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Kate's Brother: Reality Show Damaged the Kids

4/14/2010 1:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon and Kate Gosselin's 8 kids suffered psychological damage while filming "Jon & Kate Plus 8 ... this according to Kate's own brother.

Kate Gosselin and Jon Gosselin
Kevin Kreider and his wife Jodi just testified at a Philadelphia hearing on child labor laws and reality television shows. Kevin said the kids had no privacy during the taping -- even their potty training was captured on video.

Kevin also said the kids suffered psychological damage as a result of the show, adding there were safety issues in the house, including large lighting equipment that created a danger.

During his testimony, Kevin said the Gosselins' kids were manipulated by producers who wanted drama.

UPDATE: Kevin's testimony is interesting ... considered a potty training scene was filmed at his house.

TLC tells TMZ the allegations are "either completely inaccurate or a distorted representation for maximum attention."

Jon Gosselin also released a statement, saying "the allegations made by Kevin and Jodi have not been my experience at all during the production."

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16.

Lish    

Wow...a relative with a brain. Someone please give him custody of these poor children, before it's too late (ie. like Maddy).

1590 days ago
17.

Mary    

"TLC tells TMZ"



Say that 10 times fast.

1590 days ago
18.

Lisa    

Kevin and Jodi have done nothing but champion those kids and care for them. Child labour laws are different in many states with CA leading the way because of their dealings with former child stars who have it rough. Putting your potty training on tv for ever pedophile to watch hardly shows good parenting. Child labor laws should include those working in reality shows. While parents have dollar signs in their eyes, someone needs to champion the children.

1590 days ago
19.

RyogaVee    

@ #5
"Little kids don't have the same sense of shame and modesty as adults"



If you truly believe that then watch what happens when a child chokes at a school play or is asked to perform in from of grandparents. They know shame, they feel embarrassment just like we do at varied levels.



I absolutely believe these kids are feeling some negative effects of being on the show. Cables, Lightly equipment laying around 8 children... yeah. There are some serious issues there.



~ Ryoga Vee

1590 days ago
20.

Carrie    

This isn't the first time that Kate's attention seeking brother has tried to make allegations against the family in order to get his own face on tv. Both Kevin and Jodi and THEIR children were featured prominantly on Jon and Kate plus 8 for 3 seasons. It wasn't a problem for them until they had a falling out with Jon and Kate and were asked not to appear on the show anymore. After they were kicked off the show they suddenly thought that this was a huge problem for the kids. They are attention seekers and they are extremely jealous that they don't get enough attention. Not to mention the fact that when they were on the show, Jodi showed very poor parenting skills herself. So she shouldn't really be making judgements on someone else's parenting skills.

1590 days ago
21.

Caroline    

I never watched the show but if they really recorded the kids toilet training that does seem psychologically damaging. Who wants that on tape for all eternity? How embarrassing.

1590 days ago
22.

Melanie    

OBVIOUSLY! And Jon and Kate seem blind of that. They would rather be hollywood stars than that care of their children.

1590 days ago
23.

CeeDee    

I think Mr. & Mrs. Kevin are just pea green with envy. Sis had big bucks coming in and they didn't.

1590 days ago
24.

Ryan    

What a surprise! Keven and Aunt Jodie - who were ON the show and got kick off - have unpleasant things to say about it. Sour grapes.

1590 days ago
25.

My 2cents    

My issues is don't have children you cannot affort to support. Why don't they put a poor black family on there so that they can have a decent income - TLC is racist

1590 days ago
26.

electriczipper    

So what does this say about Kate and Jon,,to both of them it was all about the money,,,,,,oh those poor poor retarded kids

1590 days ago
27.

marie    

Kate, you only set aside the kids college funds AFTER you started being investigated by the Pennsylvania government. They made you do it as part of an agreement not to prosecute TLC for not obtaining permits. So, try again. The truth this time.

1590 days ago
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marie    

The poor kids were told it was Christmas day when it really WASN'T just to get a reaction to film. They were later told it wasn't really Christmas.



What a couple of idiot parents.

1590 days ago
29.

Jason Chambers    

Did he say that the electrical sockets were a danger to the kids, too?

1590 days ago
30.

Tina    

I second the DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

1590 days ago
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