By Aly Semigran
Updated September 12, 2011 at 04:55 PM EDT

Jon and Kate Plus 8

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Oh, PopWatchers, aren’t you just going to miss the all-around warmth and charm of Kate Gosselin? Did you grow to love her kids more than your own? Have I already laid on the sarcasm too thick? If you answered ‘Yes, of course, you jerk!’ to any of these questions, then by all means, read on.

While visiting Today to promote the final episode of her once-massively popular reality series Kate Plus 8 (formerly Jon & Kate Plus 8), the TV mom spoke rather somberly with host Matt Lauer about what she called “the end of an era.”

Gosselin said she was not only sad for the Kate Plus 8 fans (“They’re devastated. They’re saying, you know, you’re the neighbor moving far away and we won’t see you again,” she said), but also her co-stars children: “I feel sad for my kids because of all of the opportunities that they’re now questioning.” Of course, there’s no one Gosselin feels sadder for then herself. “[The show] has been the start essentially of my career and my job and the way I’ve been providing for my kids for six years. And so you know, it is a little scary,” she said.

Perhaps in a final attempt to get on Anderson Cooper’s RidicuList once more, Gosselin suggested that reality television provided her with the means of giving her eight kids “the best opportunities in life.” The former Dancing With the Stars contestant — who threatened assured if the right project came along, “I wouldn’t be opposed to it” (a Kate Gosselin dating show, anyone?!) — also noted, “I’m sure you will see my kids again at some point.” Then she got in one final pot shot at her ex-husband Jon Gosselin, who recently spoke out and suggested that she give the normal life a try. Said Gosselin: “Jon may be accepting of mediocre for his kids, and working a regular job … I want the best for my kids.” Hey, lady, Jon Gosselin may be a lot of things, but mediocre isn’t — okay, I kind of see your point.

Watch the full interview below, in which Gosselin talks more about the finale, as well as the blowout-gone-viral with her babysitter Ashley:

Are you one of Kate Gosselin’s “devastated” fans, PopWatchers? Or do you find yourself reluctantly siding with Jon Gosselin and think she should give the spotlight a rest for good now that Kate Plus 8 is over? Share in the comments section below!

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