TLC: Viewers Will See Jon, Kate Date Others When Show Returns

Entertainment Jul. 30, 2009 AT 5:54PM
Jon and Kate Gosselin Jon Gosselin and Kate Gosselin of TLC's "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and Buddy Valastro of TLC's "Cake Boss" attend Discovery Upfront at Jazz at Lincoln Center April 2, 2009 in New York City. Credit: Amy Sussman/WireImage for Discovery Communications

What to expect when Jon & Kate Plus 8 returns this Monday for the first time since the Gosselins announced their split last month?

Pizza, camping, and maybe dates, according to TLC president Eileen O'Neill, who read a statement about the reality show at Television Critics Associated Panel in Pasadena, Calif. today.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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."

Viewers will see Jon and Kate date, O'Neill said.

"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.

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"This is real life. It's important to remember that our cameras are only there for moments in time, and those moments have limits."

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