TLC Cancels Kate Plus 8 After 150 Episodes
It's the end of an era for Kate Gosselin.
TLC announced Monday that it will no longer follow the 36-year-old single mother as she raises her eight children with ex Jon Gosselin, 34. (Their divorce was finalized in December 2009, months after Us Weekly broke the news of Jon's affair with elementary school teacher Deanna Hummel.)
"TLC has decided not to renew another season of Kate + 8. By the end of this season Kate + 8 will have hit the 150 episode mark (including Jon & Kate + 8), an exceptional milestone," the network tells Us in a statement. "TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future."
Kate, who parlayed her TLC fame into a stint on Dancing With the Stars in 2010, addressed the end of Kate + 8 on Twitter Monday.
"TLC canceled it. I'm sorry," Kate told her nearly 30,000 followers. "We've had a great run! Six years of whirlwind fun-filled adventures. Thanks to TLC and our many, many supportive and diehard fans! While it is very sad for me and the kids (there were many tears at the breakfast table this morning!), we are we are looking forward with great anticipation to our bright future!"
"As is very typical for me, I am choosing to see the positive in this situation and I am excited to consider the many more invigorating opportunities that may come my way," she added. "I poured my entire self into the last six years of Kate + 8 and I can't wait to have the chance to challenge myself again with future endeavors!"
"In the meantime, I hope to have more time for motivational speaking, book writing and other fun work opportunities that come my way," she wrote. "And maybe even some dating? We wish our fans well. And remember, this is not 'goodbye.' I prefer to say 'See you around!'"
Jon and Kate welcomed twins Cara and Madelyn on October 8, 2000. After using fertility treatments to get pregnant, the couple welcomed six more children in May 2004: Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel.
The final episode of Kate + 8 airs September 12 on TLC.