TLCâ€™s ratings mammoth Jon & Kate Plus 8 returns this week, even after the couple split. Read more and see photos and video here.
Soon after the â€śannouncementâ€ť episode, watched by more than 10.6 million people, many thought the recently split Jon & Kate would not return to their TLC reality show.
Jon & Kate Plus 8 officially returned to TLC on August 3, only a month and a half after they told the world their marriage was over.
In an odd way, though, the show has forced them to at least feign normalcy for the sake of their children.
Itâ€™s not to say that they are pretending to be back to the way they were before the ugly rumors of Jonâ€™s infidelity, and the fall out it generated. But as the show returns to TLC it will be admittedly captivating to watch the officially split couple struggle to function, even if only on the most basic level.
The first example came while they were deciding on the details for the kitchen renovation. They squabbled a bit, but with the help of the workers, they ground their way to a semi-agreement. Without the show, and the income it generates, would they even try?
Kate couldnâ€™t stand to live in the house without her basic appliances, so she and the kids stayed at the beach for a while. Then, of course, they were separate again. It was the first example of what TLC calls â€śseparate parenting.â€ť
When asked about the beach trip, Jon said:
“The decision to have the kids at the beach and me at home gave us a break to think about what we need to do as parents for our kids.”
In the episode, Kate returns from the beach with the children. Jon spends a short time with them, and then heâ€™s off on his own again.
This season of Jon & Kate Plus 8 should be an awkward, yet entertaining one. Ironically, the show that many feel was a catalyst for their separation may now be encouraging them to at least work together.
See photos and video below.
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