While the Gosselins and show producers have maintained that the kids’ appearances on the show did not merit work permits, the state of Pennsylvania deemed them necessary since their participation was considered to be work.
Pennsylvania labor officials decided that while the Gosselins violated child labor laws in the filming of “Jon and Kate Plus 8”, they would not be penalized as long as they complied with the rules for future shows. The state’s Bureau of Labor Law Compliance concluded the kids were not mistreated during the taping of “Jon & Kate Plus 8.”
Recently Jon Gosselin has filed for a new court order regarding custody of his 9-year-old twins and 5-year-old sextuplets, claiming that his former wife is putting her career efforts ahead of her children and that she is unfairly denying them time with him.
But Kate defended her busy schedule — one that includes “Dancing With the Stars”, her book tour, and preparations for a new show on TLC. “I’m a working mom, I’m single and I have to provide for my kids,” she said. “No pun intended, but the show must go on.”