Move over Jon, Kate Gosselin has a new media foe: Eric Roberts. The actor recently opened up about his recent Twitter posting in which he called the reality star mom “a child abuser.”
“I know she’s fading from the news, but hopefully someone’s still got their eye on the wellbeing[sic] of her kids. Kate Gosselin is a child abuser,” Roberts wrote on November 1. Over the weekend, he expanded on his opinion to the blog Small Town Gosselins.
“Thank goodness there is footage of Gosselin hitting her kids, and apparently feeling fine about it. I say thank goodness, because behind closed doors makes it that much tougher to stop,” Roberts explained. While he doesn’t think reality television is “inherently bad” (and recently went on reality television himself for VH1’s Celebrity Rehab), he thinks the Gosselin children’s state of life is an issue.
“They have an awful mother, and a father who doesn’t stop her.”
Roberts also addressed the report that the eight kids split 15% of Kate’s alleged $250,000 per episode salary. “The number of kids Kate and Jon have are the reason Kate and John have money,” he said. “It would be awful if financial stress was added to those kids’ problems. But the money should be divided 10 ways.”
While he believes parents should be careful about the contracts their children are entered into regarding the entertainment industry, Roberts admits he has been largely hands off in terms of his daughter Emma’s career — which she began at the age of nine. “Her mother and her manager handle her career,” he revealed.
Though his daughter began working at a tender age, now Roberts believes “kids are not fully willing participants in anything during childhood.”
However, he disagrees with Jon Gosselin’s remark about making the kids stop filming and believes Jon is taking up the wrong issue. “I think Jon is being unrealistic. How is that family going to live?” Roberts added.
“The kids could have a great time doing the show if their mom wasn’t a cruel horror who is clearly repeating generational abuse. Jon’s got his eye on the wrong ball. The kids, however, should not be forced to do anything.”
His advice for Kate? “Get out of denial and receive anger management… Next time she feels herself lifting a hand to harm one of her children, she should instead make a call to her local 12-step program.” He also believes that Jon should make a legal contract that states that Kate loses something financially every time she hits the kids.
“She’s playing the role of good mom. When she stops playing the role as it’s written, she should be fired.”