Report: 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' premiere may address recent allegations
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/12/2009
Despite Kate Gosselin's recent claims to the contrary, Jon & Kate Plus 8's upcoming fifth-season premiere reportedly may end up addressing recent reports of her husband's alleged infidelity.
Jon & Kate Plus 8 producers are currently facing the "challenge" of how to address Jon's alleged affair with Deanna Hummel when new episodes of the TLC reality show begin airing later this month, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
While Jon & Kate Plus 8's fifth season is currently slated to debut May 25, the premiere episode "still isn't in the can," according to The Times, which added producers are in the "awkward position" of having to address Jon's alleged infidelity and the media fallout that has followed without "exploiting" the situation.
Acknowledging the recent media reports in an episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 would seem to contradict what Kate told Meredith Vieira during a Thursday morning appearance on NBC's The Today Show in which she said there would be no detailed coverage of the allegations.
"No, no tabloid specifically, no storyline specifically," Kate told Vieira. "Obviously you will see how different events or different ways that we're dealing with this just I don't know that we're going to sit down and give credibility and you know, lay it out there. You'll see what we feel is healthy and comfortable and safe from our children's perspective."
Both Jon and Deanna Hummel, the 23-year-old schoolteacher that the 32-year-old family patriarch has allegedly been having the affair with, have denied the recent allegations, which began when Us Weekly published a cover story report in which the pair where photographed leaving a local club alone at 2AM on April 18.
Jon, Deanna and their friends all subsequently denied the report, which termed Deanna the "other woman" and was the cover story in Us Weekly's May 11 issue.
However the allegations resurfaced last week when Us published a follow-up cover story report in which Deanna's brother Jason Hummel told the magazine its earlier report was correct and he could confirm the pair have been having an affair for the past few months.
According the new report in Us Weekly's May 18 issue, Jason is allegedly one of five people "close to the situation" who have recently told the magazine -- fairly graphically, in Jason's case -- that the pair have been having an affair.
In addition to Jason and the four other sources, the magazine has also released video footage that allegedly shows Gosselin "sneaking" out of Reading, PA home that Deanna shares with her brother after spending the night there on March 13.
Jon and Deanna both subsequently denied the new infidelity allegations in separate interviews on Wednesday.