Pennsylvania defends 'Kate Plus 8' labor permits for the kids

Pennsylvania's labor department kept the reality TV world from spinning off its axis by seeing to it that despite some backlash, Kate Gosselin's sextuplets get to toil for a paycheck on the TLC reality show spinoff "Kate Plus 8."

The Department of Labor & Industry announced that no laws are being violated by the kids' appearance on the show, refuting statements by state Rep. Thomas P. Murt (R-Montgomery/Philadelphia). Murt claimed that the 6-year-old children were being unlawfully exploited, the Associated Press reported. He also said state law dictated that kids under 7 could work in film, not on TV. Labor officials countered that the permits they granted kept the kids' hours under control and would enrich their bank accounts.
The commute won't be a problem. The show will film mostly at the Gosselin home in Wernersville, Pa. The wee ones, however, will not be waiting until their father gets home. In case you've been living in a pop-culture deprivation tank, the family's original show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8," ended in November after five seasons as Jon and Kate Gosselin's 10-year marriage unraveled. They were granted a divorce in December, with Kate getting primary custody of the little dividends, er, children.

Murt wants the state attorney general to rule on the matter. That gave WalletPop an idea: What about a guest spot for Mr. Murt confronting Kate (pictured) as he fights for the rights of handsomely compensated, celebrity first-graders who just have to be themselves everywhere? Gets even juicier if you add a little political backbiting, assuming Kate is a staunch Democrat.


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