While Jon and Kate Gosselin may no longer be on TV together with their hit show, Jon & Kate Plus 8, there’s no doubt they left a mark on reality television forever. Jon and Kate first attained fame for having eight children — one set of sextuplets and twins. And it wasn’t long after their show started when the couple had their highly-publicized and dramatic divorce.
Today, two of the eight kids live with Jon, and the rest reside with Kate. And while Jon has taken a step out of the TV spotlight, Kate is still very much in it. Is she slated for an even bigger comeback with the return of her show, Kate Plus 8? She may have just given a clue that it’s in the works.
Kate Plus 8 was reportedly canceled after receiving low ratings
While Jon & Kate Plus 8 ceased production post-divorce, Kate wasn’t finished with reality television. She appeared on Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Apprentice, and she also continued the program centered around her and her children but with a new name: Kate Plus 8. Unfortunately, Kate Plus 8 was also short-lived. It began in 2011 and was canceled shortly after.
There’s been some talk of a Kate Plus 8 revival in past years, however. People reported back in 2014 that TLC ordered more episodes of the show — though we know now that the show still couldn’t pull in enough viewers even with the revamp. Radar Online reported in 2015 that the new season at the time had 1 million fewer viewers during the season premiere than previous seasons had. As one insider told the publication, “It’s the same old story. The past is played out and there are too many other things going on in the world.”
Kate Gosselin is still fighting for reality TV stardom, however
Just because Kate Plus 8 flopped doesn’t mean Kate gave up on TV altogether. She recently starred in her dating show, Kate Plus Date, where she attempts to find love through matchmakers and records it all for her show. Kate even talks about her divorce with Jon on-screen, too. People reports she said, “It’s not a secret I went through a very public divorce. That wasn’t pleasant. I feel like for that very reason, I am very guarded, and I don’t tend to trust people. I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I certainly don’t want to rush into another relationship.”
At the end of the season, HollywoodLife reports Kate seemed to hit it off with one of the men she went on a date with, so we’ll have to see if their relationship progresses. Oddly enough, it seems she may be ready to go for another season of Kate Plus Date, too. The star told Good Housekeeping she’d love to do a second season of the show.
Will Kate Plus 8 be back? Kate may have given fans a hint
While Kate may have told Good Housekeeping that another season of Kate Plus Date may be in her future, it seems Kate Plus 8 may also be in the works. Kate recently posted a photo of a recipe she cooked with her date, Jeff, to Instagram. And in the comments section, a fan asked, “Why is Kate +8 over [sic].” To that, Kate answered, “not over… stay tuned [sic].”
That seems to be all of the details she’s given fans so far, so we’re not sure if that means another season of Kate Plus Date is coming, or Kate Plus 8 really is slated for a return following the success of Kate’s dating show. Has enough interest in the Gosselin family been renewed that a show about the family would hold viewers? And will the two kids living with Jon — Hannah and Collin — be a part of the series? We’re not sure — but we’re hoping we’ll get more information soon!
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