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Posted at 2:09 PM ET, 12/18/2009

Timeline: From 'Jon & Kate' to separate lives

By Liz Kelly

Jon and Kate Gosselin in happier times. (AP/TLC)

Today a Pennsylvania judge granted Jon and Kate Gosselin a divorce, capping off a whirlwind year of ratings (and personal) ups-and-downs for the couple. How did we get here from there? Allow the timeline below to explain.

June 12, 1999 -- Jon and Kate Gosselin marry.

October 8, 2000 -- Kate gives birth to twins Cara and Madelyn.

May 10, 2004 -- Following fertility treatment, Kate gives birth to sextuplets Alexis Faith, Hannah Joy, Aaden Jonathan, Collin Thomas, Leah Hope and Joel Kevin.

Sept. 2005 -- Discovery channel airs the first of two one-hour specials about the Gosselin family.

April 2007 -- "Jon & Kate Plus 8" begins its series run on Discovery, later moving to TLC.

April -- Kate releases her book, "Eight Little Faces," and embarks on book tour.

April -- Tabloid reports surface linking Jon to various women. The over-coverage begins.

May -- Allegations of an affair between Kate and bodyguard Steve Neild hit the tabloids.

May 28 -- Jon is photographed spending Kate's 34th birthday in Park City, Utah with supposed then-girlfriend Deanna Hummel. Hummel's brother characterizes the relationship thusly: "Ick. Nast."

June 22 -- Jon and Kate announce their plans to separate to an audience of 10.6 million viewers, a ratings record for the show.

July -- Jon starts dating 22-year-old Hailey Glassman, the daughter of Kate's plastic surgeon.

July 17 -- Jon moves into a two-bedroom Manhattan apartment.

July 24 -- Jon denies romancing Star magazine reporter Kate Major.

July 26 -- Jon is spotted hanging out in the Hamptons with noted deadbeat dad Michael Lohan.

Aug. 29 -- Jon is paid to host a pool party at Las Vegas's Wet Republic.

Sept. 15 -- Kate Gosselin appears on "The View", saying it is "difficult" to watch Jon with Glassman.

Oct. 13 -- Judge orders Jon to return $180,000 he'd withdrawn from a joint account to Kate.

Oct. 29 -- In an "Insider" interview, Glassman claims Jon emotionally abused her. A source later claimed Jon himself scripted Glassman's statements.

Nov. 2 -- TLC announces plans to change name of show to "Kate Plus 8."

Nov. 11 -- Jon claims TLC violated child labor laws in filming his eight children.

Nov. 23 -- After ratings continue to drop, Final episode of "Jon & Kate" airs on TLC.

Dec. 11 -- A Maryland judge bars Jon from making any TV appearances in violation of his TLC contract.

Dec. 18 -- Jon and Kate's divorce is finalized by a Pennsylvania court.

By Liz Kelly  | December 18, 2009; 2:09 PM ET
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Posted by: hodie | December 18, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm just greatful the TLC folks didn't try to produce a spin-off series, "Jon & Kate Litigate."

Posted by: mdreader01 | December 18, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

You missed:

Dec 15 2009 - Jon Gosselin edges out Nadya Suleman to become Celebritology's most over-exposed celeb of 2009

and of course the somewhat less known

May 2007: Quint asks 'what the hell is wrong with these people? what do they think they're doing to their kids? do they really think this will end well?'

I'm hoping for a Very Goselin Reunion show - but only if Jon has a fling with Courtney Love and names their son Cousin Oliver.

Posted by: quintiliusvarus | December 18, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

What hodie said.

Posted by: td_in_baltimore | December 18, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Another celebrity train wreck. May their descent into alcoholism and drug abuse be swift.

Posted by: angelos_peter | December 18, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

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