In a hearing about whether Jon and Kate Gosselin violated child labor laws during taping of their "Jon & Kate Plus 8," on TLC, a family member testified that the show filmed a fake Christmas episode but led the eight children to believe it was really Christmas morning, the New York Post reports. "
The stunt was done "[S]o that the camera crew could get the genuine reaction of the children," Kate Gosselin’s brother Kevin Kreider told a hearing panel. "It wasn’t until after, later that they were told it was not Christmas morning …. Can you imagine how confused eight little kids were that morning?" he said.
Krieder also talked about his unease over lack of adult supervision and possible psychological damage to children on television shows, the Post says.
The hearing revolved around child-labor laws in Pennsylvania. According to People, the charges have been dropped.
However, People wrote that "the producers must obtain child-permits if they wish to film the Gosselin children in the future. They must also allocate a portion of the proceeds into a trust fund for kids, the Associated Press reported."