Jon & Kate ends “too soon,” Kate says; Jon: “I put my kids out there to every pedophile”

Two and a half years after it began, Jon & Kate Plus Eight is over after 116 episodes. While it is over as a TLC docudrama, the series will, of course, live on in DVDs of all five seasons, and we have probably not seen the last of Jon and Kate Gosselin, alas. During the episode, Kate said, “I never had a clear picture of how it would end, but I think it’s too soon.”

The televised version of their circus of a life ended with a trip with Kate to a dairy farm and a separate outing to a fire station, where Jon and the kids sold lemonade to raise money while being photographed by paparazzi, which left Kate to accuse Jon of doing it for publicity. Oh, the irony. At least there was some growth: Kate saying Jon is “still their dad, and I will never discourage them from being with him,” and Jon saying, “I’m moving forward, I know what I have to do: to become friends with Kate, to continue my relationship with Hailey.”

Because it wouldn’t be Jon and Kate without some controversy, Radar released a recording of Jon talking to Michael Lohan (!!) and saying things such as, “I put my kids out there to every pedophile on the planet and they never got paid for it.”

Here’s a scene from the finale featuring the kids, who were the reason for the series and at least the initial source of entertainment, before their parents’ relationship took over as the most interesting part of their lives:

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