Could It Be the Return of ‘Kate and the 8’?

'Jon & Kate Plus 8' (TLC)

'Jon & Kate Plus 8' (TLC)

Jon and Kate Plus 8‘ might be making its way back to the airwaves, minus Jon. If that seems like complicated math, it pales in comparison to the murky contract dealings the proud papa of eight has had to deal with since cutting off the TLC cameras from filming his brood last year.

Earlier this week we reported that Jon’s desperate financial straits led him to begin talking to TLC about restarting the show. As you may recall, the reality series was nixed after Jon issued a cease-and-desist order against the network, claiming that the show was harmful to his children and that he felt as if the kids were being “exploited.” Has he changed his mind about the exploitation as long as it pads his wallet?

Jon has been in a battle with TLC, ever since they slapped him with at breach-of-contract lawsuit after Jon made public appearances without the consent of the network. Since then, TLC potentially strong-armed him into this financial instability by legally prohibiting him from making publicity appearances or earning income in connection with the show.

Of the settlement talk, Jon’s attorney Mark Heller, told E! News, “I can’t say what’s imminent but certainly it’s possible. In the next week or so, I’ll know. We’re waiting to go through all the issues.”

If the two can’t come to an agreement, the case will go to trial sometime in April.

While it was planned for Kate to have her own solo reality show tackling a variety of jobs every week, it looks like the network may be leaning toward a show in the same vein as the original, if Jon and TLC come to an agreement.

Kate has kept busy all this time by hitting the talk-show circuit and releasing a new book, all in the attempt to keep her family financially afloat. A source close to Kate told Fox 411, “”She is working her butt off, making payments on the house and finding new jobs and new projects that will pay her enough to secure the life she wants to provide the children. She is in demand and she wants to sustain the demand without overdoing it.”

Both octo-parents remain on uneasy terms with Kate still trying to deal with the dissolution of their marriage.

“Kate was broken after the divorce and she is very slowly putting herself back together again,” the source claims, adding that the ex-couple’s communication is limited. “They stick to discussions about the children and that is the purpose of their communication. It works best for Kate that way.”

What’s unclear is if the show does return, will it still be the ratings hit that TLC once had on its hands? Without the marriage drama that catapulted the show into the media spotlight, combined with the possible Gosselin fatigue from tabloid overexposure, is there anyone left still willing to tune in?

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