Gosselin Kids' Work Permits Investigated

A Pennsylvania politician demands more info about whether the sextuplets' TLC appearances are legal

Kate Gosselin may soon need to change Kate Plus 8 to Kate Plus Mady and Cara. According to The Huffington Post, the state of Pennsylvania is looking into the legality of the work permits for the Gosselin sextuplets, who are featured in ongoing TLC specials about the single mom and her family.

The state's representative Thomas Murt says that Pennsylvania state allows children under 7 to work in movies (the Gosselin sextuplets turned 6 in May), but not television. Murt is demanding an explanation from the state attorney general and labor secretary (neither of whom responded to requests from The Huffington Post for comment).

After the family was involved with filming the now-defunct hit series Jon and Kate Plus 8, state labor officials said the TLC show's producers should have obtained child work permits. Even so, no penalties were imposed at the time.

According to Mama Gosselin, the kids would be devastated if anything blocked their participation in the reality television world. During a 2009 interview with Barbara Walters, Gosselin claimed the children were "sobbing" when Jon & Kate Plus 8 ended, asking their mom where the crew and their cameras were.

However, Kate's brother Kevin Kreider and his wife, Jodi, have been outspoken about their feelings when it comes to the alleged exploitation of their nieces and nephews on reality TV, insisting in Us Weekly that the children's privacy was being invaded and that being on camera was causing "psychological damage." 

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