Jon Gosselin: "Kate and I Have Decided to Separate"

June 23, 2009 By:
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In an hour long special of TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8, the couple announced that they're going their separate ways. Surprise, surprise!

As Hollyscoop had previously reported, Kate Gosselin filed for divorce in a Pennsylvania court Monday morning, just hours before they made their "huge announcement" on TV.

"Over the course of this weekend, Jon's activities have left me no choice but to file legal procedures in order to protect myself and our children," Kate said in a statement Monday night.

"While there are reasons why it was appropriate and necessary for me to initiate this proceeding, I do not wish to discuss those reasons at this time, in the hope that all issues will be resolved amicably between Jon and myself. As always, my first priority remains our children."

Jon Gosselin released a statement of his own, claiming Kate was the first to make a legal move. "This afternoon, Kate filed for divorce. Our kids are still my number one priority. I love them and want to make sure they stay happy, healthy and safe. My job is being the best, most supportive and loving father that I can be to my kids, and not being married to Kate doesn’t change that."

"This will be a difficult transition for all of us," Jon's statement continued, "but Kate and I will work out a schedule that enables our kids to have plenty of quality time with both of us at home in Pennsylvania. In terms of my marriage, it’s no secret that the past six months or so have been very difficult for Kate and me. We are no different than other couples and parents who are facing a crossroads in their marriage. I am of course deeply saddened that we are divorcing."

The couple’s marriage has been on the rocks for months, if not the past year, so the divorce really didn't come as a surprise to anyone. Jon is already apartment hunting in New York, so it looks like Kate may have the kids throughout the week and Jon will visit on weekends.

Wonder what will happen with their hit show? They've already agreed to do another season. And they could probably use the $75,000 they bank off of each episode. Are you surprised by the news?