Full disclosure: I was waaaay into Jon & Kate Plus 8 when it was new and sweet and the family was happy, or relatively so. Partly because as a mother of two, I was just plain fascinated to watch how a family four times the size of mine made it through the day. Partly, too, I must admit, because my kids are biracial (their dad is Korean) and they sort of resemble the Gosselin clan (aww, those babies on TV look like my babies!).
And say what you will about the woman, I was always incredibly impressed with Kate Gosselin. For the love of god, she had eight tiny children and they were all bathed and fed! Give a girl some credit!
I found myself drifting away from the Gosselins when Jon and Kate split up, simply because it was sad for me to watch the process. I'm a single mom myself, and hearing the kids say things like, "Daddy, I don't want you to leave anymore" just broke my heart ...