June 22nd, 2009
10:19 PM ET

What did you think of 'Jon & Kate?'

Now that we know that the couple is separating, do you think we - the public - were entitled to know?

Jon pointed out that the pair are tabloid fodder - stalked constantly, he says, by paparazzi.

"It's shame that our society has come to that," he said. "We have soldiers over in Iraq dying for our country and all these people care about is like what I eat for lunch."

Do you agree with him? Is it anyone's business what goes on in a reality show couple's relationship, even if they did sign up for television? And do you think the show should continue after all this?

Post your comments below and be sure to watch A.J. Hammer as he brings you up to date on the "Jon & Kate" saga on “Showbiz Tonight” 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

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  1. David

    Jon and who? Don't you guys have something more pressing to talk about?

    June 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AJ

    Thank goodness! I finally get my HD back.

    June 24, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BLC

    I think TLC announcing a 'hiatus' of the show for the family's benefit is deception. The show would still be going strong in all its dysfunctional glory except for the public outrage at this circus.
    They (TLC) and the parents are regrouping to figure out how they will 'spin' and reinvent the new version of the show and try to make it palatable to the viewers. The whole thing is despicable. The show has become one big commercial for products/services and everything you can think of, not to mention a commercial for other TLC shows. TLC and Jon+Kate should all be ashamed... as should anyone who keeps watching this.

    June 24, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Crystal

    I for one feel absolutely horrible for Kate. She has had her moments, which she openly acknowleged. I feel like Jon is a selfish, immature, irresponsible BOY, who is tired of being tied down and being a father. He said "I have lost so much" Give me a break. You have the life everybody dreams about, a gorgeous family, home, cars etc.... I feel bad for Kate having to watch Jon sit on that couch without one ounce of emotion toward the mother of his children and wife of 10 years. I feel bad that the children will grow up and one day see their father actually say he was "excited" to start his new chapter. Yeah, the new chapter of partying with his new diamond stud earrings and his little college girlfriend. He is a punk. Good Luck Kate.

    June 24, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chuck C

    I think its about time for us concentrate on the important issues in this country. Frankly I could care less if they divorce. But they both must realize they are obligated to care for the children who are innocent victims.

    June 23, 2009 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bobbi Vinton

    Keeping the show on the air is strictly a financial decision. The children are being exploited so that their parents and the station can continue to roll in the bucks. The children do not have a voice or an advocate to protect them from the pain of the destruction of their family. The true Reality of Kate and Jon is that their selfish behavior will produce children with Borderline Behavior Disorder at the least and other behavior problems at worst,.. Their Object Constancy just went out the window.

    As a parent of 4 daughters, the worst is yet to come. It is time to take the show off the air.Too many of us know the reality of divorce and how it affects our children. Continuing this show is pitiful. This is not the message I want my children and grandchildren to have. Moral responsibility is more important than financial epxloitation.

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

    I am deeply saddened that his marriage has come to an end it seems without any real effort to save it. I have watched from the beginning and have seen this coming. Early one I was shocked at how Kate spoke to Jon and he didn't stand up to her. The times that he did, she seemed oblivious that she had even done anything degrading. Sadly, her way is the only way. Jon could never do anything right. She always talks about how hard it is raising the kids alone, but she has plenty of help. She never mentions that. Kate will never give up the show because she wants the benefits (when she wants anything she mentions it and they do an episode around it so she gets it free) and her ego has gotten way to big. She thinks she is "something else". She needs to get a real job, not this fantasy one she has created for herself. Her kids will all be in school and she can go back to Nursing. That's a job. She is just too into herself to see the big picture and that is very sad. Obviously she has no WISE counselors to advise her. Then again she probably wouldn't listen anyway. I pray for those children daily. They are precious and not deserving of being dragged through this mess on TV.

    June 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Macman

    Everyone knows kate has been boffing the bodyguard, she disappeared for 4 days and came back like nothing happened. She is a harpy and he is punk for putting up with it. This show has hit the bottom. As far as the kids go, they will end up like most other child actors besides Opie, (Ron Howard).., pathetic.

    June 23, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Julie K.

    I wonder what Kate will have to lecture about now?

    These are seriously troubled people, and they need professional help.
    I bet Jon has a book deal.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Linda Clough

    CNN question: Should the show keep going. No...I will never watch it. Fame destroyed them. The show went to Kate's make over, Kate treating Jon terrible and showing off. I will never watch any show showing Kate Gosselin. It was suppose to be about their kids. Glad the show bought Kate a tummy tuck, boob lift, her hair her make up and her new big home. Shame on her. She is selfish. Don't blame Jon. He never wanted the show and just got riduculed on public TV.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kelly

    I think it's very sad. However this is the best Jon can say.

    "I just let her rule the roost and do whatever she wanted," Jon said. "Now I finally stood up on my own two feet and I'm proud of myself."

    You stood up by going out to bars, and cheating? Wow. I am so impressed with a MAN (I mean boy like you) you are the role model for your son's and five daughters. You stood up to Kate alright.

    You should have stood up to Kate and said "I can't take this anymore we must separate and divorce" then start your life.
    Wait, with 8 kids that is your life.

    So be it Kate is very strong willed and demeaned you. Rumor around the small town of yours (my dad is from there) you are a lazy guy with a very limited work resume.

    Does your 23 year old gal pal realize what she is in for ?

    Kate after 8 kids, and all the mess live a little, laugh a lot and be grateful you are less one child (Jon).
    You look great.

    I feel so duped – TLC invited us to Hawaii for your renewal of your vows for your FAMILY Jon. Pay that back or donate the cost to some poor couple in the US you can't have a real wedding.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kris

    I find this whole matter very upsetting. Why I ask myself?
    1.) The GIFT of 8 beautiful children NEEDS their parent there DAILY. They need to live together, be a team, for these children. EVERYTHING ELSE comes second.

    2.) To choose this show or anything else and prioritize it higher than the children and keeping the family intact is ludicrous.

    3.) Stop cheating, stop being selfish, and focus on solidifying this family. You

    June 23, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tisha

    Everyone is so quick to judge with so little information. Again the key word here is REALITY. The truth is divorce happens, it is a way of life, it happens to the best of us, the worst of us and everyone in between. People have midlife crisis, the cheat, they fall out of love, the cave into life's pressures, they grow distant, etc etc. Just becuase they are on TV does not make them super human, or resistant to the same circumstances the rest of us face. And who knows if they've had counseling? They may have. Who knows what's going on behind the scenes – they might have tried everything they knew to work things out. Or one of them could just not love the other anymore – we can't make assumptions.
    My hope is that they use the show as an opportunity to show the millions of people who are divorced the RIGHT way to deal with each other after divorce happens because in my mind that is something that we can all benefit from and learn from. I hope they continue to put the kids first and become an example of minimalizing any negative effects of divorce on children.
    God knows there are so many of us who don't.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kay VanDeusen

    I hope that TLC has the decency to cancel this show-pull the plug. It is sad and what is happening. Is anyone protecting the children from Kate and how much money is put away in trust funds for them? Kate admitted on TV he stays at home and she has been gone promoting her books the past couple years so I hope the courts give him full custoday. They did not even try to save their marriage. I think Jon should get support from her for all the public verbal abuse he has endured over the years from her. TLC-go find a decent show to replace them and get it off the air asap. Thank you

    June 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tisha

    Reality check: If you had an opportunity to make millions for your family, I doubt anyone of you would pass it up even IF it meant stress on your marriage.
    Another reality check: Divorce is not the end of the world for kids, the most important thing is to have a stable home with loving parents.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Kay VanDeusen

    I hope that their show is cancelled. I pray that Jon is given full custody of the children. I wonder out of all the million and millions they have made how much is in trust funds for each child?? Kate has verbally abused her husband in front of millions on their show for years, maybe he should sue her for abuse!! I hope this show is pulled ASAP-why promote such ill behavior or divorce. I am sick of turning on my TV for the news and seeing their faces and story yet again. Turning it off and tuning out. I urge everyone to do the same.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Kay VanDeusen

    If anyone shouold file charges it should be Jon for the years of verbal abuse he suffered as we all seen on TV from Kate. I hope since he has been the stay at home parent not her-that he gets full custoday of those children. I would never let her near my grandchildren. I am soooo sick of the news on this and the show I am tuning out and off. There are alot of more news worthy events than this and we are sick of it. Kate needs to grow up and realize a true parent does what is best for their children and she should give Jon full custoday. Thank you for the time in letting me post this comment.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  18. BB

    I noticed last night in their interviews that Jon always said "we" and "us" and Kate always said "I". At one point, I made a point to see how many times she said "I" during an interview segment and it was six or seven. But, in Jon's version of the same interview segment he constantly said "we" and "our."

    My point? Kate is a selfish human being that absolutely deserves this. I can't believe so many of you refuse to see that.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Harley Mom

    Anyone mention counseling to these two?! It is NOT just about them, they have 8 children for heaven's sake! How very irresponsible they are. Hopefully, some one with some common sense will take care of those kids.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  20. T

    Most women if they could afford would have had that tummy tucked and there breast done. She birthed eight kids. Did you see what it looked like before. They get paid for tv just like everyone else on tv. They can spend there money how they want. You do....we all do.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  21. T

    They did not become tabloid fodder until Jon was out creeping. Before that the tabloids didn't care. He brought the nightmare on. He could of sought counseling first and if that didn't work then you divorce before you creep.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Kim

    A reality show should be just that REALITY. Most are not. They show us all the good times and ONLY the snippets that are deemed in the best interest of the world watching. Jon and Kate Divorcing is nothing more than reality of life. Very few couples make it in marriage for very long and adding kids, money, and fame sometimes makes it even more difficult. Should they go off air. NO WAY! Why should they? because they are experiencing reality? Come on people do you really only watch because they are smiling and happy? You dont see all the out takes of the true life. IF you down them because they are actually real people going through REAL situations, maybe you should come out from behind those rose colored glasses. Life is not all happiness and butterflies. Real life is hard. Its difficult to keep a marriage togehter when one wants to BE individual to the point of cutting out the other person on some things...When both find they have different interests that interfere with the other person, well it is enevitable that it just wont work. I think they should stay on the air because what better way to show that DIVORCED parents can actually work together to keep the children happy? I would watch simply to see how they handle it, how the kids adapt, and how they each as individuals grow to become better parents. I know Kate looks like a bully, but how many things did Jon do to her that we never see, or how many things went on that we had no idea happened that brought on those reactions from her. Take a look at your own life and then try to see ONLY snippets of the most horrid moments in just yourself or just your mate? Not so pretty huh? Remember this IS suppose to be a reality show, and reality is that there is divorce, heartache, and transitions as well as happiness, love, and respect.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  23. tess

    Yes, Kate is anal. Yes, Jon is an immature child. Yes the kids are precious. I have a lot of kids (not 8) but enough to know that large families need to be micromanaged so I get Kate's control issues. But something tells me the fertility treatment was her idea . They really started to lose me when she got the boob job, Jon's hair replacement, the tooth whitening episode and obviously there has been some serious tanning and Botox done recently. They cannot afford to give up the show now. Maintaining a large house is expensive. They will probably need to employ security for the rest of their lives. But they are also getting very use to living the high life. The best Kate can hope for is Jon moving out and taking the dogs with him.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  24. db

    From the outside, it appears that the disintegration of their marriage is due to Jon having a classic mid-life crisis. He was depressed, out of shape and losing his hair. He wanted to feel attractive again so he had an affair. Typical. Now he's going out drinking.....he's smoking....he got earrings....and he has practically every boy-toy imaginable (ATV, custom motorcycle, sports car, etc.). He said he let Kate "rule the roost" and that he's proud of himself for standing up to her. Jon isn't standing up to her - he's just doing the opposite of whatever she says to spite her, instead of thinking about what's best for their children. Honestly, Kate had no choice but to take control of their home and family because he's so apathetic about everything. I think Kate's a genius. She took a 1-hour special about her family and turned it into a way to financially support her family when her husband couldn't. It's too bad that Jon can't appreciate and support her for that. He seems to have no trouble appreciating all the other perks that come from the show.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  25. si

    wow...so much sadness. they both spoke repeatedly of seeking peace. unfortunately, they will not receive it by just pulling the plug on this relationship. they may achieve the "absence of fighting" constantly between them – but peace, true peace, comes a quite a cost. it's not achieved without going through conflict, compromise, sacrifice, great communication, mediation and healing. they may be getting less noise between them, but they are taking their issues with them. poor jon, he may be "excited" to escape now, (his words, not mine) but someday soon, he's going to wake up and realize nothing's changed within him...kate was just an outside force he wasn't mature enough to deal with. "doing it for the children"?....pleaaaase! so very sad....

    June 23, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  26. S. KOCSIS

    you can't have it both ways, media provided the millions they make expoiting their children, now complain that media is around too much?? I could care less what happens to jon and kate, am concerned about those 8 little ones though..hope they feel it was all worth it...

    June 23, 2009 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  27. Nicole

    I think this whole thing is sad! They did sign up for all of this. I do not think Jon has been happy in a long time. So why add more drama by having a tv show. Money does not make one happy or fix things between two people. I think they should have gotten things worked out before they ever had 6 more kids. The kids will be the ones to suffer. Jon seems to be going through some early mid-life crisis. He has gone and gotten ears pierced and hanging out with people younger than him. They need to go off the air and try to work their marriage out. Marriage and divorces are too easy to get in and out of.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  28. CJ

    I don't know why they would keep making the show when it is not what it started out to be....a married couple raising a multitude of kids, as a team, together no matter what. As it is, I can't support a show, or a couple, that has no regard or respect for marriage or the family unit. If they continue to make it, I will not be watching. In fact, I won't even watch the many many re-runs of past seasons, no matter how cute the kids are.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  29. Annette

    I think both of them are money hungry! The show should end and they should do what is in the best interest of their children. Stop acting like babies because they habve babies. Learn how to be a grown up! Neither one of them wanted counseling, just divorce and move on, yet they keeo saying they are concerned for their children. This is a joke! The kids will pay the ultimate cost for the lack of parenting skills that their parents have.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  30. Amanda

    I've been through the heartache of a marriage falling apart, and give my greatest condolences to Jon & Kate. It's hard to admit when things haven't gone to plan and you are no longer in the same places anymore. However, Their kids are better of with two peaceful parents and I wish them well now and in the future.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  31. Emily

    I was upset when I read that they were splitting up. I honestly thought they were going to stop the show. I'm not upset that Jon and Kate Plus 8 will not be the same TV show. I'm upset that they didn't try EVERYTHING to make it work. I was sitting on the couch watching this episode with my soon to be husband and he quickly turned to me and said, "I will never divorce you. A marriage is for better or worse, and I’m in it for the long haul". Granted no one knows the full story other than Jon and Kate, but ugh. No I don't agree with how Kate spoke to Jon (not that TV editing helped her case any), but Jon wasn't very helpful either. This is as Kate put it, a sad "statistic".

    June 23, 2009 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  32. alicson

    I feel very sad for these two. I think alot of people have never watched the show are quick to judge Kate. If it wasn't for her organizational skills their house would be a zoo. For Jon to now say that he never had a say in 10 years is just dumb. He is coming across as a guy who is tired of his responsibilities. Typicall mid life crisis. I have no double that the arrangement of him comng to stay at the house for his time wont last long because he's "friend" and him will want her to spend time with the kids too. I felt the show last night showed how immature Jon is and how strong Kate is. She get a bad rap for being direct and telling it like it is. She was right about putting the houses closer to the house and jon just hangs the phone up on here then later says to the camera she was right. We never saw his apologize to her. He really needs to grow up.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  33. KAT

    I think this only exemplifies a need for the entertainment industry to stop the exploitation of the average citizens. Reality TV has gotten completely out of control. The Gosselins are not actors. They didn't train to be actors and here they are, their marriage in ruins because of the pressures of Hollywood. What other possible outcome was there? Families already have enough pressures on them. Add a film crew and the constant scrutiny of the public, there's only one way this could go for them. Downhill. I am boycotting reality TV. I would love to see Hollywood go back to making actual shows with dialogue, actors and plots.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  34. Jill

    TLC needs to cancel the show. The celebrity and money that Kate and Jon have received have gone to their heads. The free tummy tucks, hair replacement, and personal trainers have only fed their ever expanding egos. It's laughable that Jon now feels he has found himself, and a spine. He is clearly having a midlife crisis...nice earrings by the way Jon. Kate wants us to feel sorry for her now because her husband cheated and left. Well, it's pretty clear she is capable of taking care of herself and her children....albeit between treating herself to spa treatments, vacations and autograph signings. Good luck kids, you're going to need it. Hopefully your warring parents won't spend your college funds.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  35. Mikki Mascotti

    I think the show should be cancelled. It takes two and I can see both sides. Kate is overbearing and verbally abusive to Jon but I can see that side of Jon that is pretty lazy. I think Kate really HAS to hold the kids together for the most part. I am disappointed that neither of these two saw that this show was destroying their family and just didn't want to end it themselves. The kids now seem extrememely spoiled especially the oldest girls. It seemed very selfish that Kate suggested that these kids had to wait a whole day for their crooked houses not realizing that a million kids would wait a year for something like that. Poor little kids – they have nothing else to play with do they. It's just sad and should be cancelled. It is starting to send a very bad message.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  36. Aneta

    I am getting sick of people saying Kate was "castrating" Jon for 10 years. Jon is completely spineless, in the end he "stood up" for himself by cheating on her. He disgusts me. He just always stands there like a lump and is incapable of making any decisions. He married Kate and knew what she was like. I hope that Kate can have a fresh start.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  37. bonnie

    Kate needs to get her high horse in gear remember after the pics of Jon with the other women she went on talk shows to cry and whine until HER family came to the plate saying she had a contract with him to show up and that Jon told them a long time ago that Kate had a thing going with the "bodyguard" amazing you don't need a nanny to help with all the kids but you need a bodyguard. Sad thing is the kids have been reduced to Zoo animals

    June 23, 2009 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  38. Pat

    I am personally done with the show. It was cute to watch at first when the kids were younger and you saw the parents in some frantic stages. What a waste of an hour last night. How many times and ways can two people say it is over? It used to be about the kids....the last number of episodes it has been about Jon and Kate. Not fun to watch any more.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  39. Donna

    Regardless of whether marriage ends or is salvaged, both of these partners need counseling to help them learn to deal with each other and their children. I sincerely hope that they can work together to raise their children. These children did not ask for all of this.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  40. Mary

    I watched the show last night. I felt bad for the kids. Now, if you look at John, he doesn't want to do anything. He said: "I want to the best for me & my kids." Well, the best thing was to try to make it work. He said he finally stood up and took charge of his life, well, think how those first few years would have been without Kate's organization. Even though, I believed sometimes it was too much. She looked so sad, and he looked like a teenager who is pissy & upset for being caught doing something "really" bad.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  41. Cathy from WV

    In a couple of seasons, we will be able to watch Maddy sue Mommy for mis-manageing the money.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  42. Tessa

    I found the episode last night to be very sad. A couple with eight beautiful children giving up on their marriage on live television. I don't like the way Kate talks to Jon and I feel sorry for the both of them. TLC paid the Gosselins to film their lives and now they should pay for them to get marriage counseling. Jon and Kate need time away, just the two of them to reflect on why they got together in the beginning. She said she did not want to be alone. She knows Jon has commuication issues (wonder why?), then she should make it a point to communicate with him without putting him down. Part of the relationship involves listening to each other. I can not watch any more of this show. If TLC plans to continue profitting from this family, it should focus on them getting counseling.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  43. chrisc

    Couldn't stand either of them. Kate is unbearable and Jon looks like he needs a good smack to the head.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  44. Patty

    Their choice is their choice and taking sides never solves anything. However, the show needs to stop. It is difficult for ANY children to go through a divorce, much less in such a public fashion. If their parents cannot make the choice to stop the show for the benefit of the children, I would at least hope the network would put the children above the ratings and money to do so.

    Someone needs to do the right thing here.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  45. Chic

    Sadly, I have watched my last episode of this fiasco. You are both old enough to have figured out long ago that money can't buy happiness. Its too bad that Kate was not able to bend like a normal human being and simply enjoy and appreciate her life, her husband, and her family. And poor Jon – he will only EVER reach age 12, complete with the raging male hormones of a horney teenager. In the meantime, these beautiful children are left to suffer the sins of their parents. Shame on you both for not believing that their lives are worth more than you could ever make on a reality tv show! Time you faced the facts.. you are NOT now, nor will you ever be movie stars! You are simply the parents of eight gorgeous children. Its a shame that its not enough for you.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  46. SBrown

    Who cares? Cancel the show. Stop the media coverage. Is the rest of the country not as sick of this charade as I am?
    They are a couple in trouble, based on what appears to be a total lack of respect for each other. What's new or entertaining about that?

    If there is anything to be learned from their misfortune, it is that you can't routinely treat your spouse (or lover) like crap and expect them not to seek comfort elsewhere.

    Paparazzi, please spare us, the general public, from any further Jon & Kate coverage.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  47. Wendy

    Funny, but I knew years ago when I watched the first special on this family that Jon was not in it for the long run. He clearly didn't want all these kids to take care of and seemed to resent the responsibility. Yeah, maybe Kate can't be a sweet cupcake to him all the time; maybe Kate has a million other things to worry about.

    Now, Jon wants to leave because as he kept saying, I'm only 32..and he's wants to have fun. I say grow up Jon...32 is an age when people usually expect you to grow up and see to your responsibilities. You leaving your wife and family just because you are unhappy is ridiculous. I don't know of many marriages that don't have their problems and bouts of trouble. You get through it and love renews in time. You are giving away your future happiness with both hands. You can't see that right now, because you think the grass is greener on the other side, but the truth is..later..you are going to see that those were the best days of your life..but hey, it's on film, you can watch it and remember ALONE.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  48. CHRIS

    You wanted all the fame-it all comes with a cost. Kate got very greedy and became an ugly person. She has no relationsip with her husband, her parents, her siblings – very sad. She should have stayed home for a few years to work on her family skills, which are greatly lacking.
    Why spend 1/2 hour complaining and cleaning a dirty the refrigerator in the new home when the very next week, guess what, a brand new one. Who wears high heels to a kennel/breeder to pick out a family pet?
    Kate – the fake breasts, tan, and all the other make-overs do not conceal the truth. Your small town and greedy mentality has cost you far more than your will ever recieve-hope it was worth it. Now wait until the kids are older, see the reruns and see just how ugly you have become. Hopefully, they will cancel the show.......

    June 23, 2009 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |

    Jon made his bed...

    June 23, 2009 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  50. Bethany

    I know Kate was rigid but with eight kids you have to be structured. If she didn't take charge I don't think Jon would have done anything. You never saw Kate with some young guy sunbathing in her front yard or hitting the bars. I think people's reactions would have been more harsh if she had done that. Jon is getting off easy. He knew what her personality was like before he married her and had eight kids. It's a shame how this will effect the kids.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  51. landshark

    A Show!!!! , that is the problem in this country right now. That was not a show. It is peoples lives. From what I can tell they never consider the harm to the children. And it continues, it's not cute anymore. But more than before now you people want to watch the pain! Turn off the TV and get a life! Spend more time with your children!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
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  53. Gomez

    I think the saddest part was when Kate said, 'The show must go on." What the hell? She should have put that much effort into her marriage. They BOTH should have! They need to end that show right now and give these kids half a chance at a normal life. Their parents have already managed to screw it up enough for them!!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  54. James

    Trainwreck – it has been on the way for a while. Kate's main concern is making as much money from TV, books, etc. while the going is still good. she hasn't been there to be a mother, a wife, a friend. she is more concerned on money, travel, and whatever the sponsers will give to her. she should have stayed at home all last year and worekd on her relationship with her husband, children siblings

    June 23, 2009 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  55. MG

    I am not a big fan of Kate's, I personally cannot stand bossy, self-centered, rude people, but I am married to one. Jon has been passive because when you love someone, and believe in a commitment, you are willing to let that person rule, just so you get along and are "happy". There's only some much someone can take, and I think it is very honarable of them to call it quits, instead of pretending there is not a problem and living an unhappy life. Good luck to them and hope they get counseling for the kids, they will need it.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  56. Stevo

    If they really had their kids' interest in mind, they should have announced along with the separation that the show was over. Granted, the only real skill they probably have is letting cameras into their home – it's probably the best money they'll ever make. And if TLC and any of the sponsors are taking the children's welfare into account, every one of those kids better have a generous trust set up to take care of them when all of them are yesterday's news and no one cares about them anymore.

    A crooked house, free meals, free stuff, might be awesome for a year or two, but it's certainly not going to play a role in those kids' futures. I hope their parents had the intelligence to think that through before they signed up for this. Otherwise, they're just as vain and dumbed down our society is.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  57. Lisa

    I think they should at least try marraige counseling, before they divorce. They have 8 kids, no matter how bad she has treated him they should try and make it work. Also, there is no way he will ever be able to pay child support. This whole family is in my prayers!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  58. Gary

    I feel for the kids, but think the separation is best especially if they are yelling and fighting and the kids see and hear it. I grew up in a home where this was present and it affected my life greatly. I feel bad for both Jon and Kate and especially the children.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  59. Cathy

    In my opinion, both Jon and Kate are Loses. They were BOTH in it for the money. Last nite's show saw Kate sitting on a couch, with a nose full of snot saying she doesn't want to go on alone. She shoulda thought of that before yelling "helloooooooooo", and HIM.....he should have shown a littlle of the balls I assume he was born with instead of whining now. And the kids.....they're all getting a little two big for their britches. They'll turn out DUPLICATES of their mom and dad, thinking the world owes them a living. It was cute watching them before when they seemed happy. There's enough trouble in this world without watching them drag on now. Get 'em off the air; maybe they'll go ba ck to each other and make a good life for the 8 they bought into this world.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  60. Demeatrica


    I am not surprise about the separation.

    Kate has become a real pain, in that, she's always very critcal of Jon no matter what. Every since she had that tummy whatever, Kate thinks that she is all that. While your outer appearance looks good, your inner spirit sucks.

    Get over yourself, what goes around comes around and remember the grass isn't always greener on the other side, you get my meaning.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  61. MC

    Though we all agree the children are unfortunately going to be another statistic, growing up in a divorced home, Jon and Kate are no different than non-celebrities getting divorced. I think they need to co-parent together for the sake of their 8 children and to always put their children ahead of everything else. Okay, so they couldn't make it....deal with it, co-parent well together and move on. They each deserve to be happy like we all do.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  62. D

    First of all, I never watched this show before the big "blow up". So I'd only heard about Kate's overbearing nature and Jon's passive-aggressiveness. So, I watched a few episodes. Here's what I saw:

    A mother who loves her kids. Trying to control her world.
    A father who loves his kids. Resigned that he has no control over his world.

    Kate doesn't respect Jon. Jon resents Kate. And the both fell into that trap so many couples fall pray to....I want to be happy. I want to be fulfilled. I...I....I.....me...me....me...

    What would have happened if Jon and Kate had stopped thinking about themselves for an instant and really TRIED to make their partner happy?

    They spiraled down a vortex that, by the time they announced they were divorcing, was too late to climb out of. But at some point in the distant past, they could have CHOSEN to be kind. To be loving. To be RESPECTFUL.

    I speak from experience, here. Divorced after 10 years. Three kids (the real victims) that have to deal with parents who don't respect or love each other.

    So sad. So hard for everybody involved.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  63. Vicki

    I've watched this show and most of the episodes. I also watched last night. Now I will not watch because it is too sad to watch 8 little children try to deal with their parents' marriage ending. The show is their livelihood, but look at the cost. I felt some time ago that Jon should go back to work outside of the show as he didn't seem content with the stay at home dad concept and Kate was always the one more articulate and comfortable in front of the cameras. However, is it worth the money to film little children grieving? I don't think so.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  64. Kathy

    CALL DR. PHIL!!!!! If they put their relationship first instead of the kids, it will all fall in place.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  65. I can see Canada from my house!

    This is a car wreck with 2 badly flawed people at the wheel, and TLC should stop its freakshow lineup of dwarves, gigantic families and super-morbidly obese people and find something more appropriate for people to view.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  66. ashley

    Jon is going through a mid life crisis. He was 23 when they first had their twins. If he is really looking at apartments in New York I dont think we will see much of jon at the family's house. TLC needs to stop the show, it is just sad. Kate wants the audience to feel bad for her, she is pulling the pity part. The only thing i can agree with her on is that Jon doesnt know what he wants. He think he will have so much fun away, but being controled all his life he wont know what to do with himself! I would be exhausted with all those children, but i think Kate will end up raising them herself. I think they are both seeing other people on the side and thats why they have not really made an attempt to make things work between them. Jon with his new earings, he looked like he was 20 again. I think that should foreshadow viewers that he just looking to party and have a good time. All i can see in the future is that the kids wont be happy and will resent their parents for everything that is going on. They should stop the show, but then kate wouldnt do that because the film crew is all she has left. Once they decide to stop the show she is just going to see how empty her life is. Well I hope they find what they are looking for, as for me Im done watching the show. the kids are cute, but the show itself is jus sad. Why are we all obessed with this couple and their kids? ...my advice jon and kate, go get a job and stop exhausting yourselves. Your no longer working you need to do seomthing with your life then to sit at home doing nothing.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  67. Linda

    You know, I am not a fan and have never watched the show, but I am sick ot them every place I look. Don't they have enough to do with taking care of the eight children they have? They are the poster parents for how NOT to do things as far as I can see. who is raising the kids while they banter about the universe blabbing about their woes? Give me a break. You want reality? visit a single mom with a deadbeat father to her kids, working two jobs and juggling daycare and shopping and struggling and praying. Spare me these massive media mongers and their egos. A few years from now we'll see the reality show, " John minus Kate's Eight Therapy Adventures.".

    June 23, 2009 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  68. Patty

    kate is such a control freak and so negative that this does not shock me for a second. I feel bad for Jon and pray that he spends more time with his kids than Kate does. Nothing ever is good enough for her. I once was told that one negative statement takes at least 5 positives to build up self esteem. Kate has so much growing up to do how can she possibly raise her children effectively. Jon please spend as much time as you can with your precious children. They need someone who is definitely more lack and fun to be with.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  69. Lori

    It is sad to see any family go through this situation. I feel empathy for them on all levels. As a mother I see how difficult it must be to have eight children and the problems that come with this new arena of celebrity status for the family. I see Jon's point of view as well and how the pressure of providing and caring for eight kids has distorted his sense of identity. I only pray that they will continue to work together for their children. A reconciliation would be nice as well. Nothing is more important than family and hopefully Jon and Kate will see this before the ink dries on the divorce papers.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  70. CM

    Kate is really a horrible person. She knows that she is missing from the kids with all her traveling and now she wants to constantly try and convince America that she "is there for the children." Is she trying to convince herself. She just blames and deflects because she knows she is getting killed in the media. Just pull the plug on this for the sake of the kids. I doubt anyone wants to watch a show with her and the kids.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  71. Phyllis

    Has greed really reared it's ugly head? There's a marriage and children involved here yet the show is still going to continue. Shame on the network and Jon & Kate! In the long run we'll be reading about the kids in the tabloids. Get out NOW before it's too late.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  72. Steve

    I find it funny that a lot of women on here say "poor kate" and berate jon...
    He stuck through this relationship even while being degraded and disrespected. If the roles were reversed and Kate was being disrespected and degraded, well, Jon would be in a hell of a position. However, Kate can do it and people side with her? People say Jon is immature? Yet he was the one who had the patience to try and stick through it and eventually he gave up knowing Kate would never change unless a drastic step is taken...

    Seriously, i've seen the show and i was disgusted with Kate and felt sorry for Jon. People say he didn't have the balls...gimme a break this is a man trying to hold his family together even while being degraded, now they finally decides to seperate so their kids don't need to see them fight anymore, kudos to them.

    Kate is upset, well she should of thought of what its like to be alone before she disrespected the person she claimed to love. Oh lets not forget, she is the one who filed for divorce...and then blamed Jon for making her do it. She has issues that need resolving and i am sorry that Jon has to deal with that Psycho.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  73. Jim, Swansea IL

    And this is news... why?

    Heck, its probably a gimmick for ratings...

    Pay me $75,000 per episode and my wife and I will make up stories about our lives and relationship for ratings.. Show isnt going to last forever, and it seems to me they're milking it for all its worth.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  74. linda

    This situation leaves me to wonder why no one has come forward and offered Christian counseling to help them work on saving their marriage instead of ending it. They both look like lost souls, and constantly have referred to everything being for the kids. They have lost that first it is about them as a couple and then all things fall in place for the children.

    I think it would be even better TV to see a Family Heal and Get Back Together.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  75. Paula

    America get Real!!!! They chose this path by welcoming America into their lives. I agree with John, the paparazzi need to get a lives!!!! there are more serious thing going on with the state of the nation, then a man breaking up with his wife and responsibilities of a family. But John is letting his children down by not seeking counseling with Kate and at least trying to give it a go, for his 8 children. I don't think TLC should cancel the show. I think it should run its contract and let Kate decide if she wants to continue. Kate could have let up the straints a little and relax, shes just a control freek that likes organization. But to much of a good thing can lead to trouble, and her obsession with control and organization led to the break of her marriage. Best wishes to you Kate, just relax a little with the children. And John, may god be with you and provide you with the support you are going to need now that your not going to be in your childrens lives every day.
    America stop judging, if you don't like what you see turn the tv off. Don't ruin it for the viewers who tune in out of concern and support for the kids.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  76. Beth

    I watched last night....Kate certainly puts a twist on things like only she can, poor John...he can't win. She clearly doesn't seem to think any of this is her fault and most disturbing was the number of times she referred to the kids as "my kids".Hate to tell you Kate,...they are Jon's too (another fact she can't control). It has always been uncomfortable to watch her inappropriate behavior towards Jon and is the reason I discovered the mute button. No doubt Jon would be the better parent to raise these children, but currently Kate makes a lot of money writing books and making appearances and if she wasn't a Mom...there goes the income. I give it until this afternoon before Kate throws her next pity party.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  77. Reed

    I kept hoping that their "announcement" would be that they were quitting the show to work on their marriage. I am very disappointed that isn't the case. I felt bad for Kate last night. I got the impression that she wanted to save the relationship. Jon's "excitement" made me want to puke.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  78. Penny Clifton-Pennell

    Jon is right when he made the comment about our young Americans dying overseas and the public cares what he had for lunch. Americans care so much about unimportant things that we're all guilty a bit about forgetting what really matters. Regardless, what I see in Kate is a woman who grew up with basically nothing in a trailer and had very little, if any, control about what happened in her life. When she became a celebrity and realized there was so very much she could control, it got out of hand. She became accustomed to people waiting on her, getting free things and paying attention to her (perhaps something she grew up without) she took it forgranted. Sadly, she also believed she could control her husband. Kate said many hurtful and belittling things to Jon on camera, and no doubt off camera as well. This took a heavy emotional toll on Jon. We don't know what steps the couple took to save their marriage – counseling or whatever. I feel that if they had, and developed a plan to meet in the middle, with Kate backing off the control and Jon speaking up for himself, they just might have found a happy medium. No doubt they'll be financial wrangling and since Kate makes more than Jon, she may end up paying maintainance. Regardless, it's sad that just about two weeks after their 10th anniversary the marriage is over. Of course, it's most sad for the children, and I hope that we can all keep in mind that this happens to hundreds of thousands of children in America, and no divorce is more or less painful than the other. I believe this will probably be the last season for the Gosselins, and believe it should be. This is a family that could have worked, and I believe it would have if it weren't for the stress of the limelight and the reality show.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  79. john

    if you are into these two then i feel you really do not have a live and you are even more stupid then they are..............i am glad they are over

    June 23, 2009 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  80. polly d

    Without Jon around to be Kate's punching bag I fear for the children. Oh, that's right, Kate has proved to the Country that hitting her children on camera is not beneath her. Can't wait to see Kate work on the kids self-esteem. Kate really needs a timeout.

    Note to show viewers: If you want to see this train wreck end – STOP WATCHING THE SHOW. Nothing gets through to the suits faster than ratings. In fact, boycott the entire network, it's not like you can't find the exact show on another channel.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  81. TP

    It seems that every relationship which has been aired in a public tv show diminished during or afterwards. These couples give up the luxury of privacy which is a huge price to pay. I feel sorry for this family particularly the kids because they are caught in the middle. The media should have stayed out of this relationship. They exploited it for every penny possible. It's true what they say that "the love of money is the root of all evil." Instead of backing away to let this couple work out their problems, they continued to spread rumors and vicious lies all for a buck. Family and friends even sold out for a buck and a little publicity. Perhaps they will be satisfied now that they have caused the ultimate damage. Everyone involved please give yourselves a pat on the back. You should feel so proud. As for Jon and Kate, I pray that you will reevaluate the situation and try to work things out privately. Let the show go. After all, is it really worth all of this?

    June 23, 2009 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  82. Jayleigh

    Unfortunately, it makes an old tired show more interesting that this is happening. Its not surprising on any front. Its hard enough having 8 kids, pimping out their childhood for money, and dealing with the paparazzi.

    The paparazzi comes with the territory. If you sign up to be on TV and the successes that come with that, the other side of losing your anonymity does too.

    For all the people bashing them personally; You don't know either of them or what is REALLY going on in this relationship. Its easy to throw stones, but give them a break. They are human beings and we all make mistakes....Has anyone ever heard of the 7 year itch? Does anyone get that empty feeling in the ho hum of a 10 year relationship with kids. To see people pass names around about him or her is kind of silly.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  83. Eric

    You people need to get a life. Are your lives so boring and pointless that you have to be infatuated with some one else's life. I love the people that are like "I support Jon" no no "I support Kate" You are just proof at how obsurd our society is becoming. There are so many more important issues in our world that matter so much more than two stupid people who exploit their children for a profit.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  84. AS

    I can't believe they're still going to do the show. This episode was sad to watch- I can't imagine how uncomfortable, awkward, and overall painful to watch, any future episodes will be. The kids are adorable but they can only provide so much dirtraction from the drama. TLC please pull the plug on this train wreck!

    June 23, 2009 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  85. Amy

    The whole show had a sad overtone- but- Jon actually seemed like a new man. He spoke more freely and without mumbling or rolling his eyes, wore some hipper clothes, and overall seemed like a weight was lifted. He seemed eager to move on. Kate acted like it was all his fault and played the victim- said she didn't think she drove him to it. Makes me wonder if she's ever actually watched herself on the show. But it seems like the kids will be well cared for and they will work together to help them with the transitions.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
  86. sharon from greenville michigan

    I found last nights programvery sad. And I also saw Jon in a much different light. EXCITED???? about divorcing his wife of 10 years. Also when he was outside of his home signing autographs and joking with the press ?

    June 23, 2009 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  87. Chinky

    Totally KATE'S fault. You watch, in just a couple of weeks, we'll see her dating some celebrity, out in the singles' nightlife. She's all about the "stuff." Poor kids, wonder what their maladjustments as teenagers will turn out to be.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  88. Shellie

    I am disappointed.

    I am disappointed that Jon sat on the 'the couch' and let everyone know he cares about his kids and his family, and he is tired of the drama and he doesn't want this for his family. Then I was disappointed further when Kate said she "had" to continue with the show to insure a future for her children.... haven't made enough already in the past five years?
    I'm disappointed that immediately following the show it was announced Kate filed for divorce and is once again making it out she has to do this for her kids.
    I'm diasappointed in TLC for not pulling the plug on this tragedy.

    I'm disappointed in them not attempting to even save the marriage beyond fighting internally. Jon is disillusioned and immature, Kate is self serving shrew. Reality bites.

    Those poor children...such a large family NEEDS TWO PARENTS! The kids are cute, but not the best behaved!

    June 23, 2009 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  89. MI Mommy

    I find it sad and ironic that she consistently says her first and only priority is her children. Yet instead of announcing that they will stop the show in order to step out of the limelight and repair their marriage, heal their family, they are continuing to film the sinking of this titanic. I think their marriage COULD be saved, and should for the sake of all 8 of those kids! Personally I don't believe that Jon cheated, I think he went out and blew off some steam (I'd drink if I married her too!) and frankly, even if he did, who can blame him? Yes it's wrong to cheat, but for god's sake, if you've seen the show, would she have listened to his feelings? Taken them into consideration? It's easy to say I would NEVER do that (I even think that!) but none of us can really say unless we've walked in their shoes.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:37 am | Report abuse |
  90. apprzrtom

    It's a shame that it can't be worked out. I don't agree with Jon about the papparrazi issue. You put yourself out there in the public eye and get so much money per episode and then on top of that you make poor decisions. Well, what do you expect. Jon, you added to the fire by hanging out with young girls in bars when you should be playing poker with the guys or hanging with the kids.
    But I see Jon's point also, who can live with her. Always criticizing and belittling the guy on and off television. I'm sure she is no picnic to live with. I'll agree, marriage is tough and about 1/2 or more divorce so its no big surprise. It's just happens to be on T. V. So I can't believe this show not going to end because of this. Who wants to see a depressing show and see how these kids have to cope with this issue. I fore one will not watch the show anymore.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  91. Grace

    Man up Jon, it is too easy for men to walk away. Drop the show and work it out with your wife. You have lifetime committments. You will have plenty of time in your late forties, fifties, and sixties to get adventurous with your life. NOW is your wife and children's time. Shame on you for walking away from your marriage. Both of you need to end the show and work on your family. Men!

    June 23, 2009 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  92. Michael

    Who are Jon and kate and why does anyone care what they do or do not do?

    June 23, 2009 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  93. Chad

    I think the show is horrible, using their kids for money. But I have the solution, people, do not watch this slop. And to film during a divorce, that is mental abuse on the kids, and we the viewers. I hope the kids sue their folks when they are older. J&K deserve that at least.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  94. Charlie

    Who cares. There are thousands of other couple divorce. The media should stop paying too much attention to these ridiculous stories.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  95. erica

    I agree with Jake "Who Cares?" They knew what they were getting into when they decided to have their lives for all to see. The onl ones that suffer are the children.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  96. Leslee Brown

    Jon whined like a little girl the entire episode. He made it very plain that he needs to be happy, he needs to have his own life. Well guess what bucko? You have 8 kids and I am here to tell you there is no such thing as a friendly divorce.

    The first time you bring the latest chick you are banging around those kids Kate will swoop down on you with her lawyers like a ton of bricks and she should. It is obvious to me that it's all about you isn't Jon? You are a loser. You weren't ever able to keep a job so your wife went out and made a living for all of you. She might not have been very nice sometimes but for God's sake the schedule she was keeping would make anyone cranky. I agree there are two sides to every story but all I saw last night was a little bratty boy whining and crying about not getting his way all of the time.

    Lose the ridiculous earrings (looks pretty lame), the sports car, the skateboarder clothes and be a freaking man. Stop spouting off that this was how you were all along. You have 8 kids who need you to be a man right now not some poser who thinks he's cock of the walk.

    You make me sick Jon Gosselin. Your wife deserves a medal for putting up with your whinning ass for 10 years.

    Go Kate, get the best man hating lawyer you can find and take Jon's balls as part of the divorce settlement, you've earned them.

    June 23, 2009 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  97. Paulette

    This is no better than approximately 45 years ago when a family in Quebec (Canada) also had six... Back then, the children were put in a special house where people would come from all over to see them (like a freak show) and of course, the parents would receive some type of payment. Today? Still the same, except it's being broadcasted world wide. Maybe Jon and Kate should talk to these parents and exchange notes... They made a movie about the family in Quebec years ago, maybe they'll do another one for this???

    June 23, 2009 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  98. paula0331

    i think the show was cute it was like watching seventh heaven real issues we all face especially with multiple births i have twins and i am now divorced and hate it. no one wants to go through this at all. I think they should put the show on hold or shut it off and let them live a life. It was all the free things and attention everyone gave to them that caused this. if they did not have the show do u think a 23 year old would mess with a married man with 8 kids???? think of the childsupport and alimony that is going to be happening with this., and now if the show is canceled they both are going to have to get a job and face real life and not reality life. how confusing is that going to be for the kids. I thought i heard at one time that the kids did not want to do the show anymore and hated being the focus of attention everywhere they went. if they keep saying they are in it for the kids and they want what is best for the kids don't let the kids think they can get a free ride by being on tv and sponsors giving them free trips oprah show, rachel ray show. etc and more let them learn nothing is free in life and you have to work at it. marriage, raising kids it seemed like everytime i watched this show they got something for free. how can a family with 8 kids manage fiancially and keep going on trips. I could not afford to go on a mommy and me trip to san diego obviously that was for free. stop the show and learn and live like we do struggling and surviving with God in their life.

    June 23, 2009 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  99. Flier, D.

    What could have been a fun reality show turned into a mess by the (as usual) tabloids and news media. They seem to follow every good thing and manage destroy it somehow. They then gleefully report the destruction and move onto other targets.... They do have many a relationship, many a marriage, many a person's reputation, on their coup sticks.... We truly need a reformation of the media. The reporters seem to have no human dignity, respect, or morals. They lie, invade, and exaggerate with impugnity all the time , I think. "Their stories" are often 60% or more lies. They are cruel marauders, not champions of much of anything good. At least a good share of Kate and Jon's problems were exacerbated by them, I think. They seem to want to make people talk and then use it against them however they can.

    June 23, 2009 at 6:28 am | Report abuse |
  100. Rebecca

    Congratulations Jon and Kate! You have said since the beginning that you did the show for the kids. To provide for the kids. Well, what about providing them with parents who don’t sell them out? How greedy can you be? You should both be ashamed of yourself. Jon with his new earrings and excitement about his “new chapter.” Kate running around trying to look like a starlet. What a joke. These two are horrible parents. They didn’t even try to work on their marriage. They just gave up. The gave up on their family. They gave up on their kids. How sad. Those kids didn’t have a choice about any of this and they are they ones who will pay the most. That just sucks. I urge everyone to STOP WATCHING THIS SHOW. We need to give these children back what their parents and TV producers took away. The only way that is going to happen is if the show is cut. Please stop exploiting these precious babies.

    June 23, 2009 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  101. Sasha

    I think that it is clear that Jon has other intentions with dating "the other woman". He is completely leaving his family behind to be with the other woman. I hope Kate finds happiness. She has taken on so much heat for the way she treated Jon, but come on, I don't buy it! I do not think he is as innocent as everyone may think he is! Dump Jon off the show and make it Kate plus Eight!

    June 23, 2009 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  102. ddoherty

    I can't believe that this is the route they're choosing. Why not work it out? 6 months and things are over....there's a bigger story there that none of us know about...how about the years that they've been together doesn't that mean anything? What the announcement should have been was that they were cancelling the show and getting out of the media spot light.

    June 23, 2009 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  103. JD

    Have we become such a television obsessed society, so stuck on how much we can find out about other people that we now have to watch an ugly divorce??? If Jon met Kate now, instead of 12 years ago, they wouldn't have these kids to worry about. They have nothing in common, they probably did before they let money and fame ruin it all. It's a sad state we've reached when we're more concerned about their marriage than in worrying about how to make the world better for our kids and grandkids. Take the show off the air, this is too much reality. These kids will grow up, look at all the shows of their parents and realize just what really happened. You cannot berate a partner week after week on national television and expect to have a marriage survive.There is nothing this couple has to offer thats worth watching. It's sad, for them, and for all who feel they have a right to keep seeing it all blow up. Divorce is hard enough without millions of opinions on it being tossed in. It's just sad.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  104. KM

    I agree with another commentor......nothing was mentioned of trying to go to couple's counseling. Why not try that to save your marriage? Maybe it wouldn't have worked, but isn't saving your family worth the effort? Jon already said he has a hard time communicating and couple's counseling would definitely help. It appears they just threw their hands up in defeat without giving it their all. It's sad and I won't be watching the show anymore.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  105. Vanessa Truxillo

    I have watched Jon & Kate for about a year . On there season closure , the writing was on the wall . They have become two different people . I am glad to see him stand up to Kate finally . Although it is heartbreaking to see this family break up , I think that there true interest, were their children . The media needs to back off.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  106. Jonny

    People care about this garbage? John & Kate = #1 reason I'm all for birth control.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:14 am | Report abuse |
  107. TK

    People, it's all about ratings..... how much do you want to bet TLC will be showing episodes of Jon and Kate "working" on their marriage? Going to counseling? Kate, Jon and TLC aren't going to give up this cash cow any time soon.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  108. S Walters

    Didn't read all the comments but got the gist of it and apologize if anyone has said this already. Does anyone blame TLC for slanting things in a way to attract ratings? Who knows what goes on in a marriage except those in it? But if you see only one side of your marriage played on the screen and rerun and rerun and rerun, then perhaps you begin to believe that that is really all there is to it. Shame on TLC. Shame on the Gosselins, both of them, for not saying family comes first and cancelling the contract. Practically no one has a 50-50 marriage. They could have supported their family some other way. Plenty of families do and they obviously had skills to do it. I feel sorry for the 8 children they went to extremes to create. They have an obligation there beyond their own concerns.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  109. Steve

    I wish both of Jon and Kate stay marriage for kids 's sake. well one thing is, They had been cheating and their 10 years marriage bridge length seem broke down, might not be same. I wish them good luck to save thier marriage with kids.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  110. April gross

    Divorce is a horrible way out! They say the last 8 months have been hard. That is not enough to ruin a family and a life full of past and future memories over. Come on people – Kate had 8 children. Do any of you know what it is like to raise 1, 2 or even 3 children that are spaced apart in age let alone the same age and 6 of them plus 2 other little ones close in age. Yes, she was one determined and bossy lady but it was full of raging hormones and also partly being a mom and wife who wanted things done properly. She got caught up in trying to keep everything "perfect" which backfired on what people thought about her. But Jon should have been more supportive and loving yet firm on his feelings.

    I say that this separation may be a good thing to feel. Feel loss and pain and heartache. Then if they reconcile it will be that much sweeter. Appreciation. That is what I went through and I hope for their sake that it works out. Geesh, they say one kid can cause a mom one year of post partum depression. This lady should 8 years for some crazy mood swings dealing with that chaotic loud noisy family love!!!! No one knows what to expect. I think Jon is the jerk for not being more understanding of her feelings and what she went through trying to be in charge of giving a great family life. Holding that all together and filming it at the same time. Hard stuff........

    June 23, 2009 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
  111. Alison

    I wonder when Jon and Kate will realize that the show was mostly created to embarrass them? It is painfully obvious that the couple has issues in their relationship, and that was most likely a major reason the producers used the Gosselins . Kate's behavior was part of the "entertainment" of this reality show. The Gosselin children should get a lawyer and sue the network for humiliating them and for using innocent children for the sake of ratings. The children are the ones who will suffer for being forced to participate in this real life "gong show".

    June 23, 2009 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  112. Carl Dobbins

    All a husband has to do is be nice to his wife. That's it. How hard is that? The same for kindness from the wife. Well, keep the show going. No sense hiding the reality of frailty. There's a lot more still to be learned. The media spotlight lays it out there. We'll be able to see the impact on the kids and the changes in the parents.

    June 23, 2009 at 3:33 am | Report abuse |
  113. ChiquitaBanana

    Money and power are like a drug,once it enters the system it will eat you whole...I became a doctor and worked hard all my life.Never did I get anything for free..never did my parents buy me something without me working for it and knowing the value of what I had.I dont think Jon and Kate ever sweat blood and tears to get what they have, they sold their soul instead...and when u drown yourself in gluttony,the result is what u have..a broken ,empty and lonely world...now i hope to go back to the CNN home page and try to find actual news! Do u realize that it's us that allows these ppl to get famous? we are to blame!

    June 23, 2009 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  114. Ericka in TX

    The main ones to suffer are the kids....sad sad sad. Marriage is WORK and remember folks....there are TWO sides to every story. And no matter your opinion we dont and wont know ALL the details. I think honestly when they signed up to do the show it was a "good idea" and when the money came in it was more of a "hell YES" approach. And (my opinion is) then when it became to much I think Jon probably started to feel some resentment of the situation he put himself and his family in. He gave up a career, he had a wife never around, he was feeling lonely and I think the resentment built over time. I think Kate was too involved in books and traveling to see what was going on in her own marriage. Counseling should of been their FIRST option and canceling their show. Focus on each other and your kids...cameras OFF. Its a sad situation.

    June 23, 2009 at 3:07 am | Report abuse |
  115. Peter

    I have never watched this show, but I want to point out what Judge Judy once said on Larry King. We are becoming more public with our personal stuff, like uploading pictures on social networking sites, our hobbies, likes and dislikes, etc.

    She later said that we're just asking to be intruded upon by paparazzi with this behavior.

    Although I couldn't remember what exactly she was commenting upon, I think it's true. Jon should have realized what he signed up for by participating in this reality show. That he and Kate will barely have any privacy left. It's not right and it is harrassment, but that's how celebrity life is.

    June 23, 2009 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  116. Victoria

    So you wanted to be in the spotlight at all costs? Be sincere and admit it's more important to you than raising your children and focusing on making it, NOT breaking the marriage. Now these kids are facing the prospect of being mentally challenged for life at the breakup of their family, living with invisible scars forever, because their selfish parents wanted, not only to be stars, but used THEM for their own purposes. Save your money whilst you still have it. But don't come running knowking at my door when you run out. You'll need MILLIONS to raise your brood, and now people are bored with you.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  117. CAmom

    Why doesn't anyone comment to the fact these "horrible parents" are continuing to do the show despite saying they want to focus on their children–way to go in making your kids a priority! Kate says "her career choice" is what is the problem...what the heck is that? "Reality Mom" is now a career choice–ignoring your children to be on Larry King is the standard for "working mother"? There is very little love in this household, no true cuddling/smiles, no remorse for infractions–their "happy moments" have been manufactured or gifted to them...When has Mommy or Daddy made or said something special for their children? Is money the only way to provide for your children? How about protecting them–shielding them being a dog&pony show? Giving them a choice for anything in their lives? If they continue the show they should get guest stars from "Intervention" "Dr.Phil" "Maury" and throw in a little "Jerry Springer" for good measure. Let's not reward irresponsibility–do not watch or buy anything Jon & Kate–force them to bank away what they have earned and take care of their children properly. I know many, many people with multiple kids who do an amazing job without TV cameras or freebies and make the choice to work hard for a living and to support their families. A note to you idiotic sponsors, honestly do you think people are buying what you donate to a non-deserving family, go donate to a good cause which makes a whole lot more business sense.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  118. Jan

    Another family destroyed and by non other than parents who are selfish, self-centered and lack the staying power and ability to work hard for their marriage. Do they really think they are the only people who have problems in life and do they really think it is all about them? They will find that even though they say " the best interests of the children" (a trite, tired statement) will be their top priority, the kids will be affected in their lives. My sympathies go to the children! They deserve better from their parents and someday will probably tell them so. I wish good people could have those kids!

    June 23, 2009 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  119. la fourchette

    Perhaps TLC will cancel the show and pay for therapy for this family. Sometimes you have answer to the greater good. This would certainly model a choice of integrity over the urge to exploit for commercial gain. Wouldn't that be novel?

    June 23, 2009 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  120. k. fann

    once again kate is looking out for her best interest, or the interest on all the money she's made, let's get over all this and spend time on real world problems. the only one's who need help in this situation are the kids, so i hope she has enough for all the counseling they will need in the years to come. fake tans and teeth and boobs, how is that working for you kate?

    June 23, 2009 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  121. Tim

    I have never watched the show, and don't intend to. The thing that facinates me is how many people don't have a life. All of these people who live and die with Jon & Kate, only show how many of us could use something positive in our lives. So many other important things need to be addressed and everybody wants to know what's going on with Jon & Kate, sad.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:36 am | Report abuse |
  122. Richard Bostrom

    She is just plain evil. Watch the shows. She put's him down every chance she get's. In the early day's her job was her kids. Now it's her book's go figure. No kid's no book's.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  123. julie

    reality shows suck.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  124. Topanga

    Sad, Period.

    Jon your place is with your wife and kids. Leading them through life and being the rock in the relationship. If you love your woman go and get her... quit with all of the pride and anger BS and remember who you were before the show......

    Kate your place is at your husbands side. Providing a nurturing caring environment for them to grow in. If you love your man go and get him quit with all of the pride and anger BS and remember who you were before the show......

    June 23, 2009 at 2:04 am | Report abuse |
  125. Carole Fordham

    I think he is acting like a petulant child. If he doesn't like th lime light he needs to get himself a job and start living like a normal parent.

    And they both need to grow up and start looking out for their marriage like other couples do. Everyone doesn't get a divorce when the going gets tough. They get counselling and start making themselves work together.

    They both say they care for their children but if they did they would work much harder to make this marriage work.

    I am not enjoying watching the show any more. Tonight was a long drawn out tale of woe.

    Not a fan anymore.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
  126. Missouri Mama

    Don't get me wrong, Jon has had some serious laps in judgement lately, but he's also been a battered husband. Yes, I said it, a battered husband. IF Jon berated Kate the way she does him, there would be outrage across the land! For some reason, when it's the woman doing the abuse, especially if it is mental/emotional abuse, we all look the other way. And yes, I'm a woman, and yes, I come from an abusive home. I saw what my father did to my mother, and the only difference between Kate and my father is her hairdo and her uterus, well maybe just the uterus actually.....

    June 23, 2009 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  127. Travis

    I was saddened to see Jon and Kate are getting a divorce. They should have gone for marriage counseling first.

    I felt sorry for them and the kids.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  128. Dave

    I think the big winners are the Duggar family and their reality show. These folks typify the "American Family" of old with Christian Values being front and center in their lives...and apparently having a lot of sex does not hurt either! Jon and Kate just don't rate and TLC should definitely cancel their show. Besides the best reality TV show is none of these: it is "The First 48" which is about as gritty and true to life (and death) as anything that has ever been on TV!

    June 23, 2009 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  129. just me

    Ill admit,I watched it tonite to see what their annoucement was..although i already knew. I dont want to any longer watch a show about a NOW very rich family,supplied with nannies,body guards,and a whole new body make over. What happened to us tuning in to an average family,trying to make it with 8 kids? WE have watched them go from an average family in a small home,making ends meet to a now very rich family,with a beautiful home,and their biggest problem is where to place their new fancey crooked homes for their kids to play in?!
    Look,if your family has turned for the worse,and is growing increasingly worse,stop the vacations,the tanning salons,and get down to basics and work on your MARRIAGE AND FAMILY VALUES!
    You complain the paparazzi is up your rear 24/7? Well,welcome to stardom people! NO ONE is making you write books on your kids.Or star on a reality show. You could of walked away at anytime.Or atleast dont sign another contract for another season. You claim your kids,your kids,your kids...well,your kids no longer have two parents living together....Ill bet anything if they stopped this circus along time ago,theyd be together today. Funny what money and power can do to a person.
    PULL THE PLUG AND GET A GRIB ON REAL LIFE! I dont feel sorry for them one bit. We have them go from a middle class family to a very rich family,why? Because WE kept up their ratings. Well,its over.
    I have no intention on watching them on their split weekends of their kids visitations,sorry.
    Its no longer how they make a real family work,its now about poor Kate,and poor Jon. Its their POOR KIDS. SAd.REally is.
    If TLC HAD ANY BRAINS,THEYD PULL THE PLUG NOW! And cut them off of all monies....time to come down to earth Gossilins,and remember how an average family really lives.

    Ps..I do applaude Jon for Finally stepping up and no longer allowing Kate to continue her bullying. Shes not a very kind person:(

    June 23, 2009 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  130. Mary Almonte

    I think that viewers have no rights to investigate or obtain inside details to Jon & Kate's marriage. Their choices in the past, present or future to exhibit SOME of their family life doesn't give viewers full ownership/ veiwership of their life. It is a privileged to the viewer that this family opened their family home for our entertainment & enlightenment. It is up to their discretion, not ours as to how much information they want to give. For their children's sakes and their future reconciliation I hope they pull more out of the lime light and nurture their family. Our opinions can be given, certainly, but they owe us no explanation. We owe them our best wishes and prayers. But instead of constructive input, people like smut & gossip. Smut and gossip destroy lives as we see it has complicated this family's lives on top of the typical differences this couple has had. In some ways the media and the lack of respect of viewers themselves has had a hand in the deterioration of this family. Each of them is responsible for their actions, there is not simply one guilty party. It breaks my heart.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  131. Steve

    "Keep in mind, they have to keep the suspense up to keep the checks rolling in. I would imagine this is very well thought out."

    Part of me really agrees with this statement because this all blew up in a manner of months and now it's over. There's no doubt that millions of people watched the season opener and then are now tuning in to continue watching the drama, especially with the "John and Kate have a very important announcement" commercials airing about tonights show.
    It's ratings.

    I will say that I feel bad for the family and think both sides are to blame.

    John should never have quit his job to be a stay at home dad. I personally don't think men are programmed to do that. We provide and take care of our family and love them with all our hearts but being there with the kids 24/7 just isn't something men have been programmed to do. Before anyone attacks this i'm not saying it's something men shouldn't do but it's just how society has created it. This was very evident in the episode with the OCC guys and watching John interact with men that weren't his own kids or the camera crew.

    Kate should've have backed off a long time ago. To watch her consistently degrade John and actually quite a few other people on the show was rough. I understand the maternal instinct and wanting the best for your children and protecting them, but there is a fine line between protection and just being rude and I think she crossed it numerous times.

    With all that said I think that divorce isn't the answer but rather counseling should be something they consider. I think they both care greatly about their children and still care enough about each other to where counseling could help them. I think it's an option they should consider for both them and the children.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  132. Dawn

    Kate and Jon, please try counselling – why not Dr. Phil? I think you two have just grown apart and need ways to come together again. When you re-newed your vows you both seemed so happy. Please try to find it in your hearts to remember these times. Jon, don't move on. Be a man and stay with your family and fight for them. Divorce is easy. Marriage is hard, but wonderful. Please try for the kids – as you say they are your top priority. It really should be you and Kate are the top priority to yourselves first and them second. If you and Kate made yourselves first to each other, then the kids and all that has to do with them will work. And to all of you out there who are making fun of them, turn the channel and get on with your lives. These are real people and have real children.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  133. Florinda

    I think that their comments about all they care about are the kids are the most ridiculous comments they both can say. If they truly cared about their kids, they would realize the damage that a divorce is going to cause them. Divorce is too easy a way out for a couple who is not willing to make mends. Yes, the children will survive, and even though they plan on still trying their best to keep things as normal as possible, the damage is going to occur. Their children as well as all children from divorced families, are only learning that when the going gets tough, get divorced. How about realizing that it takes two people to have a relationship. If things are not going well, figure out why and try to fix it. Yes Kate was harsh alot of times, but Jon was a grown man and he should have learned to speak up and communicate his feelings to Kate. Holding things in and then waiting 10 years later and feeling good about yourself for standing up for yourself now is cowardly. Jon you are damaging your family. God placed the man as the head of the house and you are to protect and guide your family with your wifes support. I think both Jon and Kate lost touch with the Lord and need to go to him for guidance.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  134. Craig

    I hate that they did not try to save their marriage for the kids. Kate was very mean to Jon on camera so I can not image what it was like off camera. Her anger was over the amount of work that there was in raising the kids and Jon just happened to get the brunt of it. They both love their kids. Money and fame got in the way and destroyed this couple's future. The kids are the one who will be hurt the most. I would hope that the couple would work to restore their marriage and bring their famiily back together. It is a sad day for those little kids. Shame on their parents for not working harder to protect them.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  135. Sarah

    I'm confused why people keep saying that Jon is such a good dad. He keeps saying all he wants is to be there for his kids blah blah blah....then why is he moving to New York? If the only answer for them is divorce then he should still be there for his kids and find a place to live nearby in PA so he can be reached for whatever reason. Kate may have been bossy/pushy, but at least she isn't leaving her kids and taking off to have fun in NY. Jon needs to grow a pair and learn to stand up for himself and stop whining like a baby!! Now that he has his motorcycle and earring (looks like an idiot) he can be the 20 year old he wishes he was. I am embarrassed for their children who have to watch this one day when they are older!!

    June 23, 2009 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  136. Pamela

    An aspect of what probably helped hinder their marriage is the factor of having a third party int he marriage(the filming). Marriage is a union of two. It's two against the world. By having a fimmaker there, it became like having a 3 person to complain to about the other spouse. This would create distance between the spouses. I recall comments being made to the cameraman about the other spouse, often in front of the one being put down. So they slid into a relationsip of two plus a third observer(film). This has to cutdown on the intimacy of having a relationship, in all aspects. Add to it the difficulties of dealing with 8 kids and its a big amount of stress to bridge over to unite as a couple. But it was/is possible. Perhaps if they had weekend getaways as a couple like the many trips they did as a family. With Jon not having a job, it was a real issue for him as he did say. Kate should not have expected him to stay at home helping. Giving respect to your spouse is your first step to giving them the understanding, compassion and love they need.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  137. brenda

    There was no reason for these 2 to go on tv and tell us they are divorcing. Did they ever consider that maybe they should stop the show to help them and their children deal with whatever is going on! Kate may have her times, but Jon is a jerk and idiot and please give me a break ' he is excited about this new chapter!!!??? What a creep! Yeah and get rid of the earrings douchebag!

    June 23, 2009 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  138. Heather

    Tonight in the very beginning of the show, Kate is telling Jon where the kids houses are going to be after he had done all that work clearing the space. She still does not care how she humiliates and demeans him...it's awful. Jon is a sweet guy, she may as well prepare to raise those kids by herself. I think the children will be fine...Children that age are resilent.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
  139. Jen H.

    I've never seen this show and I know plenty about it just from the supermarket check-out line. It seems a bit of a joke that this guy would say he's sorry America has "come to this"–to its voyeuristic interest in strangers' lives. Was he down on this aspect of our culture while he was signing the lucrative contracts to be the subject of a show aimed at millions of viewers who were strangers to him and his family?

    And the bit about Iraq... Maybe viewers can clue me in as to whether he spent much of his unique opportunity for air time to discuss our nation's foreign involvements, and whether in all that on-camera time, he and his family engaged in many activities to support our troops or focus his viewers' attention on the ongoing war in Iraq. Hey, if he did, I'll gladly eat my words...

    June 23, 2009 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  140. Alberto Fernandez

    People: Get a grip.
    TLC has been fooling us all. If you go online and read Kate's different family member's blogs you'll find out that they've been separated not for months but years. They have just been together for money. Those blogs will make you see how stupid we people are for believing on these ridiculous "Reality shows". Frankly, I stopped believing on these shows a long time ago. What a waste of time...

    June 23, 2009 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  141. Brook

    After watching this last episode, first of all, Kate was right that the crooked houses needed to be closer to the house. Five year olds come up missing all the time like that. Though I do agree that she should have said something when he was clearing the area back during the winter. She could have gone to see exactly where he was talking about putting the houses. Kate is no saint, but neither is Jon. She does seem to be milking sympathy, but Jon seems to be joyous that he is getting his "single" life back. To me, he didn't seem like he was too concerned about not seeing his kids as often as he use to. Kate had to be strict and organized when it came to alot of things because she has eight kids that need to be cared for...fed, changed, bathed, dressed, teeth brushed, etc.. And that only covers the physical needs. Each individual child needs individual emotional/bonding time with their parents also. How could she have done all of this if there wasn't some kind of order? I admit she could have communicated with Jon on many occasions with a little more concern and respect, but sometimes the pressing matter of the situation made it difficult for Kate to choose her tone and words nicely. In some respect, I felt her sorrow was authentic. She has depended on Jon to be there to help her whenever necessary. She is a strong woman, but she has always depended on Jon to help her "herd the flock". Maybe the marriage could not be saved, but I don't think that continuing the show would be the best answer either. I don't think that anyone should judge Kate based on what they see. Walk a mile in her shoes before you make a snap judgement about her. Lastly, let us not forget about Jon. He does seem like a nice kind of laid guy, but he seems to be "hitting below the belt" on some of the comments he has made about Kate recently. I can understand if he doesn't love her anymore, but try to think maintaining a friendship with her for the sake of their kids. Maybe he does feel he needs to vent. But there are some comments you should just keep to yourself. Like our parents use to say.."if you can't say anything nice, you just shouldn't say anything at all."

    June 23, 2009 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  142. sw

    Kate seems so fake and scripted. She cheated too and I don't feel sorry for her at all. She pushed her husband away for years. All of the sudden when he is leaving, she acts all happy and laid back and has fun with the kids. For the first four years she freaked out every time they did crafts or any activity that got them dirty–now she's doing a 180 and laughes through the messes and can relax and have fun with the kids. The producers probably told her she needs to be nicer so the audience will take her side.

    I'm done with this show. It used to be happy and fun to watch and it's depressing now. There is enough depressing in the world today, I don't need to watch another hour of it on TV each week. Bye bye Kate and your "career."

    June 23, 2009 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  143. Michael

    BURY THIS SHOW....ITS TOAST....Let the pair of them get real jobs and get on with there lives. Enough of this overbearing woman and lackey " now "ex husband". TLC will find some other fools to parade in front of the cameras and think people will care....look folks wake up. Life is short anad our planet is in serious trouble. This two need to be off the tube and doing decent jobs in some kind of anonymity. Good luck and good riddance.
    Maybe Palin will get her own show up there in A laska. Zesus help us.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  144. The Announcement

    I knew that this was coming, but I guess I am still shocked by Jon's behavior and attitude about it all. You can see that he is "over it". He stated in the episode aired tonight that he was scared and "excited" about this new chapter in his life. He stated that he is only thirty two and implied that he has the rest of his life ahead of him. All I can really say to that is "Take those earrings out of your ears Jon and grow up!" Midlife crisis at thirty two? Come on! Twenty three year old girls... it really is inexcusable!

    It really saddens me. I have watched this show since the beginning. The kids are so cute and fun to watch. I have worked with kids for ten years and was amazed at what a wonderful job the Gosselin's had done raising their kids. I guess I don't understand why they don't just stop the show?! If they want what is best for their kids, that would make the most sense. Marital counseling maybe?

    To each their own I guess. I just hope that this does in fact make the kids stronger and not tear them up. My parents were divorced and it was a good thing. But, I would have loved to have seen my parents in a loving relationship. I would be lying if I said it didn't hurt me and change who I was.

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

    I hope Kate finds a Real Man to share her life with...Jon was a very dissapointing version of a man on tonights "Announcement" episode.....The real announcement was, " I'm Jon, and I'm a self-centered Jerk ! "

    June 23, 2009 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  146. Pamela

    I have watched Jon & Kate for a long while now. I guess my enjoyment of the show was to see a family with a great group of kids walking through the stages of family life. I suppose there are others like me that watched the show for that same reason, to see a family, a family of really cute kids and parents. For me the show has changed greatly, seeing the pain in the faces of the parents. Its so sad that their differences were not dealt with in some good marriage counseling. I can see that Kate still loves her husband and I would like to think that Jon does also... There is enough blame to place on both parents for the failure but we all are human. If there is enough energy to "move on" then there is enough energy to put it all back together again with counseling. Judging though from the article about Kate having to file the papers due to some actions Jon took over the weekend... my guess would be that it had something to do with finances. Perhaps he was moving funds. Afterall he has no job. How would he support a new life? Perhaps he should have looked into taking on a new job instead of moving into other relationships. With the children all in school in the fall they could have worked out many marital issues then. Fall is only a few months away. In any case, I see no mention of God. When God has blessed them with not one but EIGHT miracles of life, then it should be a matter of grave importance to them to make sure they keep a family for them. No matter what the decision, I will keep praying for the family. Right now I see two adults very confused, misguided and hurt. And 8 kids who are in the midst of the turmoil through no fault of t heir own. God bless you both Jon and Kate. May you seek the Lord's guidance.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  147. Edward

    People shouldn't be so quick to judge. Sure, their TV show gives us a glimpse into their lives, but a few edited and sequenced clips per episode hardly show us the full picture of who Jon and Kate are as people, as spouses, and as parents. Marriages are tough, and nobody but Jon and Kate truly know what happens behind closed doors.

    Did they sign up to be on TV and in the public spotlight? Yes. Did they profit from it? Absolutely. But none of this diminishes or takes away the fact that divorce is a painful and awful thing for all involved.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  148. joey

    You guys are in denial if you don't think Kate is at fault for this. Sure, who wouldn't want extra cash to help when you have eight kids with you. But it doesn't mean you need to turn into a complete control-freak who breaks the family apart w/ her mentally abusive actions. Wouldn't be surprised if we find out more about how she eventually orchestrated other events leading to this conclusion. Hope Jon finds a real woman for a wife and not a two-faced "mother"

    June 23, 2009 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  149. wont tell

    i think tht kate is very mean to john.
    kate yells at him and stuff.
    and yes i do understand why john would cheat on her. because kate is very very very very mean to him.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  150. Marc

    Lighten up people. It's all about the ratings, always has been. They've been sucking every last dollar out of their 15 min of fame and it came back to bite them in the you know where ! Ladies, stop jumping on the "poor kate" bandwagon. In case you haven't noticed for the better part of the past 3-5 years she's made herself look good at his (Jon's) expense. The poor guy looked like a total schlub. Now she gets what she deserves and you all side w/her. Explains why so many marriages go down the tubes (no puns intended) in this country. A bunch of nagging controlling women who berate their husbands into submission. And please don't make it out like he's getting off easy. I can guarantee you the child support checks that he'll be signing won't be considered "easy". Hopefully this is a lesson learned for all those "wanna be" stars out there. There is a price for fame. It doesn't come cheap. My guess is that the show will continue and they'll play out the divorce and the co-custody thing and the ratings will soar. Then in a few years they'll wrap it up neatly with them getting back together. All the while the suckers who watch it will be duped. And to think it took half a century for it to become official that TV is a vast wasteland.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  151. John Blaze

    I think the whole thing is funny. In the end none of the junk affects the people commenting to this post. People have opinions and we will never know the truth – just move on. People get divorced everyday. Trust me – in 2 years everyone will be saying Jon and Kate who?

    June 23, 2009 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  152. Keleigh

    I cannot believe this! doesn't anyone see how selfish and immature Jon is? Every episode that I have watched, all I've heard was, "I got married young (23 is young?), and never had a chance to live my life yet...blah, blah... Get a grip! Grow up! Be a man and be responsible. No wonder Kate has had to be the man! Does anyone know how much money it takes to raise 8 children? My whole salary goes to my 5 children, and I had to get a Master's degree to earn enough to support my family. Wait until those kids are 12 and 13, and Jon wants to party with his 22 year-old-girlfriends. They are going to tear them to pieces. Better yet, wait until he tries to blend a new family, and he finds out it's ten times harder. Good luck, Jon! you think life's difficult now....Those of us who have survived a second marriage and blended family all have personalities like Kate's.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  153. tjsrl

    The media did not wreck this marriage. Jon and Kate wrecked the marriage themselves. Both of them are immature and selfish. Jon refuses to go to work, and give the sense of balance a working Dad would bring to the home. Kate wants all the goodies, and is not home enough where her kids do not know the babysitter is not mommy. Upset, it is all show, for the show. While they are both pointing the fingers at each other, their babies are crying themselves to sleep. It is the kids that made the money, and I am very doubtful if they will get anything but a good therapist. I have programmed TLC off my remote, and as long as this show is on the air, I refuse to watch the entire network. WILL YOU DO THE SAME?

    June 23, 2009 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  154. saddened

    I am convinced that counseling could have and still can help these two. The stresses in their lives are enormous with the amount of responsibility they have. They are the two people best able to parent these children, and they should both refuse to let their family be divided. It is not reasonable to believe a job that is so challenging for two people can now be best done by one of them at a time. This is not going to get easier–it's going to get harder. Jon will clearly have a much easier bachelor life. However, if Jon was unfaithful–Kate is too strong a person to enable further childishness on his part. If he considers this "standing up to Kate," then it is the worst kind of abuse!

    June 23, 2009 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  155. Agalag

    Oh Jon looked soooooo purdy with his new earrings! What a loser! He knew years ago what he was getting into and now that he was caught with a girlfriend, he hates the attention. Too bad! He didn't quit his job, he was fired. He should be thankful that TLC offered them the opportunity to have a show–he could never provide for those kids. Kate would have had to go back to nursing to make ends meet. He loves the lifestyle, but hates the attention. A real jerk, who cares more about his social life than his family. Poor Kate; I know she's harsh, but she had to be with that loser of a husband!

    June 23, 2009 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  156. Chris

    They asked for it. The moment they opened their lives to tv cameras, it became everyone's business. They can't now pick and choose what the public learns about. Two childish adults being totally selfish and their kids will be taking the hits. Nice parenting.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  157. Diana

    The only people i feel sorry for are the children. You can blame the media only so much! The fact of the matter is, Jon and Kate ALLOWED media intrusion. They put their family on display for money and fame witout the considereation of what might become of their lives, their marriage, or the wellfare of their children and family structure.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  158. Patty

    I have never watched the show except a few excerpts here and there and I think Kate is a demasculating b......
    Get a job Jon and be a man.
    Kate oh well. The kids are the losers.
    Cancel this show NOW TLC

    June 23, 2009 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  159. Renee Dodson, Peru, Indiana

    Oh and BTW people, If you are REALLY SERIOUS about wanting TLC to CANCEL the show then you need to let them know that and send them and email. I think that TLC is now owned by HARPO which is Oprah's Network. I may be wrong but I think it is. We all need to let whoever it is that owns TLC that enough is enough allready with this sorry family. I never liked it to begin with as I thought is was making a quick buck of the lives of little innocents kids who NEVER asked for any of this crap to happen to them.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  160. JD

    I believe the show should end but it's entirely up to the Jon & Kate. People have come to love and were very intrigued about how they manage to raise 8 children. We are not much different from what we see on television, but the fact that we are intrested in someone elses lives is compelling because we aren't in their shoes, not yet. If it was the other way around, would you be the one who's life/lives you want to be put on television? Probably be labeled the couple who didn't make it. Not everyone is perfect in this world, everyone has a flaw or two.... It is sad to see such diverse couple go through a divorce especially when there are children involved. I appluaded them for keeping together long enough and thinking of their childrens well being. I can only wish them the best and hopefully things workout as they suppose too.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  161. Jeff in Canada

    oh boo hoo Kate, you are so 2 faced it isn't even funny. You turn on the tears for the camera and draw all the pity you can while Jon who has his own faults puts up with all your marching orders since the show has been on. Jon I think will be alright, Kate will nab the first rich guy she can get her mitts into.....I wonder how long before the Jon and Kate movie with proceeds going to you.....you guess it Kate!! I feel for you Jon....having a you know what for a wife.....best of luck to you Jon and your kids. Kate....we'll see what your really like .....and when we do all the boohooing won't save what little of your reputation is left.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  162. LAJ

    I think it's horribly sad. The kids are going to suffer the most. They will all grow up angry and love/hate both parents for putting them through this. I know because my kids have done the same to their so-called father for cheating, leaving, divorcing me and marrying his little honey ho. There's a verse in the Bible about cheating: "He who commits adultry has no sense. He who does it destroys himself. Wounds and dishonor will he get, and his disgrace will not be wiped away." Proverbs 6:32,33. So, Jon and Kate, by what's been reported, you've both cheated. I will pray for your kids.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  163. Anglea

    I was really hoping that their big announcement was going to be that they were quitting the show. I have watched Kate evolve from a hands on good natured mom to a mom who appears money hungry and very callous. They keep preaching about how they want what’s best for their children. Is that really true? Isn't what’s best for them is to take them of T.V . They clearly are doing what is best for their pockets and not for their children. They have been given amazing opportunities that most families can only dream of and I believe it has gone to their heads (mostly Kate's). They should have quit their show, not their marriage. Would it have saved their marriage, well we will never know will we?

    June 23, 2009 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  164. CL

    Honestly, I blame The Learning Channel, TLC can now be considered Tabloid Trash. Any decent network would have cancelled the show the moment the family began to crumble. People should write TLC and show their displeasure and ask the show to be cancelled, you can do that at http://tlc.suggestionbox.com/

    June 23, 2009 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  165. a

    who cares...tired of hearing about them day in and day out! cancel the show and get it over already.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  166. cindy

    of course the media is going to follow them–they signed up to put their lives under public scrutiny. why would it be any different for them than it has been for other reality tv celebrities?

    they should be much, much more concerned with the lives of their children, who are most likely going to need serious therapy as they grow up with the demise of their parents relationship on tv. the kids didn't ask to be on tv, shame on the parents for putting them through all this in public.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  167. Renee Dodson, Peru, Indiana

    I think that the hateful woman Kate got what she deserved. You CANNOT treat your husband like that and think that he wont just get tired of being treated like a dog. Jon seems like a very good guy that is laid back and enjoys life. Kate however is an uptight, money grubbing, reverse mullet wearing evil woman. I also think that TLC should cancel the show IMMEDAITELY becasue if they dont the network is going to look int he public eyes as one of the reasons for the demise of this marriage. Americans are that stupid to blame a TV Network rather than the pearties involved. Regardless, I hope Kate is happy she is the one who ran Jon off and now he has had freedom from Kate and sees how real woman are he will NEVER go back to that nightmare.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  168. jill

    jon and kate are losers. if they cared they would stop the show but money is their priority. money only buys fake boobs and man earrings it does not get you morals or manners which is what they lack. next series will be eight kids in therapy and i cant wait.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  169. ThinkAboutIt

    Guess they will have to change the show's name to Jon OR Kate Plus 8.

    I'm sad for the family. The show did seem like it somehow morphed from being about the family to it being about various products and that changes people no matter what they think the purpose of that was for. The kids were happy in their more simple life before all of the fancy things came into their lives. Money changes people and materialism takes over.

    My hopes are that they spend time apart and realize that they need each other. It does happen in real life.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  170. Alice

    I think Jon has a valid point. I think the show has a place in entertainment news (also known as celebrity gossip) but should NOT be featured on every new station out there. And certainly not CNN!

    I don't think when a family signs up for a reality show about their slightly unusual family, they expect that paparazzi are going to come with it. That's a HUGE stretch of the imagination!
    But I also think they would've done better to just live their life as it was, save for college for the kids, and buy a bigger house -not a mansion.

    As much as I had to admit that I would like to know what's going on with their relationship, I don't think it's anyone's business but theirs. But I also think if the show was still a reality show, it would be shared – not necessarily every detail but the general idea of it all. And, in that case, the paparazzi wouldn't really have a reason to follow them any longer.

    I think they should have put the show on hold to resolve their differences before it got so bad. Now it's just sad. I can only hope that by telling their story someone watching is able to save their own rocky marriage by seeing what's down the road. I think that's the only good that could come from this show now.

    I hope the Gosselins find their way to counseling because they're ALL going to need it now! especially the kids!

    June 23, 2009 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  171. jim

    As married couple, the first thing to lay down so that the relationship will stay longer is...its foundation. Its the foundation of LOVE and UNDERSTANDING that GOD has taught us. Yes having a relationship with another person ( bet. male and female ) is really not that easy. But let us always remember that with "GOD EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE"

    Praise and thank God we are now on the 29th year of our marriage. Yes we also have ups and downs in our relationship but we always seek God's help in times of difficulties. God is in control of everything.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  172. CL

    This couple is irresponsible. Unless contractually obligated, they should cancel the show and focus on their family. What use is all that money if in the end it tears the family apart, and 20 years from now their maladjusted kids can pull out old episodes and follow their family as it unwinds on national television. The parents should know that children's personalities develop until they are around 10 years old, afterwhich it becomes entrenched, these kids are heading for disaster if Jon and Kate don't parent-up and do the right thing. My personal opinion is that Jon is the one that cut-loose emotionally some time ago, and just wants to get back to sowing his oats...and only a truely selfish person would give up such a wonderful family. I used to watch the show periodically and often think that Kate was really bitchy, but over time I realized that it was a result of Jon being so disconnected emotionally. I think if Jon had a different attitude and focus towards his family, Kate would be willing to tough it out for the sake of the family and her marriage. Now it has just got sad and embarrassing for both parents. I hope they find a better way.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  173. phil

    i didn't know who these people were a month ago. i've never watched their show, and don't plan to start. i don't even know why i'm reading this, let alone commenting, except to satisfy the curiosity spurred by all the media hype, and to express my annoyance with the entire saga. aren't we bored of reality tv yet? please?

    June 23, 2009 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  174. Bill

    It's about time. Now maybe CNN could actually put some real news on the front page, instead of entertainment drivel.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  175. Fred C. Ectempt

    What a jerk. It's not a matter of society "coming" to anything. This guy has been pimping his own life for years in front of the public eye.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  176. Cork6122

    So the last 6 months or so have been rough? I've been married 35 years. We stuck out our 6-18 month neither-one of us-is speaking-to the -other times,as anyone who has been married 35 years can tell you. It doesn't last forever. It gets better.

    The pity is they gave up on eachother. Sure they love the kids, who wouldn't? But the old "we did it for the kids" line is not believable and they should know that we all know that. They did it for themselves, plain and simple. Way too much pride goin' on there.

    Life Lesson: Pride costs alot of $, time, happiness. Lose it. Suck it up. Eat a little of it. It can be very satisfying.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
  177. Catherine

    I don't think you have eight children and not realize that you are contractually bound to the marriage no matter what. It would be easier to figure things out than to think you're going to co parent eight kids. I think unsupported parenting is very unhealthy and the having multiple children has been glorified, but statistics show that with each multiple birth the stress level on a couple goes up. Raising children is hard work. It takes selflessness, sacrifice, and a good deal of grace and forgiveness for each other. I'm sorry your family has come to this whether it be a ploy for higher ratings or because you had a reality show and lived under a microscope or because raising a litter of children is a stressful, chaotic environment almost no one could survive. I wish you had more supportive families. I understand how stressful it is raising two kids – I'm sure it's a lot harder with 8.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  178. Cal

    I feel sorry for the children and only the children. The show long ago quit being a documentary about the perils of raising multiples and the children became the means to an end. Money changed this family. Celebrity changed this family. Jon and Kate should never have allowed the show go on as long as it did. I pray the children will grow up happy and well adjusted despite their parents mistakes.. TLC...PLEASE TAKE THE SHOW OFF THE AIR AND THINK ABOUT THE KIDS AND NOT YOUR RATINGS!!

    June 23, 2009 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  179. rita

    And people are concerned about two men marrying each other? Heterosexuals are making a wreck of marriages and then trying to hold the institution up as something sacred. And yes, most all of the divorces in the United States include children. It's no secret that the African American community is producing single mothers left and right and that many young African American men see the production of multiple offspring out of wedlock as a badge of manhood and honor. Give me a break. Bringing fatherless children into the world is not something to brag about. I don't watch this show, but I have certainly heard about this family and was hoping that for the sake of these children that Jon & Kate would try to keep it together. I'm really tired of heterosexuals claiming a monopoly on marriage. They call it "traditional marriage" because the church has "traditionally" stomped on the rights of homosexuals.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  180. TulsaDude

    These parents are gross and the network is wrong for exploiting their family misery. I feel so sorry for the children for what they'll endure. This show needs to be cancelled. I can't believe that any advertisers really want to sponsor this train wreck.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  181. Kelly

    It's unfortunate that Jon has shown himself to be so immature and selfish. I have watched this show from the beginning and had thought Kate to be overbearing and controling, but after seeing Jon's behavior lately, it's no wonder Kate treated him the way she did. If she didnt, nothing would have ever gotten done. Someone has to be responsible, and it sure doesnt appear that Jon is. He seems to be very excited about still being "32 and young" and anxious to start his life over again. Let's see, first the sports car, then the bike and what's up with those big diamond earrings in each ear. Jon needs to grow up and be a man and if he thinks ending his marriage is being a man, he is sadly mistaken. My very best to Kate. It turns out you were the strong one for good reason.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  182. battles

    yes, it's finally over and Kate dug herself into the ground with her attitude. She does not have a clue on what a is relationship. Barked orders over and over. Money hungry and loves the exposure while Jon was trying to get out of the constant limelight and be more of a "normal family."

    Bye bye TLC

    June 23, 2009 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  183. Katie Lou

    The result: Money. Lots and lots of money, for the network, for John and Kate. Big houses, fancy cars, trips. But at the end of the day, there is still lonliness, and hurt that no amount of money can buy away. There are eight children facing a broken marriage, hurt, and the evilness of divorce. There are eight little hearts that will forever be hurt, forever be changed by their parents partnership with the almighty dollar. Kate and John, get your kids off the TV before you ruin their little minds totally and completely.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  184. George

    Maybe this is a wake up call to the people creating these reality television shows that they should not be playing god with the lives of people. Sure Jon and Kate got themselves into this mess, but I doubt when they started the show that this is how they saw that they would end up. But I am not them, so I do not know. With how television is progressing, it is my bet that within the next 25 years, we will see someone killed on a reality show...or maybe the human race will have a change of heart.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  185. Christine

    Jon's comment about being tabloid fodder was about the most maddening thing of all. To sit there – after you signed the contract and cashed the checks from the show – and COMPLAIN about the media attention you are now getting. What did you expect to happen?? Yes, the situation is unfortunate that your separation has to go on this publicly, but how dare you blame the media for exploiting it. You're making entire episodes of your show about your personal drama. Seriously, you hypocrite! You entered into this show of your own free will and volition. Call it providing for your family or whatever you want – both Jon and Kate benefit from the show also. Having the means to do what they want, travel wherever, buy things they want. Don't bite the hand that feeds you.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  186. Anna Discenzo

    Did you see the video of Maddy asking for water before a television interview and Kate refusing her only to ask for water for herself (which she drank in front of the crying child)? When Maddy continued to ask for it, she is told to stop, they are about to go 'on'. Seriously?
    Did you see the video of Neda–the Iranian woman mortally wounded during a protest in Tehran?
    Which is the bigger tragedy–a divorce between two self-indulgent overgrown children or a life cut short marching for her voice (and vote) to be heard? Seriously? There are news events that are more important than Jon and Kate. I only hope that the American public pays as much attention to them as they are to this sad dysfunctional family.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  187. MB

    I haven't been a regular viewer of this show, but I watched today's show. Jon kept repeating that he would do anything for his kids. I guess that means everything but love their mother and try to keep the marriage together. It seemed that he wanted those crooked houses built where he cleared the land without having first discussed and agreeing on the location with their mother. Kate was most interested in the children's safety, not bashing Jon. Jon seemed to want to blame Kate without considering his role in the situation. The kids are only 5 years old–I wouldn't want the houses so far in the woods either.

    Oh, but "poor" Jon. He's "only 32." I guess he thinks life should be easier for him. But what about the kids who will have to live with their parents divorce? I think Jon and Kate owe it to their children to try counseling before throwing their marriage away. Jon will still have to talk to Kate about the children and come to agreements regarding the children even after the divorce. That won't be any easier. The grass isn't always greener on the other side. It's greener where you water it.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  188. Linda

    ...you know what is sad? There are entire families in this country that live in structures the size of the "Crooked Houses".

    Boo hoo for John, Kate plus 8. Move on.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  189. Barb

    yes,they signed up to do the reallity t.v.show,but people like the paparazzi, needs to learn how to BUTT-OUT! jon seems to be going through what they call a "MID-LIFE CRISIS",stay strong kate!

    June 23, 2009 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
  190. Pam

    These people are both pathetic but Kate has had nothing but $$$ in her eyes and dreams of "celebrity" from day 1. Jon went along with it. Tonight at least he showed he had a pair. She can play the sob story but I'm not buying it. If TLC were smart they would end this tragedy now. Those poor kids need time to heal.
    The media didn't do anything to these people. They did it to themselves. There are numerous parents of multiples whose marriages are solid. Kate's comments were just a copout. Jon didn't want to follow her master plan so she's changed the plan and he's now not a part of it.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  191. Kelly

    To those who feel even a little bit sorry for Kate - do a little digging here online. Kate's own family revealed that the marraige has been a sham since they returned from their phony vow renewal in Hawaii and Kate told Jon, "We're done...I don't care if you date other women...etc." I hope Jon gets the kids and Kate gets stuck paying child support from the job she claims to 'love' - touring the country and signing books she pretends that she wrote.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  192. Kathy

    This just totally is unbelievable that neither of them can accept that each must change and mature but stay true to their 10 year old commitment. These kids deserve their parents. The parents need TLC's $3M annual income to pay for the house and taxes and schooling and food, etc. They also needs Kate's book income......she's resourceful. Jon needs his niche as well – he just didn't figure that out yet – but if they both set up expensive secondary residents, and divorce lawyers, they will have nothing left but a big deep debt. They don't realize that TLC could dump their whole gig in a heartbeat. Their foolishness has alienated their relatives, friends, and will soon start alienating their friends – parents of school kids,etc. Kate, you are no victim and Jon, you must lead the healing and start taking charge of returning the love back into your family with Kate being part of that.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  193. THIS SHOW SUCKS (period)

    This show is shallow, vapid, stupid, worthless, ignorant & demoralizing.

    Both parents & all 8 children should be removed from the airwaves ASAP.

    ----SO BORING!

    ----–SO OVERRATED!~

    (will they cancel this crap? ....please!!!!!!!)

    June 23, 2009 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  194. Vicky

    This is a sad situation. I agree, Kate had her moments. Not many people know what it's like to raise 8 kids. Obviously, there must be strict daily structure to attempt to avoid certain chaos. From what I've seen, Kate has been masterful and creative at doing the best she can to maintain stability. Yes, there were times that I cringed at comments she would make to Jon. She can be over-bearing. Again, who am I or any of us to say how we would handle the responsibility of 8 children. Jon has always seemed so nonchalant about his responsibilities. Tonight was no exception. The earrings – and it's his prerogative to wear them – gave off a general appearance of being unconcerned and ready to party. Tonight was not the night to wear the earrings or talk about how excited he was about starting a new life. Time will only tell if he remains an active father in the lives of his children. As far as the intrusion of the media, I agree, it's ridiculous to complain about it – it's to be expected. I hope they can become friends for the sake of the kids.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  195. ses

    It's extremely rare that I call anyone a b-tch, but she managed to bring it out of me on a weekly basis.

    He can do a lot better than Kate.

    The real problem is how all of t his will affect the kids. They're the real losers in all of this.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  196. pim

    I think everyone should give Jon and Kate a break. Sure they brought this upon themselves by agreeing to be on a reality tv show but whether you like it or not, THIS IS THEIR REAITY. We all should keep our opinions to ourselves and let them figure it out on their own. I don't see why everyone is making such a big deal that they are getting a divorce, Thousands of people are getting a divorce everyday and sometimes it's for the better. Maybe being away from each other might make them realize something they have over-looked and took for granted. Maybe one day they'll be able to reconcile but the bottomline is; it's their lives not ours.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  197. Lori

    I dont know if Jon or Kate will see this, but I feel bad for them and the kids. Divorce is hard but especially with kids. Ive watched the show for quite some time and I love the family. Kate can be a bit overbearing and Jon takes it. Im sure its hard having camera's in your house all the time and no privacy. Maybe if the camera's were gone, and being the Christian couple they claim to be, they could turn to God and seek out help instead of Jon not being in the picture and Kate "dogging" him whenever she can. The Bible says to forgive, no you cant forget but maybe they could try working things out for the kids. Good luck to all of them.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  198. mandy

    Did it really not occur to them to quit the show to work on their marital problems? They made a big show about their faith and attending Sunday School, but here they are just jacking it in without and counselling or anything, Divorce should always be the final option once every other avenue has been exhausted. Perhaps the death do us part part or their vows really didnt mean as much to them as they should have don

    June 23, 2009 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  199. Crystal

    I think it's all a bunch of bull. Anyone who has ever watched the show can plainly tell what kind of person Kate is. If she is going to treat Jon the way she does on national tv where everyone can see, imagine how she treats him when the cameras aren't rolling. Think about it people....slapping him in the face in the middle of the store because he picked up the wrong thing. Oh please. One time should have been enough. Kate needs to grow up and get over it. Her life should have been about the kids all along. His is. Kate is an unbearable bitch that I would divorce too if I was Jon. I am strongly against cheating, but if I was married to something like that, I'd cheat too. Jon is whiny but if I was at home with 8 kids all the time while she was out running around with her "body guard" doing God knows what, I'd be a little whiny too.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  200. Shelli

    I used to really feel sorry for Jon; she had him beaten into submission long before all of this. Just watch the re-runs. His eyes are dead. She had his soul in a little jar, right beside his testicles. But at some point, you teach people how to treat you–and he should've made his stand long ago. This was their "norm"–if he was so unhappy, why did he let it get to this point? Now he seems excited to be getting out -"he's only 32"–what does that mean?? Yes, she can be slighly shrewish, but she's got 8 kids!! You'd have to mantain order and control. People are giving her hell for spanking her kid–she SPANKED her for God's sake; she didn't hit her with a stick! Now that her pussy husband is gone, it's going to be harder and harder for her to raise those kids alone. She needs to turn the cameras off and focus on those kids. and i DO hope she finds a strong man who is more her equal...

    June 23, 2009 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  201. William

    When does Jon's "Mid-life crisis at 32" spin off show start? He's a punk. Anyone who complains that Kate is overbearing and thus justifies Jon's (obvious) infidelity is likely just as puny as Jon. Jon will have a little bit of fame. Hosting Girls Gone Wild Videos, a Monster truck rally, appearing on the Surreal Life, eventually touting Weight Watchers. Hair Club for Men, or hawking casinos or land in Nevada. Marry a few goldiggers. Whatever. Meanwhile, Kate will have to take care of those kids all by herself. Likely seek a restraining order on that horrible, attention-seeking sister-in-law of hers (her bros wife). I hope she gets a chance to date (perhaps a real "yours, mine and ours" situation) but I suspect the paparazzi will hound her mercilessly.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  202. JG

    This couple has issues that should be explored with some serious therapy from a Psychologist and Marriage Counselor. I'm sure her acts are in her mind justified as I believe too that his are equally his mechanism for coping in this relationship. If their children were really their number one priority, we would see the cameras off and their entering marriage counseling and psychological therapy. Ultimately, it's apparently all about the money. This is their livelihood but I'd suggest they figure out a better way to balance the two.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  203. Shari

    I feel for Kate. At the beginning of the show she was the primary caregiver for eight small children and of course had trouble sharing control for the few hours that Jon was there to help. Unfortunately they were unable to refine their roles once Jon became a stay at home dad and as a result Jon felt that she "ruled the roost". I am a little amazed at the support that Jon (who is now appearing to have an early mid-life crisis -cue earrings and bad hair) receives from the general public despite his alledged affair, apparent moodiness and "excitement" about moving on to the next stage of his life. To witness the breakdown of a marriage and a family under such self – serving pretenses is painful.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  204. ANDIE

    Kate appears to be a strong woman who recognizes how to be a parent in control. They have 8 children. Clearly, order is needed and it appears to me that's all Kate has tried to do. She may have come off as controlling, but I truly think she was just trying to get things done. As for Jon, he needs to grow up. Kate and the 8 deserve a grown up for a husband and father. KUDOS to you, Kate.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  205. sad_not_surprised

    In watching the show its obvious that Kate revels in the attention, fame and monetary gain from prostituting her family on national television. If I were in their position, I would do whatever is needed to extricate the family from their contract with TLC as expeditiously as possible. The focus should now be on taking care of those wonderful kids in private, away from the glare of the 24/7 cable TV cycle. I get a sense from Jon that he would do just that but Kate is too comfortable in front of those cameras. In some ways she reminds me of Dina Lohan, using her family to garner that which would otherwise be forever out of her reach. Hopefully, both her and Jon will avoid the bloodsucking lawyers that will be lining up in droves to represent them and take the kids, and themselves, out of the public limelight. Fat chance!

    June 23, 2009 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  206. Chris

    I think they got tired of the cameras and decided to get divorced so everybody goes away. Then remarry when the coast is clear. I'm not buying any of it.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  207. Lori Zimmerman

    Why would a show about two people and their children continue, when they are no longer a couple with children? Reality shows tend to break up couples that star in them. Why does the public have to be subjected to this stuff? Why do their children have to be put on display.? Let's get back to sit-coms and leave people's private lives alone.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  208. Raymond

    Maybe these eight children should be raising their parents. The kids bicker and fight and push for personal space, and yet at the end of the day they still love one another unconditionally. No matter what Jon and Kate's moods, the kids' attitudes towards them never change, and the thought of separation from any family member never seems to cross their minds.

    I think there's more to learn from the interactions of eight innocent, loving tykes than this immature married couple.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  209. cathy

    It is infinitely said that some tv and internet news reports tonight actually led with Jon & Kate's decision to separate – I was pretty sure people died in a DC commuter train crash and soldiers are fighting for our freedom. That is so screwed up!

    That being said – the key phrases when the split was announced was Jon saying he was "so excited" and Kate saying she was "scared to do it alone." What happened to your vows, your faith and your commitment as Christians? We'll pull together for the kids? You have made the children a circus side show and even now cant bear to say – we screwed up, we need to find our way back to each other and our family and end this show to devote 24/7 to our family. There is fault to be had on both sides of most breakups but Jon is certainly looking like a spoiled child who wont even try to work it out. He'd rather explore.........such a great dad!

    June 23, 2009 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  210. Jeff

    I watched the show tonight for the first - and last - time. I never realized I could care so little about two people's lives.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  211. Jeff

    Can't believe Jon held out this long. It's time for America to fall in love with another family. TLC should cancel the show.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  212. Geoff

    It's hypocritical of the Gosselins to put their very lives and the lives of their children on public display for profit and then cry "foul!" when we pay attention.

    The sad thing is, they pay a lot of lip service about their kids being their first priority but there isn't a whole lot of action to back up their claim.

    They should be ashamed.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  213. dar

    TLC and the media suck....amen

    June 23, 2009 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  214. Christina

    I also feel sad for the children and for Kate.She has to be tough and thing's be a certain way ,My God she is a Mother to 8 kid's.There has to be structure that is what she provide's.Jon on the other hand look's like he is going through a mid-life crisis,with his ear's pierced and his motorcycle so he can go for a ride when thing's get rough.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  215. Mary

    I am absolutely heart broken for the kids...their lives will never be the same. I have to admire Jon who I feel has gotten the short end of the stick throughout the last few months. Kate has become a money hungry pre-madona who cares more about her looks, her "career" and her own "needs".... it is Jon who has been there for the kids and has been supporting his wife's endless, selfless desires. I'm sorry it has had to come to this but Jon, we support you! Kate gives women a bad name!

    June 23, 2009 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
  216. Pat

    I don't think the kids are the number one priority. If so, they would do what ever it took to work it out. What kind of example are they setting? Just wait until all the problems start appearing.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Mark Conforti

    I am genuinely sad for the entire Gosselin family.

    Every time Jon or Kate say, “the kids are my number one priority,” we see WHY their marriage dissolved. Their marriage used to be their number one priority (before their kids). And it should have stayed that way! I am heart-broken that Jon and Kate bought into this destructive myth about their kids being number one. Trumpeting this notion may sound cavalier, but it leaves a husband and wife isolated, disconnected, and without the emotional energy needed to be a parent.

    Any trained marriage and family therapist could have pointed this out… Did Jon & Kate seek any counseling over the past 6 months?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  218. Mike Urciolo

    I don't know how entertaining it was in the beginning, but it has turned out to be nothing more than cheap theatre.

    I am somewhat indefferent to Joh, but have a healthy dislike of Kate. She is a control freak with her husband AND kids; she constantly calls out the "I have to be here for the kids" bit but she has many helpers to assist (as anyone should with that many kids AND the means to pay them).

    I sometimes see her treate the kids like one of my old nuns used to treat us back in the 1950s. The rest of the world has moved on, but not Kate.

    She constantly belittles Jon – I almost wonder if she is "priming" him to take a poke at her in front of the cameras! That may not be as far fetched as it seems.

    I've seen blogs above stating that Jon is not the innocent, loving, caring husband and father he would like to be, so let's not all blame Kate. While that is true, Jon sins are well concealed – either by design or otherwise, so he doesn't look like a villian in this case.

    They are both to blame, but I feel Kate was estatic when she saw the photos of Jon and girlfriend. Even if it isn't true, I wonder why Kate was so quick to say the marriage has failed.

    Frankly, the sooner they get them off the air the sooner I can go back to watching REAL reality shows, like the ousewives of New Jersey. Wow – talk about your Ghetto Italians!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Frank Fielder

    Since this show is about their family, their divorce is relavent to the show. But I do agree with Jon the paparazzi have gotten out of hand, not just in this case, but in many other cases as well. In my opinion,
    the show has lost all appeal now, for 2 reasons, the first being that they just renewed their marrage vows last year, only to seperate this year. The second being the show was all about Christian family, talking about how the man is so important to the family, and the family unit the center piece of America. Now we find that both Jon and Kate are nothing but a couple of hypocrites, persuing their own goals despite the effect a broken home is going to have on the children. Cancel the show, immediatly.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Sophia


    I honestly think that Kate is VERY sad, not because the divorce, but becasuse she might loose the money cow that has generated so much money for her (TLC).

    Jon is not a hero, but is a simple guy that only wanted respect.

    As Jon said in the program: there are many other things to be worried in the world instead of J&K.

    The kids will be happy as long as they see their parents happy (together or not).

    And NOW I will spend more time with my own kids instead of watching a program about a family, as ordinary as mine.


    June 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Sherri

    Any divorce is fraught with stress. I have to wonder if Jon and Kate truly do have their children's best interests at heart. Living in a fish bowl must be very,very difficult. That being said- they chose to put their lives on national TV.

    I think the media may have accelerated this situation, but I don't believe it caused it. Kate is eating the limos, bodyguards, mansion, days at the spa- like it was Godiva chocolates. She has 'people' who take care of the basics that she would be responsible for if the family was not on TV.

    Jon seems in agony- for a lot of reasons. It takes two to make a marriage and two to end a marriage. I have to wonder if her abrasiveness and aura of entitlement have been the salt to their wounds.

    The losers are the kids. Cameras in your faces, being paraded and given lines to read is not a normal state of affairs for most children. I have to wonder at some point in time in the future if they might question their parents motives in marketing their childhood.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Stephanie

    I am crushed that they are giving up without even fighting for their marriage and their family. The show has played a huge role in this and I feel that the first step would be to pull the show and work on the marriage out of the spot light. They had a good run but seriously...which is more important....your family or your TV Show?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  223. susan Migliorini

    hellooooooo jon!!!!! soldiers are NOT in iraq dying for our country!!! what a horrible thing to say...get your facts straight, man! it's a war we shouldn't even be fighting! stop listening to rush and starting parenting your 8 kids! sheesh!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  224. tony C

    how convienient they waited for the day of the show to file the divorce papers... might as well milk it

    June 22, 2009 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Macmaven

    Outside of his kids welfare, I'm sure that Jon is glad that Kate finally filed. She is a witch and a half, and deserves to be alone. Her attitude on a daily basis is very annoying, as she criticized, chewed out, and punished Jon for every little thing. You can clearly see that Kate has gotten caught up in the stardom of her own television show, and she ruined her marriage, and her kids lives, because of it.

    Way to go Kate! God help the next guy that comes along.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Lisa

    I am sad... and I have to say that kate's personality seems to have backed Jon into a corner, although I don't blame her completely. She can't change who she is and neither can he... I do feel bad that Kate is going to have to raise these kids partly on her own, and feel Jon is the one who for the most part is getting off easy, but I do understand that the situation is what it is, and this might just be what Jon and Kate need to heal. Divorce is never easy, especially when there are kids involved. I think it is all for the best. Good luck to the both of them, and although I'm not that big of a Kate fan, she needs our prayers as well. It is clear after tonights show how much this is all affecting her and how much she loves her family. After all we are only human...

    June 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Scott

    To listen to Kate say she 'knows she has been hard on Jon' and then listen to her put the blame on Jon for his decisions, is classic 'blame shifting'. She's yet to admit anything. She can't, she's a perfect know it all. Where's the ownership? Also to listen to her say she's been gone alot, but Jon has help when she's out. What a bunch of baloney. I'd respect them both more if they were willing to look honestly at themselves and individually take responsibility for their actions and start working through their problems by seeing how each of them has contributed to their problems. Now that would make a great reality show. Everything else is a smokescreen for self-centered behavior and will be blindly taken into their next marriage relationships. My prediction, the show is toast after tonight!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  228. sandy

    tlc should pull the plug...immediately!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Kevin

    Why is everyone so anti-Jon? Yeah, he did some stuff, but he said after last year he kinda wanted to quit, and she said no...they kept the show because Kate got so much attention and loved it...she's as bad as the bachelorrette chicks, and that chick from flavor flav's show New York. And as it says, she filed, so he didn't run. And anyone that's watched the show knows she tries to run everything, and I'm glad he finally stopped letting her...the show needs to be cancelled, but won't because Kate wants the attention and money...

    June 22, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  230. David W.

    It's really hard to say who is "at fault" here as someone who's never cared to watch the show (but can guess what's going on by reading peoples' comments).

    Could it be Kate for emasculating her husband so frequently? Possibly.
    Could it be Jon for not growing a pair to stand up for himself? Possibly.
    Could it be the blitz of media attention watching their every move? Possibly.
    Could it be that they're trying to raise eight kids all relatively close in age? Possibly

    The most likely answer, though, is that it's a combination of all of these. To say it's one party's fault or the other doesn't make any sense...it's impossible to ever truly know the answer to a counterfactual.

    For God's sake, people, just leave this family in peace. It's hard enough to keep a family together and food on the table without the public constantly watching you every move. I don't get why this show is so popular in the first place, except for people to indulge their voyeurism and self-loathing by involving themselves in the lives of others.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  231. John

    If they really cared about their kids they would have stopped doing the show along time ago.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Matt

    Poor Kate? Huh? It looks to me like Jon wanted to quit this circus long ago because he saw the troubles. I even remember an episode last year when they were being interviewed about how long each one of them wanted to do the show. I bet Jon would've gotten out ASAP, but Kate wanted to keep on rolling, even though it was ruining their marriage.

    Also, your spouse is always first and then your kids. Your spouse is the person that you decided to be with forever.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    You see guys, I told you, just more questions than answers but I still think is big news, oh yeah. That means Kaye is single baby, yes!! LOL!! Na'h, I'm playing.

    But I do hope for the best for them, I do. I think is bogus what Jon said, using our troops as an excuse, I don't like that. I'm sure he's a true patriot but na'h, don't use our soldiers like that...

    By the way, I'll tell my sister what she thought and I'll give you a better perspective. Didn't ask but I'll let you know.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Lorie

    They made the choice to sell their family to the media and public. Is this ending really a surprise?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  235. kacky

    I agree, Jon wasn't a big fan of doing the show anyways. I hope for the kids sake, the show gets cancelled.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Rich

    A brilliant idea for stellar ratings, now and down the road. Who are they kidding?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Aa Laura

    Even though I quit watching the show after last season, I remained sympathetic to both parents. I realize Jon is far from perfect and I can see why Kate gets frustrated. But this is a woman who is angry. Never once have I heard her say what her role in the dissolution of this marriage was. Everything is always blamed on Jon or his behavior. Yeah, Jon's "man about town" behavior is rude but I never saw them having a chance because Kate does not grab me as a "forgive/forget", move past type. I have seen her unleash on Jon (scripted or not) and the remainder of their marriage would be her constantly reminding him of his shortcomings. Jon needs to get out, grow up, and find someone who is an equal partner. Now they are just like every other reality show which is why I no longer watch.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  238. A. Taylor

    For what it's worth, I think that it is incredibly sad that neither of them have made any mention of trying to save the marriage–no mention of marriage counseling, individual counseling, etc. Both have talked before about how they are Christians and both talked candidly last year about how they were in their marriage "forever." They made a big production about how their children would always know that they would be together no matter what. I think that no one can judge who is to blame. Marriage involves two people, both with faults that contribute to the downfall or success of it's existence. We all saw sides of each of them that didn't always reflect favorably on him or her; however, I think we all know that any marriage has that. But, with marriage, you have to be willing to put those mistakes behind you and forgive–if someone is willing to ask for forgiveness. What disturbed me the most was that neither of them seemed to say they were willing to stick with it and make it work, no matter what. The fact that John mentioned he was "excited" about the possibilities and the unknown that lay before him was quite saddening to me. Anyone who looks at the demise of their family as "exciting" really seems to have some issues that we surely can't see.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  239. SweetG

    I don't buy the crud that Kate is dishing. She was absolutely merciless to Jon – where was her 'conciliatory' nature then? Now that Jon's not putting up with it she all of sudden will do anything to put a smiley face on for the sake of the children!? The last few episode where Jon and Kate were not speaking – it seemed like she was able to keep it together without barking. so why couldn't she do it before!? What's sad is that she was doing this to her husband! The man that she 'supposedly' loves!
    If i remember correctly Jon was okay with 2 kids – it was Kate who wanted more. This whole relationship was about what "Kate" wanted, How she wanted it, and when she wanted it – Jon is just suppose to do all her bidding.

    The show NEEDS TO END – having the kids wear "crooked house" T-shirt was the last straw. I'm surprise the twins braces doesn't spell out the Dentist's name.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  240. mike

    their statements may only reflect terms of an agreement to present the divorce in a particular light, however, for what it's worth, cheating happens in relationships. it's unreasonable to divorce someone based on a sexual liason (if that's what this is) alone. a marriage needs to be founded on stronger stuff than that.

    it's not "standing by your man." it's a sexual partner recognizing the nonmonogamous nature of our species and relying on the far stronger bond between long term, loving partners.

    of course assumes there is love in this marriage. there probably isn't. the problem is probably far deeper than nonmonogamy. but since most of the comments center on that, it's important to note that we are creating unrealistic expectations for marriages and other long term partnerships when we insist that they can only be 100% monogamous. that is unnecessary and unnatural.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Bozz

    I don't think the show should be classified as "reality" tv. To group it in with all this other crap, is wrong. the show and other shows like it are more serial documentary's. And, for the paparazzi and tabloids to hound them and sneak around there property is wrong on so many levels.
    This couple took an opportunity, to do something to earn some money to help raise these eight kids financially , for there future. you can't tell me, anyone out there who has made comments, and who has anymore than one child, knows how hard it is to make ends meet. For it to snowball into this, is sad.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  242. g

    I love how a lot of women are siding here with Kate, as if she is the better parent simply because of her sex. It was ok for Kate to bash on Jon when he "cheated" on her but when she was caught with her bodyguard she crawled back into her ivory tower and hid. This family would probably still be together if Kate wasn't so mean to her husband. Guys will only take crap like that for so long before they leave. If a guy treated his wife like this on TV women would go crazy, must be nice to blindly apply double-standards to things in life.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Bruce

    Kate: There are those of us who may not always agree with your methods but we believe in your loyalty to your family, especially your great kids! Take care of yourself, the kids and your future. Kick Jon to the curve where he belongs!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Rosemary

    I wish Kate would take a chill pill. While she says her children are the most important thing to her she need to show it in everything she does and quite being so controlling.
    Jon you have had a difficult task trying to placate this woman with such a demeanor.
    I hope for the children's sake you can both act amicably all the time and never discuss adult issues with any of these children.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Ana

    They are both at fault. He was weak and she was overbearing. They should have thought better of letting it get this bad when they have 8 children's lives and psychological well-being hanging in the balance. He needs to grow up and she needs to learn that making a man feel like a small boy doesn't help the situation. For goodness sakes, they had fertility treatments and got so many bundles of joy!!!!! What is wrong with these people???? Don't they realize how sad this is for the rest of us who might not be able to have children???? To throw a family away for selfish gains is insane.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  246. DG

    Who really cares? Seriously? Seriously? We have trains colliding here in DC..........we have wars going on..............Jon and Kate are driving BMW's........."he's looking for an apt at Trump Tower". I should feel bad for this guy? Hell no. He brought this on himself........AND he's capitalizing from it........"hey, was it worth it, Jon?" You and your wife are pathetic. Hope you invest in a lot of psych care for your kids........they're going to need it!...........(or will we still be paying THAT bill, too???)


    June 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Laurel

    What about their dedication to their religious values? I don't share those values, but i would expect a couple so tied to their church would have at least tried counseling and that would have been a good example for viewers. Katre's a shrew, probably from childhood insecurities, but Jon's a baby. He wants to relive his 20s as a single man and with a younger woman. Pleeeeze, grow up jon.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Troy

    But if we let homosexuals get married, it will ruin our family values....please. Until us straight people can figure it out, how dare we tell people that love each other they can't get married!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  249. tony C

    It's sad that Greed ruined this family... Jon was an IT analyst, not he's driving around tractors with his bluetooth. I feel bad for them, I think TLC and the show is to blame for sure, i mean they had problems but the Poporazzi and US pop-culture added to the stres I am sure... I am a child of divorce and all I can say is that things got better when my parents weren't constantly fighting, so these kids will be ok.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Strange Days Indeed

    I found this episode to be very sad and I feel sorry for everyone in the family. Hindsight is 20/20 and I'm sure they both see their past mistakes, but no longer have the desire to "fix" the problems. I think they both share the blame for how things turned out, but one thing stands out...it seems that Kate has already lost most of her family and her friends so obviously there is a problem in how she handles her relationships and I hope that she can change. 33 years ago my husband left me with 2 small children ages 3 and 5 and I distinctly remember the oldest watching tv one afternoon and the program was about the parents of the main character getting a divorce, my son said Mom you and Dad won't ever get a divorce will you and I replied no honey you don't have to worry about that, a few weeks later my husband left us. I think about the elaborate 2nd wedding ceremony that Jon and Kate had last year and now their kids will feel like mine did, disillusioned. Fortunately I married again and i have stayed married for 30 years, while my ex husband has married and divorced 5 more times. I suppose the future will reveal who ultimately caused the Jon and Kate divorce, just as the future revealed the fault in mine.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Dani B

    I feel bad for the kids and Kate. While I have cringed many times when Kate spoke to Jon on camera, it takes two and we do not know what was going on off camera. I am sure that I am in the minority but I do not like Jon. I think that he is an irresponsible boy. Marriage is work hard work and you don't always like each other but you do work on it. If he was really concerned about his kids he would have gone to counseling and quit hanging out with those young girls. As for his little rant about the cameras – "The cameras follow me." Boohoo! But, you don't mind cashing those checks from your "approved" camera crew and taking all of the freebies. I would not be surprised if in a year or two Jon has moved on with someone younger and has a new family.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Pinky

    Personally, I find the whole thing kind of sad. I watched from the beginning because the little kids just grabbed my heart.

    Sometimes it does seem like Kate isn't the nicest person in the world. Who is? There is probably a reason why she is the way she was, it it's probably not all money money money.

    But I have no doubt she loves her kids. I really have no doubt that she probably loves Jon too.

    But sometimes things get lost. I hope they find them.

    What I find really really disturbing, is those who see fit to judge Kate, or Jon without knowing them and without really know the circumstances. We only see a blip – I'm not going to assume the rest of it is all bad.

    The Gosselins without Pity website is a terribly sad display of people getting off on the bad situations of others. Does it make a difference that Jon and Kate may have caused some of their own bad situations? Does that make it okay to judge them without compassion? Does that make it okay to be so ugly and hateful? I hope not.

    I try not to judge those that judge but it ends up becoming a vicious cycle, doesn't it?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Gloria Miller

    This whole situation is so sad! Kate, I think you are deluding yourself big time. You have convinced yourself that everything you do away from Jon and your children is your "job." Kate, I find it incrediblely hard to believe that you have not made enough money from all the time you have had the show that you still must work. Your job is being a hands on mother to your children and a loving wife towards Jon. The little I have made myself watch of this horror show has revealed one thing to me. You are the one doing the bad mouthing about Jon while he speaks only of himself and his regrets. I saw this coming with you. Did all the stuff bring you happiness? NO!! Your children have had so many experiences and stuff provided to them that the average child will never know. You have appeared to have loved every freebie that came along not to mention the glitz and glamour you enjoyed for yourself. Please!!! You both need to be with your children not all the superfluous junk. I pray for your reconciliation and the welfare of your children.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  254. sal

    Although Jon and Kate are equally to blame, doesn't TLC share a bit of the guilt? I agree that TLC should have offrered to pay for counseling long ago.. Just last June the Goesslins were happy at the Outer Banks. How in 7-8 months does it end in divorce? How could Kate have not realized the affect her words and
    career" were having on Jon? Maybe a counselor as part of the reality show contract could have shown her how alienating and emasculating it was. How could Jon be so totally passive that he couldn't stand up for himself while still a loyal husband. Required counseling for reality couples could have helped them. The reality for most couples is the hard work of maintaining a relationship. When Jon and Kate stopped their jobs, theyseem to have forgotten how to work on everything that matters. The children grew but they didn't.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  255. beanster

    Come on, Jon!!! How immature are you? Earrings at 32 years of age. Lately, you look so stoned on the show. You're a father of 8, for pete's sake. Grow up!! Your kids will be so embarrassed when they are older, watching this show. Kate, you need to loosen up or start taking a mood relaxer because you are wound up too tight, especially for the children. Kate, I hope you are getting some much needed counseling from a professional because you are not perfect and don't have all the answers. BTW, I wasn't being sarcastic but am speaking the truth.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Trixie

    new bigger house, more money, trips, new motorcylce, new freedom...no resposibility....Jon has it made...new weekend Dad...grass isn't greener on the other side!!

    Maybe their New show should be called....whose weekend is it anyways????

    June 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Deb Van Dusseldorp

    It is sad that Jon and Kate can not work out their situation.

    The way you people talk about them is bad. We would have all jumped at the chance to give our children a better life and that is what TLC offered. No one would have guessed that it would take off the way it did.

    But who would think of people wanting to take pictures of them to sell. I will never purchase a maz that has photos taken from the trees our behind buildings.

    Kate is a strong willed woman that has a type A personality. Jon knew that whey he first met her.

    Seems like she is the one willing to take care of the kids- while Jon is off doing his thing. Maybe it is a mid life issue or else he needed more interaction with people.

    What ever the case- get over it people. They are human just like the rest of us- so stop throwing stones at the glass house. We all have issues in life- they just happen to have a tv show.

    They did what they need to in making sure that they kids got things in life.

    I wish them both the best and the rest of you need to get a life. I enjoy Kate and I really wish her the best.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  258. LN

    I had hoped their news was they were canceling the show and working on their marriage. You have to look at what brought you to that point of your life that you want a divorce. I wonder how much counseling they really got. It is just sad no matter who they are or what they have done.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Lisa Ladley

    I hate to say I am one of the people who wanted to know if they wew going to make their marriage work or divorce.
    But, now that we know that they are divorcing, I feel that the show should be cancelled and we (the public) should allow them privacy to deal with this FAMILY situation.
    I don't think the show should continue for many reasons.... first, it will no longer BE Jon & Kate plus 8. Second, I feel badly for the children who will one day be able to read about this situation first hand or see all of the footage. To have their family's personal life dissected by the media is wrong and damaging to them.
    Please Jon & Kate, consider your children who you both say are your number one priority and cancel the show.
    I know that this show is a huge means of financial support for your family but I feel it has run it's tragic course and you should both get jobs and support your children the way the rest of us in America do.
    Best of luck to you both.... I hope you can remain amicable and honestly I don't think you will be able to if you continue the show.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Renee

    I've finished watching the special episodes and I come away with feelings of sadness. Divorce, speaking from personal experience, is a very selfish choice, cowardly. Marriage takes sacrifice and work which neither of these two seem to have any interest in doing.

    Both Jon & Kate are selfish and self-centered. All of their statements... I, I, I, me, me, me... As the adults in the relationship, Jon & Kate owe it to the children to try counseling before they tear apart this family. If the counseling doesn't help the marriage, they still need counseling to learn to co-parent better. To hear that they are in counseling to be good co-parents would go a long way to convince me that they are telling the truth about their desires to put the kids first.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Clare

    This show should've been over loooooong time ago. It is not a surprise what happened. Kate is an awful person in seach of easy fame. She was also in a show called "Say yes to the dress." I knew she had problems when she showed up alone!! very telling of her personality. The children should go to Jon.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  262. JHW

    Should the show stop, yes. Should they complain about being followed yes. We allow all the other celebrities to complain, why are we crucifying them for complaining? I think we let the papparazzis way too much freedom. Look at Brooke Shield's mom......
    The show protrays Kate as a tyrant. Do I think she is, probably but I don't know if she is as bad as the editing makes her out to be. I think Jon is a whiney, sniveling little man who needs to grow up. He's only mad about the publicity because he got caught doing things he should not have. Do I think they cheated on each other? I don't know. But if they did, nothing in their marriage justifies the actions.
    Jon seems to be running for the hills and happy about it. Kate seems devastated. I don't see them working it out when Jon thinks he can cut and run and act like a teenager again. What's with the earrings? He looks like an idiot!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Mary

    I lost my respect for Jon tonight when he said he was excited for the future. He is like everyone else who thinks the grass is always greener. The show should go off the air and Jon needs to man up and get a job.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  264. g

    Kate is an evil person. Anyone who would intentionally get a hair-do like that needs professional help. Neither parent was perfect but it just seemed as if Kate really only cared about herself. Who treats their spouse like that ? In private, let alone on camera for the world to see. I hope Jon gets that kids because she is a horrible role-model.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Gerry Day

    Follow the money. Paparazzi=publicity=ratings=more money for greedy Jon and Kate. How sad for their children that their parent's marrriage drama plays out on national television.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Becky

    I have been a fan of the show since it started and I am just heartbroken that they are divorcing. I really hope that even though they have filed for divorce papers, they get marriage counseling. My thoughts and prayers are with them all.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Colin

    Kate treated Jon so terrible. She was always cutting him off in their "interviews" and yelling at him. She definitely did not appreciate anything that Jon did for her or the kids and instead enjoyed just yelling at him and making money off of her children. Jon should be thankful that a divorce is happening. Good Riddance Kate.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  268. jello

    Before watching tonights show I thought Kate was the horrible one. But after seeing Jon and his attitude and reactions tonight...it is clear that he is very immature and selfish. He was saying what he thought he should say and what made him look good instead of his truth...which I think is "I am outta here. I am sick of Kate and all these kids and I am going to live life my way for once." Kate is right. He has no idea of the repercussion of his actions.

    I feel sorry that his kids have such a wuss as a dad.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Mary M.

    Kate is the new octo-Mom!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Ellen

    I have been watching the show from the beginning and feel very sad for both. In the beginning Jon and Kate I believe really loved each other. But, having a large family and being exposed everyday in front of cameras would be stressful. Jon seems like he doesn't really care he's having too much fun chasing women and Kate wishing he'd open up and have some communication but, it takes 2 to talk out the problems and 2 to work out and resolve the issues. If he truly loved his wife he would stick around and try to make this marriage work despite the tabloid fodder but, his mind is made up. So sad for the entire family.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
  271. C. Kim

    Those got what they deserved. I have no sympathy for their situation. It's sad their children are the ones who'll suffer due to the parent's greed and pettiness. Honestly, their children when older should realize and understand how they sacrificed their childhood and family for instant fame for all the wrong reasons. I blame Jon & Kate for their demise of their marriage and family.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Sue

    1. I wonder who paid for the 4 crooked houses the kids received; 2. Isn't it odd that Kate would decide to look at the area Jon selected and cleared for the crooked houses on the day the crooked houses were being delivered – her way of controlling EVERYTHING; 3. When interviewed separately Kate ALWAYS puts Jon down and Jon ALWAYS takes the high road; 4. Regarding Kate looking vulnerable and sad...she gets paid for her 'acting'.
    In our very sad economical times, with people losing their jobs, houses, etc. and with the number of ‘tent cities’ opening up, I think the Gosselins should go back to their original jobs and try to make it on what their salaries were. Why should they profit from being so irresponsible in having 8 children????

    June 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Jill

    “It’s shame that our society has come to that,” he said. “We have soldiers over in Iraq dying for our country and all these people care about is like what I eat for lunch.”

    Really?!...I find this comment in bad taste. He put himself and his family into the public eye in order to make money. He got his family into this position. And now he is saying that the media and the public should worry about more important things. Jon should get his own life in order before giving anyone else any advice.
    However, he is right about one thing...We should ALL be more concerned with our troops than with his family and their everyday happenings. Our lives are too short and too important to waste on watching what someone else does with their time!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  274. w. b. sands

    I personally think it is sad that people have so little in their own lifes they want to live thru other people. I don't think that well known peoples everyday lives need to be on the nation news at night. There are so many more important world events going on. Things that could effect our lifes. What Jon and Kate do in their personal life is not going to effect most peoples lives.

    Have a sunshine day.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Slick

    I agree with Jon. They made a deal to show there home lives with there kids. They, nor do any other celebrity, deserve to be attacked by papparazi 24/7. You claim that they "signed up for it", but they didn't. They signed up for a show that details their daily lives at home. I would love to see what all of your newsmen/women, politicians, bloggers, etc... would do if the papsmears did this to them 24/7. I wonder what Blitzer would do if 20 cameramen were in his backyard everyday, taking pictures of his kids or grandkids at their most intimate moments. I actually wish a celebrity would start doing that. Have a few cameramen follow around anchors from all of these "news" stations that make this stuff news. Have them do it for a month. Hey, you guys "signed up for it"

    June 22, 2009 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Liza

    A break from the show might be well advised..then counselling with complete privacy.Having said that, they must both want ,above all else for their marriage to survive.Jon does not seem to want that.So there may be no hope.So sad for the little ones!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  277. CM

    Kate is a fraud. In order to be a good parent you don't need to convince others of your fitness as a parent. She knows she is gone and that she is getting slammed so all we heard tonight was her still blaming and still repeating that every one on one that she is there for her kids. I hope no one takes this woman seriously. She has some serious issues that were there long before this all happened.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Scott Norman

    With a little luck society can move on and Jon and Kate can find real jobs like the rest of the parents in the world to support their children. Fun, I wonder how things would have worked out if Kate didn't get her free tummy tuck or if Jon missed out on the hair plugs? Must be nice to get freebes for having an extra large family you can exploit for profit!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Bryce

    "Honey, since raising 8 kids isn't stressful at all, would you be interested in having cameras follow us around 24/7 for the next 5 years?" "Sure sweetie, sounds like it would actually help our relationship too."

    LOL, you have to be kidding me. I can't believe it lasted as long as it did. Absolutely horrible. Every single death scene in Braveheart should be repeated to the creators of any realty T.V. show.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Carol

    Oh wow,this was such a big surprise! After years of putting him down, John will have his freedom. Personally, I think Kate saying, "The show must go on," shows her disregard for her marriage and the well being of her children. She's gotten so wrapped up in the "celebrity" of this show that she sees only the dollar signs. Pretty shameful if you ask me. I know it took both of them to destroy their marriage, but step back and take care of the children, don't air their lives for the world to watch, there is still such a thing as privacy.

    Hey, for all we know, this could be a stunt to raise sagging tv ratings for the show or to boost sales of Kate's book. Either way, it's just pretty sad and everyone should stop watching the show so it will be cancelled, than the kids will be the real winners in this trainwreck.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Jess

    Its not a surprise that this ends in divorce. They say 50% or marriages fail anyway. And of those that remain married, how many are healthy happy relationships? And then once you factor in the fact that these two agreed to put their personal lives out under the microscope, what could we suppose would have happened? Jon's comments are kind of ridiculous. We live in the reality TV era. We are tired of the wars, the negative real life stuff. Jon and Kate are not reality for most of us. The majority of us do not live under a microscope. And we don't volunteer for such invasion of our private life. He knew going into this that it was all about money. And yes, he is getting paid to eat that lunch in front of a camera. He is getting paid to let millions watch the drama of his marriage fail. Should they conntinue the show. No. Will people continue to watch it if they do...yes.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  282. Wendy Patterson

    Okay first of all not one of you can say what you would do until you were met with the same situation.
    We have viewed a REALITY SHOW folks – and this is reality. I can not honestly say what I would do. I don't have eight kids, nor could I even imagine the temptation of being approached to have a reality show. Can you imagine the stress of wondering how you are going to provide for your family of ten? My gosh, that is overwhelming.
    I truly believe they are doing the best that they can...we all have wished at one time or anther..."If I knew back then what I know today..."
    It is so easy for the viewing public or just the public in general to sit back and critique what should or should not have happened. The facts are they have happened and now they will do the best that they can with what they have. I hate to be the one to say this "but there is no manual for life.." We all do the best that we can. They made decisions to place their life before the public and probably did not have a clue that the public could be so unforgiving, judgmental, opinionated and righteous. Would you?
    They are both good people with the same problem that we all have – self will and an ego. Who am I to call her overbearing...when I know that I have the same capability if left unchecked. Who am I to call him a weak personality...when I know that I have swallowed someone else's controlling attitude to keep the peace.
    What they need is what we all need...to do the best we can and continue to strive to be better people. This is just them dealing with life on life's terms and doing the best that they can.
    I don't know how their kids lives are going to be effected...all kids are effected by everyday situations. So please stop with how you think the kids lives are going to be effected. There are so many kids out there that have it way worse...take a stroll through an orphanage or a homeless shelter and you will see how a drug addicts decision effected the life of a child or a battered parents decision to stay in the relationship out of fear effects the life of a child. These kids are going to be okay...they don't seem to be highly mistreated, underfed, beaten, left to fin for themselves. So get a life folks and accept the fact that when you watch REALITY TELEVISION you are going to see Reality.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Edwin

    @Brianne, you said "What is entertaining about watching a relationship die? It is sad."

    I agree it's sad, but come on - people will always watch the misery of others. It's why traffic slows down near an accident, or why crashes make the headlines. I don't know if it's compassion or morbid curiosity, but I'd bet lots of people would tune in to see the Gosselin (or any) family disintegrate on TV.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  284. sad

    People, let's remember it was Kate who filed the papers. So no, no "poor Kate".

    If you want to place blame somewhere, turn to TLC. Apparently they haven't made enough money yet to pay for the therapy all 8 children will inevitably need, so they are continuing this sham of a show. I can't think of any other reason to continue.....

    Shameful pigs.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Heath

    Argh, enough. Stop airing this crap on TV and leave those poor kids alone already! Taping kids going through their parents divorce and airing it? This is the most warped thing I've heard yet for 'reality' television.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Iain

    who cares. The country is fighting wars in 2 countries, the economy is in then shit,and Iran is going through a possible regime change and you morons are obsessed with watching a family spilt up.

    slow down for car crashes much?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Karen

    Run, Jon, run!

    Sorry, Kate, but you are only getting what is coming to you for publicly neutering your husband on TV.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  288. The show needs to end.

    The show needs to end. It is not about a family struggling to raise 8 kids together anymore. The show is about the whole reality T.V. making people think they are more interesting than they are.


    June 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Bill

    I think the only thing more ridiculous than a reality TV "star" pleading for privacy is a TV viewer blaming the media for this guy's problems.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  290. ohiomom

    Having your parents go through divorce is hell enough. To have the entire days of doom leading up to it documented in living color borders on child abuse. Jon and Kate should step back and realize that kids call it like they see it...and as long as they keep doing this show and taking the paychecks that come with it, their children are the biggest losers.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Tammy

    I think it is very sad that this family is breaking up. Yes, Kate was bossy and likes things a certain way. But to give up? Jon certainly seemed less bothered by the split, and you can tell he is resentful of Kate. I think not having his own identity, his own career hurt him. But does he know the impact of what is happening.........he may think it's exciting, but I bet being a part time dad is going to be tough....

    I feel bad for Kate. She is critized for her hair, and before he drama everyone loved the show, now they are being investigated as exploiting the children.

    How fickle......I say it's sad and I hope Jon doesn't realize too late what he is giving up...I think Kate understands it so much more........

    June 22, 2009 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  292. paula

    It's time for the charade to end..those poor kids. They never signed on for this-regardless of what their mother has herself convinced. It's over. Kaput, Done. Doesn't anyone remember the DIONNE QUINTS? The poor Gosselin children will NEVER HAVE A NORMAL LIFE thanks to their overbearing mother and caspar milque toast father..either or..I vote for TEAM JON. Let Kate go have her affair with her gray fox..Jon has always been the better parent anyway.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Addie

    No, the public does not have the right to know. However, Jon and Kate Gosselin did put themselves, their innocent children, and their entirely unnecessary situation on display for the entire country to gawk at like a freak show. This gives the public the opportunity to show curiousity and voice opinion, however unfortunate. The Gosselins should have thought about that before they signed that contract with TLC, shouldn't they? I never watched the show on principle.

    Exploitation of children is wrong. (And this was exploitation of children, in my opinion.) Reality TV is absurd, detrimental to society and unnecessary. Putting the two together is simply abominable.

    Jon and Kate are getting what they signed up for. They have no right to complain. I only have sympathy for their eight children, who remain completely blameless and completely used.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  294. ann

    Grow up Jon!! Wah Wah Wah. Spineless and gutless and a whiner.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Sarah

    You know, I don't watch TV. Period. I simply don't have time, and thus I have never seen this show. Yet, somehow, I still know all about it because it's all over the national news. I agree that something is wrong with this picture.

    They have no right to complain about the paparazzi intruding into their lives, as they're the ones who put themselves into that position in the first place. They CHOSE that life. That said, why is there so much coverage of this around the major news networks? I agree it just shows the priorities of this society are very much in the wrong place.

    I have absolutely not comment on what the family should have done, should be doing, or who is at fault for the demise of their marriage. I haven't watched the show and don't feel I have enough information to form an opinion. However, any marriage undergoing the stress this one evidently was should not be paraded around on TV in front of millions of viewers. That was a very poor decision on their part, and it looks as though they are both paying the price.

    I have little sympathy for them since they dug their own graves, although I do understand their predicament. Sometimes we just don't visualize the potential outcomes of our actions. It's part of being human, and I hope they can find a way to rise above it in the end, both for the sake of themselves and their children.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Stephen Mitchell

    What they REALLY need to do is stop doing the show. But, according to what I read, the show will go on. It just goes to show that money and fame are more important to them than any possibility of saving their marriage.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Adam

    if they are smart and want to save their lives as well as their kids lives they'll stop the show. the show is way too depressing to watch now. if they stop the show, the papparazi will soon stop caring about jon first of all, then kate, then the 8. hopefully they've made enough money with tv and book deals that they can quit it and live out normal lives...they need to. they have a great responsibility raising 8 kids. give them a normal life and let the tv show go....if they want, they should at most have like a yearly update show, but thats it. if they quit their show, the circus will leave town soon after.

    -the truth

    June 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Deborah Grant

    Jon & Kate both are to blame for the dissolve of their marriage. They are the ones who asked the media into their homes, they are the ones who wanted to share every part of their life on national TV. Even the strongest of marriages can not work with just a mother in law sticking her nose in much less the entire country. I do not feel sorry for Jon or Kate, my heart goes out to the kids who did not ask for any of this.
    Poor kids!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  299. ccollins

    This entire situation is sad. I believe Jon and Kate when into this situation with good intentions. I agree, Jon acted as if it were no big deal that he's walking away on tonights episode. Kate seemed more upset then he did. Now, I'm not a huge fan of Kate. I agree that she talked "down" a lot to Jon, but look at her life. She has eight children and her house is always clean (even before all the money started rolling in). That is how she dealt with her stress. Jon let her and the blam has to go to him as well.
    I'm interested to see how their arrangement works out-I think that is unrealistic.
    I think why the media has had such an interest is because they were a normal family just trying to make it AND THEY DID. And good for Kate to do all this for her family. It may be time to call it quits, but they have earned their family a nice life! I agree with her as far as not letting people take her down with that.....do we prefer her let her kids live off the state?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Nicole

    I've noticed that Jon is just not into his family or especially his marriage. He doesn't act very hearbroken over all of this! I noticed that earlier on, when they went to Hawaii and got remarried, he acted like he didn' t even want to dance or kiss kate. She had to make him. I really think that kate is a very good mother. She wants the best for her children. What mother wouldn't want her children to eat organic? As a mother, I understand everything she does!! She needs to keep up the good work and stand her ground! If he isn't interested, she just needs to move on!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Patty

    I enjoyed watching “Jon & Kate Plus 8” and have truly enjoyed watching the children growing up, experiencing activities, and enjoying their family outings.

    In my opinion, the media has been extremely hard on them both, and it saddens me to hear that their marriage will be dissolved, but nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors but Jon and Kate.

    I wish them both the best and hope that they work on communicating with each other for the sake of their children and their own well-being. I am sad to say that "Jon & Kate Plus 8" will no longer be enjoyable to watch. As a regular viewer, these last few shows were hard to watch.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  302. djarrett

    There is SO much blame to go around here, but almost all of it falls squarely on the shoulders of these two people who got caught up in the benefits and problems brought on by celebrity. Rather than really stop and take into consideration that whatever profit (monetary or otherwise) that would come from this exercise in exploitation, was not in any way worth the dissolution of their marriage. Each of them has commented that 'I'd do anything for my kids". NO, obviously, they would not. They did not take their children out of this fishbowl that the two of them created before the damage to their marriage was irreparable. What's best for the kids is what keeps their mother and father together. Period. You suck it up, you grow up and you sacrifice the toys and celebrity to save your marriage and save your family. We could go on and on about the leeches at TLC, the advertisers, the paparazzi and even the sick 'reality TV' culture that much of America has bought into, but the 'reality' is that there are always forces who want to take advantage of and destroy what is good. The point is, 'John and Kate plus 8' started out as just 'John and Kate' and the tragedy of it all is that what they've created they are now destroying.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  303. DC

    I think people are outraged because it showed real, reality. It isn't a fake snippet of perfection.

    It is a real family, of real multiples- which have a high incidence of divorce.

    Can we blame the cameras? Sure, for some of it. But regardless of their presence, Jon, Kate and the kids lived without cameras for weeks and months at a time. We will never know what was going on then.

    Never judge a relationship by what you see on the outside. It is what is happening on the inside that matters. It's a shame that Jon and Kate's "insides" got splayed across the tabloids and they weren't given the privacy to work it out on their own.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Greg

    They made it everyone's business. That is part of choosing to be part of a nationally-televised reality series. What Jon doesn't like is taking responsibility for his choices. Grow up. I agree with the above post that TLC is partly to blame in this mess. We stopped watching some time ago.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  305. BTCAPER

    Poor Kate, she should have at least wash her feet. Before putting them up. That's all I look in disgust was her really bad dirty feet..WHY!!!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Sheri

    I'm not the least bit surprised about the split. I've only watched a few shows over the years while channel-surfing, but I never could stand the tone of voice Kate consistently used with Jon. I'm appalled that the show will continue through the divorce and adjustment period after. Something tells me that's mostly Kate's doing...

    June 22, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  307. Lett


    I think kate is a frickin' beast and that is why Jon left her. I feel bad for the kids, but he had to do what he had to do. Kate is a Man Eater.
    If you see the previous shows and you compare her to today, it is obvious she was a better person then. I think Jon has become better looking with age. The kids are so adorable, they are now going to go through tough times because the parents decided to make money off of them. Unfortunately, the kids pay the consequences.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Earl

    Only ones I feel bad for are the kids, their lives are ruined forever, and they only have their awful parents to blame. Those 2 brought misery to 10 kids, way to go. Parents of the year! Why on earth anyone cares about these people is beyond me, get yourselves lives and take care of your own families instead of these 2 wastes of time.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  309. BarZee

    Sadly, the show must go on in order to support the children financially. This family doesn't have the means to support all this kids without the show! Why do you think Kate has been working so hard doing personal appearances all over the country??...She is earning money to help secure the future for her eight babies! She is amazing!
    And I totally agree with Nicole!! Kate can be a real hag, but she has always been the strength in the family & capable of showing that she is upset by what is happening. In the meantime, Jon gives lip service about caring for the kids, while being "excited" about his future at "only" 32. Wake up & grow up, Jon. You have eight children!!
    Kate deserves better than Jon.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Jen

    What gets me the most are all the assumptions made on this comment board. How do you know they never went through counseling? Just because it didn't air on the show doesn't mean it didn't happen. How do you know Jon just ran out without trying to save his marriage? He's clearly uncomfortable on TV, so there's a good chance that the Jon Gosselin you see on TV is not the same Jon Gosselin from real life. He doesn't want to share these things with you, so he likely chose not to. Quit lambasting him, and for that matter leave Kate alone, too! You don't know what went into this decision, so shut up.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Jane

    Man, both these people are some kind of dumb. And lets face it, greedy. They did it for the money. They knew the media and lets face it, the public would be thirsty for stupid crap like this. Blame it on the media? Please. The media gives the public exactly what it's interested in. Heck, it's what Jon and Kate were banking on. The fact that there marriage fell apart, is purely of their own making. And quite frankly, would have happen if they were on TV or not. My hope is that child welfare will put the kabash on this whole stupid thing. I guess some people will do anything for a buck. Sell their kids and put their marriage at risk. Good luck with all that. Just don't blame it on the media. Both of these people were adults. Let's just hope the kids don't get too screwed up over this. I'm sure one or two of them will be in the news years from now, on drugs or in the spot light in some way.
    And the cycle goes on.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Gub Gub

    I don't know any man that could be married to her, and he certainly isn't a gift to women either.


    June 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Adriana Marietta,Ga

    Jon seems to have already checked out of the realtionship. He's excited about a "new" chapter of his life. What he fails to realize is that its new for now, 6 months from it will be old too.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  314. deb

    Also, no one has considered that the Gosselins signed a contract with TLC. If they quit, TLC would sue for breaking the contract. But, neither said they want out of the show...which shows what money whores they are. What will the rest of the season look like? It all will probably be centered with outings and activities (more freebie shit) to be distracting from how miserable their lives really have become. They just want to rake in enought to be set for life so they can live rich forever.

    John may get "offered a job?"....Please, lazy ass, go look for one. Remember those days?? What a stupid remark given the level of unemployment in America. Jon is a total moron. No company would hire him..he is a spectacle and tabloid fodder. The sideburns look stupid and so do the earrings. How friggin "exciting".

    June 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  315. net

    It seems funny to me that when Kate gave up her job to stay home and take care of her children for (how many years?) she just bucked up and got the job done. Now, Jon quits his job while Kate has a little time out doing book signings, etc. and all of the sudden he cannot find himself???? Pleeaasse Jon, give me a break. What if Kate had said that when those babies were 1? No, she didn't – she was too busy washing your clothes and preparing a healthy meal for you to eat when you came home.... If you wanted a "normal" life, you shouldnt have agreed to be on a TV show!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Arkansas Kate

    As a mother of four kids [I cannot imagine having eight], those of you who criticize Kate for being "too controlling" haven't a clue about what it takes to manage a household with multiple children. Jon's passivity and grumpy attitude [like he hates to help with the house and kids] has always pissed me off. So he wants to go off and have his own life now? Let me tell you that a mother NEVER gets to have her own life again - even when she is away from the kids, she is constantly wondering about their welfare. Jon is being selfish and has gotten tired of the constant responsibility, and he wants out. End of discussion.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  317. lynn

    Jon & Kate should be forced to stay together by the court system. Most people have the amount of children they can afford and don't become millionaires for living every day life. This is what they wanted for their children so they should suck it up and live their happy life. I guess in 10 years we can watch their messed up children on TV too.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  318. Teri

    A good friend of mine lives somewhat near them and drove by their house one day a couple of weeks ago, wanting to see the hype. Turns out there was NO paparazzi out front, but the family was outside in the front yard, I guess, HOPING the paparazzi came by to take pictures!! If you're so afraid of the paparazzi stalking you, wouldn't you hang out indoors or at least in a fenced-in back yard to make it a little more difficult for them to watch you?

    I think the only paparazzi following them are the ones they tip off and tell to show up. They are total attention whores. The divorce is probably just part of their grab for ratings and attention. Even if they really are splitting, I'm sure they have intentionally made it more dramatic just for ratings. These two did a big vow renewal on camera earlier this year - if their marriage was falling apart, why would they go through with that (unless that, too, was just part of the over-all plan).

    June 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Debbie

    Please men, STOP going along with these crazy women with their desires for these lifestyles (by any means necessary). I think Jon meant well, however got in over his head. (Love is blind) Hope he doesn't take it out on the kids and be the best dad ever. Hope this is a lesson to him and example to other men. Stop catering to these crazy women with desires to live these rich and lavish lives.

    Go in Peace Jon and finally get some peace.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Peroque

    I am so thrilled that these clowns are finally coming clean about their "relationship." I am sick to death with this so called "show" and hope it ends for good soon! She is a total witch, did not deserve Jon or the children, and the fact she has made as much money as she has from this crap is disgusting!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Trixie

    What a shame!!! When life gets hard you don't quit! Many families(most I know) go through the same trials and tribulations especially at about year six or seven with kids..life changes, instead of just praying for bedtime and happy that its quiet, couples are itching to do something...need to reconnect , they want more. This family had more opportunity and help than most and others are able to pull through for their family. It doesn't matter if its four kids or eight! Too bad they couldn't work on it more, for themselves and the kids. Life will never be the same..and the children are FOREVER changed!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Jim NYC

    plain annoying – just flipping through I cannot stand her! dude – take your life and start a new show – Life after Kate.

    kill the show please!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Jose

    These two couples are not as strong as we thought. The relationship was dominated by fame and money. Like anyone in Hollywood Jon and Kate were in trouble from the start. Poor kids they didn't deserve this!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  324. J. Ivey

    Kate is a great example of how not to behave if you would like to keep your husband. She cut that guy to the bone at every turn. If a man insulted and demeaned his wife like that he'd face charges for mental abuse and a woman could murder him and get away with it.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Been there...

    To Jon... Really? You are excited and sad at the same time because you are looking forward to what you have ahead of you? Do you have any clue what you are making those kids go through? Peace and happiness should have come with your turning around and looking at your wife and standing up to her not cheating on her and telling her that in order to be a man you have to leave. Stop whining about living your life in the public eye.. you asked for it.

    To Kate... If reading between the lines is what it might seem, you should have slowed down and asked Jon to have a voice sometimes. Maybe you did behind the scenes, but in the episodes of your show, it really looked like you barked orders more than worked with him. Of course, he was acting like a useless guy most of the time. I feel for ya babe! Give yourself more than one day to break down. You have something to mourn... the loss of a happiness and love you thought you would have forever. The similarity of your situation to mine is creepy. The difference is in the number of children! I only have two kids but they were little when my marriage broke up under similar, personal circumstances. You can do this on your own, and you are right to think you will be doing this on your own. Reach out to your close friends and let them help you. Oh, and since it was never a problem before, don't worry about starting a fight with Jon now when you are just trying to do what is right for your kids. Good Luck!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  326. Seriously

    Does this mean we can stop hearing about these two pinheads for the first time in a month or so? Please?


    June 22, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
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  328. michele

    well, it is no surprize. kate is just ugly..inside and out! what is with that ridiculous hair???? ugh! if she thinks she is some kinda hot-tuna...she needs to think again. i am sorry, but a woman who has 8 children will NOT have a line, if even a single guy after her. i am SURE that the man? she cheated with was simply doing -her, so to speak cuz he wants his 15 minutes of fame....she is in for a big surprise!

    and for john.....i am sorry that you ended up with such a rude, mean, cold-hearted, bitchy, scag!...BUT it will be tough for a woman to want to be with a man with an ex-wife, AND 8 young kids....whew! that is a plate runneth-over! good luck to you, AND kate can go to hell!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Susan

    Thank God it's over. As an RN, I have been embarassed and disgusted by Kate's behavior and entitlement. Where does she get off saying that society owes her since they make fertility drugs and she had so many kids as a result? I never really liked the show from the beginning due to her bitchy behavior and I'm sure Jon is relieved to be getting away from her, although I'm sure she will do everything possible to control his access to the kids.

    Let's all make this show go away–quit watching, don't buy her books and maybe the children will be able to heal and have a normal childhood without the world peeking into their lives. But God help you if that woman is ever your nurse.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Angie

    It takes two people to create a marriage and two people to destroy it. They have no one to blame, but themselves, especially when they didn't even try counseling. We may have seen into their "lives", but as with all couples, no one knows what goes on behind closed doors and we shouldn't pass judgment against anyone, especially these two. We only know what the network wanted us to know and see and what the press thought we wanted to see. I feel bad for both Jon, Kate and their eight.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  331. Michelle

    This comment is for Kate..... I can't even imagine what your going through. Although your in the public eye this is a very private matter. You are a trumendously strong person and I think you'll do what you have to do. No matter what is said I think you are a trumendous mom and you will always have my support. Don't let anyone tell you different. "Kate and 8" sounds like a winner to me.


    June 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  332. GT

    Too bad viewers were never given a glimpse into the Gosselins trying to work on their marriage. Dealing with a brood of kids such as theirs is no easy task and would put a strain on the best of marriages. Compound that with having your life paraded in front of the whole country and I don't think they had a chance. I find it sad that Jon feels his only recourse is divorce regardless of the impact that that decision will have on his family. There is so much at stake- where, oh where, is Dr. Phil. Can't someone help this couple? I say STOP the show now and let this family try to heal itself.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Belinda

    This marriage has unfortunately gone the same route as other marriages featured on reality shows. You just can't let a camera crew and the general public into your home and expect things to go well. Jon and Kate are adults (or so we thought), and they knew the possible ramifications of having their family featured on a weekly television show. Unfortunately, the eight children did not ask for the destruction of their entire world as they once knew it. Jon and Kate share equally in the blame for this whole ugly situation...Kate for the way she treated Jon and Jon for taking the cowards way out in dealing with life's problems with infidelity. Shame on you Jon and Kate for allowing this to happen to your family!!

    In response to the original question of whether or not the public should be made aware...I don't think that they owe us any explanation!! Letting us all in their lives is what led to the eventual downfall of this family...they need to deal with what is left in private.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Anna B

    I think Kate and Jon forgot the first thing about marriage is communication and making time for each other as a couple. Kate is angry and a bully, and Jon is a wimp and holds his feelings in and lets Kate walk all over him. The two of them are quitters. Marriage takes work, and the first real sign of a problem they quit. It is not fair of Kate to say she will have her kids for all holidays – what about Jon they are his kids also. What they do now will affect their kids lives. Kids want a mother and a father on the holidays. Kate should stop being selfish.
    I WISH THAT THEY WOULD CANCEL THE SHOW. They should start working on the problem. Kate should realize she wouldn't have the book deal or her kids or the house or all the trips if it hadn't been for Jon. Kate should stop worrying about things and start talking to Jon. Things never work out in life if you don't face your fear. I REALLY WISH THAT THE SHOW WOULD GET CANCELED. The show started with Jon and Kate plus 8, and that's how it should be!!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Lisa

    This is a damn shame, we have a world in complete and utter turmoil, our children are out htere killing each other, people in other countries starving to death and we have the nerve to give air time to Jon & Kate plus eight.The only thing they have accomplished, like Octomom is basically have a bunch of kids which they could not support and like welfare hollywood style, sign up for a show which basically exploited their lives just for some quick cash. When you sell your soul to the devil don't expect him to play nice.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  336. Linda

    "It's a shame our society has come to that." Interesting comment. When you put yourself on TV and are paid $75,000 per episode and shoot 40 episodes a season . . . . yeah, Jon. It IS a shame that our society has come to that.
    "fame" and fortune and anonymity. One of these things doesn't belong. You chose it and exposed your family to it. Enjoy your new pad in Trump Tower.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  337. D

    Thats what you get when you sign up for something like this. Thats why you are exploiting your children...to have that big paycheck coming in. The only victems in this are those kids. I have no sympathy for jon or kate. they chose tohand over every family members privacy for money, the children didnt make that choice.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Shari

    The public's obsession with celebrities is sickening and shows quite alot about how we have developed over the past couple of decades as a country. We evolved into a pack of wolves, hungry for the blood of those that appear frequently on television. Soldiers are loosing their lives so that we may enjoy the comforts that we are priviledged to have today, masses of people are being murdered by thier government in foreign countries, and sick demented perverts are kidnapping and sodomizing our children. Are the personal lives of Jon and Kate REALLY something that we should be stressing about? Or should we leave the couple alone to attend to their family problems and redirect our energy towards the more pressing issues in the world today?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
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  340. Technodeb

    Kate can be overbearing, but one thing is certain. The hutzpah and organization it takes to simply care for all of those children wasn't going to come from Jon. Call her a b?itch or whatever, but she had to drive the ship, or it was going to stay docked. He's always been in over his head. I felt like crackin' the whip on his sorry butt in most episodes myself. As the mother of twins with an awesome husband, I saw him as the problem more than her. She basically had one more kid on her hands...

    June 22, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Robyn (Carlsbad, CA)

    I really feel sorry for these children. I don't feel a tiny bit sorry for the parents. They did this to themselves. Not only have these greedy parents used eight children to make money but they have humiliated the kids in front of the whole world. I don't watch this show because of the way they treat each other. It's disgusting how they recently "renewed their vows." They are making a mockery of marriage and family. They should be ashamed of themselves!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  342. jake

    Did I hear Jon say he might have to get a job?....shocking...and did they both say that the million dollar house was for the kids? What about the motorcycles, the tummy tuck, the hair implants, the clothes, the cars....how do the rationalize those things..they are sweatshop bosses and the kids keep making the dough

    June 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  343. ginger

    Please cancel the show. ENOUGH of this train wreck. Doesn't anyone care about the kids????????

    June 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Gabriel

    Giving back the monies received and donating to an NGO supporting troops abroad would be a great gesture
    What do you think guys?
    put your money where your mouth is?
    After all you took it 🙂

    June 22, 2009 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  345. scene it coming

    You can see it coming from a mile away, the season ending cliff hanger; It's the holidays and the family gathers, Kate's got new parts- Jon's sporting some tats.

    They all watch Rudolph, leave cookies for Santa, the kids hustle to bed so they scare him off and Jon and Kate are left alone- awkward, sad, they hug, another hug, eyes are tearing, hands start to roam,the shot goes out of focus, a hand reaches for the light switch.
    The camera pans the cookie plate- complete with a note from the kids, all they want for Christmas is a real mom and dad.

    Now it tilts up the ornate tree to the glowing star with gyrating shadows on the wall behind as we fade to black- stay tuned for next season's "reunited" episode....

    Don't laugh- they'll need the money by the time the lawyers (divorce, I.P., child labor defense, etc.) are done with them... That's reality.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Commonwealth VA

    Barnum June 22nd, 2009 10:29 pm ET

    I think Jon should learn the uterus is not a clown car..
    What's that supposed to mean? That all the children were his fault? Sorry, but that one's on both of them not just Jon. Either or both could have said no.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  347. JB

    I watched one show the first season – and watched the show tonight. A total of 2 shows. Kate is the same today as she was the first time I watched – an unhappy, rude, disrespectful woman.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  348. Karen

    People make mistakes and staying with the show too long was one of them. They should end the show and work on their real life for the sake of themselves, their family and their vows. No, 'they can't go back; but they can move forward' – forward into the next stage of a real marriage where the couple has evolved over time and work through it. They should end the show, get counseling and commit to their vows and family. Anything else is not right or fair. Their vows said 'til death due us part' not 'til I get hurt and angry'. Forgiveness is powerful. So is faith. They can do it. I won't watch anymore of their shows if they continue.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  349. linda s

    I think they asked for it .It was all about the MONEY Greedy SOBs

    June 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  350. nancy

    I saw this show in the beginning. When it was just Jon and kate and he was a computer programmer and she was a SAHM with six babies and twins. Kate worked weekends to make ends meet I think. But she was my hero. Because I am a mom and I marveled at her. At her organization. And even though she would scream at Jon I thought well, who wouldn't in her position. There was Beth and Nana Janet who was just a neighbor and aunt Jody and uncle kevin and all pitched in to help. I watched because the children were so cute and Kate was amazing. She cooked everything from scratch, she was good about the kids eating vegetables and would always discipline them. Plus they were unapologetically christian and Jon and Kate seemed to love each other.
    Then the show changed. It became one long commercial for clothes, vacations and Jon stopped working. And the show became their job. Then everyone around them who used to help them seemed to leave one by one. I left because I could not identify with them any longer. It seemed like one long commercial.
    I went back today to watch. It seemed like a funeral. Of a once loving couple, of a family who was imperfect but was identifiable. Of my hero status of Kate. Today's kate is not my hero. I don't know when but she has changed. Money has changed her. I hope these 8 little children will not pay the price in some form for this ill advised show. I cried today as I watched for what was and what is. I feel so bad and also guilty because by watching this I feel I somehow contributed to this mess.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Kerry

    Jon chose this life and he needs to GROW UP and accept his responsibilities

    June 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Cristina Fischer

    Jon & Kate accepted a very handsome sum of money in return for their privacy! So for them to scream foul over being "tabloid fodder" is just ridiculous! Just as with ANY job in life, as adults we should consider BOTH the good with the bad that this sum of money brings to us as individuals and our family as a whole. UNFORTUNATELY, I think that Jon & Kate "suffering" the tabloid sucker-punches will be the most minor effect that "Celebrity" will have on this family. The children, who have had no REAL say-so in all of this, are bound to be scrutinized and followed as their lives unfold....everything from misbehavior to sexual preference will be highlighted and out in the open for these kids in the future....if only Kate would have been so "incredibly smart" to have thought about THAT when she was depositing TLC's check.... I'll tell you what, MY family's privacy is priceless....and to sell-out like that is just unthinkable to me... Jon&Kate should have taken the less greedy route which would have been sticking with an annual documentary/follow-up at best... which would have allowed them to sort of showcase their kids, etc...yet remain in some sort of obscurity!
    I am happy for Jon though, to live life being stripped and then re-stripped of any and all masculinity...just stinks!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Karen

    Well, TLC showed how much they cared...they kept the commercials in rather than just letting the two say what they wanted to say without interruptions. Instead, the network made a big publicity play and dragged out the whole episode as a tv drama.

    It is sad, like in any family when relationships fall apart. In my opinion, the network should allow the family their privacy and stop the show. I have not read where the network has offered to release the family from their contract, or whether the couple want out of their contract.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  354. Christine

    I watched the episode and was a bit surprised and disappointed with Jon's apparent liberated approach. He should be just as crushed as Kate. The one's that will ultimately pay the highest price will be the children. Their world is turning upside down because it is one thing with the cameras on but now the children will deal with an absent parent and portions of shared time whether in the same house or not. I hope Jon remains active in their llives. Quite honestly I felt sorry for Jon until seeing tonights episode. Now, I'm seeing a man that see freedom and woudn't be surprised to read further writings and view more pictures of Jon with some other woman and partying since he now has freedom. Kate is a bit intimidating but tonight I got a real sense that she is geniunely devasted by the outcome and truthful when she believes this would have happened TV show or not.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  355. Monica

    As long as they have a show, it's probably part of their contract that EVERYTHING be filmed. Or at least what they are willing to share. Regardless of what the gossip tabloids say, they don't have to comment on it. They either choose to or have to because of their contract. I was hoping, for the sake of their children, that the decision was going to be to quit the show and work on their marriage off camera. But, the decision isn't surprising based on how things have been going; the arguing and her apparent love of attention and money. I actually haven't watched the show in over a year; I just read about what's going on on-line. It's really a boring show if you think about it; a couple chasing around their kids. I do enough of that myself; don't need to see it on TV!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  356. sandi

    I feel incredibly sad over the demise of the Gosslin 's marriage. My feeling is that Jon is a selfish immature male who found raising kids and married life a big bore so he decides to go out to bars without his wedding ring on and buy young college girls drinks. I believe Kate has been a constant throughout this, staying on the straight and narrow while Jon, somewhere along the line, has decided he wants to reclaim the "20's" he lost due to raising all those babies. Kate didn't bail ship, Jon did. The children will remember who was there for them and who wasn't. They had everything going for them. Jon's 2 a.m. jaunt with the 23 year old broke the marriage open. I do believe he is angry he got. I do believe he is jealous that Kate began to have a career outside of raising her kids. He will regret what he did someday. All 8 of the children will be flawed by this and will need counseling somewhere down the line. They keep saying they will be there for the kids, but if kate is caring for them while Jon is out snowboarding in Utah, or in New York lunching with some other young girl, then how is he there for the kids????

    June 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  357. Chrissy R.

    I would like to ask Kate if it was all worth it now. Would she do it over? Is the end of her marriage worth all the "stuff" as she likes to say, worth it?

    I have been wondering all day..why was the "wedding vow renewal" performed last year on their 9th anniversary? Seems odd to me. Renewals are usually performed on a significant anniversary, say a 10th anniversary. It was "supposed" to symbolize to their children that they (Jon and Kate) are "in it forever, as a family". That has not been a year ago.

    My heart aches for these children and what they must be feeling. You could see during the 5th birthday party that it was clearly affecting them during the exchange between Jon and Alexis. Heart wrenching and heart breaking. So sad.

    If only they had taken the time to get out from in front of the cameras, this marriage could possibly have been saved. As Jon said, he felt as if he was pushed into it. Kate clearly has no concern for his feelings.

    Jon seems to be in a deep depression over the loss of his father and Kate has always pushed it aside when brought up. Kate made Jon sell gifts from his father at their charity yard sale. Jon was clearly upset. He said he held fond memories from the "things" that Kate called "stuff". Kate said "memories are in your head..not in things" Part of that statement may be true, but to not have any compassion toward your husband at a time when he may be clearly depressed is cold and uncalled for.

    This shows that Kate probably was unwilling to work things out, she only cares about what Kate wants and that is fame, fortune and the spotlight.

    Seems funny that the mom who once had no concern over her wardrobe- is now designer laden. The mom who was once a homebody is rarely at home.

    God bless these children and hopefully the cameras will be pulled before more damage is done.

    Kate, I hope you received everything you wanted and set out to accomplish.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  358. Shiboof

    So sorry, Jon, But you guys are getting paid rather well to be 'fodder'. It's a shame that the show will continue. You are both (and so is TLC) officially taking advantage of your children. I am sad that your marriage may be over, for the kids, but I personally haven't cared to watch the train wreck that is your weekly family show for some time. Wish you would just go away and concentrate on your kids.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  359. Mark

    It's too easy to say that because someone puts themselves in the spotlight that they deserve to be torn apart by the media, as many have done. The press feeds off bad news, off of personal tragedies and lives that spiral down. The sad truth is if you put yourself out there, 99% it will end with your life being ripped apart. No one deserves to be hounded 24×7. Being on a TV show doesn't mean you deserve it. Had their marriage been on the rocks and they had the time to work through it privately without every man-eating tabloid trying to exploit them they might have made it. In the end, they are responsible for their actions and choices, but the media and the tabloids had their hand in pressing this to a conclusion that leaves 8 children with a broken home. No doubt they don't care and are moving on to their next target.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 22, 2009 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
  361. Truman

    You're dang right the public has a right to know! It's the public watching their show that has allowed them to make the millions of dollars they now have. All celebrities act like this: they want the fame and fortune that comes with being in the public eye, but whine and complain about the lack of privacy.....when are they going to realize that they can't have it both ways? Don't like the envasion in your personal life? Fine, then give back the millions of dollars and stop the show. If you're not willing to do that, then stop the b$#&*ing.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  362. Frank

    I don't care what they eat for lunch. I am disappointed to hear them complaining. In an economy where hundreds of thousands of people are loosing their jobs and homes, these people were getting paid over 50K per episode.
    On the other hand, I really am sorry to see them give up on each other and their relationship. With God's help, they can make it.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  363. Gringo

    My wife is addicted to this show so I have followed it for awhile. Everyone bagging on Jon needs to stop and realize that he puts way more into raising the kids then Kate does. Afterall, her constant travel promoting her books and speaking engagements means the only one left vesting time with the kids is Jon. Its so apparent he was reluctant about the entire idea. Do some more research, she has been all about the money and the freebies from day one. His church goes to give them a van to help out, she doesnt like the color...examples are endless. She was all about the money, oppotruntiy and shameless self promtion. Jon has always seem to be more humble and focused on the kids.

    Too bad, I figure we'll see her ebay'ing everything soon so she can maintain her vain lifestyle that she is accustomed too...

    June 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Jerry R.

    Jon & Kate need to shut down the TV show ASAP and work 24-7 to make sure the eight children THEY chose to bring into the world are raised in such a way as to be PHYSICALLY and MENTALLY HEALTHY. I think Jon wanted a normal life, but Kate is so "self centered and star struck" that she is about as far from "normal" as a person can get. When parents use their children as money makers, no good ever comes from it. The children are the ones who will suffer.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Ryan

    Paparazzi drove Jon to want to remove himself but Kate seems to enjoy it. They should have talked and come to a compromise and I think they should have ended the show long ago. At first, it was interesting to know how they deal with the children but it went too far and the pressure got to them.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  366. Megan

    Sad to see them give up like that. It would make more sense if the announcement was to cut the TLC contract so they can work on fixing their marriage, not just getting a divorce. They blame the paparrazzi and tabloids and it looks like this story is going to get more of that so you cannot blame them for your faulted marriage. I dont feel sorry for either Jon nor Kate, they both had to know this was sooner or later going to happen and shame on them, and any other TLC "reality" show families for exploiting their children like that. Those kids won't have normal childhoods because they will be forever known as Jon and Kate plus 8.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  367. dennisfromillinois

    I commend jon and kate for supporiting and prioritizing their children. Kate especially states numerous times that her kids first. Did she get her boob job for her kids too?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  368. deb

    Did Kate get a boob job? looks like it.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  369. sherry

    Sure –that's reality TV. It's the price you pay for the fame and money. Anyway you should not be doing anything that you are ashamed of ... I think Jon is tired of married life and 8 kids. I know Kate is a pain, but Jon needs to grow-up –fast... And lose the earrings –they look stupid –how childish!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  370. Former fan

    Did Jon & Kate try marriage counseling?

    I do not think the show should continue because it will no longer be Jon & Kate....."it is our family."

    They should have walked away from the show to save the family? That would mean going back to the old life of a lot less money. I tuned in to watch the precious children and what appeared to be a happy family.

    Kate said parents of multiple births have high rates of divorce. Those parents did not have what Kate & Jon received. Down the road I hope they decide the money was worth it.

    Looking back at the reruns, Kate and the kids now look like celebrities. Jon just looks worn out.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  371. Adam

    First of all, I've never seen this show, and I really don't care. But, I used to live in the same town (Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania) as these clowns, so I'll chime in.

    They signed up for the show. They got the fame they obviously desperately wanted. They got lots of money and built a big house. All of it–ALL of it–was based on their willing suspension of privacy. They invited the world into their lives, and they reaped the benefits. So, it's more than a bit disingenuous of them to be complaining that people want to pry into their lives and invade their privacy. They brought this on themselves–and, unfortunately, on their children.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Joe

    What? No more gravy train for manipulator Kate? Say it isn't so!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  373. 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 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  374. Keelin

    I don't think there is any shame in Kate traveling to promote her book and making appearances to make money.

    Imagine how much college tuition is going to cost for 8 kids (not even mentioning living costs in general). She's providing them with opportunities they may have otherwise have never had, and I think that shows a lot of sacrifice.

    Jon, on the other hand, seems to be being pretty immature and classless. He never really helped as much with the kids anyway, so I don't blame Kate for being high strung.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  375. momgeekgrrl

    seriously? You put yourself and your entire family on a reality show, with cameras following you around constantly and NOW you're complaining that...what? Cameras are following you around constantly? Really? That's the dumbest thing I've read in a long time.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  376. Teresa

    Yes, I do believe the public has a right to know because they have put their lives on display for all to see. So, since it's a reality show and their pending divorce now seems to be a "reality", to be honest and put it out there, only seems to make sense. Having said that, I do feel so extremely sorry for the children and for both Jon and Kate. There are millions of marriages in crisis and those that end in divorce each year. I just hoped upon hope that they would be able to work things out. It just goes to show that money doesn't always buy you happiness, or marital security.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  377. lloyddobblerNJ

    Didn't Kate go into a plastic surgeon's office to discuss her belly-fixing operation and show it, pre-op on camera? You can't really open up a personal part of your life like that and then cry about invasions of your privacy.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  378. david

    well what did they expect when they signed up for the show.You give up your right to privacy the moment you become a public figure and they have no one to blame but themselves and its a shame the kids have to go through this mess with them...

    June 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  379. Debora

    Straight people. Gees. You all need to grow up.
    Bring 8 children into the world and then act like a couple of idiots.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  380. Jennifer

    Never watched the show, but I think that it is pathetic that they complain about the paparazzi following them 24/7. Kate acts like she is some mega movie star and obviously wants nothing to do with her children. Almost seems like she despises them. They are obviously doing this for money and if they would have come out and said that they were stopping their show and taking back their lives to save their marriage and family, I would have had more respect for them. I feel sorry for the kids growing up in the spotlight like this due to their parents stupidity and greed for only money. As far as I am concerned, TLC needs to cancel that show immediately and stop subjecting the kids to this kind of rediculous trauma. The kids are going to need therapy and need help dealing with their parents separation/divorce and should TLC really be in their faces during this difficult time?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  381. Ken

    Jon is right, it is sad so many people are involved in the lives of others instead of things that really matter. But Jon and Kate put themselves in this position. This all goes WAY back. Jon and Kate lived in my hometown (and are still in the area). Jon's dad was my dentist, Jon was my summer soccer coach. At the time Jon and Kate got together, I was too young to understand everything, but I do remember the news of the sextuplets. From square one, they signed up for all of it, in a way. They made a decision to do something that would...enable...them to have that many children when they knew they were already having trouble supporting two. As much as they had it coming, it is still sad. I hope they can work things out for the best in the future and raise their children cooperatively.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  382. Nabs

    It upsets me that some blame Kate for the divorce. Seriously? Jon should have been a man and performed his manly duties. Had he been doing what he was supposed to be doing, she wouldn't have had to tell him what to do.

    I don't understand how he can sit on tv and talk about I quit my job to support Kate's career and take care of the kids. Jonny boy quit his job because his salary would have been champ change next to Kate's. Jon was just another child to take care off. TWhile she was taking care of the family, he was using her hard earned cash to chase women! Things happen for a reason. She needs to move on from this, there is someone out there for her. Jon, one piece of advice.. you are not the only player on the team, there are 9 otherS, you need to grow up and SIT DOWN!!!!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  383. Stace

    I wish the show would be cancelled now. Its not worth it for the kids. They will get bugged by paps. It's staged. Yes its sad they had to do this on tv. It's none of our business. This will blow over. Really we should be concerned about big issues like Irag, Heath etc. Like Jon said, not like what he is eating, what his kids are doing etc....

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

    Why is this still a show? If they were really looking into what is best for the kids, they would cut the cameras now. Even if the marriage is over, let them be kids. Let them remember things in their own memories, not from what the rest of the world sees on TV. How are they going to function at school when they are constantly entertained by someone right now. Cut the ties to reality TV and really invest in thier future, that is what good parents would do. They should have enough money now to set aside for college and live a normal daily life.

    .... all this coming from someone that was hooked from day 1! Enough is enough though.

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

    Personally, I don't care to know. That is their private family information. While they have been very much in the public eye, they have a right to some privacy, just like any other citizen. I'm sorry for them to see their marriage go down the drain. They (when first televised) were a very happy family with 8 wonderful children. While I understand that they took on the television show and that the television show was probably the major contributor to the failing marriage I still feel very sorry for them. My sympathy goes out to John and Kate and the 8 children that have to now suffer and bounce back and forth from mom and dad because America wanted to pry it's eye into the personal lives of 10 people.

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

    I feel for Kate, and does this mean that Jon will be bringing over Deanna when he is with the kids?

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

    Until I find an article saying they had guns put to their heads to sign a contract and do the show then I'll feel badly. Bed. Made. Lie. Those tools decided to turn their family out to the media for a few bucks. Well congratulations, I hope the fame was worth the ending of your marriage.

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

    Jon is a wimp and she should have kicked him to the curb a long time ago. I am sure her frustration that shows on the tv show is due to his immaturity that she has to deal with 24/7. Grow up! You have kids and responsibilities. Is Kate going to walk away from her kids? Never. You, Jon, are NOTHING without them. Walk away. NO ONE will ever care what you are doing or if you are fooling around with 20 year old women again. Good luck to you buddy. You will need it.

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

    Okay...the divorce was expected. But..still, what gets me is the shameless promotion of Crooked House for yet another freebie complete with all the kids wearing the corporate t shirts. How many times can the couple say Crooked House?? That made me ill.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  390. Judy in AZ

    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.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  391. so sad

    Now Jon will actually have to get a job and stop wasting all his time snowboarding in Utah. He needs to grow up and lose the earrings. Come on. You are the father of 8 kids. Buck up. Its back to the real world now buttercup and no more free stuff every time you turn around. Good luck with the adjustment

    Jon – grow up. Kate – take a chill pill and start enjoying the time you spend with your kids.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  392. Karen B

    After watching the show from the start, all I could do was cry. While I am not a member of their household, I am so sad that one could not back down while the other tried to stand on two feet. Kate....please...

    June 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  393. Mike

    It's pretty obvious that this nonsense is scripted. I can't believe people actually take the time out of their busy lives to watch this garbage.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  394. SD_Seahawk

    My feeling is if you profit from celebrity status (including starring in a reality TV series), then you forfeit your right to privacy. Personally I couldn't care less what John ate for lunch but I do object to celebrities crying the blues about their lack of privacy in their multi-million dollar hollywood mansions paid for by the same people that are allegedly crimping their style.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  395. Christine

    He and his "shrew" I mean wife have made themselves into celebreties but he can't understand why they are being put in the spotlight? Jon you needed to get away from her you are a gentle nice person she's not you deserve to have a nice life not one run by a b....!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  396. William

    I am totally amazed at the number of comments concerning the role of the paparazzi, each parent, and the network. The blame is Jon and Kate's to share. They chose to bring these eight children into the world. They made a vow at marriage to continue for better or worse. They chose the worse. They now choose to run. America, please wake up and remember that family values are not to be exploited by television or political parties. Family values are to be celebrated within the four walls of your home not the frame of the nations television.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  397. williama9

    I am disgusted by this couple and hope (pray) that the show will be taken off the air. Jon is filled with rage and Kate is playing the 'it's not me, it's him' thing. Seriously, it needs to end.

    If you're going to live your lives on TV, then don't complain when you're the topic of news. Don't like it? Stop doing the show. It's simple.

    Additionally, this season is more over the top than ever. It's obvious that every episode is based around some endorsement that yields his family more swag. Enough already. It's sickening.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  398. BSG

    I am not shocked by the split... but if I had invested 10 years of my life and created 8 beautiful children I would have fought for my marriage. I do not know what goes on when the cameras are off, but it does not even seem like they tried to work this out.

    Marriage is work. It takes two people. You need to have some give and take. But most importantly you have to be able to listen to one another. If one is struggling with something, you support them, help them find their way, and just love them unconditionally.

    I really hope that as these two adults sit down and watch these "memories" they have with their kids, I hope they seem themselves and learn a few things. Just goes to show you, you can have all the money, the big house, nice family and it is still not enough.......

    June 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  399. Ray

    Speaking as a man, I can understand how Jon felt emasculated by Kate all of those years. But nonetheless, he let it happen. Now he wants his freedom, and it's the children –who he professes to love so much– that will suffer. He should man the f*#$ up and work it out. It's time to put your big boy pants on, Jon!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Rachel

    Jon has to remember that they put themselves out here. I'm sure they could have never envisioned it would get this big. It is sad really and I do think that for the sake of the family they should cancel this show. It's the only chance this family has...but our society is not likely to take that and TLC loves the $$....so we can only hope they will do the right thing. My prayers are with them and especially those precious children.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  401. Bill

    It amazes me how people are all too williing to indulge in the fantasy of becoming a "celebrity" on a "reality" show, but get indignant when thier carefully staged performances give way to thier sordid secrets and hidden truths. Yes – it's true that living in the scrutiny of the public eye can be problematic to a relationship – but these folks chose thier fate. If they were serious about thier relatioship, they would have made a collective effort to save it rather than flirt with marital indiscretions and plastic surgury. I guess it's also a sad commentary on our civilization that we choose to watch the scripted "reality" of borderline trailer trash over programming that can enlighten or enrich our lives.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  402. patty

    He shouldn't complain. He signed up for this and certainly is reaping the"many financial benefits this realty series has afforded him. Give back the four wheelers, motorcyclec, bmw, etc. and now shopping for an apartment in NYC – give me a break! Everyone should not watch this show – let it cancel – best thing in the world for those children.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  403. Amie

    What if....now, seriously, what if...the producers decided that the show was getting bland. It was nice to go to disney world and see their new house built. All fun, harmonious things. What kind of drama can a show have? A stinky diaper, a case of the flu, getting a haircut? Those things are neat and all, but not necessarily a sit on the edge of your chair and wait for 8 o'clock to come on. So, I say they decided to stage it. Yep, that's right.

    "hey Jon, Kate, what if we have you two starting to argue more often, and we'll lead into a giant episode to reveal the divorce etc...just think of the ratings and money to come! I know you guys love each other so we'll keep it to the cameras. Tabloids will love it. You guys can fade away..do a couple episodes separately and let it go with millions. America loves drama"

    I'm just saying what makes the entertainment world go 'round is drama...gossipy, sticky, ugly, nasty drama.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  404. aisler

    Jon is right...the media has spent more time on this than on the Iraq war. Our soldiers are still dying, and often through suicide because of what being at was has done to them. Yes, the breakup of a marriage is sad, but why is this receiving more attention than the war our country continues to fight.? I hope everyone–the media, the people commenting here–pay as much attention to important things like the war, the economy, the fact that millions of people are without healthcare–as they do to this pablum.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Sue

    This is pathetic. They did it to themselves. Greed. Lust for fame. Self gratification. All those came before the best interests of the kids. Those innocent children should be removed from the custody of BOTH OF THEM. Shame on TLC for exploiting the whole situation.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  406. Jamie

    By the way that the tabloids have stalked them, you knew that their marriage was going to end this way. It's extremely sad to know that there are 8 children out there that have watched their parent's marriage turn to shambles, and you honestly have to wonder if reality TV was the cause of this. Would they be divorcing if they didn't have a show? Honestly, Jon openingly admits to People Mag. that he married young and had kids and didn't get to live life. Hello! That is why you get married! If you didn't want that life, then why did you take your vows? Why did you both renew vows last year? Makes no sense, my heart breaks for those children as they now will have to learn to live life as a divorced child!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  407. Meg

    "jon and kate" are probably giving use the first true dose of the reality of 'reality tv' genre. They insist that it was not participation in the show that drove them apart, while Jon makes it clear that he cannot relate to Kate on any level anymore, and does not understand the attention. We are sure to be subjected to years of these children as they face adulthood- every slip up...arrest... show of angst. Being one of a multiple birth, split parents, AND the subjects of a phenomenon that showcased their most intimate early childhood moments is a powder keg ready to explode.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  408. Dee

    Jon seems very excited about only being 32 (indicating he is still young, but he is about to lose something he will never get back. Part time daddy is not the same is his former role of full time daddy. Kids will experience loss and begin to wonder if Mom is going to leave too. Probably the worst thing he said tonight was I've been missing tapings lately because I wanted the kids to "get used to" the new deal of me not being around as much. Jon, they will never get used to it. Never. And they will lose trust in you being there for them, since leaving for your new life was more important than nailing down your feet, growing up, and getting this thing to work with Kate.

    Kate, you argued in front of the kids??? All this about being there for the kids stuff and you two argued and hurt them like that? Rule number one is never, never show the kids that again.

    The two or you make me very sad. Your kids will never get over this. And Jon and Kate, please do not go into new relationships and have more kids. It'll be a miracle if you get these eight up without someone getting into some serious stuff.

    This is wrong. Jon wants out. Kate doesn't want to be alone. And on the side are eight souls who don't deserve this whole ordeal.

    I would cancel the tapings now and focus on them and them alone. That is, if they really are number one in your hearts.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  409. Dave

    There should be a law that limits the number of children allowed to be born to a family. That is a "litter" which is rediculous. People that have that many kids are retarded to begin with..they get what they deserve. There are not enough resources on the planet to support families of this size. On the funny side, that dude has no balls what so ever! Only in America is this tripe news.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  410. Bryan

    It's more than a separation, did you not see the blurb at the end of a "dissolution of marriage was filed today?". It's the end of that train wreck and it obviously was a long time coming.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  411. Amy B

    It's sad that they came to this–he sounded a bit fake–don't blame paps when you not only invite photog in but enjoy the rewards as well. They both should stop filming and focus on counseling and making sure this is what they really want. I've been married 12 years and it isn't always about lovey dovey–marriage is a commitment esp. with kids. While Kate is tough, she has never hidden herself. If I had to deal with 8 kids as she did I would have demanded routines and structure for my sanity too. Maybe some real time apart–and NO cameras can help them.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  412. Kalysia

    It is certainly not the business of the public, but it is their decision to make it public knowledge.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  413. Get-A-Life

    Oh Pluueeezze America. It's like watching that idiot show abut the Nanny who has to handle the children cause the parents are complete chuckle heads.

    God put a special nerve ending between your sit down part and your brain. When activated by a firm, loving and in-control parent – after the rules and guidelines are set down – it does wonders for a childs behavior. No beatngs – just a swat, when needed, on the backside.

    Jon & Kate – hope you made a ton of money cause your lawyers are gonna s*ck ya dry.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Maureen Cook

    It seems like Kate would be willing to work on the marraige- to go to counseling and to try to make it work. It appears that Jon is done with it. Up until tonights show, I thought it was Kate instigating things. Now I can see that while she played a part in the demise, she is also willing to try and make it work. I really felt bad for her.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  415. Shelley

    Great .... we have Jon experiencing an early mid-life crisis and Kate salivating at the thought of writng a How To book on divorce.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  416. Barbara

    I am not a regular fan of the show but because of the media attention have watched shows and the hour long special. I have years of working with families and their young children. I have also been a working and then a single parent who has raised my children. I see Kate doing the things that need to be done as a responsible parent. I see Jon sulking, and talking about being a 32 year old man who has no idea where he is going, if he will get a job offer, or even how to provide for his family if they no longer have this show. I think Jon needs to stop throwing a temper tantrum, and acting like he is a 23 year old college kid and start acting like the 32 year old, balding , father of eight kids that he is and start helping his wife take care of his family. I hope he gets a clue before they lose everything because of his poor choices and sulking. Time for him to grow up and be a man.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  417. Mary

    Wonder what the child support payment is going to be?

    June 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  418. R. M.

    It is so true, what he has said about all of our troops overseas risking their lives yet more people seem to care about what he had for lunch. But maybe that's just my biases opinion since I am a military wife. I feel bad for their whole family, Jon, Kate and the children. She has been horrible and very rude to him but I feel that she would have liked to have tried to resolve things, he just wasn't having it. But I also feel that after being treated the way he had by her for 10 years, he didn't feel anything would change but he could have at least tried. I do think it would be in the childrens best interest for the show to be canceled but it's a train wreck that I and a lot of other people just can't stop watching.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  419. James Floyer

    I am in total alignment to what M. Keller stated above...Perfect. I couldn't have said it any better...

    Jon, take the kids.

    Kate, stop acting like such a martyr.


    June 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  420. Mandy

    Jon and Kate signed up for the show. That means that they sign ed away part of their privacy. I do think that fans should know if Jon and Kate are getting divorced. The show is a reality show, Jon and Kate's reality is they are getting divorced, so we should get to see it on the show.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  421. Chad Freeman

    It jusst goes to show how much of a deadbeat society we are in this country we can not keep a simple marriage going. It a giant snowball effect that if the home is not right how can america be a great country. If family fails infrastructure of a whole nation fails.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  422. Tony in Hampton Roads

    I can't believe no one see what's going on. This is a staged show. If TLC wants to make more money off this what would be a good concept for another show?,,,,,a reunion, then wedding and ever-after

    June 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  423. Angi

    Jon Gosselin is a quitter and selfish. He cannot wait to get out of that house, not because of Kate or the kids, but because he wants to party. Like he said, he is 32 years old.... He says it's for the kids, but that is just an excuse. How sad. He will soon regret his decisions.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  424. Dorothy

    Having watched this show from the start, mainly because I have 6 children, mind you not muliples..I loved watching the children grow..they are so innocent and natural...but I did see both Jon and Kate change over the last couple of years. Kate seems to be able to handle the "publicity", must easier than Jon, and I feel Jon just didn't realize how it would affect their marriage and their lives. I am heart broken for all of them...as I myself am a single parent and know how hard it is. I believe Jon when he states he wants what is best for the kids, but not Kate. What is best for the kids is to STOP this show right away and concentrate on the kids..I am sure they have more than enough to provide them a very good future. I for one know how hard this is on the kids...please please..stop the show for their sake!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  425. Arya

    This is incredible.!! Not happy with continue destroying these poor kids life, putting every second of their life on national tv... now they will show the hardest time of their life as well.... their parents divorce.

    Shame on you Jon & Kate... you should not be call parents at all. Shame on you!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  426. Flipper

    i haven't watched a single episode of this farce, but I will tell this jon guy this: who signed up for this! You did you moron! you must have been offered money or something. can't eat your cake and have it buddy. Don't blame america blame your decision making ability.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  427. Jewell Waege

    I think it is dumb that they are getting divorced. I use to get excited to watch their show and I was excited for the announcement that they would be going to counseling and working out their marriage. I can't stand to watch the show anymore and I don't think they should continue with it.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  428. Patricia

    This show tonight was full of cliches...the problem with this marriage is they didn't put each other first. Kids would be glad to come in second if only to watch their parents love and respect one another. This is a travesty. I'd have much more respect for these parents if they got out of their contract in an effort to save this family. Yes Kate you do have a choice..you've made enough money now – so quit and stay home with these kids. Jon, grow up...man up. You are 'excited' about your new chapter – wow, how easy it is to through your hands up.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  429. Becky

    Jon is excited to dump his wife and family so he can get on with his life. He says he's, "Only 32." So what? Kate had to take charge because Jon wouldn't live up to his responsibilities with the children. How many times have we seen Jon stand around looking helpless when the family had to get out the door? Laid back or doesn't give a crap?
    So now Kate's going to be a single mom and Jon will drop in on his kids – for a while. When it becomes too inconvenient and tiresome for him to "deal with the kids" he'll fade out of their lives. But he'll be a rich daddy – thanks to the kids. Jon go back to work? No way.
    Kate plus 8 sounds great to me.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  430. Ginny Meyer

    Oh please the only ones to feel sorry for are the kids. What these parents have subjected them to in the last few years is disgusting.

    Stole their childhood. Think back on the show how much screaming and crying and carrying on if you think about it not a lot of calmness and quiet family fun. How can you with cameras and mikes and lights in your face all the time.

    It's what they chose so they wouldn"t have to work and could get rich quick now the kids will suffer. WHO CARES ABOUT THE TWO OF THEM THEY MADE A CONSCIOUS DECISION ABOUT THEIR LIVES

    June 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  431. bill

    i can relate to some of the feelings and attitude I think Jon is exhibiting having gone through it myself. I left one kid when I emotionally and then physically left the marriage. I was Jon's age and said some of the same things. Now remarried and have another child but as I look back, there was really no good reason for me to leave beyond my own self centeredness.
    He has 8 kids and he is only thinking of himself at the end of the day and what he is about to do to his kids and wife running from his responsibilities, (and believe me he is running), is wrong and will do a lot of damage, much of it not visible but emotional. If i could tell him sepretae for a year, go nuts, ride your Harley but stay in the marriage and do the next right thing. it would be the right decision in the long run.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  432. PJ Howe

    You put money before family and of course you lose it all.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  433. joann

    Hey, idiot, if people didn't care (although why they care I don't understand), your butt would be working for a living instead of putting your life out on tv for everyone to watch like a slow train wreck!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  434. Jill

    You know, I didn't know whether to laugh or feel stupid as "poor Lil Kate" was sitting there looking all sad and helpless. Who the hell does she think she's kidding. She's setting everything up so that it looks like SHE did everything to avoid a separation and that Jon is responsible for the whole mess. She doesn't blame the show? WTH? My guess is she's not blaming the show because she's going to move forward with it and collect her big paycheck every week, write her books, and make public appearances. If she blamed the show, she couldn't do that. What a shame what a taste of a lot of money does to someone. She would rather separate and keep the show going, than actually give the show up and seek counseling to save her marriage. She makes me ill. Jon, I couldn't be happier for you.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  435. Ronny

    They made their family into a show, so they should not be surprised that people watched. Their "family values" became quite clear when they decided to end the marriage and not the television show. Unfortunately, it is the children who end up with a broken home and unwanted media attention. Hope the money and fame were worth it, Jon and Kate.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  436. kelli

    For the sake of the kids, you would think they would seperate from the TV show and not each other...DUH. I am so glad I don't watch this tragedy.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  437. Vickie

    I think most of you need to get a life and start discussing more important issues: Darfur, Iraq, Iran, the families whose loved ones lost their lives today in the train accident. . . . .
    I can't believe this trash is on.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  438. Stephanie

    Yes, the kids are very important but their relationship should've been just as important. And if they don't want people knowing their business then they should get out of the public eye........ This show should be CANCELLED!! This family needs to get it together!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  439. Stephen

    "My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.

    ...Here the people rule. But there is a higher Power, by whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy." – Gerald Ford

    Either Gerald Ford was talking about Watergate or he was some kind of prophet. Could he have foreseen the end of Jon & Kate so long ago!?!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  440. Barbara Talley

    I think the show should be cancelled, and that we should all learn a lesson and spend time cultivating our own marriages.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  441. sue1206

    I think this show should end. Continuing will only hurt the kids. The premise of the show (and namesake) has now changed. Jon and Kate should try their best to disappear back into society and work regular jobs once again to support their family. What a shame.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  442. Ps

    Jon seemed very immature on tonight's show. Like a baby. Kate, with her lesbian haircut (thanks Kathy), actually seemed like she was upset. Jon is happy...he wants to hook up with younger women What role models they both are.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
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  444. Kewpie

    Oh boo hoo, Jon feels his privacy has been invaded by paparazzi. What a hypocrite! He feigns moral outrage that people want to know everything about him. Didnt he have to be quite the egomaniac to think exposing his kids and his marriage to reality TV was a good idea in the first place? I hope they ALL just go away ...all TEN of those gobblins!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  445. Colleen

    They both made mistakes; Kate didn't respect Jon, Jon turned to someone else. Perhaps their biggest mistake was in underestimating the effects of allowing a camera to be shoved in front of their kids' faces every day during their formative years (cameras shoved in their own faces notwithstanding). And, perhaps, shame on TLC for promoting the dissolution of a marriage and a family. And, finally, shame on us (self included) for feeling so compelled to bear witness to something that is, sadly, so common..... why do we have to tune in when it is happening in our own homes or two doors down? I guess we enjoy watching train wrecks because it seems, in some twisted way, to make our own lives seem not quite so bad.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  446. Cheryl Kelley

    I agree with Jon, what has this country come to. I feel sorry for thier family where Jon and Kate are seperating. Unfortunately they should have known that it would come down to the paparazzi chaseing them down every street, wanting to know what time they blew thier noses or what they were going to buy at the store next.
    I wish them the best in theier new chapters in life. Hopefully it will be without all the media attention.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  447. andy

    Jon is just having a quarter life crisis. He's dressing like an 18 yr old boy, with piercings, drinking, smoking pot, and hanging out with 23 yr olds. Kate is far too mature for him, and she's obviously still very in love with him. Granted that they both made mistakes, he will regret this when he catches up to her in maturity. After all, he did say he was 'excited.' No decent, adult, mature man would say he's 'excited' about dumping his wife and kids while she's crying saying that's not what she wanted.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  448. Jim

    Personally, I found the fact that Jon kept referring to the kids as "our kids" and Kate referring to them as "my kids" said it all. The kids will grow up now listening to Kate say how rotten their father is/was... but when they are old enough to see the tapes, they'll figure it out for themselves and decide dad was really the good one in the mix.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  449. Lindsey

    I agree with those who are taking Jon to task as well as Kate. It takes two to make a marraige work and I feel he didn't put much effort into it. Yes, Kate had to tell him what to do because, otherwise, he would do nothing. And he complained when he had to got furniture shopping for beds for the kids and whenever he had to put together their furniture. He wasn't doing that for Kate, it was for his children to use.

    Typical divorce-she gets the most responsiblity for the kids. Jon needs to go back to work to keep himself occupied in a productive manner--not out on a ski slope or with a sweet young thing in the wee hours of the morning.

    I, too, cannot believe they didn't take advantage of counseling. Seems like TLC should have brought this to their attention. Maybe they should have spoken with the Dilly family. They seem to enjoy their children a lot more than either Jon or Kate.

    Best of luck to all of them.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  450. Max

    The show needs to end. If they really want peace, they need the show to end, popularity for them will decrease and paparazzi can leave them alone. The kids are the ones who will be in the middle of a public divorce, a private divorce is hard enough.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  451. Brianna O

    I believe Jon and Kate could of prevented this reguardless of what Kate says. All they had to do was cancel the show last season. I think their living arrangment sucks and the fact that they will continue the show despite the fact that theyre family has been ruined by tv goes to show that they are in it for the money and saying its all about the kids is a cover up. Its sad and unfortunate for those kids.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  452. Lori L

    It's amazing that so many people think they "really" know what has been going on w/Jon & Kate because they watch the show or have seen stuff on tv or in the news. We don't know it all. There is always stuff that goes on in the home that is private and even the closest of friends don't know it was happening. Jon & Kate have issues they apparently aren't able to work through and like so many other marriages, theirs is ending. What good does it do to sit and debate who behaved worst and who made the most mistakes? They both could have done better, just like all the rest of the couples who filed for separation or divorce today.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  453. linda

    I am sorry to hear that this couple have chosen divorce. I was hoping that they would annouce that they were quitting show business because it was destroying their marriage. At this point the Network should absolutely cancel the show. It is not entertainment anymore. It is just sad. Jon and Kate chose to throw themselves into the camera and bare inner thoughts that should never have been said out loud. And, what happened to their marriage has happened many times before in Hollywood.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  454. Zach A.

    Jon's attempt to divert attention to the "troops dying in Iraq" and away from what appears to be his somewhat reprehensible behavior was sleazy and childish. He's angry at the paparazzi because they caught him cheating on his wife. Rather than accept blame for that mistake, apologize, and move on, he has instead decided to deflect any criticism of himself by blaming the situation on invasive media. This entire situation is absurd. At one point during the show he actually stated that "Yeah I'm upset [about the divorce], but I'm also excited. You know, I'm 32 so who knows what'll happen." For him to then try to say that this excitement somehow benefited his children began to border on the insane. We've not only witnessed a family and a marriage self-destruct, we've also seen two people self-destruct. This show should be taken off the air ASAP – if these poor kids are to have any hope at a normal adult life.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  455. focusedonmarriage

    I agree with Jon.. while yes they go on reality TV, they were asked because they were a novelty with such a makeup of a family, not knowing what the media can do.. and like he said, why aren't they covering the details of what our soldiers are going through, how we can help them,etc.. I hope they can somehow work things out for the kids if its supposed to be.. Good luck Jon and Kate!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  456. Troy

    It's sad that we, as a country, get off on others' misfortune, but it's also sad that the Gosselin family exploit their children for 75 thousand bucks an episode. You get what you ask for. Either way, though, no man deserves to be treated the way she treats him. TV show or not, there's no way he can go on living like that. It's only natural for someone to seek someone that treats you with respect when all you get is berated all day.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  457. KC

    These two really are delusional. It was quite aggravating that they each kept insisting they were doing the best thing for their kids when it's clear they stopped thinking about what was best for their kids long ago. The only satisfying outcome of this episode would have been a statement that the show would end at the end of their current contract. Surely $70k per episode for 40 episodes is enough to invest and live on for quite awhile. How much money do you really need at the expense of your children??

    June 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  458. Delores Nickel

    As viewers, of course we should know. They signed up for this!! However-they lied to us all. "They
    filed for a "dissolution of their marriage", a divorce-not a legal seperation. But that is only the last lie.
    I was interested in how this cute little couple with 8 kids would manage; yes Jon was, well...Jon and Kate was, well...Kate. And they never communicated well. But, as a former therapist for nearly 30 years, I hoped they would improve over time or get help to do so. Instead, in an episode that clearly shows Jon's self-centered, narcissism, he pouted and sulked through the first episode this season; while Kate revealed her vulnerable side. That marriage counseling was never mentioned-never even considered-did it for me!! There isn't a woman alive who does not know how this ends.
    Jon will ride off in his new sports car or motorcycle, will not have to work to support his kids (the show and Kate will continue to do that for him); he'll keep up his end of "childcare" for awhile and then find every excuse to slack off, begin dating alot until he finds a woman who resents his kids and time he spends with them.
    Kate will shoulder the bulk of supporting and caring for the kids, date off and on-but what guy wants to start off marriage with 8 kids??
    And no consideration concering the effects upon their children.
    They have become another statistic in this throw-away society; if you are not happy-leave. Leaving should never have been an option-unless physical abuse was involved. Everything else is fixable. Jon simply wants to be single and live the party life he feels he missed out on. Because they did not agree to marriage counseling-there never was a desire to work on the marriage-only to bail. Their kids will pay the price for that-no matter how they try to delude themselves. We should all turn the channel and stop enabling this sad situation. I'm done.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  459. Liz

    FINALLY, Jon will have the peace he is so deserving of. As a woman, I'm outraged at the ongoing humilation towards Jon by Kate. I don't know who she thinks she is, but she's getting what she has deserved for a very long time. Life without a man who loved her so much that he was willing to be humiliated constantly by her. Friends say the kids are alot closer to him than her, and they love him more too. I'm not surprised. I hope he doesn't feel guilty about the separation. I'm sure she's pounded him and will blame him for everything as usual. He should have left a long time ago. She's a bitch and so is karma!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  460. Dianne

    Jon is such a jerk and a wimp. He moves out..starts a new life and Kate gets 8 kids. He see a future with something besides the ever present 8 kids and Kate see only 8 kids in her future. He is such a a self-centered jerk.

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

    Get that show off the air waves....their not worth looking at and not worth $ 175.000 per show......what a bunch of crap.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  462. David Harvey

    I really felt sad for Kate. Sure sometimes she was tough trying to manage EIGHT kids, but John needs to make his feelings and points known and not sit back for 10 years happy to be a follower. Everyone knows he just wants to live the part life style HE decided to give up for kids.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  463. Carolyn

    What a great ploy to keep up ratings..haha...wonder when they will magically reconcile...haha. Money is the name of the game and we all know it. I am so sick of hearing them both say they do everything for the kids. They do what the do because they have both become attention whores and think they really are celebrities. And by the way, why didn't TLC do a show about Kate and her new breast implants? They showed Jon getting his hair plugs.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  464. Bobb Kasp

    Every marriage that ends is sad, especially when there are kids involved. No, I do not think that all of America has to know about the personal issues between Jon and Kate. I agree, what has our society become? That's why we have a society in such a mess and kids that are so screwed up. I see them every day as an educator.

    And, yes, the show should come to an end so they can try to bring some peace to all of their lives.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  465. NCRedhead

    who cares about this? they put themselves on TV by choice.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  466. Outraged

    This is really sad. My heart goes out to those kids. I can't believe that they will go on with this show! Divorce is hard on kids and for the all mighty dollar they will be filming every second of it. After tonight, I will NEVER watch this show again. No reruns NOTHING!! Jon is obviously over this whole thing and Kate is really playing it up for the camera. It's disgusting! And she acts like she's so heartbroken that she has to be away from her kids for "work" Yeah right! I am just disgusted by this whole episode. And now they are faking a Mother's Day episode. Wasn't she tanning and doing interviews on Mother's Day!?! Hhmm..Kate Mother's Day is a very important holiday that you missed...since you say you will NEVER miss a holiday. Kate keeps saying that she doesn't want to do this alone but she has no choice. Kate you are not doing this alone! Jon will be a part of these kids life and seems to be much more involved than you are! Kate is a disgusting, vile, evil woman who will do whatever it takes to make herself look good! Ugh! This woman...I can't even go on.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  467. Momitchka

    Did anyone notice how Jon said he was excited about starting this next chapter in his life? You know – the one with his 2 seater sports car, 1 bedroom apartment. Hmm.. sounds like there's not much room for the kids in his life either. As anal as Kate is about everything, at least she will be there with and for the kids, while daddy will be living life all over again. Lucky him, he doesn' need to find a babysitter to go out...

    Sorry for the sarcasm, but that little remark made me mad. TLC – cancel this show for the kids sake.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  468. Carol

    Kate is just a money hungry woman who wants to profit from her kids; now let's add John into the mix leaving; more money, more television shows, she needs to get out a get a job and let her kids be kids, leaving them out of the spotlight and let them live a normal life. She is no better than Octomom....

    June 22, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  469. Dale Whitehall

    All journalist and photojournalist should ask themselves is this really newsworthy? CNN and other news broadcasters should be better than they have been and stop airing junk like this and about other celebrities. They should stick to the news and let the trash for Jerry Springer.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  470. NP

    Too bad Jon didn't stand-up for himself earlier. Maybe then he and Kate's marriage could have been saved.

    If rumors are true that he is looking to move to NYC, then how much is he really going to be there for his kids? If he truly wants to co-parent, then maybe he should stay local. That's right, he wants to be in NYC so it's easier for him to party with twenty-somethings.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  471. Holly

    They could always turn it into an educational show: "Jon and Kate plus 8 minus 1." All kidding aside, I can't see how anyone who puts themselves out there has any right to complain about it. They got a million dollar house, 23 acres of land, and god knows what other "burdens" they have had foisted upon them. It reminds me of Octomom complaining that no one will leave her alone.

    If you put yourself in the public eye, don't get mad when people want to look!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  472. Linda O.

    It's not really anyone's "business," but we want to know because we're curious. We really shouldn't focus so much on their lives when there are other things going on in this world, but let's face it, it's a guilty pleasure.

    The paparazzi is being extremely heartless. Jon and Kate already have cameras in their face (accurately) capturing what's going on. They don't need another set of cameras relentlessly putting out twisted information.

    If your parents were getting a divorce I would never go up to you and say, "Well, that's because you're mom and dad cheated on each other." Because 1. I don't know that it's true. and 2. that's just mean.

    On top of all that, I don't think the show ruined the children's lives like people insist on. The paparazzi ruined it by making up a bunch of accusations.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  473. Penny

    Do the kids know about the divorce? Who really cares about watching this show now? Is it going to be renamed "EIght is Enough!" Why doesn't Jon and Kate get a real job and not depend on TLC for a paycheck....now that would be a reality show worth watching–Jon and Kate Get a Job!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  474. Barry

    Jon & Kate put themselves in the public eye and to a large degree they should have known the public scrutiny was going to follow. Though in their defense, they probably never knew they were going to be that popular of a show or if they were going to be around after 1 season.

    One can't blame them, after all, they had 8 mouths to feed and the financial cost of raising that many kids must have made it seem like it was an offer they couldn't refuse.

    Would the 2 of them have gotten separated if they weren't on the show? My 2 cents is that the show definitely contributed. It likely contributed to Jon's feelings of not being the breadwinner and to Kate's type-A and domineering personality being over emphasized than what it would normally have been.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  475. Paige

    It is my opinion that the media is greatly at fault for the end of this marriage. The show was to be about the family, but the media needed more drama and tried to search for and create it. So they followed them, made up stories about them and created more tension than was necessary. I would probably doubt my husband's story when millions of others are trying to convince me of another story. They had a weird way to communicate at the beginning of their relationship and probably would have been able to get over their issues by themselves. It's too bad that they even started this show. Although with 8 kids they might be fighting about money than infedelity.
    So sad.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  476. NICOLE

    i watched the show tonight (monday) and i felt really bad for kate! even though she can be a hag she truely seemed upset by this whole thing.Jon on the other hand seemed emotionless and excited at the fact he is only 32 and gets to get a new life!!!!! he said it over and over again....................POOR KATE!!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  477. End Of An Error

    They signed up to have their lives paraded in front of viewers. It's a bit disingenuous to now resent that people want to pry into their lives. Jon complains about there being other more important things for people to worry about. He's right. But where was that attitude while they were making money off of their exhibitionism?

    The question people should be asking is why would anyone care in the first place – for the show or for details afterwards.

    They are just a couple of people with a dysfunctional relationship. Wanting to peek in on that train wreck as it happens is just as dysfunctional.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  478. Darlene Klassen

    No matter your opinion of this pair, there are eight kids whose worlds are being shattered. This is sad on so many levels.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  479. lisa

    Hell no I don't think the show should continue. It should have been off the air a long time ago. This has become an addictive fantasy world for Kate. Jon could care less and rightly so. He is a father to those children and that's what he's been concentrating on, for the most part. Kate, on the other hand, her being the bossy bitch that she is, it's been about money and "what can I do to sit around and not have to go to a real job ever again?" All she ever did was bitch and raise hell when Jon was working. He probably quit so she'd stop complaining so damn much. Then, once he quit, he became Mr. Mom because Kate wasn't home hardly anymore. This show was supposed to be about the kids and it turned into some stupid "married with children" series or "how the world turns"....we've got enough of those shows. I have been boycotting their show for about 6 months now and only look on blogs such as this one to hear what happened. I don't want them to get any ratings from me. I think they should divorce...I hate Kate and I think Jon did what he had to do....did he cheat? who cares! She deserved it....no doubt about it.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  480. Danielle

    Totally ridiculous.

    They want to have a show, want everyone to watch the show, want to be paid alot for the show, want to get a lot of free stuff on the show, but don't want anyone interested in the REALITY behind the show. Only the made up scenarios they put on their show.

    Will the show name be changed to

    Jon OR Kate plus eight?

    June 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  481. Ryan

    As the show came to an end, I felt an enormous sadness for the two of them. I strongly believe that the paparazzi had a big role to play in their separation because Jon, very understandably, finds it very difficult to deal with the paparazzi on a daily basis. Who wants to deal with them on a daily basis? I certainly would not want to be "famous" because that would mean that my privacy would be stripped away and I wouldn't be able to enjoy my free time alone let alone be with my family in the public. My entire life would be scrutinized endlessly for the public.

    Jon is right, that they should spend more time on other more important matters than just on what he eats. I couldn't care less about that. Many of us don't just watch the show just for Jon and Kate solely...but to watch how the kids interact with each other and so on.

    I also believe that Kate had a role in pushing Jon out. To be fair, she was too much for him. She should have made him a PARTNER in the marriage, not someone who needed to be punished, chewed out, derided, and so on. Marriage is a partnership based on trust, love, respect, and teamwork. Sadly, those things were lacking in their marriage. That and the paparazzis were the chief causes of the breakdown of their marriage.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  482. Lisa

    Jon and Kate got exactly what they signed up for. Boo hoo.....tell him to quit his crying.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  483. Bob

    I love how a couple that has spent the last several years milking their kids and family for all it's worth tries to place blame on the paparazzi at the end. Perhaps if they didn't throw their family in front of a camera every chance they got, then they would have a different outcome.

    Another greedy reality couple bites the dust. I hope it was worth it.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  484. NJF

    I think TLC should have negotiated free marriage counseling instead of free Crooked Houses (the houses were cute).

    The show is DONE! How will TLC promo it now? Poor Kate and her eight little darlings, I don't think so.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  485. kiu walsh

    obviously getting divorce for jon and kate means getting more money.imagine how much many they will make during the divorce process..media media...means money money..

    June 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  486. Lee

    A little disingenuous to complain about being tabloid fodder when you've contracted to have a film crew in your house for national TV.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  487. BELLA


    June 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  488. Pam

    I saw another blogger write that she hoped that the announcement was that they were let out of their contract and will work on their marriage.

    I am saddened by their separation and possible divorce. Can't we just take a step back and let them settle this in peace. I hope they can work things out for their family and not ratings.

    Give up the show! Go home and take care of your family.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  489. Kevin Pawlyshyn

    Look, they enjoyed the fame and definitely the "fortune" that came with it, well what do you expect from the public ????? I still don't understand, they chose to have 8 children and there are other folks out there who have that many and they work hard to support them and they don't have a TV show. Move on, there are far more important things going on in this world than John and what's her name ......

    June 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  490. Shane

    I can't stomach when people who slober for fame complain about people being interested in their lives. I could care less about either of them but shut up and lie in the bed you made.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  491. Eric Weber

    I loved this show when it first aired a few years ago, because I thought I would learn what 'real families' go through in raising a set of twins and a set of sextuplets. Boy has it changed, it is no longer about 'reality' for anyone in this family.

    But Jon and Kate brought this on themselves. They have no one to blame but themselves. The reporters, the paparazzi would not be there, the fans and groupies would not be there, if Jon and Kate did not have their TV show. If Jon and Kate Gosselin are as concerned about their kids and family as they say they are, they'd find a way to get out of their TV contract and go back to their "normal, regular" jobs. They would then raise a set of twins, and a set of sextuplets like normal, regular families do in the United States everyday.

    If those two quit the TV show, and go back to their regular, normal jobs and raise their kids the way everyone else in this country has to, then I'll believe they're so concerned about their kids.

    Otherwise they're just selfish, publicity hogging people. Eric

    June 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  492. Maria

    They should do whats best for the family (kids). They should have known what COULD happen if they did the show. I think all they were thinking about was $$$$$$, i mean the kids would have EVERYTHING and MORE.

    Its life, get over it. divorce is not something that people havent heard about it.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  493. kiu walsh

    another family being destroyed by fame.how far can they go ? how can they let fame to ruin their beautiful life with those wonderful kids?

    June 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  494. Katie

    No, I don't think it's any of our business what Jon eats for lunch, or any other detail of his life other than what is put on the show. I agree that more people should be more interested in our soldiers, or other people that are more important to this country than some reality show people. How come you don't see people obsessing over what the soldiers are eating for lunch instead of reality show people? As to whether the show continues or not, the kids still need to be supported. If Jon and Kate can support the kids without the show, go for it. If not, continue the show.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  495. Ivan

    Why the hell is this news? How the hell is this news? Who cares? Out of all the important things to report on, this must have taken the cake.

    Our society is disturbingly dumb.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  496. Jim

    I want to be on TV so that I can make money and support my eight kids. But, please dont follow me. Dont put my stories in the tabloids. Only put what I approve of on TV, and make me look good while you are at it.

    I am sorry, you want to be on "reality TV?" Jon and Kate, this is reality. You play, you pay!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  497. Sarah

    I am so sad about this. I think that Kate has to tell him what to do or he wouldn't do anything. Typical man. Jon is selfish. Kate maybe bossy, but she has to be to be as organized as she is. I sure can't be with only 2 kids. kudos to Kate. Hang in there. He isn't worth it.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  498. anonymous

    they should have pulled out of the show a long time ago since thats clearly what pulled them apart. thats obviously what jon wanted, but kate got attention hungry. its really sad, but i hope that the show can stop and they can remember why they renewed their vows last year (other than for the free trip to hawaii).

    June 22, 2009 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  499. Beth

    TLC - stop exploiting these kids! I despise both of these parents for putting their kids through their marital problems in a public forum but the network making money off of this spectacle is the lowest of the low.
    Kate is a wretched mother and a horrible example of a wife. Jon is finally growing a spine but is now acting like a teenager. Put your kids first and stop filming. Cancel the show!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  500. Julie

    I think there should be boundaries to what paparazzi should be able to do. They signed up for TLC, to get money for their children, not to be stalked. And Jon is right, America's priorities are totally messed up.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  501. brian

    I work my but off and can barely pay rent, they use fertility drugs and have Emerill cooking for them, I think if you don't want this to happen, don't be on TV.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  502. William

    I have no sympathy for anyone but the kids who are being pimped by their parents, the network, and the American Public. What a joke. I could care less if they separated, divorced, or choose to "work it out". They are basically both selfish adults who will use anything including their children for the almighty dollar. God bless America!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  503. Zee

    Here's the real question - why is an alleged news outlet which once stood for integrity and a pinnacle in journalism is devoting a blog to this!?

    Iran is cracking student's skulls, we are STILL in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have a raging health care crisis and debate and yet CNN has a blog devoted to Jon and Kate...

    Welcome to the bottom rung.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  504. lols

    They signed up for this and made it our business..... they should take the plugs off the show and save the remaining shreds of dignity (if any) that they owe their kids!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  505. Tiffany

    I find it sad that another couple in todays day and age are getting a divorce. Whether we think Jon is at fault or Kate just never lets up on her husband it doesn't matter. What matters are those babies. I have one child and I couldn't imagine having 8 because one is hard enough. Marriage is hard. It's not all fairy tales and happily ever after. There's something about todays "adults" that weren't like my parents or grandparents. Nobody seems to get married and mean it anymore. Everyone thinks, "well if it doesn't work, there's always divorce." I think it's sad. Just to let you know I'm not casting stones. I am one of the divorced age in Gen X as well. There's nothing that slaps you across the face as much as failing at a marriage. I hope for everyone's sake they all get counciling and can move on. Because life is too precious.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  506. l davis


    You know two people with 8 cute kids....they are educated...and bright but I think they missed one important detail. There relationship needed to be first...then the kids. With so much going for them as a family..you would think...they would whole hearted at least try counseling..where they could learn to talk to one another in an open honest way. They will now use the TV show as a form of communication to each other. Someone is going to end up with most of the responsiblity...

    A relationship needs care...and should have been a focus of the family that is how you teach your children. All the fun...activities...will never make up for the losing the family of two loving adults.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  507. Kathy from No. VA

    I guarantee that if really given the "choice", their kids would rather see their parents together than to continue this show. They haven't even gone into therapy, come on! She is such a handfull but there is always hope. Kids need their parents together. DUMP THE SHOW and focus on your family staying together.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  508. A. Schrock

    I am just saddened to them call it quits, I wish they would have just stopped their show to take care of their relationship verses divorce. As much as I have loved watching the show, the relationship and the damage that divorce creates/causes to everyone involved are much more important issues. I wish they could have looked past everything else and REALLY worked on THEIR RELATIONSHIP with one another. It is really sad to see that evidently the 10 year marriage vow renewal we all took part in(viewers) was such a lie. I have been were they are and your marriage is worth fighting for-we had filed twice but always managed to work it out. We have been married 24 years in December and as hard as it is to fight, you should fight for one another and remember the good in one another and let the bad go. I pray they can somehow manage to do this and get back together. I will pray for all of those involved. I hope you send these to them so they can read them as well. Thanks for letting me have a word.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  509. Jen

    In one sense, I completely agree with Jon. I think it's absolutely disgusting that our "news" outlets dedicate an obscene amount of space and air time covering the trials and tribulations of this reality TV family when there are so many other significantly more important events going on in our world.

    On the other hand, they did voluntarily sign up for the show, so for them to be upset, shocked or angry with the paparazzi for essentially doing their job is just an unrealistic thing to do.

    As a whole, though, I think that once they realized they were having serious problems within their family they should've been adult enough (and better parents) to just pull the plug on the show and deal with their issues in a more private manner. These kids are going to see these episodes in 10 or 15 years and be resentful toward their parents for not protecting the integrity of this family. Not to mention the fact that watching them argue, bicker and put each other down is like listening in on your friend's parents argue while you're there for a sleepover...it's just not something you should be hearing.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  510. Dave

    This is a sign of the times...The whole Muslim world is going through what may be the biggest paradigm shift in its history and we are intent on watching the misery of John and Kate. I have never watched the show and refuse to watch reality shows that exploit families. Its the +8 is getting the raw end of this deal!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  511. LR

    If someone wanted to know what I had for lunch for $75K, watch it made and have me eat it, sure.

    He gets paid out of it, so whatever. She's a prima donna, so whatever.

    My thought is with the kids. They might have made this work if it weren't for the cameras. The kids are the real losers. I'll puke if this turns into to two reality shows.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  512. Cathy Pitts

    I hate that this marriage has come to an end. I think Jon is an immature, selfish person. If he let Kate run over him during their marriage that was his fault. Now he wants out because he has been screwing around with a young girl and wants to have fun instead of meeting his responsibilities. I am sorry that Kate will have this huge responsibility of raising her family. She has always been the strong one. Someone has to do the tough jobs and he has always been too passive, so of course she had to tell him what to do. He needs to grow up. I hope she finds a man who can be what she and her children need, because Jon is not that man. What a child. Look at those dumb earrings in his ears. He's 32 not 17. GROW UP Jon. Just remember your sweet children when you are off running around with your girlfriend. Man up! Good luck Kate.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  513. Doris

    Does Jon Gosselin bare any responsibility for his present situtaion? To hear him tell it none of it is of his own making 'all of a sudden' he's being tailed by camera's & crew and wondering why? All his whining and he can't see how fortune he should be. I

    June 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  514. Ree

    I feel so sad for the children.
    They are the ones who will hurt longer.
    I am thrilled that Jon finally stood up for himself!!!! He deserves someone who will be kind and considerate towards him!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  515. Ugh

    What do you expect, Jon?

    You made yourself tabloid fodder by signing up to do that show. You pretty much whored yourself out there and now you're complaining that everyone expects that they should get to bang you.

    If you wanted a private life, you should have stayed off the camera. No, you want to have your cake and eat it too. Well too bad. I don't have an ounce of pity for you.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  516. Ron

    Keep in mind, they have to keep the suspense up to keep the checks rolling in. I would imagine this is very well thought out.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  517. Tiffany

    I feel badly for Kate. She has been through it, and has had to watch her family fall apart. Jon is looking to escape his committments. He should have the decency and maturity to stick with his family and work through their issues. He's just giving up and moving on leaving all kinds of chaos for those kids to deal with later....

    June 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  518. Kristine

    It is very sad to see a family the most of America had grown to love, completely fall apart. I get annoyed with all the anger Jon has towards Kate. It is not like Kate all of a sudden became the overbearing woman is is today. She has always been like that. Jon just let her walk all over him and by the time he stood up for himself it was too late and things fell apart. If he were a man from the beginning instead of letting Kate walk all over him, things could have ended up more differently.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  519. Jon

    I couldn't care less about Jon and Kate or the eight. If people focused as much energy on their own families and lives as they do on reality show familes, everyone, including Jon and Kate, would be better off!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  520. Linda/Alabama

    Get a grip Jon–you're too old for earrings-for goodness sakes you have bookey-oddles of kids that need a stable home, not some groovey stud-muffin. Stay together and get rid of the show! Get a job and provide for your family–BE A REAL MAN. You acted like you couldn't wait to file papers and get on with YOUR life. I wish Kate, even though she has her moments, all the luck in the world and hope she finds someone that will stick with her through THICK and Thin.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  521. Brianne

    This show should be canceled. It ruined a marriage, lets not ruin the kids. What is entertaining about watching a relationship die? It is sad.
    Kate said she doesn't want to be alone, well, she should have thought of that a little sooner. Jon seems shell shocked over it all. Very sad.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  522. Cal

    This show should have gone off the air a long time ago!
    MONEY talks! It was talking to TLC and the Gosselin's!
    To heck with the kids and what is best for them! I guess for
    these 2 people fame and fortune are more important than family.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  523. Barnum

    I think Jon should learn the uterus is not a clown car..

    June 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  524. Beau Kebodeaux

    I don't care, I have my own family to worry about.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  525. Rhoda

    It became people's business when they decided to detail every other aspect of their life on tv with that show.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  526. kcandres

    You know I do think he makes a good point, but it's really unrealistic for him or Kate to think things would go any other way. I am someone who has served our country in Iraq so yes, I've seen with my own eyes that there are more important things out there and my heart goes out to the families and friends of those who didn't make it back. However, this is entertainment and I imagine that a pretty fair amount of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are interested in whether or not Jon and Kate are getting divorced...mind boggling huh? I feel bad for the kids, not Jon or Kate. When I hear either of them complaining about press coverage and lack of privacy, I want to somehow remind them from my living room that THEY SIGNED UP FOR THIS MESS!!!!!!! What did they think would happen? It's just the way things are and they should've realized that if they became famous, things would change in a big way...stop whining already

    June 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  527. Lynn

    I just can't believe for two people who seemed so purposeful for their children why not councelling?? why not try?? I get the feeling that Jon left that marriage long ago with absolutely no intention of even trying to patch things up. It's very sad and I think his immaturity showed itself on this episode. I think the show should be cancelled and I hope that Kate really does find peace. I've never been much of a Kate fan but watching Jon tonight makes me think of a whiny kid and it's upsetting that he feels the need to just walk out of a lifetime commitment without even trying...very sad.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  528. Ruth

    I have to agree. Thier lives are thier lives, yes they do have a tv show but honestly I think something should be left alone. It is sad that the paps want to consentrate on a family falling apart rather then all the other things in the world.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  529. VMax

    It's over people it's overrrrrrrrrr !!!!!!! FINALLY

    June 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  530. M. Keller

    Just watched tonights episode of Jon and Kate and it just confirmed my opinion that Kate needs serious psychiatric help.

    If there is justice in this world the children should be given to Jon. All he has ever seemed to want was a normal home for them. Kate always pushed to be famous and well known. Let her go find some millionaire and see if she pushes him around.

    Jon is a kind soul that wants what is best for his children. She, on the other hand, appears to want what is best for her under the guise of doing it for their children.

    Give the kids to Jon and let them grow up in a happy atmosphere without such a demanding person (Kate) in their day to day life.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  531. Kathy

    I think TLC should cancel the show immediately and not promote divorce

    June 22, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  532. Rene

    Too bad Kate and Jon – you put yourself out there and if the press is following you – you brought it on.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  533. NO town

    No. TLC should stop this show. It is sad to watch.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  534. Ricky

    What's even more of a shame is that you can't work out your marriage and that both of you are cheating on each other.

    You think you're a celebrity, Jon, but you're just a weak jerk.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  535. Jake

    Who cares? Besides they put themsleves out there by doing the show, they should have thought about that before. Too late now.

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

    Kate Gosselin tried her best to castrate her husband over the last 10 years. Though I disagree with his choices, he at least managed to find an ounce of testosterone left and say enough is enough.

    It’s horrible for the children- no doubt. And I feel some tinge of sympathy for Kate. What a life she has ahead of her.

    But you cannot degrade and emasculate a husband- especially on national TV.

    Frankly- I’m surprised it took John this long to fight back

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

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