October 16th, 2009
03:29 PM ET

Jon Gosselin responds to lawsuit!

BREAKING NEWS!

Showbiz Tonight just received this statement from Jon Gosselin’s attorney, Mark Jay Heller, Esq. regarding the lawsuit that TLC filed against Jon.

“Apparently, TLC has elected to initially litigate this case In the Court of Public Opinion, rather than the Circuit Court for Montgomery County Maryland because neither Jon nor I have been served with legal pleadings or informed by TLC of the instant litigation.

Remarkably, instead, I read the alleged Complaint on the internet, since it would appear that Discovery and TLC chose to pander and publicize their weak feeble and baseless claim to the media rather than providing the Defendant with appropriate notice through the traditional judicial process.

Jon will vigorously defend against this baseless action, assuming Discovery and TLC choose to go forward with their claim by legally serving him with notice, and we are confident that through the course, of litigation it will clearly be evident that Discovery and TLC exploited, manipulated and abused the Gosselins’ vulnerability and financial hardship.

We believe that the contract will be unenforceable in light of the fact that Discovery and TLC initially had Jon execute a complicated, complex and sophisticated agreement at a time when he had no legal representative. In any event, when TLC and Discovery ended the program “Jon & Kate plus eight” they also effectively terminated the purported contract and accordingly, any rights or obligations they perceived existed concerning Jon’s conduct or actions, rights or privileges from that point forward were also terminated.

The contract was against Public Policy because we believe Discovery and TLC violated Pennsylvania Child Labor Laws, failed to seek appropriate State and Municipal Permits, failed to pay the Gosselins fair consideration, and intentionally circumvented their responsibility to specifically designate legal and lawful compensation to the eight infant children, which Is now the subject of an investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and could result In summary Criminal Proceedings.

The purported Contract was also grossly overreaching and restrictive attempting to abridge the most basic Constitutional Right that all American citizens have of Freedom of Speech. Discovery and TLC has treated Jon Gosselin like a dog by attempting to keep him on a leash and muzzle him and deny the father of eight the opportunity to earn a livelihood to support his family.

All of the aforesaid, clearly, in our opinion, renders the alleged contract as null and void, unenforceable and unconscionable.

Clearly, this litigation has heralded in the battle of “David” against “Goliath” and Jon Gosselin fully intends to stand firm, protect his family and defend against TLC and Discovery who have been rumored to have enjoyed over $106 million dollars in revenue for one quarter, purportedly attributed to the success of the program “Jon & Kate plus eight’

This litigation is clearly a tactic that Discovery and TLC have initiated in furtherance of their hunger to jump back on the gravy train, but Jon Gosselin has decided to put the breaks on the Discovery and TLC trainwreck.”

Be sure to tune in to Showbiz Tonight for all of the latest developments in this breaking story-11pm ET/PT- don’t miss it!


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  1. bill

    Jon Gosslin is an embarrassment not only to the male gender but to humanity as well...Christ, am I the only male that sees what a neanderthall this guy is? What the hell did Kate see in this guy anyway?

    November 16, 2009 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. maxi

    These hullabaloo makes them more money.

    October 20, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gary

    Yeah, Jon showed bad judgment with regards to his relationship with women after the break up of his marriage but sorry folks...the real snake and low life in this pair. We all saw how she treated Jon and hoped that he just accepted that as part of her personality. But if she treated him like that in front of the camera you can imagine what she said and did when no one was around.
    I have NO doubt that she fooled around before Jon while on her book tour. She tries to paint herself as this "poor" victim when in truth she is the one to blame for the demise of the marriage and has made a TON of money from her books. She lives in a million dollar house and acts like she is some poor abandoned wife fending for herself and that Jon is a rat stealing money from the family. This woman berated this man for 10 years, got him to quite his job and is NO victim.
    TLC portrays itself as a family channel yet when this family is falling apart they continue to run the show and film all for the desire of more money. They could care less what damage it does to Jon or Kate or the children. THEY should have pulled the plug as soon as it was clear that there were problems in the marriage and encouraged them to get counseling and get there family together and help but instead LOVED the increasing ratings because everyone loves to watch a train wreck. They should be ashamed of themselves.
    I wish the stupid media and dummies like Billy Bush would just leave Jon and Kate alone and quite doing more damage. But that will never happen because of the sick condition of society today who would rather watch a family fall apart and see parents ripping into each other than watch something happy and good. Why else would the ratings go up AFTER the problems were announced...people love misery.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Teena

    I would find him more credible if he hadn't shown up to the twins' birthday party with a cake paid for courtesy of Entertainment Tonight with the Entertainment Tonight cameras in tow to for the party "exclusive".

    October 20, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Amy

    I think Jon is right in wanting his children out of the limelight. Kate would do well to think about the children and not the book tours, and show biz.

    October 20, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MN

    Legal contract so complicated that Jon reaped every benefit from his association with TLC., sly as a fox! New tractor, new motorcycle, fancy vehicles, trips,and every other freebee that went with the show.
    I would doubt that he turned down the additional monies, he probably cashed his pay check.

    Everyone is right he had no backbone, he could have fixed that and not left his family. The two of them together could have decided to figure this out or throw 10 years out the window. Selfish.

    The children will make it through as all kids do in divorces. They will turn to each other for strength rather than their parents. The stability will come from the 8 for each other. RIght or wrong the production crew probably seemed to be part of their extended family. Of course they are going to miss the crew they have been part of their young lives for 8 years. They will also make it through this separation as well. Two divorces in one year.

    October 20, 2009 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. baxter

    when will these people GO AWAY?????

    Please, please quit publishing stories on this sorry excuse for a family. I hope that all the $ they get from this show will need to go into accounts for the 8 kids for therapy due to their screwed up parents.

    And any of you people that think Kate is the "glue" that holds this family together – she is nothing but a nasty, self-serving woman who only has HER interests at heart – not her children!!!

    Jon is not any better, but she is being glorified and that is just plain wrong!

    October 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sarah

    Simone – I Agree!!!

    Ryan – Why would you really want all your business out there like that? That whole family is a mess, why would you want your family to be a mess like that too?

    Kim – Congrats on the first time comment!!!

    October 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Incredulous

    @ Ryan Seipp
    8 kids with 7 different mothers?
    There's this new invention that you can pick up, it's called a condom.
    How irresponsible do you have to be to impregnate every woman you sleep with?

    October 20, 2009 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. James Romo

    It is too bad that all the effort spent analizing a realty TV show couldn't be spent on something a bit more important like Health Care reform – WAIT – maybe we don't want more Crazies in THAT debate (all you Jon supports would talking about Sarah Palin's Death Panels)..

    October 20, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. suth

    i love this crap who cares about them let it play out and just watch

    October 20, 2009 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ian

    How about all you loudmouths back off this family and let them sort out thier problems on thier own, this goes for you too CNN!

    October 20, 2009 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cynthia

    Looks like Jon's lawyer could use a proofreader. Don't lawyers usually send out correspondence that's letter perfect? Typos galore!

    October 20, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kim

    This is the first time I have ever posted a comment, but this definitely deserved one. This attorney is what is wrong with the world. Additionally, he needs to learn how to spell.

    October 20, 2009 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jennifer Bolden

    Hey Ryan...let's make number nine!

    October 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Ryan Seipp

    Simone....why don't you get a life?! I have eight children, and although they are with 7 different woman, it's still hard work raising these kids! Any extra income would help. Hey TLC, sign me up!

    October 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Laurie

    Jon is lazy. Kate is the strength that holds the family together. If she was cranky, she had a reason ..... JON. It is like Jon is a teenager and Kate is his MOM. Jon grow up....the whole word thinks you are immature.....that should tell you something.

    October 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Nyla Princess

    I agree with James. He was right to the point and stayed to the facts of the situation instead of all that emotional he said/ she said crap. And really no one knows their true situation, except for the parties involved. It has gotten quite ugly and it's the adults faults on BOTH sides. Poor kids.

    October 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Aaron P

    The laws that regulate child labor on regular programming should also apply to reality T.V. as well.

    October 20, 2009 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jim

    Aren't their 15 minutes of fame just about up?

    October 20, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Simone

    Both Jon and Kate are two ridiculous individuals that would rather exploit their children for money than take care of them the way normal parents ought to do. All you people reading this and watching that lame a$$ show are why these people are even famous! Seriously.... GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 20, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  22. c

    not sure, if tlc can sue jon, then kate too...she has been talking EVERYWHERE>
    seen somewhere where she said if she has to work at mcdonalds...put your $$ where your mouth is kate, quit being drama queen...ive said it before, nurses are SUPPOSED to make decent wages...
    again, jon too needs to step it up, get a real job/ used to be in computer/tech/IT area....

    October 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  23. mona

    TO: KH

    Comeon!

    Do you have a life? You're reading the drival yrself...

    October 20, 2009 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
  24. BJ Whitney

    TLC is not suing Kate because she is adhering to the contract. She was given permission by TLC to do the media interviews.

    From what I've seen and read, she hasn't said anything derogatory or untrue about Jon, hasn't released any confidential information about the TLC contract, hasn't been photographed intoxicated in public or in a compromising position with another man, hasn't spent money on high ticket items like a BMW, a Porsche or a New York apartment, doesn't live in a different state than her children and hasn't been dumped by her divorce attorney because she wouldn't listen to him.

    I'm not sure how Jon hooked up with Mike and Mark Heller, his manager and attorney respectively, but since he retained them, he has made the most horrible public relations missteps that he'll never recover from. They've allowed him to look like a narcissistic fool on global television and there is no way to rewind and start over. He needs to dump them and hire a firm that has a proven track record of successful image rehabilitation for celebrities and politicians.

    Kate, on the other hand, has benefited tremendously by listening to TLC's legal and PR advise. She's composed, chooses her words carefully, clearly cares about Jon as the father of her children and says he is a good dad, allows her scrappiness and sense of humor to show when it's appropriate and, most importantly, comes across as professional and truthful.

    I've only seen the show once several years ago so my opinion is based on what I've see and read in the media. That is not a good sign for the Heller's representation of Jon so far.

    October 20, 2009 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  25. Kathryn

    Oh Boo Hoo....Kates now saying that the kids are struggling...LOL Guess what? They'll get over it.

    October 19, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  26. KH

    why do you people care or watch this drivel? Do you not have lives?

    October 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Elsa

    Kate better brush up on her nursing because the show is over! The lawyers are the only people that will have a bank account full of money after the legal dust settles. Jon & Kate plus 8 – say good bye to the good life and say hello to the normal but poorer life!

    October 19, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Goddess

    I am not pro John AT all with his sorry az, BUT I am in favor of John standing up to Discovery & TLC who I feel are modern day straight up pimps.... and pimped the Gosselins good. The show Jon and Kate plus Eight made too much money for them, and because Jon shut the show down, for whatever reason, I believe took the networks by surprise and has the Discovery and TLC by the balls. Ride em cowboy!

    I believe in the long run, the move that Jon did against the networks will prove to be the best for all of the family all the way around. By no means, will the family be broke for a long time.

    Hey TLC are you looking? If you are so much in the right, why not publish and disclose the TLC agreement for the show that Jon and Kate plus 8 signed initially. Is Kate the real devil, not really, TLC and Discovery are. She just got in bed with them, now she is part of the family.

    October 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  29. harvey

    leave Jon alone !!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Mike in MT

    Jon is 'not' a man. Well, a mature man or adult. To tell you the truth.., I am sick and tired of Jon and Kate and the show. However, I think the kids are great. Mike in Montana

    October 19, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Dennis

    To the person who thinks hiring Dr. Phil to help these two morons is as big a moron as Jon and Kate.

    Both parents whored out their kids to make money. I'm sure initially it was for the kids, but after that, they are doing it for themselves.

    Both are pathetic losers and I hope they all get in a big yellow school bus and get hit by a tractor trailer.

    October 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Not Important

    Both of them are horrible parents, neither of them have their kids' well being in mind, and everyone just needs to forget about them. We are also enabling them to continue to be in the media and public eye. We all really need to go about our regular lives.

    October 19, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  33. LedZ

    mckavanaugh: You're full of mckavacrap. You're obviously obsessed with Jon. Worry about your own life, if you have one. You don't like him, got that. You're on team K-Zila, got that too. Are you really just upset because the show is almost over? (YAY!!!!!!) Find yourself another "reality" show to plop your physique challenged self down and critique about.
    This nightmare of a show is nearly over. Don't care what happens to these people and their kids. The world has enough problems, one's life has enough problems. Go Jon!!!! Thanks for being instrumental in shutting this stupid show down!! Yay!!!!!

    October 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  34. skaboodle

    I cant believe how many of you people are so wrapped up and taking sides for a couple who is on a "reality" show and you all think you know what you are talking about. REmember this is a show that you see a small portion of EXTREMELY EDITED footage. They can color it however they want and all you you believe everything you see and hear. Please the entire thing is contrived, the only thing that is factual is the fact that there is actually a John and Kate and they have 8 kids. The rest is fiction, regardless of what you think. Fiction. Who gives a care anyhow? Get a life or hit the remote and find another mindless show to watch. Hey I know, watch Ellen, at least you'll get a few grins.

    October 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  35. samantha

    I don't understand some of you people. First Jon is a bad parent for letting his kids be in front of cameras during this divorce, now you say he is a bad dad for ending the television show to protect his children. Sounds to me like all you are really saying is you don't like Jon.
    Even if the reason is because he was left out of the new show, he ended up doing the right thing by getting cameras out of his kids faces while they all go through with this divorce. I applaud Jon for at least doing the right thing even if for the wrong reason.

    as far as Kate goes, she is simply pathetic and has not put her kids first, only herself. She is the true sickening one during this hard time. But god bless those 8 kids and thankfully they might get to live some type of normal life now.
    Some of you Jon haters are more sickening than that show was stupid.

    October 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  36. 4 the kids

    Why would Jon have to pay child support? Their custody agreement is 50 / 50 – that normally means no child support. They are each responsible for the kids 50% of the time. And the house is owned jointly, which means they are both responsible for payment. Why should Kate be off the hook? She has been bad-mouthing Jon for 5 years – so she needs to be sued by TLC also.

    October 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Susan

    The show should have been Kate plus Nine, Jon is nothing but a big baby. Why doesn't he wise up and actually care about his children. Kate and the children will be better off without him around all the time, I think he sets a bad eample for his children.

    October 19, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  38. mckavanaugh

    John is an idiot. He killed the golden goose. Now he has a huge house note to pay plus child support. With his luck he will get out of child support and Kate will have to do shows to support her family and John. John isn't much of a man in my book. I hope TLC sues the pants off of him. Kate hasn't stopped production, John was the one to do so because he was feft out. He is like a little boy who wants to take his toys home because he's not winning the game. John doesn't know what is best for the kids, he never did. He has been selfish all along. check out all the crap he bought.. Kids adjust to everything. Now they have to adjust to daddy not making any money and mom bringing in the dough.

    October 19, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Donna

    Please, spare me. If TLC is going to sue John, then they sue Kate. She has been on just as many shows airing her viewpoints as he has!

    October 19, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Amy

    If my spouse told me on national TV to "stop breathing so loud", and continuously attacked me emotionally and verbally, I would leave too. Kudos to Jon for leaving that manipulative twit Kate, and for standing up to TLC for the sake of his children's privacy. It's time for the show to end and let this poor family deal with this issue in private. Those eight kids are going to be scarred for life. Way to go TLC, hope you can sleep at night knowing you've destroyed the lives of eight innocent children. Not to mention that TLC continues to attempt exploiting these children, despite the ongoing controversy. Really??? TLC...you should be ashamed!! And so should Kate for wanting to continue the show too, and going on national TV talking about how the kids are soooooooo upset about not filming anymore. I seriously doubt that!! She should have the kids removed from her custody immediately, and turn them over to Jon, as he clearly knows what's best for them.

    October 19, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  41. 4 the kids

    Avenida9721 – You say "The line he seems to keep using...."I'm doing this for my kids".....is getting so old –". Hello, do you not hear Kate saying the same thing !!! Repeatedly !!!! She says it while banishing the kids to the nanny time and time again. And speaking of nannies, does anyone remember the show where Kate said "I will NEVER have a nanny for my kids". Guess she was right in a way – she doesn't have A NANNY, she has LOTS OF NANNIES – call them babysitters, but when they stay in your house (even while you are there) so you don't have to spend time with your kids, they are NANNIES !!!!
    Neither of them is doing anything for the kids. They are both in it for themselves. The best thing for the kids would be to have both Jon and Kate move out and leave the nannies in charge !!! Then the kids would at least get some of the attention they deserve.

    October 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Terri

    Okay, TLC is now suing Jon Gosselin. What about Kate too, she has been on more tv talk shows than Jon. Hasn't she violated her contractual rights as well? Please, please, please, end it all now I am so SICK of hearing about Jon & Kate and their problems. The children need to be taken away from them until they can settle their differences in PRIVATE. Maybe if they both lose custody of those beautiful children, they will grow up themselves.

    October 19, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  43. 4 the kids

    All this complaining about Jon.... but what about Kate? If Jon gets sued for breach of contract, so should Kate. Kate whined on The View and then she is the one who made a public issue out of the money Jon "stole". (Still don't get how he could "steal" money from an account that has his name on it – if there was a legal document limiting what he could take, that Bank is going to take a serious hit for violating the terms of any legal hold on the funds.) Honestly, Jon has been acting like an idiot for the last 8 months, but Kate has been an idiot for the past 5 years !!! I can't wait to see how Kate verifies spending $55K on the kids – they supposedly go to public school, so no tuition payments, there haven't been any major illnesses to eat into savings, the kids 'clothes have been supplied by Gymboree for years (and even buying clothes couldn't amount to more than a couple thousand), their trips (oops, paid by TLC), their toys (oops, donated by whoever Kate decides should be the benefactor of the week). So what do the kids need? Oh, I know – Kate gets her hair and nails done, and goes to the gym and buys clothes for herself, but does it all for the kids !!! After all, if she looks and feels good, that's all it takes to make the kids happy – just ask her !

    October 19, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Martha Cameron

    I really think those innocent children need to be removed from all that drama/; it has to be harmful for them to see and hear BOTH parents acting like idiots.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  45. angela

    financial hardship my butt, these 2 who fight like children themselfs brought a litter of kids into the world then used them for their own selfish needs they made more than enough to live on the rest of their lives i dont feel sorry for either of them i just hope john is clipped so he doesnt go around making more kids.

    October 19, 2009 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  46. annoyed

    October 17th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

    I am 100% with Kim.
    WE DONT CARE about what they do anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Its getting really annoying to get on any website and see there faces plastered on there.
    Seriously.

    Seriously? You don't care what they do? Then why do you click on the picture of them and take time to read about them and then take more time to comment?!?! If you REALLY DON"T CARE don't waste other peoples time posting dumb comments like "I don't care"when it is so obvious you do or you wouldn't be reading / commenting! !

    October 19, 2009 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  47. christy

    Enough already! I rememeber the last season before the DIVORCE and Jon was saying that he wanted to quit the show. And Kate was saying WE WiLL SEE!! Doesn't anyone else remember that? Also it was a JOINT account. And what about all the money Kate was taking to go on all her side trips with the kids. Where was that money coming from. Remember the episode that Kate went nuts on Jon for not using a dollar coupon. Sorry people I side with Jon. Get those kids out of there and away from the madness!!

    October 19, 2009 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  48. Toni

    I am so sick and tired of these worthless people. Many people have 8 children (I have 2 aunts who had 8 children). Why don't these people find real jobs. The show is ridiculous – who cares? I wish the media would just end all of this nonsense. It is stupid in the scheme of life.

    October 19, 2009 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  49. Mother of Two

    I find it very funny that a lot of people have take Jon's side or Kate's side. Once the marriage fell apart, this was no longer a public matter, not that it every was a private matter. Can we as a nation put aside what we think and leave these two adults too what seems to be a messy divorce. I wish them the best of luck and the children as well. Please remember the most important thing in all of this is the children.

    October 19, 2009 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  50. TReed

    It's sad to see how Jon and Kate have made their life around the show and didn't pay attention to the world around them. They should have had something financially set up so if the show would ever end – which it has – they wouldn't be broke. Financial responsibility is one of the best lessons they can teach their children.
    Both parents are materialistic and the children will be the ones to pay in the end. Hopefully they will learn from the mistakes of their parents.

    October 19, 2009 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  51. MK

    Thank god someone finally has the sense to stop this trainwreck! TLC obviously does not care about these kids, and Jon and Kate have been too blinded by the dollar signs.
    Unfortunately it took all this negativity from the divorce to get these people to all stop exploiting each other, and hopefully these kids can start living a regular life.

    October 19, 2009 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  52. Debbie

    Does everybody remember the end of season four when he whined about being in the public eye. No privacy, no just Jon! Since they split all Jon has done is be in the public eye!! As a matter of fact he is making sure that everyone stays focused on him. I just wish he would shut up and go away. This guy is as interesting as saw dust!! Don't go away mad Jon, just go away!!!!!!

    October 18, 2009 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  53. mona

    To: GRAMMI..
    Jon is allowing the filming of his 8 children by his new employer "E" Entertainment Network, and he is keeping all the money...He simply stopped TLC (who he is under contract with) ...and is suing Kate for spousal support...because he has become used to the life style which is expensive., in NYC and having young girlfriends. Kate has set up trusts for all 8 children and contributes to them regularly. Jon leads a playboy life, hires coctail waitresses to babysit and sleeps eith them while the children are in the house!...hardly the life for 8 kids to adapt too. Jon needs help!

    October 18, 2009 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  54. maria

    What a joke. I laughed so hard it hurt. Jon and his lawyers are going to loose on all claims. breach of contract? constitutional rights? You know the lawyers are throwing evreything but the kitchen sink. I wish Jon would just crawl back from under the rock he came from.

    October 18, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  55. mona

    Lorretta and barb...

    comon gals, Jon does not know how to do a talk show! It is Kate that talks, writes and is camera savvy. Jon has said repeatedly, he can't talk, or write etc...it was Kates job...remember? FYI, Kate said on camera, ions ago with Jon sitting next to her that there were trust/bank accts set up for each child and money was going into these accts. regularly. I believe the proceeds from one of HER books was used for this purpose. Jon won't let the kids get filmed by TLC because he's bringing back family values???rubbish, "E" his new employer were allowed (by Jon) to film all of the children, on the twins birthday, you guys are not being fair. ...by the way, Kate nor the kids got a cut of that! Jon is preventing Kate from doing what he is doing...
    Kate is worried about thei kids future and supporting them, it's obvious Jon isn't...Kate has figured out how to support them and Jon was all for it until HIS behavior bit him on the back...LOOK Jon the gravy train is leaving the station...because of you! Kate on the other hand will write books, give lectures etc...she's smart and will support her kids with or without you Jon...disgustingly, Jon wants her to support him too. what a leach.
    bottom line...Jon wants to do and be in the position that Kate is in with TLC, he pulled the plug on filming the children by TLC but allows E to film them, and pockets the pay 100%, are you following this?

    October 18, 2009 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Avenida9721

    I have watched them from the very beginning and have not missed a show since this whole episode between Jon & Kate went sour in June 09. Although Kate may seem bossy – HELL.... if I gave birth to 8 children and looked the way she did with those children in her belly.....I would be that "bitchy". If he can't be a man and hold himself up then you can pretty much come to a realization that this man is a "WHIMP"! And 'cmon ever since he got caught with his hands in more than the cookie jar – he just couldn't come up with believeable reasons for his actions or his behaviour. The line he seems to keep using...."I'm doing this for my kids".....is getting so old – – I think I've already aged quite a bit since he keeps repeating himself. He needs to GROW-UP and start acting like a father of 8 children. Sorry, that's right – everyone can be a father.....very few can use the title of DAD properly and Jon is one of them!!!!

    Still and will always be a fan of KATE.......you go girl!

    October 18, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Donna C

    It never stops...everyone has alternative plans here – and they are selfish and non-parental...John really wants to halt the show so that he can start a reality show about divorced dads with the other father of the year – Lindsay Lohan's dad – supposedly raking in dough without having to work for TLC, while continuing his numerous paid for appearances on entertainment shows. Kate wants the show to either be all about her, or end so that she can start working on other shows that will revolve around her and continue her numerous paid for apperances on entertainment shows and lucrative book deals. TLC is angry that their formerly cute and fluffy show about 8 kids is faltering in the ratings and speeding towards a certain death – all because of these two selfish and narcisisstic parents. These poor children are suffering and they will grow up and this will be a very sad story for them to have been a part of. I hope that they get the help, love and caring environment that they deserve – out of the spotlight.

    October 18, 2009 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Sher

    Didn't anyone else read that he wanted out of the TLC contract so he could get OTHER TV contracts? He doesn't want his kids out the spot light, he want them in the spot light that is paying him and only him, this way he doesn't have to share the money with Kate!

    And they can appear on other shows with prior approval from TLC, that's how Kate got on the other shows.

    Anyone else read that Mark Heller was suspended by the NY Bar association for 5 years? And he isn't even admitted into the PA Bar! He got special sponsership from another attorney who pulled his recommendation last Thursday. So creep zoid Heller isn't even license to practice in the state of Pennsylvania.

    October 18, 2009 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  59. JC

    Hey Beth, the sister-n-law, still mad about not getting a cut of the money? hahahhaahahahahah HATER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 18, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  60. JC

    Watched just about every episode and still can't stand LOSER Jon!

    October 18, 2009 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Loretta

    TLC is pathetic. Going after a man with 8 children. If they are going to sue Jon, then sue Kate too. Why was Jon muzzled and Kate authorized to do talk shows? I will never watch TLC again. They are disgusting and this shows they will destroy families for a buck. You made millions of dollars off the Gosslins. Let Jon out of his contract. Quit filming his children and focus on Kate without the children. Believe me....you don't have a show without the kids. TLC knows that & that is why they are suing Jon. He pulled the $$$ out of their reach by denying access to his children.

    October 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Mandy

    Just because he was terminated from the show does not mean he no longer had the contract or managed to get out of it that easily. Some big contracts cover your comings and goings for years. As for Kate being on the view, unless she was paid, there probably isn't a breach. Jon was paid for several appearances. TLC does this for a reason, to keep the reality stars from tarnishing their own reputations and destroying their shows (intentionally or unintentionally)

    This still married Jon does appearances with scantily clad women and gets paid for it, makes the show look bad and ratings drop. There is probably a clause in the contract about speaking out against your own show, and often times there is one about speaking out against the networks. Is it a violation of free speach? He entered the contract knowing it was there, we do it all the time with sealed court documents and nondisclosure contracts, why would he be different.

    The comment about the department of labor, well Jon, you'd be in trouble too. That investigation would still have nothing to do with your contract with TLC.

    For the record, I don't side with Jon or Kate, their both acting very dumb, neither seem to give a rats ass about the kids. TLC should quit payin those parents and put the kids money in Trust. What kind of reality show has it become with their in a $1.1 million dollar house anyway, trips Real folks with no real job could dream of takings and a hired troop of Nannies. Blah

    October 18, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Kim

    Am I the only one who is completely and utterly bored to tears with all the media attention on Jon & Kate? Seriously, neither of them do anything but be 'parents'. I wish I could quit my day job, stay home and get paid. Isn't there something else to talk about? PLEASE!!!!!!!

    October 18, 2009 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Mama

    Enough is enough. In my opinion, due to Kate's anal trait, she henpecked Jon on national TV and he had enough. Jon has gone crazy with his freedom and infidelity – acting like an immature brat !

    Give us all a break from Kate and Jon. My heart lies with the 8 children and their future.

    October 18, 2009 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  65. Min

    TLC is dumb for even stooping to this level. Kate and John share equal blame and what about the $$ Kate earned from her book deal? Where is that? It's funny how biased the court system is when a woman claims $ is missing from the bank account. Kate and her fake act on TV is absolutely hilarious. John and his personal actions is just as bad. Can we just tune them out now please?

    October 18, 2009 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  66. mona

    It surprises me that so many of you are against TLC and cheering Jon on...why? Jon is simply mad and trying to wrangle a good deal to make money and wants OUT of his current contract with TLC...PASSIVE Jon is still passive, now the attorney's are telling him what to do...he is the lamb following the money hungry attorney. Jon has been under contract for 5 years with TLC, he enjoyed the previledge of quiting his regular job (and expressed appreciation to TLC for that) TO SPEND TIME AT HOME HELPING KATE ETC. jON DID HAVE THE MONEY AND COULD HAVE ENGAGED AN ATTORNEY each year when his (their) contract with TLC was up for renewal...Like everything else Jon is shirking his responsibility (to TLC) now that Jon's behavior, his outrageous, teenager sleeeping around, smoking, drinking beer with coeds....well this is not hard to figure out. The man is cut from TLC due to his actions, he's mad, trying to get back at Kate...I do not believe Kate is so bad...Jon wins the prize for narcissitic behavior...POOR JON...rubbish. his actions are irrespnsible, self centeredand vindictive...Kate on the other hand is keeping a low profile and worried about the kids...Jon is worried about himself.

    October 18, 2009 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  67. Sand1

    How about everyone worry about themselves? I usually read the stories and look at other people's comments. Everyone calling either Jon or Kate to blame should look at their own sorry life.

    October 18, 2009 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  68. Mel

    Absolutely agree with "ENOUGH", Get rid of this soap box and Kate needs to get a "REAL LIFE" as a nurse and support her kids and focus on the corruption all this will now have on all the children as they grow up. THey have lived a unnormal, materialistic world and that is spelled out NOTHING BUT TROUBLE!!!! These people are now into greed, attacks and a very sick and troubled greedy life!!! I agree that Jon is and should continue to do the one right thing by getting his kids off the camera's and hopefully force the situation into a REAL CHILDS LIFE, one these kids have not known! Horray for just that little parental protection Jon is trying to accomplish.

    October 18, 2009 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  69. Sherry Mccowan

    I watched this show for about 2 seasons. I found the abuse and mental manipulation Jon received from Kate disgusting. While she has never physically abused him {on camera anyway}, I have been the victim of emotional abuse. Let him out and go on his merry way. He deserves better for himself and his children. There are always three sides to to any situation, yours, mine, and the truth. I think Jon tried but just gave up because he seen that his life with Kate was always going to be just that Kate's life not his. I will say that his womanizing needs to stop and his focus should be the kids. They are only little for a while.

    October 18, 2009 at 6:14 am | Report abuse |
  70. Beth

    For those of us who are observant and have watched the show, Kate is the one who contradicts herself time and again. Just last week she played like she was devoted mom when it's all an ACT. She told the girls to go up to bed and she would be there to kiss them goodnight and tuck them in. The next day when everyone started school Kate went upstairs and was apalled by the mess and said, "this is why I never come up her." KATE LIES! When are you women going to realize that Kate's public relations machine works overtime to push her image. Don't you think it's interesting that she has never actually denied an affair with STEVE. She just says that thought is disgusting. Jon is no saint but I know it takes 2 to make a marriage and 2 to break a marriage. Both spouses need support, sex, and someone to watch their back not throw daggers in it like KATE did. Look at how Jon interacts with his kids. He's natural, not staged. He keeps them around the house doing normal things. And all 8 of them obviously adore him. Kate acts like she's a school marm of 1952 and keeps everything so rigid. I fear she will look back on all this and regret that she did not just hang around that big yard and be with her kids. As for TLC–I HAVE NO RESPECT LEFT FOR THAT NETWORK. WHAT"S NEXT? IS TLC GOING TO TRY TO TURN THE KIDS IN ARKANSAS INTO A MESS TOO?
    p.s. Remember Kate's own family hates her

    October 17, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Marie

    Mark Jay Heller is such a moron – no big surprise that he is representing Jon – but to say that TLC/Discovery wants to "Try this in the Court of Public Opinion" ? He's the idiot that said that in the Larry King interview to Kate's lawyer when he and Jon were trying to fly the "family values" line of baloney. Just like his answer to being questioned whether Jon hacked into Kate's email, bank accounts, etc., Heller answers, "He didn't ILLEGALLY..." Jon seriously needs to find a new "lawyer" – one who doesn't help Jon dig his hole deeper and deeper. They just throw whatever out there to see what sticks – what a group of idiots – Go Team Kate!!!

    October 17, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Britney...

    I am 100% with Kim.
    WE DONT CARE about what they do anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Its getting really annoying to get on any website and see there faces plastered on there.
    Seriously.

    October 17, 2009 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  73. BoycottDiscovery

    I've had it with Discovery Communications the parent company of TLC. Their handling of this situation when they knew full well how this family was falling apart is disgusting. For them to want to continue to film the children during this complete breakdown is disgusting. They knew Jon wanted out of the contract, nothing is a surprise to these folks. This is supposed to be a "learning" channel?!

    October 17, 2009 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  74. MS

    Boycott TLC. Doubt that Jon will be doing everything in his power to go back to that stupid network, Mary. You're small minded to believe that could ever happen. That will be like taking 3 steps back. He needs to move forward. You're going to have to find something else to watch, Mary.
    You go Jon! You get fired then get sued by the worst network on T.V.
    Every show on TLC is a piece of crap. You're better off. The Learning Channel my ass. More like "The Loser Channel" worst network on T.V.

    October 17, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  75. NYGirl

    I hope TLC pounds him into the dirt. All this talk about his career what career ? TLC was paying him 75 thousand a week this jerk will have to go and get a real job now. Some advice Jon get a lawyer that actually know what he is talking about because the one you have now is leading you down and out.

    October 17, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  76. JC

    I hope TLC takes Jon and his sleezy lawyer DOWN!!!! So sick of this poor excuse for a Man. He was so abused by his wife Kate that he just has to act out like an idiot. He didn't have legal representation to interpret the contract, so he should'd be held accountable. He is due money, just because. Please, Jon was FIRED from his jobs in the past, it has always been reported that Jon used the time he was supposed to be working on trying to get freebies for him and the kids. As he used the show and the kids until TLC said Jon was acting inappropriate and decided to go with Kate and the Kids. Then Jon wanted his kids off of TLC because they were abusing his kids. And I repeat off of TLC, because 2 days later he was letting E-Entertainment film the kids, oh sure that was not abusing his kids, right? Give me a break....feel sorry for Jon, are you kidding me? One word for Jon, LOSER!!!!!

    October 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Andrea

    I have been a big fan of watching the Jon & Kate plus 8 shows. I too have quite a few children, and can relate to household chaos. It is clear to me that Kate wasnt trying to be the BOSS of the house, but somebody had to take charge so she kept that house going...she did the cooking, cleaning, organizing, playing, etc. Jon, with his rolling eyes, could have taken charge, instead of making Kate do everything.

    Jon's actions are indicative of a senseless twit who has no vocabulary,no morals, and now it appears he is religiously torn. Half Jewish? Furthermore, his credibility is pretty much shattered after he told National viewers on whatever show he was on, that he didnt take $180,000. If that was so, the Judge would not have ordered him to pay it back. Who would take money from the person who pays the household bills and keeps your children safe?

    If people are really tired of hearing on the Jon & Kate Plus 8 drama, just stop listening to it. I too am wishing they would get passed it so we can continue to watch them.

    As far as the contract goes, ignorance is no defense, and that Heller character should know better than to use that line. Lmao, and he always brings up public opinion...funny! Jon and Heller man, quit using that card, its getting old. Come up with something really good, something powerful...google something at least. And hurry up and start paying Kate back all that money you DID take.

    Kate plus 8 supporter

    October 17, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  78. mary

    I can't believe that John would be dumb enough to cancel the show.
    Now he has to get a real job and pay child support for all 8 kids.
    Somebody is not giving him good advice.
    John you had a good thing going and you blew it.
    You should be trying everything in your power to get back on with TLC
    so you can make a living.

    October 17, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Suzn

    Can we please stop the presses on Jon and Kate? Enough already. Cancel the show and anything more to do with them. It's getting old and, quite frankly, the general public have had enough.

    October 17, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  80. Barb

    I cant believe that Kate has the nerve to go on The View and cry crocodie tears that she cant pay her bills because she has no money because Jon stole it give me a flippin break this woman is making over $70,000 an episode and she cant pay her bills give me a breake she followed her husband during a episodes for a reciept so she can go back to the store because he failed to use a coupon obviously she hold s the purse strings in that family. When the controversy targets her she is the firs to say I'm not a celebrity Im just a mom, give me a break I am a mom and I havent gotten any calls from Barbara Walters asking me to come hang on The View with her and I share her name. I am a nurse married to a Family Practice Physician we will never see that kind of $ not to mention the extensive debt for our education at least we contribute to society and the sight of this woman just makes me sick. Finally I have comment to a woman that called saying how negitively her child has been affected by Gosslin"s divorce my message to this woman is turn the TV off and be a parent if it is upsetting your child watch something else or better read together!

    October 17, 2009 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  81. Barb

    I am so sick of Jon getting the shaft! You are really taking the word of a woman who admitts to sleeping with her "boss" instead of taking care of the children so in escence she was destroying the family she was hired to care for? There might be a credability issue here? As far as TLC sueing Jon for breach of contract didn't they kick him off of the show? Is The View a TLC affiliate? Kate has been on all other types of shows but that is ok? As far as the split Kate is a real nasty person she was abusive on a regular basis to this man yet everyone was surprised when he cheated on her, what a shocker. I mean you could see this man falling in to a deep depression and Kate resp was he is not happy, but I have never been happier, so basically she could care less that her husband is miserable, She made him quit his job so she could go on a book tour and was reported to be gone for 50 weekends that year which is the year he cheated on her. I really dont think he stole from a joint acct. he prob. felt he was due $ truely there isnt enough $ to make up for 10yrs. of abuse he recd. from Kate!

    October 17, 2009 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  82. Lois

    TLC made millions upon millions on the backs of the Gosselins, He said he wanted out, they should have just let him out of this contract. No matter what "side" you are on in this train wreck, TLC stopped Jon from doing what he wanted to do. Cut him out, then said he was still under contract with them. TLC will now hurt the kids by taking Jons money from now on, and whatever damages this suit might cause. TLC greedy greedy greedy and vindictive. I am done with TLC.

    October 16, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  83. grammi

    Jon is better off without Kate and he was wise in protecting his children from the media and cameras. The whole situation is very sad and the children will untimately suffer. Sure, Jon did some immature things after the break-up, but he left an abusive situation and just kind of went nuts and then gathered his senses. I think the kids would be better off with Jon. Kate seems self-serving and a little reactionary. Jon seems sincere and sensitive.

    Poor kids.

    October 16, 2009 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  84. JUST ME

    Jon's Goose is cooked... He may be a fool and a skank but he is not uneducated.. He choose to enter into a contract with TLC in return for monatery compensation. Jon Gosseling could have at anytine contacted and employed an attorney is he felt that the contract was not in his best interest... This I was to dumb to call a lawyer thing is just more of poor pitty me I am dumb Jon and every one should feel sorry for me... I hope TLC sues him for Millions and that Kate can Get full Custody Of her 8 Children and then between TLC and Kate they can come up with something on a very limited basis ( specials ect) were she and the children can keep doing what they love and still live a more normal life... 4 or 5 specials a year would put her in a position to be able to provide for her kids... Slug Boy Jon is never going to be able to provide any kind of proper home for them so once again Kate will have to do it all alone... Sounds like were we came in in the first place.
    This Man will never grow up, but that is his choice... no one took advantage of him...

    October 16, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Toshia

    Jon is such a tool and his lawyer is not much better. I hope TLC wins this lawsuit if for no other reason then to knock Jon and his lawyer off their high horse!

    October 16, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Kim

    Really, everyone is sick of these people!!! Both Jon & Kate are tools.

    October 16, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Rhonda

    Give me a break!! Jon Gosselin was the one who decided to use the media as his own personal sounding board in everything that's happened with the family since June. Just wait until he has to actually pay child support, then you'll really hear some crying and claiming 'financial hardship'. If having over $200K in your chequing account is a 'financial hardship' then I'll volunteer to take that over for him.

    And if his attorney had anything to do with him appearing on that show with the panel that included Nancy Grace, he needs to be looking for a new attorney. What idiot would put himself in that position and expect to end up looking good. I thought Nancy was going to make him cry at one point.

    I think it's a good idea to cancel the show, if they want to sue John, fine. The show has been nothing but incredibly sad since June and they need to just disappear out of the media and try and repair their family. If they are dillusional in thinking their kids don't know what's going on, they need more than family counselling.

    My heart breaks for Kate as you can tell that she is completely at a loss for what has happened to the person she thought she married. I would even go as far as asking the court to order a psych exam on Jon as he has totally lost it. I just hope this whole Gosselin circus ends very soon and Kate moves on and finds happiness elsewhere.

    October 16, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Traci

    What a douch bag!

    Kate doesnt realize it now but this divorce is a BLESSING!

    October 16, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  89. LBW

    TLC and Discovery have a legal department and I am sure they are well aware of the child labor laws of that state. How is Jon protecting his family when he makes statements that he is in love with a woman ten years younger than he is and that he despises the mother of his children? TLC did not like this and his other questionable behavior and they terminated him. I am sure this was in the fine print when he signed the paper. As for Jon not having legal representation when he signed, well ignorance of the law is not acceptable.

    October 16, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  90. James

    It would seem that if TLC is wanting to file a lawsuit against Jon, for his actions on being on other TV. Shows and or Media that is not apart of TLC.. Then they would also be in a position and were it would only be fair to also Sue Kate, since she also has been on a lot of TV shows talking about the show and what have you on the Media...
    TLC it seems just destroys Family's in the process for there ratings..
    If you like back and look close to the other shows like Orange County Choppers, TLC at first helped there business to grow, but while that was happening it slowly caused there family to self destruct. And Senior started to hire people that though more about the show than the actaully family... and then Senior was no longer thinking about his kids, but instead just thinking about what these people was telling him, to do things best for the show and or shop. But if you don't put family first it all goes down the tubes... and before they knew it, it was all falling apart... But for TLC the fighting and drama makes for good ratings.. So They want conflict and Drama for the Ratings and don't care about the people... IT's all about TLC and there Ratings... and not about the people, they could care less about what happens to them. they just want to show the Drama on TV. And When Jon or Kate takes the Drama to another TV. show, all that TLC sees is a lost of money and Ratings for them. Instead if TLC really cared about the people. Then instead of trying to file a law suit, they should be trying to help instead... So instead of TLC paying money for Lawyers to Sue Jon, why not use that money to pay for Dr. Phill to meet with Jon and Kate and try to work things out, or if that would not work. Atleast have TLC pay for counseling for the Kids, since they are the ones that are dealing with the Divorce and also for the kids it is a sudden lost of all those people that was around them all the time that worked for TLC. so the Kids are dealing with alot more. So TLC instead of just thinkging about your Ratings and wanting to Sue. Why don't you instead pay for some help for them and the kids... and when and if you get Dr. Phill or someone like that, Don;t do it on your TV show though. They need some private help.. and yeah it won't do anything for your Ratings with it not being on TV. But it is a good thing to do. The right thing to do.

    October 16, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  91. kp

    I hope that TLC sues the pants off of Jon's sorry ass. He is a pathetic excuse of a man. I don't care if Kate is the Devil's sister; he should have displayed better behavior on behalf of his own self respect and the love and respect of his young children. I don't believe that a person who has experience in IT can plead temporary ignorance. He is smart enough to have read that contract..........................................or is he? Humm.

    October 16, 2009 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |

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