Kate Gosselin is a television personality. She achieved national and international recognition on the US reality TV show Jon & Kate Plus 8, in which she and Jon Gosselin are profiled as they raise their atypical family of sextuplets and twins.
Following the birth of the sextuplets, Kate and Jon were featured in the NBC reality TV show Home Delivery when their home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, was renovated to accommodate the large family.
The family was then featured in a special on Discovery Health in September 2005 entitled Surviving Sextuplets and Twins. A year later they were featured in another special entitled Sextuplets and Twins: One Year Later. With high ratings from the specials, Discovery Health signed the couple to a reality series that aired beginning in April 2007, called Jon & Kate Plus 8, which documented their lives. To produce the show, the family was filmed for three or four days per week. The show’s first two seasons aired on Discovery Health Channel and then moved to TLC. The family received payment for appearing on the show.
On June 22, 2009, an extended one-hour episode was aired. Jon and Kate announced that they were separating. The two had met with Pennsylvania attorneys on the day that the episode aired to finalize plans for divorce rather than separation. They explained, in separate interviews, that “the show must go on.” However, TLC announced on June 23, 2009, that the show would be placed on hiatus effective immediately. According to TLC, Jon and Kate had moved the focus away from the family and the change in the dynamic, as well as the production difficulties that had occurred because the couple was no longer living together, made it unclear whether the show was still viable.
On September 29, 2009, ABC announced the title of the show would be changed from “Jon & Kate Plus 8” to “Kate Plus 8,” and would follow Kate Gosselin as a single mother. Jon would continue to appear, albeit infrequently, on the show. The last episode was a season five finale on November 23, 2009, because of Jon’s decision to stop filming. Reruns of the show still air on TLC. Kate Gosselin filmed a talk show pilot with Paula Deen in September 2009. By the end of 2009, it had not been picked up by a television network.
In late December 2009 it was also announced that Kate Gosselin was no longer being considered for a role in the planned show because she was deemed “too controversial” by show executives. Gosselin was a contestant on the tenth season of the television show Dancing With The Stars and had expressed a strong desire to remain on the show and win despite widespread criticism of her dancing. She was partnered with Tony Dovolani. She was eliminated from the competition on April 20, 2010.
In April 2010 TLC announced Kate Gosselin would be getting her own show called Twist of Kate. The series will feature her traveling the country, visiting mothers who have written her letters about their stories. TLC has a new series of specials planned called Kate Plus 8. However an unknown source told Life and Style magazine that Twist of Kate and her other reality specials had been cancelled, however season 2 of Kate Plus 8 premiered on November 28, 2010. TLC’s reps and Gosselin have denied the claims, saying that neither show has been cancelled.
Shortly after Kate Gosselin was eliminated from Dancing With the Stars, rumors began flying that Gosselin would be featured on the upcoming edition of the popular TV show The Bachelorette. However, several people have denied this, including the show’s creator, Mike Fleiss, and a rep for TLC. They did however, state that it would be interesting to place her in the show.
In August 2011, it was announced that Kate Plus would not be returning to TLC in September. The final episode of the show aired on September 12, 2011. Kate Gosselin and her children were on the Celebrity Wife Swap on February 26, 2013 where Kate switched places with Kendra Wilkinson.
How Kate Gosselin Made Her Money – Reality Television
Estimated Net Worth: $200 Thousand
Birthday: March 28, 1975
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