Get ready for some more changes in the Gosselin household. While Jon and Kate work out the details of their divorce, the network that airs the show, TLC, just announced that the program will take a new direction this Fall. Jon will no longer be a fixture on the televised portion of the children's lives and the show is being renamed Kate Plus Eight beginning in November.
The twins and sextuplets will continue to be the focus of the program with Kate's new life as a single mother receiving more air time. Since the couple's separation, the mama has told audiences that she is learning to do things on her own – like setting up camping tents and taking all of the youngsters on a beach vacation. The show's ratings have been in a steady decline since the fifth season premiered last Spring. To see what the network had to say about that
. According to TLC president Eileen O'Neill:
Given the recent changes in the family dynamics, it only makes sense for us to refresh and recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family. The family has evolved and we are attempting to evolve with it; we feel that Kate’s journey really resonates with our viewers.
Though Jon and Kate haven't sat together on the family's "confessional couch" in several months, the loss of Jon from the program eliminates the male perspective about the kids' growth. Will you continue to tune in?