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Gosselin relatives to testify at Pennsylvania child labor laws hearing


By Christopher Rocchio, 04/14/2010 

Two Kate Gosselin relatives who have previously stated the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star and her ex-husband Jon Gosselin exploited their children and treated them like commodities by allowing them to appear on the TLC reality series will now get a chance to say the same thing to lawmakers.

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Kate's brother Kevin Kreider and his wife Jodi will testify on Wednesday at a Pennsylvania state legislative hearing on child labor laws, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The hearing was called by Rep. Thomas Murt, who is looking to prevent the exploitation of children who appear in movies and television shows.

Kevin and Jodi originally made their claims on The Early Show last May.

"We're speaking out now because we want to be the voice of our nieces and nephews and we're seeing it turn tide that they're being viewed as a commodity," said Kevin at the time.

"They're being exploited and it's time for America to see the situation for what it really is," Jodi added.  "Unfortunately there are no laws protecting children in reality TV shows and its time for the public to be aware of this and that these children are very aware of the cameras in their home.  Their home is their workplace and this is not a healthy environment for kids to be raised in."

While Jon originally labeled the characterization as "ridiculous," he laterclaimed to have reconciled with Kevin and Jodi and expressed "regret" when he demanded TLC stop filming his children because it had become "detrimental" to them.

State labor officials subsequently investigated Jon & Kate Plus 8's production for possible child labor law violations but did not release any findings. 

(Photo credit TLC)


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