Wednesday Morning Update

The City: Whitney Port and her rocker boyfriend, Jay Lyon, broke up on Monday.

Whitney Port/Exposay.com

Whitney Port/Exposay.com

Dancing With the Stars: Belinda Carlisle is the first celebrity cut from the show…Celebrity dancer Steve-O says he’s feeling better after his back injury.

America’s Next Top Model: Tyra promises a second chance for models that had to leave audition due to a riot.

Real Housewives of New York City: Housewife Bethenny Frankel says the rumor she is dating baseball player Alex Rodriguez is untrue, but wouldn’t mind if he called…And a little bit more about how Bethenny stays so thin…LuAnn bashes the editing of the show in an interview with W magazine…Housewife Alex McCord was laid off from her job at Victoria’s Secret.

American Idol: Is there a juicy tell-all book in the works? (I hope so.)…Judge Paula Abdul says she’s looking for a soulmate, wants children…A recap of this week’s show…ousted Idol contestant Jorge Nunez blames a cultural differences on being voted off.

Millionaire Matchmaker: Man featured on the show says he’s happy the show allowed him to show off his resort.

Top Chef: Former cheftestant Carla Hall talks about how she stays skinny and eats what she wants.

Jon and Kate Plus 8: A recap of Monday night’s episode…TLC is capitalizing on the show’s success.

The Hills: Spencer tells the View ladies that Heidi’s mom really doesn’t like him.

The Real World: Brooklyn: Housemate Ryan Conklin said he’s excited to be called to duty in Iraq.

Random bits: Get ready for the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Tuesday Morning Update

Real Housewives of New York: Housewife and stuck-up socialite Kelly Killoren Bensimon was arrested for allegedly hitting her boyfriend.

Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Dancing With the Stars: Check out former Girls Next Door star Holly Madison and Bachelor reject Melissa Rycroft on the show’s Monday premiere….Another recap of the show with Melissa gushing about the experience.

The City: Is heartbroken Whitney Port ready for life in the big city?

Jon and Kate Plus 8: Jon Gosselin denies marital troubles.

American Idol: The season really begins now…Entertainment Weekly has advice for the final 13.

Survivor: Camera-operator has seizure while interviewing Jeff ProbstSurvivor: China winner Todd Herzog is dating a Spencer from Survivor: Tocantins.

The Amazing Race: Ousted racers Amanda and Kris talk about being on the show.

Real World: A fascinating look at what it’s like to audition for the Real World.

Monday Morning Update

Jon and Kate Plus 8: In Touch Weekly reports that Jon and Kate are having marital problems.

Melissa Rycroft/ABC

Melissa Rycroft/ABC

Dancing With the Stars: Rejected Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft’s 15 minutes of fame aren’t over yet — she will be on Dancing With the Stars.

Top Chef: Check out Season Five runner-up Stefan’s new clothing line.

The Bachelorette: Former Bachelorette and Bachelor star Trista Sutter says she’s hoping her second baby won’t be premature…Check out pictures from Trista’s baby shower…Former Bachelorette final rose winner Jesse Csincsak will be on America’s Most Wanted.

The Bachelor: Jason says he’s “not happy” with the criticism he’s received.

The Hills: Lauren says being on the show felt like leading a double life.

American Idol: Kanye West and Kelly Clarkson will be on the show on Wednesday.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Housewife Sheree Whitfield is being sued for not paying her legal bills for her divorce…The new housewife will be Kandi Burruss, a successful singer and songwriter.

America’s Next Top Model: A recap of last week’s premiere episode…A big turnout in Jacksonville for auditions for next season.

Has fame ruined the authenticity of Jon and Kate Plus 8?

 

Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight children/TLC

Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight children/TLC

 

I’m a huge fan of TLC’s Jon and Kate Plus 8. I dig Kate’s bossy demeanor and can’t get enough of her cute-as-a-button kids. 

But I’m also familiar with the Gosselin haters out there, the ones that believe she treats her children like commodities to make more money and think her bossy behavior emasculates her husband Jon.

I’ve finally read a great article on this very topic in Philadelphia Magazine which poses the question of: has the fame and the money made Jon and Kate less relatable and led to a backlash? It brings up the disappearance of Aunt Jodi and her friend Beth, and the noticeably more put-together Kate.

I still defend the show and Jon and Kate, but this article made me wonder what their exit strategy is. How long can this go on? Will they be so cute when they’re studying for their SATs or learning to drive a car? Will they stop before the backlash becomes so bad they can no longer profit from their fame with books and speaking engagements? 

What do you think, readers? Are Jon and Kate simply taking advantage of a good situation, trying to create the best life for their children with a nice house and robust college savings funds? Or have they gone too far?

Wednesday Morning Update

The Bachelor: Chris Harrison says Naomi thought the sea plane she rode in was a helicopter; reveals girls bring their own dresses, but can get their makeup done… I don’t agree with this, but someone has started a petition to make rejected bachelorette Stephanie Hogan the next Bachelorette… Rejected bachelorette Shannon Bair says she is back with her ex-boyfriend.

Jon and Kate Plus 8: Kate fumes over a shower nozzle, viewers fume over the fuming.

Survivor: The Brazilian Highlands season will force castaways to pick tribes completely on first impressions.

Top Chef: Casting begins for the show’s next season.

Random bits: Bromance star Brody Jenner makes out with girlfriend Playboy Playmate Jayde at a Super Bowl Party.

Monday Morning Update

Top Chef: Ousted chef Jeff says Hosea and Leah probably forgot the cameras were around when they kissed. NY Post thinks Stefan will be the winner. Jeff bashes judge Tom Colicchio.

Girls Next Door: Former Hugh Hefner girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson is working on a new reality show.

Real Housewives of New York City: Always-together couple Alex and Simon say their son will be featured more in season two.

The Bachelor: Chris Harrison says he tries to gently guide the bachelor during Rose Ceremony deliberations.

American Idol: Alleged names of the 36 semi-finalists are unveiled. Former Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson sings the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

Jon and Kate Plus 8: Kate gives advice to the California mother of octuplets.

Random bits: CBS to film reality show on desperate singles who are willing to enter into arranged marriages.

Wednesday Morning Update

America’s Next Top Model: Jezebel updates us on what all the former ANTM models are up to, with some doing runway and others doing cheesy photo shoots.

Sheree Whitfield/Bravo

Sheree Whitfield/Bravo

Real Housewives of Atlanta: Housewife Sheree Whitfield’s husband allegedly doesn’t pay his court-ordered child support and has squandered his fortune. Singer Usher’s wife and former Housewife DeShawn Snow will not appear in the show’s next season.

Top Chef: A recap of last week’s episode. Cheftestant Hosea and his girlfriend have broken up, possibly because of the flirting between him and fellow cheftestant Leah.

The City: More on new castmate Allie, who apparently is very forgiving. The show is renewed for a second season.

The Bachelor: A recap of Monday’s emotional episode. More on “man up” Megan, who was rejected by the Bachelor last week.

Project Runway: The next season may never air, but producers are shooting the big finale fashion show anyway.

Jon and Kate Plus 8: A recap of Monday’s episode on their new house.

American Idol: Scenes of auditions from Jacksonville, Fla. make it into the show. Judge Paula Abdul storms out of audition.

Random bits: New reality show explores the ancestry of celebrities.