Jon Gosselin’s role on Jon & Kate Plus 8 is being dramatically scaled back and the show will be renamed Kate Plus 8.
Jon’s relationship with TLC has been strained for months and the fallout of Jon’s often bizarre and inappropriate behavior seems to have resulted in the network changing direction.
“Given the recent changes in the family dynamics, it only makes sense for us to refresh and recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family. The family has evolved and we are attempting to evolve with it; we feel that Kate’s journey really resonates with our viewers,” reps for TLC said in a statement.
They also indicated that another Kate Gosselin project is in development for their 2010 programming slate.
Jon & Kate received huge ratings earlier this year when the couple announced their divorce. But ratings have continued to slide, and Jon has dated a series of younger women, leading to embarrassing publicity.
“TLC will continue its exclusive relationship with Jon Gosselin and he will continue to appear on the show, but on a less regular basis,” the network said.
“Kate Plus 8” will officially begin November 2nd and focus on the lives of the Gosselin children with a deeper focus on Kate’s role as a single mother, TLC announced.
Jon will stay on the show – for now – but his role will be significantly reduced.