If you are a watcher of these things (and like me you’d never admit it), you might just know that Jon Gosselin continued his “I’m living in a cabin in the woods” tour on Oprah’s Where Are They Now. Now don’t get all excited. This wasn’t a nice sit down with the queen of talk herself. The format of the show runs like this: Oprah does a little intro to the segment (or a stand-up as it’s called in the biz), then they show a clip of the subject appearing on the Oprah show in the past, then a series of questions are asked by a producer and they edit together a little piece on what the person is doing now. Easy peasy. So Oprah didn’t get to view Jon’s cabin in the woods first hand, or maybe she heard of Jon’s recent gun incident and decided to send a minion out to do the job. Who knows?
Oprah started out the segment by saying Jon and Kate plus 8 ruled cable TV back in the day. Which is true – they were pioneers in reality TV. Then she aired a clip of the first time Jon, Kate and the kids appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2008. It was bittersweet to see those little kids scamper around Oprah’s couch with both their Mom and Dad by their side. In the flash from the past, Jon said “We both are the disciplinarian”, and Kate made a joke about three being the new two, when it came to dealing with the terrible twos. Kate was rockin’ her reverse mullet, and Jon still had hair. Those were the days.
Now on to the Jon interview. It was pretty basic. Jon has clothes for the kids when they visit him and the camera showed some flip flops and coats by the door. Jon has bonfires for the kids and the camera showed him putting twigs in a fire pit. Jon has a chore chart. Jon has learned from Hansel and Gretel that a trail of bread crumbs gets eaten by birds, so he has installed a state-of-the-art piece of twine in the bush so the kids can find their way back to the house when they go to the creek. Jon seems to have
rewritten, er… forgotten a couple of things from the past, especially when he said he took the kids off the show because he didn’t want his divorce to be filmed. Or maybe he didn’t know his lawyer sent TLC a “let Jon out of his contract or we’ll take the kids off the show” fax. He also said he and Kate don’t talk (but he wishes her well) and neither knows what is going on at the other’s house. Which again is contradictory to the statement in his recent answer to the lawsuit Kate has filed against him. Jon’s attorney says the kids told Jon that Kate threw out his stuff at her house, so that would tend to indicate the kids tell him what is going on at Kate’s house. He also said he is looking for an IT job and waiting tables in the meantime. Oops, Jon just recently told a local PA reporter that he didn’t miss IT.
He also said it was a misconception he was a party guy. I guess he is forgetting about another stop in his recent “I live in a cabin in the woods” tour, where he coyly told ET’s Brooke Anderson that he still partied but on a “different level”, referring to his former Las Vegas and French Riviera partying. He also said he never cheated on his wife.
The only thing that stood out in the interview is, Jon said:
“.. and yes, they have trust funds, and they’re taken care of educationally, great, but developmentally, they had problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people, and they have problems with wants and needs and um, manners and morals and what’s right and what’s wrong, of course.”
Yup he actually said his kids have problems with manners and morals. WTF? Who says their kids have problems with morals or even manners for that matter. What was he thinking? What kind of morality problems can a 9 year old have?
So to recap: Jon lives in a cabin in the woods. Jon and Kate don’t talk, the kids have problems with morals, and he has made a fail-safe device to insure they return home safely from the creek. Just another interview in the woods with Jon Gosselin.