Jon & Kate’s announcement: Will it be divorce?

Jon and Kate: Will they stay together or divorce? (AP Photo/TLC, Karen Alquist, File)

Jon and Kate: Will they stay together or divorce? (AP Photo/TLC, Karen Alquist, File)

Jon and Kate have been promoting a big announcement on tonight’s show.

Most believe the couple will announce at 9 p.m. on TLC that they will divorce, or at the least separate.

I am still hoping, probably naively so, that they will announce they are going to give up their TV show and go through counseling to try to save their marriage. (I said naively!)

Things don’t look good for the couple. Here are two video promos that TLC released about tonight’s show:

This is the first promo TLC released.

This is the second one.

To further dash my hopes, People magazine reports that Jon was seen apartment hunting in New York City. It would be tough to be married and live in a separate apartment in New York City.

People also reports that Jon spent Father’s Day with the kids at their house in Pennsylvania but he said he had no idea where Kate was. (Also doesn’t look good.)

Here’s another general story about the announcement.

Should Jon move that far away if they are separating or divorcing? Is it fair to the kids or to Kate to move away? How will he fit 8 kids in the one-bedroom apartment he reportedly looked at in the city?

If Jon and Kate are divorcing, what advice would you give the couple to help stabilize life for the children during this very trying time? What are some of the best arrangements that really work for couples who are separating and getting divorced?

Rodney Ho will be blogging after the show tonight. So be sure to check out that conversation.

58 comments Add your comment

Anna Burke

June 22nd, 2009
1:12 am

I never watched this show until the “American Chopper” cross-over, but you can’t get away from the drama on the internet. I can’t imagine being their age, having eight pre-school (right?) children and having tv crews following you around all the time. I guess they need the money, so the TLC series looked like a godsend, but I can’t help worrying about the children. They weren’t really featured on the episode that I saw, but they look adorable in photos. I just hope that Jon and Kate put the kids – and not themselves – first.

FCM

June 22nd, 2009
4:53 am

I have watched maybe 5 episodes ever. In everyone of them Kate came across as a harpy.

They were fortunate enough to get the twins the first time. They should have left it right there, and concentrated on providing the best life: Stable, Loving, God Centered (if your a believer, which claim they are–so those of you who do not believe need not start that tanget), Financial Self Supporting (as much as you can be in these times), Caring, Supportive, Nurturing.

What they did not need to do was prove that beasts are capable of rearing several young at once people are not. People (especially the youngest among us) are delicate fragile beings that need all the things I said above…and if you aren’t going to do those things you have no business bringing people into the world.

Can single parenting be done? Sure, JJ, myself and others do/have done it. It is hard because there is only one you to provide all those things I listed above. Still, if you aren’t willing to do it (and in today’s time consider that if you aren’t willing to do it alone should circumstances change) then don’t bother becoming a parent.

motherjanegoose

June 22nd, 2009
7:18 am

I do not watch the show. I agree with FCM that if you have 2 children why do you feel you need more?
We enjoyed spending Father’s Day with our 2 nearly adult children and i feel blessed.

joe taxpayer

June 22nd, 2009
7:30 am

I maybe wrong but sometimes I believe they are folowing a written script to increase their ratings. Maybe or maybe not but their ratings have increased. Maybe fame and fortune has changed them in negative ways. Who knows. Their drama does not affect me or this country so I could relly care less.

JATL

June 22nd, 2009
7:35 am

A few posters have gotten right to the heart of the matter in my opinion -why on EARTH after having a successful twin pregnancy and getting two healthy children did they think they needed more? Especially since it involved incredibly expensive and risky procedures? From what I know (and it isn’t a lot because I refuse to watch this crap -tried once and made me gag), it’s pretty much alllll Kate. John is a wimp who does whatever she says and now he’s sick of it. Why anyone thought or thinks having your lives and family showcased on tv all the time is a good idea is beyond me. Hope all the goodies it bought makes her happy -something evidently needs to. I can’t believe how much about them I’ve absorbed through popular media. I wish they would fade away! I hate to see a family break apart due to divorce (unless there is abuse involved), but I honestly just don’t care about this crew anymore. I hope the kids can have some semblence of normalcy in their lives and grow up decently.

JJ

June 22nd, 2009
7:40 am

Haven’t we covered this crap enough? I am so sick of the over exposure. I mean who really cares? I have enough going on in my life not to worry about some over exposed tv couple on the verge of divorce. Big deal. They should have known this was coming when you put your entire life on camera. BORING!!!!!!

Humble Pie

June 22nd, 2009
7:50 am

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Sarah

June 22nd, 2009
7:50 am

I can only hope that they’ll announce that they’re moving to Mars. They need kids like a fish needs a bicycle. They represent everything wrong with America today. Trash.

Andrea

June 22nd, 2009
7:50 am

Well, if the reports are true, John clearly isn’t interested in keeping his children any extended periods of time. How on earth would he fit 8 kids in a tiny NY one bedroom apartment? It just doesn’t make sense. I know Kate has bore the brunt of the criticisms, but all the meltdowns over a coupon in the world does not excuse a FATHER of 8 kids looking for a place that can’t house all of them. I can understand if he could not afford a huge 8 bedroom house, but why not get a 3 or 4 bedroom apartment? At least that way, he could give the facade that he wanted to spend extended time with his kids.

While neither parent wins any points for this circus show, I at least give Kate points for being there. Sure she has been photographed on vacation with the kids and having her birthday with the kids, but where was their dad? He was photographed AGAIN across the country with a woman other than his wife in a compromising situation.

It further galls me the amount of venom toward Kate that comes from other women! I won’t even pretend I have any idea of what it must be like to try to raise 8 young kids. During earlier episodes of the show (pre-hot body Kate), it was obvious Kate had some issues with her personal appearance. I would bet my paycheck, John’s indiscretions started well before this season.

I hope they do announce they are divorcing. Kate has been alone for a long time now. Again, I don’t either of them are stellar parents, but John’s spinelessness is further underscored by his absolute participation in villifying Kate, who happens to be the mother of his children. Let the media put her under a microscope while he galavants with his mistress. When is the last time he has been photographed with his children? Yeah, he is a real stand up guy.

nuke

June 22nd, 2009
8:00 am

I heard they are announcing they are going to have more kids and have already started in virtro fertilization. Apparently Kate found out Octomom was getting some free stuff and figured she could cash in on more stuff if only she could best her. Also, Kate is jealous because it took her two times to have the amount of kids tht Octomom had in one litter.

Cindy

June 22nd, 2009
8:02 am

Does it really matter what anyone posting has to say about this matter? Is it really fair to even discuss it? Who on here REALLY knows what goes on behind the scenes?

I for one, will watch tonight and really make no bones about it – it is like watching a train wreck and just not being able to stop yourself from watching or commenting on these two.

Anyone who has watched the show could really see this coming in how they both acted when on the couch together at the end of last season.

Editing by TLC is a lovely thing. The reports in People yesterday on Jon’s comments to the crowd outside the gates of his home when asked about the future were simply – “You will have to watch the show” That was very telling to me – it appears to be ALL about the ratings. TLC is simply pimping this family out and they are allowing it.

Is Kate harpy? Yeah – but seeing how passive agressive Jon is – who wouldn’t be? Is Jon simply a man-child who had all of this thrust upon him before he was ready? probably – but what happened to the whole tag line – We are in this together? guess not so much anymore…

My main issue with Jon is that he goes on and on about not wanting the down side of fame – but he sure seems to love the trappings of fame… the house, the free trips, the self improvement, the cars, the motorcycle.

Kate has always seemed to be the more driven and I find it hilarious that people condemn her for wanting a career and to improve herself. The catty comments about the tummy tuck, the working out, the tanning… give me a break – not one person on here (if they were honest with themself) would not do exactly the same if given the opportunity.

Where is it written that she could not have the career and Jon be the stay at home parent? However progressive we claim society to be – old habits die hard and it is just so much easier to blame the woman.

It took two of them to make this relationship and it took the BOTH to tear it apart. Blame them both or blame neither – but don’t blame one of them more than the other. And certainly don’t blame them for having more than two kids – geez. They did not plan on having 6 more – how about applauding them for not reducing the number Kate was carrying?

I for one, admire them for not making the call and reducing the number of embryos – that took guts for both of them.

Kathy

June 22nd, 2009
8:06 am

What they really should be announcing is that they are stopping their show for their families sake. However I don’t think that will be the case. These two are media whores and will do anything to make money and stay in the spotlight at the expense of their children. I think that the TLC/Kate Gosselin machine is going to milk the “woe is me I’m a single mother of 8″ story for all it is worth. Pathetic.

Sorry to hijack the blog, but has anyone read the book Columbine by Dave Cullen? I just finished it and it was AMAZING. I highly recommend it.

Photius

June 22nd, 2009
8:24 am

Those two idiots won’t divorce because THEY ARE ON THE GRAVY TRAIN! They have and will continue to sell their soul for money, all the toys, all the freebees and fame. $25,000 to $50,000 per episode? Kinda hard to go back to work when you’re living large on TV.

motherjanegoose

June 22nd, 2009
8:26 am

JJ is that really you? I thought Theresa banned the trolls that were taking your blog name.

I did not see the correlation between Friday’s topic ( another poster also mentioned this) and “Raising healthy children without going insane” but did not blast it and obviously there were a lot of folks who had fun with it. GREAT!

Not all topics work for everyone. I am impressed when Theresa posts an off the wall topic and new posters show up and offer something thought provoking.
( this is NOT you Turd LOL)

I don’t give a rat’s toot about the topic today BUT if Theresa feels it is newsy, then so be it and we will see how many post. Let’s both check in at the end of the day and see if anyone is interested OR if (as you say) BORING….you may in fact be 100% correct….I have no idea.
Maybe this topic is yesterday’s news and a dead topic…I really do not know.

DB…hope you had fun on your cruise!

JJ

June 22nd, 2009
8:33 am

Yes MommaJane it’s me……

And I am truly disgusted by the amount of time spent on this family. I wish they would fade into the sunset…..

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 22nd, 2009
8:47 am

hey JJ — I know a lot of regulars aren’t into it and I do try to only hit it when big, big stuff is coming. A mom had sent me a note a few weeks ago about let’s discuss jon and kate — and I’m like we just did it and my regulars will kill me!! So I’m really only trying to pull it if there was something major going on.

Joe Taxpayer — before the season started my husband and I were completely convinced it was fake for ratings but after watching their interaction — unless they are the greatest actors in the world, I think their animosity is real. My husband agreed. They couldn’t even talk or sit by each other at their children’s birthday party. He showed up in a different car — they were barely communicating at all. After watchign their interaction, i think it is for real.

Photius

June 22nd, 2009
8:50 am

Theresa – it’s for real, you are correct. Regardless, it’s all about ratings so they can get even more money as this might be the last dance. BTW – Kate is hot!

Jesse's Girl

June 22nd, 2009
8:51 am

I have absolutely nothing constructive to say….

Becky

June 22nd, 2009
9:01 am

Andrea, I think you said everything that I would like to say..

Yes, it always comes out that Kate is the evil one, but coming from a family of 10 children, I just wish my Mom would of been half that strict with us..

As for all of the free stuff they get..I don’t think that is a reason to have kids, but if you can get help, why not take it? Maybe they went over board, but if someone told me that I could get a tummy tuck for free, I’d take it in a New York minute..

I can't believe I am saying this...

June 22nd, 2009
9:08 am

…but I agree with Photius. Kate is HOT, especially with that short skirt trying to ride the pink scooter the OCC guys gave her. Her body makeover really seems to have worked wonders for her looks, though her attitude is not really good – but if I had 8 kids my attitude may not be all rosy when the cameras were on, either.

I had not watched the program until last week when they double teamed the show with the American Chopper guys (and then I did not watch the whole episode) – but both John and Kate seemed to be pretty much at odds with the other on both shows (well, Jon by himself on the AC show) – couldn’t believe it when Kate said she hoped Jon “falls off” his new bike aon the follow-up show! You really cannot fake that kind of animosity, yet, then again, it is all about ratings so maybe it is all fake; afterall, wrasslin’ on Monday night is fake, too (I think).

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 22nd, 2009
9:22 am

wrasslin’ was fake and we all loved it!

Sugar

June 22nd, 2009
9:44 am

How can they even afford to divorce. Jon will have one heck of a child support bill…….it’s cheaper to stay together……Can you imagine paying child support for 8 kids? You wouldn’t have any left over for yourself…..And no way can Kate get a job outside the home, her child care bill would be outrageous.

lynn

June 22nd, 2009
10:09 am

I’m with JJ on this one!

BC

June 22nd, 2009
10:37 am

The issue is not IF they should have had more children because the children are here and THAT should not be up for discussion. Jon and Kate should reflect back to just a few short months ago when they renewed their vows because “they wanted the children to know they would always be together”. Where did that vow go? That is what they need to be looking at and get help to find that love that was there in Hawaii. What happened to the promise they made to each other and their children on that day? They need a lot of prayer!

catlady

June 22nd, 2009
11:06 am

If the TV channel does not pull the plug, the rest of you ought to. This has been a terminal case from the beginning, fraught with every kind of self-serving personality disorder you can think of. Have I ever watched it? No. It is build on a premise that I find morally reprehensible. As a teacher, and as a Christian, the premise of this “show” does not make the cut. The kids are being abused; their very births say so. This is not a Guatemalan farm family who feels like they must spit out baby after baby because they either don’t know any better or so that one or two will live to work on the subsistence farm!

I would love to see folks turn their back on this non-event, or the next thing you know we will have a show where we watch puppies and kittens fed to snakes for the fun of it. (”How long will the puppy survive in the cage with the python? Turn in next week to see the startling conclusion!”) We get what we ask for, folks, and this is in the basement. Give the kids a chance (more than their parents have given them) and get the show off the air!

And, yeah, if it sounds like I am moralizing, apparently someone needs to point out the obvious.

Lori

June 22nd, 2009
11:17 am

Who in the heck cares!!!

jack5656

June 22nd, 2009
11:57 am

You guys who follow this and contribute to the ratings all know you’re complicit to the family’s misery and kids future social stigma, right? I think that you all should volunteer to take turns bringing the kids into your house’s until their 18 because you bear the burden of creating their demise as a family by feeding that machine.

jack5656

June 22nd, 2009
12:10 pm

How this stuff is quality entertainment and porn is somehow evil in this society is beyond me.

HB

June 22nd, 2009
12:22 pm

“If the TV channel does not pull the plug, the rest of you ought to.”

Amen! Well said, Catlady. I would also strongly urge Theresa to stop making this family the topic of her blogs, further feeding the publicity/gossip machine.

Photius

June 22nd, 2009
12:46 pm

I want my television to be what its made for: Pure garbage, pure trash! Jon & Kate can earn in three tapings what he use to make in a year; throw in the books and the goodies…. They are hooked on this gravy train and can’t return… Let them flame out in front of America and hopefully go broke. In a few years we’ll have the Jon & Kate amateur adult video when they finally implode! Give me trash at other’s expense – this is America!

jack5656

June 22nd, 2009
12:55 pm

Photius….”The Jon and Kate hidden sex video”…now THAT would bring everything full circle. They’d make more off of that than the TLC show. Look what it did for Pam Anderson and Paris Hilton. I’d actually pony up the $$ for that….at least they’d be limiting their exploitation to themselves and leaving the kids out of it.

Of course, from what I have read on this blog, it might be uncomfortable to hear Kate yelling at Jon in the throes passion “Not THERE you idiot….RIGHT THERE!” or other tidbits like “if you think I’m putting THAT in my (fill in the blank), you’re crazy!” and “when you’re inside me, I feel nothing!”

that would be the top selling video EVER!!!

Joyce

June 22nd, 2009
1:05 pm

jack5656: ROTFLMAO!!

The Truth

June 22nd, 2009
1:15 pm

I know what the big announcement is…Kate and Mikey (from OCC) are announcing their engagement/pregnancy…imo.

JJ

June 22nd, 2009
1:28 pm

The only thing sexy about this revolting show is Kate. I would do her in a heartbeat and would love to submit to her and her be my DOMINA!! YUMMY!!

catlady

June 22nd, 2009
1:48 pm

Now, Jack, that wasn’t very nice, even if it was funny.

jack5656

June 22nd, 2009
2:18 pm

maybe so catlady..but I figure if they can check their integrity and dignity at the door for a paycheck, I can check my politeness at the door for a joke.

DB

June 22nd, 2009
2:30 pm

Who gives a flip what two idiots decide to do with their marriage? It’s a cloyingly cute show that has run it’s course. The public has made mini-celebrities of these selfish, greedy people, and now we are supposed to care that the principals can’t keep their marriage together? Good riddance to bad rubbish!

DB

June 22nd, 2009
2:32 pm

MJG: We had a WONDERFUL time on our cruise! The ship was gorgeous, the service superb, and the shore excursions were fun — life is good!

motherjanegoose

June 22nd, 2009
2:41 pm

DB….perhaps a fun Friday topic would be family and/or adult cruises. I know nothing about this but my son just went on a cruise and had lots to tell me. He said the cruise agent told them to avoid Carnival at all costs unless you have kids with you…perhaps you could encourage Theresa to tap into your knowledge and experience.

JJ

June 22nd, 2009
3:07 pm

Oh yes, lets do a cruising topic…..I LOVE to cruise.

What’s wrong with Carnival? We did Carnival on our “starter” cruise to the Bahamas, about 5 years ago……No complaints here.

JJ

June 22nd, 2009
3:07 pm

DB – Where did you go?

DB

June 22nd, 2009
4:12 pm

I am NO cruise expert – this was my first one! It was interesting, because you overheard all sorts of comments on the ship’s elevators — one well-groomed mom with a small child (5 or so) was bitterly complaining about the lack of children’s activities, while a young 20’s couple complained that there were too many rugrats running around! My daughter, who is 18, made the comment that the most popular cure for any issue seemed to be “Have a drink!” — not that she could, at 18!

We went to Royal Caribbean’s private Haitian beach, Labadee, then on to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and then on to Georgetown, Grand Caymens. Our last stop was in Cozemel, and then we came back to Miami. The ship was absolutely incredible — you see it in ads sometimes, the one with the surf simulator on the tail! A huge rock climbing wall, putt-putt, a theatre, an ice-skating rink, etc, etc. The service was incredible. There are a few things I would do differently next time, now that I’ve had this experience, but overall, it was a great experience.

I really miss those lovely sea breezes, especially coming back to this sweltering heat! My last day was a day at sea, and I sat on a secluded deck with a book for over two hours, shaded, with a breeze, the ocean and an attentive waiter. HEAVEN! I miss twice-a-day room service, constantly filled ice buckets, waiters who know exactly how you like your tea and which bread you prefer, walking up to the frozen yogurt machine and making a cone when the mood hit, fresh beach towels on demand . . . *sigh*! I’m not a big drinker, and since I had the four teenage girls, I wasn’t indulging, but I could have easily spent the entire cruise in a happy, alcohol-induced haze if I had been so inclined. There were lots of different bars tucked away throughout the ship, but we’d go, get a soft drink, and enjoy the musician du jour. We enjoyed several variety-type shows, two ice shows, a couple of fun game shows, and generally just sitting around on the ship being lazy. On shore, we did canopy jumping (a series of 9 zip lines), parasailing, a 1/2 mile long zip line over a bay, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayacking, biking, some limited shopping (most of the girls were on very limited budgets), and generally just enjoyed the experience.

motherjanegoose

June 22nd, 2009
4:22 pm

JJ….I have not been on a cruise but this is just what my son told me. I think the drift is that Carnival is to all cruises like Panama City is to all beaches….Redneck Riviera….you get what you pay for. BUT lots of folks love PCB… just not me. Of course, if either a cruise or a beach house were an extreme last minute bargain…then, I am in!

We got a great deal on a condo in Hawaii last year! I am not a snob and do not need elegance.
I stay in way too many hotels.

We can go to the beach twice this summer ( 2 different weeks) for less than some folks pay for one week), since I simply like a quiet place that is clean and low maintenance.

Theresa, what do you think?

I am on the fence with my original thoughts about JJ’s first post at 7:40 a.m…..BUT you may need to check in with her and run your ideas by her ( LOL) since she thought this topic was BORING…maybe more will want to check in on this topic tomorrow! I will NOT be watching the show.

motherjanegoose

June 22nd, 2009
4:24 pm

DB…I LOVE snorkeling and am green with envy…..LOL! So glad you had fun!

TKH

June 22nd, 2009
4:53 pm

DB – went on the same cruise last year and I think the same boat. Loved every minute of it! I think Labadee was our favorite stop, but we had a blast at every port and on the ship itself.

Tiffany

June 22nd, 2009
7:39 pm

Y’all need to get off Theresa’s back about this topic. It happens to be very fitting with the topic of parenthood. Even if these people are on TV, they are very real and so are their children. It’s shows like this that make most of us realize how much better off WE are, than Jon and Kate. I think both of them messed up big time. What’s done is done with their marriage…that is evident. It certainly is heartbreaking for the children. It would be interesting for the show to continue on and show us the outcome of all of this…Kate as a single mom and Jon’s new life as a divorced dad. The one bedroom apartment is probably just wishful thinking on Jon’s part…surely he is not serious! I will definitely tune in to continue watching this family. I wish them the best of luck!

Jesse's Girl

June 22nd, 2009
10:09 pm

OK…they are divorcing but keeping the show. Do we serioulsy EVER need to address these two money-hungry, sour-taste-leaving, bossy-cow, passive-aggressive, SOB’s again?! I sincerely hope not.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 23rd, 2009
12:35 am

Hey everyone — We can talk about family cruising — I actually hosted a whole blog for the ajc on cruising so we can do that — probably for this Friday but let’s see if anything else comes up —

Onto Jon and Kate — I didn’t get to watch it when it aired. We had to tape it. I just finished it. Walsh couldn’t sleep and was in my bed so he saw a lot of it. Walsh and Rose both love the show because they love seeing all the kids!!! Walsh was soo sad and so am I. I hate to see a marriage fall apart. It sounds like they are not communicating at all. How on Earth can you work something out if you’re not talking — Kate didn’t say she wanted him if he would have her but it just sounded like Jon was done — I’m not sure if it’s more done with dealing with Kate or the burden of 8 children. I wish they would stop filming for a while, go to counseling,talk and try to figure out why jon is so angry and if they can solve it together. I am very sad.

nurse&mother

June 23rd, 2009
12:36 am

Cindy, I feel it is our place to discuss if this is what TLC plasters across our TV screen. Don’t forget jon and kate CHOSE this. If jon and kate didn’t want to have the media follow their every move, then they shouldn’t have asked to be on TV. jmho. I think the two have said, “show me the money”. I think personally, they sold their kids (and themselves) out.

I think that people need to realize that many of us could get caught up in the money and fame. The important thing is to look at the lesson this has (or should have) taught us. I am quite content with my simple life with my loved ones. We are all happy and healthy. I don’t need a lot of money. It just makes you greedier.

mmc

June 23rd, 2009
3:54 am

How can some of you people on this blog be so nasty? This is a family in crisis and there are 8 little kids whose lives will be turned upside down if these parents don’t get help in the way of counseling and a support system like family and friends. Sometimes when you’re in the middle of this mess you think separating is the only thing to do. But it’s not .You have to put hurt feelings and anger aside and try to put the pieces back together. We all know that marriage isn’t easy with a lot of small children around, but unless you really try you will have regrets. Don’t give up Jon and Kate and really try for your beautiful children. Good luck to all of you.