TLC: "There are no plans" to include Deanna Hummel on 'Jon & Kate'
By Christopher Rocchio, 06/25/2009
While Deanna Hummel will almost certainly continue to be tabloid fodder, she apparently won't be making any appearances on Jon & Kate Plus 8.
TLC claims there are currently no plans to include the 23-year-old school teacher -- who allegedly had an affair with Jon & Kate Plus 8 patriarch Jon Gosselin -- in future episodes of the reality series when it resumes filming.
"There are no plans to use her," TLC said in a statement obtained by E! News on Wednesday. "We are in hiatus and all future episodes haven't even been planned."
The statement came after the New York Daily News, citing an "insider," had previously reported Hummel was going to be appearing in Jon & Kate Plus 8's future episodes "because she's part of Jon's life."
Monday night's Jon & Kate Plus 8 broadcast featured Jon and Kate Gosselin publicly announcing that they are separating and TLC subsequently announced that the show will air a retrospective of the couple's ten-year marriage on Monday, June 29 before going on hiatus for four weeks until it returns on August 3.
TLC president Eileen O'Neill has previously stated there is no "hard date" for when Jon & Kate Plus 8 will resume filming following the hiatus.
Jon's alleged relationship with Hummel became public when Us Weekly published a cover story report in which the pair where photographed leaving a Pennsylvania club alone at 2AM on April 18.
The allegations involving Jon and Hummel resurfaced the next 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.
Both Jon and Deanna have repeatedly denied they are romantically involved and are only friends. Last weekend, Jon told a group of paparazzi and fans assembled outside his home on Father's Day that he has seen her "not as much" lately.