In the end, only one Gosselin could end up with custody of the post-breakup Jon & Kate Plus 8, and it turns out that Mom won. TLC announced today that Kate Plus 8 will debut on Nov. 2, with newly-liberated play-ah Jon in a continuing but “less regular role.” Translation: having Jon show up with another “new mommy” every week would be too gross even for TLC. People magazine reports that the network made the change after finally having enough of Jon’s tabloid “antics.”
The true victims in all this are the TV bloggers, who can no longer continue making “Jon Minus Kate” equation jokes. Excerpts from the release after the jump:
TLC has announced that JON & KATE PLUS EIGHT will adapt to the changing Gosselin family and relaunch in November under the new title KATE PLUS EIGHT.
The program will continue to capture the incredible lives of the eight Gosselin children and their family but will now include a deeper focus on Kate’s role in the family and her journey as a single mother building the next chapter in her life. TLC will continue its exclusive relationship with Jon Gosselin and he will continue to appear on the show, but on a less regular basis.
“Given the recent changes in the family dynamics, it only makes sense for us to refresh and recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family. The family has evolved and we are attempting to evolve with it; we feel that Kate’s journey really resonates with our viewers. Additionally the network is in development on a Kate project for 2010” states Eileen O’Neill, President and GM, TLC.
The series will continue to chronicle the Gosselin family as they go on outings and tackle daily challenges and adventures. It will also document Kate’s journey as a newly single mother raising 5 year-old sextuplets and 8 year-old twins.