"It's day by day for me," Jon said. "I could get offered a job and that would change the whole schedule."
On Tuesday, TLC announced that a retrospective of the Gosselin's first 10 years would air on June 29, and then the show would go on hiatus until August 3. After the time off, "a modified schedule will be in place to support the family's transition," TLC said in a statement.
"TLC continues to support the Gosselin family and will work closely with them to determine the best way to continue to tell their story as they navigate through this difficult time."
The kids will remain in the family's Pennsylvania home while Jon and Kate will "flip-flop" in and out of the home.
"This is their house, they love it here, we bought it for them," Jon said.
Ann Pleshette Murphy said that many divorced parents adopt so-called "bird-nesting," where "the kids stay in the house, and mom and dad fly back and forth."
"While I know it will be hard for them, and it's not what I wanted for them and it's very, very difficult. It is going to be the best and the most peaceful," Kate said.
Earlier in the episode, Jon did not make any attempt to hide his disdain for the paparazzi, who have been hounding him and his family for months.
"We have soldiers dying in Iraq, and all these people care about is what I eat for lunch," he said.
Kate suggested that she believed the separation would have happened with or without the reality show.
"This is the next chapter," she said. "Not a chapter that's been brought on by our show, not a chapter that's been caused by our career choices at all.
"I believe it's a chapter that would have been played out whether the world was watching or not, in hindsight," she said.
Real said that the show, which brought economic security and celebrity to the couple, was likely not the sole cause of the split.
"I think that the show is stress … both negative and positive stress for this family," he said. "Stress doesn't cause the cracks; it may accelerate it."
When the couple was not discussing the status of their marriage, the tension between Jon and Kate was palpable throughout the episode.
The couple fought about the location where playhouses for the kids would be built as well as whether the family's dogs should be put in crates while the family had a picnic outside.
Even Kate commented on how she and Jon were going through a "rough time behind the scenes."
The announcement of the Gosselins' separation comes afterf a tumultuous several months for the reality TV couple, who have dotted the tabloid headlines amid rumors of infidelity and speculation about the breakup of their marriage.
Jon has denied having an affair since allegations of his infidelity were first reported by Us Weekly March 18. Since then, multiple photos have emerged of Gosselin and 23-year-old schoolteacher Deanna Hummel, including shots of the duo allegedly vacationing in Utah together.
When rumors swirled over Kate's reported relationship with the family's bodyguard, Steve Neild, the mother of eight denied the reputed affair to People magazine.
"The next story coming out from the animals that stalk us is about our security person and his family," she said, referring to Neild. "Already the allegations they're making about me are disgusting, unthinkable, unfathomable, and I am horrified."