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Jon Gosselin tries to stop 'Kate Plus Eight'; production temporarily suspended [Updated]

[Updated at 12:10 p.m: Kate Gosselin released a statement through TLC, saying she was "saddened and confused" by her husband's assertions.

"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," she said. "I check in regularly with each of the kids to be sure they want to participate in and continue with the show and will continue to do so. 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. It appears that Jon's priority is Jon and his interests.  My priority remains our children and their well being."] 

The battle between reality show stars Jon and Kate Gosselin ratcheted up another notch today with the news that an attorney for Jon Gosselin sent TLC a cease-and-desist letter ordering the cable network to stop production on the popular docudrama about their eight children.

Earlier this week, TLC announced that the “Jon & Kate Plus Eight” series was being renamed simply “Kate Plus Eight” to accommodate the couple’s recent split. The revamped program, set to debut Nov. 2, would focus largely on Kate Gosselin’s role as a single mother. The network said that it was continuing its exclusive relationship with Jon Gosselin, who would appear on the show occasionally.

But Jon Gosselin apparently isn’t on board with that plan. His lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, told “Entertainment Tonight” that the show turned his family into “a train wreck.”

“Jon Gosselin unequivocally believes that his children's continued participation in your client's television production is detrimental to his children,” Heller wrote to TLC in a letter obtained by “ET.” “Accordingly, Jon expects that your client will cease and desist from any and all further production which includes his eight children."

In a second letter, Heller told the network that any crews who enter the family’s Pennsylvania home will be considered trespassers. A sign hung today on the gates of the estate read “Notice: No film crew or production staff from TLC is permitted on this property under penelty [sic] of trespass.”

Heller told “ET” that TLC has not fairly compensated the children for their participation in the 4-year-old program and failed to secure the necessary state permits to film them, potentially rendering the original production agreement with the family void.

TLC denied Gosselin's claims, saying he was on board with the show. But the network temporarily suspended filming of the children in order to discuss the situation with both parents.

"We are aware of Jon Gosselin's recent statements and remain deeply disappointed at his continued erratic behavior," the network said in a statement released this morning. "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." 

In an interview with gossip blogger Perez Hilton, Gosselin’s manager, Mike Heller, denied that he was posturing for a bigger payment from the network:

Jon Gosselin is the new David and TLC is the new Goliath. Jon is empowered by his new attorney, Mark Jay Heller, to take back control of his family. Even if it means the revenue stream will be cut off. Jon's priority is family not money. THIS IS NOT A NEGOTIATION TACTIC TO get more money from TLC.

We are completely cutting ties with TLC. This is something that he has been trying to do for a while now.

-- Matea Gold

Comments () | Archives (42)

Whoa! There are two parents of 8 kids who are now both single parents. If you listened to Jon's comments at the end of the season before the "split" he expressed concerns. Media needs to respect family needs come before revenue. I was once a single mom and worked to two jobs to take care of my family. Hello! Kate and Jon both get jobs without involving the media frenzy and subjecting their children to the unnecessary drama. Be adults and let the kids be kids!

Yes, TLC forced the Gosselin's to do a television show and exploit their children.

GREAT JOB, JON. Last night I was watching the old Jon and Kate when she went in for the tummy tuck. My gosh, they were happy. I feel it all got to their heads. Maybe, not intentionally but they have both changed visually and their attitudes towards each other. Kate, you did verbally abuse Jon and degrade him as a person, clearly visible in all the Jon and Kate plus eight interviews. I feel everyone has forgot this due to everything being centered around yes, Jon's erratic behavior. Jon should also be ashamed with his Playboy behavior being he is a mid-thirty year old father to eight gorgeous kids. Come on, go to therapy. WORK IT OUT. You both are bautiful parents, great people and no person is perfect. We all do things we later regret. I think Jon was acting out purposely, seeking attention and trying to hurt Kate because he felt rejected and hurt. In the old episodes Jon was able to speak in the interviews and now Kate does all the talking and shuts him up or degrades him if he practically opened his mouth. Stop the controlling and erratic behaviors. Do it for your beautiful angels. Find that co-parenting and love for one another. TLC should offer a vacation getaway for Jon and Kate alone and film this as the couple seeks PEACE, HARMONY and trial to rekindle their once romantic sides. It would be nice to see this help from TLC versus seeking profits from a broken marriage. THE NETWORK SHOULD PRIDE themself in offering help to the couple. The strain on their marriage is the workload of raising their 8 kids in the midst of having filming crews constantly in their faces. Poor family. God Bless these People. This reminds me of the Tom Hanks movie where he was filmed on the island as a baby. He grew up in such rage when he discovered everyone lied to him and profited on his filming. What was it called? Just Sad.

Does anyone really care about these idiots?

WAY TO GO JON!!! Get out of your contract, and give your children a NORMAL life. I'm praying for you.

Well, I smell a breach of contract. Where is Jon going to come up with the funds for a law suit? He feels "empowered" by his ne attorney, Heller is crazy if he is working on a contingency basis, and Jon has screwed himself out of making any kind of "clean" money. I guess Kate will take the kids to a park to do filming. Jon, you screwed up, you have a contract, and because of your selfish actions, you are putting the screws to your family. You are rapidly decending the totem pole of partnership, father hood, and life in general. When are you going to be a man?

Can anyone say "baby rattle"?
I think Jon needs one. Interesting how just last week, he was taping an episode...and now that his name is going to be removed, lo and behold, TLC is breaking numerous state laws. I think he needs to go and have his diaper changed.

I hate to say it, even though Kate was a bit rough on him, she is looking better and better in all this.

Oh, please. All of his complaints about the series, particularly with respect to its detrimental effect on the children, have been true from day one, yet he's only raising them now that he would no longer be a series regular.

uh, did anybody else notice that this so-called lawyer (or whoever else wrote that stupid sign) CAN'T SPELL!!!!???

"We are aware of Jon Gosselin's recent statements and remain deeply disappointed at his continued erratic behavior," the network said in a statement released this morning.

But the network is OK with Kate's erratic behavior?

Jon Gosselin complained that he wanted to be free of the show in numerous magazine articles, rid of thecamera, and words of that nature...they get rid of him (the best thing that TLC could have done) and now he is crying.

Careful Jon, people don't think you are as hot as you believe yourself to be. In no time flat you will destroy the only source of income that your family has- all because of your behavior and inability to shut your mouth. Tick tick tick, your 15 minutes are just about up.

What a selfish and inconsiderate man! No wonder Kate divorced him. I can;t stand him either.

If it weren't illegal it would be easier to shoot that clown, the show did not mess up his life. The fool messed up his life by trying to screw his way around the world with any bimbo he could find and take home to his wife and kids. I cannot stand that clown. Keep him off the air permanently.

I agree with M West and I have absolutely no doubt that a court will agree too if it goes that far. It would likely be the fastest hollyweird court case ever to happen as the judge slams Jon, Kate, and TLC for the distaste of the show and likely heavily fines TLC even.

Jon is a sore loser. If he cared for his children he would not flaunt women and say his life is just beginning. He could careless about the filming. It is just Kate still has a job and he to find one. Him and Micheal Lohan will make a perfect couple. Jon...Micheal drove his daughter away..

Oh please people, don't deride the network for trying to make money after all its the capitalist way. Kate n Jon or Jon n Kate knew what they were getting into when they signed up or pitched the idea to the network if their lives are a wreck than that's what they get they signed up for it I don't recall either of them saying someone forced them to do it. As for the children yes its too bad, but you know its also too bad for all those kids of addicts, criminals and the insane. Feel bad for them not for these people.

Anyone that has to deal with that woman (Kate) for any period of time would exhibit ERRATIC behavior (just wait for the series Kate plus 8 in treatment). Typical matriarchal society comments below, kill the man for finally saying no more. Let the woman do as she pleases. Well yeah he ultimately made the final decision on infidelity, but looking at the alternative no one should cast blame his way.

Losers, both of them.

Please get a life need the money?
plenty of people raise eight kids.
Your as normal as any other family...

Jon is a idiot I can not stand him he is playing the victim. Yes Kate was mean to him but that show is the reason they have that nice big house they live in and that is suppose to be for the children How are they going to pay for that now? He wanted to be off that show he got what he wanted now let your kids have the life that you made for them don't be selfish and take that away from them now.

So Jon doesn't want a TV show that is basically about how bad life is without him?

A show that will probably run him down, week in and week out...a show that will basically run down the father of the children involved?

Man, what a jerk.

PS I'm being sarcastic, I can't believe TLC is pushing this hard to exploit a divorce so badly...a network full of D-bags.

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