Kate Gosselin: "I'm doing great": Us Weekly.com
Kate Gosselin hit the ice over the weekend, attending the 8th annual "Stars, Stripes and Skates ICEtravaganza" in Danbury, Conn., Sunday. The reality mother of eight, 34, was on hand to show kids the importance of volunteering. Asked how she is doing these days, she told Usmagazine.com, "Great, thanks".Wearing a tight purple dress with big rhinestone jewelry and heels, Kate — who was with bodyguard Steve Neild — spent most of her time chatting with kids. At one point during the event, she turned to a little girl who was in a wheelchair and told the girl that she "did a great job" and complimented the child on her "hair."
Kate asked her if she "liked ice skating." When the girl shook her head yes, Kate said, "Me too," and smiled. She then posed for some more pictures before heading backstage for the show. Steve was right beside her as they walked down the stairs. When she stepped onto the ice, she said hi. Everyone in the ice rink went crazy, cheering for her. She announced one of the ice skaters and then walked off the ice and went straight to the production office with Steve.
When Kate got outside one fan said to her, "You're leaving already? But the show just started!" Kate nodded her head and gave a little shrug. "Yes we are," she said, as Steve opened the passenger side door for her. The two sped off. Kate's estranged husband Jon also was a do-gooder this weekend. On Saturday, he participated in the "Walk Now for Autism Speaks" event in Philadelphia.
Jon & Kate Ratings Drop
Here’s another reason to support family values: Happy marriage = high ratings. "Jon and Kate Gosselin, once the reality show poster couple for the all-American family, are in danger of succumbing to — gasp! — low ratings. Since announcing their plans to divorce, the pair’s reality show, Jon & Kate Plus 8, has consistently dropped in viewers. And on Monday, the show hit its all-time low, attracting just 1.714 million viewers.
To put it in perspective, when the reality show returned for a one-hour special on June 22 following the Gosselins announcement that they were separating, 10.6 million people tuned in to watch. That’s an 84 percent plunge in viewership. And the drop has been consistent. Since August 3, the show has lost 62 percent of viewers. According to TVbythenumbers.com, 4.2 million people watched Jon & Kate Pus 8 on August 3. On Aug. 10, 3.4 million tuned in. 3 million watched on Aug. 17, and this last Monday, the show got just 1.714 million viewers."
So I ask the fans here, why do you feel the ratings go down? Do you feel its because the media destroyed this show by attacking the family during this divorce? Because after the separation announcement did we need sensationalism to keep viewers? People used to always complain that they wanted to see this family do everyday things and not all the big trips. But now here they are, still doing everyday things with the kids, and it's no longer able to sustain viewership.
'Jon and Kate Plus 8:' Monday's new episode may again mean no Jon: Examiner.com
"Jon and Kate Plus 8" will return on Monday night with a brand-new episode, and the subject of it should seem a little bit familiar for fans of the show: snakes. According to TV Guide, the episode is geared around Kate making a visit to the serpentarium with the kids...but wait, haven't we already seen that? It's possible that "Jon and Kate Plus 8" producers liked the idea the first time around and wanted to expand upon it; or, in another likely scenario, we could be seeing different footage from the same event made into a separate episode. TLC has ordered an enormous amount of episodes for the show, and it may be difficult to come up with new ideas.
Granted, there's not a great deal of information about this episode available just yet (in fact, much of TV Guide's description could be subject to change), but it seems like now Jon and Kate Gosselin are merely being told to rehash old events. While it may be safe and family-friendly, it doesn't always make for great TV. The other half of this episode, meanwhile, does at least sound new: the Gosselin girls throw a tea party. Considering that just about everything on "Jon and Kate Plus 8" is over-the-top in some way or another, I wouldn't be surprised if this event followed suit. The real question for this episode, though, is if Jon will ever even make an appearance. He was not present at all during "Farm to Table," the episode that aired last Monday. Regardless of what some fans may think of the guy, Jon is still an integral part of the show's success. He's a valuable foil to Kate, and without him the show doesn't seem to have any sort of tension.
Do you think that "Jon and Kate Plus 8" is merely rehashing old themes for their episodes now, or are you still as excited to see the show as ever?
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In this episode: After spending lots of quality time with her boys recently, Kate is now giving her three youngest girls a special day with Mommy. She takes them on a carriage ride through a small town before stopping in a traditional tea room for tea and biscuits.