The final episode of TLC’s Jon and Kate Plus 8will air tonight. During the final episode, fans can expect to see the estranged parents of eight go on outings with the kids separately. Jon Gosselintakes the kids to a fire station near the family home in Wernersville, Pa., while Kate Gosselin takes them to a local dairy farm.
Jon and Kate both reflect separately on the events of the past few months and what the future holds for them. The last few months have been a roller coaster ride for the separated couple. A couple months ago, TLC announced that the show will be renamed Kate Plus 8. This never happened as Jon refused to let his kids appear on the show saying it was detrimental to the kids.
“Kate Plus 8 is not in production,” TLC spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg said Thursday. “We are focusing on the launch of Kate’s new series in early spring.” No other details were available.
In other news, RadarOnline is reporting that Jon & Kate’s divorce should be finalized before the year is over. The main issue holding up the divorce was the division of the couple’s assets. A divorce arbitrator will divide their assets by December 21.
The couple met face to face on Saturday for a divorce arbitration meeting, during which Jon decided to bring flowers for Kate. Jon, the classy guy that he is, made certain to tell the press he brought the flowers for Kate as a peace offering. Kate however did not accept the roses and a source familiar with the situation told Radar, “She was disgusted by Jon’s actions. She sees right through him.” Can’t say we blame her.
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After all the drama, Jon Gosselin may still be confused as to what he really wants. He recently told a tabloid magazine that he wants to restore his relationship with estranged wife, Kate Gosselin.
“I regret my conduct,” he says in an interview. According to the interview, Jon wants to suspend his divorce from Kate for 3 months in order to restore their relationship and communication. In a press release, Jon said: “I regret my conduct since Kate and I separated. I used poor judgment in publicly socializing with other women so soon.”
Even though It all sounds sincere, the only problem is Kate is unaware of his intentions according to RadarOnline. A source says Jon sent a letter through an arbitrator to be delivered to Kate. Another source reveals that Kate was both surprised and shocked to read about Jon’s intent to slow down the divorce process.
UPDATE — According to Radaronline, Kate has decided to go full speed ahead with the divorce despite Jon’s proclamation. “Kate sees no reason to wait and drag this out,” a source close to the situation says. “She doesn’t think Jon is being sincere in his comments. She thinks it’s all a publicity stunt.”
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Despite initiating divorce proceedings, Jon and Kate Gosselin’s focus remains on the children as it should be. The whole family reunited on Saturday to celebrate the July 4th holiday at their Wernersville, PA home- the day was filled with lots of food and a game of volleyball. Both Jon and Kate picked blueberries so Kate could bake a cake while Jon was seen lighting a sparkler with the kids.
The day’s activities were not filmed due to the production of the show being on hold until August, according to TLC.
32 years old Jon intends to begin a new chapter in his life following the finalization of the divorce. Kate filed for divorce on June 22nd after 10 years of marriage stating the marriage as “irretrievably broken.” She plans to negotiate a fair settlement with Jon.
“While I know it will be hard for them,” said Kate of the effect of the separation on their children, “it will be the best and most peaceful for them.”
Following the June 22nd episode depicting the much-hyped divorce announcement, viewership has significantly declined on TLC’S Jon & Kate Plus 8. The Season 5 premier had an estimated 9.8 million viewers compared to the 2.4 million viewers that tuned in this past Monday.
The show has been placed on hold but plans to return on August 3rd. According to TLC, this will give the Gosselins time to adjust. Despite the family issues, Kate plans to continue taping the reality hit. In a recent statement released on Tuesday, the Gosselins say they will no longer speak to the press.
“Our goal is to do the very best for our children and that will be done as privately as possible,” the Gosselins wrote on TLC’s Web site. “We appreciate the understanding, support and well wishes from so many.”
Jon & Kate Plus 8′s dad Jon Gosselin isn’t the only one battling cheating allegations. We began hearing whispers that his wife Kate has also been having her share of fun with her trainer and bodyguard. Kate is now denying reports that she has been having a more-than-platonic relationship with Steve Neild, a bodyguard who frequently travels with her and her family to People.
“Already the allegations they’re making about me are disgusting, unthinkable, unfathomable, and I am horrified.” Kate tells People. “These are people who absolutely love us and want to see us through to the end,” Kate says of Neild and his family. “Of course, both of them travel with us at times, and we’ve spent holidays together, because, in this situation, your circle grows smaller and smaller, and it’s very natural to become friends with your manager, your publicist, your security team … they’re the only people you have left. And now they’re coming under fire.”
Only time will tell what is really going on with these two. There are also rumors they might have an understanding or an open marriage.