TLC confirms 'Kate Plus 8' delay and end of 'Jon & Kate Plus 8'
By Christopher Rocchio, 10/15/2009
TLC has confirmed Jon & Kate Plus 8 will no longer be re-launched as Kate Plus 8 beginning November 2 and the reality show's last original Jon & Kate Plus 8-titled episode will now air sometime in mid to late November.
A new premiere date for the show's Kate Plus 8 rebranding has not been determined yet, a TLC spokeswoman told Reality TV World on Thursday.
Monday night's Jon & Kate Plus 8 broadcast had featured a promo announcing there are "only a limited number of episodes left" but failed to clarify whether Kate Plus 8 would still debut on November 2.
According to a Thursday morning Radar Online report, sources outside the network have confirmed there is only enough unused Gosselin family footage to make about another month's worth of broadcasts.
"They will eek out what they can in terms of more shows," a source close to the situation told Radar Online. "Obviously they are not shooting anymore so they are taking what they have and seeing how many more episodes they can get out of it."
The demand came on the same day TLC announced plans to re-launchJon & Kate Plus 8 as a Kate Gosselin-focused series that would be retitled Kate Plus 8 and feature Jon on a "less regular basis" beginning November 2.
TLC immediately suspended "direct filming of the children... pending further conversations between both parents" however filming has remained halted, with Jon citing "an epiphany" for his newfound agreeance with critics' previous claims that the reality show is detrimental to his children.
"TLC has no plans to film unless the situation is resolved," the source told Radar Online.
New Jon & Kate Plus 8 episode currently air in the Mondays at 9PM ET/PT timeslot on TLC.
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