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Amid marriage turmoil, Jon and Kate will have a “life-changing” announcement

June 18, 2009

U.S. media is becoming increasingly crowded with celebrities who are famous for being famous. Jon and Kate Gosselin are famous for having a crowded house, with a pair of twins and a group of sextuplets. But the abode of the two reality TV stars of “Jon & Kate Plus 8″  on cable channel TLC could gosselinsget slightly less crowded. That’s because on Monday’s show  the couple going through marriage turmoil will make a big announcement, according to a promo that circulated on the Internet on Thursday.

All the Gosselins’ children are under 9 years-old. Sadly for the family, Jon and Kate have been spending a lot of time apart since he was photographed in April leaving a club late at night with another woman. Since news of the pending announcement, the New Jersey Star-Ledger and numerous other media outlets have speculated that the Gosselins could be headed for a divorce or a separation. 

The promo does not say what will happen, but it features Kate’s voice. “Recently we’ve made some life-changing decisions,” Kate says, as the words “Family in Turmoil” appear on the screen. “Decisions that will affect every member of our family. Ones that we hope will bring each of us some peace.”

It’s one thing to face a divorce in the tabloids, but another thing to have to do it in episodic television. If that is where the Gosselins are headed, it will surely raise plenty of questions for TLC about how to portray the break-up and its affect on the children in future episodes. 

Several media commentators have lambasted the Gosselins and TV viewers’ interest in the their personal lives for further trivializing American culture or, put another away, making real family issues the subject of heightened TV drama. But way back in the 1930s, the Dionne Quintuplets became just as much of a sensation. Born in Canada, they were turned into a tourist attraction by the Canadian government to please a public hard-bitten by the Great Depression. They lived at a hospital called “Quintland” and later complained of abuse.

By comparison, being a child whose life plays out on television may not be as bad, but the turmoil the family has acknowledged going through would surely be hard for anyone to handle. We await Monday’s announcement.

(PHOTO: The Gosselin family (courtesy Discovery Communications)


Jon and Kate would do well to sit down and watch the PBS series, “Frontier House”, with their family. It shows how families who need each other can function well no matter how large or small their living space is. What a sweet family to have gone so far afield! Somewhere they lost themselves in all of their new “stuff”. I hope they’ll end their spectacle and move on in their own reality.


I hope the announcement is that they’re throwing out the camera crews, getting some intensive marriage counseling and attempt to reclaim their lives and lives of their precious children. Most marriages can be saved given enough time and a true re-commitment.

Posted by Sara | Report as abusive

I don’t even watch this show, and my hope is that their ‘big announcement’ is that the show is ending, and they’re going to work on their own lives PRIVATELY.


My hope would be that the show is changing from weekly episodes to only a few “specials” each year so that we can see the kids. As for Jon and Kate’s relationship, I couldn’t care less, except that it’s always a shame when Mom and Dad can’t get along and have to separate or divorce. On the other hand, sometimes it’s better for parents to separate so that kids aren’t continuously subjected to daily bickering. I will hazard a guess at what the announcement is, though. Since Kate’s books are doing well, perhaps enough money has been made by them, combined with signing a lucrative new TV deal with TLC to do only a few special hour-long shows a year so that the show can end as we now know it. I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that Kate has always wanted to earn enough money on her own so that she could live with the kids without Jon at their new “estate.” It seems to me that she’s “coveting” that house, which, as most Christians know, is a huge sin. But, anyway, that’s what I think the announcement will be, that Jon and Kate are separating, and Kate and the kids will continue to live in the house without Jon, and that they will no longer do the TV show on a weekly basis. Kate has enough regular help with the kids and doesn’t need Jon to be there like she did when the kids were little. Plus, the kids are now all attending school, which gives Kate more free time. If Jon and Kate divorce, they can trade off taking the kids to and from school, etc. Kate’s no dummy. Divorcing Jon and implying it’s happened because he’s the one who cheated will go a long ways towards improving her public image. Hell, she probably thinks Jon was a dud and holding her back. Heck, she is now a full-fledged celebrity and can hold her own and doesn’t need Jon for anything. With all the positive press she’s recently received for those photos of her in her bikini proved that the public is ready to accept her as a divorcee. Remember Princess Diana’s swimsuit photos taken on board Dody’s yacht? The majority thought it was great that she was dangling her beautiful long legs off the boat. No one thought her a bad mom – and she didn’t even have to care for her kids – they were packed off to boarding school by that time, weren’t they? Are Cara and Mady going to be sent to boarding school too? I wouldn’t be surprised. They’ve never been the draw ’cause they’re too old and their behavior has never been that appealing. The other six are good for a few more months of press, and then they won’t be that interesting to watch on a weekly basis either. I hope that all the kids find some peace and as normal an existence as possible. Unfortunately, a lot of damage has already been done to them, whether it was intentional or not.

Posted by Deborah | Report as abusive

I think Jon got the raw end of the deal. Kate has always been negative toward Jon and controlling. How can she expect person to live with that. She needs to face the reality of her actions and have another think about their realationship.


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