Source: Kate's Slipping Popularity To Blame For 'Kate Plus 8' Cancellation

Jon Gosselin arrives at THQ's E3 'Take No Prisoners' event at The Standard Hotel Downtown in Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2010 Jon Gosselin arrives at THQ's E3 'Take No Prisoners' event at The Standard Hotel Downtown in Los Angeles, California on June 16, 2010

A source close to former reality TV dad Jon Gosselin has blamed the cancellation of “Kate Plus 8” on a shift in the popularity of Kate Gosselin.

“Jon was not shocked by the cancellation of the show, the writing was on the wall for a long time,” the source told Access Hollywood in a statement on Monday. “Her popularity has waned and the public sees that a lot of her doting on the kids on the show was just for the show and outside of that her time is dedicated to her own interests.

“Jon has made it clear for a while that he didn’t want the kids on air so I’m sure that he isn’t disappointed by this turn of events but he certainly doesn’t want anything but good things for Kate, she’s the mother of his kids and they support the kids together,” the statement from the source concluded.

Jon himseld told Radar Online he was “very relieved” that his ex-wife’s reality program, on TLC was canceled, taking his children off the air.

“I hope they can have more private family moments,” Jon told Radar on Monday. “I hope that this will bring more privacy to my children and that they can get the proper attention they need for any personal issues they might have in the future.”

TLC axed Jon from “Jon and Kate Plus 8” in September 2009, just months after the couple split in real life.

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