Jon & Kate Gosselin Separate, Issue Statements on Divorce

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Jon and Kate Gosselin are calling it a "new chapter."

In legal terms, it is often referred to as a "divorce."

The embattled reality TV parents spent the second half of Monday's episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 making excuses and trying to justify explaining their decision to separate, which was made official yesterday when they filed for divorce in Reading, Pa.

On the hour-long episode, Jon and Kate Gosselin spoke introspectively of the troubles in their marriage and publicly announced that they are splitting up.

Jon and Kate Gosselin have been married since 1999.

Jon Gosselin couldn't resist partially laying the blame - or at least taking shots at - the paparazzi, despite his own decisions to cheat on his wife with Deanna Hummel and put his eight kids on a reality show in the first place.

But we digress. Jon and Kate's announcement was far from a shock, but was made official last night and accompanied by dual statements from the Gosselins.

In his statement to the media, Jon said:

"This afternoon, Kate filed for divorce. Our kids are still my number one priority. I love them and want to make sure they stay happy, healthy and safe."

"My job is being the best, most supportive and loving father that I can be to my kids, and not being married to Kate doesn’t change that."

"This will be a difficult transition for all of us, but Kate and I will work out a schedule that enables our kids to have plenty of quality time with both of us."

"In terms of my marriage, it’s no secret that the past six months or so have been very difficult for Kate and me. We are no different than other couples and parents who are facing a crossroads. I am of course deeply saddened that we are divorcing."

Kate Gosselin issued a separate statement yesterday, which reads:

"Over the course of this weekend, Jon's activities have left me no choice but to file legal procedures in order to protect myself and our children."

"While there are reasons why it was appropriate and necessary for me to initiate this proceeding, I do not wish to discuss those reasons at this time, in the hope that all issues will be resolved amicably between Jon and myself."

"As always, my first priority remains our children."

The couple said that while they will obviously spend time apart, they would keep the Pennsylvania house they share with their kids and take turns living there, and take whatever measures are necessary to minimize the disruption in their lives.

As for Jon & Kate Plus 8, will it go on? That remains to be seen.

What do you think? Should TLC pull the plug on Jon & Kate Plus 8? Should they try harder to work things out for the good of the kids?

Check out the clip from last night, then comment below ...

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