Jon & Kate Exploit 8 Meal Tickets: Critics
Growing chorus says couple exploiting their children
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2009 6:53 PM CST

(Newser) – Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight children have become the darlings of cable TV, giving hope to frazzled parents everywhere with their hit show Jon & Kate Plus 8. But the love affair with the bustling brood is ending, Jessica Remo writes in Philadelphia Magazine. “They are totally exploiting those kids,” said one organizer who was burned by the couple. "I was pissed," she admits.

The Gosselins travel free, are showered with swag, and solicit “love offerings” during speaking gigs. A former employer claims Jon even boasted of quitting work before the births. Now, even erstwhile confidantes are worried. “They’re not just a commodity, they’re people,” said a former babysitter. “Everything has a price. I don’t want them to pay a price that’s too dear.”