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Jon and Kate Plus 8 Season Premiere to Focus on Marital Woes

If you were hoping the tabloid circus that currently surrounds our favorite TLC family, The Gosselins, wouldn't infiltrate the fifth season of the big brood's show, Jon and Kate Plus 8 — it's not going to happen. In light of all the news reports and magazine covers, the network will focus the full hour of next Monday's season premiere on the couple's marital strains. A spokesperson issued a statement. It said:

"We are in production for season 5 and moving forward as planned, while fully supporting the family and respecting their needs as they work through this challenging time. This show has always been about a real family dealing with real-life situations, and that will continue to be the case."

Sadly, it looks like this season won't be all sunshine, rainbows, and edible playdough.


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Miss-J292366 Miss-J292366 8 years
Honestly....I just don't know what to think about all of this. I have watched the show from the very beginning and I LOVED it. I felt like they really appreciated the extra's that were being thrown their way. Like kate being able to get her surgery. They really could not have afforded that at that time. They were just average people at the beginning. Jon worked during the day and Kate stayed home with the kids. It really did seem like "everyday" kind of living (besides having 8 children). Then, it started getting more popular and you could see the transformation. They were getting more free vacations (which I'm sure they still appreciated) and she kept improving her outfits etc. Then i heard that they are like 40,000 dollars per episode or some extreme amount like that, and I feel like it ruined it for me. Jon stopped working, and it was like everyday life anymore. I am so sad for them and their children. I really do believe that they started this show with the best intentions. I do believe that they wanted people to see how they do it with 8 children, and I am certain the money will help with college and whatever else these poor children will need now that their parents are being splashed around the tabloids. Shame on the media. But i just hope they haven't let all of this publicity go straight through their heads. Hopefully they can hold it together. They should really try and take some time off and try and get their lives back in order for the good of their children.
luckyme luckyme 8 years
This isn't TLC's fault, saschalkb. No one makes Jon and Kate sign the contracts. They've made enough in the last couple of years between the show and the books to live off of. Time to stop.
saschalkb saschalkb 8 years
I absolutely agree that they're going to edit the footage to now show the disparities in this marriage that we've all seen in the tabloids. What probably would have ended up on the cutting room floor is now being exploited to generate more viewers. My question? What about the children and how they must be feeling through this whole sordid mess... I read this article about the demise of marriages once the cameras start to follow (i.e. Nick and Jessica). Jon and Kate need family/marriage counseling, and TLC needs to go sit down somewhere.
clew001 clew001 8 years
i will watch this show until the end. no matter what happens to jon or kate...the kids are just too cute!
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
I'm not going to lie. . .I will be watching their preview.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
Wasn't the 4th season finale only like 2 months ago?
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
How far ahead is the show taped before it is aired?
jueycruiser jueycruiser 8 years
I wont watch it because I get the strong impression that its going to be a bunch of BS. The whole reason the show was so good was because it was real, but I don't think that has been the case for a long time, now its about on the same "realistic" level as The Hills...gag
Akpril Akpril 8 years
I've wondered if this were the case- that this has been put out just in time for her book and the season finale. If so, it's incredibly sad. Actually, either way it's incredibly sad. If you thought you might divorce why would you put that on TV for your kids and the nation to see?
runningesq runningesq 8 years
Or Jon + Kate could NOT do the show and focus on their marriage and family. An astounding idea, I know !
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