As expected, Kate Gosselin’s brother Kevin Kreider and his wife Jodi testified at a Pennsylvania hearing today on child labor laws — and they painted a very negative picture of what starring in Jon & Kate Plus 8 meant for the Gosselin children. The crux of their charges, that include the children’s emotional well-being and safety were compromised, are:
The kids’ rooms were overcrowded with TV production equipment with as many as three crew members present for several days at a time.
Their privacy was invaded given the kids were taped during their potty training (even without their parents present) for clips that were subsequently uploaded to the Internet.
Also: “The children were told it was Christmas Eve and Christmas morning when it wasn’t, so that the camera crew would capture genuine reactions. They were only told the truth after the filming ended. They were told they did it for the show. The children stated directly to us that they felt very confused and were upset over this event.”
Let’s keep in mind that this all might be true — or might be falsified or exaggerated. It seems Kreider and his wife have some ulterior motives working, not just the best interest of the children. They did after all (allegedly) try to profit from spilling some of Kate’s secrets. Radar Online is also reporting that, ironically (or sadly) the Kreiders actually supervised some of the potty training taping they seem to now vehemently oppose.
And how did TLC, the network that produced Jon & Kate Plus 8 respond?
In a statement released to RadarOnline.com, TLC responded: “The welfare of and respect for anyone on our network is always paramount; and these allegations are either completely inaccurate or a distorted representation for maximum attention. In addition, we have and continue to comply with all regulations from the Department Of Labor.”