Kate Gosselin, who has gotten rich off the backs of her eight children, may soon find she’s only left with two kids that are actually allowed to work. According to Pennsylvania state representative, Thomas Murt, six of Kate Gosselin’s eight children are working illegally, and Gosselin is in violation of the state’s child labor laws. Under Pennsylvania law, children under the age of seven are allowed to work in movies. They are not allowed to work in TV and particularly not in a reality TV show that films so often. Could Kate Gosselin soon find herself “Kate Plus 2”? Let’s hope so.
As Kate Gosselin continues to stay famous and get richer off the backs of her children, many in the US are getting rightfully sick of it. When the “Jon & Kate Plus 8” show first started in 2008 on Discovery Health, it was a down to earth show that looked at a family who were suddenly faced with bringing up sextuplets and twins, and the problems that come with that.
A year later, when the show switched to TLC, the Gosselin family were already changing from an average American family that just happened to have a lot of kids, to a family obsessed with money and fame. In the two years on TLC, Jon and Kate Gosselin began to dissolve into wanna-be celebrities where hair extensions and plastic surgery (in Kate’s case), and going to exclusive nightclubs and hanging out with other women (in Jon’s case) were more important than their family and their kids. Not surprisingly, the Gosselin family soon ended in scandal and divorce, with everything Jon and Kate Gosselin did splashed all over the tabloids.
The “Jon & Kate Plus 8” show was shut down when Jon Gosselin presented a cease and desist letter, refusing to allow his children to work. Of course, this had nothing to do with the safety or well being of the children, but was instead a way of getting back at Kate Gosselin when Jon realized his days on the show were numbered. The show recently began re-filming under the name “Kate Plus 8” once Jon’s issues were worked out, and this is the reality show that’s now in trouble with the Pennsylvania lawmaker.
Under Pennsylvania law, children under the age of seven are only allowed to work on film sets under very specific rules and, according to Rep. Thomas Murt, this only includes movie sets. An ongoing weekly TV series is presumed to be too much work for such young children, which is why Pennyslvania law prohibits it. Work permits were issued for the children last year, after they had worked illegally without them. Now Rep. Murt says those work permits should never have been issued as a reality show that films that much and on television, is not covered under the child labor laws in Pennsylvania.
If Rep. Murt is successful in his bid to stop the Gosselin kids from working, the Gosselin sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel and Leah, who are only six, will no longer be allowed on the show. With the name “Kate Plus 2” not being anything anyone would want to watch, Kate Gosselin’s days in the limelight could, hopefully, be numbered.
Kate Gosselin Targeted in New Child Labor Probe – Yahoo