Jon Gosselin Dropped from Jon & Kate Plus 8
09/29/2009 AT 12:00 AM EDT
"Given Jon's recent antics, there was no way the show could continue to portray him as a doting Dad, not while all this other crap was going on," a source close to Jon Gosselin tells PEOPLE.
"Jon will still be seen on the show from time to time," the source adds.
The series first debuted on April 16, 2007, and experienced a ratings spike once the Gosselin marriage became troubled earlier this year. This past season the couple announced they would divorce.
The fifth season premiere attracted a record 9.8 million viewers, making it the most-watched show of that evening including those on broadcast TV.
But after a six-week hiatus from new episodes, only 4.2 million viewers tuned in to see Jon & Kate on Aug. 3, and only 1.7 million reportedly watched last Monday.
Kate Gosselin recently completed a stint as a guest host of The View, sitting in for Elisabeth Hasselbeck during her maternity leave.
Gosselin has also reportedly taped a pilot for a talk show costarring Food Network star Paula Deen.