Kate Gosselin gets a tip from Jon: Reality TV is not a career
Pearls of wisdom from Jon Gosselin? Really? Yes, really -- at least when it comes to ex-wife Kate Gosselin and her job uncertainty now that "Kate Plus 8" has been canceled.
"To rely on reality television ... reality television is not a career," Jon Gosselin told RumorFix, even as Kate Gosselin's tale of "freaking out" was landing in mailboxes and on newsstands on the cover of People magazine. "Get back to normal life, simple life, provide for your family and go from there."
Plenty of pots and kettles here, of course: Jon wasn't shy about working the reality-star angle as he tried to earn a living after he and Kate split and "Jon & Kate Plus 8" morphed into just Kate and the kids. Ed Hardy sound familiar, anyone? How about Millions of Milkshakes?
Still, Kate told People that she realized that going back to 12-hour nursing shifts wouldn't let her "continue to provide well for eight kids essentially on my own." ("Essentially" = Jon is paying child support.)
While she said she was willing work her fingers to the bone so the kids could stay in their current house and school, weekend-dad Jon offered some perspective: "I don't have a farm with 24 acres, and the kids seem to have a good time at my house," he said.
"Obviously there are families out there that have several kids -- people work normal jobs and things work out," said Jon, currently employed as a computer support engineer.
Kate and the kids' "reality" reality comes to a close Monday, with their show's season finale.
-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Jon Gosselin in Las Vegas in August 2009, when he was still looking to turn his reality-TV name into money. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images