Kate Gosselin runs a very tight ship at home, not only having strict rules for the kids but for her employees who took care of them as well, according to a former nanny who used to work for the reality-TV star.
“We always had to refer to the manual because it listed her pet peeves,” the nanny told E! News in a recent interview. “You couldn’t put anything on the ground. You had to put shoes in a certain spot. You couldn't close doors loudly. You could only vacuum during certain times of the day if she was home.”
And “at nine o'clock, everything was done,” she added. “Even if I was halfway through dishes, at 9 p.m. you had to stop. She told me her day ended at 9 p.m, no matter what was going on.”
A rep for Gosselin did not answer multiple requests for comment.
The nanny said that their to-do list included eavesdropping when the kids would talk to their father, Jon Gosselin, on the phone. He and Kate divorced in 2009.
“When Jon called the kids on the phone, Kate said to us nannies, ‘You are Kate, so always listen in on the phone calls,’ ” she recalled how her former boss would want the nannies to put themselves in her shoes and do as she would.
“We always had to keep an ear and eye on what was going on. Kate would say she had no problem with the kids having a relationship with Jon, but it always felt like a facade to me.”
Twins Maddie and Cara and sextuplets Aaden, Collin, Joel, Leah, Alexis, and Hannah were also often privy to their mom’s strict side, the nanny added.
“When the boys were in trouble, they were made to go outside, in their giant yard, and pull weeds,” she claimed. On another occasion, she said, the kids weren't allowed to eat a gingerbread house that they had made.
“They had to stare at it every night during dinner,” she said. “I finally just let the kids eat it.”
The nanny said that she ultimately quit after witnessing certain behavior she was uncomfortable with, such as Kate spanking son Colin — whom she described as the “busiest” of the eight kids and the one most often in trouble — with a plastic spoon in front of his brothers and sisters.
Kate’s ex-employee also said that the younger kids would watch old episodes of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” before bed at night, calling it “mommy and daddy’s show.”
“It was their favorite thing to watch,” she said.
Ever since she was 16, Alison Sweeney often logged 12 hour days, five days a week on the set of “Days of Our Lives.”
But the former soap star, 37, who sat down at her Hollywood Hills home to discuss her decision to leave the NBC show for this week’s People, says she’s happy to be free, if not a little antsy.
“It feels crazy,” says the almost-stay-at-home mom of her new lighter schedule. After filming her last scenes on May 23, “I’m like, ‘I think I’ll go work out.’ It’s whatever I want to do right now."
She still keeps busy with hosting “The Biggest Loser” a few months out of the year, and penning novels (her latest, “Scared Scriptless,” hit shelves in June).
But Sweeney’s relishing the time she now has to spend with husband Dave Sanov and their two kids, son Ben, 9, and daughter Megan, 5.
Before, “Ben would wake up really early just so he could have breakfast with me before I went to work, and that sat with me. I’d like to be there for them and not feel like I have nine other things going on.”
And the little ones couldn’t be happier. “They were jumping up and down,” Sanov says of when his kids heard the news. “They don’t watch ‘Days’ but knowing the character of ‘Mom’ will actually be taking them to school in the mornings is super cool.”
Edgar Winter has stepped in to replace his brother Johnny as the headliner of the Rock ’n’ Brews Fest at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, N.Y., next Friday, following the death of Johnny Winter last week in Zurich, Switzerland, the Associated Press reports.
The concert, sponsored by WBAB-FM, will now be called “Rock ’n’ Brews Fest: A Tribute to Johnny Winter,” with Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera (formerly of Rare Earth) and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds all set to perform some of Johnny Winter’s songs as well as their own.
“My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny’s passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together,” Edgar Winter said in a statement. “I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart. Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time. But more than all that, he’s my brother — in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name.”
Rock star Jon Bon Jovi will be honored with an award named for an opera singer.
The Marian Anderson Award is given in Philadelphia to “critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way.”
In announcing the recipient Wednesday, organizers said Bon Jovi has used his musical success to support groups working to end homelessness and hunger.
Bon Jovi will accept the $25,000 award on Nov. 18 at the city’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Anderson was a celebrated contralto and Philadelphia native who in 1955 became the first black soloist at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She died in 1993 at age 96.
Previous winners include actor James Earl Jones, poet Maya Angelou and actress Elizabeth Taylor.
Pop star Iggy Azalea is taking on a new role as a commentator for the MTV Video Music Awards, the AP reports.
MTV said Thursday that the singer featured in the summer hits “Fancy” and “Problem” will provide a running commentary on fashion during the annual awards show on Aug. 24 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The following night, Azalea will channel her inner Joan Rivers for an MTV fashion recap show under the “House of Style” banner.
“House of Style” ran on MTV from 1989 to 2000 and was briefly revived online last year. Azalea will do the same thing this summer, starring in a series of Web-only shows visiting vintage clothing stores and talking about the connection between music and fashion.
The Web episodes will begin appearing Aug. 4.
Kiss, Usher and Jennifer Lopez will perform at the Fashion Rocks concert this fall, AP reports.
The Sept. 9 event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will also feature Duran Duran, Miranda Lambert and Pitbull. It will air live on CBS at 9 p.m.
Ryan Seacrest will host the two-hour special, which celebrates the relationship between music and fashion. The event takes place during New York Fashion Week.
DJ-producer Afrojack, Rita Ora, Nico & Vinz and the Band Perry will also perform. More performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.
Tickets go on sale next Friday.
And the fourth and final judge for “The Voice ... Mexico” is: Ricky Martin, the AP reports.
The Puerto Rican pop star will join Yuri, Julion Alvarez and Italian songstress Laura Pausini as the judges for the singing contest.
Mexico’s Televisa network announced that Martin will be the fourth judge in a statement Thursday, saying that “all his experience and musical abilities will be available for the next season of ’The Voice ... Mexico.’ ”
Martin previously was a coach on “The Voice Australia.”
The fourth edition of “The Voice ... Mexico” begins Sept. 7.