File this under: Television News.
Jon and Kate Gosselin, of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” filed for divorce yesterday, beginning legal proceedings that will end their 10-year marriage. But (and this is where the trade news comes in), their reality show will continue. Apparently, Jon & Kate have come to a separation agreement whereby the children will remain in the house, while the two of them split time there. The reality show will follow Jon and Kate separately. Future episodes will probably include: “The Backslide,” “Friends with Privileges,” “Jon Gets a New Girlfriend,” “The Restraining Order,” and, of course, “The Kids Gain a New Stepfather.”
This is so pathetic. I’ve said most of what I wanted to say about the show in my review, a few weeks ago. But one thing bears repeating in light of this statement from Kate on the program last night: “The show must go on.”
No, it mustn’t.
I watched the confessionals portion of last night’s show, and one statement that both Jon and Kate kept repeating throughout was this: “We’re doing it for the kids.”
And if there’s one thing obvious from the show, it’s this: They’re absolutely not doing it for the kids. Parents who “do it for the kids,” don’t publicly divorce one another in front of millions of television viewers. Parents who do it for the kids don’t video document their irretrievable breakdown so that the children can relive it over and over again (with their friends) for the next several decades. Parents who do it for the children don’t passively-aggressively slight one another on camera. Parents who do it for the children don’t “look forward to the next chapter” in their lives. And parents who do it for the children most certainly do not announce their goddamn divorce in between commercials for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
“We’ve always done the show for the kids,” Kate said during last night’s show. “It’s not the show’s fault.”
Look at where Jon & Kate were when the show started: A happily married couple of humble means with bad hair who fawned over their children. Look where they are five seasons later: Well-coifed, plastic-surgeried millionaires who spent the first portion of last night’s episode arguing over where to build the children’s playhouses on their acres and acres of land.
Money and fame don’t buy you happiness, but they sure can ruin a marriage.