The TLC show about the wacky family with eight children, a douchebag, and a spiky hedgehog is going to be officially called “Kate Plus Eight” starting Nov. 2. TLC was tired of the toolboxery, so they mostly fired Jon. They still have an exclusive contract with him, and he will still appear on the show from time to time, but now it will be like real life when the sleazy pauncy dad who wears diamond ear studs, Ed Hardy shirts, and lies about his propensity for sleeping with anything with a pulse only comes around to see the kids when his new girlfriend is mad, or he needs more beer money.
Here’s the statement TLC issued:
“The program will continue to capture the incredible lives of the eight Gosselin children and their family but will now include a deeper focus on Kate’s role in the family and her journey as a single mother building the next chapter in her life. TLC will continue its exclusive relationship with Jon Gosselin and he will continue to appear on the show, but on a less regular basis.
Given the recent changes in the family dynamics, it only makes sense for us to refresh and recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family. The family has evolved and we are attempting to evolve with it; we feel that Kate’s journey really resonates with our viewers. Additionally the network is in development on a Kate project for 2010.”