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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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76 Comments

# 1

cant believe they’re divorcing

# 2

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

# 3

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

# 4

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

# 5

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

# 6
Lillianne @ 06/23/2009 at 5:57 pm

Yeah, that pictures old. Too bad.

# 7

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.

# 8

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 !!!!

# 9

They should’ve pulled the plug along time ago…
for anyone interested in the laugh of the day, go to radaronline.com 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.

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.

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

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.

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

jons a idiot @ 06/23/2009 at 6:02 pm

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

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

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

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..

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

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

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 @ 06/23/2009 at 6:14 pm

This is just so sad. Those poor kids.

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.

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.

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 @ 06/23/2009 at 6:32 pm

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.

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.

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

@teri:

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!

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…

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. TMZ.com does a closer reading of the court documents here, explaining the confusion.

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 @ 06/23/2009 at 7:21 pm

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

chinchilla villa @ 06/23/2009 at 7:24 pm

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 @ 06/23/2009 at 7:27 pm

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….

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.
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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.
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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…
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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?
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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!

Stupid america, who gives a damn?

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 @ 06/23/2009 at 8:06 pm

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 @ 06/23/2009 at 8:19 pm

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?

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.

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

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

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!

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.

Jon has seething anger at her……..it is palpable……..one 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.

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

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.

The end is in sight. Hope the kids’ trust fund is in good shape otherwise we’ll be revisiting this family in the tabloids in another 20 years if and when the adult children find out that they endured all the burden that comes with celebrity with little of the financial reward. As a FORMER fan I wish the children well but I stopped watching the show because of the parents so…..we’ll see.

-With every new revelation Kate looks worse,though I’m sure it doesn’t bother her mentally challenged fans……….

stephanie @ 06/23/2009 at 9:55 pm

so much for ” mommy and daddy will be together for the next 90 years ”

ugh, i hate jon, love kate and the kids

The woman is whacked right out of her skull lying to the public while she milks money from dullards at the expense of her children. . She’s certifiable.

Thanks Neil #51. Well,with 10million watching,TLCis100% picking up the show.Corporations like MON$EY damn ethnics,money is all important.Kate and Jon want to100% cont, as well.

Did anyone ask the kids if they want to cont.living this moneymaking nightmare?That is a rhetorical question.
Onthe bright side,Jon and Kates’ divorce will be easy with no money,property to divide.The kids are the moneymakers and will cont.racking in the money as long as people watch and Jon and Kate will split that 50-50.That is,their kids,their source income.

Party Jon, you’re free from that Brownshirt Kate. You only live once> do your best for your kids and meet a decent women of your own class, not crazy trailer trash. Hope you learned your lesson about picking a mate.Peace.

Kate was Jon’s boss from day one. Why all of sudden does this guy takes offense? He isn’t doing those kids any favors by bailing now. Especially when there is enough $$$ to keep everyone giggling.

Good, bout time he wised up and ditched that *****. There aint a jury in the world that would ever convict him for punching her in her big fat mouth either.

ratings ploy @ 06/23/2009 at 11:06 pm

Wow…these two are smooth. What an obvious ploy for ratings grab. Well, it works anyway so who are the chumps afterall – us! hahahaahaa.

Neither of them will win any beauty contests. They should stay together cause there is no one else out there interested.

I think it was for the best. She was very verbally abusive and that is bad for him and for the kids to have to witness. He shouldn’t have cheated, should have asked for the divorce before it got to that point. Hopefully they can be better coparents divorced than they were when married. Sad for the kids, but what can you do when the adults (one or both) won’t make the effort to work on the relationship properly. I can’t freakin’ believe they had all those kids in the first place.

they’re divorcing for publicity’s sake….go get a job and stop exploiting your children

Shakirakitten @ 06/24/2009 at 1:49 am

I do not watch the show but have seen a few minutes here and there while channel surfing. I think it is terrible and should never exist. I think there should be such a think as a private life and divorce is a private matter as well. This is just sick and the parents who perpetrate it are also. The other reality shows are not such a major invasion of privacy as this one and they are only short term. This is just awful.

Well, I have lots to say, but I will keep it short and straight to the point.

First of all, it’s no secret that Kate is controlling and it shouldn’t have taken Jon 10 years to figure that out. If Jon had a problem with it, he should have spoken up much sooner, like BEFORE they ever got married. Kate knows that she can be difficult and is the first one to admit it. They should have gone to counseling on how they were going to deal with 8 kids and how they would even have quality time for the two of them. It seems like everything was always about the kids and not how they deal with the changes in their relationship.

I believe Kate when she says that she is doing all this for the children and their future. There is no way they they would have been able to live as a middle class family with the income that they were making together when they had real jobs. I can’t even imagine expenses that they would spend each week with just the day to day living. They should be greatful of the opportunlty they were given which, I really think deep down both know.

As far as Jon, it’s almost like he is going through a mid life crises? He really need to figure out what he wants to do with his life. Kate has even said that she has asked him and he tells her he doesn’t know? In the meantime, he does nothing and then gets upset when she is fulfilling her dreams. She has done nothing wrong, and if she waited for Jon to do something, it would never get done.

Watching last nights show, Jon was really making me angry, he says he doesn’t hate Kate, yet he won’t even talk to her? They can’t even talk face to face about where the crooked houses should be. Jon just wanted to win an arguement, when Kate was 100% right that they didn’t need to be in the woods where they were too far away from the house. The kids are too young and also too famous to ever be able to be away from an adult. The paps are always around and they need to be watched at all times.

Kate must have been really mad about something Jon did over the weekend with the kids that triggered her to file divorce papers. Maybe the kids told Kate something? Maybe Kate saw something? Maybe they had a fight about something that was the final straw?

I do think the show will go on. It will be a whole new show on how she has to deal with the kids on her own? I do think that it is a good idea for the kids that they stopped taping for the kids to start to adjust to what is going to happen. Depending on how the kids react, I would hope that Kate will think about stopping the show if the kids are having a hard time with the divorce. I think they are quite young that I don’t think it will affect them as much as it would if they were older. Also, they have had the same crew tape the show all these years so they are use to these people in their home.

I guess we will just have to wait and see……..

It’s sad their marriage has come to this. I’m a divorced dad, so I know the pain they are enduring. Jon and Kate have no idea what divorced parenting is like. They’ll have a ton of single parent, coparenting, and multi-home issues to deal with, not the least of which is how to spend birthdays (8!) and holidays together: http://dadshouseblog.com/2009/05/28/jon-and-kate-divorce-future/

#7- “A terrible burden on the mother?” Are you talking about Kate? When has she EVER had those 8 kids full time? You can rest assured that Kate Gosselin will never be full time with her kids & that she’ll make d*mn sure to have time for herself.

omg if the show does come back to tv it’ll be lame. who the hell wants to watch a dysfunctional family!!!!

Why the heck do people flock to watch this program? I didn’t watch it before and I could care less about it now!

I’ll admit I have NEVER seen the show, but after reading a bit of ALL the publicity around them lately, I can’t imagine those two together. He is quite unattractive and she seems like a nasty person.

They got what they wanted–ratings-wise. People let themselves be manipulated so easily.

poor kids :(

WHO knows? @ 06/24/2009 at 4:21 pm

Um. Well I don’t think both of them tried hard enough to save their marriage, I think before the show, they LOVED each other, but the show tore them apart and filmed every aspect of their lives. I just hope the best for them, and may God Bless them through this difficult time. SHOULD HAVE HAD COUNSELING!

angel hair @ 06/24/2009 at 4:34 pm

wow, this is a poignant picture. almost brought tears to my eyes.

jon is stupid for that move he has children to take care of not himself but kate is not the best of mothers but she also has to be crazy somtime she has 8 kids i bet you he doesnt even care as much as kate that the kids are gone for awhile time they are both not the best of parents but nobody is he should of thought more before he made his BIG MOVE

I think brother and sister and sister-in-law should stick together and keep you private thoughts between the family. Blood is thicker than water, when everyone else is gone family is still there. Jon is scum in my book and a man that is doing the things he’s doing and don’t care, who shows no shame. Kate has worked her behind off and she needs family support. This family is torn apart and Kate is the one that hurts not Jon. All married couples says things that hurt each other so Jon should quit whining he’s had a free ride long enough. I will always support Kate she has her hands full and to top it off her own brother throws in his two cents worth.

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