Jon and Kate to Split: Report

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    Jon and Kate may announce their divorce on Monday's episode.

    It looks like divorce is imminent for the stars "Jon and Kate Plus 8."

    TLC, the network home of America’s latest favorite dysfunctional family, released a statement Thursday saying Jon and Kate Gosselin will announce a major decision on their reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8" on Monday’s episode.

    "Recently, we've made some life-changing decisions,” Kate says in the video statement. “... ones that we hope will bring each of us some peace."

    A source told the website radaronline.com that Kate Gosselin had previously met with a divorce lawyer and the couple had agreed to officially separate by July 15.  After Jon met with a divorce lawyer, the couple decided to speed their decision to announce the split, the source said.

    "Very swiftly we turned into two different people," Kate said on the fifth-season premiere last month, which attracted nearly 10 million viewers. She described how she has grown apart from her husband of 10 years, saying, "it's just hard."

    Anyone who has seen the show, or read a tabloid magazine in the past month, won't be surprised to hear that the couple is headed for splitsville.

    Jon and Kate have endured rumors of infidelity and separation since before their fifth season began.  Jon was linked to a 23-year-old schoolteacher, Deanna Hummel, and Kate was said to be having a fling with her bodyguard.

    All of the rumors led to not only increased speculation about the fate of the reality television couple, but also a huge ratings boost for TLC. A divorce announcement will likely lead to questions about how to continue the show.

    Adding to the strain, Pennsylvania's Labor Department has opened an investigation into whether the show's production is complying with state child labor laws. TLC has said it "fully complies" with state laws and regulations.

    Jon was said to even be apartment hunting in New York City on Friday at Trump Place, according to reports.

    Originally envisioned as a series chronicling the challenges of raising a supersize family, "Jon & Kate" has become more of a show that raised the question: Can this marriage be saved?

    Now TLC is teasing viewers into wondering if the answer could be "no."