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Jon & Kate Plus A Whole Lot Of Hate

Back in 2007, the Discovery Health Channel premiered Jon & Kate Plus 8, a series following the daily lives of a couple with one set of twins and one set of sextuplets. At the start of its third season, the show was moved to TLC and by the fifth season, the series became one of the network’s highest-rated programs, with a record 9.8 million viewers tuning in for the season’s premiere.

Then, in 2009, the show threw in its biggest plot twist yet: divorce.

The sixth season aired under the new name, Kate Plus 8, featuring Kate Gosselin as a single mother raising eight children with occasional appearances by Jon.  In 2011, the show announced its final season, after receiving numerous letters from Jon’s attorneys demanding immediate cease of production and evacuation from his property, which was owned by both Jon and Kate at the time.

But the show’s finale did not put an end to Kate’s quest for stardom.

THEN                                               NOW

In addition to continuing the show for two more seasons after the divorce, Kate attempted to launch a talk show with Paula Deen and a new TLC show called Twist of Kate. She has co-hosted the View at least three times and appeared on Dancing With The Stars, Say Yes to the Dress, and Celebrity Wife Swap with Kendra Wilkinson.

Not to mention her many appearances on the cover of People Magazine.

Most recently, she released her fourth book and first cook book, Kate Gosselin’s Love Is In The Mix.

Jon, on the other hand, claims he “lives in the woods” with no address, internet, or cable and works at a Pennsylvania restaurant as a waiter.

“I wish her the best in all that she does,” Jon stated on the OWN show, “but [we’re] just moving in totally two different directions, just totally not on the same page at all about anything.”

Jon also told OWN that he fears his kids have development issues with their peers and “wants and needs, and manners and morals and what’s right and what’s wrong,” due to growing up on television.

Jon statements led Kate to respond on her blog by writing, “I find it very heartbreaking that my children’s father chooses a public forum to discuss his current opinions of the ‘development’ of our children.”

However, Kate admitted to TODAY that two of her children have anger issues, but are not related to their on screen appearances. In fact, she persisted that it would be “in their best interest to remain reality TV regulars.”

In August, Kate filed a lawsuit against Jon “accusing her ex-husband of stealing a hard drive from her house and using the information contained therein to hack into her personal computer and cell phone”. Kate accused Jon of leaking the information to tabloid reporter, Robert Hoffman, who wrote “Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World.”

Five days ago, Kate dropped the lawsuit against Jon, but continues to press charges against Hoffman.

It’s been more than four years since the Gosselin’s divorce, however the couple’s troubles seem anything but over. As the most recent lawsuit between the two comes to a close, we can’t help but wonder when the next one will open up.

What do you think? Will the couple ever be able to settle their differences? Did reality television create development issues for their children? Will Kate ever stop chasing her desire for fame?

Intervention: Inspiring or Insensitive?

Over eight years and 243 episodes later, A&E finally pulled the plug on one of its most successful shows, Intervention; however, as the show comes to a close, the stars of it live on (or at least, the majority of them).

From substance abuse to compulsive shopping, Intervention covered nearly every kind of addiction imaginable. Although each story featured different people with different stories, the storyline remained the same throughout every episode, every season following a pattern of observation, intervention, & rehabilitation.

Intervention exposed each individual at their lowest point, revealing their past, filming the present, and leaving the future in their hands.

So, what did the future hold?

According to A&E, 156 individuals are currently sober of the 243 interventions conducted since its premiere in March of 2005– a figure just under 65%.

Allison

Allison (Season 5, Episode 69) may be the most famous episode of Intervention ever. As a pre-med student studying to be a surgeon, Allison was forced to drop out after being unable to cope with her addiction to inhalants. Allison would huff up to ten duster cans per day, an addiction that is almost unheard of considering 22% of people who die from inhalants die are first-time users, according to Foundation for a Drug Free World. In other words, nearly 1/4 of people who try inhalants die at the very first breath.

Today, Allison remains sober, but still feels that some of the actions taken against her during Intervention were unfair. In her follow-up video, she explains that, “just because you’re sober doesn’t mean life is any easier”.

And the numbers go to show you that not every story is a successful one–at least ten post-intervention deaths have occurred.

For Dillion Brewer (Season 3, Episode 40), his addiction to meth eventually led to his suicide after assaulting his girlfriend & stepfather and then holding a standoff with authorities.

But nonetheless, 65% is more than half of the shows contenders.

Sarah (Season 8, Episode 114), an oxycodone using mother, Mikeal (Season 11, Episode 150), a full blown-heroin addict, and Elena (Season 12, Episode 175), a methamphetamine and prescription drug abuser, all have found serenity after their interventions & remain sober today.

Intervention is a five-time PRISM Award-winning series and was awarded the Emmy® for Outstanding Reality Series in 2009. With such dramatic & disturbing events, it’s no wonder why these people’s lives serve as such a strong form of entertainment.

However, the question arises if the show actually was inspiring or insensitive to those featured. Because now, we are forever invested in the lives of the people Intervention exposed without their knowledge, whether they like it or not.

For some, Intervention may have truly saved their lives, but for others, publicizing their problems may have only worsened their condition.

For more updates on the stars of intervention, check out A&E’s Follow-Up Videos.