If you were worried you’d no longer see Kate Gosselin’s youngest six children on television, you can rest easy: Kate Plus Eight won’t be turned into Kate Plus Two anytime soon. Pennsylvania representative Thomas Murt asserted that TLC was breaking state law by allowing the sextuplets to be filmed for the television program because they were under seven years old, but it was legally acceptable for the older twins, Cara and Maddy, to participate in the show. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor disagreed.
So Gosselin fans can continue to enjoy the antics of Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel and Leah on the small screen. Notice how the wording was “unlawfully exploited?” It’s as though they were saying: they’re not being exploited in a legal sense, but the jury is out on whether they are being exploited in a moral sense. Regardless, labor officials say that the siblings are protected from working too many hours, and are ensured earnings from the show, through their work permits.
Murt still wants to fight the ruling by taking it to the Pennsylvania attorney general. Are there no bigger pressing issues in his state? If I lived there, I wouldn’t want my tax dollars spent on Murt’s crusade.