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After Jon and Kate Gosselin announced on Monday night's show that they are officially separating, TLC is shelving Jon & Kate Plus 8 until August 3.

Should it even come back at all?

Kate is Irate

The series, which follows the lives of the Gosselins and their brood, has become garnering TLC its best ratings ever in the past couple of months.

But TLC said next Monday's episode would be a clip show containing new footage, but that the next all-new episode would not air for six weeks.

Sources say the desire to take a production break came from TLC, not the Gosselins. Only six of Jon & Kate Plus 8's 40-episode order have aired.

However, because of the turmoil in the Gosselin's marriage, TLC does not have footage to make new episodes as its schedule became last minute.

This season's episodes were often completed the day of airing. This was true of last night's, which featured Jon and Kate's divorce announcement.

Jon and Kate Gosselin married 10 years ago and separated yesterday.

The premiere episode drew almost 10 million viewers following reports that Jon was cheating on Kate with Deanna Hummel and she was responding in kind with their bodyguard Steve Neild. Jon was later linked to Hailey Glassman as well.

Additional rumors and gossip fueled the fire in recent weeks, including a shocking photo of Kate spanking Leah and a video of her denying Mady water.

Accounts of Jon looking for his own place and the couple spending less and less time together signified what the couple officially confirmed last night.

It's over. But the show, apparently, will go on.

What do you think of the show's scheduled break, rather than the show being cancelled? Should Jon & Kate Plus 8 come back at all?

 

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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."

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After affairs, scandals and months of speculation, the 10-year marraige of Jon & Kate Plus 8 stars Kate and Jon Gosselin appears to have come to an end.

Documents to initiate a legal separation of the Gosselins were filed at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown, Penn., Monday afternoon, People reports.

Fans who have watched the couple's popular TLC show – or read the voluminous coverage of the Gosselins' marriage woes in the press – will not be surprised.

Reports that Jon Gosselin is a cheater first arose in February.

The father of eight was seen in the company of young women during a solo visit to see his mother, who was recuperating from surgery, in Huntingdon, Pa.

The couple attempted to quash the rumors, but in May, the scandal erupted when Deanna Hummel, 23, was spotted driving Jon's car home from a bar (above).

When the fifth season of the Gosselins' show premiered May 25, the couple admitted to having problems and not knowing where their relationship was headed.

"Parents of multiples have triple the divorce rate," an introspective Kate Gosselin lamented through tears and her reverse-mullet-dead-porcupine-weave hair.

"I thought we would beat that. I don't know if I can say that anymore."

TLC promotions of the hit series have been promising a major announcement about the family in this evening's "special" episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8.

Guess we can skip it now, but if you are still inclined to watch the family crumble before your eyes, follow the jump for a preview of tonight's episode:

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A chipper Jon Gosselin spent his weekend eight-deep in kids, which is par for the course for the guy - but this time, wife Kate Gosselin was nowhere to be found.

It's a scenario he may be getting used to.

While celebrating Father's Day at home, Jon and his twins and sextuplets enjoyed a nice, relaxing day playing in the front yard of their Reading, Pa., home.

In between the usual bike rides, lacrosse games and trips riding around the yard on an ATV, Jon walked to his fence and signed autographs for fans.

"Jon was in a great mood," a source told E! News.

The usually reserved Jon answered some questions for media near the home, confirming that injured son Aaden cut his head and had the wound glued shut.

Bandage-free Aaden was playing in the yard with his dad Sunday.

When asked if he was moving to New York City, he said, "You'll have to watch the show," referring to the big Jon and Kate announcement on tonight's show.

Asked about Kate's whereabouts, Jon simply responded "I don't know."

If tonight's "very special" episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8 goes the way we expect it will, he'll be able to answer that way indefinitely soon enough.

He was not asked if scenes from tonight's show will include little Mady being denied water and calling the mulleted one mean, or Kate spanking Leah.

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Jon Gosselin Shirtless

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Man, Kate Gosselin really did a number on this poor guy.

We mean Jon Gosselin, mentally, that is. Not poor little Aaden, who had to go to the pediatrics hospital on Saturday in Reading, Pennsylvania.

Chances are, the five-year-old's injuries were not the result of another Kate Gosselin spanking. But who can say for certain with that woman?

A rep for TLC, when reached for comment, said, "When you have eight kids, someone is bound to get hurt. It's nothing tragic. Everything is fine."

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With their special divorce announcement on tap for tomorrow's episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8, Kate apparently left town for some alone time this weekend.

Unfortunately, she is probably expected back at some point in the near future.

She took off by herself so that the eight kids could spend Father’s Day with Jon Gosselin. How sweet, their last Father's Day with married parents! Yay!

No word if Hailey Glassman and/or Deanna Hummel are coming over.

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The promo for Monday night's special episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 promises that the embattled Jon and Kate Gosselin will make a major announcement.

A source close to the situation tells Radar Online that the Jon and Kate announcement is what we all assumed it to be: They are getting a divorce.

The source says that Kate Gosselin recently met with a divorce lawyer. Another source says that the couple had previously agreed to separate by July 15.

That timetable has now been pushed forward.

Radar also claims exclusive knowledge that for all intents and purposes, the marriage is already over and Jon Gosselin will file divorce papers next week.

Meanwhile, People reports that Jon was apartment hunting in New York City this morning, further fueling rumors that a Gosselin split is imminent.

The stars of Jon & Kate Plus 8 have unwittingly used reality TV to broadcast the reality of an unraveling, terrible marriage. And they’ve done it to record ratings this season as media frenzy around the battling couple grew with each new development:

  • Jon was accused of having an affair with Deanna Hummel.
  • Kate was accused of having an affair with Steve Neild.
  • Kate's porcupine / reverse mullet weave has been scrutinized.
  • Her brother discussed the relationship publicly in a tell-all with Us Weekly, which featured the Gosselins on a staggering seven straight covers.
  • Kate previously took the sextuplets on vacation to North Carolina without Jon. He was spotted hanging out with Deanna Hummel in Utah. 
  • Some dude apparently pummeled Deanna Hummel on a sex tape that appeared online. While unrelated to the Gosselins, this was amusing.
  • Jon has also been spotted with Hailey Glassman, the daughter of Kate’s plastic surgeon, and reports say this relationship may be still on.
  • Jon and Kate spent their 10th wedding anniversary apart.

How will the once-beloved couple handle their impending split? Will the show go on? Should they try to work it out for the sake of the adorable kids?

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The promo for next Monday night's "very special episode" of Jon & Kate Plus 8 certainly suggests that a Jon Gosselin-Kate Gosselin divorce is imminent.

"Recently we've made some life-changing decisions," Kate says in the voiceover on a new TLC promo for a one-hour Jon & Kate Plus 8 episode June 22.

She continues, as melodramatic music plays: "Decisions that will affect every member of our family... ones that we hope will bring each of us some peace."

Kate and Jon Gosselin "have an announcement," the text reads.

Phrases like "A relationship at a crossroads" and "Where do they go from here?" also flash across the screen, along with crushing images of somber Jon Gosselin and Kate Gosselin (looking in opposite directions), during the 30-second promo.

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Celebrity gossip sites have had a field day chronicling the couple's awful marriage in recent weeks, first with the revelation that Jon had an affair with Deanna Hummel, followed by with Kate's "inseparable" relationship with bodyguard Steve Neild.

There were also the side stories of the alleged sex tapes starring Deanna Hummel, Octomom bashing Kate twice, and rumors that Jon is a pot-smoking loser.

The pair spent their 10-year wedding anniversary apart, with Kate Gosselin spanking Leah at home while unhappy Jon kicked it with friends in Nyack, N.Y.

It's been a roller-coaster. We'll have to wait and see what's next, though it's hard to imagine this is all a ruse and a heartwarming reconciliation is looming.

Unless Kate Gosselin agrees to shut her yap once in awhile, anyway.

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Guess a decade of being emasculated by a grating bitch - on national television, no less, for a good portion of it - will take its toll on any guy eventually.

Jon Gosselin spent the weekend of his 10th wedding anniversary apart from wife Kate and their eight kids. Not a good sign for the pair's troubled marriage.

While Kate played with the kids on the lawn of the family's Wernersville, Pa., home Saturday, Jon enjoyed a quick lunch with a male friend 150 miles away.

A waiter at the Stir Crazy Fresh Asian Grill in West Nyack, N.Y., says that Gosselin sat in the back of the restaurant for 45 minutes Saturday afternoon.

"He was shy and reserved," the waiter says.

But Jon obviously has his eight kids on his mind – and speed dial: "Jon was on the phone most of the time and was talking to his kids," says the waiter.

Jon Gosselin Shirtless

SHIRTLESS, UNHAPPY: Jon Gosselin has not been in a good mood lately, according to sources. Maybe that would change if Deanna Hummel were down there somewhere.

Jon also browsed a few shops – Brooks Brothers, The Sports Authority – at the Palisades Center mall that day. "He didn't look very happy," admits an employee.

"It looked like he just wanted to be left alone."

He returned home on Monday.

That night's episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 shed more than one million viewers from the previous week's audience. The most recent show, which included a visit from the dudes from TLC's American Chopper, brought in only 2.9 million viewers.

The previous episode, on June 8, had 4.3 million viewers. Both are down greatly from the season premiere on May 25, which brought in 9.8 million viewers.

Perhaps the allure of watching the world's most painful woman boss around a pot-smoking, cheating dirtbag is fading for some reality TV fans. Sad.

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Friday was Jon and Kate Gosselin's 10th wedding anniversary, but the estranged parents of eight weren't spotted doing any celebrating over the weekend.

In fact, they spent the weekend apart.

Keep Kate

Pretty sad what they've let their lives become, however, the fact that anyone can tolerate that woman for a decade without shooting himself in the head is impressive, so you've gotta give Jon at least a little credit for sticking it out this long.

Kate called cops on celebrity gossip photographers Saturday as she played with her kids and filmed her TLC reality show. On Sunday, she took one of her sextuplets, Leah, on a shopping excursion to Target, Starbucks and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Jon wasn't spotted at the family's home in Wernersville, Pa. No word on whether he and Deanna Hummel were making private videos in Utah somewhere.

Sadly, Kate Gosselin was not taken into custody and placed under gag order.

Monday, Jon finally surfaced, spending time with his eldest twin daughters, Cara and Mady Gosselin, who called Kate mean after being denied water last week.

Conveniently for Jon, Kate was on her own schedule, getting her reverse mullet cut, so she wasn't around to make the usual condescending, grating remarks.

Take whatever silence you can get around the house, J.

On tonight’s all new episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8, which hopefully will receive low ratings, the embattled fam meets the dudes from Orange County Choppers.

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Tori Spelling wrote a best-selling book titled Mommywood.

As the name implies, the memoir was based around life as a mother in Hollywood.

Kate Gosselin and Son

But it looks like the 90210 actress has a short memory, as she recently lamented to Extra the fact that Jon and Kate Gosselin have essentially gone Hollywood.

"I loved the fact that they were a normal family; they weren’t in Hollywood," said the actress, who didn't seem to comprehend the irony in appearing on the show to promote the fourth season of her reality series, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. "It’s hard for me now to see them on the cover of People magazine... It’s gone to a whole different level, and I feel bad for them."

We're not defending the atrocity that is Jon & Kate Plus 8, but note to Tori: you've made a living off that same exact level!

Pictured above: Four giant boobs.

Spelling also offered some advice to the Gosselins: "I hope they’re prepared for what they are going through and just know that this too shall pass... Next week, it will be someone else on the cover and you can go about your life."

Wrong. We're sorry to say, but there definitely will NOT be someone else on the cover of Us Weekly next week.