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Jon & Kate's Divorce Episode: Record Ratings!

Jon & Kate's Divorce Episode: Record Ratings!

Jon & Kate Gosselin‘s divorce announcement attracted a record 10.6 million viewers for TLC’s June 22 episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8.

The previous record was it’s season 5 premiere on Memorial Day, which pulled in 9.8 million watchers.

Next week’s episode will be a retrospective look at the Gosselin family, accompanied by some new footage. After a brief hiatus, new episodes of the hit reality show will return on Aug. 3.

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  • miranda

    cant believe they’re divorcing

  • wtf

    He is just so fug and stupid looking. I can’t believe people watch this crap.

  • kat

    i knew the divorce was going to happen, but i’m still very disappointed about it.

  • kat

    i knew the divorce was going to happen, but i’m still very disappointed about it.

  • winter

    Yaaaay!!!! they’ll be back in august. Noting like the disintegration of a family to bring people to the television…. nice.

  • Lillianne

    Yeah, that pictures old. Too bad.

  • teri

    I myself don’t watch the show, wishing them the best and hope they can continue to remain friends. This seems like a terrible burden on the mother imo, while the dad goes off riding in the sunset. I couldn’t imagine having eight kids full time, you would have no time to yourself.

  • http://justjared think +

    Maybe the court will recommend counseling and in time J&K will be able to reconnect and work things out.

    at least the kids get a real Summer vacation…………. like most employees !!!!

  • jerri

    They should’ve pulled the plug along time ago…
    for anyone interested in the laugh of the day, go to to see 2 reels of Kate belittiling jon…and the kids..It’s not funny, it’s just more reason to hate her and give jon the thumbs up for finally leaving her.
    Btw, it’s my opinion that jon hates her so much because he asked to be done with the show long ago. She needs money and fame.

  • You/Me

    I don’t watch the show but naturally you can’t turn around without knowing who Jon & Kate are and their situation. I have to say I am disappointed that their lives came to this point, and I really think from everything I have read, that Jon probably didn’t even try to save the marriage. He got on tv, made a sh*tload of money, and now wants to be free to enjoy the single life. And Kate should have been more of a partner instead of a tyrant. So sad. Just further proof what reality tv does to couples.

  • Fran

    Kate looks stoned… or is it the dollar signs in her eyes?

  • teri

    I’m not sure why people hate on Kate since it’s Jon who cheated. Did I miss something? Nobody knows what went on in the home when cameras weren’t there, just the anger from him cheating while your home with the kids would upset anyone.

  • LK

    & Playing the role of Dad: Introducing….. Steve Neilds.

  • jons a idiot

    Jon your such a looser get a job you bum stop mooching of your wife now that you left your family. time man up and stop chasing around your 23 year old **** and shopping u wimp

  • lol

    @think +: LOL thats good

  • lol

    @think +: LOL thats good

  • Keira

    Ironic, how last season they were renewing wedding vows and teling their kids that theyd be together forever. Then the next season they divorce. =/

  • ali

    the world has gone mad that anyone would be interested in watching these people. tv has gone to the dogs.

  • lisa

    Well just proves we all stop for a car wreck.. These numbers will not last. Thus the show being haulted..

    Sad for the kids more then anything.. Just so sad.. I remember on this episode one of the girls said to Jon.. “Daddy I don’t want you to go away again”.

    Yeah made me want to cry.. They should have at least tried something. But from what I could see Jon is so over Kate.. No feeling there at all. She said he had a lot of anger towards her. Why?. I’m sure there is a lot we don’t know. But yeah Jon is so done…and has already moved on right or wrong..

  • RobinMN

    Just shut down the darn show. Enough of these kids being put on display for the $ benefit of mom and dad.

  • claire

    I love their show! I hope they will seek counseling for the sake of their kids. That’s a great pix of them!!!

  • slj

    The whole this is very sad.. Jon was so smug on the show he could really care less about anything except having a good time since he’s “only 32″ and finally found himself…Jon maybe now you can find a job.

  • too predictable

    This is just so sad. Those poor kids.

  • tori

    They should be free to be happy. The kids will be okay and will have a nanny to take care of them. They can all sign their own book deals and make appearances like the Brady’s.

  • Sarah

    Those who say Jon left her.. you are silly. Kate filed for divorce. A woman does not marry a man to have another child who she has to make decision for. It seems that Jon just sat back and did not assert himself and it just became the norm while she began to resent it but didn’t know how to let go after a while. She even was the one who had to file for divorce while he was seen out with his female “friends”

    When a woman gives birth her hormones change and her body gets even more tired and she does get a bit more aggressive, if she and her partner do not work together to give her peace and rest… Boom.

    I wish I could be as “perfect” as the rest of you. They needed a Tyrant in the show to keep it interesting and Kate’s hormones gave it to them. Peace to them all.

  • to Sarah

    Your sentence “They needed a Tyrant in the show to keep it interesting…”
    says it all.
    Ratings were more important than their marriage and alas, more important than their children.
    Jon and Kate should have those kids taken away and given to someone who has their priorities straight.

  • anonymous

    Wow, It feels like I just heard about them renewing their wedding vows. I hope they give it another try. In the meantime, I hope that the media is kind to everyone involved.

  • http://facebook Alyberry

    I thought they were separating???? The news said separating not divorcing. Oh well, i don’t really care either way. It is too bad they couldn’t salvage whatever they had left.

  • E

    narcissistic and exploitative, TLC..TheLeperChannel Jon and Kate have been disgusting pigs instead of parents.

  • intellsmart
  • mn1970


    Ah…hello…did you miss the news of KATE being a cheater, too?!? She supposedly is cheating with her bodyguard, Steve. No different than Jon is supposedly cheating with the Kindergarten teacher. You must be a man hater! They’re both losers!

  • sandra

    The new report is that in the divorce papers Kate stated that her and Jon had not lived together for 2 years!!

    Why can’t people see what a sham they are? While they were collecting a free trip to Hawaii (for the supposed wedding renewals), they weren’t even a couple.

    These 2 have milked their kids for every penny they could get- and now they want to cry foul because they became too self-absorbed to fix their marriage.

    Both of them are miserable people who have used their kids for every dime they have. This was never for the kids- it was always about Jon and Kate! I feel terrible for the kids even having such selfish and cruel parents…

  • me

    The Associated Press’s earlier report that Jon and Kate Gosselin have lived apart for two years is, it turns out, not true, according to TLC, the network that airs Jon & Kate Plus Eight. TLC denies the accusation, telling EW that the AP reporter misread the divorce papers. does a closer reading of the court documents here, explaining the confusion.

  • shelby

    Kate has the leadership skills necessary to raise children. He does not. He is a selfish, immature jerk who needs his fragile ego stroked by some stupid 20 something. He should never have gotten married. He can’t handle responsibility let alone not being the wife’s main focus. He makes me sick. Good thing they did the show – otherwise the kids would be dirt poor.

  • TWPumpkin

    How sad. They really looked happy here. To bad they can’t get back to that spot.

  • chinchilla villa

    Oh no….all this means is that they will still be on t.v. they will need twice the $$$ to fund this gong show. hope the cameramen get overtime.

  • Nicolllee

    even though I’m going to miss seeing the new episodes for a few weeks…I’m glad their doing the hiatus. Them and the kids especially need to get used to the fact that their family is know longer together, and its that they are doing it privately. I really feel for this family, because although I think could have done better to keep their marriage lasting, I do think they loved each other & especially watching earlier seasons you can tell how much they loved the family. But oh well things happen, good luck to Jon & Kate, but most importantly I hope the kids are okay and hopefully adjust well to this….

  • rossy40

    WOW! The ratings sure did climb again for the episode, didn’t they, & after going down? Aside from the “specials” isn’t each “season” filmed a year in advance? So the next season will be, “Jon & Kate Plus – Divorced”? The ratings will be high again.
    The more I read about all this – the more it smacks of SET-UP. To me, it all seems so staged… The network/producers thinking: “What can we do to get higher ratings for the network?” – Which means more money for those involved (including Jon & Kate), so TMZ, X17 & other tabs/paps are suddenly aware of TROUBLE in the marriage, alleged infidelity, etc.
    This all smells of a soap opera – the tabs & paps have certainly received a convenient win-fall. Since now Jon & Kate tend to grace the covers of what seems like ALL the tabs almost every week…
    Am I really the only one thinking about the fact that this couple has been married 10 years, their 5 year long reality show’s ratings HAVE been going down for awhile, the paps “find” out about trouble… & now everyone of them is getting richer?
    Yeah, I wish I could get in on this scheme – Do it for awhile, invest wisely, then bow out gracefully, covering myself with cash instead of a blanket!

  • Vicki

    Stupid america, who gives a damn?

  • E

    What Kate trying to pull? “Over the course of this weekend, Jon’s activities have left me no choice but to file legal procedures in order to protect myself and our children,” Kate said in a statement Monday night. ”

    We all seen Jon watching the kids while Kate was off Lord knows where, probably with Steve Neild, Mr. Gray. The paps didn’t see Jon beat the kids or anything. Aaden got hurt but accidents happen just like they will happen with Kate. What a stupid woman. She beats her kids and emotionally hurts her kids because she is a narcissist. Kate says the show must go on! She’s a greed monger and child exploiter!

  • canuckistani

    So this is how Jon chooses to assert himself??? Had he asserted himself as a husband, Kate wouldn’t have had to be such a shrew to get him to step up and help her. Bottom line, no one made him cheat and no one made him drink. If he’d had the maturity he would’ve sat her down and talked to her instead of whining and rebelling like a child. Kate is not to blame.

  • 15 minutes are up

    TLC……….I have said over and over should be ashamed. But, at least someone there got a clue…………haitus until Aug. 3.

    Read the explanation of the 2 year thing on TMZ. Still how can she go with that option if Jon won’t agree? Didn’t they have a vow renewal in HI last year? Aired on TLC?

    Sure we don’t know which bedroom who was sleeping in and god knows I don’t care, and don’t want to know. But if Jon doesn’t give her the out Kate wants, how can she take the other option of the 2 year thing?

  • helen

    Hello, Kate was on the book tour doing her body guard. Do you really think she was going to admit it? Her kids caught them too. A radio host caught them holding hands at a hotel.

  • lakers fan in boston

    just what they needed lol
    im pretty sure the ratings r gonna do south after this
    that 1 month off might make the 1st show after the hiatus viewed alot but after that it’s done

  • janice

    i think its all kate’s fault, she let the fame get to her head

  • http://justjared la-la

    eight kids all under 8 yrs,such selfishness and lust for fame,what a sham,no I refused to watch the media hyped big announcement!Had quite enough with season premiere,these two nauseate me,its that simple!

  • bella

    Wow, I know nothing about these two, and its only because of all the recent publicity that I know who they are now. They look so happy in that picture. Kate looks like a normal person in that pic and not so made up an diva-like. I feel bad for these two, although no one held a g un to there heads to do the show. Fame, money and egos brought the demise to the marriage, which is sad. They looked so happy there.

  • dawne

    Jon has seething anger at her…… is palpable…… day he woke up and decided not to take her verbal abuse anymore; I think the BG was an issue for Jon and he retaliated. He clearly said last season he wanted the show to end, she did not……..she always gets her way. Well, Kate, be careful what you wish for, you just got a taste of the ugly side of fame.

    I just watched the clip of Kate and the kids doing ‘interview’ time and Mady said she had not had a drink of water all day and was thirsty. Kate is ignoring her, but then a few secs later she asks the crew for a bottle of water. She takes the cap off and takes a long swig, puts the cap back on and sets it beside her chair.

    Mady says, “You’re mean, you just drank that in front of my face.” She ignores her, then relents and reaches for the water………..then put it back and said, “Later, we have to interview now.”

    That, in a nutshell, is Kate and her priorities. Jon had enough, who could blame him. Kate’s brother and sister-in-law know the truth as well…….everyone is deserting sweet Katie.

  • cain

    does it mean this whole hype is finally over? So is the show i hope!

  • Phil

    the only reason Kate filed for divorce is because Jon would no longer play ball and pretend to be married…….by the way Kate is a HORRIBLE mothe ,on the road for a year ,20+ days a month selling your children is not a good mother. Jon is just a victim like all the rest left in her wake. She is a maniacal manipulative sociopath.