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Kate Gosselin is unemployed now that her reality show, “Kate Plus 8,” has been canceled. She’s not handling it well.
“I'm freaking out. Big time,” she told People. “I've never quit a job in my life without having something else lined up. I don't know what's next.”
As you may or may not know, Gosselin can appear a tad harsh on the TLC show that made her famous. In addition to her personality, the 36-year-old’s willingness to place her children in the spotlight has made her an unsympathetic personality to many people.
This list of Gosselin detractors includes cable television’s moral touchstone, Anderson Cooper.
The CNN host covered the penultimate episode of “Kate Plus 8,” in which Gosselin demands her children hand over a last piece of pizza to the bodyguard, Steve. She has a bit of a meltdown when a child hands the pizza over with her bare hands, which causes her babysitter to quit. Cooper, who was clearly not amused, joked, “If you somehow, against all odds, find a woman who's willing to help you take eight kids on a cross-country road trip, for goodness sake, let her divide the pizza any way she want.”
Even with her unlikable behavior on the show, it’s hard to blame Gosselin for having a difficult time adjusting from reality TV to actual reality. The suicide of “Real Housewives” castmate Russell Armstrong demonstrated just how emotionally taxing being on a show can be. Like Armstrong and his wife Taylor, Gosselin saw her own marriage fall apart on the show and the pages of many tabloids because of her reality stardom.
Post Religion blogger Brad Hirschfield writes that perhaps reality junkies should not pass the blame for tragedies like this to the creators or stars, but simply consume less of this television. Indeed, if there was never a demand to watch the Gosselin family once a week, who knows where they would be today?
So for the sake of her eight kids, I hope Gosselin can find gainful employment soon — off camera.
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