Jewish Journal

More Jon & Kate drama; TLC to halt production

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 23, 2009 | 7:44 pm

Rumors are swirling about the fate of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” since Kate Gosselin filed for divorce yesterday. Yes, it’s getting ugly; no, it wasn’t always pretty.

The latest reports included the unsurprising news that TLC will halt production of the reality TV show that turned an evangelical Christian couple into rockstars. Slightly more shocking is a report that Jon and Kate lived apart for two years before moving to make their separation final.

Their divorce papers were supposedly sealed, but the Associated Press obtained a copy today, and reports that Kate believes their 10-year marriage is “irretrievably broken.”

She also says they have been unable to come to terms on how to divide their assets.

The Gosselins had portrayed themselves as happy up until the past few months, even renewing their wedding vows in Hawaii last year.

The saddest thing is not that Jon and Kate are ending their marriage, though that too is sad. It’s the unmistakable air of schadenfreude that accompanies an evangelical’s downfall. Think of disgraced evangelical pastor Ted Haggard being outed for his drug use and relations with a male prostitute or the surfacing of semi-nude photos of Carrie Prejean.

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