April 20, 2010

Nadya Suleman: 'Octomom' feels like a 'carnival attraction'

Posted: 08:00 PM ET

On today's Oprah Winfrey Show, Nadya Suleman says being  "Octomom" makes her feel like a "carnival attraction." She said, "I never imagined it would be like this."

Suleman says she will never do a reality television show and that "a parent must provide for their kids, not the other way around." (But didn't she sign a deal with Radar to allow cameras in the house? And last June, her lawyer said she had signed a deal to star in a reality TV series to be filmed by a Netherlands-based production company.)

She opened her home to Oprah's cameras, who followed her around for a chaotic day, revealing Suleman doesn't get much sleep and spends about $1,000 per week on groceries for her family. She has three nannies, alternating during the day, but no help at night. She said her only means of income is from the media. Suleman was paid $100,000 for the Star bikini cover, and she says she still has some of that money left, but is looking for another media opportunity to generate income. Oprah didn't pay her "a dime" for the interview.

Would you watch a reality show with Nadya Suleman?

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Jessie from Auckland, NZ   April 20th, 2010 8:41 pm ET

She sure has her hands full. My goodness! I could imagine it feels like a 'carnival attraction' too. I think it would be too much to watch a reality show about her life. I might just feel too much pity for her I'm afraid. But I might just be curious to see how she handles it all. It would be mindboggling. All the best to her and her children.

EphremJohnson   April 20th, 2010 10:26 pm ET

No I would not watch anything of hers on TV. Anybody that would bring children into the world under the pretense she did does not have her children's best interest at heart. The doctor who preformed the incemination on her should be held accountable. Nothing about what she did was right. What right have I to say what I say...she knew that she couldn't take care of the six she had in the beginning. Weather or not she get's a show is not my consern. I feel sorry for those kids.

ThirdEyeBlue   April 21st, 2010 2:25 am ET

no. of course it is her body, her decision (whatever the reason) -her life. and the karma connected to her action will reflect back into her own life and the lives of her children. either in this lifetime, or another. makes no difference.

she is neither right or wrong and i would not participate, by watching her on a reality show, in their lives. there can be no judgment of her behavior except from her and her children.

mary   April 21st, 2010 9:40 am ET

sure I really don't see anything wrong with her and she is raising her children so that is good!

Expat American   April 21st, 2010 10:12 am ET

So this woman wanted to be the center of attention....then feels victimized when she is granted her wish?

This resembles John Edward’s (15 minutes of fame now over) mistress. Well into her 40s, she poses on a bed filled with stuffed animals in her underwear…because she wanted the world to see her underwear…then cries for hours because the world actually saw her underwear….

Thank God for Little Girls and God Bless America.

Diane Wilson   April 21st, 2010 10:47 am ET

I agree with Ephrem Johnson. Why is the doctor not held accountable?
I think he AND Nadya Suleman are criminals.
The world is dangerously overpopulated :so much so that we've all been warned of a shortage of water in the world for the next generation.
To treat the collection of human beings like a hobby of some sort is iniquitous. She disgusts me and so does her doctor.

Gerald Jolly   April 21st, 2010 10:52 am ET

So what.

She is a carnival attraction


Hugh in California   April 21st, 2010 4:15 pm ET

I'd rather watch "Octo-Pussy" with James Bond 007 over and over again, rather than watch any show featuring "Octo-Mom!"

Dodie   April 21st, 2010 4:24 pm ET

@ Hugh in California

You have me laughing hysterically. A witty and very humorous comment! Thanks for the good laugh, Hugh! Good to see you on LKL.

Hugh in California   April 21st, 2010 5:20 pm ET

It's nice to be seen - likewise! ^_^

care bear   April 22nd, 2010 4:11 am ET

Like Jessie, I wish Nadya, and her children the best. My prayers are with this family.

Lucretia   September 18th, 2010 3:01 am ET

DR. PHIL, Oprah..alll you guys..
GET her Sponsors to form a coalition..
Vitamins, baby food, pampers.. everything to grow HEALTHY BABIES..
SO lets NOT wait around to see how bad it can get..
LETS see some muscle where it counts.!
God blees us every one..
as Tiny Tim said..
after Scrooge had a change of heart...?!

Anakaranina   September 27th, 2010 12:17 pm ET

Yes I would watch,
Is either reality tv or wealfare.... and all the media who exploit the story anyway, should contribute to a fund to suppot this kids. Never mind Nadia, 8 children are in need.

leslie   September 27th, 2010 12:44 pm ET

This women needs to be sterilized. No one has as many children as she did wilfully. She likes the attention. People need to think of those poor kids. Who cares about her!!! It is those kids who suffer from her ignorance!!!

gloria   September 27th, 2010 12:53 pm ET

she asked for this situation. she thought that she would would cash in big time but she did not. i feel so sorry for these children. people have more children than they can handle. they don't have a clue what is in store for them. a law has to be put into place concerning these fertility drugs and treatments.

Happygirl 1952   September 27th, 2010 12:54 pm ET

The best thing to happen to the children would be that the state takes them away from their biological mother and places them in loving homes where they can receive the love and life that they so rightful deserve.

With the media circus and their crazy mother, what exactly do think are their chances of growing up "normal"?

There I said it – everyone wants the best for the children – so give them to people who will love and care for them...everyone's thinking it...but it's oh so incorrect.

Jim   September 27th, 2010 1:42 pm ET

@Diane Wilson – So you would criminally charge her, take money needed to support the children and divert it to lawyers, imprison the children's mom at great expense to taxpayers and then have 14 wards (the 6 prior children + the octo-8) all at great expense to taxpayers all the while traumatizing the children with all the lengthy battle. Sounds like a really good solution, doesn't it?

There are social services programs that are a lot less costly that will help protect these children from destitution and abuse, especially since they have such a publicly visible high profile.

If you want live where having children is criminal, then move to China.

Em   September 27th, 2010 9:17 pm ET

Okay. Help her take care of her EIGHT children. But lets not continue to make her a media sensation. Her children are going to grow up, saying: Hey, MY mom is the octo-monster. Yeah, thats me on tv riiiiight now. Let the kids be and let them enjoy their lives without a camera down their throats. And stop giving Nadya all the attention she is thriving for.


Roger Tutuvala   October 19th, 2010 5:59 pm ET

"Oprah didn't pay a dime" Oh , come on, Oprah sure could give her some benjamins. This Octomon is somehow funny and pimpy!!!!

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