TLC Not Letting Go of Jon & Kate Plus 8

Kate Gosselin and the sextuplets

Jon & Kate Plus 8 isn't going anywhere, TLC says.

Some people complain that the stars' marital troubles have become painful to watch, but despite (or because of) those troubles, the fifth-season premiere earned monster ratings.

"The show's ratings have grown consistently, as there has been interest in these real-life issues of this real-life family," TLC said in a statement to E! News. "We will continue... read more

Report: Kate Gosselin Gave Jon a $5 Allowance

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Jon & Kate Plus 8's Kate Gosselin reportedly kept a tight financial leash on her husband, Jon, limiting him to a daily $5 allowance, Us Weekly reports.

"She used to give him only $5 to spend, and if he was out and needed more money, she would give him hell," David Rothermel, Jon Gosselin's former employer at Style Craft Corp., tells the magazine.

Rothermel tells Us he witnessed Kate "raising hell" one day when ...
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Ratings: Jon & Kate Deliver a Big Plus!

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See what just a little bit of ink will get you? The Season 5 premiere of TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8 delivered 9.8 million total viewers — the cabler's largest audience ever, and its best draw since an April 2003 Trading Spaces special. It's also more than double what the increasingly dysfunctional parents scored with their previous, less tabloidy premiere.

Leading out of Jon & Kate, TLC's Cake Boss only held on to 3.2 million viewers for its premiere. (Hey, maybe people prefer sour over sweet?)

Other recent ratings notes:

Harper's Island on Saturday night scored 3.89 mil, besting America's Most Wanted and a Southland repeat, but not ABC's NBA finals coverage.

• On Monday, The Bachelorette made a date with 6 mil, down markedly from last week's premiere. ABC's Here Come the Newlyweds in turn debuted to 4.98 mil, placing third far behind a CSI: Miami rerun (7.76 mil) and a fresh Medium (7.75 mi).

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Jon & Kate Premiere Deals with Marriage, Paparazzi, Anger

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The "interview chair" told the story on Jon & Kate Plus 8's fifth season premiere.

For four seasons, Jon and Kate Gosselin shared the chair — which is more of a loveseat, actually — as they talked about their lives each episode. But on Monday night's premiere, they sat in the seat separately... read more

Jon & Kate Plus 8 Episode Discussion: "Turning 5 & The Future"

When we last saw Jon & Kate, they were on a different page. Where are they now? In the one-hour, up-close-and-personal season premiere, Jon and Kate addressed what the future holds for their family. On top of all of this, they were in the midst of planning the sextuplets' fifth birthday party.

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Jon & Kate Season 5 Preview

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It's all Jon & Kate Plus 8 all the time this holiday weekend, as TLC launches a three-and-a-half-day-long marathon of the series leading up to its Season 5 premiere on Monday, May 25 at 9pm/ET.

Last time we saw Jon and Kate Gosselin, the two were on very different pages. In the one-hour premiere, the couple ponders their family's future as they prepare for the sextuplets' 5th birthday.

Watch a sneak peek after the jump.

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Kate Gosselin On Tabloid Coverage: "It's Hell"

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Jon & Kate Plus 8's Kate Gosselin says being stalked by paparazzi is "hell," and she feels the pain of celebrities who deal with it constantly.

"Before this, I'd never stood on line at the grocery store, looked at the people on the cover of magazines, and thought about what they're going through," Gosselin told People. "I'd never thought, 'This is totally doing them in.' But now, I understand what they live with: Everywhere you go you're being stalked, you're being followed — it's hell, on the cover of a magazine."

Us magazine's recent cover features old and new shots of Gosselin, with a headline reading, "Mom to Monster." The magazine reports that ... read more

Jon & Kate Mom Says She Has Struggled in Her Marriage "For a While"

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Jon & Kate Plus 8's Kate Gosselin says she and her husband have been struggling with their marriage for months.

"I don't know that we're in the same place anymore, that we want the same thing," she told People. "I've been struggling with the question of ... read more

Jon & Kate Mom "Horrified" by Suggestion of Affair with Bodyguard

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Jon & Kate mom Kate Gosselin says she is disgusted and "horrified" by insinuations that she may have had an affair with her bodyguard.

"The next story coming out from the animals that stalk us is about ... read more

Jon & Kate Mom: There's "Added Tension and Stress Between The Two of Us"

Kate and Jon Gosselin

Kate Gosselin of TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8 says her husband's "irresponsible behavior" has created "added tension and stress" between the couple — and that coverage of Jon Gosselin's behavior hasn't helped either.

"It's disturbing and unfortunate that these tabloids have gone as far as they have to try and bring us down," Kate told Entertainment Weekly. "Jon's poor judgment and irresponsible ... read more

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