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Duggar Family Copes with Loss of Jubilee

Beth Hall/TLC(SPRINGDALE, Ark.) -- Michelle Duggar, who recently miscarried her 20th pregnancy, spoke with People magazine about how she explained the loss to her 7-year-old son, Jackson.

“I told him there is going to be a day when we are going to be together again,” said Duggar, whose super-sized family stars in a reality TV show on TLC. “As the days go on, I know we will have time to talk through all this. I have been trying to hold my composure and do what I needed to do, and then be able to grieve.”

In the family’s hometown of Springdale, Ark., last Wednesday, hundreds attended a memorial service for the stillborn baby girl, posthumously named Jubilee Shalom Duggar.

At the service, Michelle Duggar told People that even the older children were struggling. She said that Jill, 20, who is studying to be a midwife and had been charting the baby’s growth and heartbeat, “was crying and weeping. I hugged her and said, ‘I am holding on, and I am going to let the tears go. We can pray, cry and grieve together in the weeks and days we walk through this.’”

The mother of 19 has leaned on her children too. “My older girls have been precious to make Momma take care of Momma right now, and Jim Bob has been busy taking care of everything,” she told People.

Despite the loss, the family plans to celebrate its December birthdays: Josie was 2 on Dec. 10, Jordyn turned 3 on Dec. 18, Jinger turns 18 on Dec. 21, and twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah will be 13 on Dec. 30.

“Our calendar is cleared off, and we are going to take time to talk and pray and cry,” Michelle Duggar says. “This is going to be a time for our family to just be together.”

The family stirred controversy when photos of the stillborn baby along with the legend, “There is no foot too small that it cannot leave an imprint on this world,” were leaked last week.

The Duggars contacted Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a nonprofit organization that helps families deal with miscarriage and loss of their babies, to take photos the family could keep and use at the memorial service, according to People.  A family representative said the photos were intended for private use only and that some were released without the Duggars’ consent.

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'19 Kids and Counting' Stars Name Unborn Child, Plan Memorial Service

TLC/Beth Hall(LOS ANGELES) -- Reality TV stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar plan to hold a memorial service for the child that would have been their 20th, had Michelle not miscarried last week during her second trimester of pregnancy, the couple announced.

The Duggars, stars of the TLC hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting, also revealed they’d planned to name their baby daughter Jubilee Shalom Duggar, in keeping with the family tradition of beginning all their children’s names with the letter ”J.”

According to a report in People magazine, the family plans to hold a memorial service for Jubilee this Wednesday for friends and family members. The family, the magazine reports, already held its own private service in its home Sunday night.

“We would like to thank everyone for their prayers, emails and outpouring of love,” Jim Bob wrote in a letter given to People.  “As our whole family is grieving, we also know that God promises to work all things for good in our lives. Our prayer is that Jubilee’s passing will help us all realize that this life is short, and our relationship with Jesus is the most important thing.”

The couple announced last week they had learned of the miscarriage during a routine doctor’s appointment.

“I feel like my heart broke, telling my children,” Michelle Duggar, 45, told People at the time. “They have all been so excited about this baby and looking forward to April coming around and having a new little one in our arms. That was the most difficult.”

Michelle Duggar was cared for by family members at home after the diagnosis, but was taken to a nearby hospital on Sunday after she reported feeling lightheaded.

A family spokesperson told People that she was expected to return to the family’s Tontitown, Ark., home on Monday.

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Kate Gosselin 'Freaking Out' Following 'Kate Plus 8' Cancellation

John M. Heller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Reality is setting in for Kate Gosselin after losing her reality show.  She tells People magazine she's "freaking out" over TLC's cancellation of her series Kate Plus 8 because she's not sure how her family will move on with their lives. Gosselin says she and her eight children were not "ready" to end the show, adding, "I've never quit a job in my life without having something else lined up."  The series finale of Kate Plus 8 airs Monday.

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Jon Gosselin Happy 'Kate Plus 8' Got Canceled

Amy Sussman/WireImage for Discovery Communications(LOS ANGELES) -- Now that TLC has canceled Kate Plus 8, Jon Gosselin says he's "very relieved."

In an interview with RadarOnline, Gosselin, who sired the titular eight children with ex-wife Kate -- and left reality show stardom behind when their Jon & Kate Plus 8 was re-tooled following their divorce -- said, "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."

Kate Gosselin, meanwhile, isn't giving up on the spotlight just yet.  She spent the night of TLC's announcement re-tweeting messages from the show's fans and pitching daughter Mady to TV producers.

"Aww that Mady... So well spoken! Wants to do MORE tv!!! Disney anyone? Lol," Kate posted.

"I plan on staying on tv :)," she also tweeted, when asked if she would return to her pre-TV career as a nurse.

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Kate Gosselin's TV Show Given the Axe

Amy Sussman/WireImage for Discovery Communications(LOS ANGELES) -- Kate Gosselin's reality star career is on ice, at least for now.

"TLC has decided not to renew another season of Kate Plus 8," a network rep told People in a statement.

"By the end of this season Kate Plus 8 will have hit the 150 episode mark (including Jon & Kate Plus 8); an exceptional milestone. TLC hopes to check in with Kate and the family periodically with specials in the future."

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New 'Supernanny' Series Seeks Jo Frost's Replacement

ERIC ESTRADE/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The hit show Supernanny is getting an American twist.

Lifetime announced Tuesday it's looking for "the country's best nanny" to take stern British nanny Jo Frost's place on the upcoming series American Supernanny.

Producers say they're looking to cast U.S. residents who are caregivers who have "a tough, but loving, philosophy to caring for children," and the "ability to determine the roots of highly emotional relationship problems within families in desperate need for help." The producers are seeking applications at

The show will air later this year.

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Kate Gosselin Ready to Date Again 

Amy Sussman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star Kate Gosselin is officially putting herself back on the market, two years after she and Jon Gosselin divorced. Appearing on NBC's Today show on Monday, Gosselin said she is "definitely ready to start dating."

Even though she's on the lookout for a good man, Gosselin believes it will be a challenge for her to find a partner because she's juggling motherhood and a "crazy work schedule."

Gosselin, who famously has eight kids with her ex-husband, elaborated, "It's sort of daunting when I think about the obstacles. I'm hoping that person is out there, because the kids on a daily basis are just begging me to get married again. They bring it up all the time."

The Gosselins divorced in late 2009. She now stars with her kids in a spin-off show, TLC's Kate Plus 8, which returned with a new episode on Monday night.

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'Sister Wives' Family Challenging Utah's Polygamy Law

PRNewsFoto/TLC(SALT LAKE CITY) -- The polygamist Sister Wives family officially filed a lawsuit in protest of Utah's polygamy law on Wednesday.

Kody Brown and his four "wives," only one of whom is his legal spouse, are challenging a state law forbidding someone from marrying or cohabitating with more than one person, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

The TLC stars left Utah for Las Vegas earlier this year due to an investigation of the family launched by Utah police.

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Nick Lachey to Televise Second Wedding

PRNewsFoto/Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Is it insane to televise your wedding twice? Nick Lachey doesn't think so.

The former 98 Degrees frontman tied the knot with ex-wife Jessica Simpson on their hit MTV reality show, Newlyweds, and now, he and his fiancée Vanessa Minnillo have announced that their upcoming wedding will be shown in a TLC special, Nick & Vanessa's Dream Wedding.

No word on yet when the reality royal wedding will take place.

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Kate Gosselin: Kids Were Not Expelled

Photo Courtesy - WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Addressing rumors that two of her children were expelled from school, Kate Gosselin tells Entertainment Tonight that the two kids are simply being tutored at home, "with a teacher who is working closely with our kindergarten teachers in school, doing the identical curriculum," she said.

"The pressure was getting to them," she said. "The goal is to get them back into school as soon as possible."

The now-divorced star of Jon & Kate Plus 8 also addressed rumors that her upcoming reality show on TLC, Twist of Kate, has been canceled, saying, "We're sort of still trying to shape it...So no, not canceled."

This week wasn't all damage control for the Gosselin's. A source close to Jon and Kate revealed to ABC News that the two parents amicably agreed to share custody of their brood this holiday weekend.

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