Illustration for article titled Multiple Choice: Meet The Man Behind Americas Famous Families

Slate interviews Bill Hayes, the producer of Jon and Kate Plus 8, Table for 12, and 18 Kids and Counting. Turns out, he's a little bit on the unusual side himself.


The Slate piece is mostly about Hayes's regret that the Gosselins' divorce ruined the show, but Hayes, whose North Carolina-based production company is also responsible for the series Super Obese, seems to have an obsession with big families:

"Hayes was first introduced to a large, eccentric family in high school. Located in the hills of North Carolina, the school was populated by the descendants of brothers Eng and Chang Bunker, a set of conjoined Thai twins who moved to the region in the early 19th century and produced more than 20 children. The descendants populate the Tar Heel landscape and, every year, hold a family reunion, which Hayes has attended."


And this is weird:

"That said, his interest in the surreal aspects of human life is not exactly marked with journalistic detachment. He told me, for instance, that a Brazilian faith healer he met several years ago lowered his cholesterol through "invisible surgery.""

There really ought to be a special channel for People Who Will Believe Anything.

Family Man [Slate]


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