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Why does 'Ballad of Jon & Kate' keep playing?

The series "Jon & Kate Plus 8" has been off the air for weeks, so why won't the "Ballad of Jon & Kate" stop playing in our popular culture? Why are Jon and Kate Gosselin still in the news, and why can't we get them out of our heads?

On Wednesday, Jon Gosselin's lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, told the AP that the couple's divorce won't be finalized by the end of the year, and somehow it was deemed to be news. Think of it: A lawyer for a layabout former reality TV character said something unimportant WASN'T going to happen, and somehow it is news.

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And come Friday night, Kate Gosselin will be back in prime time with an appearance on Jay Leno's show -- if you want to call being on the sinking ship, NBC Leno, being in prime time.

Still, there she is. So, why are they still considered news and why do we care? Is is just our psychic need to tie up loose ends? Do we care about when the divorce happens because the marriage was once falsely celebrated by TLC as an ideal one?

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There was more this week, with a story that appeared to be planted saying that Jon was broke and couldn't pay his attorney. Now who would plant that? Hmmmm, I wonder. And somehow, as obvious a plant as it was, it made news?

Is this TLC trying to keep Kate in the news in hopes of holding some audience for her announced new show in the spring?

We need to talk about this. Is it maybe time to make an effort to let them go?

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