Where is Collin Gosselin? One of Kate’s eight kids was missing from his own birthday party on last night’s show, and fans were not happy.
Yes, Kate Plus 8 Season 6 Episode 3 marked a milestone as the sextuplets turned 13, but the elephant not in the room was the big story.
If you watch Kate Plus 8 online, you will see a big party celebrating five of the six Kate Gosselin sextuplets officially becoming teenagers.
Of course, with Collin not there, TLC may we well rename the show Kate Plus 7 these days … like a reverse 17, 18, 19 Kids & Counting.
Kate’s show hasn’t featured son Collin Gosselin in ages, as he no longer lives in the family home due to his unspecified "special needs."
While it’s well known that he is living away from the family in a program for kids who need special treatment, it’s never been clear why.
Moreover, viewers were really hoping he wouldn’t be absent from his own birthday party and would reunite with his sextuplet siblings.
Instead, Aaden, Alexis, Hannah, Leah and Joel were all on hand for a celebratory camping trip with their brother nowhere to be seen.
The five kids had a blast, it appeared, with the girls getting pampered with facials and the boys embarking on a fun scavenger hunt.
Their older sisters, 16 year-old twins Mady and Cara, were along for the ride, and Kate had a freakout here and there, but it was great.
Minus the Collin thing.
The kids turned 13 on May 10, and the party was one of the focal points of this new season catching fans up on what Kate is doing.
Yet Collin’s absence and continued struggles have been such a letdown for viewers that many are questioning why the show airs at all.
More than a few viewers took note of his absence and how the troubled youngster is basically not even part of the family/cast anymore.
Obviously, he is, but it doesn’t feel like it.
The fact that he was turning 13, a pretty major life milestone, and still not present really underscored this sad situation like never before.
Collin also missed out on the family ski trip that aired on July 17, but this a much bigger deal and doubly painful to longtime supporters.
But life goes on, apparently, and just because Collin didn’t get to be a part of his own birthday celebration doesn’t mean there wasn’t one.
Fans took to Twitter in droves to express their feelings about it, however, making something that didn’t happen the night’s top storyline.
His whereabouts are shrouded in mystery, which would be understandable, given the private and sensitive nature of the situation.
But estranged father Jon Gosselin recently shocked fans when he suggested Kate Gosselin is holding Collin hostage essentially.
Jon claimed he had no information about his son’s whereabouts, and said Kate is refusing to tell even him where the boy lives:
“I have an idea but I don’t really know where he is. I mean, I ask but she doesn’t tell me. She doesn’t answer any of my texts.”
Kate responded in an interview that Collin is just fine, thank you, and took the opportunity to throw some serious shade at Jon.
Obviously. This is Kate after all.
She said it’s a sad state of affairs that Jon is using Collin’s recent behavioral issues as an excuse to question her competency as a mother.
"I’m really focused less on what Jon has to say," Kate said, accusing Jon of a transparent attempt to look like the more concerned parent.
"I don’t really pay attention, to be honest."
Jon’s attorney responded that he is "very upset by certain statements made to the press" and feels "the whole story is not being told."
Insiders say Jon was not exaggerating when he claimed to be unaware of Collin’s whereabouts; Kate says obviously he knows where he is.
Kate said she is prohibited from saying anything more by court order, though the situation is being handled as best as it can be.