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