It’s finally official. Starting in November, the TLC reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8 will be renamed and refocused as Kate Plus 8. TLC announced the change on Tuesday, saying the show will switch to focus on Kate Gosselin‘s role as a single mother to her 8 children.
Ratings for the TLC reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8 have continued to drop since Jon and Kate Gosselin announced their impending divorce and started whining endlessly about each other in the press ad nauseum. More and more on the show, Jon Gosselin has rapidly vanished from the picture.
But despite rumors Jon & Kate Plus 8 would soon be facing cancellation, the network announced on Tuesday it would instead be retooling the show to draw in the ‘single mom’ audience. “It’s not a huge shift, but it’s reflective of where the show was already going,” TLC president Eileen O’Neill said in a press statement. O’Neill also dismissed rumors Kate Gosselin had posted a message on her Facebook page speculating the series would soon go off the air. As we guessed earlier, the message was a fake.
Jon Gosselin will reportedly still be appearing occasionally on the show, but it will be less often. Less often would be pretty much almost never considering how little he’s been on it recently anyway.
Jon & Kate Plus 8 star Kate Gosselin allegedly posted a message on her Facebook account this week bemoaning the probable cancellation of the TLC reality show due to failing ratings. Problem is, the Facebook message heard round the Net might not be from Kate Gosselin at all.
As reported by tabloid sites across the web, Kate Gosselin reportedly posted on her Facebook page: “With ratings falling, this might be the last season of Jon & Kate Plus 8. I’m not sure yet.” However, further research has revealed the Kate Gosselin Facebook page may be a fake. According to Radar Online, an unnamed friend of Gosselin says the reality TV star doesn’t even have a Facebook page.
Actually, there are at least a full dozen Facebook accounts claiming to be Kate Gosselin. Obviously it isn’t hard to make a Facebook page claiming to be any celebrity. While Kate Gosselin does have a “fan” page on Facebook that she appears to occassionally post too, none of the other Facebook accounts under her name are verified as belonging to her.
Granted, the ratings for Jon & Kate Plus 8 have indeed taken a nosedive since the divorce drama between Jon and Kate Gosselin went public. Plus, Kate Gosselin is already reportedly working on a new talk show targeted to moms. On the other hand, Kate Gosselin is quite aware TLC is currently her sugar-daddy and we think it’s pretty unlikely she’d say anything potentially negative about Jon & Kate Plus 8 – especially in such an informal way as a Facebook post.
So we’re calling this rumor as a fake until and unless Kate Gosselin fesses up to making the statement.
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