Kate Plus 8 Premiere: Bring Back Jon?

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Kate Gosselin’s new TLC show, the revamped Kate Plus 8, premiered last night on TLC. As the title and scads of news reports indicate, Jon Gosselin is MIA.

For Kate, this is a good thing. For the rest of us? Debatable. No one disputes that Jon has serious d-bag qualities, but was that part of the show's appeal?

Put another way, was the palpable marital conflict of Jon and Kate Plus 8 as big a reason to tune in as the eight, titular little cuties? In a way, we say yes.

Sure, the show was cute before things went off the rails. But admit it, you wanna see Jon's girlfriend Ellen Ross meet the kids, Kate verbally castrate him, etc.

Last night, Kate Plus 8 contained some interesting revelations from Kate and the requisite kid-related humor. But there was a certain suspense missing.

Jon: Smoked

KATE PLUS 8 MINUS 1 D-BAG: Just not the same.

Kate taking her big brood to Discovery Cove in Orlando, Fla., for the sextuplets' sixth birthdays was sweet. It just seemed too ... normal and non-dysfunctional.

We'll see how long the network can ride Kate (via the new Kate Plus 8 and Twist of Kate) in a drama-free format. Some of the highlights from last night:

  • Kate calling swimming with dolphins a rite of passage, when the vast majority of parents could never afford or have a TV network arrange such a thing.
  • Bodyguard and alleged lover Steve Neild speaking out for the first time. He seems to be actively involved as her manager/protector, on platonic terms.
  • Kate revealing what has always been her biggest fear in this world: not being on TV or in the spotlight anymore having a judge take away her kids.

Did you watch Kate Plus 8? Would you consider it in its current form? Should Kate just go away for good? Follow the jump for more pics and a clip ...


Some comments are too funny and absolutely ridiculous. What is a "normal" life? Kate loves her children, she is being the best mother she can be. That's what we all do...be the best we can be. You take the good that you see and try and implement that into your family; however, mistakes are bound to be made. She has an awesome JOB that allows her to be home with her children and/or schedule the dates away....WOW. She has the opportunity to expose her children to the world at someone elses expenses. Who are you to not support any family without first walking in their shoes. I shake my head every time I see ignorant comments about her lack of mothering skills or wanting "money". Do you have any idea how much it costs to raise 8 children? Thought not. HUSH YOUR MOUTH and pray that she has wisdom, peace, order, love and patience.


Meh42, well said.


Boy oh boy where do i start. I personally think they should have never started the show because even though they were having problems. things where semi working for them and then again it might have still be destined for them to divorce. Either way it sucks without have Jon on the show now.Now it's all about Kate and the Money. As someone else said here on the board why don't she get a real job and make a decent living for the kids.
Because all she is doing is giving them everything that they want and spoiling them.And for this Steve bodygarud thing.If he was any kind of a "friend" so he says he would definetly back away to help stop the rumors.But obvisously something is going on or else Jon would be in the picture. Imean really stop and thing about it.


I began watching Jon and Kate plus 8 because I wanted to watch a show with positive energy and a show that I would not mind my kids watching with me. Before J+K+8, I was sick of being surprised by people actions (sexual behavior, language, ect.) on television. It was amazing and encouraging to see an educated family (J+K+8) raising their own eight children decently. Watching the children play and grow was what I was interested in, not so much the conflict between Kate and Jon. Now, I can watch the show with my kids and the focus is on the KIDS not drama and arguing. We have enough problems in our own lives. Why would I want to spend my valuable time watching another family argue?


dancing with the stars, you whined and tried to get votes, woe is me ... don't dance anymore, focus on raising your children and give them a normal life. it's very clear to everyone who has watched your pathetic show, it's all about money for you. there are so many other ways you could earn a living, an honest living without exploiting your children. christian eh? you exploit everything you touch, selling your books, talking at christian events, you're even exploiting christians for goodness sake! shame on you! stop the whining and get a real job like the rest of us have to. pathetic!


Dear Meh42, 1.Do you have/can you hold a job? 2.Envy someone too much? The green eyed monster has never done any good to anybody. 3.If you don't like the show or realated stuff,know how to use a remote or the mouse?Do use it,nobody wants YOUR whine either. Sincerely,Society with tolerance for working women and that supports stable&caring parents. P.S. :By the way,millions watch and adore the children on television.Who wants to watch you on TV Meh42?


I believe that if people would put aside their initial views of Kate and look at what has happened since her and Jon's seperation and divorce, they would see who is the more stable parent. Yes, Kate may have to leave to go work, but actresses do that every day.


did not will not would like to see those children allowed to live a normal life out of the spotlight. SAD


I watched the show and liked it. I certainly did NOT miss jon being there. It is much better without him. The family seems to be running smoother without his whining. Keep him out of it.


Everyone would like a HIGH paying job, being filmed for tv while being on expensive, all paid, vacations with your family. I do get tired of hearing Kate yell........."their going to have a melt down!" Sure enough, the older two go for it because they know she expects them to. Also, whats the deal with all the complains about papparazzi (spelling)? She has a camera in her face constantly and poses for magazines too. I guess it all boils down to money. She isn't paid for THOSE pics!

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