At the height of her popularity on TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” Kate Gosselin was believed to be raking in the big bucks, something she always denied, saying she barely made enough to provide for her eight children. A new book puts an exact number on her earnings at the time.
Called “Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled The World”
and written by Robert Hoffman, the book has been pulled from Amazon after Kate’s attorneys threatened legal action because, they said, the claims made in it were outrageous and, as it happens, totally false.
However, it’s still making the rounds online, with various excerpts surfacing now and then.
The Huffington Post
got a hold of one that details – to the very last cent – the kind of money that Kate made with her reality show and, though it’s not as much as the amount speculated at the time ($2.5 million / €1.92 million), it’s not that far from it either.
“This is a breakdown of money per episode for each season, not including bonuses and travel expenses, per diems, etc. from the Gosselin/Discovery contracts, which I have,” author Robert Hoffman writes.
For instance, for season 1, Kate made $18,000 (€13,887) for 9 episodes, but she was up $697,500 (€537,738) on season 5, which included 24 regular episodes and a one-hour special.
Overall, the 5 seasons made her an estimated $2.1 million (€1.6 million) richer, not including other bonuses or endorsement deals she might have gotten because of the exposure she had on the reality series.
Similarly, the spinoff “Kate Plus 8” two seasons, which were shot after her divorce, are not included.
Speaking of which, the Post writes, this also refers to her extremely lucrative deal
with Dancing With the Stars, which is believed to have netted her $500,000 (€385,772).
“It's also worth noting that the fame the family gained thanks to ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’ – later renamed ‘Kate Plus 8’ for seasons 6 and 7 – led to several paid endorsement deals, as well as Kate’s infamous, paid participation in Dancing With The Stars,” the Post writes.