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Kate Gosselin's Relatives Fight for Balloon Boy

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Kate Gosselin's brother and sister-in-law say they're only trying to protect the Gosselin kids, Balloon Boy, and others like them.

Kevin Kreider and his wife, Jodi Kreider, along with attorney Gloria Allred, appeared on "The Early Show" today to push for federal laws protecting kids in reality shows from parental exploitation. They say they hope what allegedly happened with "balloon boy" Falcon Heene helps their cause.

They explained on "The Early Show" Tuesday that there's no federal law protecting kids in reality shows -- and they made the case for such a federal law.


Do you think there should be laws protecting kids in reality shows? Comment below.



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9 comments so far | Post a comment now
nutmac October 27, 2009, 2:27 PM

It’s sad that we need a law to protect kids from bad parents. As Chris Rock once said, you (parents) are supposed to take care of the kids (not gov’t).

Lisa October 27, 2009, 3:31 PM

Like the Coogan Law, which preserves a portion of a child performer’s earnings until that child reaches adulthood, I’m glad to see someone making a case in favor of a federal law protecting kids in reality shows. It’s about time.

Elise October 27, 2009, 4:13 PM

There are child labor laws and additional laws that protect children’s working hours in the film industry. What I think people need to do is protect themselves from opportunistic relatives and attorneys. The Krieders and Allred are disgusting. Shame on The Early Show for putting them on tv. Their rating must be really embarrassing to try such a desperate stunt.

Kelsey October 27, 2009, 9:33 PM

I think there should be a law against the relatives of Reality TV stars appearing as experts on national television.

That’s all.

Bree October 27, 2009, 10:48 PM

Elise & Kelsey - The laws that govern children working in the entertainment industry do not necessarily protect minors working in REALITY tv. Further, laws vary from state to state - in the State of PA where J/K is filmed, child labor laws are very lax. Coogan’s Law does NOT apply and the kids are not protected by SAG or AFTRA. The Gosselin children are prime examples of kids who need laws to protect them against unscrupulous parents. Kudos to Kevin, Jodi and Gloria Allred for taking up their cause.

MarMar October 28, 2009, 6:49 AM

I question the motives a bit behind Aunt Jodi’s interest - she and her husband seem to like a spotlight as much as Jon and Kate - but I agree with this stand. Kids on reality TV should be protected, by their own version of Coogan’s Law or maybe even something a little stronger (not allowed to be filmed over a certain time period; have final say over what of them gets seen on TV; etc.)

Nancy October 28, 2009, 8:26 AM

Jodi had no issue as long as she was on the show. AND the minute I see Gloria Alred involved in something I automatically take the other side. Look at ALL the kids on all shows, look at Toddlers and Tiara’s… some of it is a mess, some of it is carefully done. At some point in the day you step back and say, “maybe this is none of my freaking business”.

Linda October 28, 2009, 5:00 PM

I also I think there should be a law against the relatives of Reality TV stars appearing as experts on national television. And opportunistic Gloria Alred has exploited the children by pocketing big bucks saying she is protecting them…

joan October 31, 2009, 8:45 PM

Kates sister-in-law is a lot like Jon she’s doing and saying anything to get in magazines and on TV.I’m sure she has no idea how much money Kate has put aside for her childrens education.If the show as so bad why did you enjoy being on it? All of your negative remarks came after you were no longer in the lime light. Exactly like Jon. If she cares so much about the children please tell us how much money you gave to Kate before the show when she was struggling so hard to make ends meet.Since you are family you should have been helping her….thats what families do. They don’t get on TV and say ugly thinks about their mom or dad.


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