Jon and Kate Gosselin React to Cancellation of ‘Plus 8′

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Starting in September, for the first time since 2007, you won't be able to watch the Gosselins on television. Earlier this week, TLC announced that the long-running show "Kate Plus 8" (formerly "Jon and Kate Plus 8") is heading off to that great playground in the sky. The final episode will air September 12.

Jon Gosselin, who is the father of Kate's eight children and was once a co-star on the show, was told about the program's cancellation at a recent press conference. He told entertainment site Radar Online that he was "very relieved" that his kids can finally have normal lives. "Contracts have to end at some point. I think everything had run its course, and it was time to come to an end anyways."

He also voiced hope that his ex-wife and the children would get more opportunities to spend time together now that the show is over. Of his kids in particular, he said, "I hope they can have more private family moments. I hope that this will bring more privacy to my children and that they can get the proper attention they need for any personal issues they might have in the future."

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During a taped interview that aired during Monday night's "Kate Plus 8" episode, Kate didn't speak about the show's cancellation. But she did talk about her ex-husband. "I know that I'm glad to be divorced and on my own."

But she's not bitter. Far from it. Kate went on to say, "I wouldn't change my marriage because I have eight awesome kids that I would not change." Kate, 36, added, "But people change and they're not who you thought they were, and if they're not for you, move on. And I have."

Kate also cleared the air when it comes to Jon's lady friends. "I don't care if his girlfriends change weekly, yearly, monthly," Kate said. "I don't give it a second thought... more power to him."

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Part of that acceptance may stem from the fact that the two rarely interact. "Unless I have to deal with him with the kids, I don't, which is good because it keeps the peace." When they do have to chat about the kids, it's usually over email, phone, or text message.

News of the show's looming cancellation was felt on the Web. Over the past 24 hours, online lookups for "kate plus 8 canceled" have surged well over 8,000%.

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