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EXCLUSIVE: Kate Gosselin Bounced From New TV Show For Being Too Controversial

Dec. 23 2009, Published 4:11 a.m. ET

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Kate Gosselin is not going to be part of a new TV show that she shot a pilot for because executives thought she was too controversial, has learned exclusively.

In early September, Kate was one of several hosts for a Momlogic TV pilot. She joined Food Network star Paula Deen, Lee Woodruff and former Early Show co-host Rene Syler.

The show, by Telepictures, has been described as The View for working moms and while it is technically still alive, industry insiders tell that it is on life support.  It is still on the schedule to be sold at the convention where TV shows are pitched, but an insider said there is little chance it will make it.

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With multiple hosts, the show was designed to tackle topics such as teen pregnancy as well as lighter fare.

One TV source with knowledge of the situation told that high-level executives believed Kate was too controversial for the show and didn’t think she was ready for a full-time hosting job, even as part of a panel.

But not all decision makers agreed with that assessment. “There was a lot of arguing,” the source, familiar with the behind-the-scenes action, told exclusively.

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Paula Deen was being pushed as the show’s star, even in the multi-host format. There was some concern that Kate’s notoriety was upsetting Paula by drawing attention away from her. All of this was kept completely quiet.

But the decision to drop Kate doesn’t mean no more Kate on TV. She will be back on TLC in the spring with a new show, whose concept has not been made public. And unlike the Momlogic show, whose future is uncertain at best, TLC has committed to Kate’s new show, even as it works to finish developing its concept.

As reported recently, Kate was in North Carolina taking orders and waiting on customers in a famous diner. The TLC show is still in development while experimental filming takes place.



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