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  • FOX411 EXCLUSIVE: Kate Gosselin stays close to home when Jon has kids

    (PHOTO: X17Online.com)

    (PHOTO: X17Online.com)

    While Jon Gosselin is going very public with his dissatisfaction over his treatment by his soon-to-be-ex Kate Gosselin, she is committed to taking the high road and focusing on the kids, says one insider.

    “Kate does not want to get involved in a public war with Jon, even though she is very upset over the new interview,” a family friend tells FOX411, referring to a Tuesday interview on “Good Morning America” in which Jon claimed Kate was regularly shirked her mother-of-eight duties.

    “She’s on book tours. She’s doing all of these things,” Jon told the morning show. “You know, she’s gone a week. You know, comes back. Packs up and leaves again.”

    The insider tells FOX411 that Kate is holding her fire because “she knows that one day too soon, [daughters] Mady and Cara will be able to see reports of their divorce on the Internet.”

    She is also taking measures to spend more time with her kids, says the pal. “Kate decided to cut back on excessive work trips to stay close to the children. She wants to make sure they are as unaffected by the problems between she and Jon as possible.”

    But that is apparently proving to be a hard slog. “When Kate and Jon are around each other for the children, they don’t speak to each other,” says the pal. “It is difficult.”

    Kate is also committed to staying close to her kids, even when she turns the children over to Jon under their back-and-forth custody agreement.  When Jon has custody, Kate tries to stay within 10 miles of the house in case there is an emergency, says the insider.

    “The split and custody arrangement is harder than anything Kate imagined,” says the source. “She is lonely at times, but she has a few friends who check in on the long weekends she is all by herself.”

    Kate is using some of her free time to plan for her family’s future, her career and what will come after “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ goes off the air.

    Kate’s next public project will be guest hosting “The View” on September 14th and 15th. The source says “Kate is testing out the waters in a different TV format on ‘The View’. She enjoys being on-air, and people have been impressed with her so far. Kate is a little nervous but excited for the opportunity.”

    For more pics of Kate plus her eight go to X17Online.com.

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