Kate Gosselin of TLC’s past hit show “Jon and Kate Plus Eight” has suffered some cringe-worthy moments on TV. So, in light of the recent announcement that Kate and her eight kids will be returning to the cable network this June for a one night, hour-long catch-up special, we’re taking a look back on five outrageous moments in Kate’s past that make us wonder how the reality TV star will shock viewers again when the special airs this summer.
1. “Neither Have I”
While preparing for an Access Hollywood interview in June 2009 with all eight of her children, one of the twins, Mady, tells her mother that she wants water and that she hasn’t had water all day, to which Kate answers angrily, saying, “Neither have I.” Viewers were outraged by Kate’s obvious neglect and shocked by her sudden burst of anger at her young child who was simply telling her mother that she was thirsty.
2. Shopping Trip
Kate displayed her dominance over Jon when the former couple went shopping at Toys R Us with their kids in tow. In a frightening moment of fury, Kate begins barking orders at her then-husband as if he were her dog and she was his master, beckoning him to “come.” Viewers felt sorry for Jon, who reacted rather calmly considering how terribly he was being treated.
3. Party Time
In the episode “Kate’s Night Out”, which aired in 2011, Kate and her friend Jamie go on a wild partying spree, taking viewers for a ride through two days of heavy drinking and wacky behavior. The public was stunned by Kate’s utter lack of judgment and saddened that this mom, who was once a great source of inspiration to mothers everywhere, could behave so irresponsibly.
4. Going Gay
In an August 2011 appearance on the Joy Behar Show, Kate was being interviewed on her love life following her bitter public divorce in 2009. When Kate responded that she was having trouble finding a man, Joy Behar jokingly suggested the reality TV star give up on men and become a lesbian. Kate shockingly agreed that going gay may be her last resort in finding love. While she was most likely kidding, the gay community didn’t appreciate the mom of eight cracking jokes about her becoming a lesbian.
5. Awkward Silence
In January 2014, Kate Gosselin and her now 13-year-old twin daughters, Mady and Cara, made an appearance on the “Today” show to discuss the family’s developments since “Kate Plus Eight” ended back in 2011. But when the girls were asked the simple question of how the family had been doing, an awkward silence followed, leading Kate feeling obligated to press the girls into answering the question. When both of the girls maintained their silence, Kate, appearing humiliated, spoke for the girls’ happiness while the girls almost robotically agreed. The uneasiness begs the public to question if the girls are truly happy or if Kate makes them say they are.
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