treatments. They had twins which is doable to raise on their salaries. They wanted more children so they decide to do more fertility treatments knowing they could produce multiples. How did they think they would be able to afford a large family? Now she complains about it . She should sell the house and buy something more modest. The upkeep with all that land must be very expensive. How is she affording all this? She must have been able to do it for the last two years without a show. She does not want to make the sacrifice she would have to if she went back to nursing. She said the kids college educations are paid for so she could sell her house and live more modestly. At least she doesn’t have college bills ahead of her like most people will. Is she on Obama care? How is she paying for health insurance, organic food, a million dollar home on acreage, private school and nice cars? What is she complaining about? Why is she having a huge birthday party for her kids? Sounds like she is doing just fine.

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      She says she got pregnant again because she wanted one more baby, so she wouldn’t have to divide her focus like she did with the twins. Pretty ironic in retrospect.

  • SB

    She is going to be on the Apprentice so more money and tv exposure for her.

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  • TexasStar

    Wow, I don’t have kids and after watching this show – I am really thankful, seems I missed NOTHING! Yikes, the two older girls are lazy and mean, just like Jon. I think
    Kate does a wonderful job – great she has a big house and looks fabulous . . she certainly isn’t getting much else. It seems she gives and gives and it is never good enough . . I am glad I stayed with small dogs, they at least want to give me a kiss
    and seem excited to see me. I hope gets some emotional support and if Starbucks
    and a massage are her rewards – great, more power to her. At least she is not
    shrugging her duties, living in a cabin and waiting tables like some loser I know.

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  • Karen75

    Why doesn’t she just let John raise the kids since he has all the answers! Screw that….