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Jon & Kate Child Labor Complaint Dismissed

Hannah-collin-leah-alexis-joel-aaden-jon-and-kate-plus-eight In a move that surprised no one, especially me since I called it in JUNE, The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry will not be filing charges against Jon & Kate Plus 8 producers.  They were under investigation for not following child labor laws in the filming of the reality series. 

The producers got a slap on the wrist and were told they had to get the necessary permits if they wanted to film the kids in the future and allocate15 percent of the proceeds into a trust for the children.  Well, duh.  The fact that this was not being done astonishes me. 

Ironically, the same day the decision was announced, Pennsylvania was holding hearings on children in reality tv shows.  Kevin and Jodi Kreider, Kate's brother and sister in law, testified about the emotional harm the show had done to the children.  Kevin testified about a time the show faked Christmas morning.  "The children were told it was Christmas morning. It was so the camera crew could get the genuine reaction of the children. It wasn't until after, until later, that they were told it was not Christmas morning; they just did it for the show. Can you imagine how confused eight little kids were that morning?"

Kevin also testified about the lack of privacy the children endured saying that the kids' rooms were stuffed full of production equipment and that the kids' potty training sessions, which were of course filmed and made available online, took place without either parent present.

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John responded via twitter, saying, "Kate and I were doing what was best for our family, And it gave us an opportunity to spend quality family time together." (Hasn't he changed his tune recently?  Remember when he wanted the show to be all done?  And said it was bad for the kids?)  And Kate's attorney said, "Kate has consistently said that the TLC crew was warm, affectionate and just wonderful with the Gosselin children. I know that she believes that and will always maintain that.

TLC issued a statement saying "The welfare of and respect for anyone on our network is always paramount; and these allegations are either completely inaccurate or a distorted representation for maximum attention."  TLC spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg said that a trust fund had been established in November with more than the minimum 15 percent. 

November?  Hadn't the show been on YEARS by then?

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Karen

Wait. Whoa. Back up the bus. They were potty training the kids, and filming it, with no parents present? I don't know which is creepier--that they were filming it, or that the parents weren't potty training their own kids. Guh-ross.




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