Jon & Kate Plus 8

You probably don’t care anymore, because the 15 minutes of fame post-Jon & Kate Plus 8 has long expired. But, Jon Gosselin has finally reached a settlement in the lawsuit and countersuit that ultimately put an end to the TLC show.

It was announced by TLC on Wednesday, and since then Jon’s lawyer has issued a statement, indicating that perhaps the Gosselins, whether just the parents or the children, might appear on the network that they were estranged from.

“Jon has expressed his desire to close the litigation chapter of ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8,’ he said. “Sometimes litigants that kiss and make up find their relationship is much better the second time around. As Jon’s attorney, I truly hope this new adventure for TLC and the Gosselins is a much more joyful journey.”

Only time will tell, but as predicted, Jon Gosselin has seemingly smartened up and realized that if he wants to stay in the limelight, he’d better stick with what got him there because interest is waning.

In the wake of the end of TLC’s Jon & Kate Plus 8, Kate’s sister-in-law Julie has revealed some tidbits about what’s gone on behind the scenes of the show and how most of what we’ve seen over the past few seasons were staged. Okay, this might not be news to many, but it seems that despite the end of the series and their finalized divorce, they’re still in the headlines. It won’t last long..don’t worry.

Here are some of Julie’s comments about Jon & Kate Plus 8 published previously on her blog:

“When the show first started, Kate made a wishlist of things that she wanted, and that became the theme of each episode — the carpet, twin’s room, bunk beds, cow, hairplugs, teeth whitening, trips, etc. EVERYTHING that you see them do or buy is completely paid for out of the budget for the show or traded for free advertising. Kate went on and on about saving up for special days, you saw her paying for things, she talked about budgeting, etc. It is all for the appearance that they are a struggling family with 8 children. They needed to be relatable. They didn’t pay for any of it.”

“The Christmas episode from 2007— producers told Kate that the viewers wanted to see her show appreciation to their helpers. They told her what the episode was going to be. I think they baked cookies and then went caroling (of course this was probably one of their many ‘traditions”—those are all fake too). Kate threw a fit. She didn’t want to do it, but she did . . . because they were trying to pacify the viewers.

“Another example is the ‘Games Gosselins Play’ . . . After the episode, I called Jodi (Kreider, who is married to Kate’s brother Kevin) and said, ‘what was that?.’ She hadn’t watched it, so I explained that it came across so fake (at least to me). Jodi was with Kate when she got “the call” about the theme (of a family games night) for that episode. Kate said something like, ‘so now I have to pretend that I play with my kids.’ They also wanted her to pay special attention to the boys.”

“Don’t believe everything you see. The children are also being prompted to say or do certain things. They signed their lives away to TLC and they will continue to spin the show to keep the viewer’s interest.”

This week, Michael Lohan was deposed to testify in TLC’s court case against Jon Gosselin for breach of contract. Lohan spoke to Radar Online about the situation.

“I think the attorneys from Williams & Connolly were very thorough,” he said, “I think they did a great job. They asked the appropriate questions and they got the answers they wanted. I think they have a very, very strong case, one that I definitely don’t think they’ll lose. So good luck to Jon.”

“They asked questions regarding my involvement on a business level with Jon Gosselin; deals that were negotiated; transactions that did occur and basically my deal with [Gosselin attorney] Michael Heller,”

“There were some at Ghost Bar, Prive, and the MGM Grand Hotel,” he said about the Vegas appearances.

Based on all of this, it doesn’t look too hopeful that Jon will escape unscathed, and it’s not likely he’s going to win his countersuit either.

“New York is nice. It’s three hours from my house where my kids are,” Jon said in his final confessional on the TLC show, which airs as part of Monday night’s series finale. “Which means, it’s like… I have work again. Although I live there, it’s not like I’m at my house and work is at my house and everything is just crashing down, you know what I mean? I couldn’t leave. Now, it’s like I have a place to go.”

And while he’s leaving behind the family home in Wernersville, Penn., where the reality series was shot, Jon said he can always return to his roots and “chill.”

“When I get sick of the city and all the press and the media and everything, I cross the [George Washington Bridge] and go back to my country place and I’m going to chill,” he added. “So I’ve got the best of both worlds right now.”

For Kate, in her final confessional interview for the show, she said she’s still getting used to life without her estranged husband.

“It always crosses my mind that I should be in the passenger’s seat and Jon should be driving. Every single time,” she told the cameras, referring to driving her brood around.

“To clarify, I never wanted that to change. Maybe I wanted roles to change and people to step up and stress loads to shift,” she continued. “But I never wanted him absent from that driver’s seat.”

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, last week TLC announced plans for a series spin-off, “Kate Plus 8,” were no longer in the works.

“‘Kate Plus 8’ is not in production,” TLC spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg told Access.

However, that doesn’t mean the reality mom is hanging up her reality TV hat.
“We are focusing on the launch of Kate’s new series in early spring,” Goldberg added.

Monday night’s series finale will feature both Jon and Kate taking their eight kids – 9-year-old twins and 5-year-old sextuplets – on separate outings.

While dad brings his brood to a fire station near the family home, Kate takes the kids to a local dairy farm.

Over the weekend, the reality parents met for an arbitration session in Pennsylvania to discuss custody and financial matters.

And while the meeting was described as “successful,” the same couldn’t be said for Jon’s gift for his estranged wife.

Jon showed up to the hearing with a bouquet of red roses for his ex.

However, a source confirmed to Access that the roses never touched Kate’s hands, “but the receptionist had a beautiful bouquet to take home for the day.”

Via: Access Hollywood

Although this week’s episode of Jon & Kate sure felt like the end of the series, with a recap of all of the drama in a one-on-one interview with Kate Gosselin, that definitely was the most honest we’ve seen her so far (for a change she didn’t dance her way around ALL of the questions posteD); the series has not yet come to an end, but it is in sight.

According to reports, the final episode of the series will air on November 23, 2009, but viewers will be treated to new footage on November 16th, though next week’s episode on November 9th will strictly air footage that was previously captured before Jon Gosselin demanded that TLC stop filming his children. No news yet what the final episode of the show will address, or if they’ll make an appearance at all.

Although we might have seen the end of the Gosselin 8, we might not have seen the end of their mother Kate Gosselin even after the show ends later this month. In her interview on Monday’s episode, she mentioned that she would love to do another show with TLC if they would have her – what they would focus on, without her children in the picture – well, who knows, but TLC has been known to do crazier things.

Monday’s episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 is a special episode produced by NBC, which is perhaps the show’s last ditch effort to boost ratings and convince Jon Gosselin that the show must go on; or maybe, with the end in sight, Kate Gosselin’s ready to air even more dirty laundry about her estranged husband.

Whichever way you swing it, Monday’s episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 should offer something a little bit different, with the mother of 8 sitting down for an apparently “revealing” interview with NBC’s Natalie Morales. The episode follows last week’s “Ask Kate” which brought in more viewers than the show has seen in months, since the new season of the series premiered following rumors of Jon & Kate’s split.

Some feel it might be a last-ditch attempt to boost ratings while others are standing by the belief that this is TLC’s sneaky way of getting around the legal roadblock that Jon Gosselin has put in the way by demanding that they stop filming. Read: TLC might not be allowed to film, but there’s no rules against NBC doing so…that and the series has probably now run out of footage.

Despite this TLC/NBC partnership for Jon & Kate Plus 8, producers assure viewers that there has been no deal arranged between NBC and Kate Gosselin regarding future appearances.

I guess we’ll just have to tune in tomorrow to see if we actually learn anything new. We probably won’t, but that thought alone will help the networks reach their goal.

This week TLC is really going all out, letting viewers connect with two of TLC’s hottest moms – Michelle Duggar and of course Kate Gosselin in a Q&A. While Jon & Kate Plus 8 have answered viewer questions during past seasons of Jon & Kate Plus 8, this will be the first time that there’s something more than basic parenting and cute things their kids have done to talk about. Only Kate will be sitting down in the interview chair to ask controversial and personal questions posed by viewers – which according to previews include her goals for her family in the next 10 years, her plans to marry again, and if she reads the tabloids.

Noticeably absent from the Jon & Kate Plus 8 Q&A will be Jon Gosselin; probably a smart move on TLC’s part since the dad has not been nearly as diplomatic about the couple’s drama as his estranged wife and has been saying some not so kind things to the media about the network.

Who knows if tonight’s episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 will be as revealing as viewers are hoping for, but I would bet that many will tune into find out, making this a good PR move on behalf of the network when other media outlets are hearing about the couple’s struggles and the show itself has had a limited focus.

Jon has decided to put a hault on TLC’s production of “Kate Plus 8” once “Jon & Kate Plus 8” comes to the end, but realistically, will that be a decision that can sustain the family? Jon & Kate might have had ample opportunity by now to save for their children’s futures, at least to pay their way through college, but a life with 8 children just doesn’t come cheap. Today, the family lives in a home valued at over $1 million, and while that might seem like a bit of a luxury, with a family of that size, it doesn’t seem so extreme; particularly when the other option is to move back into a home like the one where the kids grew up, sharing bedrooms and one bathroom with 7 siblings, a lifestyle that few would envy.

There’s no denying that the family has been spending like money’s going out of style, but even realistically, a lifestyle with 8 children is probably not one that can be sustained on a nurse’s and IT analyst’s salary, the jobs that Jon & Kate Plus 8 held pre TLC show. So if Jon’s going to put a halt on the show, what’s the plan to make sure their children are financially cared for?

You might not agree with their parenting, you might not agree with their need for fame – but you’ve got to agree to the fact that those children deserve a comfortable life, and without TV, they just might not get it.

Last week, bloggers were criticizing Jon for allegedly withdrawing money from the couple’s shared bank account, leaving Kate with only $1,000 to pay the family’s many expenses. This week, court papers have been released highlighting Jon Gosselin’s counter claim. It seems the while Kate Gosselin claims that Jon took more than $200,000 without authorization from the account; Jon has a similar accusation, that Kate took more than $100,000 while she still has control of more than $1 million.

According to Jon’s lawyer Mark Heller “Jon seeks to hold Kate responsible for what he believes to be her contemptuous conduct.” Heller claims Jon kept the information confidential over the last five days because he didn’t want to “embarrass Kate with the allegations”. As Jon claims that this is an issue that should be dealt with privately, his lawyer says he has released this information to the media for a reason Accordingly, in order for Jon’s side to be known and the picture to be complete, we feel we have no choice but to release Jon’s Answer and Counterclaim.”

At the beginning of the drama, more viewers than ever tuned into Jon & Kate Plus 8…but as the drama continues on, are people tiring of it? According to statistics outlined by the Globe and Mail this week, it sure looks that way.

May 25: 9.8 million

The season premiere is preceded by months of rumours that the couple are on the rocks. Photos of Jon with a woman emerge.

June 22: 10.6 million

News that it’s Jon minus Kate leaks hours before the episode in which Jon and Kate announce their split – winning the show its largest audience to date.

Aug. 3: 4.2 million

The show returns from hiatus. Jon – with newly pierced ears and a 22-year-old girlfriend – finds himself a pad in Manhattan.

Aug. 17: three million

Police arrive at the family home when Kate pops by after she learns a babysitter she didn’t approve of is tending the kids.

Sept. 14: 1.789 million

Jon speaks out in a TV interview for the first time since they split. He says he’s done taking “a lot of abuse” from Kate and complains that her solo pursuits have turned her into an absentee parent.

Sept. 21: 1.714 million

Jon appears at a theme park in Amherst, N.Y., to sign autographs. Meanwhile, former nanny Stephanie Santoro joins a growing list of women who say they’ve had sex with Jon.