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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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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 sitethat 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 airportand 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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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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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 takenby 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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