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TLC: Jon & Kate announcing a major decision Monday

NEW YORK (AP) - The TLC network says its biggest stars, Jon and
Kate Gosselin, will announce a major decision on their reality
show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

TLC isn't commenting on what the news will be from these parents
of 8-year-old twins and 5-year-old sextuplets. But viewers who have
witnessed the Gosselins' marriage coming unraveled are clearly
welcome to draw their own conclusions leading up to Monday's
episode. And to show up in droves to see it. The show is scheduled
to air at 9 p.m. EDT.

In a promotional video posted by TLC hyping the special one-hour
edition, Kate Gosselin says, "Recently, we've made some
life-changing decisions ... ones that we hope will bring each of us
some peace."

Peace seems to have been in short supply for the Gosselins of
late. Splashed across Web sites and magazine covers in recent weeks
are accounts of infidelity by both spouses - Jon with a 23-year-old
schoolteacher and Kate with her bodyguard - accusations both of
them deny.

Meanwhile, their on-screen relationship has been arms-length at
best.

"Very swiftly we turned into two different people," Kate said
on the fifth-season premiere last month, which attracted nearly 10
million viewers. Subsequent episodes have had less than half that
viewership.

She described how she has grown apart from her husband of 10
years, saying, "it's just hard."

Adding to the strain, Pennsylvania's Labor Department has opened
an investigation into whether the show's production is complying
with state child labor laws. TLC has said it "fully complies"
with state laws and regulations.

Originally envisioned as a series chronicling the challenges of
raising a supersize family, "Jon & Kate" has become more of a
show that raised the question: Can this marriage be saved?

Now TLC is teasing viewers into wondering if the answer could be
"no."

Then, after Monday, the question for "Jon & Kate" could be:
How can the network's most popular series be saved?

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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