Jon and Kate Gosselin File for Divorce

In a tearful episode, the couple parts ways despite their eight kids.

ByABC News
June 22, 2009, 4:10 PM

June 22, 2009 — -- Jon and Kate Gosselin from TLC's "Jon and Kate Plus 8" are separating.

"Kate and I have decided to separate," said Jon Gosselin in Monday's episode.

"Yes, we have decided that we will separate," echoed Kate Gosselin.

Ten minutes before the conclusion of the episode, text ran over the screen stating, "On Monday June 22, 2009, legal proceedings were initiated in Pennsylvania to dissolve the 10-year marriage of Jon and Kate Gosselin."

The word "divorce" was never once uttered during the 60-minute program.

Filmed separately, Jon and Kate both discussed their feelings about the decision to split up.

"It's life, it's a rollercoaster, it's the way it happens," said Jon. "Sometimes you just go off the tracks."

He went on to say that the separation was a "shame" and that he would always love Kate, the mother of his children.

"I'm excited as well because I have a new chapter in my life," added Jon, who said he was still unsure of what the future will hold.

Kate, who was crying through most of the episode, admitted that she was "not fond" of the idea of a separation but that she saw no other choice.

"It's a fork in the road and goals are different now," she said. "But I don't hate him. Never have, never will. He's the father for my children. They're great kids. The best."

Despite Jon's assertion that he still loves her, Kate said that he won't even speak to her now.

Kate admitted that she's had days in the past couple of months where she has "sobbed harder than she ever has in her life" and where she has "hyperventilated."

"I'm tired of smiling on the outside when I'm crying on the inside," she said. "I've been doing that for a long time.

"I don't want to be alone. I don't want to do this alone. But it's required and I've got to do it," Kate said.

As for the future of the hit show, both Kate and Jon seemed unsure of how filming would continue, and both said they would continue to shoot the program, albeit separately.

"It's day by day for me," Jon said. "I could get offered a job and that would change the whole schedule."