Jon & Kate Release A Statement To Say They Will Be Private

One week after filing divorce papers, Jon & Kate Gosselin are speaking out – for what they say is the last time – and claim their focus is on their eight children.

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“During this very difficult time we will be working to focus solely on the needs of our family,” the reality TV stars say in a joint statement posted on the TLC Web site. “This includes no longer commenting publicly or reacting to media stories and speculation.”

“Our goal is to do the very best for our children and that will be done as privately as possible,” the statement continues. “We appreciate the understanding, support and well wishes from so many. Thank you.”

TLC announced last week that Monday night’s episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8 would feature a retrospective of the Gosselins’ 10 year marriage. The show will go on hiatus until Aug. 3 to give the family “some time off to regroup,” a TLC spokeswoman said.