Wow, no, no, no. If you watch the earlier seasons, they were a part of the show - unpaid, just regulars when Kate needed someone to watch the kids or to celebrate a holiday. Jodi is one of those people that is really good with little kids and she would have the kids cooking in her kitchen, something that Kate would never allow because it was too messy. Overall though, you just saw that the aunt and uncle were not just in name, they really love those kids.Originally Posted by Wind Dancer;3742143;
Then they just stopped being on the show, and it took a little while before the rumors started leaking out, which has been confirmed from different directions...
It turns out that they were a part of the show so much that TLC decided they were going to start paying them and making them official regulars of the show. Kate flipped out and said the only people who could make money off their kids was her. Jodi and Kevin didn't know about this apparently, and went on being on the show unpaid.
Then the offer was made again after another season, and Kate cut them out of her life entirely. As for interviews with the media, Jodi and Kevin did not do that until this spring when the marriage was breaking up and it was painfully visible on the show. Until then, there were rumors on blogs about why the split happened and what Kate was like behind the scenes, but Jodi and Kevin didn't speak out until this past spring when it was all falling apart to the kids' detriment, and they were calling for and end to the show for the kids' sake.
Nobody is an angel in this whole mess. Perhaps they didn't feel like they would get any attention unless they did a big televised interview? But Kate has a consistent history of cutting off family, not the other way around. There was a link to a blog in the last thread written by a neighborhood local by their old house. He pointed out that Kate's dad, a pastor, had organized lots of help for them through his church but that Kate did things like rejected the donated cribs because they didn't match. My understanding is that Kate is estranged from that part of her family now, too.
Orphan. Cry me a river.