It’s been long overdue, but cable TV network TLC has finally put the kibosh on the reality series, Jon and Kate Plus 8. The show, which chronicled the lives of Jon and Kate Gosselin, their twins and sextuplets, was once the highest rated show on the TLC network. TCL’s decision to stop production on Jon and KatePlus 8 comes after several public antics by the show’s stars.
Laurie Goldberg, a TLC rep, told TV Guide that while Jon and Kate Plus 8 as we know it is over, the network is still interested in working with Kate.
Goldberg told TV Guide, “Jon & Kate Plus 8, the old incarnation, is over, as was announced a month ago…. There is still every intention of the new incarnation to happen. It won’t start Nov. 2, but we hope to do Kate Plus Eight — whether it becomes a full series or a series of specials…..If this works out, we will film the kids again….. No matter what, we’re doing a show with Kate.”
It’s been a tumultuous year for the Gosselin family, stars of the once highly rated TLC show, Jon and Kate Plus 8. TLC’s decision to end the show came after Jon Gosselin forbade the network from filming his eight children anymore. Gosselin filed a cease and desist order and posted signs in his Wernersville, PA yard two weeks ago, and threatening legal action if TLC set foot on his property.
This came after TLC had announced that the show would change focus and be renamed Kate Plus 8 starting in November. Jon and Kate Gosselin are currently going through a nasty divorce battle.
Also in recent weeks, Kate Gosselin appeared on the Today Show accusing her estranged husband of emptying out their bank account to the tune of $230,000. A judge recently ordered Jon Gosselin to return $180,000 to the couple’s joint account.
Meanwhile, Jon Gosselin is enjoying life in New York City with his new girlfriend, Hailey Glassman. He’s rebounded back from a televised berating by Nancy Grace. And he’s found religion.
In an interview this week on Parentdish.com, Gosselin said, “This is the first year I will celebrate Hanukkah… Hailey is Jewish. Everyone in my life is Jewish now, my attorney. I love it. I’m now half Jewish and half Korean. The family values are great. On Christmas, I’ll see my kids during the day for a couple of hours.”
In happier times, the Gosselin family earned anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000 per episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8, plus additional amounts for speaking engagements.