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    >>> we are back at 7:42. now to the latest drama involving jon and kate gosselin. with rumors flying about their personal lives, both reality stars are now speaking out. "today" national correspondent natalie morales has the very latest. natalie , good morning.

    >> good morning, meredith. no matter what they do, jon and kate can't seem to stay out of the spotlight. i had a rare opportunity to sit down with kate for a special one-hour program that airs tonight on tlc. no topics were off-limits and kate was brutally honest. who do you have on your side now?

    >> a very, very small group of people.

    >> reporter: wherever she goes, cameras seem to follow. while there are crowds and kids around her constantly, right now kate gosselin seems like someone who is very much alone.

    >> when you look around and very close, trusted people who you would swear on your life would never, ever, ever, you know, cash you in, for lack of better words, and those people do that, and people leave your house and tell completely different stories, you tend not to trust people.

    >> reporter: it's been a very messy road for the john and " kate plus 8 " star since the two announced their divorce in june. the pair are tabloid staples from fighting over their shared bank account --

    >> he took $230,000 of the $231,000 that we have liquid.

    >> reporter: -- to allegations of infidelity, to jon 's public escapades with new girlfriend haley glassman. he says's he no you remorseful.

    >> i do apologize to kate . i'm sorry for doing the things that i did and i do ask for her forgiveness.

    >> reporter: in the latest twist, gosselin spoke out last night at a new york city synagogue, alongside a celebrity rabbi who was once michael jackson 's spiritual advisor and is now helping counsel the reality star.

    >> it is hard for a man to stay home for two years and change diapers an make meals and deal with like doctors appointments and all the stuff that you expect your wife to do.

    >> reporter: he also dispelled rumors he's split from haley glassman.

    >> we've decided to not take a break, but slow things down.

    >> reporter: as the whole drama plays out publicly, it is taking its toll on kate . how is this affecting you all that we don't see?

    >> i'm awake in the middle of the night thinking, am i making the best decision.

    >> ready, set -- go!

    >> reporter: while kate tries moving forward with her life raising her eight kids, i asked her to look back to her own childhood.

    >> i'm famous for telling my mom growing up my whole life, mom, five kids is way too many. there's just -- you lose something in the details. and --

    >> ironic.

    >> -- she ironically reminded me when i ended up with eight kids, do you remember what you always told me?

    >> it is a very rocky period for kate right now but she's very strong woman and is focusing on the future and trying to deal with the stress as best she can.

    >> i imagine the divorce is see specially hard on her.

    >> she says some of the kids are showing signs of stress, behavioral changes, becoming more introverted and shy. but she says she's looking forward to 2010 . the divorce is expected to be finalized by the end of the year and she hopes to make a new start in the new year.

    >> the tabloids had a field day with her and these rumors about infidelity. did she address them at all, her own infidelity?

    >> she did. she says the rumors between her and her bodyguard having this alleged affair. she says that's just an outrageous claim that her bodyguard and his family are among her very few people that she trusts in her circle of friends . she says the fact that jon was the one who made those stories public, he was the one who took those stories to the tabloids, that's what made her most angry in all of this.

    >> is the show now done?

    >> it is in a hiatus right now. there's talks about whether it will become "" kate plus 8 ,"" but of course this is all still up before the courts right now because jon right now is making allegations that this is harmful to the children. kate says the show's absolutely not harmful to the children. so it's for now on hold. but the hope is that they'll be able to continue in some way once this goes before the courts.

    >> you get the impression, i had the opportunity to interview kate as well a couple of times, she's a tough lady but the emotions right there on the surface.

    >> and for her children as well. it is a hard time .

    >> natalie , thanks very much. you can see natalie 's entire interview on " kate her story," tonight at 9:00, 8:00 central on tlc.

    >>> former child star jodie sweetin ,

By The Scoop
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updated 11/2/2009 8:21:44 AM ET 2009-11-02T13:21:44

On the day TLC had planned to premiere “Kate Plus Eight,” the network will broadcast “Kate: Her Story,” a one-hour special where NBC’s Natalie Morales sits down with Gosselin for what TLC is calling “her most intimate interview to date.”

A more accurate billing for the Nov. 2 special might be “her most important interview yet.” If the mom of eight is going to have a future as a television personality, she needs to recalibrate her image with this interview, and move away from the persona that’s intertwined with soon-to-be ex husband Jon’s.

Luckily, Jon has opened the door for Kate to do just that, since he has not done a single likeable thing in the press. He came close to doing something right when he said he didn’t want his kids to be filmed anymore, and banned cameras from his home. But then, court papers revealed that Jon’s announcement was a negotiation tactic — simply put, he said if TLC didn’t let him out of his contract, he would ban filming of his kids.

Need more examples? Jon, who recently claimed he is half Jewish, appeared at Manhattan’s Central Synagogue for a panel discussion on “Values in America” and reportedly opened his question for panelist Elie Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor, by saying, “As you probably know, I’m going through a divorce.”

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“It was insulting that this guy would be so glib and arrogant with Elie Wiesel," said a source who was there. “As if surviving the Holocaust and being on a reality show put you on the same plane. It didn’t seem like Mr. Wiesel knew he was, but that didn’t seem to faze Jon. He posed for pictures afterwards.”

Slideshow: Celebrity scandals of 2009 And then there’s Jon’s new spiritual advisor, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who once advised Michael Jackson. Jon is teaming up with Rabbi Boteach for regular study sessions and counseling, but a source who has worked with both Jon and Kate said it’s a move to make it seem like Jon is more focused on family.

“Kate has always been focused on the family, with or without the show,” the source said. “She has no need to do a regret tour with Rabbi Shmuley.”

What won’t work in Kate’s favor are recent reports of high-maintenance behavior from producers who recently worked with her, who report Kate’s sudden mid-shoot demands of chocolate chip Clif bars, and sushi. The more Kate lets fame affect her, the greater her chances of become infamous.

What can work in her favor is if her interview is an honest one that illustrates real concern for her eight kids. There exists a scenario where Kate can navigate fame in a way that allows her the chance to support her family, both financially and meaningfully.

Kate didn’t get where she is by being perfect, she got where she is by being someone real moms could identify with. She needs to remind people that she’s not a true Hollywood story, she’s a mom who cares about providing for her kids.

‘This Is It’ doesn’t surprise at box office
“This Is It” was the only wide release at the box office this weekend, therefore coming in No. 1 isn’t a surprise. Going in, the only mystery was going to be how much money the film made.

Slideshow: Celebrity Sightings Domestically, the Jackson tribute film was something of a mild disappointment, grossing only $32.9 million. The big money was earned overseas, where “It” made $68.5 million.

Although that sounds good, the grand total of $101 million is actually on the low end of the estimates — some experts projected a $200 million five-day opening. Although the bottom line is ultimately what the film will be judged upon, it would be interesting to see just how many bodies were in seats, as some theaters quietly upped the ticket prices.

And if you can’t make it to theaters before the end of the two-week run, don’t worry, that wasn’t it. Sony made the unsurprising move of keeping “This Is It” in theaters a little longer, through Thanksgiving.

But wouldn’t sticking to the limited two-week run have been a more fiscally advantageous move? A short run would have created greater demand for the DVD sales, and there’s greater profit to be made there since the studio wouldn’t have to split the cash with theaters.

Courtney Hazlett delivers the Scoop Monday through Friday on msnbc.com. Follow Scoop on Twitter @courtneyatmsnbc

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