In Touch (November 2) has an article on Katie Irene and Jamie Cole Ayers detailing how close they've become since Kate dumped Jon last year.
Summary from the article:
Jamie met Kate 8 years ago at a church reading in PA. Also a mother of twins. Currently resides in Michigan where she is originally from.
Husband Mark Ayers filed for divorce from Jamie last summer (July 08). The divorce was finalized this August.
Since her divorce Jamie has been flying to PA frequently and staying with Kate who trusts her so much, she allows Jamie to babysit and discipline the kids.
Kate doesn't have many friends and is urging Jamie to move to PA. She has even offered to help finance her relocation and offered her a recurring role on Kate Plus Eight so she'll have a means of support.
Through an associate, reportedly the two are close enough to hold hands and take naps together but it's a platonic love.
Who is Jamie Ayers? She was married to Mark Ayers. Has a twin daughter and a son. Was living in Michigan. Did Katie Irene offer Jamie Ayers a place to live in the McMansion? Is Jamie Ayers getting paid to appear on the new show? Are they bed buddies? They both look very Masculine.