'Jon & Kate's Jon and Kate Gosselin "no longer commenting publicly"
By Christopher Rocchio, 06/30/2009
Jon and Kate Gosselin have decided to go incommunicado with the media as they begin to work through their separation and divorce.
"During this very difficult time we will be working to focus solely on the needs of our family," the couple announced in a Monday statement.
"This includes no longer commenting publicly or reacting to media stories and speculation. Our goal is to do the very best for our children and that will be done as privately as possible. We appreciate the understanding, support and well wishes from so many."
TLC aired a retrospective of the couple's 10-year marriage during last night's episode of the series, which is now 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.
Much of the saga surrounding Jon and Kate's marriage unfolded in the media, beginning with an alleged February incident in which Jon was seen partying with college girls at a Huntington, PA, bar. While at the bar, Jon reportedly met some girls from Juniata College -- who subsequently invited him to a house party where he played beer pong.
Jon's alleged romantic relationship with 23-year-old Deanna Hummel then 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.
In addition, Kate has been the subject of her own infidelity allegations, as she denied last month that she's romantically involved with family bodyguard Steve Neild.
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Kate on the cover of Us Weekly for seven straight weeks this spring, and during one week alone she appeared on the covers of People, Us Weekly, Star and The National Enquirer -- causing her to describe having her personal life becoming tabloid fodder as "hell."