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State says the kids are alright


Child-labor permits should have been obtained for the children appearing on “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” Pennsylvania regulators have concluded.

But no action will be taken if a portion of the proceeds from the since-canceled TLC reality show are put into a trust fund for Jon and Kate Gosselin’s children and permits are obtained for future filming, the state Department of Labor & Industry ruled.

“It’s important to note that we did an investigation and we made sure the children were not in any danger or endangered as a result of the work they were doing,” a department spokesman said.

On Wednesday, Kate Gosselin’s brother, Kevin Kreider, testified at a legislative hearing on the state’s child-labor laws and discussed his concerns about potential psychological damage to children on TV shows.

The Labor & Industry department ruled that at least 15 percent of the gross proceeds from “Jon & Kate Plus 8” must be placed in trust funds until the children reach age 18.

A TLC spokeswoman said a trust exceeding that amount was put in place in November, and that the network had agreed to get all necessary permits.

Octo, meet Oprah

“Octomom” Nadya Suleman will appear on Oprah Winfrey’s next Tuesday and discuss how she is raising her 14 kids.

Suleman also is scheduled to appear in a skit on the “American Idol” charity show, “Idol Gives Back,” airing the next night.

In a Minor key

“American Idol” music director Rickey Minor is headed for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to replace bandleader Kevin Eubanks.

Eubanks announced Monday his last show would be May 28.

The birthday bunch

Country singer Roy Clark is 77. Actress Emma Thompson is 51. Singer Samantha Fox is 44. Actor Seth Rogen is 28. Actress Emma Watson is 20.


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