Podcast with Jon Gosselin from Jon & Kate + 8

by Janice

Thanks to TLC, my six year old son, Jackson, and I have some favorite TV shows in common.

(Considering Jackson’s love for Star Wars, Transformers and Pokemon, I am forever grateful to TLC that instead of watching fictitious battles between good and evil on “movie night,” we can snuggle up on the couch with a giant bowl of popcorn and watch Jon and Kate Plus 8 and Little People, Big World.)

So, of course, I was thrilled to “meet” Jon Gosselin over the phone and have a chance to record an interview for a podcast here at 5 Minutes for Mom.

I knew Jackson would be thrilled as well and so I decided to get him in on the interviewing, having him prerecord his own question for Jon.

Before I interviewed him, I also asked you all if you had any questions for Jon.

So, along with Jackson and my questions, Jon Gosselin also answered three of your questions:

  • Colleen from Teaching Heart Mom wanted to know, “How many days and weeks of the month do you have cameras in your home?”
  • Hollie Koopman from Just a Little Something, asked, “How do you and Kate deal with the scrutiny lately about your show. Does that negativity bother you?”
  • Cathy from Semi Happy Housewife wanted to know, β€œIs it hard being in the public eye and getting recognized everywhere you go?”

jon gosselinWith the holidays approaching and the economy in trouble, most of us are preparing to spend less this season. Jon has recently teamed up with Microsoft (it was Microsoft who arranged our interview) to share ideas and products for families to ease holiday budget concerns.

So I asked Jon, “What tips do you have for stretching the family dollar this holiday season and how is technology helping you and your family save time and money?”

I divided our conversation up into three shorter podcasts. Click on the players below to hear what Jon had to say…

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1 Nicole December 17, 2008 at 5:48 am

Thanks for a great post…and interview! I’ve had the opportunity to see them in person a few times for different events and they’re are an amazing family!

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2 tracey December 17, 2008 at 9:27 am

Good job, Janice. What a fun job you’ve created for yourself!

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3 Deb - Mom of 3 Girls December 17, 2008 at 9:28 am

I really enjoyed listening to these – thanks so much! Kate was here doing book signings last week and I wish I’d had a chance to go and see her in person – but I heard that the lines were so crazy that our neighbors waited for hours.

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4 Mom All Day - Robyn December 17, 2008 at 9:55 am

Cool I love that show! It was great to hear those! Nice job.

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5 Nicole December 17, 2008 at 10:21 am

Isn’t it funny how much kids love this show? My boys totally surprised me the first time they stayed “Jon & Kate Plus 8!” when we came across it looking for something to watch. They love it. And its so great to see a faith based family living out their daily life and being such an example to millions of viewers. Great interview, girls!

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6 Jessica December 17, 2008 at 11:06 am

I love Jon and Kate Plus 8!! It’s one of my favorite shows! Thanks for such a great interview!!!

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7 Petula December 17, 2008 at 2:34 pm

I love their show too. It’s funny about the kids watching it… I noticed that it catches the attention of my 3 and 4 year old as well as my teenager. Even the 1 year old may stop and watch for a minute. Great interview.

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8 Mommy Cracked December 17, 2008 at 4:05 pm

It was neat to get to hear Jon’s take on things. Thanks!

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9 Nikowa December 17, 2008 at 4:31 pm

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

I LOVE this show! They’re coming to ATL in March! Happy Bday to me!

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10 colleen December 17, 2008 at 10:44 pm

So excited that you used my question!!! Awesome to hear him answer it! Thanks so much!!!

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11 Cathy December 18, 2008 at 9:01 am

Great interview! And thanks so much for asking my question….that was so cool!!

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12 melissa December 18, 2008 at 9:26 am

These to parents are terrible. I feel so sorry for their children.. It is a same that these teo clowns pimp out their kids.

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13 Done With These Two December 18, 2008 at 9:45 am

Okay, so they’re only getting a family computer for Christmas. But Kate says she’s putting all the kid’s toys on layaway at Kmart. Jon says he bought toys from the kid’s lists online. He also had an interview talking about buying gifts through Microsoft’s Live Search. Kate told Alexis to put the Elmo doll she wanted on her Christmas list – which she shouldn’t have since they’re only getting a computer (which by the way, they already have two of as seen on their show). My head is spinning from all their lies!

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14 Estera December 18, 2008 at 12:28 pm

I love the show and it was so interesting to hear Jon talk.
I applaud them for been real in the show.
May God bless them.

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15 LAURA December 18, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Thank you so much for this wonderful interview!! It was great to hear Jon and his opinions outside of the interview chair.
Great questions as well! :)

To Florida,
It’s not necessary to bring the negativity from GWoP to a positive J and K site!

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16 BEE December 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm

What a great site and a great interview with Jon Gosselin! He was so down to earth and I truly appreciated his answers!

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17 californiamommy December 18, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Jon, don’t read the negative stuff here! I loved your interview and I love your show and family. You made some great points. You are one awesome Dad! God Bless you and your beautiful family.

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18 Kristin December 18, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Kaila loves this show. I really think the kiddos love it more then anyone!

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19 Heidi December 18, 2008 at 9:11 pm

We love this show in my house. Thanks for the interview!

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20 casual friday everyday December 20, 2008 at 5:14 pm

I really like this family and it was such a treat to listen to this podcast. I don’t care what all the “haters” say, I think they are all such a lovely family with real personalities, quirks and such like us all.

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21 Sharyn December 20, 2008 at 11:09 pm

They are such TAKERS!
They’re full of it, liars & takers….thats it!

They have such a HUGE sense of entitlement, its pathetic. Never so much as a thank you as they shut down amusement parks because the STARS need to be there alone, and not with their adoring, poor public staring at them.

To keep acting as if they’re poor, tired parents is a travesty.
When they actually have gotten: A FREE tummy tuck, trips to Disney, Skiing,beaches & beach houses, toys,clothes, they’re BOTH NON-working, have a chef, house cleaner and now a 1.3 MILLION DOLLAR home/30 acre compound GIVEN to them!

Oh & MUCH MUCH more….(hairplugs when their kids were home VERY ill)

But, they’ll have you believe show after show that they’re poor, over worked, struggling parents…complete lies!

Don’t believe? Look into it.
“Google is a wonderful thing”

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22 Dionne December 20, 2008 at 11:20 pm

Yes Jon, EVERYONE has a story.
But not everyone has a TRUE story, eh?
How many different stories are there just about your Christmas alone?

First Kmart layaway, then “One big family gift” (Microsoft, of course…..CASH that check, Jon)

Now, buying “ALL the gifts” online? “who wants to go to the mall?” MALL? huh?

Excuse Me?? What happened to ONE gift?
What happened to Kmart….(who happen to PAY you to say the word Kmart at least once a day)?

Now, you go & shop at a site that offers money back (HAD to get that in there didnt you?) you people are pathetic, money grubbing liars!

Enjoy your FREE- MILLION DOLLAR home in this “bad economy” Jon & Kate……don’t work too hard now.

Oh, thats right, you DON’T work, do you?

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23 Michelle December 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Jon & Kate or “KON” as they are becoming known- are going to realize someday what they’ve done to those 8 kids who earn them a living.
They may not CARE, but they’ll realize.

Enjoy all your freebies that are being bought with your children’s childhoods.

You are both reprehensible, greedy & unappreciative gluttons.

Yes, I said it…..and I’m sorry to all their so-called “fans”.

Though why you would be a “fan” of a talentless couple who took fertility treatments, had 6 kids at once, then went on to take every single FREE thing sent their way & then LIE & pretend to still be struggling, I can NOT imagine.

The only child who seems to get any REAL attention or affection that isn’t obviously staged for the cameras is the precious “Hannie”.

Yes, she’s beautiful, but so are ALL the others….including the “icky” boys (as Kate likes to call them)

So, KON, enjoy your million dollar home, all those FREE trips, and all the clothes, toys and any other FREE thing you can squeeze out of your 15 mins of fame-aka-your children’s childhood.

It was SOOO lovely of you to take those toys that you DIDN’T. EVEN. PAY. FOR. to St. Jude’s. Soooo generous. How about forking over some REAL cash of your OWN to a charity after all that has been done for & given to you?

No? I didn’t think so…….

The truth WILL out.

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24 me December 31, 2008 at 11:37 am

WOW talk about product placement!! Its so obvious that he is endorsing microsoft during this interview.Its very annoying that he will be getting that laptop for free because he made a deal with them to advertise during interviews and whatnot in exchange for free stuff as usual. They are definitely getting way more than one big xmas gift for the family.

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25 BECKI June 12, 2009 at 11:17 pm

PLEASE SOMEONE TALK TO THESE PARENTS OF THESE WONDERFUL CHILDREN.I HAVE NOT HEARD ANY TALK OF COUNCELING…PLEASE FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR CHILDREN, YOU OWE IT TO THEM TO NOT LET THESE THINGS DRAG YOU DOWN.MOST OF THE WORLD WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU ALL MAKE IT.YOU HAVE COME SO FAR. PLEASE HANG IN THERE AND TRY, TRY , DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MAKES THINGS WOKE BETWEEN YOU ALL, IT WON’T BE EASY, YOU DIDN’T GET WHERE YOU ARE AT OVER NIGHT, AND IT WON’T GET HEALTHY AGAIN OVERNIGHT.YOU OWE THOSE BABIES A MOM AND A DAD, HANG IN THERE AND SEE THIS FAMILY THRU THIS…

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