Jon & Kate Plus 8

 

After returning home from her luxurious trip to France with her new boyfriend, Jon Gosselin of Jon & Kate Plus 8, Hayley Glassman is already speaking up about her relationship with the young father of 8 to People Magazine.

The new girlfriend may or may not be the future step mother of Jon Gosselin’s 8 kids, and she’s as surprised about it as anyone else, she says in a statement “If you had told me a few months ago, I wouldn’t have believed you.” She also mentions that she was initially impressed by Jon when he was staying with her and her parents in their New York home while hiding out from…err, attempting to work out his relationship with wife Kate Gosselin. Glassman said that she grew to admire his strength, and that her parents love him; although she does also deny the recent rumors of their engagement.

Meanwhile, reports claim that Kate Gosselin wants her estranged husband’s 22-year old girlfriend to steer clear of her home and her children due to her shady past that are said to include drug use, and provocative sexual escapades.

Jon Gosselin’s got another new girlfriend on his arm, and this time they’ve been traipsing around St. Tropez, France on luxury yachts and mingling with celebrity fashion designers. Jon Gosselin is said to be meeting with Christian Augidier in the hopes of developing a children’s fashion line with the designer.

Jon’s latest squeeze is 22 year old Hailey Glassman, who is said to have a love of partying, which seems to be the 31 year old father of 8’s type these days since splitting with wife Kate Gosselin. The couple met through Hailey Glassman’s father, the plastic surgeon who was responsible for completing Kate Gosselin’s tummy tack after the birth of her sextuplets. Talk about drama!

As Jon Gosselin continues his rotation of rebound girls, fans of Jon & Kate Plus 8 are wondering if any of these will make it to the show, and how seeing their dad with a whole cavalry of young women not long after separating from their mother is affecting the Gosselin children.

Although Jon & Kate Gosselin don’t seem to be able to stand by their marriage vows, with rumors of infidelity, and now of course the legal proceedings for their divorce; there is one promise that they have kept, and that’s spending time under the same roof on holidays for the sake of the children.

Yesterday, Jon & Kate were spotted on their Pennsylvania property, picking blueberries for Kate’s annual 4th of July cake, and within surprising proximity to one another. Although the couple has been unable even to sit down together for the interview sessions on their show, they were only feet apart during their 4th of July celebrations, physically much closer together than they’ve been seen in a long time. While the kids picked blueberries and played,  Jon & Kate may have been physically present, but both seemed to be a bit detached , constantly talking on their cell phones, and avoiding too much interaction with anyone.

It’s still early days, but the fact that Jon & Kate managed to come together for their children, so soon after their divorce while wounds are still fresh certainly show that as selfishly as they have been portrayed in the media, the parents do have the best interests of their children in mind – at least, some of the time.

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As Jon & Kate Plus 8 are in the process of a potentially messy divorce, there are two more members of the family who’s fate has yet to be determined – the couple’s two German Sheppard dogs.

Already, the couple has been fielding backlash about the potential mistreatment of their pets after Jon made the following statement to the press: “those kids beat them up, climb on them, pull their tails, bite at them, drag them around and everything you can imagine not to do to an animal, they’ve done.” After the couple fell under investigation by the Humane Society, Gosselin recanted his statement in a new release. “I’d like to set the record straight. We understand the responsibilities of being good dog owners. Whenever my kids are with Shoka and Nala, everyone is carefully supervised to ensure that no one – dog or child – is injured. Shoka and Nala are loyal companions who we consider members of our family. We would never do anything to hurt them, and treat them with the respect and love that they deserve.”

But while Jon Gosselin claims that their dogs a member of their family, it’s been made fairy clear that Kate Gosselin doesn’t feel the same way. So, with their divorce already in motion, will the dogs get lost in the shuffle?

Last night’s episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 was a recap show that looked back over the last 10 years of their marriage; however, unlike previous episodes, the couple was not providing the commentary about the history of their marriage and their children, at least not in the present sense. Commentary that was narrating the scenes during the episode was clearly from past times, when the couple still seemed to be relatively content with their marriage and their lives. Most of the clips shown were from at least 2 years prior when the sextuplets were still 3!

However, looking back over the past 10 years, it was clear to see that this marriage recently found itself on a strong downward spiral. As little as 1 or 2 years ago the couple seemed happy together, joking on the couch during their interviews and fawning over their children. But in the past year, things clearly changed, and it might have everything to do with their ascent from a normal couple on TV who just happened to have an unusual family situation; to a family who were living for the limelight.

In addition to the recap, TLC showed what’s to come on the series with clips of Kate’s recent solo vacation with the youngest kids while Jon remained at home with twins Maddy and Cara.  Despite their promises that they would touch upon what’s to come for the family in turmoil, that was the only teaser that viewers were treated to.

While TLC has not officially told viewers that Jon & Kate Plus 8 is on hiatus until August, rumors have it that we won’t be seeing any new episodes of the show until later in the summer.

For viewers of Jon & Kate Plus 8, last night’s big announcement shouldn’t come as a surprise. No, Jon & Kate Gosselin are not taking a break or quitting their TLC show in order to work on their marriage; they’re calling it quits. In fact, according to a text caption that aired at the end of the episode, Jon & Kate wasted no time in beginning the legal proceedings for their divorce; filing papers on Monday, June 22nd, the same day the big announcement aired.

Jon & Kate claim that the show must go on, although naturally they will be filming their time with the kids separately. The couple, even following their legal separation, will continue to share their Pennsylvania home in a unique way. Kate will keep the home as her full-time residence, and vacate when Jon returns for his scheduled time with the kids so that the children are never displaced.

While the show may not be going off the air, it sounds like there might be a hiatus in filming. Monday’s episode is set to be a compilation of clips, including some unseen moments, and after that no new episodes will be set to air until August 4th.

Well TLC, it’s time to consider a new name for Jon & Kate Plus 8 – how about Jon & Kate Separ8?! But let’s face it, is this marriage ending also about to lead to the end of the TLC show?

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Viewers of Jon & Kate Plus 8 know, that unless they’ve been living with their head under a rock, the show’s leading man and lady are struggling with their relationship, and this week’s promotional clips by TLC for the next show allude that they might be finally splitting up. The brief clip shows previous portions of the show where Jon & Kate are engaging in tense interactions or avoiding each other altogether; and the end of the promotional piece says that Jon and Kate are about to reveal some life changing news on Monday’s episode.

During a voice over by Kate during the clip, she reveals that “Recently we’ve made some life-changing decisions. Decisions that will affect every member of our family, ones we hope that will bring each of us some peace.” While the obvious speculation is that Jon and Kate are splitting up, it’s also possible that they’re taking some time off to work on their marriage and putting their TLC show Jon & Kate Plus 8 behind them…that is, if they can get out of their network contract. Or maybe, this is all just another publicity stunt to increase ratings that have been declining since season 5 of Jon & Kate Plus 8 premiered a few weeks ago, and viewers will tune in only to discover that Jon and Kate will be going into therapy, or getting rid of their newly acquired dogs, or sending their children to private school.

What do you think Monday’s big announcement will be on Jon & Kate Plus 8?

Not to gloat, but did I call it, or did I call it? Since Jon & Kate Plus 8’s season 5 premier which brought in 9.8 million viewers due to the tabloid controversy, the curiosity of the media may not have died, but the show’s ratings are suffering due to the declining marital status of the now famous couple.

As this week’s episode brought yet another episode where the Gosselins were found leading separate lives even though it was their 10th anniversary at the time of filming, ratings for the TLC show have dropped another consecutive week to a mere 4 million. It’s clear that viewers aren’t about to get any answers about what’s going on with the couple’s marriage as they never appear together, which definitely makes it more likely that they have in fact already split and are now putting it on for TLC’s cameras. With the controversy remaining unaddressed on the show, and the couple’s characteristic, relatable banter which once made the show entertaining obviously lacking, viewers just aren’t interested anymore.

Jon & Kate Plus 8 has during previous seasons averaged 2.9 million viewers, and though TLC is obviously impressed having signed the show on for 40 more episodes, we know they’ll be coming back. But will people keep on watching?

Last night on Jon & Kate Plus 8, despite the drama of the last few weeks, they put it all behind them to come together as a family, along with chef Emeril Lagasse to celebrate their 100th episode of TLC.

Although the family was all seen together in one room with an element of interaction, which we have yet to see since season 5 of Jon & Kate Plus 8 began, tension was still noticeably in the air between the feuding couple. Although they turned back to some of their characteristic playful teasing, with Kate saying that she’s “never seen Jon in the kitchen so much in my life”, the couple exchanged very few words while cooking together in the kitchen of their new million dollar home.

Although the drama of the past few weeks was barely mentioned, during the opening segment did provide her explanation about the solo interviews “At this point, whoever lands in the interview chair, does the interview…Don’t ask any questions. It’s called rolling with life.”

While the kids seemed relatively well adjusted and unaffected by the drama taking place in their home with their feuding parents, Jon & Kate Plus 8 still seems to be missing a key element that made the show successful in the past. Fortunately, there was enough drama taking place on another channel with “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here” to make up for the rather bland episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8.

As neighbors have recently been speculating to the media about how fame has gone to Kate Gosselin’s head, indicating that they feel sorry for her husband Jon Gosselin who is constantly left to hold down the fort of 8 children and 2 dogs; last night’s second episode of season 5 has the couple addressing these issues.

Kate Gosselin opened the show stating that “My kids are the reason I have always done everything,” she said in the first couch interview of the night. “My kids are the reason I laid on bed rest for 30 entire weeks. My kids are the reason that I wrote the books, and it’s always about them. And I know that it looks it’s all about me all the time and whatever, but what you don’t see is down deep inside it’s a desperate desire to provide for my kids.” And later, Jon indicates that he is struggling in his role as stay-at-home dad, “So now I’m doing like the stay-at-home dad thing,” he said, “and Kate’s the career woman, so it’s different for me. I think it’s different for a guy. We’re not moms, nor do we try to be.”

While it seems like Jon & Kate are living two different lives, Jon did address their separate couch testimonials, stating that this season as they are both busy, sometimes they will be interviewed together, and other times they will be filmed separately. While the tension of last week’s season premier that was evident between the couple seems to have died down, still noticeably absent were any element of affection and any mention of the current status of their relationship.

We’ll just have to keep on watching this season to see how things end up on Jon & Kate Plus 8!