It should come as no surprise to anyone that Jon & Kate Plus 8's season 5 premiere on TLC last nightÂ attracted 9.8 million viewers. That's double the season 4 finale and the highest draw to a single TLC episode of any show. Ever. Don't we all just love a good scandal?
In the season 5 opener, Jon & Kate put on a party for the sextuplets 5th birthday and all of us were forced to watchÂ the uncomfortable couple play house for the day. Unconvincing would certainly be putting their performancesÂ lightly.
The two are not filmedÂ being interviewedÂ together, a usual element of the show, and instead all of the episode's interviews focused onÂ Jon and KateÂ speaking separately to the camera andÂ digging in their heels on their respective sides of the battlefield. Kate discusses Jon's "poor decisions." Jon claims that everyone is making stuff up about him.
In preparation for the big Jon & Kate season 5 premiere, US Weekly used Kate Gosselin as their latest covergirl, releasing a scathing story about Kate with before and after photos of her former self (frumpyish mom) to her now glammed, tummy tucked, tanned, white teeth,Â blond, reverse mulleted (their term, not mine) nasty diva self.
I spoke with several female friends who were disgusted with thatÂ article's portrayal of Kate Gosselin. She is being completelyÂ shreddedÂ by the media to the tune of an Octomom lynching. Is she annoying and a nag. Yes. Is she a monster. No bigger monster than I'd be with 8 kids.
I personally think thatÂ Jon GosselinÂ is the biggestÂ loserÂ on the planet and not theÂ sweet boyfacedÂ victim in this saga?
He married Kate. He knew her flaws. He had twins with her the first time andÂ THEN agreed to do fertility treatments a second time with herÂ resulting in their enormous brood. That was a choice that he made. And I am guessing that some of her controlling and demanding nature was evident before they got married and certainly after the twins were born. And yet he chose to have MORE children with her.
Who I grieve for in all of this is of course the children. The good news is that the Jon & Kate Plus 8 phenomenon has grossed the Gosselins plenty of money to outsource the childrearing to caring and wonderful people who will help those kids in the crapstorm that is brewing.
The bad news is that two people who were adult enough to choose to have 8 children together are acting like children and I don't think they make nannies that can help them.
I could go on for hours. Instead I'll leave you with a few Jon & Kate links to enjoy:Â Â Â Â Â
The Way They Were: a 2004 Article Announcing the Birth of the SextupletsÂ
Watch the Jon & Kate Season 5 premiere episode on YouTube
Â US Weekly's "Fun" What Do Other Celebs Look Like with Kate's HairÂ SlideshowÂ