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Jon & Kate to Announce Split?

jon-kate-plus8-06It seems something very big is brewing in "Jon & Kate Plus 8" reality-TV land.

TLC confirmed to the media on Thursday that the network has plans to run a special episode at 9 p.m. Monday to air an announcement.

Already, gossip bloggers are calling this the official announcement of the couple's split, as months of living under the tabloid microscope has put a tremendous strain on Jon and Kate Gosselin's marriage.

Claims of an affair between Jon Gosselin and Pennsylvania third-grade school teacher Deanna Hummel are swirling as are reports of Kate Gosselin and a relationship with the family's (married) bodyguard Steve Nields. Detroit radio host Mojo from Channel 95.5's "Mojo in the Morning" show on WKQI-FM (95.5), who claims he saw Kate Gosselin and Nields holding hands when she was in Detroit in early May on a promotional speaking tour.

Whatever the big announcement, it is certain to bring another level of drama — and more importantly ratings — to TLC, which saw its hour-long fifth season premiere over Memorial Day weekend shattering viewing records with 9.8 million viewers. That's more than double the audience that tuned into the show's season four finale in March, according to EW.com.

Since the premiere, and perhaps due to the media overexposure, ratings have steadied off - with Monday night's fifth episode of this season drawing just short of 3 million viewers, a sharp decline from the premiere numbers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

So what will Jon and Kate's big announcement be?

One possibility is that the Gosselins will make official news of their split, after 10 years of marriage.

We know there has been an influx of interviews of Jon and Kate solo during the show. Jon also missed his wife's 34th birthday in March, and the couple spent their 10-year wedding anniversary weekend apart.

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  1. This is so messed up! I am so disappointed in them. How the heck can you be so selfish as to not work out your marriage w/ 8 kids! And your on TV, so they're basically saying its ok to get divorced under any circumstances. I am so sick of couples just calling it quits as if they were just "breaking up". What happened to the vow before God and your family and to yourself and each other that it was "Till death do us part"??? This couple seemed so perfect for each other and so in love at the beginning of the show and they also just renewed their vows in front of their children a couple years ago so their kids would know that "Mommy and Daddy aren't going anywhere." What happens to these people to do such a drastic turn? I think married couples don't even try anymore, they just say, "oh well, I'm really not happy anymore, I can just get divorced and go out a find someone else to make me temporarily happy again until I divorce them." This is the ultimate example of the Casting Crowns song that goes, "It's a slow fade, when you give yourself away, It's a slow fade, when black and white have turned to gray and thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid, when you give yourself away...." All I can do is pray for them that they will come to their senses and put in some effort to find each other again and heal their marriage.