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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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92 Responses to “TLC Gives 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' Update”

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  1. 51
    Jessica Says:

    Awww… That picture of the kids are too cute. The three little girls look so adorable, I just wanna hug them. The kids are so beautiful and sweet… the parents, not so much.

  2. 52
    sam Says:

    Poor boys. Look at the picture here, the one Just Jared is using. Look at the boys’ faces and then the girls’ faces. The boys are not smiling – says it all. Poor little guys, they are adorable and it’s pathetic how unfair they are treated compared to those girls.

  3. 53
    TLC has no morals Says:

    #41…It’s easy to find who sponsors this show. Google the sponsors of the show, or just watch the commercials on the next JON&KATE Plus 8 show and get your list. Most of the stuff is what we use on a daily basis…Clorox, etc. I’m on my last Clorox bottle until the show is off the air permanently, and there’s a list of other items….THAT WE ALL CAN DO WITHOUT FOR A WHILE. This show became a BIG HIT when the parents starting fighting and making comments about splitting up. It’s not about the children anymore; it’s about control. The children are the pawns in this; poor babies.

    TLC is out of bounds big time. We have since found a lot of other channels and now are enjoying shows we wouldn’t have thought of watching before. I miss a lot of the TLC shows I used to watch faithfully, but don’t miss them when I think what it’s doing to not contribute to the betterment of society.

    For all of the supposed faith in the Lord that has been expressed by both parents, and their speaking engagements shared of how the Lord has shown Himself good and faithful, it’s now all lost–at least for the moment. It’s not that they didn’t really experience those things, but it’s called “losing their first love.” I’m not one to judge whether they should or should not have divorced; it happens, and it’s not something that makes one rejoice, and yet, these children need to be protected. They don’t have a say at all! I don’t think this is right. I’ll be surprised if these kids don’t rebel bigtime real soon when it all hits them what has happened before the world. How shameful! Do we really want to be a part of this? I think we have a part in this if we continue to view this family, especially in connection to what is going on with their father’s depraved behaviour.

    As if we don’t have enough stinkin “reality” in our own lives and of those around us. I can relate to people when they say they’ll follow the show because of the kids, but it’s a better choice to not support the show in hopes of getting them off the air. Do I feel that Jon and Kate are evil people? Absolutely not, but they’re not making good choices, and we’re just paying for them to do all this by watching and continuing to buy the products of those sponsoring the show.

  4. 54
    mark Says:

    Whatever will all you bullying internet harpies have to yap about if the show is canceled?

  5. 55
    Sammy Says:

    Yes, I’m excited they are returning. I love the show. I’m hoping and praying they will work things out.

  6. 56
    VICTORIA # 1 Says:

    @ TLC HAS NO MORALS— What was it Kate said a couple of years ago, when a viewer asked them ( e-mail time ) about church on Sunday, and how often they attended and where ??
    Wasn’t it something about being exhausted, and that was the only time she could sleep in and not have to worry about dressing 8 children and feeding them breakfast, just to go to church and have people ” bug them. “? I also believe she stated she did not know WHAT to think of ” organized religion anyway, “. Jon gave her the oddest look and just looked away, like, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT, I HAVE NEVER HEARD THAT ONE BEFORE. ”
    She always talks about God and being a family, but one past nanny said when she was keeping the children over-night with other helpers, she asked if they were ready for their night prayers, and the children looked liked, ” what prayers. “? The nanny said she caught so-called good mother Kate in so many lies, it made her nervous.
    That ‘s not to say anything about the constant snapping , hollering and condescending remarks to her children, off the camera and out of ear-shot from the camera-crew. It was so ” heartbreaking to see the kids faces,, that she could NOT take one more day and quit without notice.” How sad.

  7. 57
    sam Says:


    Since you’re here too, guess you are a, ‘internet harpie’ doing some of your own ‘yapping’.

  8. 58
    samatha Says:

    jodi and kevin are so jealous of kateand jon. jodi leave kate alone. You slandered her name – you are the one that told the media that jon told you and kevin that kate is having an affair. If you really cared about kate and the kids, you would have withheld sharing that information so easily. But you were excited to share it and slander kate’s name. That is not fair to the children. You are hurting the children when you slander their mother’s name like that. jodi you are greedy for the money you are being paid to slander kate’s name and to destroy her. If you cared for the children you would not do that.

  9. 59
    Lekili Says:

    TLC is exploiting these children just as much as their parents are.
    Is it written in their contract that they must put the children on display for the press in their driveway so they can be photographed ?

    Divorce is a reality but it’s not to be broadcast on TV for everyone to see and especially at these children’s expense.

    I say boycott the program so the ratings drop and then and only then will TLC cancel this trainwreck.

  10. 60
    BOYCOTT Says:

    @don’t buy into the hype: B
    Hershey Chocolates has chosen Kate Gosselin as their spokesperson. Please, if you are serious about being heard and having this train wreck stopped, go to the Hershey website and voice your opinion as to her fitness to represent anything. If you don’t want to sign in to leave a comment, they have a toll free number listed.

  11. 61
    sasha Says:

    Okay where are the boys? Did Jon and Kate sell them to the highest bidder or something?

  12. 62
    Save8in09 Says:

    @don’t buy into the hype: Some of us have been boycotting and writing sponsors for over a year. Nobody cares.

  13. 63
    DebbieBeck Says:

    @IWHYAWLI: meth freak.

  14. 64
    Scruffy puffy Says:


  15. 65
    Scruffy puffy Says:

    DON’T forget the CHURCH that should be built in the backyard and Kate could pretend she is religious with the kids, like MEL GIBSON, and Jon could visit and attend mass too! YAY ONE BIG DISGUSTING EXCUSE FOR A FAMILY.

  16. 66
    Anonymous Says:

    @Sole/soul fan: I think sole/soul was doing a play on words. Sole,like on feet. Sold their feet(soles of feet)

  17. 67
    Anonymous Says:

    @wowweewhippyforme: You want Kate’s bg to take forever & a day to solve the mystery of who’s trying to kill her & in the meantime her sister gets killed?

  18. 68
    Anonymous Says:

    @IWHYAWLI: You’re a evil minion from the firey depths of he*l.

  19. 69
    Anonymous Says:

    @Sammy: Are you the sammy that’s best friends with iwhyawli & post on her site now?

  20. 70
    Olivia Says:

    Tlc this family are not remarkable they are dysfunctional.
    Thank goodness a programme like this would not be allowed to be filmed in the uk
    wake up America stop allowing the exploitation of these children
    olivia uk

  21. 71
    joy Says:

    TheBEST thing would be for this show to be yanked off the air ASAP and let this family live their lives OUT of the public eye. Those children have and will be affected by this for the rest of their lives. The “adults” had choices, the children did not. Hopefully the children can come out of this wihtout too much baggage and trouble and lead “normal” lives.

  22. 72
    lexi Says:

    Why don’t they ask the kids if they still want to be filmed. TLC you need let this show go. These kids are going to be so messed up from this reality show. Their parents are now a mess. Money hungery parents that will do anything at their kids expense. Sad. . .live was better when they had no money. Gosselins you made a deal with the devil and now look what happened. It will be all down hill from here. . .

  23. 73
    connie Says:

    There is so much wrong with everything you said here, but I especially want to comment on the 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.”

    Bingo!! As you imply above, It’s all about television = ratings = money to TLC! How fortunate for you that this family is disintegrating in front of the viewing public. That’s great for ratings, isn’t it? Who cares about the children? How can this possibly be GOOD for them? Eileen O’Neill you have a lot to answer for. Perhaps when the eight children are older you’ll be willing to sit down with them and explain why you continued to exploit them and treat them as objects in a sideshow. or as lab rats, “how do children react when parents divorce”. How disgusting!!! These are living, breathing, feeling children. Certainly the parents are ultimately responsible, but who has the authority to break this contract? PLEASE! do what’s right….not what’s profitable.

  24. 74
    jessie Says:

    they’re cute

  25. 75
    Dianew Says:

    Seems to me that Eileen O’Neil must be taking the same drugs as Michael Jackson…….. Does she really think people are going to believe the crap she’s dishing out? The State of PA should investigate her along with the parents! Kate Gosselin pimps out her children for money — They are nothing but dollar signs to her. This show is anything BUT real life. Live in my house for one day – I’ll show you real life.

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