Recently, Dadsroundtable.com scored an interview with reality TV dad Jon Gosselin. Jetts31 (also known as Jimmy) tracked the elusive Gosselin down via social media tool (and annoying-link-to-former-co-workers), LinkedIn. (Jon Gosselin’s on LinkedIn?!) Well, anyway that is the story Jetts31 tells and who am I to dispute it? Let’s just say that Jetts31 conducts somewhat of a softball interview with Jon. Not that there is anything wrong with that. There is no need to antagonize your interview subject and questions such as “how good is it to have a strong network of friends?” are likely to put your interviewee at ease and get him to open up. And boy, oh boy, does Gosselin open up. I encourage you to head over to Dadsrountable.com to read the whole thing yourself because it wasn’t until I read it through completely on my own that I could really appreciate the craziness. (I had read a recap earlier in Radar Online that didn’t begin to do the verbal diarrhea that comes out of Gosselin’s mouth justice). But, if you are not in the mood for self-punishment, let me touch on some of the uh, high points.
Jon Plays Fast and Loose with the Truth
“I quit the show so our divorce couldn’t be filmed. So there was no video record of the demise of our marriage and the insecurity of our children.” – Jon Gosselin, July 2013
Sorry, Jon, but most of your behavior at the time you quit filming contradicts that assertion. Remember a little reality show project called “Divorced Dads Club” that you were working on with Michael Lohan shortly after you quit filming? (Fun fact: your ex Kate Major eventually married Lohan and had his baby!) Oh, and there were also your ridiculous appearances on Entertainment Tonight where you were more than happy to discuss your divorce in detail and your relationship with the much younger Hailey Glassman. The low point came when you exploited the twins’ 9th birthday and told ET that it was going to be WWIII if you didn’t get your way regarding your plans for the twins’ birthday celebration. It’s pretty clear to those of us who have been around a while that you were furious with Kate and mad at TLC and didn’t want to work with either anymore. The kids’ well-being was far from foremost in your mind and your actions during that time demonstrate that.
The English Language is Hard for Jon
Just curious whether Jetts31 gave Jon an advance copy of the interview? Because there are quite a few quotes where poor Jon absolutely murders the English language. Here are some gems:
“But I’m still guarded. I still have laws, I still have back patterns, and I can’t tell you everything. I know my legalities and where I can get in trouble.”
“I feel you out and I’ll ask you questions at certain times and in different ways to see if you keep the same answer and I just keep it all straight in my head.”
“Do you know what I mean? It’s unconditional. You know, you don’t understand that if you’re not a parent so it’s like it’s a weird fence. It’s weird.”
So there you have it – “back patterns” “weird fence(s)” etc. Luckily, Jon is able to keep it all straight in his head. (Mine is throbbing though).
Jon Has a Pretty High Opinion of Himself
Honestly, I could have written a whole article about how arrogant Jon comes off in this interview, but I think I’ll just stick with one of my favorite parts. In at least two places in the interview, Jon mentions “working for the Governor.” I didn’t remember this factoid and I have a pretty good memory when it comes to Gosselin-related trivia (kind of sad, I know). So was high school graduate Jon an aide to Ed Rendell?! Wow, why would he have left such a lucrative job, especially when he had eight (8!) children to support? Sadly, The Internets contains few concrete answers to this mystery. I’m not normally a betting woman, but my guess is that perhaps Jon at one point (probably for a short time as his job stints seem to be) worked in the Governor’s office. See the difference there? Do you have friends that work in the federal government? Do they tell you they work for the President? No, they don’t because you’re sane and your friends are sane and Jon is….well, Jon is Jon.
Jon is a Gun Nut!
I’m sorry; I meant to say Jon is a gun owner. He doesn’t feel capable of protecting his kids without a gun on him. Sorry, this sends shivers down my spine, especially when later in the interview Jon says “…one day, I’m just going to snap.” I wish I had something witty to say about this, but truthfully, I find it pretty freakin’ scary.
Jon is a Hippie?
Gee, that doesn’t really fit with the gun nut persona, does it? Truthfully, I am just (jokily) calling Jon a hippie because he spends a good part of the interview letting us know that he isn’t beholden to The Man. Job? You can take your stinkin’ job. If a job isn’t working out for him, Jon just quits and doesn’t look back. His “former wife” (isn’t it mature that Jon can’t be bothered to call her by her given name once in the interview?) will take care of the (tedious) financials involved with raising eight children to adulthood – you know, the housing, food, clothing, medical, schooling costs – the little things, in other words. Jon is just focused on being there for his kids (according to the interview he sees them about 8 days a month). It is Jon’s assertion that Kate is “sitting on a pile of cash.” So why should he have to contribute?! Oh, and what does Jon have to say to others he may owe money to? “I have to take care of myself. And people are going to have to eat it.” That’s right baby, you’re number 1!
Jon Lets the Kids Google Themselves
According to Jon’s, um, logic, the kids can do this at school, so why not at his house too? This is a part of the interview, where I really wonder if Jon knows what the HECK is going on at his kids’ school? My understanding is the kids go to a very well regarded (and expensive) private school. Does he really think this school has no way to block certain websites from being available on their school network?! Didn’t Jon tell us earlier in the interview that he is a Network Administrator? Ok, I’m thinking, maybe Jon is right on this and I’m wrong (unlikely, but even a broken clock is right twice a day), but then he bizarrely shares that the kids also get US Weekly at school. Ok, Jon, now you are just pulling our legs! That said, Jon does have a point, eventually all eight kids are going to Google themselves (and their parents). I know they won’t like this article (I wouldn’t expect them to), but I want them to know not everyone in Gosselin Land sees everything black and white. Jon is a human being, not a monster. He’s flawed, like all of us. So here goes, I’m going to say a few good things about Jon:
-Of course, Jon loves his kids with all his heart.
-Jon seems to really revere his dad. I think his remembrances are sweet. He seems to want to embody his dad’s best qualities for his own kids.
-Jon is pretty easy-going (except on the subject of “former wife”).
-Jon seems to be trying to focus on a simple life and I think that’s something we can all aspire to.
-Jon’s take on reality TV is pretty spot on. He’s also right that TLC made hundreds of millions off the Gosselin family. He’s also right that Ed Hardy didn’t go under because of him.
Whew, ok, back to making fun of Jon.
Jon’s Career Plan is Concerning
When he is not fighting The Man, Jon assures us that he is going to get serious about his career when the kids go to college and he is 45 years old (“super young”, according to Jon). Notwithstanding the wise words of Geraldo Rivera who recently proclaimed “70 is the new 50”, being 45 years old and finally getting serious about your career is imprudent. (Actually, I think the word that I really want to use is stupid. It’s a really really stupid plan). The problem of age discrimination in employment isn’t a big secret. In fact, there is a federal law that attempts to deal with it (Age Discrimination in Employment Act). The sad fact is a 45-year-old with a spotty job history is going to have a rough go of it. I’m surprised that Jon doesn’t know this? Again, I’m having trouble coming up with anything funny to say here. Get a clue, Jon!
So there you have it. The first Jon Gosselin interview in quite a while and it was LOL entertaining, but there are a lot of questions unanswered. Such as, is he still with that girl, Liz? (sorry, I’m nosy!) Did they ever resolve the pit bull situation? And the big enchilada: how does Jon defend the allegations that have been made against him and his BFF, Robbie “Trashman” Hoffman? Also, when is Jon going to finally move on from the past? Maybe, we will finally get the answers when Jon responds to one of the other “millions of requests” for interviews that he supposedly gets!
Anya has written for ImperfectWomen.com since 2009. She dutifully follows current events and pop culture and loves having a platform to share her imperfect opinions.