The ‘Dancing with the Stars’ reality TV show borrows the well-televised drama from ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’ to fuel its own ratings buzz. While Kate Gosselin will dance, Jon Gosselin has received a laughable Playgirl offer. Who is using whom?
‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 10 Includes Kate Gosselin
Season 10 of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 22. The stars include Playboy Playmate Pamela Anderson, ESPN Sportscaster Erin Andrews and Kate Gosselin, former reality TV star of ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8.’
The official ‘Dancing with the Stars’ reality TV Web site refers to Kate Gosselin as a “sought-after speaker” and author of a new book that hits the stores in spring. Viewers of ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’ know her as a polarizing figure, whose claim to fame is being married to Jon Gosselin, giving birth to sextuplets and having her every move televised.
Gosselin = Reality TV Bonanza?
Kate Gosselin’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ profile page already shows 464 comments that range from foul language to good luck wishes. By comparison, Erin Andrews thus far only garnered 58 comments – in spite of her involuntary starring role in the Erin Andrews Peephole Video. Pamela Anderson is a bit more popular with 198 comments.
Jon and Kate Gosselin Pigeonholed?
Kate’s inclusion in the season 10 lineup of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ follows on the heels of being dropped from ‘Momlogic,’ a show that the Boston Herald compares to a mom-focused version of ‘The View.” At the time, Gosselin was believed to be too controversial for the genre.
Jon Gosselin is not doing any better. The New York Daily News reports that he received a laughable $20,000 offer from Playgirl for a photo session. The women’s nudie magazine publicized that its decision was due to the former reality star’s physique as well as the fact that his image was sinking.
Analyzing the Use of ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’ Fame Against the Backdrop of Former Reality TV Stars
Television is unkind to its reality TV stars. While they are offered goods, services and money in exchange for participation in reality television, their lives become open books and they themselves turn into marketable commodities. They may be used, dropped and reused at the producers’ whims. Entertainment Weekly outlines the whereabouts of former reality TV stars, and it is obvious that human nature takes a beating when it becomes a commodity.
Evan Marriott of ‘Joe Millionaire’ fame experienced serious upset in his dating relationships; Barbara Held of ‘Baby Borrowers’ still justifies her decision to use her 21-months old toddler as a reality TV show prop and “lend” him to strangers. The rawest deal was had by drug addict Matt Kennedy Gould of ‘Joe Schmo Show’ fame who was mocked and ridiculed from the get go; he’s soured on show business.
It is unclear what will happen to Kate Gosselin on ‘Dancing with the Stars;’ that being said, her reputation as the contentious wife on ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’ will continue to follow her for a long time.
‘Dancing with the Stars’ reality TV website. “Kate Gosselin” (accessed March 5, 2010)
Boston Herald. “Kate Gosselin canned from new TV gig” (accessed March 5, 2010)
New York Daily News. “Jon Gosselin’s measly $20K offer to pose nude for Playgirl would be more ‘novelty than a sexy shoot'” (accessed March 5, 2010)
Entertainment Weekly. “10 Reality Stars: Where They Are Now” (accessed March 5, 2010)