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Kate Gosselin was all smiles as she celebrated her 36th birthday last Friday in New York City minus her plus 8.

The Kate Plus 8 star, 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 Nield was 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 8 returns to the TLC network with new episodes on April 4.

Good news for all the Kate Gosselin fans out there… Err crickets, as the TLC network announced this week that Kate Plus 8 will be making its return on April 4!

The all new season will begin with an hour-long premiere, showcasing Kate, 35, as she takes her 8 kids on a trip to Sydney, Australia to ring in the New Year.

“They visit the beaches and enjoy the warm December air on the other side of the world,” TLC released in a statement. “The family meets Australian aboriginals and learn about their culture.” The network also teases “Kate takes a boat to the middle of the ocean in hopes of swimming next to sharks – in a cage of course” Those poor poor sharks.

Meanwhile, it seems Kate’s children do not get many days off. According to the HollywoodLife site, the kids are currently in Kingsport, TN, working filming for the show during what is supposed to be their spring break holiday.

It gets even better as a source tells the site that Kate displayed some major diva behavior when she “made a scene” at the Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville, TN and had police give her an escort through the relatively small airport.

“Kate had the police walk her through the airport and into the parking lot,” the source reveals. “She was talking about wanting them to escort her limo to the hotel so the photographers didn’t get near her. But I’m not sure if they ended up going that far.”

The TN trip will reportedly be shown on a future episode.

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“Jon and Kate ‘Miss Each Other’” is the shocking headline of a new report by Popeater’s Rob Shuter.

According to the usually pretty reliable site, Jon Gosselin is doing everything he can to win back the love of ex-wife, Kate Gosselin, which includes getting a real job. It doesn’t end there as Kate reportedly also misses Jon.

“They both realize how much they miss each other,” a friend of the couple’s tells Popeater. “Neither one of them have been really happy since their ugly split and would love to turn back time to the point where they were both in love before fame took over.”

“Jon is in a great place,” a friend of Jon’s revealed last month. “He is happy and knows what a fool he made of himself after his split from Kate.”

So why are the two embattled exes considering a reconciliation at this point in time? “After the split the both of them were out of control. Kate thought she was going to be dating Brad Pitt, and Jon was sure he was going to be a superstar. Neither one of them found what they were looking for when they were single and have both come to the conclusion that maybe they are right for each other,” says the source.

The HollywoodLife site is however denying the story, citing a source very close to Jon who states the claims are so inaccurate that it’s almost comical.

“Jon and Kate are not getting back together,” the source says. “They have both moved on with their lives and they get along only for the sake of their kids.”

In fact, Jon also took to his twitter page and tweeted a denial about the story: “NO, I am NOT back with Kate. Sorry to burst your bubble, but the Tabloids are wrong once again.” And there you have it folks. Hell has yet to freeze over.

In today’s shocking news, Jon Gosselin has found himself a new job as a — gasp — construction worker!

Yes, TMZ is reporting that the 33-year-old father of eight began working with Green Point Energy, a Pennsylvania-based company that specializes in renewable energy, earlier this week.

The above photo was taken as Jon was hard at work installing solar panels on the roof of a storage building. Jon, a onetime technology worker, had reportedly been unemployed for over a year before a brief stint working for a real estate developer back in December.

In other Gosselin news, Kate Gosselin appeared on CBS’ talk show – The Talk this week, during which she refuted any comparisons of her TLC show Kate Plus 8 to Disney show “Hannah Montana” which Billy Ray Cyrus, father of teen star Miley Cyrus, has now said “ruined” his relationship with his daughter.

According to Kate, “the big difference” between “Hannah Montana” and “Kate Plus 8” is that on her series, “We’re not scripted, we’re living it.”

Kate also claimed the show has never interfered with her parenting her children. “I am still the parent on camera and off camera,’ she said. “I have zero regrets.”

She went on to credit her TLC show with being able to afford her family “amazing experiences,” such as the recent trip to Australia and New Zealand. “My kids have traveled the world,” she said adding that the film crew has become part of the family.

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So much for Jon & Kate calling a truce for the sake of their plus 8.

TMZ is now reporting that Kate Gosselin is asking a judge to hold her ex-husband Jon Gosselin in contempt of court. The reason? The pot Kate believes Jon has been blabbing his mouth to the media. It seems while the Gosselins are allowed to blab about their issues and kids to the media, a right Kate has been exercising quite frequently in recent months, they are not allowed to talk about issues directly related to their court case.

According to TMZ, Kate had her lawyers file the Petition for Contempt of Custody Order last Thursday. Sources close to the case tell TMZ that Kate believes Jon is violating the judge’s custody order, which prohibits either of them from talking about the case, by allegedly selling information about the case and tweeting his displeasure of the judge’s various decisions.

This is also likely related to the recent RadarOnline report which stated Jon’s displeasure at Kate taking their 8 kids to Australia for a vacation to work and earn her more money from TLC. This led to Jon not getting the kids for New Year’s Eve like he was supposed to. Jon took the issue to court to try to stop the vacation but a judge ruled in Kate’s favor stating the trip was okay because it was work related.

Kate is now claiming Jon is willfully disobeying the court orders, mostly to make a quick buck. She wants the judge to modify the custody agreement to protect the kids from Jon trying to make money off them. Oh the irony.

A hearing for the case has been set for later this month.

What’s a mom of 8 to do when you have multiple nannies and no job, well if you’re Kate Gosselin, you take a vacation!

The Kate Plus 8 mom was photographed once again lounging in Australia. As we reported, Kate is currently on vacation with her kids, 2 nannies, body guard, camera crew and a sound technician. The vacation is being filmed for her TLC reality show.

The photos were taken by the pool of a luxury hotel in Brisbane, Queensland on Wednesday. Kate reportedly took her kids to the zoo later on during the day. More bikini photos of Kate below.

In other Kate related news, bravolebrity Kathy Griffin announced yesterday that she is ending her Bravo reality show My Life on the D-List. And get this, the 50-year-old comedienne stated part of the reason she is leaving the show is so that she doesn’t end up like Kate Gosselin.

“It was a really tough decision because I think of the D-List as pretty much my baby for the last six seasons and I also think it was really time to stop doing it,” Kathy told PEOPLE. “Reality is great, but I really didn’t set out to be a reality star. So now it’s time to spread my wings and show that I’m a little different than Kate Gosselin. I’m not saying better,” she said, laughing, “but maybe separate myself from the pack a little bit.”

But fret not, as Bravo plans on airing four brand-new comedy specials featuring Kathy in 2011.

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A smiling Kate Gosselin (a rarity) and her eight children were spotted at the Australia Brisbane Airport on Tuesday for what is being described as a family vacation.

And it wouldn’t be a Gosselin family vacation without a camera crew in tow of course. According to the HollywoodLife, Kate and her plus 8 were accompanied by cameramen, a sound technician, her beloved bodyguard/rumored beau Steve Nield, and two nannies who are pictured above with her.

Kate, 35, is having the family vacation filmed for her TLC show Kate Plus 8. RadarOnline is also reporting that Kate’s ex-husband Jon Gosselin tried to stop the vacation from happening.

Kate told Jon about the trip, and when he did not agree it was decided that the judge should intervene and the ruling went in her favor,” a source explains. “It was another slap in the face for Jon because he did not want the kids to go to Australia.”

As for the reason Jon was so against the trip down under, the source reveals that “Jon had plans to get together with his kids and friends for New Year, but now he will not see them until they return in the middle of January. He was scheduled to have them this weekend, but there was nothing he could do as the decision was taken out of his hands.”

Jon is reportedly trying to put on a brave face though he is described as being disappointed at not being able to be with his kids for the New Year.  A source adds that “the judge ruled that because it was for work it was okay.”  Wowzers.

And finally, Kate was photographed wearing a bikini as she hit the beach with her kids on Tuesday. That photo is below -

Weeks after RadarOnline reported Kate Gosselin was sad and lonely, a new report now states the Kate Plus 8 mom is ready to do something about it!

While her ex-husband of over a year, Jon Gosselin, has had numerous girlfriends since their divorce, Kate has yet to be linked to any man other than her married bodyguard.  According to Popeater, Kate, 35, is now trying to put her dramatic year of 2010 behind her, and is focused on finding a new man in 2011!

“No one wants to be a single parent,” a friend of Kate reveals. “So much of 2010 has been about the children that Kate forgot to look after herself. Now, in the New Year, Kate is determined to start dating again and hopefully find a new man.”

The source however makes it clear Kate is not willing to look for love on TV. It was rumored a while back that ABC offered Kate a chance to be the Bachelorette.

“Kate has learned her lesson about love on camera,” an insider adds. “Any dates that she goes on will be strictly private with no cameras around. It’s going to be hard enough to find a man who is willing to take on Kate plus her beautiful eight children; asking someone to do all that on camera is impossible.”

Good luck to Kate. Not that we think she needs it or anything.

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