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 ...


Kate is trying to persuade the public that she is the better parent. Disgusting! Hellooo, wake up and smell the coffee. How many people will buy that, Kate? The minute the cameras are gone, it is my guess that you, kate, will have way less patience with your children than you try to make the public believe. You are a show off, Kate. You, kate, are not the better parent, nor are you the victim in this; you brought it upon yourself. Your demeanour on TV is pathetic. After the show is over, you will not bother with taking your children to places as much as you do now, because you will no longer feel the pressure to act "good mom". Poor children. You are a show off.


Everybody seems to think that Jon and Kate did not try enough. It seems to me she was the one who had most of the work....most mothers do because we as mothers have the motherly responsibility to care a bit more. But has anyone thought that perhaps Jon has stopped loving her? When there is no love why stay and live with that person? Its disappointing to see men, in most cases walk away from their family because they failed to commit their love to their wife or simply because of another women. Kate did not choose to do this alone like she stated on one of the episodes.It seems to me Jon is walking away because his love for her is gone and it upseted me to hear him say in the last episode " I'm sad but excited at the same time.." in reference to the divorce! How could anyone be excited about something like that? Did anyone pick that up? It seems like he wants some freedom but what about Kate! What does she get? It is so unfair to can so easily walk away in most cases...


They need to talk to Dr Dobson of Focus on the Family. He could help them. I wonder though if Jon can see that by trying to recapture his youth, he is throwing away the happiness of his family? I think he is going to find that the affair he just had to have to show his manhood, is going to haunt him for the rest of his life and the girl will certainly leave him for someone younger on down the road. Unless she is a fame seeker. We don't know anything about her except she was willing to steal a man who had eight children from his wife just for a lark.


I believe that kate has gotten full of herself and the extra money that they have now and they never did.. i am not sure what to believe but i believe they have been struggling for a long time and now its just very public... i hope they dissolve this and continue the show


I agree that they should seek counseling. Kate does seem to be controling, but some men need that, just maybe not to the extent that was laid upon Jon. I DO NOT agree EVER to staying in a relationship 'for the children' because in the end the children are going to be the ones who get hurt. Just because the parents are no longer together doesn't mean that the children won't be raised being loved by both parents. Being in a better situation creates a better self; having a better self creates a better parent. Children will feel the vibes given off by parents, and those vibes can and will affect the children. (Cincinnati Ohio/24/female)


TlC needs to cancel the show for now. Kate is a shrew and needs a reality check herself. Saying she "is doing this for the kids" is unbelievable. The children did not get tummy tucks, tans, spa trips, hair plugs, new wardrobe, first class airfare etc. Telling the children's reaction to the divorce to People Magazine, is cruel and dumb.


I think they should take some time off to work on their relationship. At least for the kids. Jon and Kate are only human and everyone has tooken it to far. All relationships have problems. Its only natural. They BOTH have worken hard on being together but I think that their problems being in the media is pushing them to get a divorce. They are both great parents but in my eyes they care to much what viewers think. They need to take a break from the media and the kids and spend some time together to see if they can work it out.


i think TLC should pull the show. I have been a faithful viewer but is has really been sad to see the family fall apart and I for one will not be watching it for here on. I feel they have both gave up to soon and maybe without the cameras running they could work to saving their marriage for the sweet innocent kids.


WHY HAVEN'T THEY GONE TO COUNSELING??? They are suppose to be such devote Christians, but yet they haven't even tried to go to counseling? They need to pull their heads out of their behinds and go to marriage counseling where they can communicate and try to resolve things BEFORE divorce!


Please, please take them off the air. Announcing their impending divorce for ratings...They are doing all this for freebies. What a joke. The kids have nannies, Kate writes a book about raising children. Kate doesn't cook, she writes a cook book. What is real about this family? I think this divorce has been a long time coming. I will not watch any more, promise. I have a big family and I love them all. I will be spending quality time with my family. People wake up about this farce....This is NOT a reality show. Jon and Kate have to stop. Support your kids like a normal family. Down size the house. Kids are handed a new "something" every week. What happens to family, friends, hand me downs. Wait till the kids are made fun off by their friends. Stop the insanity, no more ratings, no more show.

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