Kate Gosselin: "I Can't Pay My Bills"

Celebrity News Oct. 5, 2009 AT 9:09AM

Kate Gosselin tearfully told the Today Show's Meredith Vieira Monday morning that her estranged husband, Jon, has left her and his eight kids without enough money to pay the bills.

"He took $230,000 of the $231,000 [in their shared banking account], and I have a stack of bills in my purse that I can't drop in the mail," said Kate, 34.

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"When you've left your children and their mother unable to pay for the roof over their head, it's not acceptable," continued Kate.

Kate said she never imagined herself unable to afford her children and $1.1 million Pennsylvania home after taping her TLC reality show for so many seasons. The couple make an estimated $75,000 per episode.

"We were in the position after our sextuplets were born that we could not pay our bills." she explained. "We did the show to provide a better life for them. Never did I think I'd be back in the same position.

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"I can't sleep at night. I can't pay my bills," Kate went on. "I think he's receiving bad counsel. He's always been one to listen to the one next to him." 

The mother of eight said this isn't the first time Jon, 32, has emptied funds from a joint account. Several days before she filed for divorce in June and the couple met with an arbitrator, Kate moved $100,000 into her account because she says she was afraid she wouldn't be able to afford food.

But on the advice of their arbitrator, she reluctantly put the money back into their shared account.

She says she spent $50,000 on bills, and Jon blew the cash on "erratic purchases [and by] randomly buying things."

Kate also slams claims by Jon that taping the newly renamed Kate Plus 8 "hurts the kids."

Said Kate:"I told the kids over the weekend that we weren't filming. Times eight, there was wailing and sobbing. They love the crew, they love the interaction, they love the events. It is not harmful to them. They are angry." 

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Kate laments that Jon's become a different person.

"I'm still hoping at some point I'll receive a phone call, and the old Jon is back," she said.

 

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