In the fifth season debut of “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ on TLC Monday night, Jon Gosselin denies cheating on Kate with a teacher, but she makes veiled comments that imply there has been something going on. And the future of the couple as a couple looks grim.
Kate cries. “Parents of multiples have triple the divorce rate,” she said. “I thought we could beat that. I don’t know if I can say that anymore. Very swiftly, we became very different people. It’s just hard. I tried six months to figure out what the problem is or remedy the problem. I don’t know. It’s so complicated. It’s just difficult.”
At the end of the episode, Jon pretty much says they’re separated: “We’re going two different directions right now.”
Early in the episode, they note the papparazzi camp outside their house all the time.
“I did not sign up fro the public scrutiny and everything,” Jon says wearily. “And neither did Kate. People get paid off to say whatever you want to say. If I gave you $25,000, who knows what you’ll say.”
“Did I ever think I’d find myself on the cover of a tabloid to see those words or read those words that are there?” Kate says. “No. It kills me.”
Jon says, “some people say I brought it upon myself.. doing nothing being innocent and hanging out. I never cheated on Kate. You know. That’s the way it is. I don’t care who believe me. I know what I know. She only knows what she knows.” Then he apologizes for something: “I don’t think in recent months I’ve thought clearly enough. I take full blame. I just didn’t think it would escalate to what it’s become.”
Kate denies unstated but implied alleged dalliances she may have had with a bodyguard. “I’m working and traveling and I take security. I go here and everywhere. That’s my job. I’ll be darned if they are going to take me down with that. The allegations make me furious. It makes me very mad.”
Jon then provides an interesting quote: “One day, my kids are going to Google me and I’m going to have to explain myself. Hopefully they’ll be mature enough to know it’s all crap.”
A moment later, he adds: “I’d like to apologize for my family for my actions. It was wrong place, wrong time. I didn’t understand the ramifications on how it would affect everything. I should have thought about more of what I did and where I was going. Everyone knows what I’m talking about.”
Kate: “I have a lot of anger… he’s made some very poor decisions. We have to live with them.”
Huh? What poor decisions exactly? What is he exactly apologizing for? Tabloids do say he showed up at some college house party, seen playing beer pong. Maybe it’s just that. Who knows?
The episode is set for one hour and 13 minutes. Clearly, TLC added a few minutes from interviews long after the episode at hand, which focused on the sextuplet’s fifth birthdays, which Kate dubs as “bittersweet.” [My DVR cut it off at a point where the show had note ended.]
As for the future of the couple, “I don’t know,” they both said. Kate says she lives and works for her kids. “I’m committed to not letting any of this harm them.”
“I take them to school. I’m here every day… I’m here for my kids, too,” Jon says.