Thursday, October 1, 2009

Trashy Celeb Dirt: The Dueling Gosselins, Jon Makes TLC Show Stop Filming

Production on Jon & Kate Plus 8 -- which TLC had announced would be renamed Kate Plus 8 -- has ground to a halt because Jon Gosselin is steamed. And his estranged wife Kate wants the show to go on. Here's what various news outlets have to say about the power struggle going on between the dueling Gosselins:

TV Guide reported on Jon's lawyer's statement:

"Jon Gosselin sees TLC as a 'monster' that has greedily cashed in on his family and even partially caused the breakdown of his marriage with Kate, his lawyer says.

. . . 'Jon is resolved not to allow the TLC corporate machine to devour his family and promote the monster's best interests over those of his family,' Jon Gosselin's lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, said Thursday in a statement.

. . . The attorney claims that TLC 'failed to designate the appropriate compensation to be allocated to the children' and 'it may ultimately be determined that TLC has not provided for compensation for the eight children over the past four years.' Heller also alleges the network 'never secured location permits' to film on the Gosselins' property."

The New York Times reported on TLC's reaction: "In a statement on Thursday, TLC said, 'We are aware of Jon Gosselin’s recent statements and remain deeply disappointed at his continued erratic behavior.'"

The Associated Press relayed Kate's response:

"I'm saddened and confused by Jon's public media statements. Jon has never expressed any concerns to me about our children being involved in the show and, in fact, is on the record as saying he believes the show benefits our children and was taping on Friday with the kids.

. . . I do the show for my family because I believe it provides us opportunities we wouldn't otherwise have. Jon used to share that belief until as recently as the day the network announced the name change of the show and indicated that Jon would have a lesser role in the show."

Bottom line: I think this is an attempt by Jon to dig himself out of the pathetically desperate PR debacle he created for himself with his highly public womanizing, frat boy behavior, hosting a Las Vegas pool party with bikinied babes and mouthing off to the media (including telling ABC News that he "despises" Kate). He's suddenly acting like he wants to "save" his family. Why else would he, during the same week, also say he wants to suspend the divorce and then tell In Touch Weekly (via Huffington Post) that, "'I regret my conduct since Kate and I separated [on June 22],' Jon tells In Touch exclusively. 'I used poor judgment in publicly socializing with other women so soon.'"
I'm sorry, but I'm not buyin' it. Are you?
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1 comment:

Garron said...

How does he benefit? If he is successful and the show is cancelled. Does he get back together with Kate and kids? Without TLC dollars how long does that last? He reconciles with TLC and agrees to limit his womanizing to places without cameras. How is that possible? I don't see the end game. I just wish they would all go away.