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Kate Gosselin says things are OK with Jon

She says relationship is peaceful, they've agreed on his visitation with their eight children.
/ Source: TODAY.com

“Dancing With the Stars” is now in Kate Gosselin’s past, but she was back on television Sunday night with her new show, “Kate Plus Eight.” Decidedly absent from the new series is her ex-husband Jon Gosselin.

Even though he’s not involved, and despite past bad blood between the two, Kate Gosselin says that things between her and Jon are OK.

“At this very moment, things are peaceful. He’s agreeing to (a schedule involving) every other weekend and dinner nights. I think that’s a perfect amount of time (with the kids),” said Kate. “The custody mess has been dropped by him and so I think he’s realized that it’s best that they’re at home in their house where they belong, with me the majority of the time. At this moment, it’s peaceful.”

As for “Dancing,” Gosselin admits that she took a lot of flack from people who thought she shouldn’t be part of a show which kept her from home, and many people still don’t understand why she did it.

“No, they (the public) don’t really (understand) much of anything. And it’s OK. I only have my kids to answer to, so that’s fine. All the other stuff, whatever,” said Gosselin. “It was a job, it’s work. Neither of my other two shows (‘Kate Plus Eight’ and ‘Twist of Kate,’ were in production, and we all need income, so it was work.”

Despite the criticism and her less-than-stellar dancing skills, Gosselin said that if she had it all to do over again, she would.

“I met some of the most amazing people,” she said. “People who I still stay in contact with. For me, living in Pennsylvania where we’re really the only family on TV in our whole state, to be around people who go through some of the same things I go through is reassuring. To realize and remember that I’m not the only one that feels stuff like this, it was great. Every part of it was great.”

With two television shows and eight kids to support and parent, Gosselin has a lot of challenges, but she says that for the most part, she’s content with her life.

“It depends on the day and what’s thrown my way,” she said. “I have a lot. I have a lot thrown on my plate. It’s starting to feel more manageable. So on a good day, yeah, I’m happy.”

Expect more big music talent on ‘Tonight’Rickey Minor, former “American Idol” music director, joins “The Tonight Show” Monday. While you won’t see massive changes to the musical lineup instantly, expect Minor to begin to bring in high-profile music talent who will play throughout the entire show.

“One of the things that I mentioned to the producers is I was hoping to have a lot of artists sit in with the band,” Minor said. “From jazz artists to pop artists, country artists, all music genres and going in and out of commercial with their material.”

Minor says that he wants to use “The Tonight Show” as a platform to speak to the entire music industry, especially the up-and-comers.

“It’s going to be really healthy for the music industry to say, this is where your craft is, this is where you want to be," he said. “This is the apex. ... This is like, ‘Mom, I’m on the Tonight Show.’ That is the call you want to make.”

Box office nearly goes ‘Greek’Shrek might be a friendly monster, but he’s a formidable one. “Shrek Forever After” was No. 1 yet again this weekend, with $25.3 million. This was supposedly the final "Shrek" film, but it's it’s difficult to believe that the studio isn’t beginning to think about a sequel, after all.

In the No. 2 spot was raunch-com “Get Me to the Greek,” which made $17.2 million; behind it was “Killers,” the one big movie that wasn't screened for critics this week. With Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl driving that one, it should have done better than the $16.1 million it made.

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