Discovery Communications’ TLC has announced the current season of Kate Plus 8 will be the last, but the network hints this might not be the last we’ll see of the Gosselin brood.
A statement from the network says, “TLC has decided not to renew another season of Kate + 8. By the end of this season Kate + 8 will have hit the 150-episode mark (including Jon & Kate + 8); an exceptional milestone. TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future.”
Bill Hayes, president of Figure 8 Films, which has produced all of the series and specials on the Gosselins, tells realscreen, “Producing 150 episodes of anything is quite an accomplishment. We’re very proud of the amazing success of the series and thankful for the opportunity. We hope to continue to document the lives of this wonderful family with specials.”
The Gosselins first came to Discovery in 2005 via the Discovery Health special Surviving Sextuplets and Twins. Starring then-husband and wife Jon and Kate, the documentary looked at how the parents coped with twins and sextuplets.
After another special, Sextuplets and Twins: One Year Later, Discovery Health launched a docuseries based on the Gosselins, Jon & Kate Plus 8, which moved to TLC in 2008. Its fifth season premiere garnered record ratings for TLC, bringing in 9.8 million viewers.
When Jon and Kate split, the series returned without Jon, as Kate Plus 8. The series finale will air on September 12.
On Twitter, Kate Gosselin said: “I poured my entire self in[to] the last 6 years of Kate Plus 8 & I can’t wait [to] have the chance [to] challenge myself again [with] future endeavors!”