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?
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.
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?
“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.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JON’S NEW JOBS AND KATE’S COMMENTS ON THE TALK?
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.