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Divorcing on TV: Did Jon and Kate Take Things Too Far?

It's no surprise Jon and Kate's marriage is dunzo to anyone who's been in a grocery checkout line over the past month. Even if you've never seen one minute of their TLC reality show, the tabloid narrative is clear: these people are no longer together.

So, I shouldn't have been surprised, but when I watched them announce on their show last night that they are separating, I was still shocked that they would actually keep the cameras rolling as their marriage crumbles. Divorce is just so painful and personal, and it seems cynical to turn a family crisis into a "special one-hour episode." The show is going on hiatus but will likely be back on Aug. 3, and will presumably continue documenting this family's troubles before our eyes.

Does it make sense that Jon and Kate used the show to come out with the truth, since they've come this far anyway? Or is divorcing on TV taking things too far?

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