In an interview with Barbara Walters, Kate Gosselin revealed that her kids are devastated without camera crews videotaping every aspect of their lives.
Their reality show is officially over now that Jon has forbade TLC to adapt the show to “Kate Plus Eight.” So either Kate is using her kids as pawns to get back at her ex-husband, or her kids are not doing so well. An addiction to camera crews is not exactly the sign of a happy childhood.
“They cried in the van on the way home from school the other day,” Gosselin said. “I finally admitted to them, they kept asking, ‘Where’s the camera crew? Where’s the camera crew? We miss them.’ And I said, ‘Our show is over.’ …Eight sobbing kids driving home from school.”
I’m no expert in weaning off kids of their own TV show. But I do know that children mimic their parents’ emotional state. If Kate feels empty and depressed about the end of the show, it’s no doubt that her kids would feel that way, too. “Kids, our show is over!” is not exactly the happiest way to break the news.
But chin up, kids. Mommy won’t deprive you of the limelight for too long. She’s starting her own talk show next spring.
When asked if her kids know they’re famous, Gosselin quipped, “That’s not a word we use. I don’t like that word.”
That’s a lot like forbidding kids who grow up a Beverly Hills mansion to use the word “rich.” It gives them a skewed version of reality. If kids are rich, I think it’s important for them to understand that the vast majority of the world does not have maids and Ferraris. Similarly, I think it’s important for kids who have every second of their lives videotaped to understand that almost every other family lives out their daily lives in private.
What do you think? Would it be more or less healthy for the Gosselin kids to understand that their lives are far from the norm?