Fame whore Kate Gosselin has repeatedly used her eight kids to pitch reality TV series to the TLC network (which always seems to bite). With her kids overexposed, the reality TV “star” has turned her attention back to her favorite subject: herself. Her latest bid to both stay in the spotlight and avoid getting a real job is Kate Plus Date, a show based on the divorced Gosselin’s decision to start dating again. I already pity the men who’ll be put through the wringer for this latest exercise in narcissism.
The show derives from Gosselin’s conviction that it would be awful to be an old maid.
In a gushing article on People.com, the divorced, 43-year-old talks about her dread of ending up unmarried.
“I started picturing myself sitting in a rocking chair, knitting, and words like ‘old maid’ and ‘spinster’ started to come to mind, and I realized that no, I don’t want that to be my fate,” she said.
Yes, she certainly has an accurate picture of us old maids and spinsters. We do spend most of our time sitting in rocking chairs and knitting. After all, we have no husbands, so what else can we do with our time?
Gosselin blames her kids for her concerns about being single. Because they’re all getting older, with two about to leave for college, “it almost became like a worry for them, too, like ‘Mommy, you’re gonna be all alone soon,’” she told People. Gosselin deduced from the fact that some of her offspring are dating that they are ALL going to get married someday. “It became apparent: they want someone for me. They want me to have somebody in my life.”
Kate Plus Date, which will air on TLC this fall. I can only imagine the dreadful reality TV shows to follow: Kate Gets Married (in a spectacle that will rival Harry and Meghan’s recent nuptials). Kate Gets Divorced…Again. Kate Becomes a Grandmother. Kate Goes through Menopause. Kate…
Maureen Paraventi is the author of The New Old Maid: Satisfied Single Women, which explores the single life through conversations with unmarried women from all over the U.S. The New Old Maid is available from Chatter House Press and Amazon.