Jon & Kate Plus 8 Finale: Marital Problems? (Video)
A teaser clip from the final episode of Season 4 of Jon & Kate Plus 8 has the internet buzzing. Is there trouble in paradise? The parents of twin 8 year-old daughters Cara and Mady, and nearly 5-year-old sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel renewed their vows in Hawaii earlier this season and now appear to be experiencing a rocky patch. Kate told People magazine in their May 15, 2009 issue that the couple IS considering a split.
After 6 months of speculation - the divorce filing finally occurred on June 22, 2009 - see video announcement below. Kate said, "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 my children. While there are reasons why it is appropriate and necessary for me to initiate this proceeding, I do not wish to discuss those reasons at this time."
Jon said, "Kate and I will work out a schedule that enables our kids to have plenty of quality time with both of us at home in Pennsylvania." In other words, the kids will continue to live in the home and the two parents will move into and out of the home while the other is parenting.
Kate's brother Kevin Kreider and his wife Jodi, known to Jon and Kate's children as Uncle Kevin and Aunt Jodi, gave a very sad and candid interview on May 14, 2009. Check it out here.
TLC released a statement to refute Kevin & Jodi's allegation that the show is a sham. Jon Gosselin finally spoke to People magazine in their June 5, 2009 issue. He said, "Enough is enough!" See link below.
Jon & Kate hooked up with American Chopper for an upcoming episode. See those photos and the 100th episode with Emeril Lagosse FULL VIDEO HERE.
The popular reality show on TLC previewed a clip with Jon and Kate in the 'interview chair' that they use each week to discuss the details of each episode. Kate tells viewers that they are having some problems that they are attempting to work through. Jon, with a very uncomfortable look on his face, mumbles a not so convincing response.
The family recently moved into new, swankier digs in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, about 50 miles from their previous Elizabethtown residence. The new real estate reportedly listed at $1.4 million. The purchase was likely made possible because Kate is now doing a significant amount of media work, which necessitates her traveling around the country.
Now to the dirt. A photo of Jon Gosselin, taken at a bar with several females, has been plastered over the internet along with rumors that he was observed making out and dirty dancing. The photo shows Gosselin flanked by two women. Other unsubstantiated rumors allege that Jon has been living with his mother in Huntingdon, PA since February.
Recently, Jon's rep released the following statement:
"It is certainly hurtful for people to spread rumors and lies about us. It certainly makes me reluctant to live my life like the average person would. This has made it very clear that the simplest innocent gesture--such as taking a picture with a fan, can be taken out of context. As you can see on the show, I am not perfect, but I am a part of a loving family and couple."
UPDATE June 22, 2009: Jon and Kate file for divorce
UPDATE March 24, 2009: The final episodes aired last night and we learned a few things in the process. Jon & Kate have been in the new house four months since we last saw them. Jon did, in fact, move out to live with his mother for 8 days, reportedly to help her while she recovered from a broken foot - because her husband was out of town.
Kate hired a new helper who will remain behind the scenes....and don't call her nanny because Kate will never have a nanny. We find out that Kate hates the dogs for all of the obvious reasons, including poop and pee and the fact that one ended up having surgery after eating a stuffed pony.
Jon and Cara went to Utah to ski. It appeared to be a 'Jon' escape more than bonding time with his daughter. Cara was homesick and missed mom and the kids. We learned that Mady got braces but they opted not to film the initial dental visit because they expected their 'high maintenance' child would have a rough time - which she apparently did.
Kate took the kids to see Sesame Street Live and to an interactive museum. They painted some masterpieces that Kate plans to frame and hang at home. The entire group also took in a Harlem Globetrotters exhibition. All of these segments were entertaining and it is obvious that Kate is now better able to manage these outings without losing her cool.
Now let us talk about Jon. He appears puffy and stressed and in a full blown funk. His facial expressions and body language were fairly telling. He is apparently shocked to discover that he has lost his 'regular guy Jon' identify. He has been so busy for the past five years that he hasn't had an opportunity to step out into the public eye on his own, and when he did he was taken aback that he can't be a regular guy without some serious backlash.
His recent bad publicity has him rethinking his involvement in Season 5. Kate makes it very plain that she loves doing the show and everything that goes along with it. It has opened new opportunities for her, given her a career outside of her home, and given her the self confidence to finally enjoy shopping for herself.
We get the sense that Kate will make some concessions at home that will entice Jon to be a team player. He has every reason to want some respect from her. We saw some real 'spousal abuse' in her verbal interactions with Jon this season - though they did seem to have a few weeks of afterglow bliss following the renewal of their vows.
Maybe Jon isn't good with change. The new house move compounded by Kate's frequent travels have put a much bigger burden on his shoulders. We suspect that the new helper was brought in to provide some relief. In any case, we sure hope they resolve their differences because we depend on our weekly fix of Jon & Kate Plus 8. SEASON FIVE UPDATE.
Check out a photo video and the renewal of their vows in Hawaii below. The third video shows Jon with two women in a bar. It is the photo that cause the internet rumors. The fourth video is the clip from the season finale - alluding to marital problems.
May 12, 2009 UPDATE: Kate Gosselin is reportedly flinging with bodyguard Steve Neild- see photo below.June 22, 2009 - Divorce announcement video below.