Kate Gosselin to Co-Host ET Special

Original octomom Kate Gosselin scores a new TV gig and escapes elimination on "Dancing with the Stars"

By Greg Wilson and DANIEL MACHT
|  Tuesday, Apr 13, 2010  |  Updated 10:01 PM PDT
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Kate Gosselin’s media-thon continues.

The original octomom and “Dancing” star has scored another TV gig, with Gosselin set to appear opposite Mary Hart as co-host on a special Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday, Usmagazine.com reports.

News of Gosselin’s ET appearance comes as the 35-year-old reality star escaped elimination from “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday despite having earned the lowest marks from judges of all competitors.

The celebrity mom is also set to star in a new TLC series “Twist of Kate” later this summer, capping a whirlwind return to the airwaves since the dissolution of her marriage ended "Jon & Kate Plus 8" last November.

On Tuesday, Gosselin opened up about her life in a "Today" show interview with Meredith Viera in which she discussed her new book and resisted opening fire on ex-hubby Jon Gosselin, who has called her an "absentee mom" in his bid for custody of the children.

"My reaction to that is I'm a working mom," Gosselin said. "I've got to work harder now than ever because I am a single mom. In my heart, I am always in my kitchen baking cookies."

Gosselin has found time between mothering her brood and appearing on the ABC dance competition to write a memoir, "I Just Want You to Know: Letters to My Children on Love, Faith and Family." In the book, she opines on the pressure of  raising eight kids under the spotlight of reality TV, her failed marriage and how her faith helps her perservere. The book is written to the kids, as something of an explainer on their unconventional life.

"I present this book to you — Cara, Madelyn, Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel — as the background on our family," Gosselin writes in the introduction. "You’ll see how we attempted to create memories, provide for your needs, form traditions, and give you a good foundation."

Gosselin apparently put together the book, due out this month, in record time.

"This idea came to me while I was driving one day, just a couple of months ago," she said. "I wanted them to know how much I love them, how everything I do is for them."

It contains advice to help the kids as the grow up, "kind of lika legacy," Gosselin said.

Gosselin said the kids miss having both parents around all the time, but said she is keeping the clan intact the best she can.

"If anything, I see the kids and I becoming closer," she said. "They're more open to me."

But she admitted that weekly jaunts to Los Angeles to tape the TV show take their toll. She practices during the week at their home in Wernersville, Pa., with pro partner Tony Dovolani, then flies west on the weekends. Grabbing sleep on the plane, she is back to start the week and see the kids off to school.

"I make the most of every minute I do have with them," Gosselin said.

She is surprised the grueling schedule is still in place. Her dance numbers have been roundly panned by the judges, with Bruno Tonioli saying one routine "looked like Tony was pushing a shopping cart around the block."

But Gosselin, whose book details rude encounters with the public, said she has thick skin. And for now, her fate is in the hands of her fans, not her critics.

"They believe in me more than I believe in myself, and that's what's kept me on the show," Gosselin said. "Certainly it's not my dancing."

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