Jon and Kate's family concerned about kids
Kate Gosslin’s brother Kevin Kreider and her sister-in-law Jodie Kreider are concerned the children are being overexposed on the reality show “Jon and Kate Plus 8″ on TLC
In a interview with Harry Smith on “The Early Show,” the Kreiders explain their feelings toward the show.
The transcript is posted below courtesy of CBS.
HARRY SMITH: You were here in May as the show was ready to go back on the air, and there were all these rumors. And what were your biggest concerns then when we first talked?
JODIE KREIDER (KATE GOSSELIN’S SISTER-IN-LAW: That this would all be played out very publicly and that the children will have damage being done to them and into the future.
SMITH: Right. And so, now we’ve seen their relationship devolve before our eyes. Their lives are literally being played out in the tabloids day after day after day as we just looked at Michelle Gielan’s story. What is your greatest concern about your sister and about her family right now?
KEVIN KREIDER, KATE GOSSELIN’S BROTHER: What we’re seeing now is a family that’s in crisis. And we feel like TLC needs to be held responsible for what they’re choosing to air.
J. KREIDER: Absolutely.
K. KREIDER: We feel like it’s a — it’s value they’re setting aside for the monetary gain. And it’s a ratings thing, but they’re playing with these kids’ lives, and they’re our nieces and nephews. And that’s really heartbreaking. And we feel like there’s alternatives like they can limit the amount of episodes. We were talking about, what, 100 episodes in two years. I mean, that’s overexposure, and these children don’t have their childhood. They don’t have that privacy that they need.
SMITH: Right. What happened? What do you think happened? Because you all were in several episodes. You participated in this. As you were participating a couple of years back, did it seem innocent enough to you?
J. KREIDER: At the time, yes, it was a documentary. And I think, you know, TLC snatched this family out of their little lives and placed them into this fishbowl and provided contracts and freebies that they could not pass up. And therefore, now all of this is being played out, and the children are not the priority. And that is why we are here. We want to call out for change. We want a politician that has a heart for kids, that sees this crisis, that wants to be involved in positive change, to partner with us to get protection for these children.
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