Interview by Samantha
Last Wednesday I had the opportunity to interview the much talked about Jon Gosselin. We discussed everything from his Thanksgiving, to his controversial dating life. Speaking with Jon after watching the show for so long was a little surreal. We talked for almost a half hour and there were no stipulations regarding what I could or could not ask. He was open and friendly- just like the father of eight we met during season one of Jon and Kate Plus Eight. The following is part one of our two part interview.
IW- Welcome to Imperfect Women- How was your Thanksgiving?
JG– It was eventful. I was in Utah with friends. I missed my flight the day before and I wasn’t going to make it to my grandmother’s anyway because my flight would’ve come in at 6:30- to JFK. I would’ve had to drive across town to the west side and the Macy’s Day Parade was going on so there was no way. I landed at 6:30 at JFK- on the day of the Macy’s parade and I had to be in Pennsylvania. My grandmother’s is 5 hours from New York. My mom scheduled lunch for 11 and there was no way I could make it. If I had a helicopter I might have made it but that’s about it. So I spent it with family and friends in Utah and I flew home the next day. My mom, my brother, everyone came over to my house to see my kids and stuff the day after Thanksgiving. My brother just had a brand new baby so we were all celebrating that, it’s so cool, now my mom has 11 grandkids.
IW- Obviously this goes without saying but there’s so much out there about you right now, is there anything you would like to set the record straight about?
JG– I don’t have a wish list for dating. I don’t know where that came from, it’s so weird. I don’t have a wish list and those people aren’t on it even if I had a wish list. I date normal people, I don’t date celebrities. I don’t want all their baggage.
IW- The past year has been full of so many changes, can you tell us what the biggest adjustment has been?
JG– The attention from the past year, oh my goodness, I just want it to be over. I go from father of eight kids to playboy, blah, blah, blah – to having a wish list, to Michael Lohan. You know, people taking advantage for the whole year. I didn’t ask for this and I didn’t put myself in the media, it’s like people just write stuff about me, it’s ridiculous. I’m hoping after the divorce is settled and the TLC lawsuit is settled I can have a normal life and it will just go away. I don’t know what’s going to happen with TLC, I know I’ll be fine either way. I mean who sues their own talent? It’s ridiculous.
IW- I know things are difficult with TLC right now, but what’s the most positive thing to come from the show?
JG– Learning who your friends are. Your friends won’t burn you.
IW- If you had it to do over again, would you still have done the show?
JG– Idon’t know. People ask me this all the time. At the time, we were desperate, you know? So we did the show, it wasn’t that much money, it was only like $2,000 an episode . The first season was only eight episodes, that’s only sixteen grand. But that was $16,000 more than we had. The next season I think they paid us $4,000 an episode and it was12 episodes. A lot of people think we were millionaires but even if we did make millions we had to divide it up by ten.
I W- So may people feel like they know your family from watching the show. That has to be strange.
JG- Yeah, that’s the hardest part because if you go out of bounds or you live your life like you want to instead of the way the show has been edited then you’re hypocritical and you contradict what the show is. So, for instance in January my friend Deanna was driving my car and we get photographed. All of a sudden I’m having an affair? People didn’t know that my marriage was over in January. And you know this comes out, and they see the episodes the night before where we’re sitting on the couch and we’re all lovey-dovey and the next night I get photographed and it’s all over, so it looks contradictory, which is really hard. Technically that’s not reality TV, there is no true reality TV at all.
IW- Do you think that to an extent, TLC created characters?
JG- Absolutely. Totally. Kate was the mean one, I was the nice one- passive. I mean for the last four years they created fodder, they created arguments, they asked questions like you know, they’d just dig up dirt. They knew stuff that I did and Kate did and that would annoy us. They’d ask us questions about it and we didn’t know each other did it so then we’d be arguing. Or we’d be arguing that day and be forced to interview that night just for fodder. Of course. No one’s going to watch a show with two happy people. It doesn’t work.
IW- It seems like there’s a “curse” on reality TV marriages, not many seem to make it through.
JG- Our marriage would’ve failed anyway, I know that for a fact. It just would’ve taken a lot longer.
IW- Do you think the success of the show, or the money that came from it the last couple of seasons made it easier to end the marriage?
JG- I had this conversation with Kate. Before, we relied on each other and God. Then you throw money into the mix and you feel like you don’t have to rely on each other anymore because you can buy everything. That’s seriously what it comes down to, even though she won’t admit to that, but, it’s true. We did it all ourselves- season 1, 2, 3, 4. We didn’t have nannies. we didn’t hire our nanny till last October. She’s been there one year and before that we did it all ourselves. And now you have this person, and employees, and lawyers, and people do your laundry, you know? It’s crazy….. and chefs and all that stuff- and you feel like you need them but that’s not reality. You don’t really need them.
Later this week- PART TWO