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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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deeann deeann 8 years
they shouldn't have done it on tv, maybe if they really had just release a statement of some sort. but those kids are going to need so much therapy when they grow up. plus if jon and kate really put their children first i think they would go to marriage counseling to work through their problems.
care0531 care0531 8 years
I think everyone feels bad for the kids and what kills me is that both Jon & Kate say they need to do whats best for the kids and if that is the case then you go to counseling and you make your marriage work for the kids! When you marry someone you take a vow for better or for worse- you need to try your best to make it work and even more so when kids are involved!
littlebmac littlebmac 8 years
If they want privacy in their lives, announcing their divorce is the wrong way to achieve that. Plus, it makes their marriage look more made for reality TV, than that it was for just themselves at one point in time.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Because every kid who goes through their parents' divorcing wants to relive it in reruns.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I feel very bad for those kids. They have gone through a life of being exposed because their parents wanted fame and money. Now, they have to weather the storm in front of a camera, which is even worse. They are kids, they're not stupid. They will be hurt, but imagine having to try to act a certain way in front of the camera, or having to go through all of your feelings with someone in your face all the time. That is a terrible way to live. As for Jon and Kate, I dislike them. They are continuing to rip their family apart. Jon, who has made very clear he hates staying on camera is still going along with Kate's demands. Okay, Jon should not have cheated, but Kate should have been a little friendlier...which is conducive to a healthy marriage and a healthy family. Screaming and flipping out all the time doesn't seem to be as successful. I hoped that after all of this, they would have stopped putting themselves on TV...but, fame makes you stupid and greedy.
AVONalicious AVONalicious 8 years
I have zero respect for anyone who chooses to exploit their children on television just to make a quick buck. This show isn't even reality as it's portrayed. Rumors are Jon & Kate haven't lived under the same roof for the last 2 years. It seems that the media and those in everyday society have forgotten who the REAL victims are: those precious 8 children who in the end are the ones who are truly suffering. Now I guess Jon & Kate will have to go out and get REAL JOBS.
syako syako 8 years
Buzz, you never fail to crack me up! :rotfl: This one is priceless: 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.
zacatecanita zacatecanita 8 years
I used to watch the show because of the kids. After all that happened before the start of the season I am over it. It is too sad to watch. I think the ones that are going to be affected the most are the children.
flowergirl flowergirl 8 years
I just wish they would stop doing the show altogether because their kids do not need this difficult time in their lives taped for the whole world to see.
cg130 cg130 8 years
I am SO sick of hearing about this! Poor kids.
michaeluvnikita michaeluvnikita 8 years
I blame both. But I blame kate more. Number one never emasculate your husband for the world to see. Number 2 i hope these kids get at least a portion of this money when they get older. If they don't, they should sue. They never asked for this.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
The only reason that the show is on hiatus is because they don't have enough material to air but the show will resume August 3, 2009. So I doubt it is to regroup.
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 8 years
Poor children. They should have never been placed on television in this manner. Kate seems to love the attention good or bad. And Kate refuses to admit that she nagged constantly and drove that man away from his children on national television. Did Kate honestly expect Jon to stay around her till their 50th anniversary with all that mess. Everyone this woman went to school with and worked with her later on, all said that she has the worst behavior and is too conceited. She loves to put everyone down like they are beneath her from nannies, to co-workers, strangers, and her own husband. And in a way yes, they deserve all the embarrassment that they receive. No one begs another to do a reality show. Media whores beg networks and producers to help give them a show of their own or to be placed on one, just like Heidi and Spencer do all the time.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I've been done with Jon and Kate for a long time now. I hate to hear how things turned out and how they are handling things (on TV no less!). I just feel bad for their kids and hope they won't hate their parents when they are old enough to understand what an embarrassment their parents have made of their family.
lovekailua lovekailua 8 years
I never watched the show, not my cup of tea but I am very tired of hearing about them and now that I read about the show only going on hiatus and is coming BACK?!?! That's just wrong, I think.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
totally done with jon and kate. their poor adorable kids! i feel really bad for them. and that was kinda wack, announcing their divorce like it was some big juicy deal or something. its a good thing the show is on hiatus though. it would be ridiculous to keep it rolling during such a hard time for them.
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