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‘Kate Plus 8’ Recap: Kate Gosselin’s Daughter Criticizes the Star for Making a ‘Scene’

Mom, stop embarrassing us! Kate Gosselin totally freaked out about eating bugs and shelling crawfish on the Tuesday, December 6, episode of Kate Plus 8. The Gosselins headed down to New Orleans for a heavily scheduled vacation full of cooking classes and building houses. Kate made sure to take plenty of photos and yell about random things in public places to humiliate her kids, like always.

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Mind Your Manners

Kate made sure to take the kids to etiquette class in the beginning of the trip, so they could learn some Southern hospitality. A few of the girls complained about how the boys had to pull their chairs out for them, as if they couldn’t do it themselves, which made Kate kind of proud. “They’ve become sort of very much women’s libbers,” Kate said, which she thought was due to the fact that the kids always see her doing everything for herself. Well … with the help of her assistant.

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The teacher of the class told the Gosselin clan that the “cardinal sin” of etiquette is using a phone at dinner, just as Kate was texting under the table. She made an excuse that because Alexis was back at the hotel and sick, she should get a free pass. “I think our show should be called ‘Kate Making Excuses for Herself,'” Mady said about the incident, throwing total shade at her mom. 

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Bugging Out

Because the group was hit with a rainy day during their trip, Kate decided to go off her original schedule (*gasp*) and take the kids to an insectarium. Her tykes got to hold a lot of insects, like millipedes, and were totally into it. But Kate, not so much. She barely touched the bug and started screaming and running around the museum. “I was so embarrassed,” her son Joel said about his mom’s actions. Poor kid.

Kate freaked out multiple times throughout the day, especially when her kids made her eat a bug at a restaurant in the museum. She put the bug in her mouth and immediately spit it out. “She likes to make a scene,” Cara said about her mom’s reaction. As if the camera crew weren’t already distracting other bug-loving museum attendees already!

From left: Mady, Cara, Aaden, Alexis, Hannah, Kate, Leah, Joel, Colin

Lending a Hand

The group decided to go to a neighborhood that was hit by Hurricane Katrina and lend a helping hand in rebuilding homes in the area. Kate thought the experience would be good for her kids, who “may forget how good they have it sometimes.”

Kate was way into the demolition part of the job and loves smashing a hammer into walls and tearing them down. This literally seemed like the one time during the trip where she wasn’t speaking in monotone or looking at her phone, so she obviously had some anger she wanted to let out. Don’t get on her bad side!

Cooking Crawfish

Kate decided to take her kids to a cooking class to learn how to cook classic New Orleans dishes, and started off the class with a fun crawfish-peeling contest. Most of the kids enjoyed preparing the seafood, but as expected, Kate was not having it.

“I have a stomachache thinking about how you have to twist their bodies and do all this stuff,” Kate said to the camera. She repeatedly yelled as she got crawfish innards on her and claimed she wasn’t “being dramatic.” Yeah, right.

“She cried about a millipede yesterday,” Mady said to the instructor, making fun of her mom. The twins kept dissing their mom this entire trip. Ouch.

Tell Us: Do you think Kate was overdramatic during the family vacation to New Orleans?

Kate Plus 8 airs on TLC Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET.

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