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TLC Gives 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' Update

TLC Gives 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' Update

TLC President Eileen O’Neill gave an update on their hit reality series Jon & Kate Plus 8 at the Television Critics Association press tour on Thursday (July 30). Will Jon‘s rumored girlfriends Hailey Glassman or Kate Major be getting any screen time? Maybe!

Here’s what TLC said: “Over the last four years and through 100 episodes, we’ve captured this remarkable family’s entertaining chaos. Viewers fell in love and the show developed a passionate, loyal following. But this past spring – life intervened and the family’s status changed. It was certainly something we never expected nor planned to have happen. But this has resulted in unprecedented television.

“Our approach to the circumstance was simple: to cover the family with great care and thoughtfulness as they dealt with a subject that is all to familiar to many American families today. Jon and Kate [Gosselin] have never said they were perfect which has made them relatable and created an undeniable connection with the viewers.

“We will continue to capture this family’s journey in a respectful and sensitive way. The show comes back on Monday and most new episodes remain a work in progress. But I will tell you, the iconic couch is gone. Jon & Kate will now have separate chairs for their interviews. You’re still going to see two parents that love their kids, but you’ll be seeing them parenting separately.

“You’ll see what it’s like when Kate has to put a tent up for a backyard camping experience by herself. Or, see Jon trying to cook up a pizza for the kids. As far as new people and places that may be cycling into Jon and Kate‘s lives, we are taking it on a case-by-case basis.

“This is real life. It’s important to remember that our cameras are only there for moments in time, and those moments have limits.”

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  • rach

    Jon & Kate ‘sold their soles’ and these are the consequences!

    They are noooo example.

  • Dog the Bunny hunter

    “entertaining chaos”??? I’m sorry I don’t find two parents who are both fame and money hungry pimping their kids out as entertaining?… then continuing to butcher their children’s PRIVATE lives by showcasing their divorce. Unreal how sick some parents and, evidently, television producers, truly are.

  • pooh

    Regardless of the drama this family has been through, I’m still going to support by watching the show. Those kids are addictive. The things they say, the funny moments, the sad moments. It’s just a fun show to watch and if people are going to hate because Jon + Kate didn’t exactly end up happily ever after, that’s ridiculous. There are plenty of families out there going through the same thing. Why don’t we just hate on all of them? Give me a break.

  • Lea

    I find it rather sad that these parents are choosing money and fame over their childrens needs! Get these idiots off of TV!

  • Momof2boys

    How grossly insensitive to those poor children! My kids loved the show and there is NO WAY that I am going to let them watch these private family matters (although very scripted “moments in time”) and let them think any adult, especially their parents, would think that is okay!

  • Lillianne

    Translation: We are going to continue to squeeze every last dollar out of this family no matter what. The children are too young to give informed consent so they’ll just have to deal with their parents’ exploitation down the road. Hopefully their parents will have some money set aside for therapy.

  • TLC

    we want the $..corporate scum

  • cc


  • Sole/soul

    @rach: They sold their feet?

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  • Ladybug

    Karma is going to get you Jon and Kate.

  • sue

    They’re doing it all “for the kids!” RIGHT!!!! I just don’t get corporate America!!! These people got rich off of their kids, they have no talent except for trying to come across as caring parents , which they definitely are not!!! It is not about the kids anymore, just wondering what fake excuses these two are going to give for doing this show. Amazing how the concept of reality changes!!!!

  • yeah right

    Why dont tlc help someone thats needs it not these money grubing hos.

  • vi_1004

    i don’t know why they still have this show? why those parents agree on that? for money?
    that would be so much better for the family just stop filming…
    it’s very hard time for them ( i think). it should be private…

  • sue

    What a family show for little kids to star in. And I wouldent let my kids watch this train wreck of a show ill stick to letting my kids watch animal shows.

  • michelle

    As much as ya’ll still complaining, the TV networks will not stop because of their high rating. So stop watching the show, then it’ll be ended eventually. Like many other TV shows, it’s got killed.

  • Sole/soul fan

    @Sole/soul: Hilarious

    I love when people want to post indignant comments and their points are lost because they forget to check their spelling!


    Asked to the Media Oracle without pity

    You asked:
    Is Jon and Kate on the right path?
    The Oracle replied:
    Although you do not understand this yet, it is all for the best. Trust me.

    Ms. Kate everyone is dressed up and your a barefooted rebel.

  • lisa too

    Well, I have mixed feelings about the whole situation? The kids are use to the cameras so I don’t find that part a big deal. With them being separated it will be a whole new show watching them deal with all the kids on their own which will be very interesting. It’s unfortunate that the kids won’t have their parents with them at the same time but that is what divorce is all about. My parents divorced when I was 6 years old and it was very hard on me. In looking back, I feel that Kate and Jon are doing more family things than was ever done for me. Instead of complaining about them, lets maybe learn from them that the kids do come first. If each had to go out and get “real” jobs, they would not be spending the time that they are with the kids. After my mother put in a full day at work, then taking care of dinner dishes and other chores around the house, she had no time for herself, let alone play with me. In a commercial for the upcoming show, Kate is showing that she is really there to take care of her kids and wants them to adjust and knows that this isn’t their fault and wants to give the kids the most she can give. I think instead of bashing her all the time, we should just see what happens and support her in this difficult situation. Jon on the other hand, I have no idea what he is all about? At this moment, I am not a Jon fan for the way he has handled his private life but if the is there for his kids, we will find that out too.

  • dontwatch

    guys, don’t watch. its the least we can do.

    somehow the last sentence seems to be TLC reminding themselves that there should be limits as to when/ where the cameras roll. you guys are only a day late and a dollar short on that one.

  • TM

    Here’s what TLC said: “Over the last four years and through 100 episodes, we’ve captured this remarkable family’s entertaining chaos.

    So…..watching a family humiliated and destroyed and ripped apart on National TV is “ENTERTAINING?” according to the Evil Eileen O’Neill.

    She is a wicked, evil woman and this is beyond disgusting.
    I cannot believe anyone would watch this show and those kids.
    People say they are “addicted” to the kids.
    How pedophelic of you!!!!

    People watching other people’s kids on TV are sick – there is a LAW against pedophiles on the internet.
    There should be a LAW against watching them on TV.

    You people need to look at yourself in the mirror and wonder what sickness it is about you that you are “addicted” to watching little kids on TV, like they are zoo animals.

    You are SICK — you do realize that don’t you?

    (btw – more proof of what a supreme LIAR O’neill and TLC – the lying channel are. she says she set up a tent in their backyard for a bar-b-que? Nothing they DO is in the backyard on their 1000+ acres — NO! it’s all in their little front yard by the garage — how lovely — for all to see. sickos!!!!)

  • wowweewhippyforme

    what kate needs to do is hook up with that hot-ass new body guard she has. I’d deffinately let him do for me what kevin costner did for whitney houston.

  • blah

    Why dont they just cancel the show. There are much better things to do a reality show on besides a cheating husband and a fame hungry wife

  • shirl

    “what kate needs to do is hook up with that hot-ass new body guard she has”
    The old black guy or the Puerto Rican?

  • Rhonda

    Thought for sure TLC was gonna do the right thing and cancel the show. With all this drama going on they no longer need the kids, just have the Jon and Kate drama hour.

  • got a grudge?

    Eileen O’Neill is a money grubbing child exploiter like Jon and Kate. The so called Learning Channel has become a joke under her watch.
    The recent comments about the children having problems can only come from TLC trying to pump for more ratings, way to exploit these children under the worst conditions. Their parents don’t have a lick of sense either.

  • Raichill

    Only in America!

  • Melissa

    I have mixed emotions about the post. As far as hailey glassman or Kate major being on the show … I don’t beleive! Now as I have said I think the show should have stopped and there marriage problems should have been delt with in private. But we don’t know what went on behind closed doors…. So obviously with the result we see now Jon was done. Me myself will wacth the show when it returns. I have followed it for years and in my opinon they both are great parents ! Regardless of the current sutuation. Do I agree with all of there choices? No put they did what they thought was best. Who are we to judge? So I wish the family happiness and can’t wait to see how they live there lives’ now!

  • casey

    What does case by case mean, the parents and their suitcases coming and going from their filming studio/home business? Maybe the exploited children should file a big case against TLC. Hopefully, all the minors who are featured in all these types of reality shows with no legal representation will file lawsuits. Who owns the prison house , TLC or the Gosselin business?

  • lakers fan in boston

    i might watch but i doubt it
    ill only watch if one of his hos comes

  • connie

    In all of the tabloids and interviews that I’ve read, not once have I seen the article begin with, “we asked the children what THEY want and they said ………”. Why torture them with this mess!

    From your article,

    “You’ll see what it’s like when Kate has to put a tent up for a backyard camping experience by herself. Or, see Jon trying to cook up a pizza for the kids. As far as new people and places that may be cycling into Jon and Kate’s lives, we are taking it on a case-by-case basis.”

    Since this series seems to be about Jon & Kate now and not the children, why not at least leave the children out of it and let them have a PRIVATE and somewhat normal life. Then see how long the show lasts when it’s about two adults fighting over money and the best you have to offer “for entertainment” are episodes about setting up tents and making pizza. Who cares about this??

    Eileen O’Neill, you are trying to justify why it’s okay to use the kids so you and TLC can make gobs of money….and you are so wrong. Do you sleep at night?

  • TracyPartridge

    This Eileen person is a glorified child pimp.
    There is a nice place in Hell waiting for her.


    Kate’s coming back!!!!!!!! I am so excited I could go wee wee. I hope she has new shoes and they show her shopping. I think she needs a lettle more of a brake though because I know I need a brake from my kids. They dont even live with me and I cant stand them, ha ha, so I know how kate feels but, shes got 8!!!! At least they make her good money.

  • Hate them

    Shame on TLC for letting this show continue. I WILL NOT BE WATCHING. I am all for boycotting this show and the money hungry people including the parents who are exploiting those children. Shame on them.

  • TracyPartridge

    @TM: I agree with EVERYTHING you said.

  • anon

    @Sole/soul fan: Your posting in a celeb blog site and espousing about grammar and spelling…please

  • anon

    @Rhonda: Cancel the show are you kidding? This family and especially those kids have become lucrative cash cows and alot of people’s paycheques and mortgage payments depend on them now…welcome to fame and the BUSINESS of entertainment.

  • feminator

    Is he a tranny?

  • anon

    I wonder how Jon and Kate would feel if they lived in California (which Im sure Kate will one day for her new career) and another smart judge appointed an independent trustee to protect those kids earnings from thier parents….wonder if Jon would still buy Prada shoes?

  • Fame whores

    ugly family do they eat dogs I’m sure the chinee man does.

  • don’t buy into the hype

    Sounds to me like it’s time to boycott the sponsors of this travesty. You know, the ones who pay TLC thousands of dollars to advertise their product on the show either through direct product placement (e.g. Juicy Juice, Coleman Camping Equipment) or commercials.

    Not sure where to get a list of the sponsors and advertisers. Anyone know?

  • jaye

    lol@ TLC; way to exploit the kids even further. “life intervened?” What were they living before a fantasy world existence? No. They just were deceiving the public; they were AND TLC. No one with any sense ever thought this was REALITY, but they did think Jon and Kate had integrity to some extent, but no one has that illusion any more. They were deceiving people for at least the past 2 years; those church going, upright Gosslins with their fake renewal of vows.
    They won’t cancel the show because they’re making money off of it. MONEY is the driving force for TLC and Kate and Jon have a contract signed and delivered. They have to fulfill the contract of suffer untold legal problems. They have enough problems without that.

  • kinman

    I agree that the show should be cancelled. It is not really even about the kids anymore, and I do not want it to turn into the Jon and Kate dating show. Kate think she will be” cheating “the viewers because they are fascinated by the kids and will be disappointed not to see the show . The kids are barely focused on anymore; it is gonna be more about Jon and his new chopper or Kate picnicking in the driveway on the white plastic chairs in her bikini. I already heard the first episode shows her in North Carolina and Jon remodeling “their kitchen”. None of it is real anymore, and why did they both get fancy condos out-of state? I agree with someone who said they should just keep their old house, and alternate time there, so that the kids would have enough space to stay if they ever visit. The nannies will end up taking care of the children because it already seems like Jon is disconnected when it is “his” time by talking incessantly on his phone and talking to the paparazzi at the front gates, as well as running errands alone in his sports car. And the pictures of Kate running errands alone with her Starbucks cup and her fancy SUV means that the kids are in the care of nannies a good deal of the time. Yeah they take them to the doctor or whatever, but they make sure the photographers catch them doing those errands being “good parents”. And why do they need so much help when they are alternating care of the kids? Seems like they could handle it alone. The kids are not babies anymore. If I were them, I would rather have complete privacy with my kids. But they are selfish and money-hungry, and I wish TLC would cancel the show.

  • christine

    JON LOVES HIS KIDS! Jon just wants happiness…
    He suffered enuf under Kate. First he gets verbal abuse from Kate for being a decent guy and then he gets hell from female bloggers. He doesnt deserve it. He’s a good person.

  • jenny

    Will TLC also show the hired help that actually take care of the kids and do the work while Jon and Kate are living their separate lives. Do any of these people have any compassion for what these children are going through. The only time Jon and Kate give them any attention is when the cameras are there.

  • HOPE FOR 8

    How much is TLC paying Jon and Kate for pimping their children.

  • dory

    TLC should be finished filming. If Kate put up a tent herself, that is good for about 29 episodes, the remaining episodes could be filled with taking out the garbage, sitting on plastic chairs and learning how to turn on the grill. And Jon could be used as filler, lighting up cigarettes, scratching his big belly and wearing Kate’s clothing.

  • Susan

    Jon has put some weight on.

  • toomuch

    Sick. And not in the “good” slang way. Shame on you TLC

  • Arrest her

    …..and Kate’s scam on TV viewers continues