Father of the Year is fading fast for Jon Gosselin. In yet another douchebag move, the dad-of-eight has reportedly used his offspring in a contract dispute with TLC.
Gosselin wanted his eight kids removed from Jon & Kate Plus 8 – he said it was because he was concerned for their well-being since he and estranged wife Kate were splitting.
However, TLC has filed a lawsuit against Jon for not living up to his contract with the network. They claim Jon’s only motive for wanting the kids removed was because he wasn’t rewarded with the demands he had made.
The suit says Jon’s attorney contacted them the same day they announced they would re-launch the show in November as Kate Plus 8 and focus it on Kate‘s life as a single mom. The suit says TLC only made the announcement after an unsuccessful attempt to discuss the matter with Jon.
“(Jon) Gosselin’s counsel stated that if this release was not forthcoming within one hour’s time, defendant Gosselin would reverse his often repeated public comments to the contrary and publicly object to further filming of the program on the ground that it is purportedly detrimental to his children,” the suit alleges. “When (TLC) declined to provide the release, Defendant Gosselin followed through on his threat and thereafter notified TLC that he would attempt to bar TLC’s further access to the family property and further filming of his children.”
Mark Heller, Jon’s attorney, calls the allegations “weak, feeble and baseless” and says the contract violated Jon’s First Amendment rights. “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 an opportunity to earn a livelihood to support his family,” he says.
Will this Jon and Kate saga ever end? And are those sweet kids going to pay the price? Probably.