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5/26: Jon & Kate Plus 8 return with controversy

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.

311 comments Add your comment

Savvy

May 25th, 2009
10:28 pm

Re: “I did not sign up fro the public scrutiny and everything,” Jon says wearily.

I beg to differ.

PSOED

May 25th, 2009
10:30 pm

Kate Gosselin, try hard enough? How many times did she play the “woe is me,” game tonight? While Jon Gosselin I’m sure has flaws, what I’ve always respected about him is the fact that he’s never had to prove that he loves his children…he just does.
Kate should really think about the choices SHE’S MADE, and stop playing the blame game. Maybe if she didn’t treat her husband like her personal slave and belittle him constantly on national television, they wouldn’t be where they are today. At the end of the day, it’s pretty sad that because of greed, their eight children will ultimately suffer. SAD! Kate really needs to see a psychiatrist and hopefully will realize afterward that the world doesn’t revolve around her!

Steve

May 25th, 2009
10:30 pm

What shocks me is how much of this new season is apparently going to be filler material. There has to be as much non-programming clutter as the actual show. There’s your scandal!

Jana

May 25th, 2009
10:31 pm

I think it would be very difficult to live in their shoes. They are(were) a very normal family who happened to have two sets of multiples. Because they are educated, and attractive, they made for very interesting television appeal, and , of course, the money was a welcome addition. However, I’m sure they never imagined the horrible scrutiny and invasion their “television” life would bring them. If their life together is torn apart, it will be totally the fault of their agreement to air their life to the television world. You can’t expect monetary rewards, once unfathomable, without paying a huge price. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. I hope they are wise enough to weather the media storm, and survive, both for themselves and for their eight children. My hopes are with them.

Katrice H

May 25th, 2009
10:31 pm

I don’t think they are going to make it. I hope they do, but I am not sure…

Butterfly

May 25th, 2009
10:33 pm

They did sign up for the scrutiny whe4n they sold there kids life’s to the highest bidder.They don’t mind the media when they are filming there show or going on all there trips.
Just when the truth comes out about them ,is when they have the problem with it, the snowjob is over.

Holly

May 25th, 2009
10:33 pm

I CAN NOT BELIVE JON WOULD DO THAT TO HER! WHAT A DOUCHE! i cant believe this..

NCR

May 25th, 2009
10:34 pm

Look, Kate came to Jon with an “agreement” about 6 months ago. You can see “whoever” you want, do “whatever” you want, just SHOW UP FOR FILMING. Kinda sounds like a fake family if you ask me. Let’s all play “pretend” for the camera, and after the lights turn off, they split their separate ways. Pretty fake.

Jackie

May 25th, 2009
10:35 pm

It’s too bad she can’t see that the entire problem is her. Give up the show and get back together with your family. What’s more important, money or your family? She really needs a reality check. Pack up and move to Canada. People up there wouldn’t go near here, she’s too scarry.

Louise Severson

May 25th, 2009
10:36 pm

I watched the show tonight and after 35 years of marriage went through a divorce myself and to think it does not affect the children is wrong. Jon and Kate need to put their marriage first above all else and that means the show. After all when they started they just had each other, no tv show and no 8 kids and my bet is that they loved each other. Kate needs to start listening to Jon and how he feels and understand he is not one of her children but an equal partner in the relationship. He said he is not happy and she said she is. Now those two just dont go together. There is no to fix something if the show continues because Jon doesnt want it to. He wants his life back with no fear of who is watching his family and all they are doing. He is right that right their life is based on episodes and not on real life. When did marriage become a job and i notice that they went to church every sunday then faith should bring them back to what really matters. Dont let the children go through their lives with divorced parents , i sensed the tension tonight and so will your children.

Carrie

May 25th, 2009
10:36 pm

I”m not sure what to think. But she is being very nice to him all the sudden. If I ever talked to my husband the way she did in the past seasons he would have told me to screw off along time ago. He may not have cheated, but we all don’t know whats going on. If you all noticed he said I didn’t sign up for this I was told I had no choice. Sounds like Kate told him him he had to for money reasons.

Julie Macleish

May 25th, 2009
10:37 pm

Kate, you are a wonderful mother – I admire your strength – I don’t need to know more…

DJ

May 25th, 2009
10:37 pm

I think Jon is the better parent. Kate is a monster, if she didn’t treat him like a child things might be better for them. She really needs professional help.I feel bad for the kids, Mady needs professional help and with this situation will really need help

Kim from Michigan

May 25th, 2009
10:37 pm

I have watched every episode. I remember thinking”Woe, Kate is just overly versed sometimes when speaking to Jon”. I then watched Monday 5/22 broadcast on TLC. I felt each of their pain and frustration. I thought Kate handled herself beautifully. I know that is a very very hard thing to do , let alone talk on TV about it. Divorce is so bitter. I just want them to know they are in my prayers. I wish them both the best at whatever their decision is.Everyone deserves to be happy. If they weren’t together, then maybe being apart would be better.

Rosewild

May 25th, 2009
10:39 pm

The show is unwatchable this season. It’s all about Kate, not the kids. Kate has changed. Once she got the “Hollywood Car wash” she ditched her old life, friends, family. After watching the entire marathon of shows this weekend culminating with the season open this evening, I must say it is hard to believe that Jon and Kate will ever be a couple again. Kate has already disowned her parents, siblings, etc. for fame and fortune. I hope it was worth it.

Anne

May 25th, 2009
10:39 pm

How very sad. On tv or not, this couple is going through what many of us go through in our lives at one time or another. As much as I love seeing their family grown and enjoy watching the banter, I hope they hang it up soon, for the sake of their family. Give it up for now and come back in 10 years and show us what you have learned. We will all want to wittnes this.

Christy

May 25th, 2009
10:41 pm

Jon needs to find a life outside of his family (not an affair!). Obviously being a stay-at-home dad is not working for him. And, unfortunately, Kate doesn’t have the motivation, patience and desire to be a stay-at-home mom, either. It seems they are both done with being 24/7 parents for 8 kids. That’s the bottom line. They both are very vocal about loving their kids, but don’t want the full-time responsibility anymore.

Amanda

May 25th, 2009
10:41 pm

I feel that love can overcome anything. If there is truely love in their hearts then they can work through this. Life is hard, marriage is hard, and to put both in front of the world to watch just adds to it all. Let them live their lives. People make mistakes; who are we to judge them?

sdolittle

May 25th, 2009
10:41 pm

Nice car Jon – A whole lot of men would love your job. I think you are a total jerk, grow up, already it is affecting your children when the little one said to you at the BD party – “don’t go away anymore Daddy”. It broke my heart.

Mary Ann C

May 25th, 2009
10:42 pm

They need to stop the show and work things out for the sake of the children. It is so sad.

justme

May 25th, 2009
10:43 pm

easy for us to sit back and judge…

Mikayla

May 25th, 2009
10:43 pm

First of all i have to respond to PSOED comment about Kate how would you know how hard it is to do any of the stuff that there family goes thought. that’s right you don’t i am only 12 years old and i can tell that 8 kids let alone twins AND sextuplets would be a giant responsibility. How do you know what goes on behind the cameras. its all stress MAYBE YOUR THE ONE WHO NEEDS TO SEE A PSYCHIATRIST. because trust me you are the one who needs help. Secondly, I hope they can work it out. I love their show it is very interesting and inspiring to watch. I know that Jon did make some wrong decisions and he knew what he was doing but it happens everybody makes mistakes some people just make larger ones then others because sometimes we feel like there is no one to turn to. but nobody is perfect everybody is a person and you cant just say it was horrible and blow people off and put them down and make them feel worse just because they are famous or celebrities because they are people too. They are just well known sure they may have to watch out ore but they cant get it all right behind what all the media says is a true real human person who just wants to be a human person but cant because everyone is wathcing thier every move.

Michelle Clift

May 25th, 2009
10:44 pm

After watching the show tonight I found myself feeling very sorry for Kate, and trust me I definitly didn’t that I would ever say that. Jon is unhappy about not having a job- well than why did he agree to give it up? He says he isnt content being a stay at home dad, I find that in itself sad. My husband would give anything to be in the financial position jon is in to be home with his children instead of working 12 hour shifts. I think jon is wimp. He knew who he was marrying and did it any way. He was there when decisions for their future were being made, if he didnt say no then well then you cant complain now.

Dee

May 25th, 2009
10:44 pm

Sometimes (i.e. ALWAYS) adults should put the kids’ needs above their own. People have affairs because they are thinking of their own desires. Grow up and put the children first. Your d–k can come later (no pun intended). “It” really isn’t the beginning and ending of the universe. I could never understand this thought process, or lack of self control – unattractive to say the least. Little lives are at stake.

Em

May 25th, 2009
10:44 pm

How sad to see this once happy family tearing apart…it is almost too excruciating to watch. Having gone through divorce/adultery myself I can say that most of the time I didn’t know what was going to happen the next minute either so it wasn’t surprising to hear them say that. I do not know who or what went wrong with Jon and Kate’s marriage but I do hope they find the strength and desire to fight for their marriage. I for one am rooting for them to get through this as a stronger couple. I know I was not so lucky. God bless the children as they undoubtedly sense “something” is going on between their parents. I wish them all luck.

Sara

May 25th, 2009
10:44 pm

Hello, what the bad judgement is Jon was reffering to was getting caught. As stated in public by Kate’s own brother, Kate called off the relationship with Jon 6 months ago and told him he could see other women as long as he taped the show pretnending to be her husband. So NO- he didn’t cheat on Kate but YES he was an idiot to be caught with someone else when for the public his marriage is supposed to be “on” Why is this so hard to get?

Meg

May 25th, 2009
10:45 pm

I think this is such a sad, sad situation. I am actually heart broken over this whole mess. I am still hoping and PRAYING these two people will go back to their first love, allow forgiveness to rule and stay married. What a great testimony that would be.

Emily

May 25th, 2009
10:46 pm

I have watched this family from the begining [as we all have] and it devastates me knowing that they are on the verge of divorce. Personally I believe that marriage is a life long commitment – ['until death; do we part']. I think it would be in their best interest [and their childrens best interest] to stop filming completely. I think they need to take the media’s focus off of themselves and really reconsider the path(s) they have decided to take within the marriage. I hope they can make it work.

Melissa

May 25th, 2009
10:46 pm

I pray for the Gosslin family whose family needs healing. Noone can say what they would do in the same situationI am sure it is a stressful life. I do think, after watching tonight’s show, that Jon is definitely detached from his family. It was all over his face. He needs to get a grip and pull it together. His family should be the most important thing in his life. Kate needs to cancel all road trips from here on out and work on her marriage. Maybe TLC could send them on a long second honeymoon together with child care provided. Since, maybe if it were not for the show, they may not be struggling to save their marriage.

Kristin

May 25th, 2009
10:46 pm

I wish them and their family only the best. Sure, I don’t approve of all the decisions they’ve made… but who agrees with everything someone else ever does? I’m sure the TV had a lot to do with the stress… but if they didn’t have the significant income from the reality series then the same stresses would have come to light, and probably sooner, over financial issues. I wish them only the best and cannot even begin to imagine life in their shoes.

Kristin,
Alberta, Canada

pco

May 25th, 2009
10:46 pm

Jon seems very immature – yeah ! life is rough in the spotlight – $75,000 per episode – I could and many others could as well – take a bit of the rough for the nice income that has been generated from their TV Show. You know, if you are not doing anything wrong, then the paparazzi will have nothing to print and talk about. So, JON – immaturity has gotten the best of you – try to grow up for your wife and children’s best interest. Unfortunately, you can’t make somebody GROW UP and get Mature all of a sudden. He is two years younger than Kate and has mentioned many times how he was 23 with twins and 27 with sextuplets. This evidently has been bothering him for some time. I am most certainly understanding that 8 kids are tough to raise. Jon, get tough and be the dad and husband to the kids and Kate – you know that woman that you went to Hawaii with and repeated those vows of sanctity. I am feeling like Jon is just a wussy and wants to drive his white sports car without any cares in the world. Unless he was just the sperm donor, this just isn’t that way real life has played out for him. Kate has good reason to be angry. I would be too!!!

Jean

May 25th, 2009
10:46 pm

I hope and pray that Jon and Kate can work out their problems. It is heartbreaking to read the awful things being said about both of them, but especially Kate. If I had to care for eight children, I’m not sure that I would turn down all the advantages that came with doing the show for TLC. Kate obviously came to enjoy all the perks and attention, but I truly believe she felt she was doing what was best for her family. It’s unfair to say she doesn’t love her children. If you have watched all the shows, you’d remember many moments when it was obvious how much she loves them. I think some of the people who are writing these awful things about the Gosselins have not really been viewers since the start of the show. It’s a very sad situation, and I wish the 10 of them the best.

Feffie

May 25th, 2009
10:47 pm

What I don’t understand is why no one seems to believe Jon when he says nothing happened. Why are people letting something like this affect what they think about the family they once loved to watch? It may not even be true, and if it is, who cares? Everyone has issues at some point in their marrige and Kate even said she can get a little aggravated when it comes to disgussing things with Jon. Everyone does. I wouldn’t ever want to be famous, cause people can change one little event into this. Jon doesn’t seem like the guy who would cheat, and either does Kate. And if they did, they should let the public know, so we can stop saying all this stuff about them, that we don’t even know for a fact. Sure, people say they saw Jon doing this. Well, like Jon said; If someone gave me an amount of money to say something, you know I would. And it’s not just me. Everyone would for the right amount of money, and it’s not fair to the people on the other side of the camera. How would you like it if some random person you didn’t even know, and never spoke to in your life, would spread lies about you and your family, trying to get you to your breaking point? I sure wouldn’t like that, and I’m sure no one else would want that either. So just remember what it’s like to see you and your family on the front page with a bunch of lies written for the whole world to see.

Stephanie

May 25th, 2009
10:47 pm

I am so sad for all involved they did this show to provide for there family. I think most people who would have been in that situation and people came and offered you a show and would give you money to take care of your 8 children i think we would all take it imagine how scared they were before the show with no money. The sad part is they didn’t think it would end like this and to be honest even with all the bickering neither did I. In there interviews on the couch they would joke and laugh which made me think all the bickering was stress of he day and they still loved each other. They could snip at each other then move on. I guess with all the traveling and time apart they grew apart it’s really sad. I don’t know what i believe from the tabloids and so called family who’s giving interviews to the press. I’m praying for them both and the children.

Jackie

May 25th, 2009
10:47 pm

Dear Jon and Kate, I am praying for you. Marriage is hard and at different times we feel different about our spouses. Nobody said marriage was hunky dory all the time….tough it out both of you! I think you are great parents and love each other. I watch your show alot…because nothing is good on other channels. You two are great together. I was a single parent for 7 years dated my now husband for 2 years before we got married. Now we have been married for 19 years. He built golf courses all over US and now builds windfarms. I am by me self alot! I have to accept that is the way it is. He works hard,and loves us very much! I have a great husband and children. Wow what a ride! The rollercoaster hasn’t stopped for me yet! I am getting ready for emptynest…I hate that too. All marriages have ups and downs….you both can make it up the next hill! We attend church regularly I have to say God plays a important part of our family! I have a friend which her husband passed last year. She is 87 and was married for 67 years…she went through WWII waited 3 years for him to come home…and lived in a dinky trailer she said she would get her self and son dressed to go and would wait for mail man….no letter…she would just stay home and cry. It would be weeks at atime. Maybe if you two talked to some older people who made it through tough times. You know how time flies already….you will have time for yourselves again. As for the stupid tabloids..I guess it is your turn now. But before you know it you will be old news. I live in a small town called Tarkio, MO Population of 1,900. You can’t fart with out someone there to smell it and tell all about it. I was talked about here once….I had a friend who told me Gee I am glad their talking about you…..that means they aren’t talking about me anymore! How true….It is your turn….this too shall pass. wait it out the best is yet to come…..TEENAGERS that is when you really need each other! Touch and hold hands remember you both are still there. I am praying for you both and your family. Love Jackie A.

Loena

May 25th, 2009
10:47 pm

Perhaps its just me, but I didn’t see Jon shedding any tears, did you? Everyone continues to speak about how much Jon has been humiliated and I just want to remind all of you Jon advocates that I think they are pretty much even at humiliating each other. I dont see Jon as a victim, he has been cruel at times as well, and I dont see Kate as a victim because she can dish it out as well. The only ones that will end up being victims of Jon and Kate’s stupidity will be their children. How can they possibly think, especially Jon that as long as they stay friendly their children will not be affected? You have to be pretty much self-absorbed to not understand the ramifications that separation and divorce bring into the dynamics of family.
Lastly, may I just say that this too will pass! Soon their story will be just one in a million and as time goes by the public will say Jon and Kate who?

Mary

May 25th, 2009
10:47 pm

I think it’s really sad that all this is happening, especially when I see the kids. They are soooo sweet. They have both done a really great job with the children. No matter what happens with the marriage, I’m sure that both of them will be super committed to being present and loving parents. I can tell that Kate really loves Jon. It is easy for those of you on the outside to place judgment on Kate for being so critical of Jon, or to blame Jon for being unfaithful. For those of of who are parents, I think that we all have been or possibly are where Jon and Kate are. Their problems are NOT unique. It’s no wonder the divorce rate is as high as it is.

Jen from Wisconsin

May 25th, 2009
10:49 pm

Having 3 kids of different ages parenting can be so stressful and I think both Jon and Kate do it the best they know how. I do wish that they would work it out for the kids sake. Yes, Kate belittles Jon but I can only imagine the constant stress to try and make it through a day and sometimes Jon is a little to nonchalant about everything. They need balance!! Less books deals less travel and some together time. For the kids the cameras should leave, if only temporarily. The kids would be happier in a little tiny shack with both parents then with endless things and a huge house with seperated parents.

Sarah

May 25th, 2009
10:50 pm

It’s easy for people to bash on Kate all of the time for wanting fame/money/etc, but can you imagine how expensive raising eight children must be? I don’t know many (if any) nurses that make $75,000 a year. If you could make that amount of money for a few days “work”, you would probably do it too. I don’t always agree with the way she talks to Jon, but I don’t blame Kate for supporting her family.

Julie

May 25th, 2009
10:50 pm

One of the children called Kate by the babysitter’s name and she’s okay with it as long as they are “safe and happy?” Stay home with your kids and be a mommy!!! Cut the book tour in half. You’re making plenty of money from the show! All I heard was about how hard she works and the two times she did speak to Jon at the party, she barked at him. Imagine that! Watching the kids and knowing what’s probably to come was heart breaking! WAKE UP KATE!!!

mimi

May 25th, 2009
10:52 pm

Jon and Kate both need to grow up. This is NOT about both of you. For the sake of the kids, forgive each other and get back together., or else all your kids are going to be affected emotionally and mentally for the rest of their lives. You both had kids, so act like responsible parents., just saying you both love your kids is easy but act upon it!

Janet

May 25th, 2009
10:54 pm

Kate should quit worrying about her makeup, cut the hair that keeps falling in her eyes, listen to what John is trying to say (he has a right to speak too), quit the book tours, quit the show, and just go back to being a wife and mother. After all, that’s what she wanted in the beginning. The show came up after all those other decisions were made. She comes across as enjoying the limelight too much. It sounds like they might have a chance if they went back to just being “a family”. I’m rooting for that to happen.

Amy

May 25th, 2009
10:54 pm

I hope, above anything, that Jon and Kate can find a way back to each other and back to their family. Tonight’s show was a tragedy…an absolute tragedy. When I heard one of the boys say, “This is my best birthday ever” I was just so terribly sad for the Gosselin children as they can’t even begin to imagine how incredibly different their world will become if their parents divorce. Jon and Kate have professed their love for God. As a Christian family, I pray that forgiveness, reconciliation, and faith will sustain them through this time and bring them all back home.

nina douell

May 25th, 2009
10:54 pm

Absolutely heartbreaking……seems it’s become so commercialized…..however she has acted in the past, and regardless of his actions…they have eight beautiful kids that they chose to bring into this world. To give up on such a huge responsability, is really sad!!!

OKK

May 25th, 2009
10:54 pm

There’s are alot of comment’s coming.

She did said she treat him bad in the past.

Marina

May 25th, 2009
10:55 pm

I believe Kate and Jon are wonderful parents, and they just have to put their priorities in order. People do make mistakes, and I just pray that God gives wisdom to solve these problems. It will not be easy, but if they dont now, they will not be able to do it latter and their kids will certanly pay for that. That is going to happen becouse they will suffer if Jon and Kate get a divorce.

Pat

May 25th, 2009
10:55 pm

Kate is a control freak and pushed Jon to get a “break” from her. Tonight’s show showed her sweet and sad (fake tears).Simple advice, Kate needs personal counseling, they need couple counseling and proceed on rebuilding their relationship from there. They GOT MONEY so use it for the sake of the kids emotional needs.

Ally

May 25th, 2009
10:55 pm

I think they are both “good” parents. They let this money and show put too many stars in their eyes and then it was too much work to keep it going. They both love their children but have put their desires ahead of their love and wishes for their children. I cried to see such a lovely young family do this to themselves and TLC also should see how this affects families but you see, there are more of them coming on. Too much reality will ruin it all. We see this every day in real time why keep watching it over and over on the tube and Internet. It makes our world look very sad.

maggie

May 25th, 2009
10:58 pm

I beg to differ as well; he did sign up for this – I guess not knowing what comes with celebrity. Ask any celebrity. What about marriage counseling? I’ve never heard it mentioned by them or anyone else, or maybe I wasn’t paying attention.

Barb

May 25th, 2009
10:58 pm

Jon should grow up and accept his responsibility of being an adult/parent.
Have the balls to say enough is enough.
Divorce, spend time finding out what your want different in a relationship and then starting dating. I can’t even stomach your “alledged” affair and drinking. Poor Jon. Your make me what to vomit.