September 12, 2011 6:23am PT by Lindsay Powers
Kate Gosselin Announces Post-'Kate Plus 8' Plans (Video)
Kate Gosselin's TLC reality show Kate Plus 8 may be going off the air this week, but she's not disappearing from the spotlight.
"KatePlusMy8.com goes live today as a place where fans can go and follow us, so we're not just sort of ending," Gosselin told Matt Lauer on the Today show Monday morning.
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Gosselin admits she has "very" mixed emotions about the series ending. She discovered it was going off the air shortly after she appeared on the Today show with Ann Curry in August.
I got a call from TLC and I knew we were in the deciding place… and so it was not a surprise. Obviously ratings and everything else… so I braced myself and here we are," she said.
Gosselin says there's a "combination" of sadness and fear about ending her show, and also "some relief."
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"But there is sadness because it's the end of an era. I feel sad for my kids because of all the opportunities and they're now questioning what's going to happen. I feel sad for fans. They're devastated: You're the neighbor that's moving far away and we won't see you again. There's also been this fear because this has been -- although maybe not my career -- my job, and the way I've been providing for my kids for six years. So, you know, it's a little scary."
When Lauer asked her about estranged husband Jon saying he was "very relieved" the show was over, Gosselin said, "It' a situation where Jon may be accepting of mediocre for his kids and working a regular job. I want the best for my kids and the best opportunities not unlike every parent. To be a good parent is to work as hard as you can and give them the best opportunities in life, and this has provided that."
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When asked if she would do another reality TV show, Gosselin said, "It would have to be the right one. At this point, the best opportunity for all of this is for me continuing in TV as a way to provide for my children… and it's something exciting and challenging for me."
She would include her kids "if the right thing came along," Gosselin told Lauer. "We are all still in agreeance [siq] with it. I'm sure you still see my kids again at some point."
Lauer asked if she thought ratings dipped after Jon and Kate's marriage ended because "viewers missed the bickering."
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"I think people watch sometimes hoping ill will on people and that's unfortunate," replied Kate. "I think also the drama that caused this tabloid fodder… that played as much as a role into [the show ending.] The drama was unnecessary… I'm still where I was minus Jon, moving forward, doing the best for my kids like so many moms out there."
Gosselin explained her pizza freakout, which caused Anderson Cooper to mock her on CNN for giving her kids' last slice away to the bodyguard.
"That trip was so much more stressful on camera… honestly that's a situation that many people have had on family vacations, that sort of thing you don't see on camera. I've apologized immensely.
Gosselin said she also wanted to "thank TLC for opening this door for us, especially David Zaslav, the CEO, who never lost sight that we're a family with hearts and a future, and always protect us and took care of us. He's a great man."