Timeline: From 'Jon & Kate' to separate lives
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.
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Oct. 13 -- Judge orders Jon to return $180,000 he'd withdrawn from a joint account to Kate.
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.
| December 18, 2009; 2:09 PM ET
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