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TLC drops Jon for a new 'Kate Plus 8'

So long, Jon, and don't let the door hit you in the you-know-what.

TLC Tuesday officially dropped Jon Gosselin from the most successful show in its history, leaving his future there open (as the saying goes) to speculation while giving the store (as the other saying goes) to Kate Gosselin.

While the network announced that it was changing the name of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" to "Kate Plus 8" (effective Nov. 2) to reflect the new "family dynamics," the meaning was also inescapable. She has emerged the big winner in this TV battle. He has emerged the loser.

In addition, TLC president Eileen O'Neill confirmed that "additionally the network is in development on a Kate project for 2010." This, in fact, is not the talk show Kate Gosselin had earlier filmed a pilot for, but an entirely new show.

Which begs another question: Did O'Neill thus confirm that "Kate Plus 8," back in new episodes Tuesday night, will in fact end at the conclusion of this season?

Reason: The possibility of Kate working on both shows, as well as a talk show, is effectively impossible.

TLC declined further comment beyond O'Neill's statement, which read in full: "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."

Jon Gosselin is expected to make occasional appearances, but how many or how often was left unsaid. In addition, he's spoken openly - in a recent "Primetime" interview, for example - about his desire to move on from the show, and is also (again, reportedly) developing a show about divorced fathers with, among others, Michael Lohan.

In another you-can't-make-this-up twist, In Touch Weekly reported Jon has sought to suspend his divorce with Kate - which was to be effective just weeks before the new name change, coincidentally.

According to the court document, as reported on the magazine's Web site, a suspension of the divorce proceedings "will enable Kate and me to restore our relationship as cooperative parents and to open up our lines of communication. I hope that she will be as receptive and enthusiastic as I am to do what is best for our family . . . I would like to get back with Kate as a partner in parenting."

He also admitted that he "used poor judgment in publicly socializing with other women so soon" after his split.


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