ShellieKZC also attended Jon Gosselin's speaking engagement at PSU. She was kind enough to share her notes from the night, and wanted everyone else to know more about what happened as well. Feel free to ask any questions of her, as well-- thanks for all the info, Shellie!!.
First, let me say I am in the middle of the road when it comes to J&K, and I'm just reporting what I heard. Not biased one way or the other. It's just the information I heard from seeing him speak tonight.
Here are the highlights:
He was pretty funny. Very relaxed, he looked good. Striped shirt and cords. He said Kate was at home taking care of the kids. His hairplugs looked great.
He definitely played to the age group. He said "mad cool" a lot, and talked about skiing, and the times he had been in State College when he was younger, met JoePa when Kate was in the hospital, things like that. They loved that kind of stuff.
They have two puppies, German Shepherds, a brother and sister. The girl is named Nala, and the boy is named Shoka . He said the boy's name was the name of the bodyguard they had in Hawaii.
He said he and Kate are now producers on the show.
He kinda dogged on Kate, but in a jovial way. He said when she is home, she has a lot of "spa days". He also said that they film 3-4 days a week, but not in a row.
He said Kate has a book coming out on Mother's Day (we knew that, 8 Little Faces, and a cookbook as well. Someone asked if he had a book coming out and he said yes).
He said they have a Vietnamese babysitter and that they "went through 15 babysitters" but she wouldn't be on camera so you won't see her, and that she is working out very well. He made it sound like it was mostly her and him taking care of the kids most of the time.
He confirmed that Hannah has her own room because of migraines (after a $3K Dr.'s visit, so he said).
He said he is a stay-at-home Dad. Kate is busy doing stuff for the show and the book, and travels a lot. He gave his schedule, gets up at 6 a.m., gets the kids to school, works out at the gym for 2 hours, gets the kids, etc. He didn't mention Kate at all during this time. He said that he snowboards on Tue. and Thu. with Cara. He said that Cara has a friend that is a boy, and that they have had play dates.
He said Alexis is the trouble maker, and that Collin is hard to deal with, and that Joel is very laid back. He made a crack about the boys playing with purses, and that Joel could "have his own TV show" but it was all made in jest, like he didn't really mean it, just as a joke. He said Cara is very much into sports, but stopped short of calling her a tomboy. He said Mady is very musically talented "like her mother".
Someone asked if they would be going to Korea, and he basically said "yes" and to "keep watching". He said that they have signed on for season 5, and that the next "two seasons" are "up in the air". (wild applause)
He also said they haven't had time to enjoy their new house because they have been so busy. He said they don't go out much because of all the attention and they have to bring a bodyguard along.
Someone asked why they didn't move South, and he said they wanted to stay near family (just reporting what I heard). He said his Mom lives in the area and that he talks to his brothers everyday. He said Kate went to his grandmother to learn how to cook Korean food, and that it is included in the cookbook. He said that he has reconnected with a lot of old friends.
He talked about how he proposed to Kate, and other general things. There was a trivia "contest" and winners got some J&K stuff when they answered questions right. He was very accommodating. I tried to go down and get a better picture of him after it was over, but he was mobbed. A girl next to me had her book signed.
He said Kate was flying to LA next week to tape a Dr. Phil show.
He also said that they have been doing a lot of charity work. That he had VIP seats to the Super Bowl, but didn't go so he could do a fundraiser at church (building a well in Africa). He mentioned that he and Kate might be back for Thon at PSU, a huge fundraiser for kids with cancer. The students freaked out about that as well!
It was fun, and I'm glad I went! Lots of people. It seated about 750, and there were 250 outside that didn't get in. I got there at 5:30 (it started at 7:00 p.m.) and got a seat. There were college kids with signs (Will babysit for free!) and some with t-shirts they had done themselves.