June 22nd, 2009
11:09 PM ET

New drama for Jon and Kate?

Just when it seemed we were finally getting answers in the Jon and Kate saga, there's more. Right after their special “announcement” episode aired, Kate and Jon released individual statements implying there's much more to the story!

Kate Gosselin released the following statement to Showbiz Tonight:

"Over the course of this weekend, Jon's activities have left me no choice but to file legal procedures in order to protect myself and our children.  While there are reasons why it was appropriate and necessary for me to initiate this proceeding, I do not wish to discuss those reasons at this time, in the hope that all issues will be resolved amicably between Jon and myself. As always, my first priority remains our children."

Jon released his own statement as well:

"Yesterday, Kate filed for divorce. Our kids are still my number one priority. I love them and want to make sure they stay happy, healthy and safe. My job is being the best, most supportive and loving father that I can be to my kids, and not being married to Kate doesn’t change that. This will be a difficult transition for all of us, but Kate and I will work out a schedule that enables our kids to have plenty of quality time with both of us at home in Pennsylvania. In terms of my marriage, it’s no secret that the past six months or so have been very difficult for Kate and me. We are no different than other couples and parents who are facing a crossroads in their marriage. I am of course deeply saddened that we are divorcing."

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

June 22nd, 2009
10:09 PM ET

'Jon & Kate' sit together

How poignant, to end things on Mother's Day.

Watching Jon and Kate get the kids in and out of the restaurant is bittersweet, as is seeing them sit together at a fine dining restaurant. Is Kate being overly optimistic in thinking that they can pull together even as they are being pulled apart?

They both seem to value trying to communicate better with each other for the sake of the kids. They are bonded for life, regardless of whether they are married or not. I, for one, hope it doesn't get ugly.

I also hope the family is able to find peace - as Kate says she so desperately wants.

The kids deserve that much.

Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus Eight • television
June 22nd, 2009
09:56 PM ET

The end arrives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus Eight • television
June 22nd, 2009
09:42 PM ET

Jon feels liberated

Jon says he feels like he has let Kate run over top of him, and now he is standing up for himself.

I applaud him for that, but you wonder if he's bringing up Kate and downplaying the role the show has played in their troubles.

I can't imagine how it must feel to have photographers and cameras tracking your every move. I've certainly said a few things to and about my husband that I wouldn't want to be chronicled and I am sure he feels the same.

Jon portrays their marriage right now as two people just living in a house together. That's messed up.

Kate appears to be the most vunerable I have ever seen her. Jon just seems like he is over it.

Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus Eight • television
June 22nd, 2009
09:34 PM ET

The Gosselin kids are still so darn cute

I really wish we could go back to the days when the show was still about the twins and the little kids.

Even now, as the show focuses on the children, they're adorable in their little houses and announcing that they "need to have a meeting" about the rules.

I cracked up when they told Jon to "be quiet cause we're doing interviews."

It made me laugh, but it also made me kind of sad too to see such seasoned little television pros. What will happen to them when the cameras go away? How will they adjust to being just the Gosselins and not stars? The workers who have brought the houses are as besotted by the children as many of us are.

Kate says Jon has a lot of anger and won't talk to her. No wonder things are so tense.

During the tease, Jon says he doesn't hate Kate but ...


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