AP scoops world, gets hold of Gosselin divorce papers...immediately screws up story

When you have a story of such international magnitude as the Gosselin divorce, it's easy to make an honest goof, like believing those douchebags at People could keep their counties straight. And then you have the Associated Press, "the essential global news network," which rushed this essential NewsBreak out to thousands hundreds of subscriber Web sites worldwide today:

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Kate Gosselin says in divorce papers that she and her husband Jon have lived "separate and apart" for at least two years. Gosselin filed for divorce Monday in Montgomery County Court in Pennsylvania, saying in papers that her 10-year marriage is "irretrievably broken."

And now we're in Allentown! Anyway, that amazing lead instantly had fanboys and girls wondering whether the TLC show was somehow, like, fake.

TMZ set the record straight:

There's a report floating out there that Kate Gosselin has been separated from Jon for two years. That's not true, and we have the lowdown.

We now know what Kate checked on the divorce papers, which are confidential. There are two grounds for a no fault divorce in Pennsylvania -- the first is waiting 90 days after the papers have been served. Then, if both Jon and Kate agree the marriage is "irretrievably broken" ... the divorce can proceed.

And there's a second option -- that they have lived separate and apart for 2 years. But that doesn't mean they have been separated for that long. It means she must wait 2 years from the moment she considered the marriage kaput and began living separately (if only in different bedrooms). We're told the real separation between Jon and Kate is very recent and Kate checked the box just to get the clock ticking.

We found out Kate checked both boxes, and here's why. Jon may not agree that the marriage is irretrievably broken. If that's the case she has to wait the two years. So by checking both boxes, Kate is hedging her bets.

So AP called rewrite, after the Gosselins' attorneys no doubt went ballistic, and filed an amended dispatch:

Attorneys for both Jon and Kate Gosselin said Tuesday that the couple lived together on their Berks County compound until recently.

"They have been living 'separate and apart' just within the last week or two," said Jon's attorney, Charles Meyer, using a term from the divorce petition.

Don't you just adore it when a gossip Web site hands AP its ass!

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