on and Kate Gosselin, along with their eight children, said Michael Rubinkam in the Associated Press, “have attracted a huge TV audience, screaming tabloid headlines, and, now, a state labor investigation.” The Pennsylvania Department of Labor announced Friday that it's “looking into whether the hit reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8 is complying with child labor laws.”
“One has to wonder what took so long,” said Maria E. Andreu in the Newark, N.J.,Star-Ledger. “What are the ethics of profiting from the story of these minors who are too young to consent to be filmed?” The Gosselins reportedly get paid between $50,000 to $75,000 per episode, but who knows if “any of this money" is "being set aside” for the kids.
But the Pennsylvania Department of Labor is only investigating Jon & Kate Plus 8 because someone filed a complaint against the show, said Perez Hilton. Could it have come “from Kate's envious $ister-in-law and brother?” They’ve both publicly criticized and leaked secrets about Jon and Kate Gosselin recently. “If someone issued a fake complaint, we hope they get fined.”
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