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They may have filed for divorce, but Jon and Kate Gosselin have made good on their pledge to focus on their children, reuniting for a Fourth of July picnic.

At their home in Wernersville, Pa., the family played volleyball and picked blueberries for a cake Kate was baking, while Jon was seen lighting sparklers.

Vintage Jon and Kate Plus 8

Fortunately, Cara, Mady, Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel were all seemingly able to escape injury ... and a Kate Gosselin spanking.

The event had been planned, as the stars of TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8 agreed a few weeks ago to fulfill their contractual obligations and act like they can tolerate each other set aside their differences for the national holiday.

How wonderful - and not shocking - to see them reunite. Since Kate's book and clothing line have recently been sacked, the show's all she's got left.

How sweet. All 10 Gosselins are back together ... if only because it's a national holiday, and TLC told them to be for the sake of their reality show. [Photo: Splash News]

"Jon pointed to the July 4 holiday and said, 'What are we going to do about that?'" Kate Gosselin recently told People. "I absolutely cannot imagine not spending every single holiday with my kids. I don't care what it takes. I will be there."

Apparently, so will Jon. Even if he is spending the rest of his time hunting for NYC apartments, giving it to Deanna Hummel and posting a profile on Match.com.

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Kate Gosselin's career is drying up faster than Jon's sex drive.

First, her reality show went on hiatus until August.

Then her new cookbook was delayed indefinitely.

Now her clothing line is up in the air.

The reality star's promotion deal with Healthex has been shelved amid her recent divorce filing and separation with husband Jon Gosselin, a company rep said.

"Our project is on hold while she focuses on her family," Healthtex rep Scott Pryzwansky told Radar Online in a brief statement.

Kate Gosselin was hawking the clothing line as recently as May on the Rachael Ray Show. She handed out a gift bag that contained what the host described as "a Healthtex outfit [Kate] helped design and create."

The fall line is still available at Wal-Mart, but Kate is not involved.

On Monday - one week after she and Jon filed divorce papers - her Christian publisher, Zondervan, announced that her upcoming cookbook, Love Is in the Mix: Making Meals into Memories, wouldn't be hitting stores this November as planned.

TLC also confirmed Jon & Kate Plus 8 was going on hiatus until August 3. Viewership was down 77 percent on Monday's "retrospective" episode.

It's okay, Kate. Just get deals in place to pose for bikini photos and sell them to the paparazzi. It's made millionaires out of Spencer and Heidi.

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Jon & Kate Plus Alimony. Jon & Kate Plus Deanna Hummel. Jon Minus 9. Jon Plus 8 Minus K8. Jon & Kate Separ8. Jon & Kate Plus Court D8 ...

Whatever you want to call the next phase of the popular TLC reality show in the wake of Jon and Kate Gosselin packing it in after 10 years of marriage, it's the remaining, adorable eight whom some experts worry about most.

"I'm sad to think their custody might be part of what we're observing on day-to-day basis," says Mary Cushing Doherty, a family law attorney in Norristown, Pa.

The question for a Pennsylvania court could be whether it's in the best interest of the children to have their lives broadcast as children of divorce - is that just too much emotional baggage for any minor to carry period, let alone on TV?

This means a court could order that the kids no longer can be on on TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8, which returns from its hiatus with new episodes August 3.

The network suspended filming on its top-rated program Tuesday to gloss over the fact that Jon and Kate split up allow the Gosselin family to "regroup."

Even if Jon and Kate Gosselin reach a private custody agreement, there's still a chance "the law will reach in and say, 'I think these kids need a child advocate because people have not been looking out for their interests,'" Doherty says.

TLC has said it "continues to support the family and will work with them to determine the best way to tell their story as they navigate through a difficult time."

Another thorny issue could involve splitting the estate, which isn't just about who gets the $1.3 million house Kate and Jon Gosselin live in with their brood.

Any assets acquired between the marriage and separation are Jon and Kate's together, so it's not as if one party earned them. Also, the question remains as to the content of their contract with TLC. What if ratings dwindle and they are canceled?

Yet another interesting issue is who's more likely to be the celebrity moving forward. Is she more likely going to have a steady stream of income, or is he?

Atypically for divorce proceedings, Kate did not request child support or alimony. The interesting thing is going to be whether Jon asks for financial help.

Should Jon & Kate Plus 8 even come back?

 

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After whining about tabloid coverage of their lives to tabloids, Kate and Jon Gosselin, whose unraveling marriage has dominated headlines lately, have released a joint statement to tabloids saying they no longer wish to speak to tabloids.

The phrase too little, too late comes to mind.

Kate Gosselin, Kentucky Derby Style

In their first joint statement since announcing their divorce to the surprise of no one last week, Jon and Kate Gosselin say they are done with celebrity news:

“During this very difficult time we will be working to focus solely on the needs of our family. This includes no longer commenting publicly or reacting to media stories and speculation. Our goal is to do the very best for our children."

The statement continues: "That will be done as privately as possible. We appreciate the understanding, support and well wishes from so many. Thank you.”

Wow guys, doing something with the kids in mind? A novel concept! One would think this thought process would occur before whoring them out on a reality show, then banging the random teacher and/or bodyguard, but good for you!

Tonight’s episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 will be a retrospective attempt to gloss over the ugliness of multiple affairs and keep viewers focused on the cute kids look at the Gosselins, who were married for 10 years until last Monday.

Some "new footage" is promised as well. What do you think that could be? Here's hoping for the long-awaited network debut of Deanna Hummel's sex tape.

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Christian publisher Zonder van looks like it's going to postpone the debut date of Kate Gosselin's next book, Love is in the Mix: Making Meals into Memories.

It was due out in November. But that was before the grating star of Jon & Kate Plus 8 was in the middle of an ugly public divorce from husband Jon Gosselin.

A Jon and Kate retrospective looking back at the couple's 10-year marriage airs tonight as TLC tries to gloss over the nastiness of the past few months.

But the book jacket's promise of "an inside look at one of America's most close-knit families" doesn't have the quite same ring it used to now, does it?

The book was to feature Kate Gosselin's favorite recipes, along with her tips on eating organically and "meaningful mealtime blessings." Maybe now she can rewrite it with a recipe for humble pie. Ohh, snap, you got served there, Kate.

Grating

Jon and Kate Gosselin in what have become very familiar situations.

Postponing - or even outright canceling - the book will undoubtedly hurt both Kate Gosselin and the publisher right where it counts, on the bottom line.

But Maureen "Moe" Girkins, the CEO of Zondervan, now says that the publisher plans to "work with Kate to reassess the schedule for her next book."

Kate's first two books published by Zondervan, Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets and Eight Little Faces, were bestsellers.

No word if the publisher has acquired the rights to Deanna Hummel's forthcoming memoir, Hummers by Hummel: How I Seduced Jon Gosselin.

It's hard to imagine who would by a cookbook by Kate at this point, but who knows. Maybe she can put out a calendar of her bikini photos instead?

Click to enlarge more photos of Kate and kids over the weekend ...

  • Kate Chows Down
  • Kate Gosselin and Kids
  • Kate Gosselin and Son
  • B*TCH!!!!!
  • STFU Mom!
  • Hot Pink Kate

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As TLC scrambles to decide what the hell to do with a show that, ironically, is becoming a major hit and rapidly disintegrating at the same time, a very special retrospective episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 will air this evening.

"Jon & Kate Plus 8: The First 10 Years" will look back at Jon and Kate Gosselin's decade of marriage (which ended last week after publicly unraveling for months), and provide "a look at what's up next" for the parents of eight.

A couple of things that could be "up next" ...

  • Lots of meetings with blood-sucking lawyers
  • Jon's mistress Deanna Hummel guest-starring
  • Kate in a bikini 24/7/365 to make Jon jealous
  • The kids discovering the Internet, learning about their parents' messed-up lives and being permanently scarred as a result

Here's the preview for tonight's episode ...

We've seen how it all came crumbling down after these terrific 10 years. Follow the jump for last week's tearful announcement of Jon and Kate's separation ...

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Having filed for divorce and ending her 10-year-marriage just days ago, Kate Gosselin has wasted no time showing husband Jon exactly what he's missing.

Okay, chances are, he's probably pretty psyched that he is missing everything single thing about her, but damn, where'd that bikini body come from, Kate?

Kate Gosselin and Children

Still wearing her wedding ring for some reason, Kate Gosselin sure wasn't hiding from paparazzi as she strutted her stuff outside her Pennsylvania home.

And thanks to both the bikini and the hat, her dead porcupine / reverse mullet weave hair may no longer be her most talked-about feature! Kate 1, Jon 0!

Eight kids and plastic surgeries later, Kate Gosselin walks around in a bikini to get her photo plastered on celebrity sites like this a nice base tan for the summer.

While some would view the crumbling of their household and the summer hiatus of Jon & Kate Plus 8 as a good reason to lay low for awhile, it's nice to see Kate Gosselin is as attention-hungry as ever. Way to set a positive example for the kids!

You don't see Deanna Hummel clamoring for publicity, do you? Oh, wait...

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Jon & Kate Plus 9. Jon & Kate & Deanna Hummel Plus 8. Jon & Deanna Plus an Ex-Wife and 8 Kids ... These titles don't seem to roll off the tongue, do they?

Perhaps for that reason, TLC is denying rumors that Jon Gosselin's mistress is joining the show when Jon & Kate Plus 8 it returns with new episodes in August.

Hot Kate Gosselin Bikini Pic

Now that Jon and Kate Gosselin are separating, rumors swirled that teacher Deanna Hummel, 23, who has been seeing Jon this year, would come on board.

Not so much, says the network.

GIANT HOME WRECKER: Despite initial assertions that she and Jon are just friends, Deanna Hummel is widely believed to be the woman he was cheating on Kate with.

"There are no plans to use her," a rep for TLC said of the Deanna Hummel rumors. "We are in hiatus and all future episodes haven't even been planned."

The rumor was launched in today's New York Daily News, which said "Deanna's role isn't expected to be big, but because she's part of Jon's life, she'll be filmed."

Well, here's hoping they change their mind there. Imagine the kids asking their new stepmom whether that's really her getting pummeled on that sex video.

Click to enlarge more photos of Deanna Hummel ...

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Following the divorce announcement of Jon and Kate Gosselin on Monday's episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8, the New York Daily News reports that his reported girlfriend, Deanna Hummel, is expected to join the show when it returns August 3.

TLC announced Tuesday that it was pulling the plug on new episodes of the series for now. But the show will resume with Deanna Hummel on board.

"Deanna's role isn't expected to be big, but because she's part of Jon's life, she'll be filmed," says an insider reportedly close to the embattled star.

Hummel's affair with Jon Gosselin was exposed in early May, when his marriage to Kate and her terrible hair began to unravel very publicly.

Here's a photo of the new woman in Jon's life ...

Deanna Hummel Pic

The source added that the show will focus on how Jon and Kate are raising their brood separately. The duo plans to flip-flop the days they reside in their $1.1 million Pennsylvania home so the children will not have to shuttle between parents.

A spokeswoman for TLC confirmed the show's hiatus and said, in lieu of the new episodes, a retrospective of the couple's 10 years of marriage will air.

"During this time, the family will take some time off to regroup," said the rep. Of Deanna Hummel joining the show, the spokeswoman would say only:

"We have no specific plans for future episodes."

No word on whether future episodes will involve Jon telling his kids about Deanna's alleged sex tape or the eBay sale of the bed on which it took place.

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With Jon and Kate Gosselin having separated and announcing they are getting a divorce, varying accounts have surfaced regarding the legality of their separation.

There's a report floating out there that Kate Gosselin has been separated for two years from Jon. That is actually untrue, and the reason why is as follows.

Kate Dances

There are two grounds for a no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania:

  1. Waiting 90 days after the papers are filed. If the Gosselins agree that the marriage is "irretrievably broken" at that point, a divorce can proceed.
  2. That they have lived separately and apart for two years. That doesn't necessarily mean they've been separated for that long in reality. It means she must wait two years from the moment she considered the marriage over and began "living separately" (if only in different rooms).

In filing for divorce, Kate selected both of these options.

Sources say the real separation between Jon and Kate is very recent, but Kate checked off both to get the clock ticking on dissolving the couple's union.

Why would she check both boxes? Because Jon may not agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken. If that's the case she has to wait the two years.

So by checking both boxes, Kate is hedging her bets. Ultimately, she would have to prove to the judge when she considered herself separate from Jon.

Jon and Kate Plus 8 is on hiatus until at least August 3.

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