Kate Gosselin, Kendra Wilkinson swap lives on 'Wife Swap'

Posted: February 19, 2013

The mind reels.

Kendra Wilkinson, the former Playboy poser married to an ex-Eagle, agreed to trade places with Kate Gosselin and care for a brood of eight kids?

That's right, according to ABC. Those are the two moms pulling the season-debut switcheroo on Celebrity Wife Swap at 8 p.m. Feb. 26.

The Philly-born Gosselin, a single mom, would sure seem to be getting the better of the deal, since Wilkinson has just one 3-year-old boy, and a husband around the house as well - former Philadelphia Eagles receiver Hank Baskett.

At the Gosselin house in Berks County, with twins and sextuplets, it could be a case of "child endangerment," if not "Playmate endangerment," the L.A. Times suggests. (The writer also wonders, wouldn't a fairer deal have been a swap with Nadya "Octomom" Suleman?)

Then again, the headstrong Gosselin's such a handful herself, "Poor Hank" was the assessment of a Celeb TV report on YouTube.

No, although the Disney network has no problem with hanky panky on The Bachelor, this show shies away from wife swapping of the boudoir variety.

Gosselin, of course, rose to fame with a math formula something like Jon & Kate Plus 8 minus Jon equals Kate Plus 8 and a gig on Dancing With the Stars. Lately, though, she's qualified for reality-show unemployment comp.

Wilkinson, daughter of a Cherry Hill-raised former Eagles cheerleader and a dad from the Main Line and the Shore, made her name as one of Hugh Hefner's girlfriends on the E! reality series The Girls Next Door. She married Baskett at the Playboy Mansion in June 2009, and both have appeared in her spin-off series, Kendra, then Kendra on Top. She, too, competed on Dancing With the Stars.

Alas, as of this morning, ABC had yet to make available clips of any frustrations or fireworks likely to ensue.

Bet a promo's likely to add a little drama to Sunday's Oscar telecast - if one doesn't start making the rounds well before then.

Contact staff writer Peter Mucha at 215-854-4342 or pmucha@phillynews.com.

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