Kate Plus 8 and the Angst of Travel

“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?

8 thoughts on “Kate Plus 8 and the Angst of Travel

  1. Sorry, I can’t help you on this one. No one in this household will even watch a reality show no matter what it is about! As for me, give me a show where I can escape from harsh, cruel reality and be entertained for an hour or two. Lately my husband and I watch old reruns of “Little House on the Prairie”, “The Waltons”, or “Matlock” whenever we can’t find a good “chick flick” movie to our liking. What I don’t like is war, fast action, or extreme violence of any kind. No real world stuff for me; I would much rather be lulled into a nice peaceful sleep ready for bed. Just call me old-fashioned and pretty unexciting. I’m sticking to Hallmark and Lifetime channels mostly. 🙂

  2. Our family happened to be camping next to Kate at the Grand Canyon back in July. I can see why Jon is no longer with her. One thing she does good is YELL to the crew to cancel her show and she did not play with her children. I don’t think she was out of the motorhome for very long and the film crew was the only ones that played with the children. Kate got what she asked for “A canceled show” after screaming that to the film crew many times.

  3. on September 13, 2011 at 9:49 pm shane
    Our family happened to be camping next to Kate at the Grand Canyon back in July. I can see why Jon is no longer with her. One thing she does good is YELL to the crew to cancel her show and she did not play with her children. I don’t think she was out of the motorhome for very long and the film crew was the only ones that played with the children. Kate got what she asked for “A canceled show” after screaming that to the film crew many times.

    Shane, are you saying she was reallty alking the crew to CANCEL her show? As in, I dare you, go ahead? Wow just wow. What about her children? Did they hear all of this nonsence?

  4. I ;ove tp travel and I am happy the free trips are over. I cannot ima,geto be in a beautifl place or having a restful vacation broken by kate screaming and screamming. I hope you did not take any photo’s. Kate only wants photo’s out there where she gets paid. I hope she did not ruin your vacation.

  5. people just need to leave these girls alone! it just makes me so sad seeing these pictures of some of my best friends crying! really no poparazzi should be ruining their vacation like that!

  6. I felt bad for your friends too. Don’t put all blame on the paparazzi. Their mother wanted to be famous for the money. That is what can happen when they are on tv for so many years. Their mother had some to do with it besides, with her hissy fits and rudeness.

  7. Also it really isn’t paparazzi it is TLC camera crews who caught the crying to be shown on their tv show. TLC took advantage of them.

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