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'Jon & Kate' Divorce Announcement Most Watched Episode Ever, Hiatus Coming

Jon and Kate should break up more often. At least that's what some TLC executives have to be thinking after Monday's divorce announcement episode became the most-watched hour of the show ever with 10.6 million viewers.

And yet, ironically, the record-setting episode will be followed up with a hiatus for 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' as the family takes "some time off to regroup."

TLC plans to air a clip show next week featuring high and low lights from the couple's almost ten year marriage mixed in with some previously unseen footage.

The network says that the next new episode will not air until August 3, when it will release a new schedule to support the family's transition.

"TLC continues to support the Gosselin family and will work closely with them to determine the best way to continue to tell their story as they navigate through this difficult time," TLC says in a statement. "During this time the family will take some time off to regroup and then a modified schedule will be in place to support the family's transition."

So far, just six episodes of the show's forty-episode order have aired. However, due to the turmoil in the Gosselin's marriage, TLC had no choice but to delay the episodes as it didn't have enough footage to put together upcoming episodes since the series' production schedule had become very unpredictable.

It's reported that even of the aired episodes this season, many were completed as late as a day before they aired.

In divorce papers filed in Philadelphia, Kate Gosselin called her marriage 'irretrievably broken' and said that she's looking to "negotiate a fair and reasonable" settlement. Meanwhile, Jon says that while "emotions are running high for both of us right now," he hopes to "resolve things amicably."

June 24, 2009 |

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