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Reality star Kate Gosselin appeared on the Today Show Friday to promote her new TLC show - Kate Plus 8, which premiered this Sunday.

In the interview, Kate defended her decision to appear on Dancing With The Stars, discussed the now dropped child custody case, and also briefly touched on Jon Gosselin’s girlfriend(s).

Kate revealed that Jon has dropped his attempt to try to seek custody of their eight children. “At this very moment, things are peaceful. He’s agreeing to (a schedule involving) every other weekend and dinner nights. I think that’s a perfect amount of time (with the kids),” said Kate. “The custody mess has been dropped by him and so I think he’s realized that it’s best that they’re at home in their house where they belong, with me the majority of the time. At this moment, it’s peaceful.”

“Jon’s decisions remain Jon’s decisions,” continued Kate when asked about Jon’s new 23-year-old girlfriend Ellen Ross, whom he recently introduced to the kids. “It’s just for me to help the kids deal with it … They ask me questions where his girlfriends are concerned, and it’s just a situation that I have to deal with with them.”

When asked if she’s ready to start dating, “No,” replied Kate. “I don’t feel like it’s time. I feel my kids need so much of me that I need to be there for them. Personally, I don’t feel ready to move forward.”

And when it comes to the heavy criticism she received for appearing on DWTS, Kate defends her decicion. “No, they (the public) don’t really (understand) much of anything. And it’s OK. I only have my kids to answer to, so that’s fine. All the other stuff, whatever,” said Kate. “It was a job, it’s work. Neither of my other two shows (‘Kate Plus Eight’ and ‘Twist of Kate,’ were in production, and we all need income, so it was work.”

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