Kate Gosselin: 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' didn't cause divorce
Kate Gosselin appeared on Katie Couric's new talk show "Katie" on October 2 and said that she doesn't think filming the TLC reality series 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' caused her divorce.
"A lot of people try to pin reality TV and say, 'My gosh. It ended in divorce. Big surprise.' We went through a lot. The signs were always there, and obviously having eight kids in a short span of time didn't help that," Gosselin told Couric. "And I'm not at all blaming my kids, I'm just saying."
Kate and Jon Gosselin became famous thanks to the popularity of their TLC reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8," which starred their twins and sextuplets, now ages 11 and 8, and debuted in 2007. The often-squabbling parents became one of the most popular - and mocked - reality stars at the time. The two divorced in 2009 after ten years of marriage and the series continued production without Jon and its name was changed to "Kate Plus 8." The new show ended its run in 2011.
"I know the red flags were always there. So looking back, had you never heard the names Jon and Kate Gosselin, I'm certain that I would be in that spot now," Gosselin continued. "It's hard because like any mom I just want the best for my kids."
The 37-year-old mother of eight also told Couric that her kids want her to date.
"For whatever reason it comes up at dinner like every single night, and they bring it up," Gosselin said. "I think that they miss that man role in our house, and the more hands on, full-time sort of feel. So for them, you know I had the frank discussion the other day, I said it's not something I can go to the store and buy."
Kate told Dr. Drew Pinsky on a February episode of his CW series "Lifechangers" that she is lonely and is not sure she is ready to date yet, or whether she will find someone would can "deal with eight kids."
Kate had told Peoplein June 2011 that things between her and her ex-husband have "just naturally gotten more peaceful."
Jon, 35, recently apologized for his behavior, telling People magazine, "I am sorry, because I did stuff I wouldn't want done to me."
In 2009, days after the couple announced their divorce, Jon went on a vacation with his younger former-girlfriend, Hailey Glassman. People said Gosselin is currently living and working in Pennsylvania as director of sales and promotions for Gameface Int. and that he is currently dating a 27-year-old single mother named Liz Jannetta.
Watch a clip from Kate Gosselin's interview on "Katie" below.