Jon and Kate Minus All the Hate?

"Jon & Kate Plus 8" will be rechristened "Kate Plus Eight." Will anyone watch?

September 29, 2009, 10:16 PM

Sept. 30, 2009 -- Kate Gosselin has always made it clear that, despite her divorce from Jon, the show must go on -- and it will, but mostly without Jon.

All that tension that drove viewers to TLC will become a thing of the past when the show changes its focus from married with children to single mom raising eight kids.

Starting Nov. 2, "Jon & Kate Plus 8" will be rechristened "Kate Plus Eight." In a press release sent to on Tuesday, TLC announced that it was adapting the show to evolve with the changes in the Gosselin family.

"Parents of multiples have triple the divorce rate," Kate said on her TLC show in May when the couple announced the separation. "I'm thinking we were going to beat that, but I don't know if I can say that anymore."

The release said TLC will continue its exclusive relationship with Jon but that he would appear on the show less often. The relaunched show will focus more on Kate Gosselin and her journey as a single mother of eight -- 5-year-old sextuplets and 8-year-old twins.

Jon Gosselin will make occasional appearances on the show.

"Given the recent changes in the family dynamics, it only makes sense for us to refresh and recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family," TLC president Eileen O'Neill said in the statement. "The family has evolved and we are attempting to evolve with it; we feel that Kate's journey really resonates with our viewers."

"Essentially I am doing it by myself at this point," Kate said on "The View" earlier this month. "At this point in life, I can't exist with the lack of a paycheck."

Critics say the divorce drama seems to be playing out more on the talk show circuit than on the actual show. The show's ratings have plummeted 84 percent since the record-breaking season premiere in June.

America seems to be tuning out.

'Jon & Kate' Minus Jon?

The couple made their separation official on an episode of the show that aired in May. TLC said they are in divorce proceedings, but Jon Gosselin is seeking a delay, according to In Touch Weekly. The magazine reported that Jon has submitted court papers to suspend the divorce proceedings for 90 days.

This change of heart is an abrupt turn from his angry words earlier this month.

"She has her film crew, and I have my film crew, but I can't sit on the same sofa as that woman," Jon told Chris Cuomo earlier this month. "I can't sit with someone I despise."

Now he seems contrite.

He told In Touch that "even though we were heading for a divorce, it appeared that Kate had been suffering from this divorce as much as I had. That's why I asked my attorney to put the brakes on this divorce so I could try to regain control over the future of our family. So Kate and I could join on a cooperative course that would benefit our family -- not destroy it."

The Gosselins were scheduled to be officially divorced by the end of November, but now Jon says, "I regret my conduct since Kate and I separated. I used poor judgment in publicly socializing with other women so soon."

Kate Gosselin recently spoke out about how it was "difficult" to see her estranged husband canoodle with other women in front of their eight children, but that she would continue to star in the reality show that includes Jon and the kids because "every job comes with a price."

"This is definitely -- I'm not going to lie -- this is difficult," Gosselin said on ABC's "The View" about adjusting to her new life as a single mother, including seeing Jon's girlfriends around her children.

ABC News' Luchina Fisher and Russell Goldman contributed to this report

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