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'Today' Needs to End its Kate Gosselin Addiction

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 4th 2010 4:02PM
Kate Gosselin on 'Today' June 4The other day, I wrote about how Fox might find they have diminishing returns with 'Glee' when it enters its third season. Well, the same can be said of the 'Today' show and what seems to be their favorite guest, Kate Gosselin.

It feels like every couple of months, Kate appears in Studio 1A, all coiffed, perma-tanned and ready to bear her feelings to Meredith Vieira or whoever happens to be there that day. She did it just this morning, coming on to promote her return to TLC in 'Kate Plus 8' and to yet again flog her book, 'I Just Want You To Know.'

Here's the problem: She did the same thing in April, promoting the book as well as her appearance on 'Dancing with The Stars.' In fact, in the year or so since Kate's marriage to the Ed Hardy-lovin' Jon Gosselin started to dissolve (yes, I know ... where does the time go?), Kate has been on 'Today' a whopping six times, including the excerpts from the TLC special she did with Natalie Morales. That's approximately once every other month. She's been on so often, I'm starting to think she should be in the promos with Matt, Meredith, Al and Ann.

The impact of each of these interviews, however, lessens every time Kate comes on the air. Last year, everyone wanted to hear from Kate as Jon was caught philandering around and spiking his hair. She was the wronged wife, and whether we liked her or not, we wanted to hear from her.

After the divorce we wanted to hear from her because we wanted to see if she was going to break down and sob all over the set. At the very least, we wanted to see if she decided to throw caution to the wind and ditch that oddball hairstyle that was her signature through the last few years of her marriage and the 'Jon and Kate Plus 8' series.

Now, we just don't care. Or at least less of us care. I certainly don't.

'Today' keeps going to this well for the obvious reason: ratings. But how many times can they keep doing this and expecting people to watch? As it was, this appearance wasn't hyped with the fanfare that they had used with previous appearances. This time around, Kate was essentially just another celebrity promoting a new project, on the same level as a Jaimie Foxx or Sarah Jessica Parker.

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I'm starting to wonder if Kate has crossed over into the "how can we miss you if you never leave?" stage of her career. On PopEater a couple of months ago, I said that Kate might as well cash in on her fame now, given the fact that raising eight kids costs a buttload of money. But there are ways to take advantage of the fame without going through emotionally-wrenching interviews every other month. She doesn't need to flog every single project she has. She can just do her series, go on her book tours and do her dancing contests. The more she does these "exclusive" interviews, the closer she'll get to the point where audiences are going to start to tune her out.

But 'Today' needs to stop being her enabler. If they know what's good for them, they need to wean themselves from their Kate addiction now. I'm sure there will be more than enough material to fill the space; Kirstie Alley can't be ticked at them forever.

Is the 'Today' show overdoing it with Kate?

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TJ

Kate is like nails on a chalkboard...Makes you want to scream...Any Mother that uses and abuses her children like she does not deserve to be called a Mother...I saw a clip of the older two girls and they looked so sad...You can tell they do not want to be there...You never see Kate with anyone in her or Jon's family or playmates of the children...This tells you a lot about Kate...No family on friends excpet for paid help...Give those kids a break and take them off TV...Let Kate expolit herself she is an adult...the kids deserve a normal life with privacy and friends...So sad...

July 12 2010 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Anne

Kate is still a nut job. By her own admissions she had her husband hen pecked. She has a mean streak a mile wide and I find her distasteful to say the least. Why does NBC keep bringing her to the today show? She really has nothing to offer anyone. I refuse to watch her show on TLC and I refuse to buy or even read her books. She is insane

July 12 2010 at 10:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wulfn1

Really?! just "Today"?.... I am sick of hearing, seeing and reading about this loser and her gaggle of gosselins. Please, find a new loser to focus on America.

June 07 2010 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dianecarol

I stopped watching Today when they interviewed Drew Petersen from Chicago. I heard recently that they gace the stage to the state dinner crashers. Today is no longer a respectable news source, just another hack show. As for Kate Gosselin, if I never see her on TV again, it will be too soon.

June 05 2010 at 10:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GL

I was sick of her before she ever came on TV.

June 05 2010 at 7:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
nb

Don't forget "The View". Kate it's on there way too much!

June 05 2010 at 9:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
karenlee818

THANK GOD! YOU HAD THE COURAGE TO STATE THE OBVIOUS! WHO ISN'T sick and tired of Kate Gosselin>? WHY should anybody CARE what she has to say about anything?

For the LOVE OF GOD, let's ALL tune her PERMANENTLY out.

June 04 2010 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BC McKinney

Kate is baring her feelings. Meredith is the one who has to bear them.

June 04 2010 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pam

I've canceled my subscription to People Magazine for the same reason. SO sick of her!

June 04 2010 at 4:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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