For Kate Gosselin, it’s still all about the kids – all eight of them.
“It is not their fault that what has transpired has transpired,” she says in a just-released preview of the first new ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8” episode in more than a month. “And it is my new attitude that I’m going to do things I’ve never done before. That is what has stemmed out of all of that — ‘I can do.'”
In next Monday’s episode, Kate is shown taking the kids to the beach at Bald Head Island, NC..
The trip that was made before she and Jon split and prior to the show going on hiatus to “regroup,” as the network stated it last June. But the voice overs and interviews were done following all the recent tabloid-worthy tumult and they clearly attempt to keep the series more current, though as Kate points out, some things haven’t changed.
“I still have eight kids,” she says in the preview. “They still are kids. They still want to do things.”
As for what else to expect in future episodes, TLC president Eileen O’Neill read a statement about the reality show at Television Critics Associated Panel in Pasadena, Calif., indicating that she doesn’t know what will happen.
“Over the last four years and through 100 episodes, we’ve captured this remarkable family’s entertaining chaos,” O’Neill said. “Viewers fell in love and the show developed a passionate, loyal following.
“But this past spring, life intervened and the family’s status changed. It was certainly something we never expected, nor planed to have happen. But this has resulted in unprecedented television,” she continued.
“Our approach to the circumstance was simple: to cover the family with great care and thoughtfulness as they dealt with a subject that is all too familiar to many American families today.
“Jon and Kate have never said they were perfect, which has made them relatable and created an undeniable connection with the viewers. We will continue to capture this family’s journey in a respectful and sensitive way.
“The show comes back on Monday and most new episodes remain a work in progress,” she went on. “But I will tell you: the iconic couch is gone. Jon and Kate will now have separate chairs for their interview.
“You’re still going to see two parents that love their kids, but you’ll be seeing them parenting separately,” she said. “You’ll see what it’s like when Kate has to put up a tent for a backyard camping experience by herself. Or, you’ll see Jon trying to cook up a pizza for the kids.”
Dating will also be part of the new chapters.
“As far as new people and places that may be cycling into Jon and Kate’s life, we are taking it on a case-by-case basis,” she said.
In more recent news, Kate has reportedly bought a condo in Rockville, Maryland, according to the NY Daily News, which also reported that her “new digs will come in handy, because her agreement upon separating with Jon was to take turns living in the family’s million-dollar house where their eight children reside.”
As for Jon, he visited his children on Tuesday to tend to his brood in Wenersville, Pa., People.com reported.
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