Report: Kate Gosselin Gave Jon a $5 Allowance
Jon and Kate Gosselin
Jon & Kate Plus 8's Kate Gosselin reportedly kept a tight financial leash on her husband, Jon, limiting him to a daily $5 allowance, Us Weekly reports.
"She used to give him only $5 to spend, and if he was out and needed more money, she would give him hell," David Rothermel, Jon Gosselin's former employer at Style Craft Corp., tells the magazine.
Rothermel tells Us he witnessed Kate "raising hell" one day when she, then pregnant with the sextuplets, stormed Style Craft's offices to complain that Jon's father had not delivered her lunch. "She got up out of bed rest to come in and yell at anyone who would listen!" he says.
The magazine, citing an anonymous source close to Jon, also said Kate was ungrateful to her father-in-law after he gave the family a 14-passenger van.
Though the Gosselins have said Jon was let go by Style Craft because the company wouldn't insure the sextuplets, Rothermel told Us Jon was fired for misusing company resources. Jon spent the bulk of his day surfing the web for freebies for the sextuplets, Rothermel says.
A woman who answered the phone at Style Craft, which specializes in cabinetry, told TVGuide.com that Rothermel is not doing more interviews. She declined to give her name.
On Monday's Season 5 premiere, Jon said he quit working to become a stay-at-home father. Later in the episode, Kate said she's aware she's been hard on her husband and expressed remorse. The couple, however, remained unsure about their future together after the difficulties in their marriage amid a media frenzy.
The season premiere drew a record 9.8 million viewers — more than double the audience for the Season 4 finale — and Kate's brother and sister-in-law say the couple's eight children are being exploited for the sake of ratings. "We're speaking out now because we want to be the voice of our nieces and nephews," Kevin Kreider told The Early Show. "We're seeing it turn-tide, that they're being viewed as a commodity."
Kevin and his wife, Jodi, appeared in early seasons of the TLC series, but they grew concerned when filming increased and became more invasive.
"We spoke to them about that. [T]heir response was, 'This is our choice. This is what we want to do. Just respect that,'" Kevin said. "I do talk to Kate and Jon. We haven't seen the kids in awhile, which is hard. ... Our relationship has definitely been strained now. What we hope is that they will kind of come around, see the effects, see what's most important."
TLC had no comment on the Us report.
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