Jon and Kate Ruined by Realities of 'Plus 8?'

Extraordinary Kate before-and-after shows how much family has changed.

ByABC News
May 26, 2009, 12:42 AM

May 26, 2009 — -- Oh what a tangled Web we weave, when we put our lives on reality TV.

Apologies to Sir Walter Scott, but a new version of his old adage seems appropriate in the wake of the scandal surrounding Jon and Kate Gosselin, the stars of "Jon & Kate Plus 8." The show, which chronicles the lives of the Pennsylvania couple and their brood (8-year-old twins, 5-year-old sextuplets) started its fifth season TLC Monday night, following a flood of speculation about whether the Gosselins' marriage is on the rocks and who's cheating on whom. (Various reports connect him with a teacher; her with their family's bodyguard. Other reports claim Kate made Jon sign a marriage contract that allows him to date as long as he shows up for tapings of their show.)

While the premiere's presumed focus was the sextuplets' fifth birthday party, it seemed a footnote compared to Jon and Kate's testimonials about the state of their relationship and the reports of their alleged infidelities.

Each affirmed they've never cheated on the other, but they did so solo, glumly, sitting on love seats that could easily have accommodated a hand-holding partner to bolster the message.

"I'm just all over the place," Jon admitted. "Kate and I obviously have been going through a lot of stuff."

While he stressed that he never betrayed his wife, Jon conceded he shouldn't have been out late at night, vulnerable to the paparazzi who now follow the Gosselins. Photographs taken weeks ago of Jon and another woman in a car sparked the first round of infidelity rumors.

"I'd like to apologize for my family for my actions. It was wrong place, wrong time," he said. "I didn't understand the ramifications on how it would affect everything. I should have thought about more of what I did and where I was going."

Kate made no effort to acknowledge Jon's apology.

"I have a lot of anger," she said. "He's made some very poor decisions. We have to live with them."

The two faced the camera together towards the end of the show. Asked what the future holds for their marriage, Kate said, "I wish I knew." Later, during another solo interview, she tearfully confessed that she wonders if the sextuplets' fifth birthday party might be the family's last major event together.