Somewhere, Kate Gosselin is having a good laugh. She can't be too upset that her husband, Jon, has been reduced to waiting tables at a restaurant in rural Pennsylvania in order to make a living -- and presumably pay his child support. Kate and Jon used to rake in the big bucks on their highly rated TLC reality show, Jon & Kate Plus 8, but after their marriage imploded, so did the show. Neither has reclaimed the fame they once had. (Take note, Kardashians.) And now with Jon waiting tables for a living, he admits he has "hit rock bottom."
Jon said it's been "impossible" for him to find better work -- even though he used to be the sales director of a website company and a solar panel construction laborer. Jon has seen hard times since his marriage to Kate and is reportedly behind on his child support, which was $22,000 a month at one point.
I have no idea how a waiter could possibly make child support payments like that. He must get some serious tips! Maybe his customers take pity on him since they know he's a dad to eight kids.
Jon didn't always behave respectfully during his marriage, and faced allegations of cheating, but you kind of have to give him some credit here for now doing an honest day's work. At least he's not putting out a porno (coughOctomomcough), nor even any longer trying to cash in on his long-faded reality show fame. Which would be pretty tough at this point anyway.
In fact, Jon claims to really enjoy the job, which is at a restaurant called Black Dog Cafe. He says:
At first I was nervous because I was like, 'How are people going to react?' But then I'm thinking, 'Well, it's fun and I get to talk to people.' And they technically already know me ... they're like, 'Are you the guy?' I'm like, 'Yeah, I'm the guy.'
Asked if he's hit bottom now that's he's bringing bread and water to people's tables, Jon replies that he's "hit rock bottom like 20 times" but keeps "bouncing back."
Plenty of celebrities turn to less glamorous jobs when the fame runs out. Gary Coleman was a security guard at the time of his death. His former costar, Dana Plato, was working at a dry cleaners. There is nothing wrong with doing what you need to do to make a living and keep a roof over your head and food in your kids' mouths.
Now if only Jon would concentrate on being an honest, upstanding person and refrain from breaking into his wife's phone and bank accounts -- as she alleges he did in order to write a tell-all about her.
Anyway, Jon says he doesn't regret anything -- not even Jon & Kate Plus 8. "You learn from your mistakes," he says.
Hey, Jon, just don't screw up my order!
How would you feel if Jon came up and asked, "May I read you our specials?" (Last week it was Maine Lobster, scallops, shrimp, and fresh tarragon butter sauce. YUM.)
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