A Messy Divorce for Jon & Kate?

Jon and Kate file for divorce


A Messy Divorce for Jon & Kate?

Ratings may be the only thing to benefit in the aftermath

-Stephanie Elliot

Well, it’s either a sad day for a family or the start of some very good reality TVcoming up on Jon & Kate Plus 8, depending on how you choose to look at it. The duo confirmed they are separating during the one-hour long episode last night. Not once did they use the “D” word, but rather chose to stick to the less severe “we’re separating” verbiage during the show.

However, at one spot midway through, the screen blacked out, and words spread across the TV screen ominously, stating that Jon and Kate had started the proceedings to “dissolve their marriage on Monday, June 22, 2009.”

People.com reported that Kate was the one who filed on Monday, stating that during the weekend “Jon’s activities have left me no choice but to file legal procedures in order to protect myself and our children.” Now why aren’t the cameras rolling when that stuff is going on?! Whatever Jon did over the weekend must have pushed Kate to the edge, because it seemed that from the previously taped clips that the two were really just going to try a separation. Where was the paparazzi, and why weren’t they filming Jon’s weekend activities? Come on guys! Get with the reality program!

While the two reality stars are not communicating, it’s evident that both Jon and Kate agree to make sure their kids are taken care of by TLC, even if that means exploiting a dirty divorce for the ratings. The plan for now is that the kids stay in “their house” (Kate says it has always been the children’s home – everything is for the children), and Jon and Kate will flip-flop living there. That should be fun for everyone, don’t you think? One parent will be home with the children, while the other gallivants around town, smoking and drinking and fraternizing with the opposite sex (who out there didn’t know Jon was a smoker – that was news to me!)

I can just envision future episodes where Kate calls Jon to ask if he will babysit the eight kids because she’s got a hot date with a cameraman. I am fearing a disaster of some pretty awesome reality TV, and I can’t wait for it to unfold. Gotta keep those ratings up TLC!

And fortunately for the TV station, Jon and Kate will stop at nothing, not even the wreckage of their marriage, to give their children a life they’re used to. But at what cost? Tell me those children are not going to need some serious therapy after all of this goes down? My prediction for the future of the family looks bleak. I keep envisioning years down the road one of the sextuplets asking everyone else, “Hey guys, do you want to watch the episode where the divorce papers get served or the one when daddy brings home another new girlfriend?”

The one thing Jon and Kate should have done, but never will, is the one thing that might have saved their marriage. They should have looked straight into the camera and said, “Stop filming.”

Maybe then they’d have a chance, but we all know Jon and Kate – they want to do what’s best for the kids, and exploitation means more money means they are provided for. But newsflash Gosselins – there are some things in life that are more important than how much money you can make from your own family’s misery.

Stephanie Elliot is an associate editor at Betty, and she also answers your parenting questions at Just Another Manic Mommy. Visit her at manicmommy.blogspot.com or stephanieelliot.com.

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  1. The one thing Jon and Kate should have done, but never will, is the one thing that might have saved their marriage. They should have looked straight into the camera and said, “Stop filming.” – My thoughts exactly!

  2. AMEN, Steph!!! Put the cameras away, spend an entire week without a free vacation, a visit from a celebrity cook, free goods, and just BE WITH YOUR KIDS. Damn, is it that hard??

  3. we’re still talking about these 2 attention whores?! oh yeah, TLC also ROCKS! congrats asses, you ruined a marriage and family. kate, get over yourself and jon – whatever grow some hair. also, the kids may as well start lining up for free therapy sessions.

  4. I will admit I am a fan of the show…those kids are adorable but Jon and Kate should take a break and do what is best for their children. At least postpone filming until they have a better control on the situation.

  5. I have to say its sad, The ones who are going to suffer from this is not Jon or Kate. Its the 8 kids they made. And its sad. Its down right sad, I pray for the kids all the time. And i hope that some day, Them two ADULTS can relize what it is that they did so wrong….

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