June 22nd, 2009
09:56 PM ET

The end arrives

Jon and Kate finally announce that they have decided to separate.

Not a shocker. I am surprised that they are going to flip-flop the house based on who has the kids. Will that work?

The flashback scenes of the earlier shows make it all the sadder. There just seemed to be such hope and joy in those first shows. The whole family seemed like a great team back then.

Interesting that Kate zeroes in on how the show enabled them to document the lives of their kids, because it's also documenting the demise of their marriage. Those aren't any home movies I would want to have.

And they are still going to do the show? Seriously? That just seems crazy to me. It's "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

Jon owns up to not being a great communicator and he's candid in saying that he's excited for what's coming. Kate seems crushed.

The show confirms that today divorce papers were filed to dissolve the Gosselins 10-year marriage.

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  1. barb

    oh, and after reading June 25th,2009,12:59 am ET, we don't have to 'be in her shoes' raising 8 kids alone because SHE hasn't even been in her shoes with all her travelling/being away and all the help she has had forever.

    August 11, 2009 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. barb

    jon admitted he didn't communicate well and kate admitted, well, nothing, because you see it isn't her fault, she did everything her way which is the right way and jon didn't do what she told him to do so he did it all wrong and she told that to him, the 8 kids and all 8 million of us.

    August 11, 2009 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anne

    Jon could get together with Octomom and the show could go on!

    June 25, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. j

    It is not as easy as some of you seem to think. Maybe they did try counceling and maybe PBR wanted to get help and the other refused. You can only hold out hope for so long. And when someone hurts you bad enough maybe you do not want to work it out. Remember we as the viewes probably only know a very small part of this. And job seems to already be gone. If he did chest it was not just on kate but his whole family. I hope the show does go on! She will need to support her kids somehow. And she is a good mom and will do what she can to protect her kids in her situation. You should not judge until you have been in her shoes. If you had 8 kids and had the chance to set their duties at easy, not worry about how to feed them, pay for their needs, university etc would you really not do it? Come on be honest! And age has know for sometime that things were not good and she may be a single mother of 8 so she needs to continue to provide! I am glad job grew some b-- but did he gave to run out and use them!!! I like them both but when you have had enough there is not much to do about it! And just a last note...the earrings must go jon!!! They do not look good!

    June 25, 2009 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mona Lisa

    I thought at the beginning of the show they talked about their church and it appeared they had a Christian foundation. What happened to their neighbors, the ladies that helped with their kids in the old neighborhood? Where are their parents, the pastor? Where is Dr. Phil – don't you think he could come in and give these two some counsel and direction. This marriage could be saved if Jon would grow up and Kate would lighten up! They need some Christian-based counseling in order to learn ways to work in a marriage as a team. I feel very sad for everyone in the family and believe the show should be canceled. PS – why did they go through the whole "renewing their vows" if they were already having problems... so sad.

    June 23, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Eileen

    Come on, lets think about the kids and all they have been through, they didnt ask to be on the show or have ever minute of their lives documented. Kate is making out on the deal , with books and speaking engagements, I think the only sane parent in this relationship was Jon

    June 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jen

    Yeah, um, it's called counseling! They should have at least TRIED counseling. It does seem like Jon checked out a while ago though...

    June 23, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GC

    They keep saying for the happiness of the kids. Kate has been running that marriage and manipulating Jon for a long time. It's one thing to do it in private it's another when you're on TV and the whole worlds want to know where's your backbone. Also, counseling should have been done for the couple. It was obviously her idea to make money on tv to pay for their needs. When does money take precedent over family? The house is for the kids? The kids will live where – ever you put them! They could have bought a house with less yard space and in a nice neighborhood. Who really needs that much land? They're selfish to keep saying it's for the kids when we know it's all about Kate and Jon! Thank you and good night. Get off TV already would ya!

    June 23, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jared

    Who's worse? The couple who gets divorced? Or the people who celebrate the opportunity to criticize every word they say?

    June 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Melodee

    I think this show needs to end.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chillin

    Jon will be broke in 2 years after he spends all his money on his new condo in NYC and his clothes and partying with barely legal girls.
    Good luck Jon...hope you don't catch anything. And Kate get help
    you'll be a happier person.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. ashley

    kate wants sympathy from the audience, saying over and over how she tried to make it work...blah blah blah. When talkin about the kids, jon didnt seem very convincing that he would be there for his children. At first he assured the viewers he would be there, btu then "who knows if I get a job" his schedule might change. I dont think jon wants that much to do with the children and Kate will be taking care of them alone. I think the show is jus depressing now, its not the same and I dont plan on watching it. Kate wont cancel the show now bc its the the only thing she really has left, nwo that her brother and his wife jodi are against them. Its sad it has turned out like this, but jon is going through a mid life crisis and once he realizes the grass isnt always greener on the other and he doesnt know what to do with himself I think viewers are just going to see a sad sad jon. His whole life he has been told what to do, now he can choose he wont know what to do!

    June 23, 2009 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pam

    Maybe now the show will be cancelled and they will be forced to get real jobs. They've made all this money on the back of their children and lied to the whole country when they renewed their vows just a few months ago. You can't tell me that everything was fine then and it all went south that quick. If that's the case then they're easy quitters. I'm hoping the show goes so that they fill have to support the kids instead of living off them. They disgust me!

    June 23, 2009 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  14. amber

    how sad what publicity and money can do to a family, if they were not making milions they would not be like this in the begining they needed each other now they pay some one to do everything it is so sad for those "eight little faces."

    June 23, 2009 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lanna

    I. am. LIVID. How dare they? Are they so petty that they can't put their differences aside for their children? Why is TLC allowing them to continue their show? I can't believe how selfish they both are. That instead of not giving up and failing, which they have despite what Kate thinks, they should have said it's going to be tough but we can come back from this. They might not be the same people and going the same direction at all times but the kids are one direction that should be their common goal. Kids need BOTH parents. There are bad years and good years in a marriage. Just because you have one very bad year doesn't mean you throw your hands up in the air and run around like a chicken with it's head cut off. This just proves that couples who are seeking fertility treatment need to go through extreme counciling before deciding on having a baby and continue throughout the pregnancy of mutiples and after. God I hope they're happy. They just ruined their children's lives for their own personal gain. Not only that they have ruined their fan base and they can kiss goodbye getting public help anymore. It's like Octomom drama and it's disgusting that parents like them feed into it. Poor kids...innocent except for being born and wanting both their parents love. After all, at some point they must have loved each other to decide to have 8 kids.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  16. MI Mommy

    Hey turbo, if I'm not mistaken, KATE filed papers, not Jon!

    June 23, 2009 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  17. shao

    I wonder who is going to get remarried first. Is it easy for Kate to find another husband?

    June 23, 2009 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
  18. Patti

    I am really sick of not only this show but all reality tv. What happened to the days when networks put on shows with real actors, Dallas, Melrose Place, Friends, Seinfeld. Come on let's get rid of all this reality tv, and get back to old fashioned entertainment.

    June 23, 2009 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  19. k

    I think TLC Needs to pull the show. PERIOD.

    I dropped a line to TLC To give my thoughts about it. Whether it makes a difference or not,if all that feels the same about the show wrote TLC And told them,they may get a clue.

    I DONT SUPPORT DIVORCE,AND IM TIRED OF WATCHING THESE RICH FOLKS Complain...they should of stopped doing the shows,the books,and worked on what was really important,the marriage and family.


    June 23, 2009 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  20. tay

    this show needs to end.. this is too painful to watch anymore..what about counseling?

    June 23, 2009 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  21. Edythe

    Jon you need to know that the children will always be your off spring.
    Sounds like you are say you need to find out who you real are.
    Who are you Jon?
    What are you looking for?
    You say you are not very good with connunication, seek help for this problem.
    Kate you are a very strong woman, being a mom brings out the best and the worst. You were a nurse, a responsible position. Perhaps this accounts for your take charge attutude. However you may want to see if you could communicate with Jon. I know it's very difficult, because he doesn't think ahead as to what is required next. But try not to put him down too much.
    You both are very young in this game of life and you both should take the good with you. Good Luck to all of the Gosslin's.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  22. Lynn

    The real "Announcement" tonight was-- " Hi, I'm Jon and I'm a sel-centered Jerk ! "

    June 23, 2009 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  23. Marilyn

    I agree with the comments so far that TLC was pushing ratings hard ( ie. exploiting) to announce a 'separation' and then end with a divorce announcement at the end of the show.

    Kate should have "heard" what Jon said at the end of last season. He didn't want to do any more shows. She did however. That was the breaking point. She should have walked away from the show for a year. She didn't have it in her to do so. This is where she fell down in her judgement. It happens to all of us. But in this case she pushed ahead and drove this bus off the cliff. She wanted " the career" – it suited her. She was thriving and growing. And she was out of the house traveling.

    What she failed to really understand is that she first had Jon work from home. Then she had him quit ( okay he was fired) his job. Regardless he was at home full time and this became their "full time jobs." Men get their identity from what they do. Kate never understood this as most women don't.

    John became increasingly unhappy. And even more so when Kate became more and more in charge of the house. It was her domain, not his after all. Then you have Kate's career - and Jon is further isolated with the kids for weeks on time. This does not support a young man who is suppose to have a career of his own.

    That's where the balance of energy in his relationship went upside down in a NY minute. Jon "could do no right" in Kate's house – when in reality - Jon should have been out of the house at his own career.

    Finally I saw this show from early on. If you watch it they were truely happy. They could be again if they were to have (1) taken a time out (2) invested in their own relationship with counseling (3) taken in their faith counseling and (3) divested themselves from the show – even if that meant them selling the new house and moving back to a much smaller house where they didn't have the financial strain.

    That's how they can still do it. I wish everyone would offer up their prayers and withhold their ugly judgement. It is so unnecessary.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  24. Robert

    This will end up being the last season for this show. Its just very sad.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Rahab

    Gee, why are we splitting custody? Does anyone in their right mind think either one of these losers could afford child support for EIGHT kids?

    Jon wants to think with his gonads and not be a full-time dad. What a loser. My kids are important to me. Obviously not as important as being able to dip your wick in whatever oil you choose.

    Kate's going to be raising 8 kids. Jon will be be following his gonads and blow into the house every couple of weeks. You really expect a man that selfish and immature to be a responsible parent? You think Mr. Not Employed is going to get a job anytime soon and contribute?

    So how is Kate going to take care of 8 kids? It's not like she'll be able to get a job and afford child care. And if you think these two have been saving money against the time the show ends, I have a couple of really nice bridges to sell you. Of course Kate wants the show to continue. It's the only way she'll be able to take care of her kids.

    These two really show how disposable marriage has become. Oh, well, we're not getting along. Let's just end it. Whoohooo! I'm over it.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Teri

    Flip-flopping the house may work for a little while, but the first time one of them wants to bring the girlfriend/boyfriend home, I'm sure all he11 will break loose.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Michael Gallagher

    The kids will be damaged by a divorce. You may be subjected to Court-ordered marriage counseling. If the show is canceled your income will plummet, and without a job, Jon will have enormous
    child support payments to make somehow until they are all 18, and he may be despised by the nation for having abandoned 8 children to look out for himself. Try getting a job when you're considered a leper.
    You're both paying the price of celebrity and all the money that goes with it. Kate, you cannot do this alone!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Heather C

    I am so upset to learn that they are breaking up. Althought there is fault on both sides, they should have stepped out of the limelight months ago when this first started up and fixed their "home" instead of continuing to tape the show.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jim barnett

    Think Kate will find herself a man who enjoys the spotlight and will take care of her needs.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Carolyn

    How sad that the children will one day understand whats going on and know that the the family collapse can be bought at any Walmart store, and if they are overly analytical they might find segments that they find fault in themselves and start to see themselves as the reason their parents divorced. I think if their interest is purely in the childrens wellbeing and peace as they both proclaim, then they will quietly stop the show and pull themselves out of the limelight. We will all remember the family fondly, and miss their antics, but this is something that should be dealt with privately for the childrens sake – it will get ugly – lots of money involved and both want the children for birthdays and holidays. As soon as Jon brings the new lady into the open, all glory will break loose and it won't be pretty.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  31. john F

    So is the new name for the show going to be Jon & Kate plus Eight Separate and then next year Kate plus Eight on a date? They could parle' this for years to come, lol!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Johanna

    It's a reality television show; of course viewers are entitled to know what's going on in their relationship. They signed up for the show, so they should accept the publicity that comes along with being reality television stars. I think their marriage has been troubled for quite some time now. My husband has been calling the show "Jon Minus Nine" for the past two years! Kate is overbearing and has always been disrespectful to Jon. It's a shame they couldn't communicate and work things out until it got to the point of no return.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Chad

    From the beginning of this show I thought I recognized Jon. As it turns out, I was not crazy. We attended Millersville U at the same time. He de-pledged the fraternity that I joined, so this isn't his first time bailing out when things get tough! I don't intend to bash him though. The only "victims" in this are the kids. Jon and Kate brought the attention upon themselves. At that time I considered Jon a friend and can remember hanging out with him at parties. I think he is a good guy that has always loved attention, and this time it got the best of him. Amazingly, he ended up married to someone that made his attention for hunger pale in comparison. Many people seem to want to bash him. Most guys I know would have been out the door the first time there wife treated them in public the way she treated him on national television. I don't feel any sympathy for either of them. It is a "be careful what you wish for" scenario played out to an extreme degree. But as I said, I remember Jon as a friendly outgoing good hearted guy. I wish him the best.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jake

    Serves her right. I've seen about 1 and 1/2 episodes and saw how enthralled she was with her own vanity. She seemed to belittle him frequently and was flat out mean nearly the entire time. He should feel lucky to have that witch out of his life. Party on Man, enjoy your new freedom.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Judy in AZ

    Kate is not OCD. She is what any Mom of more than a few kids has to be: rigidly organized and schedule-driven. Jon seemed like in his own words, he wants more personal freedom of his own – even when he mentioned the kids and what's best for them. I think these are two nice, pretty young (early 30s) people who probably would have ended up in this situation TV show or not. The media is not to blame and they share, as does every divorcing couple, part of the blame. I’ve watched the show pretty much from the beginning and Jon always resisted making decisions, he did not “just give in to Kate” – that’s a bit of a copout on his part. I think he is a bit lost if his first big decison he is proud of is declaring his freedom but at least it is honest. Any parents who have more kids than they have hands between them as parents already knows rules, order, a schedule and some regimen is the only way to survive and yes Kate has that her strong point (not unusual for nurses…part of their stock and trade and she is after all a nurse). In the end, this is a nice family with nice kids and I think it will be Kate who sticks to her word about prioritizing the kids above all else…Jon doesn’t seem quite there yet but he will be, I hope, once he is sure about what he does want. As far as letting the show document the separation, who knows, maybe some couples will see themselves, get a dialogue going and maybe a few marriages will be saved, too – – it's not impossible.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mary Bonnell

    Jon and Kate need to grow up. When they married and brought children into this world it stopped being about just them. That is selfish and childish. It is not time to throw down their toys and go find another friend to play with. They are a family and their children deserve for them to be adults. Stand up, be responsible, you are mom and dad, husband and wife. Find out what is wrong and work to make things right for their family. Grow up!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Sally

    "I am surprised that they are going to flip-flop the house based on who has the kids. Will that work?" I'm surprised you're surprised, but I do hope you recognize what a brilliant idea that is when divorcing parents do this.

    The kids didn't get themselves into this situation, why should they suffer? Make the bickering parents shuffle back and forth. Give the children SOME stability and constant.

    Even on a pragmatic level, can you imagine packing up eight children each time they flip custody? And transporting them? And setting up two different bedrooms for every child?

    I read about a divorce case a few years ago where possession of the home was granted to the children. Every case should be like that.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Theresa Miller

    They traded their family for some cash...wow, way to pretend you're all about your kids when all you care about are freeies and stupid haircuts. And what's with all these lame cross promotion shows, I'm so over this shpw and these pathetic people! Can't wait to see the kiddos in rehab in 10 years...

    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Lester

    basically they could save their marriage if they really wanted to. kick the cameras out, quit the show, go for counseling. they would eventually fade into the media obscurity w/o the cameras. jon could get his family back if he wanted. however they bought into the fame money all the while their peace and hapiness of their whole family is sacrificed on the altar of their greed. no amount of money will make up for the poor decisions made by jon and kate, and the kids will suffer in the end. if they truly loved their kids as much as they profess they would do what it takes to give them the stability of a united home w/ 2 loving parents. you can't be separated and united. kate is fooling herself.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Lola

    A year ago, they renewed their vows to show their children that they were truly committed to each other. How could so much have changed in such a short period of time? I am sad for those children who must be terribly confused deep inside.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  41. CindyT

    i've seen some pretty hopeless marriages saved with good counseling! Why didn't they even try counseling? Jon is so wrong for walking out on his family.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Lori

    I'm not shocked at this 'announement'. I don't blame Jon for any of his faults, I'm surpirsed his stayed this long after years of being berated, belittled & treated like crap by Kate. She is one very controlling b*tch!
    I used to feel sad at the looks on the childrens faces when Kate would yell or berate at Jon in front of them.
    Kate only thinks of herself & what she can profit from pimping out "their' children.
    TLC should cancel the show asap !!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Jenny

    You know, I've watched this show from day one...from the very first special through tonight. Everyone can say that Jon & Kate shouldn't have done the show...but, they did. That being said, whether or not they should be continuing it is another question all together. As far as who's at fault....they both are. Is Kate overbearing, controlling, and has OCD issues? Duh...and she should have been getting help for it. Was Jon too meek, unassuming, and laid back? Of course. Let's assume that everything the stupid paparazzi has reported these last months has not been true, as far as the cheating....fine...then why aren't they getting help? I honestly don't believe they could have because whether it would've worked or not, it wouldn't be anything to be ashamed of. Even if you got counseling and it didn't work...at least you can say you gave it a shot. As cold as I've seen Kate be in past episodes....they obviously got married because they loved each other so I think at least some, if not all of the emotion she showed on the show tonight, was genuine. I empathize with Jon wanting to move on....but to say that he's EXCITED?!?! What is wrong with him? Maybe for him, he moved on a long time ago and that's why he feels like he can say that now but COME ON...if you don't care who in the public sees it, how can you not care that some day, your kids will?!?! And really, with how crass he was tonight, what company would be STUPID enough to offer him a job right now? No matter how talented he might be...it would probably generate so much bad publicity for the company that given the current economic climate, no one may want to take that chance. And what was with the double ear piercings on him tonight? The more he talks and acts so nonchalant about the break up of his family, the more it makes me think that at least part of the problem is that he is having a mid-life crisis. Remember, the two of them CHOSE to have more children after the twins, they CHOSE to film the sextuplets, and they CHOSE to have this series. This is both of their faults and despite everything that's happened, I hope whatever their final decision is, that it truly is what's best for the children.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  44. m

    I wonder if they really have thought about what the future will be like.... when either one dates or remarries..... I think Kate will have the hardest time with other "women" being in John/the kids lives. If he ever remarries, I don't think she will like the whole step mommy issue which will then really upset her life. She won't want some other woman raising her children. These poor kids. The fact that they said they are going on with the show just show how selfish they are.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  45. David

    Who Cares?!
    There are countless families all across the world, just like them. Why are they more important? I have no idea. I really hope the networks will end this silly charade of cheap reality shows and produce something worth wasting my time to watch.

    Why continue promoting and celebrating these irresponsible human over-breeders?

    June 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Susanna, age 10

    I think they are doing the wrong thing. I think the kids will be confused by their parent's decision and they will not understand why their parents are splitting up. Parents should stay together. As a 10-yr-old kid myself, I think Jon and Kate should really do what is best for the whole family and stay together and quit this stupid show. If they don't want to fight in front of their kids, take their feelings into counseling, not talk about them on a television show. Counseling is what they really need. I'm only 10 and this really upset me to watch this happening.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Rose colored glasses

    Jon does not have clue. He keeps saying. I am only 32, I have the rest of my life. Yeah, He is 32, chubby, balding, egotistical. The only thing the girl he is with wants is a paycheck she sees in him. Let him ride around in the two seater sports car with his double piercing with his girlfriend that America bought him.
    It make me sick. He resents the press but he will take the fame and money. This show brought him to a place where you would be able to give his kids a financially secure life. Now they have a chance to have opportunities. There were no opportunities before the show.
    He should be thankful he had such a strong woman as his wife with the circumstances of the large number of children at once. I do not know any women that would survive including myself.
    She may have been less assertive and bossy if she had less responsibility. She stepped up to the plate and ensured her kids were taken care of until they were eighteen if the show went off the air tomorrow.
    Jon seems to be the type to want to spend the money he thinks is his on women and sports cars. The kids are secondary.
    Enjoy life right now Jon, Kate is a smart women...I hope she ensures you are hurting where it means something to you...the wallet. Jon does not realize what hell divorce can be. He is about to find out. Kate is a great looking women I don't think she will be free for long and once she gets a real man...it will be the road of no return for Jon.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  48. mervel

    I thought they were Christians? Anyway whatever "works" for them it is a great testimony though..Love means sacrifice, they claim they love their kids, yet their kids will likely barely remember them ever even being together at all.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  49. tribe

    oh please, this 'announcement' is yet another in a long line of sensationalized reality tv crap. Mark my words...in 3 months we will be seeing a reuinion show, jon and kate and the 8 lil kids...reunited in Hawaii...and they will live happily ever after. Not one thing this family ever did was done in private...for the benefit of the family or the parents. This is about ratings...which equals money. No way would TLC 'announce' the end of their biggest cash cow. Get real, people.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  50. anniephanie

    This show needs to be cancelled, and the "realty" part of life is this. People are losing their jobs, their homes, and their peace of mind. Jon and Kate, have had their teeth done, Kate has had her tummy done, and a breast augmentation, what the heck is "real" about their lives. At 75,000 dollars an episode, I have absolutely no sympathy for their situation. I am keeping my sympathy for the familly's that are trying to keep their heads above water.....Ditch this show.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Karen

    I agree with Kate that it wasn't the show that drove them to this...it would have happened anyway. She did push him but he allowed it. I think he is being a child and wants to be a 'free man'...but when you are the father to 8 children, it's a little too late to be thinking like that. They should have gone to marriage counseling and at least tried to find middle ground. Their children deserved that much. I hope they can find peace.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  52. RC

    Watching Kate berate and beat up Jon over and over, I'm not surprised that Jon realized his life needed to get better. There's only so much abuse a man should take, it he retains a scrap of backbone. No surprise that it has become a circus, at her insistance, and it ended their marriage.

    With such a belittling attitude from Kate, can you imagine their love life? No surprise if he did, or began to, seek fulfillment elsewhere...

    June 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  53. #1

    They filed the papers back in March, not today. Come on!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Van

    Quantity or Quality?

    What disturbs me more than the Gosselins publicly exposing their lives is how our society celebrates people having so many children, especially when they are financially or emotionally unable to maintain the family. We're appalled by China's one child policy, but in terms of protecting the quality of life for all living things (people included), overpopulation is the biggest problem. How many viewers saw the irony in the show where the Gosselins 'went green?' No matter how much they recycle, or reduce their resource use, their sheer numbers (especially when the kids start having kids), keep the planet's future on a downward spiral.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Donna

    From separation to divorce in thirty minutes...not much effort to save the marriage. There is no "we" are there for our kids when each of the "we" are there separately. How many of the kids will repeat "don't leave home anymore?" Is anyone listening? With the new diamond studs and apartment in NYC, it looks more like "I" am there for me. I guess all the faith-based talk in the book Multiple Blessings was just as phony as this relationship since it is certainly not apparent in trying to save the marriage. They might be thinking for themselves that It is good riddance to Jon and Kate, but it so sad for the other Eight. Jon may feel "liberated" but I'm sure his kids feel nothing of the sort. This same scene is played out in too many homes in America, so it is not a reality that needs to be celebrated on television. TLC are you listening?

    June 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Juliann

    Opportunists. For money fertility freaks. And the children – feel so sorry for them. Made to be freaks too – by the twisted logic of this mother especially – looking for approval and elebrity status through the numbers of fertilized eggs she absurdedly – and negligently – chose to implant in her twisted anything but a responsibile mother's womb.

    Wow a freak family. No wonder Jon wants his freedom. Good for him. Normalcy awaits him – away from the likes of her.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Julie's tired of the so called "reality" shows.

    Sorry...but I dont' feel bad for anyone BUT the kids. That's it. THEY surely didn't ask for any of this and will be the ones to suffer the most. WHO thinks it's a good idea to have your lives continually on TV? Who have been the sucessful relationships that have made it through?

    THEY dont' care about their family or else they'd put the family first and not some dumb TV show that brought on all their problems. I bet if they never did this show they'd be happy and together.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  58. kcandres

    It's truly unfortunate for the kids. I hope they end up ok because it'll be tough when they catch on to whats happening. As far as Jon and Kate go, I think they both need a dose of reality soup. Jon should've never married Kate if she has always been like this, as someone else mentioned earlier. Kate? Well she is obviously all about becoming famous, making as much $$ as possible, and being absolutely in charge of everything everywhere. Kate's incessant nagging and controlling behavior would've driven almost any man into the arms of another woman.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Connie

    Has anyone ever heard of a marriage counselor? I get that you are angry and haven't been communicating but either you are selfish (Jon)and just ready to cut loose again or you are mature and growing into an adult with responsibilities to your family and the woman you vowed before God to marry. Kate – stop snipping, you are angry, no one blames you for being angry but sometime you need to change also. It's difficult to be organized with three kids, much less eight. The fact is that you may have been bossy and intollerant because you had to be the adult for so long. Don't carry the anger and control to your next relationship. I pray for both of you that you will use this time to consider serious counselling and invest in yourselves so you can be there for your families. No amount of shared custody will ever take the place of being able to show children what loving parents look like. Why show your kids how to cut and run, show them how to stand up and be a fighter, fight for your marriage, stop being such a child Jon.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Donna

    Awwwww, as hard as I try, I just cant have pity for them. I'm not a fan of the show. I only watch tonight to see what the "tragedy" was going to be. Like that was hard to figure out. They have put on display children that by all rights are lab created, cute, but not natural. They have rode the celebrity train to all the glory and fame. Kate certainly looks fabulous in the new "do" and tummy tuck all provided with the money her children have made for her. I guess the bottom line is that their isn't a child in that group that is more deserving than your child my child or any other child of any other parent reading the blogs. If the first ten years were so darn interesting, the next ten should be real doozies. If any good comes of this, I hope the kids all get good educations,

    June 22, 2009 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Lori

    I don't get it! First they announce they are separating, and then two minutes later the show puts an announcement on the screen stating they are divorcing. They just got done saying they were only separating. I was relieved when I heard the word "separating" because that means there is hope of reconcilliation. But divorce means the end. I always thought there was a difference between separation and divorce. I think it was cruel of them to disquise one as the other. Why didn't they just come out and say they were dvorcing.

    And another thing, what is this "peace" that Kate keeps talking about. She was driving me crazy with her constant repetition of that word. With all due respect to her because I am also the mother of multiples, but really, Kate, get real. I have watched your show for two years and in every single one of them you were always the person who broke the peace in any gathering. You always had to stick your nose into things, your voice always had to be heard, you always had to be the loudest, and yes, you always seem to have to be the center of attention. Who are you blaming for the lack of peace in your life? Divorce is not going to give you peace as long as you stay the same person that you are. You need serious counseling.

    The way I see it, I think it is a lame excuse to hide your decisions behind whatever is best for the kids. Where I was raised, (in a family of 8 kids, also!!!) marriages come first and kids come second. I was raised to understand that the first thing that a married couples needs to focus on, at all times, is their Marriage. The Marriage is the institution, it is the foundation. Without the marriage, there is no hope for the kids. So I just think both Jon and Kate are hiding behind this false pretense that as long as they are doing it for the kids, then it is ok. Well, it is NOT!
    Fix the marriage, and the kids will be just fine. Stop hiding behind your kids and spend some time growing up yourselves!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Dkay

    I just think it's incredibly sad. For Kate, for John and for the kids.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  63. mom22boys

    I really think it is naive to place all the blame on Kate. It is never one person's fault. We only saw what the producers of the show decided we would see. We certainly can't presume to know these two people like we may think we do. I just think tonight's show should have been the last one. I'm pretty sure it's my last one.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Terri

    Sad? Not at all. These are two extremely selfish people....not sad at all.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Jen

    Like them or not, this is very, very sad for the eight kids. But, rotating in and out of the home seems a bit suspect to me. It feels like it is entirely so they can keep making money and film the show. This way the camera's can't see their new personal lives and who is sharing their new, separate houses. This whole thing feels very shady.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Gus The Willie

    What goes around comes around. Even Hollywood couldn't put this marriage back together again. ?

    June 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  67. David in Lafayette

    I couldn't live with that woman. Everytime I watched Jon&Kate, he was sullen and she was whining.

    They're divorcing? Jon, lemme buy you a beer.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Cindy

    Very sad news today for the whole family. I'm glad that Jon recognizes he can stand up for himself, but a divorce before Kate even has the chance to improve and do better? -Ten years of marriage and less than a year of troubles. It's like Jon decided to change his marriage, but didn't give Kate the chance to factor in on what she may want to change to make improvements. They are too early in the progress to call it quits today. That decision, whether it's his, hers, or both of theirs shows a lack of marital maturity. Poor kids, they are the real losers in this terrible situation.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  69. polymer

    Anybody who watches this show is pitiful and contributed to their unhappy lives.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Kim Johnson

    I love how Jon said 'I 'have to do whats best for me......and my kids' the kids were an afterthought. Jon is all about Jon and his new chapter of his life. Kate is not perfect but is not talking about her new life she is thinking about her kids not her next ski trip which by the way Jon, your kids paid for. Grow up... dads aren't suppose to be worried about sewing wild oats. Ever heard of sacrifice? That's what good parents do. The kids will be ok but it will be the mom that picks up the pieces while dad moves on. Hang in there Kate.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Cheryl - Fonthill, ON

    I jiust caught the last 10 minutes of the show. It brought tears to my eyes.
    For me, I blame Kate. She is ovebearing and dominating. Jon can't seem to do anything right as far as Kate is concerned.
    She is the one who pushed for the show, she is the one who okay'd the ever present cameras into thier lives. Jon admittedly was not comfortable with it. I blame Kate and her desire for fame & fortune for the demise of their marriage.

    If you'd watched the show, you'll know that Kate runs the show.

    Most of all, I feel sorry for the children. If "Jon and Kate Plus 8" hadn't been – their parents would still be together.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Elizabeth

    This is crazy. If they were really doing this all for their kids, they'd end the show. Do they have some sort of contract with TLC? I figured the big announcement would be the end of the show – against my anticipated relief, it doesn't appear it is for now. I'm not going to watch anymore. This seems wrong.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Jenn

    mark these words...she will fight to keep a connection with the kids and probably gain a stronger one while he parties and tries to recapture a youth he feels was stolen...she will prosper and he will fail because more important than how you are "made" to feel is what those children feel and live...they did not choose this but Jon & Kate did so now how they choose will really matter!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  74. whit

    I am crushed. I fell in love with the kids because I used to babysit a little boy named Aaden and he looked just like their Aaden. I never thought Kate was too harsh; in fact, I saw a lot of myself in her. Strong women who know what they want and how they want it are always vilified.

    Regardless, I had hoped that they would shelve the show for a while and work on their marriage, but I think Kate has realized that Jon had checked out a long time ago and there was no turning back. You can tell that he's been over this (earrings? seriously?) for a while – especially the whole "I'm only 32...I'm excited" or whatever he said.

    I hate divorce.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  75. MichaelB

    Who in the hell are Jon and Kate?

    June 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Tina

    In the past I have not been watching the show due to what it had turned into. I did however watch it tonight and I have to say it broke my heart for the family. I agree with Jon saying "we have soilders in Iraq dying and all people care about is what he eats for lunch" I think it's crazy.. Maybe this family would have ended up like this anyway, but I was filled with tears thinking that a few days during each week Jon and Kate will HAVE to be without the kids and miss all those little moments that make up the day. It filled with tears thinking that one or more of the kids will do something so silly that only the parents could appreciate and the glance that they once shared between them will not happen again. It filled me with tears to know that those moments that matter the most in life will not be shared together as a family.. The entire show left me sad for the family, I do wish them all the best.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Adelynn Rose

    These children are going to suffer from their decision to make peace...waking up in the same house...wondering which parent will be home today. Then again...what's the alternative...waking up to their tension and bicker. It's just a sign that doing a reality show chronicling the life of raising children doesn't make you the richest person. They had a rich family when they were down to the basics of each other and their children. Yes they have a huge house to grow up in but I'm sure those children would just prefer to be home with their mom and dad...without the lights and action.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Chad French

    It's a sad day in America. A couple has divorced.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Yvonne

    Shame on both Jon and Kate Gosselin. If they were committed to their children they would not be separating. They should buck up, shut up and get along for their children's sake. They should have thought about their dreams, desires and wants BEFORE they got married and brought eight innocent children into this world. The kids will suffer, no doubt about it. Jon will find him some women to chase. Kate will head to the spa. For me, I am done with the show.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Melissa

    I've stopped watching the show and hope others will follow. Based on media commentary, Kate wants the show and Jon wants the show to end. I am sad to see a wife and mother choosing materialism over marriage. People change, and part of marriage is evolving with those changes. The show should end, and the unfortunate couple should focus on re-building their relationship and family. How disappointing to realize the once family values held so high are easily dismissed in the midst of misfortune, or should I say fortune.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  81. christine

    Friends of mine split the house when they divorced. Each had a small apartment for their off weeks. It was 2 weeks, then switch. It worked for them.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Tina

    Thank goodness. It about time!!!

    Jon I hope you have a good lawyer. Please don't let Kate and TLC screw you out of what you're in entitled to.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  83. walker

    What a shame. It would appear that Kate has placed her need for acknowledgement and ego definition in the hands of her 8 kids. She is not concerned about her children sharing a "family". She has all kinds of money now and she finally has her way. Too bad she sacrificed a husband and family for it. Guess that Hawaiian re-wedding was nothing more than a free trip to Hawaii.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Denise

    I have been watching for years. Initially, I was sympathetic to Jon because of Kate's controlling and overbearing behavior. However, tonight it just seems that he is being extremely selfish. Not at all the man he has portrayed himself to be for the last 3 years...
    smoking, partying, ears pierced, women....
    Kate hasn't changed, she is the same she has always been from the beginning of their marriage. He knew this 10 years ago. What is sad to me is that NOW he regrets that he has never been able to do what he wanted because of the choices he made with Kate as a husband and a father for the past 10 years.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Turbo

    In Shock.

    What ever happened to working through tough times. It seems to me Jon has taken the easiest way out of a difficult situation. Aparently for better or worse was left out of their vowes. I didnt see Jon or Kate try any counseling, relationship building, time for just themselves (believe me there are nanny's that would love the ability to publicise their tallents so jon and kate could escape for a day or two). He said "I'm only thirty two" yes but a 32 year old with 8 kid's and a 32 that is thinking like a 12 year old. Jon your decissions just put 8 more kid's into the statistic column. Yes I know I am being hard on you, however it high time for fathers to be the leader in the family during difficult times and make things work. Be constructive not destructive. Come on, this little fling with this young lady is nothing more than an easy escape...The end of your relationship with her will be communication skill's. Jon encase you are not aware every woman in america values communication skills, after all that is 99% of a relationship and a marraige.


    June 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  86. William

    I'm sure we can all look forward to Jon+4 and Kate+4.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Sarah

    Dude.. You're an ass!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  88. mom22boys

    I am so disappointed in these two people. Ok, so she's controlling and he should have stood up to her years ago. He has whined and whined about all the publicity. He didn't mind that on all his free vacations and ski trips. The fact is, these two are immature. They didn't even try. No mention whatsoever of marriage counseling. This has been going on for months??? Months??? That's all the time you are going to give yourself to find a way to salvage your marriage? No, it's not really the American public's business, but we invited this family into our homes and they have broken our hearts. These two were never as serious about their marriage as they were amassing a fortune. I guess it's true–money can't buy happiness. I hope they put these kids into counseling since they were too busy to do it themselves.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  89. hka4`

    terrible. sucks to see he's so happy about the whole thing.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Steve T, Seattle WA

    C'mon...did you really think that anyone stupid enough to continue on with a pregnancy with a 99%+ chance of a death would have the wherewithal to maintain a relationship?

    June 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Mary Coram

    Seriously, they find it difficult to deal with 'celebrity'? When they knew they were having trouble, they should have ended the show instead of splitting up. You have to work on the marriage FIRST, and the kids will follow; surely they did not think that having kids would keep the marriage going. Kids are hard work, and they take a big bite out of intimacy in the marriage (time-wise). But I guess the money they make out of the show overrides their personal lives. How sad that people cannot realize what is truly important to them anymore.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Robert

    If Jon & Kate went through relationship counselling as part of the series then we can all learn from this. RM

    June 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  93. S. Petersen

    It is interesting that the Gosselins waited until today to file for legal separation. They obviously knew at least last week that that would bew their decision. Ratings and more ratings. Why give away your sad news when you can bank on it. It is all so very sad.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Ace

    This is news? With everything that's currently happening in the world, why is this nonsense given any consideration?

    June 22, 2009 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Tulsa Bob

    I thought I was watching Nascar tonite. Those litl kids had the the "Crooked Houses" t-shirts on, meant for advertisement?
    Come on!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Wendy

    I never really watch the show, but I watched the show tonight and was surprised that not one mention of counseling! Not once did either Jon or Kate say..."you know we tried counseling, but it just didn't work." Where's the effort to save this marriage?! Most wedding vows say...for better or for worse. Maybe they're at their worst, but I've seen other marriages at their worst and they've fully recovered. Has TLC offered counseling? I just think this is an example of how we as Americans give up. I apologize if have presumed the haven't tried counseling, but from their interviews tonight neither one of them indicated that they have.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Rose

    In the beginning didn't they profess to be Christians? Why aren't they leaning on their faith now? Has $$$$$ become more imporant? They both are at fault here. So, so sad for their children.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Aaron P

    Who Cares?!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  99. indymom810

    If they truly put their kids first, they'd be out of that contract and cancel the show in a New York minute.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  100. thatblissguy

    Its Kate+8-John (Kate plus eight minus John)!

    orrr John + Kate / 2 * 8 = divorce and very troubled childhood celebrities with coke addictions and drinking problems ...

    June 22, 2009 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |

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