The news Monday that Kate Gosselin’s “Kate Plus 8” has been canceled by TLC sparked lots of chatter, among Gosselins as well as online observers.
Jon Gosselin, ex-husband of Kate who co-starred in “Jon and Kate Plus 8” before it morphed into the solo Kate version, was relieved.
“I hope they can have more private family moments,” he reportedly told Radar Online, speaking of his eight kids. “I hope that this will bring more privacy to my children and that they can get the proper attention they need for any personal issues they might have in the future.”
Online commenters seemed to take delight in the news, here on Celebritology and on other Web sites. Regular Celebritology reader Nosy_Parker succinctly summed up cultural sentiment this way: “‘Kate Gosselin’s ‘Kate Plus 8’ canceled.’ Perhaps there’s a deity after all?”
As for Gosselin herself, she tweeted back and forth with supportive fans (yes, there are some people who actually do support Gosselin’s endeavors) and suggested in one post that she may pursue motivational speaking, more book writing and “other fun work opportunities that come my way.”
So what should Gosselin do next? A few snarkers said she might look into gigs in the adult film world. I suggested at the end of my post about the show’s demise that perhaps she should consider a break from the spotlight. Here are four other options she might consider.
1. An appearance on the upcoming CW show “H8R.”
Mike Fleiss, creator of “The Bachelor,” suggested to Entertainment Weekly that Gosselin could be a contestant on “Bachelor Pad,” which doesn’t make a lot of sense since the show is supposed to be limited to former “Bachelor” contestants. His follow-up recommendation was more logical: a Gosselin appearance on “H8R,” the upcoming CW show in which celebrities yell at people who say mean things about them on the Internet. (See preview below, featuring Snooki bawling out some dude for calling her a drunk, even though she frequently stumbles around drunk on a nationally broadcast television show.) Gosselin could certainly come up with some choice words for the many meanies who have ripped into her over the years, enough to even make her a recurring character. But it probably wouldn’t do much to reverse her reputation as a shrew.
2. New co-host on “The Talk”
Leah Remini and Holly Robinson-Peete reportedly won’t rejoin this less buzzy cousin of “The View,” as producers of the show are attempting to retool the program (translation: make it juicier for viewers). Why not put Gosselin on there? She’s a well-known celebrity mom, so she’s recognizable to the talk show’s target demo, and she’s destined to say and do things that will drive people nuts. Which means people might finally start talking about what happens on “The Talk.”
3. Take over as host of “The Marriage Ref”
It’s unclear whether Jerry Seinfeld’s attempt to turn marital disputes into a game show will even return for a third season. But if it does, maybe Gosselin should take over for Tom Pappas and become the person who gets final say over how to resolve spousal conflict. Perhaps Jon Gosselin should co-host with her, adding another level of intrigue to the proceedings as America wonders whether hosting “The Marriage Ref” might bring the Gosselins back together. All right, fine, maybe not America. But at least the five people who watch “The Marriage Ref.”
4. Write a book entitled “Confessions of a Reformed Reality Star.”
This is actually the smartest thing she could do from an image makeover standpoint: take some time off, slow down on the tweeting and go into hiding for a year. Then re-emerge with a book about how she’s reflected on all the things she did as a reality show star and wishes she had never agreed to put her family on a TLC show. People might empathize with her again, which could take her down a path that actually does allow her to convincingly make motivational speeches. The catch: she has to really mean what she says and writes, and she has to have become a different person post-”Kate Plus 8.” And whether or not that will actually happen remains to be seen.