Ding dong Kate Gosselin’s gone

Aug 15, 2011 by Ian Evans

Ding dong Kate Gosselin’s gone!

TV network TLC announced Monday that the reign of terror by reality’s most self-centered mother was now over. In a statement, the network said that “TLC has decided not to renew another season of Kate Plus 8. TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future.”

The show started off as Jon & Kate Plus 8, a look at the couple’s life as they tried to raise two toddler twins and baby sextuplets. Viewers were alternately amused and dismayed by Kate’s constant nagging and shrew-like behavior towards her husband. The couple also began to evolve from the unknown subjects of a new show into the paparazzi-hounded “stars” in the sad reality-filled TV landscape that produces celebrities out of drunk Jersey residents and bitchy New York socialites.

Love him or hate him, Jon got out at the height of their fame and the couple divorced in 2009. Kate, whose narrow-eyed complaints and constant yelling still had a small band of fans and a larger group of haters, hit the talk show circuit. She played up the struggling single mom angle in a series of interviews on shows like Today, even though many other single moms in her audience probably didn’t have nannies, a bodyguard, and a TV contract.

She appeared on the ABC hit Dancing with the Stars, though her professional partner Tony Dovolani would have had a better chance of winning if he was teamed up with a sack of potatoes or a recently-exhumed corpse. TLC also announced plans for a show called Twist of Kate which would show Gosselin as she tried her hand at different jobs. As ratings dwindled for the renamed Kate Plus 8, which morphed into a series of specials, the new show seemed to fall in to the realm of shelved projects.

Jon Gosselin, who has been out of the spotlight after his initial bout of Ed Hardy-clad Vegas pool party hosting gigs, told Radaronline.com that “I hope that this will bring more privacy to my children and that they can get the proper attention they need for any personal issues they might have in the future.”

We wish the eight children good luck and look forward to their future tell-all books and lawsuits. What do you think will happen to Kate? Vote in our poll.