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So, Kate Gosselin, your divorce was finalized on Friday. What did you do next?
No, she didn't go to Disney World. (She's already been, during season 2 of Jon & Kate Plus Eight, remember?) Instead, she did The Jay Leno Show. Specifically, she showed up on a satellite feed to participate in his "10 @ 10" segment.
The two-to-three second satellite delay made for an awkward interview, and Leno's inane questions didn't help. ("What would you order at a McDonald's drive-through at 1 AM"? If that question was meant to inspire a funny reply, I'm at a loss for what it would be. Nine Big Macs? Ha.)
The mom of eight has been funny on Leno before, in a sketch where she pretended to treat the paparazzi like her children. And she had her moments in this segment: Asked what's on her iPod, she sang a few bars of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi." (Didn't see that one coming!) Asked whether there was a product she had refused to endorse, she said she'd been asked to pose for Playboy. ("Uh-uh," she said. "No way. Not happening.") Asked about meeting celebs who watched Jon & Kate Plus 8, she didn't deliver the sort of A-list name Leno was clearly seeking (she went with someone who impressed her daughter Mady--Selena Gomez, of The Wizards of Waverly Place.)
Kate Gosselin's often characterized as a "real person" who happened to become famous via a reality show. But then, all celebrities were "real people" before they got famous. On could argue Kate has endured the same sort of media blitzkrieg that Angelina Jolie goes through, yet people still see the newly-divorced mom as "one of us."
How long will that perception last? Going on Leno was yet another opportunity for Kate to get her feet wet (and stay visible to the public) as she develops her new TLC show, sans kids. No doubt she continues to receive TV interview coaching. At a certain point, will she become so polished that she won't be "one of us" anymore? And if she does, will she lose her appeal? Only time will tell.
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