TLC was going to switch to Kate Plus 8, a show about professional paparazzi-dodger Kate Gosselin and her brood after her divorce from ex-husband Jon Gosselin. Now they're calling the whole thing off. Thank God almighty, free at last.
The New York Post reported this morning that the show got the ax, and People filled in the details later. TLC is going to eke out a few extra episodes with previously-filmed footage, but is then packing up its trucks and looking for the next freak show to exploit. The whole thing will be over by early November.
Apparently, Jon had some sort of epiphany about the damage the show was causing to his kids and won't allow them to be filmed. Without them, then this is just a show about a sad lady with a bad haircut living in Pennsylvania, and no one wants to watch that. Well, no one was watching anyway. The ratings had slipped from more than 10 million for the episode where the pair announced their divorce to just over 1 million for recent episodes. Maybe if those numbers were a little healthier TLC would have fought a little bit harder.
But we're glad they didn't. The day we don't have to look at pictures of Jon riding his ATV or Kate dropping off her kids will be the day that Jesus is reborn.