If Nadya Suleman — a.k.a. the infamous “Octomom” of California — gets her own reality show, it won’t be on TLC, the home to Jon and Kate Plus 8. “TLC is not pursuing any program at this time with Nadya Suleman,” says the network’s president, Eileen O’Neill. “We wish the family well.”
After giving birth to eight babies in January, the 33-year-old single and unemployed mother began fielding multiple offers to star in her own reality series, appear in a film documentary, or write her own book (she has six other children, all under the age of 7). Her then-publicist Michael Furtney said the offers were “very serious.” Since then, Furtney and his wife-partner Joann Killeen have dropped Suleman as a client after receiving threatening calls and e-mails. The duo, who had been representing Suleman for free, created a website that sought donations for the mother and her children.
After the birth of the babies, TLC acknowledged that several of its affiliated production companies began reaching out to Suleman to discuss a possible reality show. At the same time, TLC viewers — using the network’s website as a sounding board — threatened to boycott any new show that would feature Suleman and her brood.