I have been an avid watcher of Jon & Kate Plus 8 for about nine months. I watched nearly every episode since going to school and actually having cable. After just the first episode, I was hooked. I was very impressed with Jon & Kate and the kids are adorable. Jon & Kate show so much love for them and tried hard to keep their lives normal despite their fame.
However, my opinion has drastically changed since the semester ended. The allegations against both of them for cheating was just the beginning. Now, at least one of them is on the front cover of every tabloid every week. I have no idea what is true and what isn’t, but there is obviously something going on.
Now, Jon & Kate are getting a divorce. That in itself is not what bothers me. Nearly half of all marriages end in divorce in this country and although that is incredibly sad, it remains a fact. The Gosselins are choosing to get a divorce. Not that big of a deal. It is incredibly sad for their children, but it is what’s going to happen.
One of my favorite episodes of this past season was the one where Jon & Kate renewed their vows in Hawaii. It was such a beautiful ceremony. But what sticks out most in my mind was something Kate said. She said something about how the children know that a lot of parents get divorced, but she wanted to reassure them that that will never happen in their family. And now, only months later, they are getting divorced.
What bothers me is how they are handling the situation. Namely the fact that they are continuing with the show. Kate specifically said, ‘The show must go on.’ That, in my opinion, is kind of ridiculous. Is it really in the children’s best interests to continue the show after they’ve been in tabloids for the past two months? Probably not. They’re never going to get to live a normal life now.
In one episode, Kate mentioned something about how they always ask the children if they want to continue the show before each renewal time. The kids apparently always say yes. However, I have a feeling they feel pressure by Jon & Kate to say that. Children like to please their parents. There’s a reason guardian ad litems are appointed for children involved in court cases. I read in one tabloid that the children have told their aunt and uncle that they don’t want to continue the show. I have no idea how accurate that tabloid is, but I tend to believe it.
The show is going to now feature Jon doing stuff with the kids and Kate doing stuff with the kids. They should change the name to ‘Sometimes Jon Plus 8 and Sometimes Kate Plus 8′. Honestly, I think the best thing for these kids would be to stop the show and let them try to live a normal life. Jon & Kate once said they started the show in order to earn money to pay for things the kids need. That’s believable. Raising eight kids takes a lot of money. But at what cost? Buy the kids less clothing and go on fewer vacations and take the cameras out of the house. I think they’ve earned enough money now anyway, judging by the size of their new house.
I have to mention the one thing that impresses me about this situation, though. And that is the fact that the children will not be shuttled back and forth between parents. Jon & Kate will be taking turns at the house with the kids. I have to give them credit for that.