Well, it worked for Emily Maynard…
E! News is reporting that Kate Gosselin has signed up for a reality dating show a la The Bachelorette and is shopping the idea around to networks.
“She is ready to get back into the dating game,” says an unnamed source. “She is ready to find love again and to move on from her past.” The source adds that it’s difficult for the busy mom of eight to meet men in the course of her daily life.
Kate herself hasn’t officially confirmed the report, but on Twitter, she’s been hinting an awful lot. To one follower who suggested she go on Giuliana and Bill Rancic‘s dating show, she replied, “I am thinking of fun ways to do my own…Whadya think of that?”
So is this a good move for Kate? Here are my thoughts:At first look, it may seem like bad judgment to pick a husband via central casting and dates surrounded by camera crews. But for Kate, it might be just the thing. Why?
- She could use another successful show. Since the end of Jon & Kate Plus 8 and its spinoff, Kate Plus 8, the former Mrs. Gosselin has been largely out of the media spotlight. She was quickly eliminated from Dancing With the Stars during her appearance there a couple of years ago, and her other projects have been non-TV-related (such as her blog for Coupon Cabin and her newfound love of fitness and marathon-running). A Date With Kate show would put her back in the public view – and add some extra funds to her children’s college accounts.
- The kids would enjoy it. Growing up under the camera’s eye doesn’t seem to have fazed tween twins Mady and Cara, nor their eight-year-old sibs, Alexis, Leah, Hannah, Joel, Collin and Aaden. Kate recently said in a TV interview, “They really honestly miss filming. They’ve been saying, ‘When are we going to go here or there? We miss the crew.'”
- She and Jon are in a good place now. Back when the exes were first divorced, their bitter feelings and fights were the talk of the tabloids. But time has done a lot to heal the wounds, and the peace between them seems to be lasting. If they’re committed to staying civil, a dating show shouldn’t pose a problem.
- She deserves love as much as anyone. Yes, Kate’s priority should always be her children. But does that mean she has to stay single until the last of the sextuplets has moved out of the house? Having a loving boyfriend – or better yet, husband – wouldn’t affect her ability to be a good mother. In fact, her happiness would enhance it.
- The kids are ready for a stepdad. No one will ever replace Jon, nor would a smart man ever try to. But children of divorce thrive when both households are loving and supportive, and a stepfather would be a good role model when they’re not with their dad. The children are well into school age and are mature enough to handle a new man in their lives.
Besides, any potential suitor would know right away what he was getting into – you don’t date a mom with that many kids just for the publicity. It takes a special kind of man to welcome a ready-made family of nine into his heart.
What do you think? Would you watch a Kate dating show?
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews.com]
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