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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It seems The Hollywood Gossip couldn't resist partially laying the blame - or at least taking shots at - Jon Gosslin, despite their own decision to churn out unscrupulous reporting that eight kids on a reality show may read.

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I'm really for your dicorve. I was very upset to haer about it I was hopeing that you and Jon would work it out for the kids.I hope that the kids will be okay and praying that you and JOn can still work it out. thank you for the show and I hope they don't stop the show (TLC). RoseAnn Kuperus

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I think that these parents ought to be parents! Do they ever read statistics about children coming from broken homes? Yes, they need counseling. They need to find a way to put their own needs and selfishness aside and raise the children that they brought into this world! Sure, they have issues but who doesn't? Love and forgiveness are the keys. How can they give up on the eight beautiful lives that they are responsible for? Divorce is a copout. TLC should pull the plug and let these poor people work out their problems!
Pat

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I am so sad about this, I cried for you and your family it is the hardest thing on a child DIVORCE, please try to work this out if you love your kids as much as you say you do than please give it another chance for the kids go watch old episodes and look at the 2 of y ou when yall were in love and the kids were little, it breaks my heart to think about yall telling the kids that daddy is moving out and that mommy and daddy dont want to live together anymore how is that going to make them feel, oh i cant even thing about it it breaks my heart-shannon dallas

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Perhaps this is coming a bit late, but did Jon ever really cheat? Sure, he got drunk at a bar and was photographed by the paparazzi leaving with a random woman - and I'm not saying that that doesn't sound bad - but it doesn't necessarily mean he had an affair. He made poor decisions, yes, but leaving a bar with a woman doesn't always equate to sleeping with her. I think THG is being a bit hard on both of them. They weren't "making excuses," they were trying, publicly, to try to understand how they got to this point. Which is a really depressing, sad point to tell the truth. I wish they had given their relationship a little more effort, and I hope TLC shows some decency and pulls the show for the sake of their kids.

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They are giving up waaaay too soon! they're not even seeking counseling, shouldn't they do that first and try to work things out?

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I think they both gave up way too soon! Makes me question just how much they truly really loved each other from the beginnning. I believe their marriage can be saved if they are both agreeable to counseling. You know what really amazed me is that despite claiming to be christians, you never saw them praying at meal time on the show or really focusing on their christianity.
If they truly loved their children they would seek help for their marriage.
I really think TLC needs to pull the plug on the show and highly encourage them to see a counselor. Fame really changed things for the worse for both of them.
I recommend everyone stop watching the show.

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My last comment: doing what is best for EIGHT children is going to counseling (they can afford the best) to do everything in the world to save their marriage...if not for themselves then for the children. the grass isn't greener, all relationships have struggles, living according to God's way, being selfless (they don't know what that means)...it seems to me they haven't given it all they've got. Getting divorced is too easy. Many who have divorced with children involved regret their actions and wish they would've tried to make it work. both can change, both have so much to gain by trying to make it work. Will i keep watching? sometimes but not as much. i'm sad they aren't trying everything before ending the marriage. anger can be worked thru..it's their job to show their children they matter enough to try to make it work. guess all this is too late. jon wants out.
don't think kate does. all children just want their parents together.

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