Jon Gosselin Insults His Own Kids on 'Oprah'

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jon gosselinJon Gosselin is running his trap again, and as usual, not much good is coming from it. After his recent firing-a-warning-shot-at-a-paparazzo incident, Jon sat down with Oprah for her OWN show, Where Are They Now? to discuss, well, where he is now. The conversation, naturally, turned to his children, and if you thought dating Hailey Glassman was one of his dumber moves, wait until you hear what Gosselin had to say about his own kids.

In regards to the effects Jon and Kate Plus 8 had on his children, Jon said: "Yes, they got to travel the world, and yes, they got these fabulous things, and yes, they have trust funds, and they're taken care of educationally. Great. But developmentally, they have problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people, and they have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals and what's right and what's wrong. I think more so than someone who grows up off TV."

I mean, was this really necessary? After witnessing the media circus that followed Jon and Kate, it doesn't exactly take a rocket scientist to ascertain that their children will probably have issues. But, as a parent who realizes that being in the public eye so much had ill effects on his kids, shouldn't Jon stop the madness? Or at least try? Going on public television and telling one of the most powerful women in the world that his kids have bad manners, poor morals, and problems with their peers isn't going to help things. He should be dealing with these things while the cameras aren't rolling. Did he not learn anything from Jon and Kate Plus 8?

And while we're at it, let's be honest here. Is it really the show, and only the show, that created these problems with the Gosselin kids? Because I personally think that if both Jon and Kate handled some things differently -- like, say, their divorce and their media exposure -- things might have turned out in a different way. Jon tried to write a tell-all about his ex, for god's sake! Look at who their parents are!

I feel bad for the children that their father went on TV and talked badly about them. What child wouldn't be saddened to learn that? They're not bad kids, they just have parents with really poor judgment. Maybe Jon should have talked about that with Oprah? That, after all, seems more beneficial to the kids than what he said.

Do you think Jon was wrong to say this about his children?

 


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Robin Hartman

Was that really an insult to his kids or just the honest truth?

nonmember avatar Merri B

Robin - I asked the same question. In my opinion, it was just the honest truth. Besides, he was asked the question. All he did was answer the question that was asked of him. Sometimes, the truth hurts. Would the kids be watching the show anyway? Doubtful, highly doubtful. The kids are aware of their problems anyway. Didn't one (or more) get suspended from school? They are very aware that their behavior is objectionable to most people, especially their teachers. But they lack the maturity to do anything about it. It might be really interesting to ask Jon to do a self evaluation on his own conduct, and see if he continues to paint himself as the victim. He also showed NO concern for his kids and their well-being until he was booted from the show. At the end of the day, it's their parents that are responsible for the way these kids are turning out.

flood... flood1971

For once the truth, I think.

Shannon Beranek

I think John actually sees that giving their children everything they want when they want it wasn't the best course of action.  These kids were the center of their universes for years and really don't have an idea what it is like for "normal" people.  It's not like he said "my kids are ungrateful little bastards who will never fit because they think they are better than everyone else."

Sylvia Maisano

No, he wasn't. He was bold and honest. He's not sugar coating anything.

nonmember avatar Dawn

He was being mean or demeaning his children. He was telling the truth and he probably struggles with how to handle the situation with his children. He and Kate did not do those kids any favors and now it is difficult for them to function on a "normal" level. Admitting the issues out loud just means he recognizes the issues and has to work with them. If more parents took responsibility for their kids bad behavior, we wouldn't have the social issues we do today.

tsmit... tsmith0822

This has got to be the most asinine article that I have ever read on this entire site! The man is just being honest. He did not call them any names or say anything that could mentally damage them.

nonmember avatar Denise

I think the benefits the children received from the show FAR outweighs any negative effects. Multiples USUALLY have trouble socializing with peers, since they have always had each other. I watched the show the entire time, and all of the children seemed perfectly happy to talk to people that they just met in all the situations that were filmed. If they have problems with morals and what's right or wrong, I say maybe Dad should look in the mirror...

Katha... Katharine205

I don't think he was insulting them at all, I think he was calling their behavior for what it was.  If they did by chance happen to see it I think it would hurt, yes but perhaps it would also be an eye opener for them.  Shielding your children from ever having their feelings hurt doesn't help them, it makes it harder for them to function in society as adults.  I love my daughter with all my heart and make sure that she damn well knows it but you can bet I'll let her learn from her mistakes when she needs too.

Katha... Katharine205

I don't think he was insulting them at all, I think he was calling their behavior for what it was.  If they did by chance happen to see it I think it would hurt, yes but perhaps it would also be an eye opener for them.  Shielding your children from ever having their feelings hurt doesn't help them, it makes it harder for them to function in society as adults.  I love my daughter with all my heart and make sure that she damn well knows it but you can bet I'll let her learn from her mistakes when she needs too.

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