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UPDATE-Jon and Kate take a break
In the wake of their announcement on Monday night’s show on cable channel TLC that they will split up, television reality couple Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight children will take a break from the show centered on their life as a large family, the channel said on Tuesday.
“TLC continues to support the Gosselin family and will work closely with them to determine the best way to continue to tell their story as they navigate through this difficult time,” the channel said in a statement.
The show will air a retrospective next Monday, and then return on Aug. 3, TLC said.
“During this time, the family will take some time off to regroup and then a modified schedule will be in place to support the family’s transition,” the channel said.
The Gosselins have been married for 10 years and they are famous for having eight children (twins and sextuplets), as well as the TV show that documented their lives. The Gosselins started legal divorce proceedings in their home state of Pennsylvania on Monday, in advance of their show airing.
The show so far has managed to keep much of the fighting between the Gosselins off-screen, but for a couple going through a divorce with cameras everywhere, the next few months must seem daunting. Of course, they agreed to be on the show, and all reports indicate that they are well-paid for their starring roles. With the money, the Gosselins are able to provide for their children in a way that would be hard to achieve with any regular job.
Here’s the update. The Monday night episode of “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ attracted the highest ratings in the show’s history, with 10.6 million viewers tuned in, TLC said.
In the coming weeks, will the show’s producers be able to manage the wrenching pain of the Gosselins’ divorce without damaging the family? Or will the break give the Gosselins enough time to get ready for the next chapter in their televised life?
(PHOTO: The Gosselin family, courtesy Discovery Communications)