Solo Kate + 8 In Future?

Jon and Kate Plus 8 overwhelmed the Memorial Day Weekend. From a Jon and Kate Plus 8 marathon to the May 25 season premiere, Jon and Kate were everywhere. The premiere episode shattered records, landing an astounding 9.8 million viewers.

Jon and Kate film a birthday party -- notice Kate's security guard!This does not even include the pre-premiere and non-planned publicity that surrounds the couple's marriage woes. More on that later — first, we want to know how did the premiere handle their current issues?

Jon and Kate Plus 8 began with their troubles front and center. Jon and Kate Gosselin each took turns addressing the camera discussing the way their life has turned in the last several months. It was an effective way to deal with the two-ton elephant in the room — Jon's alleged infidelity.

After a weekend of witnessing the two together on a couch throughout the Jon and Kate marathon, the difference was immediate.

What was particularly striking was how both Jon and Kate seem to be completely outraged at the paparazzi that are currently swarming around them. This is preposterous. When one enters the realm of reality television, you do not have the luxury of deciding which cameras are fine and which are not.

The Jon and Kate premiere's big event, other than the Jon and Kate marriage fireworks, was the sextuplet's fifth birthday. After a weekend of these two and their eight kids, there is no denying that the eight children of Jon and Kate Plus 8 are the true stars of the show. They are impeccably cute and so well spoken. Watching them is a truly a joy. But, at the same time, it also leaves one with a sense of spying on children who had no choice in the matter.

This is the crux of the issue. Once fame entered their lives, things changed. Sure, it was great when fame put millions of dollars in the family Gosselin bank account, but when the spotlight exposes your flaws -- you simply cannot turn the cameras off.

Throughout the premiere episode Kate complained about having to tackle the sextuplet's birthday soiree by herself. What Kate failed to mention is that the party audiences saw on May 25 was a recreation of the children's real birthday that had occurred a week prior.

Plus, Kate failed to see any correlation between the fact that Jon had spent weeks on end caring for the eight children while Kate was away promoting her book and furthering her fame. One thing audiences did not see was Jon complaining about the time alone while Kate was away and the troubles required taking care of eight children solo.

Jon, for whatever reason — but we can guess — was definitely a separate presence on Jon and Kate Plus 8's premiere. Kate avoided Jon at all costs, except to yell at him to remove his sunglasses for a family portrait.

It would prove to be an ironic and self-fulfilling prophecy of a portrait for Kate Gosselin. After uttering her first words to Jon throughout the party, "Jon, take off your sunglasses," Kate has the gall to be sad about how this could be their "last family portrait."

We're sorry, but judging by the way Jon was treated on the premiere (he may deserve it), coupled with Kate's "mother to monster" growing reputation off-screen, it would be no surprise to see these two split up.

The issue that is so disheartening is that these eight beautiful children are stuck in the middle as so many are during parental troubles. As an audience member and no expert on the ins-and-outs- of Jon and Kate's marriage, one can only assume that as Jon and Kate Plus 8 progresses through its season, next year's incarnation of the hit show may bear the name Kate Plus 8 — no more Jon.

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Comments on "Jon and Kate Plus 8 premiere recap"

Gypsy June 08, 2009 | 11:36 AM

I watched Jon and Kate from the beginning and my how they both have changed with the wealth they now have. The kids all of them now are in school. What else does the show have to sell except the (idea) of marriage problems etc? With the kids in school they can't go on all of those trips anymore to everywhere. I for one no longer watch the show, it's no longer "reality" but acting on what will sell on tv for the ratings and the bank accounts. I bet we will see when the older ones grow up that they will hate that they were sold to the highest bidder on TLC.

Maureen May 28, 2009 | 8:44 AM

I have watched Jon and Kate plus eight from the very beginning. I also believe you the MEDIA is making more of their relationship than needs be. Could you leave them alone to work on their OWN marriage even if they do not stay together it is none our my business and especially YOURS the MEDIA. It seems as though the media makes more out of situations or comments on things they no nothing about. This is what is wrong with the world.Try publishing some good news for once. I'm fed up with all the hype LEAVE THIS FAMILY ALONE TO DEAL WITH THEIR OWN PROBLEMS.

Marilyn Clark May 26, 2009 | 10:08 PM

Kate needs to take a good, long look at herself in the mirror. From the very beginning of their TV coverage she constantly put John down, corrected him when he talked, tried to contribute in an interview,and ordered him around, yelled and embarassed him so often when they went somewhere and at times made him seem to be nothing more than a go-fer and houseboy. Her sense of "authority and self-superiority" have come back to "bite her"! I hope they can wipe the slate clean and start over on "equal" footing.

jereecah May 26, 2009 | 10:02 PM

people don't blame anybody on this kinda situation because we never know what is the truth and who's lying only jon and kate know's about it let's just hope that everything well be alright and no divorce for both of them dont accused both of them if they did made a mistake there's always second changes about it and think about this jon and kate think about leah alexis hannah joel addin collin and kara and mady they would never feel dah same as it did back then when u where both together

Pam May 26, 2009 | 8:12 PM

It was so obvious that Jon was intoxicated on the season premier. Watch him lick his lips and just listen to him! I was married to an alcoholic...I can see the signs!

susan May 26, 2009 | 3:33 PM

or jon plus 8 can be the show's name....

lois May 26, 2009 | 2:42 PM

I pray that Kate will realize extended time away from her children is not the answer to her problems with Jon. Kate could use some self examination on her controlling ways. Children pick up on behavior of adults, good and bad. My heart goes out to the children. They obviously love both of their parents....but the tension between them can't be a good thing. God bless them all.

Rick Garner May 26, 2009 | 1:44 PM

Although the prayer schedule featured on the link below has the Gosselin's with 24/7 prayer coverage, there's always more room to remember this family in the coming days as the media and others continue their campaign of gossip and hate. http://richardtgarner.blogspot/2009/05/i-can-honestly-say-jon-is-my-best.html

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