Jon Gosselin is dropping nuclear publicity bombs all over Kate today. According to TMZ, he’s been actively trying to shut down the show for months for the sake of the kids while TLC and Kate want to keep them in front of the cameras. But, however, Jon’s also been haggling with getting out of his contract to pursue other projects:
Sources on both sides tell us Jon Gosselin has been asking for his exit papers from the show for several months. Production sources say they were willing to continue giving Jon a full paycheck and not put him on the show, but there was one string attached — that he couldn’t do any other show without the permission of TLC. BTW, that’s a standard condition in TV-land.
Production sources say Jon’s lawyer was demanding that TLC let Jon do any show he wanted but TLC wouldn’t budge. Production sources say Jon’s lawyer then threatened to shut down production by claiming the show wasn’t good for the kids, and that’s just what happened.
But sources connected with Jon tell us Jon had been complaining for months about his kids being on the show and that the kids themselves were complaining. These sources say Jon was blindsided when TLC released a statement that the show would be called “Kate Plus 8″ and that the result would be that the kids would have to be on camera a lot more.
Okay, so Jon’s simply looking out for his kids and, admittedly, his love of wearing Ed Hardy clothes to pick up borderline cat-women. Meanwhile Kate just wants to suck on the teat of fame and force her children to essentially work in a sweatshop for mommy. Glad that’s cleared up.