Ding dong the witch is deadKate Gosselin’s reality TV career is officially over!
Just moments ago, the TLC network announced it has canceled Kate’s reality show Kate Plus 8.
“TLC has decided not to renew another season of Kate Plus 8,” the network said in a statement. “By the end of this season Kate Plus 8 will have hit the 150 episode mark (including Jon & Kate Plus 8); an exceptional milestone. TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future.”
The cancellation of Kate’s show comes as no surprise as we reported back in April that ratings for the show were at their lowest in years. At that time, new episodes of Kate Plus 8 were averaging just over 874,000 viewers per episode.
Earlier this year, a report came out stating – “If her ratings drop to the 1 million mark this will be her last season, and then Kate would have to get a real job.”
Well folks, it now appears Kate, 36, will indeed have to get a real J.O.B to care for her plus eight.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KATE’S SHOW BEING CANCELED? WHAT DO YOU THINK SHE’S GOING TO DO NOW?
With the ratings for her TLC show Kate Plus 8continuing to decline, it appears Kate Gosselin would like to change the public perception of herself, you know, the one that has her as a “money-hungry b*tch.”
In an interview with the HuffingtonPost, Kate surprisingly reveals she is aware of what the public perceives her as being. “The biggest misconception is that I’m a money-hungry b*tch,” says Kate, “My friends come and tell me. They can’t take it.” She has friends???
Kate goes on to add that her friends and family get more upset about the negative rumors than she does. Really, she has friends?. “I have to tell them just ignore it, don’t read it,” says Kate. “You know it’s not true. I am very driven, very type-A, very hard-working, very perfectionist.”
Kate adds, “Every single person with that personality is accused of being self-absorbed, snobby and horrible. A bad impression is given because you are so driven. My mind is on the finish line. It’s an attractive quality as far as men are concerned.” Sure it is Katie.
Kate then goes on to issue a challenge to her naysayers, which is pretty much the entire universe, when she states you should meet her before judging her.
“I really have to tell you I enjoy the challenge of meeting people personally and changing their opinion of me,” reveals Kate. “Because it happens 100 percent of the time.” Uh uh.
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TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KATE’S COMMENTS? YOU BUYING WHAT SHE’S SELLING?
Kate Gosselin is looking for love and is passive aggressively finally getting along with ex-husband Jon Gosselin for the sake of the couple’s eight children. She opens up about her new arrangement with Jon and her checklist for a potential mate in a series of recent interviews. So, Kate’s on a media blitz again…did I miss a new book she’s promoting?
On Monday, Kate, who is pictured above yesterday leaving the Today Show in New York City, appeared on Access Hollywood, bantering awkwardly with Billy Bush. When asked about any current relationships, Kate reveals that she has a hard time letting her guard down and her suitors are few and far between. Schmoozing Billy, she responds, “It’s like I’m promoting a dating show, [but] I’m not,” and she asks his co-host, “Do you have any single friends?”
Billy Bush compares Kate to Angelina Jolie in regards to a mother with mutliple children trying to find lasting love. I think Kate’s head may explode. Kate admits she’d like an older man, someone in his forties, driven, smart, and hot. Billy believes Kate would have better luck if she’d “start making out a little.” Sorry, Jon…it doesn’t look like a reconciliation is in store for you.
And speaking of Jon, Kate hasn’t been silent on him either. In the same interview, Kate touches on Jon’s recent endeavors, as well as his time with the kids. She takes a subtle shot at Jon points out, “He is actually making an effort for the four days a month he has [the] kids. I do wish he would see them more, but that is what he has chosen. The kids would like to see him more. So at least it’s consistent. Anytime he wants them more he can have them more and he knows that.” Wow, that sounds a tad harsh, but also it sounds as if maybe Jon should see those children more.
Kate however sang a different tune to People, stating, “The kids enjoy spending time with [Jon]. They wish he would see them more, but as long as they come home happy – and more or less they do – I’m okay with that, so that’s good.” Still a tad biting, but a little better, nonetheless. She continues saying, “It’s just naturally gotten more peaceful, which is good,” while citing the couple’s very different parenting styles.
The mother of eight returns to her dating criteria, reiterating, “I want somebody who is older…I can’t be bothered with these little boys.” Ouch. However, she does concede that dating isn’t her be-all-end-all goal. “I’m at the point where I’m like, ‘Okay, there’s got to be somebody out there who would work. If it’s meant to be, it’ll be. And if not, then whatever. I’m happy as I am.” It’s a good attitude to have…let’s just hope Kate means it, and that she and Jon continue (start?) to make those children a priority. Regardless, I’m betting they both hope you tune in to the new season of Kate Plus Eight, this coming Monday at 10 ET on TLC.
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TELL US – DO YOU THINK KATE WILL FIND HER IDEAL MAN? SHOULD SHE STOP TALKING ABOUT JON TO THE PRESS?
Jon andKate Gosselin have (shockingly) managed to stay out of the spotlight lately. And while their brood adds up to eight little ones, it seems Jon isn’t done doing the math yet.
Sources are reporting that Jon would like to have (even) more children with his new girlfriend Ellen Ross. While sources close to Jon confirm the news, he gave a more coy answer to In Touch magazine. “Basically, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” he said, adding that marriage plans are a possibility too. Jon also stated that he is very much in love with Ellen.
Meanwhile, E Online is reporting that a judge ordered Kate to pay more than $10,000 in fees to marriage counselor Sylvia Lafair. Lafair sued Kate back in April, claiming Kate retained her services to help the Gosselins through a rough patch in 2009. Kate flew the therapist out to California to counsel the couple. Lafair sent bills for her counseling sessions and travel expenses to both Kate and Jon, but was never paid by Kate.
Kate claims that Lafair was not providing couples counseling, but instead was working solely with Jon. Kate further asserts that Jon went as far as to refuse to accompany her to California without Lafair present. The judge wasn’t buying it, and including court fees, Kate must pay $10,476 in restitution to the therapist. Sources say that Kate won’t go quietly, and will likely appeal the verdict.
Oddly enough, it seems Lafairis still working with Jon but now touting herself as his life coach. Not one to miss out on her fifteen minutes of fame an opportunity to discuss Jon’s progress in his recent relationship with Ellen, Lafair is speaking out on Jon’s behalf in a recent In Touch interview. The therapist thinks Jon is ready to add to his breadwinners family.
She believes that after the public break-up of his marriage, Jon has finally found a partner in 24-year-old Ellen. Lafair reveals, “Going through our total leadership connections program, Jon began to find himself and then he found Ellen. He is experiencing life in a much more solid way.”
Lafair explains, “It’s not about the number [of kids], but about the capacity to love and do the right thing. I think they would be wonderful parents and it would give Jon an opportunity to parent with a partner. Partner parenting is an amazing thing for kids that are able to have that in their lives.”
So more kids for Jon? It seems too early to make that call, but I do hope that the “counseling” he has received from Sylvia Lafair is worth every penny Kate is paying for it.
No more Kate Gosselinon your televisions? Yes, that is now a very strong possibility today thanks to the very low ratings of her TLC reality show.
If you recall, it was reported earlier this month that Kate’s showKate Plus 8 would be cancelled by TLC if the ratings continued to take a dive. “If her ratings drop to the 1 million mark this will be her last season, and then Kate would have to get a real job,” said a TV producer to Popeater right before the season premiere.
And all seemed to be well as the premiere ratings of the show’s new season brought in 1.3 million viewers. Well, fast forward to today and the ratings have taken a sharp dive, as in fallen well below the 1 million mark.
The April 18th episode of Kate Plus 8 only managed to bring in a mere 874,000 viewers according to TVByTheNumbers. And folks, it was an all new episode and not a rerun. Shocking when you compare those numbers to the staggering 10 million viewers that tuned in for the episode in which Jon and Kate formally announced their divorce less than 2 years ago. Even more shocking when you consider the tremendous promotion Kate did to promote the show including an appearance on the Today Show.
And the week before, the show only managed to bring in 1.214 million viewers. The ratings for this week’s episode have yet to come out but it’s safe to say Kate is in serious danger of – gasp – having to get a real J-O-B.
The same report from earlier this month stated Kate was scared to get a real job and was going all out for the current season. With only 874,000 viewers, it might be a good time for Kate to spring out that old nursing degree.
TELL US – ARE YOUR SHOCKED AT THE LOW RATINGS? IS KATE’S REALITY CAREER OVER A LA JON?
With the ratings of her TLC show continuing to decline, a new report states Kate Gosselin is worried about having to get a real job.
According to Popeater, Kate, 36, is going all out for the new season of her show in hopes that it will be a big success. “This season Kate has been told to bring her A-game,” a TV producer tells Popeater. “If her ratings drop to the 1 million mark this will be her last season, and then Kate would have to get a real job.”
Ratings for Kate Plus 8, her TLC show following her divorce from Jon Gosselin, has steadily averaged 1.6 million viewers per episode. A far cry from the staggering 10 million viewers that tuned in for the episode in which Jon and Kate formally announced their divorce.
“You are going to see Kate spend another night camping, but this time without Sarah Palin. You will see her explore Sydney, meet with aboriginals and even swim with sharks in an attempt to win back viewers,” adds the source.
Another source assures Popeater that TLC is still Team Kate. “TLC hadn’t really done ‘Kate Plus 8′ in a series way until now — it was just sporadic specials that people had trouble finding,” the source says. “TLC does believe in her.”
However, it seems Kate does have reason to be worried as the Monday night premiere episode of Kate Plus 8 only brought in 1.3 million viewers.
In other Kate news, TMZ is reporting that Kate is being sued after failing to pay $10,476 for marriage counseling services back in 2009.
Despite getting her divorce from Jon finalized in December 2009, it seems Kate had previously requested that one of the Pennsylvania-based counselors of Creative Energy Options company “fly to Los Angeles to perform marriage counseling, then refused to pay for service or travel fees.”
The company’s president, Dr. Sylvia Lafair, told TMZ they had reached out to Kate several times, but that she has yet to make any payments.
She appeared on the Today Show yesterday morning during which she discussed her kids, ex-husbandJon Gosselin and dating.
According to Kate, her plus 8 still love having the cameras around to capture their every move. “It is a very positive fixture still in our lives,” she said of the cameras. “It’s normal. It’s exciting. They still cheer when the crew comes in the door. I would not say that if it were not true. We just filmed this past weekend for an upcoming episode and they said that was one of their best weekends ever.”
As for her two kids Collin and Alexis, who got expelled from school last year, or pulled out according to Kate’s version, she says they are now doing better with home school. “They are actually starting to integrate back (into school). There were actual medical issues that we dealt with … they are doing wonderfully at home and they are reading at the top level,” said Kate to host Matt Lauer.
When it comes to her ex-husband Jon, Kate attempted to take the high road stating she would like Jon to spend more time with their kids. “I wish (Jon) would see them more to be honest and so do they.” Kate then added, “I’m doing what I can to reach out and communicate. What I receive back is not in my control. I’m doing the best that I can to involve him in our family.”
The HollywoodLife blog however reports that Kate isn’t being honest and actually makes it difficult for Jon to spend more time with the kids. Sources close to Jon tell the site Kate won’t allow Jon to spend more time with the kids such as the New Year’s trip to Australia which actually took place during Jon’s custodial time with the kids, or the recent weekend trip she took to NYC without the kids, leaving them with the babysitters without telling Jon who would have loved to have them for that weekend.
As for dating, Kate admits it’s tough when there’s a plus 8 involved stating she’s only been on “half a date” since her split with Jon.
“I feel like I have my life together pretty much, but let’s be honest; it’s going to take a strong person to wrangle this mess,” she said. “If [a suitor] can pass the test, he’s got to be Superman.”
The new season of Kate Plus 8 premiered on TLC last night with Kate taking the kids to Australia.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KATE’S COMMENTS & LAST NIGHT’S PREMIERE OF KATE PLUS 8?
Kate Gosselinwas all smiles as she celebrated her 36th birthday last Friday in New York City minus her plus 8.
The Kate Plus 8star, who’s birthday is actually on March 28, alongside a small group of friends (Kate has friends?) got together at the NYC STK restaurant to celebrate. She showed off lots of leg while sporting a classic little black dress.
According to the HollywoodLife, Kate’s bodyguard Steve Nieldwas also present at the party though they didn’t get photographed together. While the TLC cameras were on hand to film Kate entering the restaurant with a friend (really, Kate has friends?), Steve reportedly ducked into the restaurant ahead of time to keep from being spotted with her. Sources reveal Steve had very little contact with Kate during the festivities.
And the very next day, Kate was photographed shopping at FAO Schwarz in NYC with a gal pal and her bodyguard Steve. Those photos are below.
Kate Plus 8returns to the TLC network with new episodes on April 4.