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Kate Gosselin

Kate Gosselin
Kate and Jon Gosselin in 2008
Born Katie Irene Kreider[1][2]
(1975-03-28) March 28, 1975 [3][4]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Residence Wernersville, Pennsylvania
Education The Reading Hospital and Medical Center
Occupation Television personality, author
Known for Jon & Kate Plus 8
Kate Plus 8
Spouse(s) Jon Gosselin (1999–2009) (divorced)[5][5]
Children Cara Nicole
Madelyn Kate
Alexis Faith
Hannah Joy
Aaden Jonathan
Collin Thomas
Leah Hope
Joel Kevin
Kate+ my 8

Katie Irene "Kate" Gosselin (née Kreider; born March 28, 1975) is an American television personality. She achieved national and international recognition on the US reality TV show Jon & Kate Plus 8, in which she and Jon Gosselin are profiled as they raise their atypical family of sextuplets and twins.[6]


Kate Kreider was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the second of five children (Kendra, Christen, Clairissa and Kevin) of Charlene (née Kolak) and Kenton Eugene Kreider.[2] Her father is a pastor.

Kreider met Jon Gosselin at a company picnic on October 5, 1997. They were married on June 12, 1999. On October 8, 2000, she gave birth to twin girls (Cara and Madelyn) who were at 35 weeks gestation five weeks premature.[7] Gosselin became pregnant through fertility treatment because polycystic ovary syndrome left her unable to conceive otherwise. After further treatments, Gosselin became pregnant again and she gave birth to sextuplets (sons, Aaden, Collin, and Joel, and daughters, Leah, Alexis, and Hannah) on May 10, 2004, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She gave birth at just shy of 30 weeks gestation. The sextuplets were born 10 weeks premature, which is common in the multiple births that result from fertility treatments. The early birth required that the six infants be placed on ventilators.[8] According to her newest book, Kate revealed that very early in the pregnancy there were seven embryos, but one did not develop.


Gosselin became a registered nurse after completing a diploma program at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. She then worked as a labor and delivery nurse at Reading Hospital until 2004.[8]

Reality TV

Kate and family on the cover of KoreAm in May 2007

Following the birth of the sextuplets, the Gosselins were featured in the NBC reality TV show Home Delivery when their home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, was renovated to accommodate the large family.[6]

The family was then featured in a special on Discovery Health in September 2005 entitled Surviving Sextuplets and Twins. A year later they were featured in another special entitled Sextuplets and Twins: One Year Later. With high ratings from the specials, Discovery Health signed the couple to a reality series that aired beginning in April 2007, called Jon & Kate Plus 8, which documented their lives. To produce the show, the family was filmed for three or four days per week. The show's first two seasons aired on Discovery Health Channel and then moved to The Learning Channel (TLC).[6] The family received payment for appearing on the show.[9]

On June 22, 2009, an extended one-hour episode was aired. The Gosselins announced that they were separating. The two had met with Pennsylvania attorneys on the day that the episode aired to finalize plans for divorce rather than separation.[10] They stated that their eight children will remain in their Pennsylvania home, and the two of them will move back and forth to accommodate the custody agreement. On December 16, 2009, it was announced that the couple's divorce was finalized.[11] Kate had been granted the ownership of the family home and primary custody of the children.[12] In separate interviews, they stated that the show would continue; however, TLC announced on June 23, 2009, that the show would be placed on hiatus effective immediately. According to TLC, Jon and Kate had moved the focus away from the family and the change in the dynamic, as well as the production difficulties that had occurred because the couple was no longer living together, made it unclear whether the show was still viable.[13]

On September 29, 2009, TLC announced the title of the show would be changed from Jon & Kate Plus 8 to Kate Plus 8, and would follow Gosselin as a single mother. Jon would continue to appear, albeit infrequently, on the show. The last episode was a season five finale on November 23, 2009, because of Jon's decision to stop filming.[14] Reruns of the show still air on TLC.

Kate Gosselin filmed a talk show pilot with Paula Deen in September 2009. By the end of 2009, it had not been picked up by a television network. In late December 2009 it was also announced that Gosselin was no longer being considered for a role in the planned show because she was deemed "too controversial" by show executives.[15] Gosselin was a contestant on the tenth season of the television show Dancing With The Stars[16] and had expressed a strong desire to remain on the show and win despite widespread criticism of her dancing.[17] She was partnered with Tony Dovolani. She was eliminated from the competition on April 20, 2010.

In April 2010 TLC announced Gosselin would be getting her own show called Twist of Kate. The series will feature her traveling the country, visiting mothers who have written her letters about their stories.[18] TLC has a new series of specials planned called Kate Plus 8. However an unknown source told Life and Style magazine that Twist of Kate and her other reality specials had been cancelled, however season 2 of Kate Plus 8 premiered on November 28, 2010.[19] TLC's reps and Gosselin have denied the claims, saying that neither show has been cancelled.[20]

Shortly after Gosselin was eliminated from Dancing With the Stars, rumors began flying that she would be featured on the upcoming edition of the popular TV show The Bachelorette. However, several people denied this, including the show's creator, Mike Fleiss, and a representative for TLC. They did however, state that it would be interesting to place her in the show.[21]

On June 24, it was announced that Gosselin would be back as a co-host on The View on July 2, on which she has previously co-hosted twice.[22]

In August 2011, it was announced that Kate Plus 8 would not be returning to TLC in September. The final episode of the show aired on September 12, 2011.

Kate and her children were on the Celebrity Wife Swap on February 26, 2013 where Kate switched places with Kendra Wilkinson.


Gosselin has also written three non-fiction books. Her first book, written with Jon Gosselin and Beth Carson, was published in November 2008, titled: Multiple Blessings. It debuted at number five on New York Times Best-Seller list, and sold over 500,000 copies by the end of 2009.[23] Her second book, Eight Little Faces, was released in April 2009, and also debuted at number five on the New York Times Best-Seller list.[23] Her third book, titled I Just Want You To Know was released on April 13, 2010, selling approximately 10,000 copies in its first week and debuting at number 103 on The New York Times Best-Seller list.[23] Gosselin was a contributing blogger to CouponCabin for one year starting November 2011. "Kate has embraced coupons her entire life", said Jackie Warrick, president at, according to the press release. "We look forward to sharing the unique insight she has gained over the years".[24] However, in October 2012, she was released from this position because "Ms. Gosselin is simply not a good fit"[25] in the position.


  • Multiple Blessings (November 1, 2008)
  • Eight Little Faces (April 2009)
  • I Just Want You to Know (April 13, 2010)
  • Love is in the Mix (September 4, 2013)


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Surviving Sextuplets and Twins Herself One-hour special
2006 Sextuplets and Twins: One Year Later Herself One-hour special
2007–2009 Jon & Kate Plus 8 Herself Reality series
2008 Say Yes to the Dress Herself One episode
2010 Dancing with the Stars Herself Competitive reality series
2010–2011 Kate Plus 8 Herself Reality series
2013 Celebrity Wife Swap Herself One episode
2014 Kate Plus Eight: Sextuplets Turn 10 Herself 2 One-hour specials
2014 Celebrity Apprentice Herself Competitive reality series


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  6. ^ a b c Remo, Jessica. "SHOW BIZ: JON + KATE + 8=$$$". Philadelphia Magazine. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
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  8. ^ a b Neal, Rome (May 14, 2004). "Couple Finds Joy Of Sextuplets". CBS News. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  9. ^ Boodman, Sandra G. "For This Brood, It's Chaos Times 8". Washington Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  10. ^ "Gosselin Divorce Papers Filed". People. Retrieved June 22, 2009. 
  11. ^ Gosselin divorce: Judge finalises reality stars' split, BBC News, December 19, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  12. ^ Dale, Maryclaire. Jon, Kate Gosselin divorce final, Toronto Star, December 21, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  13. ^ Jon and Kate Plus 8 episode 98 "Houses & Big Changes" season 8 episode 6, originally transmitted Monday 25 June 2009
  14. ^ "'Jon & Kate Plus 8' to dump Jon, become 'Kate Plus 8'". The Star Ledger - Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  15. ^ Herald Wire Services. Kate Gosselin canned from new TV gig, Boston Herald, December 24, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  16. ^ 'Dancing With the Stars' Celebrity and Professional Pairs Revealed!, ABC News, March 2, 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  17. ^ "Kate Gosselin Won't Quit Dancing with the Stars – Erin Andrews Vows to Continue, Win". National Ledger. April 12, 2010. Retrieved Apr 14, 2010. 
  18. ^ Breanne L. Heldman (April 8, 2010). "Kate Plus 8 Returns! Gosselin Lands New TLC Show and Specials". E! Online. Retrieved February 5, 2012. 
  19. ^ Has Kate Gosselin’s Show ‘Twist of Kate’ Been Canceled? Hollywood Life
  20. ^ Kate Gosselin Confirms Shows Not Cancelled Gather
  21. ^ Schwartz, Missy (2010-06-16). "Kate Gosselin as the next Bachelorette? Please spare us the pain". Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  22. ^ "Kate Gosselin Returns to Co-Host The View". 
  23. ^ a b c "News – Kate Gosselin's New Book Bombs – Celebrity News". Retrieved 2010-09-27. 
  24. ^ Chaney, Jen (November 3, 2011). "News – Kate Gosselin has a new job: coupon blogger". Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
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