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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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91.

Protect the Kids    

I used to work in the prison system and let me tell you, it's not only the Sheeple that will be sad to see this show end, but also the child predators who get off watching these innocent ones...Shame on Jon and Kate for so blantantly exposing and exploiting their children for monetary gain.

1970 days ago
92.

Ut Oh    

Sounds like another Gloria Allred stunt again. Not there's a cash cow.

1970 days ago
93.

multimom    

Are you people real? Do you really think TLC would not adhere to child labor laws?

First off, TLC has a huge legal department and I am sure they don't stretch the labor laws because:

they don't want the publicity of issues of stretching labor laws
they don't want to pay huge fines
they do not want to have some state agency oversee their programs filming.

All this because some people cannot be happy for anyone.

Jodi and her sister are witches and I am sure that is why Kate stopped talking to her as her website clearly is nasty.

1970 days ago
94.

Linda Mott    

These poor kids! They will never have private lives as long as the TLC tapes are out there. I would hate living in a fish bowl. The parents made a conscious decision to open their lives to the public, but these children had no choice.

1970 days ago
95.

Ken    

Nicole, with all of your knowledge, you feel comfortable that these kids are going to forget about all of this and will never ever be reminded of this again AND that none of them will go into some sort of rehab/therapy? Does it hurt much?

The State of Pennsylvania must have good reason to check up on this dysfunctional family and see how mommy's little ATMs are doing. You can think I am Kevin, work for US Weekly or anything you wish. It doesn't change the fact that Kate has become a monster, Jon has become a slug and TLC bears some responsibility in what happens to those kids.

At least this will give you something to talk about when you go to the WalMart hair stylist and tell her to make you look like Kate.

Oh and for those of you who keep bringing up the Duggars and the Roloffs. Yes, they should all be screened for how they use the kids. The Duggars are little more than a cult of intolerance.

1970 days ago
96.

SLUTTY SIENNA    

Jon & Kate + 8 = FRAUD & CHILD EXPLOITATION.

1970 days ago
97.

Claire    

ITS ABOUT TIME! SHUT GREEDY KATE DOWN!

1970 days ago
98.

Kim    

I tried to watch this show a few times. I couldn't stand Kates constant b!tch!ing, yelling and nagging at Jon. She's alway whining about how she's doing this on her own. Give me a break. If she is on her own, how does she take off and leave eight kids while she tours? Most of the interviews she's given could have been done with a live video feed right from home. She obviously enjoys being away from her kids and husband, yet when Jon goes out for an evening, she throws a b!tch fit. I think all the programs that feature minor kids should be investigated. Rewarding people who can't seem to keep their pants zipped, and legs closed is ridiculous. I'm sorry, but if you choose to bring litters of kids into the world, YOU had better be prepared to care for them.

1970 days ago
99.

e    

HA HA HA HA.................LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE RUNNING A KOREAN SWEATSHOP!

1970 days ago
100.

Crystal    

No one outside of the show knows whether or not the kids are getting paid for being on the show. They very well could have millions waiting for them for when they are old enough to have it. Everyone is so hasty to jump onto them for exploitation, but no one knows how they are really handling the kids finances. I just think it is funny that no one had a problem with it til they started having problems. Then all of a sudden everyone is bashing them.

1970 days ago
101.

JustMe    

Thank goodness for angels like , Paul Petersen, all the news staions , Kevin and Jodi,and the thousands of bloggers who hasve written about these children being exploited for months now.
It's time the final curtain goes down for the final time and these children
can hopefully lead a normal life like other happy children.
Yes Kate, they do deserve it !

1970 days ago
102.

Momsbank    

This is long overdue. They are living off the kids money. Make them put the money in trust for the children and see how fast Kate stops the show. If she can not control it all and spend it all on herself she will not want any part of the show. Any money that has been made from the shows should be put in trust now for the children's future. And they should appoint somebody other than the parents to oversee the trust. I don't think any child wants a film crew around all of the time and if asked the children would probably say they want to be left alone. Someone should ask the children how they feel about doing the show. May-be they should stop the show for now and let everything settle down and they could do a special in a year or so. This would give the children time to adjust to all of the things that are happening now without doing it in public. Both Jon & Kate may have to get jobs to pay the bills, but that is life. Do what is in the best interests of the children.

1970 days ago
103.

demis bicycle seat    

with all this drama and now the paparazzi hanging around the house and everywhere they go dont you think that the best thing for the children would be to pull the plug and concentrate on the family without cameras??

1970 days ago
104.

multimom    

Yes, they do the intro stuff but that doesn't take that long.

I think that these kids have been able to experience many things that
they would not have been able to if not for the show. The vacations,
the behind the scenes tours of the zoo and many many more things that
I am sure have enriched their lives. All things a nurse and IT persons salaries couldn't touch.
BTW. Jon has been out of work several times including losing his job shortly after the 6 arrived.

How despicable is it that Kate's brother and sister in law were for going on a
national TV show to talk about how they felt the kids were being
exploited? Did they also feel the kids were being exploited when they
themselves were on the show or did that just start after they were no
longer featured on TV? Shame on them! How do they think the kids felt
about their statements? If I were Kate I would never forgive them.
Were they getting their on fifteen minutes of fame or hoping for
their own show? Jodi smirks to the camera how the kids "told her"
they didn't want cameras on them? Well that is nice but hell if we
can confirm these little tales out of school.

1970 days ago
105.

MindlessShoota    

Jons needs to come down to Mary;and ... Not too far from PA ... Party down here with me and get what he hasn't been getting from Kate. Maybe if Kate would get laid ... she wouldn't have such a stick up her ass!!

1970 days ago
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