It was another year for "Jon & Kate Plus 8" as the fifth season began Monday, May 25 for an extra long premiere. However, things are not as sweet as the last season after all the drama surrounding Jon's cheating scandal that has been going on off-screen while the reality show was having a break. For the first time in the show's history, there are times the parents of two older twin girls and a sixtuplet, Jon and Kate, did not sit together on the interview chair.
Kate, sitting solo, mentioned, "This could be our last family picture," when asked whether the fifth birthday of the sixtuplet was bittersweet. Kate revealed that the rumor of Jon cheating on her last month "kills" her, saying further "I have a lot of anger." On a separate interview, Jon said "I'd like to apologize to my family for my actions," adding "Everybody knows what I'm talking about."
During the birthday party, the couple who was married in 1999, was rarely seen sharing the same frame or speaking to each other. Kate took the kids to pick the stuff for their birthday while Jon "decided he needed a weekend off." When finally the two are sat together, and asked about the "status", Kate said "I can only speak for myself. I am here" while Jon emphasized "I'm here for my kids."
"Jon & Kate Plus 8" airs every Monday on TLC. It was not clear when the fifth season was shot but Kate's brother Kevin Kreider said that the couple was in the marriage only because of the TV show. Kreider told Radar Online, "And we are not interested in furthering this charade at the children's expense. Our only concern is the kids."