I’m so sick of writing about the Gosselins (yes, even despite the fact that it got us a mention on CNN). So why am I writing about the latest development? Well, it’s a slow news day and I’m really, really bored. Also, because I love being right. And if you also labelled Jon Gosselin as a petty, immature fame-wh*re then you were right too. Good for us!
So Jon Gosselin basically got his walking papers from TLC, who told him they were cutting him out of the show (save a few appearances) and focusing on Kate. Naturally, what does the man-child do? Well, he throws a tantrum. But unlike children, adults get to use fun things called “lawyers” to get all pissy on their behalf.
Jon’s lawyer has sent TLC a letter immediately demanding that they cease filming the children (because they’re HIS children, you see, and not just money-making machines) or filming on his propery. God, it’s so good that he’s finally trying to take an interest in his kids’ welfare and not put them in the public spotlight. Although, considering how many seasons of the show have aired, I’d call too late.
According to Radar:
After TLC removed his name from the title of the reality show, Jon & Kate Plus 8 Tuesday, the 32-year-old reality TV dad, via his attorney Mark J. Heller, sent the cable network a pair of letters stating all filming and production crews are heretofore banned from his family’s Wernersville, Pennsylvania home.
“Effective immediately, no production crews are to enter Jon’s family home for any reason. In the event that anyone enters the marital property, Jon Gosselin will notify the local authorities to effectuate police action against any trespassers,” his lawyer Mark J. Heller wrote to TLC.
Jon states that both he and Kate both own the property where the show is being shot, that he has join custody of the kids and that he is able to make decisions about their welfare. The story was first reported by The Insider.
The letters from Jon’s attorney to TLC were dated Tuesday, the same day the network announced it was minimizing his role on the show and changing the name to Kate Plus 8.
Jon now says he believes it is not in the best interest of the children’s welfare to continue with production of the show.
Oh please. PLEASE. Give me a break. Despite the fact that I don’t agree with the kids being filmed and put in the spotlight, exactly what will you do to provide for your family, Jon? Because, from what I hear, you don’t have a job. Perhaps you’ll be designing a clothing line for kids as we’ve heard you might do? You know, one that your kids could model, which would certainly be less exploitative than a TV show.
TLC fired back:
“We are aware of Jon Gosselin’s recent statements, and remain deeply disappointed at his continued erratic behavior. He and the family were shooting as recently as last Friday, without incident, and his latest comments are grossly inaccurate, without merit and are clearly opportunistic.
“Despite Jon Gosselin’s repeated self destructive and unprofessional actions, he remains under an exclusive contract with TLC. Direct filming of the children has been currently suspended, pending further conversations between both parents.”
So here’s what I think is going to happen: TLC (and probably Kate) will band together, get their own lawyers and get Kate declared the primary guardian over the children. Like when Kate went to court to gain control over the family’s finances because Jon was spending money like it was going out of style.
Seriously, these poor kids have some pretty messed up parents (yes, both of them). And while Kate is probably a diva-like harpy, Jon still takes the cake for being the most immature, petty jerk that I’ve read about in a long, long time. Well, right behind Kanye West.
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