Rejecting Reality TV
By the time the septuplets were 10 years old, the family had decided to turn down most interview requests from the media. And while other large families had chosen to open their homes to the reality TV route, such as Jon and Kate Gosselin with their sextuplets and twins, the McCaugheys did not want to share their lives with strangers. When the first media coverage of the septuplets arose, Kenny and Bobbi had received a letter from the famous quintuplet Dionne, urging the parents to avoid the pitfalls of fame they had experienced in the public eye. Whether that was a factor or not, the McCaugheys chose to raise their children as privately as possible. They did, however, make a few exceptions.