“Kate Plus Eight” is coming to an end, and honestly, I can hardly believe it. I was around for the show from its inception, and I loved the cute kids and the interaction between Jon and Kate. As we all know, the show went downhill as Jon and Kate’s relationship did, and now it’s been canceled. But not before we can waste a few more hours of our lives viewing what’s left of this family after TV basically destroyed it.
Kate Plus 8 Travel West — in an RV!
Yes, Kate and her 8 are traveling on a 2-week trip “West,” along with her friends Jamie and Jamie’s three kids, and babysitter Ashley.
If you know Kate (and I feel I do), you know that this will not end well. And although I’m the farthest thing from a Kate cheerleader, I think I can sympathize just a teeny bit.
First off: Kate, you should never have planned a two-week trip. Are you nuts? Two weeks is way too long to be cooped up (if you can call it that, with two giant RV’s) with your immediate family and “best” friend. I love to travel, but I must admit that occasionally on recent vacations the thought has crossed my mind that all this “togetherness” was too much of a good thing. One week would have been plenty of time to sightsee.
Kate’s BFF Jamie and Babysitter Ashley
Second: Kate, what were you thinking in inviting your babysitter and your best friend? Both of them are more “fun” and laid-back than you. Anyone could have seen that they’d end up palling around with each other and ganging up on you. Sure, I know that TLC likely orchestrated much of the drama we saw last night, but still — the personal dynamic was predictable.
TLC: Reality or Hype?
While we’re on the topic of TLC, I’d like to say that as sick as I am of Kate, I’m even sicker of TLC. I feel that the network is mostly responsible for breaking up the Gosselin family through their pampering of Kate and fostering her attitude of entitlement. I think that they make up most of the scenarios we see on this show (and other shows as well; I think that the Duggar family’s affiliation with TLC has been a negative for them overall).
For instance, last night we saw older daughters Mady and Cara acting up during a photo op at the entrance to the Grand Canyon. Then, it was made to appear that Kate banished the girls to the RV while the rest of the group toured the Canyon. Cold-hearted as Kate can be, I just don’t believe that she’d actually deprive the girls of the chance to see the Grand Canyon over this. I also think that TLC planned or suggested babysitter Ashley’s flight home, just a day before the rest of the family planned to return home anyway. The goodbye scene between Ashley and the kids was pure ratings gold to TLC, I’m sure: the kids crying as Ashley promises she’ll love them forever.
There’s still another episode of “Kate Plus Eight” left, but honestly, what more is there to say? I hope that the family can fade back into the obscurity from which they sprang, and that Kate can return to nursing (although nowhere near me) and the kids can lead the best life they can with her as a mom.
What did you think of Kate and her 8 on the RV trip? Do you think this show has any “reality” left anymore?
And did you know you can take a cruise with Kate this summer? Does this tempt you?