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Rev. Run's Got Advice for Jon and Kate

Rapper-turned reality TV Dad on how not to become an annoying joke

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    Rev. Run says it is possible to keep a family strong under the microscope of reality television, but the formula seems to be eluding Jon and Kate Gosselin.

    TV parents Jon and Kate got some unsolicited advice on how to handle fame from another reality television veteran, Run DMC's Rev. Run, but it seems to have come way too late to save the pair from the perils of overexposure.

    Reality show success has seemingly torn apart Jon and Kate Gosselin, stars of The Learning Channel's "Jon and Kate Plus Eight," with allegations of infidelity, behind the scenes sniping and separate vacations.

    Rev. Run and wife Justine,  beginning the sixth season of MTV's Run's House, stay grounded with one simple principle: "Keep your eye on what you cherish," Run told People magazine.

    Rev. Run said he doesn't let the media attention change his life or his family's.

    "We're not extremely ambitious to be these big stars," Run, 44, told the magazine. "We hope to inspire people to see the value of being a family."

    With wife Justine, 45, Run is a "very involved and hands on" parent to all six of his children (Vanessa, 25, Angela, 21, JoJo, 20, Russy, 12, Diggy, 14, and baby Miley, 1 ½). "Everything is about them," he says.

    Adds Run: "If you cherish your wife and kids, that's where your energy goes."

    Being a fulltime dad and music mogul, Run still finds time to "keep it brand new" with his wife of 14 years. "Justine woke up the other day and e-mailed me a letter about how much she loves me and how happy she is to be my lover and my friend," he says. "Then we downloaded the song by Jason Mraz "Lucky to Be In Love with My Best Friend" and we just listened to it all day in our bedroom."

    Run said he accepts the media scrutiny that comes with putting his family under the reality TV microscope.

    "You can let this thing destroy you or you can take it and inspire," he said.