Kate Gosselin is soon to be a reality star without a reality show. With eight kids, that means she needs a lucrative job – fast.
Gosselin tells People Magazine she is “freaking out. Big time” and wasn’t ready to lose the show. “Nobody was … I’ve never quit a job in my life without having something else lined up. I don’t know what’s next.”
Having previously worked as a nurse, eight kids changes the practicality of the career, it’s long shifts can be up to 12 hours at a time or more depending on the hospital.
“12-hour nursing shifts every day wouldn’t let me continue to provide well for eight kids essentially on my own … When you think about it that way, it gets really scary,” she said.
Kate Gosselin’s show, ‘Kate Plus Eight’ was lucrative when it started, garnering an estimated 700 thousand dollars for her and her family. The salary for her stint on “Dancing with the Stars” was estimated at 500 thousand. But as TV appearances dry up, so does the income. An interview with a talk show often nets no income at all.
This is not the first time a reality show character (or actor, for that matter) has struggled with life after television stardom. Her now ex-husband Jon learned that quickly already. Richard Hatch, who won the first season of survivor, never managed his money well, even landing in jail for tax evasion. Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag have admitted they spent money foolishly during the height of their ‘reality’ careers, and now are living at a home owned by his parents.
The final episode of “Kate Plus 8” airs next Monday.