The Unsettling Reason You No Longer See Collin From Kate Plus 8

From reality royalty to disgruntled divorcees, the story of TV stars Kate and Jon Gosselin is a sad one. But the fate of the pair’s eight children may be the most upsetting part of this tale. And now revelations have come out about son Collin’s absence from the family show.

Born to parents Jon and Kate in May 2004, Collin Gosselin had something of an unusual start to life as the fourth child of sextuplets. Furthermore, his life would get more remarkable three years after his birth, when a TV crew first came knocking at his family’s home in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.

The show, originally called Jon & Kate Plus 8, premiered in 2007 and broadcast the lives of Collin and the Gosselin family. Despite sharing the screen with his seven siblings, the younger son showed a distinct personality. To wit, he became known for his headstrong attitude and vivacious appetite for food.

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But Collin was also often a quiet child, and fans of the series became increasingly aware that the youngster was slipping out of view. For the show’s last season – which by now had been renamed Kate Plus 8 following his parent’s separation – the child was barely on-screen. In fact, he only appeared once as a part of the series’ final episode.

In the years since, many have speculated on the sextuplet’s absence from the show as well as its follow-up Kate Plus Date. It has even been rumored that Collin is no longer on speaking terms with his mother. So what actually happened behind the scenes to make the adolescent turn away from the show and his family?

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But to know what happened to Collin, we really have to go back to the beginning. In 2006 the Gosselins featured in a two-part television special named Surviving Sextuplets and Twins. Following a popular follow-up named One Year Later, the family received their very own series on the Discovery Health Channel and then later on TLC.

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After meeting through work in 1997, Jon and Kate wed two years later and became parents to twins in 2000. Four years on, they welcomed their sextuplets into the world – Collin, Hannah, Aaden, Alexis, Joel and Leah.

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From the outset of the series, the Gosselin parents went from being more than just a mother and father. Now fully fledged TV stars, the couple saw their home practically turned into a studio to accommodate filming. To this end, the production crew installed lighting rigs into the house as well as an interview room for talking head segments.

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With cameras rolling three days a week, the show’s producers had plenty of material to use. And soon enough, Jon & Kate Plus 8 became one of TLC’s highest rated shows. By the start of the reality series’ fifth season, for example, nearly ten million viewers were tuning in.

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But while they may have looked like the perfect family to their fans, Jon and Kate were struggling behind the scenes. Specifically, the parents were experiencing issues with their marriage; and the couple’s private troubles would soon be broadcast for all the world to see.

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Just one month before his show’s fifth season premiere, Jon was caught in a damaging situation. While his wife was away on business on a night in April 2009, the reality star was seen in the company of a woman called Deanna Hummel. Moreover, a photographer on the scene managed to capture a shot of the two leaving a bar.

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As soon as the photo was published, fans branded Jon a cheater. In the following days, more photos of the illicit couple together emerged and Deanna Hummel’s brother told the press the pair had been an item for months. And to make matters worse, the Gosselin family’s nanny would later claim that she’d had an affair with Jon as well.

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Though Jon rebuffed suggestions that he’d been unfaithful to his wife, it was clear that something was wrong with their relationship. In interviews, Kate divulged that her husband felt unfulfilled, and this malady had been putting a strain on their marriage.

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During a 2009 chat with People, Kate confessed to feeling alienated from her spouse. She stated, “I don’t know that we’re in the same place anymore, that we want the same thing. I’ve been struggling with the question of ‘who is this person?’ for a while.”

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And yet it was undoubtedly Jon’s alleged discretions that led to their marriage ultimately crumbling apart. In June 2009 the couple began divorce proceedings with a statement from Kate blaming the father’s “activities” for the split. Later, the pair announced their separation on an episode of their show which drew in an amazing 10.6 million viewers.

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Although Jon and Kate had shared their most painful moment on television, the couple were adamant not to bring harm to their children. The former explained via a statement, “Our kids are still my number one priority. I love them and want to make sure they stay happy, healthy and safe… This will be a difficult transition for all of us.”

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And it wouldn’t take long to see difficulties emerge in the wake of Kate and Jon’s separation. To wit, the parents fought long and hard to gain primary custody of their kids, and they were ultimately awarded to Kate. But when the dust had settled on their divorce, there still remained the small matter of their show.

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With Jon now mainly out of the picture, network heads decided to make his ex-wife the main focus of the series. One year after divorce, the show returned to screens as Kate Plus 8. However, the move to continue at all was the subject of lengthy criticism.

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For people like attorney and children’s advocate Gloria Allred, the decision to relaunch the series would likely negatively affect the wellbeing of the Gosselin kids. She told The Early Show, “Everybody… should have a zone of privacy. We don’t know what price these little ones are gonna pay because their lives are… on the television screen.”

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Understandably, those closer to the family had reservations too. And those like Kate’s sister-in-law Jodi Kreider weren’t afraid to air their grievances publicly. She argued to RadarOnline, “[The show] has turned into a huge moneymaking machine, and that is everyone’s priority. Watching this family destruct should not be used as a form of entertainment.”

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But clearly, the individual most upset about the series continuing was Jon himself. During production of Kate Plus 8’s first season, the reality star issued a cease and desist to his former network which prevented them from filming in his old house. And the warning was enough for shooting to be temporarily halted.

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As the years went on, the patriarch became even more embittered about his old connections – especially his ex-wife. For example, the TV personality would later claim that his former spouse actually cheated on him first. Meanwhile, the parent allowed a heated – yet allegedly fake – phone call with her to be filmed as part of his 2014 appearance on Couples Therapy.

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Ever since the divorce, Jon’s relations with Kate appear to have only worsened. And it seems that this negativity could be coming from a paternal place. During a chat with Yahoo! in 2016, the father called his custody rights “unfair.” Furthermore, he claimed that he could only he see his children one night a week and every other weekend.

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Although this arrangement allowed Jon to see some of his kids, however, there was one child who he apparently still couldn’t see. In the interview, the parent claimed that he had not seen Collin in 18 months. And the reason could go someway to explain the youngster’s absence from screens.

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“Who I get is who I get,” Jon told Yahoo! “Whoever comes through that gate or gets off that bus is who I get.” But this didn’t apply to Collin because he had been pulled out of classes. Jon revealed, “[He] is home schooled, so he doesn’t get off a bus.”

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Certainly it seems that Collin was hit hard by by his parents’ divorce. The child began to exhibit emotional issues which led to him expressing anger in unhealthy ways. His mother told People in 2010, “[He] was upset and saying things out of frustration. He’d crumple his papers and throw them on the floor.”

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By some accounts, though, Collin’s issues went further than mere temper tantrums. It was rumored that the child had been violent towards both children and adults on the school grounds. In addition, he seemed to be showing discomfort about being on camera; and he displayed this after reportedly declining to be photographed for his school yearbook.

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Kate later took kids Alexis and Collin out of school in favor of a private tutor. Though this, she maintained, was a voluntary decision and not one forced by their teaching institution. Kate continued, “[They] were not expelled. [The school] did not feel like they could meet their needs anymore, so it was decided they should leave, for now.”

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After being withdrawn from the school system, both Collin and Alexis also began receiving therapy. Consequently, Kate claimed at the time that they were “doing much, much better.” However, Collin apparently continued to act out in alarming ways; and this would cause his mother to seek out another form of treatment.

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In 2016 Kate revealed to People that Collin was no longer living with the family. Instead, he was taking part in a program in another area that was meant to help the youngster deal with his emotions. According to Kate, this came after discovering that her son was dealing with more than just anger issues.

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“Collin has special needs,” Kate explained to the magazine. “[There’s] a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are, but he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things. This has been a struggle we’ve had for a very long time, and it’s one I’ve dealt with on my own.”

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As a result, this would explain why Collin was absent from all but the finale of Kate Plus 8’s last season. As claimed by a source to People in 2017, the whole season was shot out of order. So while Collin’s only episode may have been the last of the series, it was filmed before the child left home.

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Naturally, however, sending a child away from home is not an easy thing for any parent to do. Kate told People, “We miss him so much, so it’s been hard because there is a huge hole in our family without him here. But it comforts us to know he’s where he needs to be right now, and I can feel good about that.”

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Nevertheless, an important person in Collin’s life claimed that he wasn’t even told about the program. Shortly after Kate’s announcement, her ex-husband turned to Entertainment Tonight and alleged that she’d never consulted him about the move and hadn’t informed him of his son’s whereabouts. Jon remarked, “I mean, I ask but she doesn’t tell me. She doesn’t answer any of my texts.”

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Furthermore, Jon went on to argue that Collin “seemed fine” when he last saw him. He said, “I could see my kids getting annoyed with that because he’s the smartest and he does this, and he does that, and he always wants it his way. [Collin’s] very particular, which could be bothersome. But he’s very loving, too.”

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Coinciding with Jon’s claims, dark reports about Collin’s wellbeing began to emerge at this time. According to Life & Style, the child allegedly informed minders during his treatment that his mother had been abusive to him at home. Moreover, Collin’s father would claim he had been contacted personally by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services saying they’d received a report of suspected child abuse.

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Although she admitted that there had been probes into her in the past, Kate denied that she had ever been abusive to her son. She told Good Morning America host Amy Robach, “I’m in the public eye. I have been investigated many times. It’s always unfounded, obviously.” Kate also defended her decision to send Collin away for therapy, adding, “It was necessary.”

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Eventually, Collin’s father would be responsible for pulling the youngster out of the facility. As Jon would later claim, his son sent him a letter begging to be taken back home three years after first being admitted. Speaking to DailyMailTV in 2019, he maintained that that Kate had him committed solely for being “difficult” and “stubborn,” and that his son had no diagnosed medical condition before being admitted other than ADHD.

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Following his son’s release from the facility, Jon applied for temporary custody of Collin. And since his ex-wife allegedly didn’t attend the court hearing, the former reality star was named his primary caregiver for the first time in almost a decade. Since then, Collin has been living with his dad and sister Hannah.

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For now, it looks like Collin is content, but the child reportedly still has issues to work through. According his father, the boy now has PTSD as a result of his experiences. He added, “I know my children have suffered abuse and I know one day they’re going to tell their own story.” So it seems like this sad family story won’t end anytime soon; but at least the cameras are no longer around to film it.

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