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'Jon & Kate' Under Investigation

5/29/2009 2:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor is investigating whether "Jon & Kate Plus 8" is complying with child labor laws.

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A Labor Dept. spokesperson says there's been a complaint and they are investigating.

A TLC rep tells us, "TLC fully complies with all applicable laws and regulations. "Jon & Kate Plus 8" is no exception. For an extended period of time, we have been engaged in cooperative discussions and supplied all requested information to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor. We will continue to engage the appropriate officials and meet any standards or regulations that are applicable to TLC productions."

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76.

Why?    

Exactly anyone that watches the show can tell the children are happy and loved and well taken care of. You think they are complaining living in a mansion and having many toys etc? You all should feel horrible all this is doing is creating more cameras that everyone is complaining about. These children will have the opportunity to go to any college they wish thanks to this show. With so many children in need of real help except everyone wants to cash in on these children WHILE complaining that that's what their parents are doing. Why not use that energy for something else more positive? For children that actually need all this concern. When they are older no one will remember them they won't even remember - so end it.

1918 days ago
77.

Ken    

#82 has no clue how TV production works and just has an axe to grind against anyone who would say anything against Jon and Kate. You must work for the production company, TLC, or are just some inbred loser who lives through Kate.

To answer your question, kids seatbelted in a van are a captive audience, you idiot. Once they are strapped in, Jon and Kate can go back to fighting with each other until Kate is good and ready to leave.

When the kids are in rehab talking about how their earliest childhood memories were of mommy and daddy fighting all the time, TV cameras pointed in their face 24/7 and celebrating Christmas weeks before the actual holiday to accommodate production schedules, then some of you may understand how crappy their childhood truly is.

1918 days ago
78.

Why?    

Ken - that made absolutely NO SENSE! So are you telling me you work/worked for THIS SHOW and KNOW FOR FACT that's what happens? Or are you Kevin? Are you serious? Rehab? LOL! Wow! I don't remember crap from when I was 5 and I'm sure they won't and over their parents fighting? Please! Them most of the world would be in rehab. Such ludicrous stuff you must work for Us Weekly.

1918 days ago
79.

AwesomeDude    

Where have all those bleeding hearts been for the LAST 4 YEARS the show has been on. The only reason people are so up in arms about it now is because Mommy and Daddy are on the outs. Gee you would have thought those bleeding hearts would have been there long before this.

1918 days ago
80.

utsamom    

Ok this show has been on for a couple of years and now the child labor people are just looking into this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is it election time? Kate may irrate me but that is my problem, I truly believe that she and her Jon love those kids. If i had the oppurtunity to make that kind of money for my kids I would do it! God bless you both and the 8 lil angels you have. BACK OFF PEOPLE AND LET THIS FAMILY FIGURE OUT THIS MESS WITHOUT ALL OF US PUTTING OUR TWO CENTS IN!!

1918 days ago
81.

Momto5    

Finally! And yes, I DO hope this will have ripple effects for all other reality shows that showcase children. These despicable people are on tv for the sole purpose of showcasing their giant packs of children. These kids may be getting to do fun stuff, but they don't get to turn it off. They don't have a place to just have some peace without cameras and fans in their faces. Mommy and Daddy are now producers of the show, so they're also the boss in more ways than one.

And how do you know that all that money will go towards the kids' college? Just because Kate says so?! Please! I would be shocked if those poor kids ever saw a dime of the money THEY have earned.

1918 days ago
82.

demis bicycle seat    

all us bleeding hearts were fooled that they were doing this all on their own with very little help now we know that is far from the truth and the show is a fraud

1918 days ago
83.

INDY    

Well the child labor laws are there for a reason... their attorney should have pressed that with them.
but then again.. they aren't on a set..they are being followed by a camera in their own home.. are they suppose to shut the kids up in a room?

1918 days ago
84.

Holly    

It's about time is right. There are plenty of people out there who are saying these kids aren't working & aren't learning lines, therefore they aren't "actors", etc. What about at the beginning of every episode when one the kids (or more) say "On this episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8" or "Coming up next on Jon & Kate Plus 8"? They have been doing this since the kids could talk...THAT is learning lines. Period. They have even showed footage of the cameraman counting "1-2-3" and doing retakes when the kids have messed up. If they are willing to do that, we have no idea what else they are being coached to say. The bottom line here is that the Gosselin 8 have been on TV, having every moment of their lives recorded & broadcast for the past 4-5 years. Meanwhile, the "parents" are buying new expensive cars, a million dollar home, designer clothing and goodness knows what else. There NEEDS to be laws in place to ensure these kids have a secure financial future; after all, all of this wouldn't have happened without them and they need to be protected. I don't give a flying crap about who is cheating on who or the godawful beaver on top of Kates head, but I do care about the future & welfare of those children.

1918 days ago
85.

Terri    

I actually think they will be able to get them. Also, they have shown the kids going to the bathroom/potty training, wouldn't that be a violation of some law?

1918 days ago
86.

kw    

You know what else...as I watch the re-runs....shame on me....but how about the time when Alexis was clearly terrified sitting in the dentist chair getting her teeth cleaned and just screaming away...how do you think she felt with a camera in her face. As kate was looking away getting a good laugh at her daughters expense...shame on you Kate.

1918 days ago
87.

me    

This show is like watching a train wreck.... TLC grow a pair and take this off the air!

1918 days ago
88.

geeewhiz    

This is not a new issue at all. I have been fighting for this show to end for a year. Only the stupid can't see why this show is hurting the children. You have to be a moron to think this is ok. Please keep fighting to end this show!!!! Write to TLC, Oprah on Twitter, O'Reilly, Sponsors, etc. Do not stop until THE GOSSELIN 8 ARE FREE!!!!!!!

1918 days ago
89.

starr    

Why are they talking about child labor issues now, they are not the only large family out with a show!!! Remember the Duggars with their 100 children..

1918 days ago
90.

Holly    

EXACTLY kelly j!! That's just ONE moment; what about when Collin (I think it was Collin,one of the boys) had impacted feces while they were shopping for new beds. He was screaming in pain and Kate couldn't be bothered. Jon took him out to the van, put a PLASTIC bag over his hand and removed the feces...ON CAMERA. What about all the times the kids have been sick & vomiting on TV, or when Joel was made to sleep on the laundry room floor so Kate wouldn't have to do more laundry? What about when one of the boys got gum on his favorite stuffed animal and Kate went ballistic and threatened to toss it in the trash causing the little boy to scream & cry at the thought of losing his favorite COMFORT animal? There are many, many more examples of this. Maybe these kids aren't actors in the true sense of the word but they ARE being exploited. Sure, they have toys, they have a mansion, they go on fancy trips...but at what cost??

1918 days ago
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