TLC Files Breach of Contract Suit Against Jon

Just when we thought that TLC might just show a shred of decency, they go and do something like this.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Maryland, alleges that Gosselin hasn't met the obligations of his contract as an exclusive employee, has appeared on other programs for pay and made unauthorized disclosures about the show.


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Why no lawsuit against Kate? She's been on about 1000% more programs than Jon. I don't think any of us are going to believe she didn't get paid for all those Larry King or The View appearances. The reality of this lawsuit boils down to one thing. Jon spoke out and is telling the dirty little secrets TLC doesn't want the public to know, or rather, making "unauthorized disclosures."

Hopefully the other families on TLC are paying close attention to this debacle and remember it when it comes time to renew their own shows.

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orange kitty said...

wow....will it ever end?

Sasha222 said...

Like I said in another post. TLC is digging themselves another hole with this one in proving they could care less about those children. Cleaning Jon out is basically taking money from those kids since Jon's money also supports those children. What do they think they are going to do? Bankrupt Jon so he has no choice but to allow those children to be money makers again? They clean him out, then back Kate on cleaning him out until he is left with nothing and backed into a corner.
I said this in another post but there is definitely a hot little spot in hell reserved for greedy people who hurt children. TLC please move on already, because America already is.

momtotwins2 said...

TLC is out of control. Is this their way to bully him into letting Kate Plus 8 happen? YES it is! They really are unbelievable.

Not to worry, though, in a few days we will see how Kate will be named in a lawsuit for the same reason. Although I believe the media won't play it up since they are so anti-Jon lately.

What a shame this is. TLC and Kate are a perfect team - they have no morals whatsoever.

I done with all this. I just wish they would finalize the divorce, get jobs and move on. Wishful thinking.

Can I ask: Does anyone have a list of what shows Khate has been on and what shows Jon has been on. She has definately outdone him. So what is their point?

INFURIATING

And The Beat Goes On said...

Larry King and The View do not pay guests. Kate was paid for all those talks she gave. Did the money go to TLC?

Jon has really created his own problems. He obviously did not seek out sound advice.

Texas Lawyer said...

I just saw this story on the Houston Chronicle's web site. My first reaction was the same as the poster's: why not sue Kate as well? If this isn't clear evidence that TLC has been behind all of Kate Gosselin's nonsense I don't know what is. John's lawyer needs to demand a jury trial. I think it would be really fun to depose Kate and the TLC executives and to cross examine them at trial.

Peggy mason said...

TLC, I have absolutely HAD it with you!!!! I will never watch this channel again and neither will any of my 4 sisters and brother. I will get the word out to everyone I can. My kids and I are going to make flyers to hand out at the school-- we must take every stand we can against K-9 + 8!! The madness has to stop! How dare a tv station try to stand between the word of a Father and HIS OWN children! I am so angry I could just throw something. The fact that K-9 would let this happen shows what a worthless mother and wife she really is. Despite anything that's happened betwixt her and Jon, they are STILL his kids! That should matter more than anything else!

SAHM said...

This is crap and has me totally up in arms.... What about all the interviews Kate has given. You can't sit there and tell me that the "exclusivity" part in the contract ONLY applied to Jon.... thats BULLSH!T

I WILL NEVER WATCH TLC AGAIN!! I not only am done watching J&K plus 8 - but i am done w/ the whole network!!! DONE!! Jon has made some mistakes and yes he may be out to get Kate but i think TLC has crossed the line w/ suing him.

LovingMom said...

Two words:

GO AWAY!!!!

How long is this travesty going to go on? As far as I'm concerned The Lying Channel is absolutely, 100% finished.

As for the Gosselins, let them HAMMER out their differences far away from the public spotlight.

JFS in IL said...

I stand by an earlier statement - no matter how much $$$ either Gosselin "adult" has squirreled away, the lawyers will get it all in the end.

BOYCOTT TLC said...

i have had enough of tlc. jon needs to hire the worst bad ass atty he can find, hell, hire a team of them.
clean tlc's clock. charge them with violating child labor laws.
sue them for slander.
sue them for alienation of affection (which is ENTIRELY plausible).
sue THEM for breach of contract.

this is going to get worse before it gets better.
they are trying to squeeze jon financially, to hopefully force him into letting the kids resume filming.

Jon, you were man enough to leave an abusive relationship.
you have to stay strong and let those kids have their freedom.

i will no longer watch anything tlc puts on the air. i will not knowingly purchase items from their sponsors.
this is the only way to hurt tlc.

what in the hell is wrong with this country! IT JUST MAKES ME SO DAMN MAD!

Sasha222 said...

As long as their are people stupid enough to watch TLC they will keep on thriving. Honestly, the last time I watched TLC was to watch LA INK because I'm a big tattoo enthusiast. And I was totally baffled and annoyed with how staged THAT whole show had become. It was painfully obvious that the story lines were set up and the artists were totally reading lines (they aren't actors so it was very obvious). Then of course I came in contact with Toddlers and Tiaras and I haven't turned to that channel ever since. They used to be a good channel, but maybe they should change their name. I am learning nothing from scripted reality about cakes, multiples, wedding dresses, and pageants.

Andrea Murdock said...

Sickening, appalling, ludicrous, just to name a few. How dare Kate allow this to happen. How dare she throw the father of her children under the bus and not only run him over but kill him in the process? To gain what? To eat up what little is left of the children’s childhood. Shame on Kate, shame on TLC. I hope Jon files a counterclaim against TLC and sues them for destroying his children’s life. Yes, he is partly to blame but so is Kate and TLC. They have just CROSSED that line and there is no going back.

Advice said...

TLC is so full of crap. If this is truly a "documentary" then why do they have a "moral" clauses in the contract? If they are filming "real life" then Jon should be able to whatever he wants and they can continue to film their "documentary".

It's clear the show is NOT a documentary and everything is setup and/or scripted. Which means Jon is correct that they should have filming permits. Which TLC did not do. TLC has lead viewers by the nose into believing this is some sort of reality which it is not. The kids may not be actors, but they are being paid to ACT.

Now TLC is suing for breach of contract, so what is their goal to get the kids back on the air by means of a judge? As Jon said, no judge in America will force kids to work.

MommaNikki said...

I am by NO means a Khate fan but I think that TLC is calling Jon's bluff. I do think that the show is over, it has become extremely boring BUT Jon only began to "care" about their exploitation after the name of the show was changed and what other thought of him was at stake....he tried to play hard ball with the big dogs and TLC called his bluff. They are a huge corporation with unlimited funds, and they will do whatever it takes to get their way, no matter how wrong it is....but all I can say it that he started it....be careful what you ask for. It really is time for it ALL to go away....

I am an avid reader of the blog (my first time posting) and I love to see all comments AND what I love most is that everyone is respectful of others opinions!

Again, my comment is only my opinion.
thanks!

Stacie said...

Larry King and The View do not pay guests.


When Kate appeared on The View a few weeks ago, she wasn't a 'guest', she was a 'guest HOST'. Therefore she would have gotten paid at least scale salary, but probably more.

ToTheMoonAlice said...

Posted this on another page, but it belongs here...

Re: TLC suing Jon...un-frickin'-believable! TLC (Totally Low Class!) is in a class by itself..."We make up the rules as we go along so we can keep getting publicity (and therefore $$$) out of the Gosselins...We own 'em, and we're gonna get every last dime we can!" Sheesh...

season 5 said...

Don't give up yet...someone like a Minor Consideration or even Jon could come back at TLC with all kinds of violations about child labor laws.

The more TLC talks, the more they are revealing J&K plus 8 is not, and never was, a documentary.

They are absolutely in violation of
......something. Calling all lawyers.

Not a good PR move by TLC, but guess they don't care.

savethose8 said...

I AM DONE WITH TLC!!! That channel is out of my house forever now.

I wouldn't be surprised if kHate worked hard to convince TLC to do this. You have to understand the rage of a narcissist (and I do, because sadly, my sister is one). When they are angry it is not enough for them to attack you; they relentlessly manipulate others until EVERYONE is attacking you. It is not enough to see you hurt; they won't stop until they see you completely destroyed.

Jon and the children need our prayers.

sick of it said...

Jon’s lawyer contacted TLC the day the network recast the show as “Kate Plus 8? and demanded that they release him from the “exclusivity” provision of the contract despite the fact that Jon was still drawing his full salary.

TMZ reports the suit claims Jon’s laywer gave an ultimatum to either release his client from the exclusivity clause within one hour, or Jon would block the filming of the TLC show on grounds it was “detrimental to his children.”

TLC probably doesn't like to be blackmailed.

I swear that Jon could eat a kitten sandwich for lunch today and some people would still be defending him.

He sucks, Kate sucks, TLC sucks and Entertainment Tonight sucks for enabling him.

Marie said...

This is an attempt by TLC to manipulate Jon into letting them film the children again. I just hope he doesn't cave and that this backfires against TLC.

Kelly34 said...

Its really very simple. Kate's appearance were most likely pre-approved, and she didn't criticize TLC or accuse them of exploiting her kids. I'm sure Jon's contract probably lays out very clearly what he can and can't do, and he should have read his contract and not been stupid.

Personally, I'm on TLC's side here. TLC paid for everything for the Gosselin family for years, including the money that Jon is currently using to live a very rich lifestyle. Jon bit the hand that fed him, and now its biting back. I hope TLC bankrupts both of them. You don't make millions of dollars off someone like Jon did off TLC, and then go and stab them in the back while continuing to take your paycheck.

Rissa Anne said...

i will no longer watch anything tlc puts on the air. i will not knowingly purchase items from their sponsors.
this is the only way to hurt tlc.

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Agreed. TLC is the scum of the earth to me and Kate is their sloppy seconds.

preppink1 said...

Question: How much money has Kate made from her books? Also, is Jon entitled to any of her profits? Regardless, it looks like both Jon and Kate are going to be spending ALOT of MONEY on attorney fees!!

Christian_N_Daniel_Mommy said...

I've watched TLC become this sick monster of a network. First it was like a spin-off of The Discovery Channel where things like watching animals do it was entertainment.

Now... I don't know WHAT they are. They're like a circus/freak show attraction. The only reason people watch is out of morbid curiosity. Give me a break! With show titles like "I didn't know I was pregnant", "Little People, Big World", "What NOT to Wear", "Table for 12", "Eighteen kids and counting"... are they serious? Oh and my favorite "Toddlers in Tiaras" ... TLC has become nothing more than an exploitation factory documenting the lives of people we're told growing up should be treated as equals. They come up with horrible names like "Spider People" when they talk about conjoined twins... that's nice... or what about "Mermaid girl" that poor 10 year old little girl. I haven't watched the documentary but I'm so glad that TLC decided to join the ranks of other 10 year olds she undoubtedly comes in contact with that probably call her by the same name. Way to smash a fragile little girls self-image.

TLC, I hope you STRUGGLE to find shows, I PRAY that everyone sees your network for what it truly is - a mean kid on the playground bullying poor, often times innocent people that just think they're appearing in documentaries but then get dragged in because hell, who doesn't like the idea of being on t.v.??
TLC should be ashamed of themselves. I don't care HOW much I love A Baby Story or I didn't know I was pregnant... this network has officially been boycotted from my t.v. watching list. I Hope everyone else follows suit.

jk said...

this. is. disgusting.

it will never end, and they have completely destroyed the children. and by they, i mean jon kate, AND TLC.

i think to bring this whole thing full-circle, TLC ought to revisit the Gosselin kids in about 15 years and do a special called "Surviving Jon amd Kate" as a follow-up to the originial "Surviving Twins and Sextuplets." now THAT would be a learning experience.

StarrC said...

MommaNikki said...
I am by NO means a Khate fan but I think that TLC is calling Jon's bluff. I do think that the show is over, it has become extremely boring BUT Jon only began to "care" about their exploitation after the name of the show was changed and what other thought of him was at stake....he tried to play hard ball with the big dogs and TLC called his bluff.

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I agree with you. I'm not a fan of TLC, but I think they've reach the last straw with Jon. He seems really off the rails and each interview he gives gets worse.
I wish he would move back to PA, get a job, and stop talking to the media. Every time he opens his mouth, he sullies his image even more and digs the hole just a little deeper.

Tami said...

I hope everyone is writing many, many letters to TLC!!

ToTheMoonAlice said...

Earlier in the week, someone asked what we at GWOP would have to talk about now that the show was kaput...Never fear, GWOPers! TLC will keep us busy for the foreseeable future with their high-class behavior...

MomOf4InPA said...

This just convinces me that TLC is funding Kate's divorce...all her legal expenses most likely. How is Jon going on TV shows that pay him and different from Kate's speaking tours where she got paid? Why is Jon in breach of contract and Kate is not?

I will tell you why. Kate is their "golden child", and for the life of me I can not understand why. TLC is using this to force Jon into a position where he no longer will be considered "the father" of the poor little 8. I can see it now. TLC has been feverishly working behind the scenes to rework a contract with just Kate, that does not have the clause in it that says either parent can pull filming if they deem it harmful to the kids. They will totally bypass Jon, and the kids will be exploited once again.

These kids really need a guardium ad litem to protect their interests where TLC is concerned, because Kate could care less about her little props. Its all for the money for her to spend. And don't forget...the return of Steve. TLC is out to destroy Jon, so that Kate will end up having sole legal custody of the kids, and that will let her sign them to any contract she wants.

I think that the kids, now more than ever, need our prayers. TLC has become totally evil at this point.

MomOf4InPA said...

Another rambling thought....

Can we file a class action suit against TLC for fraud to its viewers? For portraying the "reality" of a family it is actively destroying? Does the opening still say something about "its a crazy life but its OUR life"? TLC has made it its life by its choice to sue Jon?

Frannie said...

sick of it said... TMZ reports the suit claims Jon’s laywer gave an ultimatum to either release his client from the exclusivity clause within one hour, or Jon would block the filming of the TLC show on grounds it was “detrimental to his children.”

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I've always been suspect of Jon's timing - after months of saying the kids were fine, he only stood up for those poor kids after TLC cut him off.
This whole thing is such a mess.
I can't wait for the show to end and the Gosselins to fade back into obscurity.

rural mom said...

TLC appears to have engineered this break up with Jon from day one. The lawsuit is all about the network controlling this family right down to their image, marketing and ability to profit off their notoriety. Jon should countersue that he is not a trained actor and can not be expected to perform as such, following a script, sticking to the story.. that it is immoral of TLC to have him pretend to be married, renew his vows and be living at home when Kate has kicked him out to the garage apartment.
And Kate, shame on you for not sticking by the father of your children, siding with a network that is offering you your own show, is there anyone you won't sell out?

ErinKate said...

I think Kate is being taken care of because TLC has other plans for shows for her. I think Jon is the only one who will lose out here, not the kids. Kate will provide for them with her new income.

Has anyone noticed if the View is discussing this in their hot topic section? They seemed to be so worried a few weeks ago. What happened? No favors for Kate and her benefector?

Kate has sold her soul for stardom. I wonder what the churches think of her now?

Pa Mom Knows said...

"You don't make millions of dollars off someone like Jon did off TLC, and then go and stab them in the back while continuing to take your paycheck."

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What about the $186 million that TLC made from exploiting the children?

BOYCOTT TLC said...

Texas Lawyer said...

I just saw this story on the Houston Chronicle's web site. My first reaction was the same as the poster's: why not sue Kate as well? If this isn't clear evidence that TLC has been behind all of Kate Gosselin's nonsense I don't know what is. John's lawyer needs to demand a jury trial. I think it would be really fun to depose Kate and the TLC executives and to cross examine them at trial.

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hey, tx lawyer, give jon a call.
we like TEXAS JUSTICE.

BL said...

We have to remember that anyone, any entity, can bring suit against anyone else. There doesn't really have to be any merit. A civil suit would have to prove damages; that TLC lost money because of something Jon did. This is a civil suit. People don't go to jail for breaking a contract such as this.

TLC may cause its own downfall with moves like this. More and more people are calling it the lying channel already. Not too bright to bring themselves back into a very nasty situation that they helped create.

Anonymous said...

Have read your blog, but never commented before. I was so horrified to hear about this lawsuit that I wrote the following e-mail to all contacts I could find at Discovery.

Dear Discovery,

I have never written to a network regarding any program until now.

The Discovery network has paid for the soul of the Gosselin family and
now wants their money back?

This family is going through enough, which I believe has alot to do with allowing Discovery into their lives, and this network is going to try and suck any remaining stability out of them is beyond belief.

Our family ( we have 8 children, many are teens or in their twenties )is now in the process of e-mailing all our friends, church members,other family members and spreading the word through the schools and places of work to boycott ALL Discovery shows. We have prepared and are handing out the lists of all your channels.

Obviously your network does not have the moral / ethical values as
we do, so we and hopefully everyone we talk to and they talk to will turn you off.

Very Sincerely,

Tammi (Another mom of 8)

Suzi said...

I think there's no way TLC would have filed this suit without the cooperation of Kate. There is simply too much evidence and testimony that they will need her to provide.

So now I'm wondering, is there something tangible we should be doing about this? If there was ever a time it was clear the children are the last concern or TLC and Kate, it's right now.

PutASockInIt said...

See you in hell Kate & TLC. Kate, you sold your children to the devil and now are making sure that the FATHER OF YOUR CHILDREN is penniless. Way to go, you selfish bi**h.

Pa Mom Knows said...

"I hope Jon files a counterclaim against TLC and sues them for destroying his children’s life."

I think that this will be forthcoming in the not too distant future!

aimee said...

I think the reason Kate, darling of TLC, is not in the hot seat for her appearances is that she cleared all her "shows, talks, etc" w/TLC and she furthered the TLC cause (defending the show, hating Jon).
Jon, on the other hand, is a loose cannon! TLC can't control him so they sue him.

I'm not defending anyone in the "triangle of love" (jon and kate + tlc), just fascinated.

Vanessa said...

It's more ammo for bashing Jon, their reason for suing is to show that JON gave them an ultimatum, either you let me out of the contract or I pull the kids off the show. Apparently Jon's lawyers gave TLC an hour to respond. This is becoming the Twilight Zone. No matter what, TLC has the $ to grind him into the ground.

BLover said...

I am now, because of this latest move on the part of TLC, blocking that channel all together. I never want, even accidentally or momentarily, anyone in my household to be counted as a viewer.

Like most of you, I sort of enjoyed TLC when it first started out. I enjoyed LPBW and cheered for Amy and Matt as they seemed to overcome all obstacles. Now this is a freak show, come pay your money and watch us, TLC, ruin families for fun and profit.

I'm out of it. Never again will I watch this channel and I will use what influence I have with other people to convince them to turn it off, too.

Pa Mom Knows said...

"The more TLC talks, the more they are revealing J&K plus 8 is not, and never was, a documentary."

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Absolutely. It's going to come back to haunt them. I wonder if they really thought this through! The discovery process indeed is going to be interesting, especially when Jon files a countersuit.

Janine said...

Disgusting!
Done!

TLC is useless. Isn't there some kind of way for the public to make them stop... in addition to not watching their programming?

K8 should be sued too if they go forward with this. I believe the contract, no matter what it says is probably null and void.
This network is shameless... working with K8 to undermine the father of her children.

Is there a current list of sponsors?
I have said it before, but I am NOT spending any time or money helping this cause...
Jon and the kids have my prayers.

etownmom2 said...

The lawsuit, filed Friday in Maryland, alleges that Gosselin hasn't met the obligations of his contract as an exclusive employee, has appeared on other programs for pay and made unauthorized disclosures about the show.

hmmmmmm --- Jon and Kate are exclusive "employees" of the show yet the children (the Plus Eight Part) are only having their lives documented ---- Pennsylvania Department of Labor ----- Attorney General of the State of Pennsylvania ---- AGAIN, WHERE ARE YOU????

emmasmommy said...

I am livid on the gulls these idiots (TLSC) are doing.

First of all JON is you are reading this. Report Kate and TLC to CPS. You have sooo much footage and testimony as a concerned parent that the children well being is not being met since emotionally and psychologically they are scarred. Once you get CPS attention TLC will back the &*((&&&& off.
You have to admit your role as you have already but atleast CPS will assigned the children an attorney.
The process will be lingered that TLC will back off and no longer want to waste their money and little if not any reputation.

I can say I was once a loyal viewer but I go so sick of the show I opted to cancel my cable altogether. Yea! that is how sick I am of TLC.

Shame on Kate for allowing the father of her children be belittled that way. Those kids are screwed already because of her. Just look how DEPRESSED the twins look and express themselves ON NATIONAL TV.

JON!!!!!!CALL THEM OUT!!!!!IN COURT!!!!!!!!!

Kate reality is coming to an end and her pact with the devil is coming to claim his prize.

Kelly34 said...

"What about the $186 million that TLC made from exploiting the children?"

Jon and Kate fully participated and profited from the exploitation of their kids. Jon himself allowed his son to be filmed in the back of a van while Jon relieved the child's constipation. That alone is child abuse. Jon said over and over that the filming had no negative effect on the children. And Jon's new girlfriend is driving around in a car paid for with money that should be in his children's college fund.

TLC could never have filmed those kids or even said their names on television without the full consent of both parents. Jon quit his job and allowed his children to fuel his income. He made choices, and he should abide by all the rules of the contract he signed, not just the rules that he makes a profit from.

Its doubtful that TLC could successfully sue Jon for simply wanting the show cancelled. They CAN and SHOULD sue him for repeatedly badmouthing people he was allowing to pay him less than 2weeks before he claimed it was all so harmful.

Diane said...

Kelly34 said:
"I hope TLC bankrupts both of them. You don't make millions of dollars off someone like Jon did off TLC, and then go and stab them in the back while continuing to take your paycheck."
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Do you really hope that Kelly34? People spend so much time hating Kate or Jon. What about the kids? If their father is bankrupted, how do you think that will affect them? Also, you say that you don't make millions off of someone and then stab them in the back like Jon did. The same could be said about TLC. They've made millions off of the Gosselin family. They've used and abused this family from the start. They took advantage of a young family in a very unique situation dangling lots of money and freebies in front of them to get them to tow the line. I doubt many would have turned down that opportunity. However, when it started negatively affecting the marriage and kids, TLC could have stepped aside to let the family heal. That would have affected their bottom line so they didn't do that. Neither parent is innocent in this whole disaster, but TLC is just pathetic.

torgoman said...

jon needs to hire the worst bad ass atty he can find, hell, hire a team of them.
clean tlc's clock. charge them with violating child labor laws.
sue them for slander.
sue them for alienation of affection (which is ENTIRELY plausible).
sue THEM for breach of contract.


Any decent attorney should take on the case pro bono considering that TLC has clearly shown the public that they consider the Gosselin family nothing more than property.

Skeptical Viewer said...

Sasha222 wrote: "the last time I watched TLC was to watch LA INK because I'm a big tattoo enthusiast. And I was totally baffled and annoyed with how staged THAT whole show had become."

My daughter auditioned for that show, and what an eye-opener it was! They wanted her to go on, but they said she couldn't get the tattoo she wanted. Instead they steered her towards another one -- and my husband and I believe it was because my daughter (who at the time was barely 22) didn't "get" the sexual innuendos involved with that particular tattoo. We think the production people were laughing at her behind her back and would've edited the footage to make her look like a naive idiot.

We didn't figure this out, though, until after she came to us, told us about the audition, and showed us the paperwork they wanted her to sign. And as if the tattoo switch weren't bad enough, we learned that she would've had to pay for the tattoo herself -- and that depending on which "personality" on the show did the tattoo, the cost could be over $1000.

Laurie said...

I seem to remember a quote that is quite appropriate here:

The only thing worse than being talked about is NOT being talked about.

This is just another way to keep J&K in the news and is truly unbelievable! That kHate would allow this boggles my mind. They (tlc) have seen that no one is interested in a kHate based show so they need to keep the kids on the air in any way that they can. To quote the movie Network "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!" I am done with tlc and anything on that channel.

Calgary7 said...

I don't see this as a big deal. I'm not reading anything into this. Filing suit just protects the corporation's rights now and in the future.

Standard behaviour when an individual violates a personal services contract.

His lawyers have probably been expecting this. Any lawyer worth his/her salt would have been careful in researching and preparing legal strategy.

Go Away Gosselins! said...

I have no problems with TLC taking money from Jon for breaching his contract (when you play with fire you will get burned and TLC is definitely fire). If you breach your contract, you have to pay the consequences. Jon is doing so at this moment. All those months of buying sports cars, vacationing in France, buying a Manhattan apt., etc. are coming back to bite him in the butt. I lost all respect for Jon when he promised he only took 22,500 from the account then after court said it was 155,000 that he took. HE IS A LIAR!!

If reports are true about Jon's lawyers telling TLC that they need to release him and still pay him or he was going to stop the show because it is "detrimental to the children" I will loathe Jon more than I already do (it shows he only looks out for himself and will use his kids as ammo to get money).

I agree with all of you who are asking why Kate doesn't have a lawsuit for breach of contract. She's been doing tons of interviews. She should be in the same boat as Jon.

Maybe having these parents lose it all will make them come back down to Earth and realize that they don't need the mansion or sports cars or anything else except for money to meet the NEEDS (not wants) of the children.

LIVE A NORMAL LIFE JON AND KATE! Stop trying to be the rich and famous that you are NOT.

BarbMae said...

I have always been a fan of LPBW, but just watching the first 2 episodes it just seemed to be hodge podged put together. But it looks like future episodes there is going to be some health situations that coincide with dwarfism which is what this show should be about, the every day trials of being little people. Though what Matt did with Molly's castle was amazing. It turned out beautiful.
But, I digress. Jon and his "advisors" did this to himself. He is the one that withdrew money, he is the one that almost sold his children out on the twins b'day for money, he is the one that slept w/questionable women, etc... and it just was getting worse day by day with him. Kate's appearances on the shows were approved by TLC. But I also see TLC moving their other family shows in different directions also then what they started out to be i.e. Duggars, LPBW and I won't even comment on Monkey Babies and Toddlers and Tiarras....

Vanessa said...

Rural Mom, good point! Why is Jon's lawyer not screaming from the rooftops that this show was all staged!? Why is Jon not spilling the beans? NOBODY is addressing the vow renewal farce? The sad part is I'm sure Jon signed his life away and will pay dearly for it.

MickeyMcKean said...

TLC has absolutely 110% contributed to the destruction of the Gosselin family and apparently TLC is now prepared to bury them as well.

Yes THEM. Not just Jon. Not just Jon and Kate. The whole family. You can't go after the parent(s) and not have it trickle down to the children.

Obvious it is their way or the highway - and I bet if Jon allows filming to continue with the children that this lawsuit will immediately disappear.

Yet if TLC thinks for one minute that the public will not see this as the big bad TV network going after a father who opted to pull the plug because he felt it was detrimental to his children due to the divorce which they contributed to, boy are they wrong.

The viewing public is not that stupid TLC!

Tazzy said...

Knew that was coming. Shows you TLC IS PAYING HER LAWYERS FEES!!!!!!!!!!

PR in PA said...

TLC you are nothing but a JOKE anymore! This shows that you care nothing about the family and only about the $$$. Why don't you get a conscience and the let this family fade away??

I am no longer watching any of your shows. I am adding you to the "block out" list on my tv. I hope more people follow. You guys have become nothing but the freak show channel.

BOYCOTT TLC said...

MomOf4InPA said...

This just convinces me that TLC is funding Kate's divorce...all her legal expenses most likely. How is Jon going on TV shows that pay him and different from Kate's speaking tours where she got paid? Why is Jon in breach of contract and Kate is not?

I will tell you why. Kate is their "golden child", and for the life of me I can not understand why.
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kate is their whore, that's why

Vanessa said...

Wow, thanks for the insight Skeptical Viewer! Things are definitely not as they seem! Kat von D has ALSO had a huge transformation. Her face is flawless, no more oily skin,makeup done professionally, her body's nice and tone (could also be because she's sober now:)

UnReal said...

Go ahead and sue TLC, then Jon's attorneys can do their due diligence and expose TLC AND Kate for who they really are. Even if Jon is part of the problem here, Kate and TLC are too and are no innocent bystanders. Let the discovery request and responses start because I can't wait until the TRUTH comes out about Kate and he exposes her for what she really is.

I truly believe this is why TLC is upset and not because Jon has been out telling his side of the story. TLC does not want anyone to know the real Kate. TLC tried to sell Kate as the SUPERMOM and now that Jon is exposing her as not the "SuperMom" TLC is beyond upset.

silimom said...

Well, not sure what I believe but if TMZ's reporting is accurate and if TLC can produce this email/letter from Jon's attorney, then as someone said it's a case of Jon playing against TLC and he lost.

One thing that is said is that Jon only took his kids off because TLC cut him out of J&K +8 and it's about the money. I think it's clear Jon's issue was being released from his contract to pursue other things. It sounds like TLC was still paying him even after taking his name off the show. I think Jon just wanted his freedom, from both Kate and TLC.

They both need to just go away. I pray for those kids. Damage has been done and is continuing to be done. How truly tragic.

Calgary7 said...

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"John Hendricks Founder and Chairman of the Board will be speaking at a public event at Syracuse University.

John Hendricks has dramatically expanded learning and education across the globe. Hendricks will speak on “Modern Media and the Journey of Discovery” in a University Lectures presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel. The event is free and open to the public"

source:
syr.edu/news/articles/univ-lectures-hendricks-10-09.html

dogsandkids said...

TLC, Jon, and Kate all seem to be motivated by money-who has the most, who can make the most off of someone else, etc. The needs and emotional health of eight little children are not even on the radar screen. I am a psychologist, I have done numerous GAL evaluations for the courts, and I do not understand why the children do not have either a GAL or their own attorney. In the state where I work, GALs are usually appointed at the request of one or both parents-maybe that is what the problem is here. Maybe neither Jon nor Kate think the kids need any representation (GAL or attorney), which I think could be true. Money-more and more money-is all they care about-the kids are just part of the "stuff" they accumulated in their marriage-and they need to be divided up between Jon and Kate. the kids don't have any separate needs, because they are not separate people-they are just things for the parents and TLC to profit from.

LM said...

TLC publicly stated that Jon or Kate can stop the show when ever they want in attempt to cast the blame for the show's continuance on Jon/Kate. But the truth is, Jon couldn't. If TLC really had a hands off policy towards Jon and Kate, why are they so involved in trying to control Jon? and threatening to sue him? Because he is in violation of their contract? TLC just said that the contract can be broken anytime by Jon and Kate and the show canceled! This is a contradiction and just proves that they are liars and exploited the whole situation for all it's worth. The allure of money is so great, that TLC was willing to throw away their moral compass and tried to do what was only profitable even if the family was harmed.

Ange said...

According to People, the show will cease after November. If this is true, thank heavens. Maybe life will change for the better for those eight kids, though this should have happened a LONG time ago.

http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20312930,00.html

jenny said...

This really does it for me. I banned J&K+8 a long time ago but now I am just completely angry with the Discovery/TLC network in general. This is absolutely despicable. I sent them a comment on their website via consumers relations. I know it probably won't do anything but I had to do something.

"I am absolutely disgusted with your network. I will no longer be tuning in to any of your shows and neither will my friends and family. Your mistreatment of the Gosselin children and your insistence to make money by ruining the innocent childhood of eight precious kids is appalling. Please cancel this train wreck for good before it gets any worse."

BOYCOTT TLC said...

if you are gonna talk the talk, then walk the walk.
if you allow tlc into your home, you condone what they are doing to these kids. and to all the others they exploit.

TURN OFF TLC.
TURN off DISCOVERY.

don't buy mags that peddle this trash.

IT IS TIME TO STAND UP AND BE HEARD.

it is obvious tlc execs laugh and scoff at the 'huddled masses'. they regurgitate this vile garbage at us and call it entertainment.
i think tlc may just have forced the VIEWER'S HAND, and they are gonna see that we have had ENOUGH.

leave the kids alone. leave jon alone. give kate a damn show. tlc and kate just gave american greed a new face. madoff? at least he didn't pimp out kids.

PR in PA said...

Sasha222 wrote: "the last time I watched TLC was to watch LA INK because I'm a big tattoo enthusiast. And I was totally baffled and annoyed with how staged THAT whole show had become."

My daughter auditioned for that show, and what an eye-opener it was! They wanted her to go on, but they said she couldn't get the tattoo she wanted. Instead they steered her towards another one -- and my husband and I believe it was because my daughter (who at the time was barely 22) didn't "get" the sexual innuendos involved with that particular tattoo. We think the production people were laughing at her behind her back and would've edited the footage to make her look like a naive idiot.

We didn't figure this out, though, until after she came to us, told us about the audition, and showed us the paperwork they wanted her to sign. And as if the tattoo switch weren't bad enough, we learned that she would've had to pay for the tattoo herself -- and that depending on which "personality" on the show did the tattoo, the cost could be over $1000.

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Ok..call me naive..but you have to audition for that show if you want a tattoo???? Whuuuutttt???? That's messed up. I always thought people who wanted tattoos from one of the artists would try to get an appt. and then it would be decided if they wanted to be on tv.

I use to like that show in the beginning but now it's changed so much I don't even bother watching.

Just D*mn said...

In a way this is good for Jon. TLC just cut their own throat.

During the discovery period, Jon's lawyers will be able to access ALL of the documents and emails that went between Kate, TLC and Eileen O'Neil when they were planning to cut Jon out of his family so they could have unrestrained access to the children, to make money off them.

TLC made $186 million off the Gosselin kids. Don't think they will just walk away from that kind of money simply because a FATHER doesn't want his kids exploited.


I hope the Duggars and others that THINK TLC is on their side jump ship when their contracts are up. People who love watching these families will follow them to a new network like Bravo.

Anonymous said...

Not to worry, though, in a few days we will see how Kate will be named in a lawsuit for the same reason.

They will not sue Kate because she gives then unfettered access to exploit her innocent children and gladly takes the money her pimping provides her.

Im_in_PR said...

Larry King and The View do not pay guests.

Kate was paid on the View as a guest host.

Im_in_PR said...

My first reaction was the same as the poster's: why not sue Kate as well? If this isn't clear evidence that TLC has been behind all of Kate Gosselin's nonsense I don't know what is.

Clear and compelling evidence of a conspiracy against Jon.

Ignorance At Its Best said...

Jon's attorneys better jump on the language that Kate and Jon are EMPLOYEES of TLC so that equally makes the children of TLC EMPLOYEES. Lawsuits here they come. TLC you want a war, here it comes.....

Granny56 said...

Although I agree that Jon in recent months has acted like a horses behind, the fact that TLC & their legal team & their PR team whitewashing KHate angers me beyond belief...Is there anything we can do to help Jon...I think I am losing my mind, but I actually want to send him some $$$ to help out....

Im_in_PR said...

MommaNikki said...

...Jon only began to "care" about their exploitation after the name of the show was changed....


Jon stated LAST YEAR that he wanted off the show. And when the name change happened, he was still under contract and still getting paid the same amount for NOT APPEARING AS MUCH.

JenniferP said...

Do you have to belong to SAG or AFTRA or whatever the actors union is if you're on a reality show? Because if you do have to join the actors union, then whenever you appear on tv -- be it The View, Good Morning America, the morning news, whatever -- then you do have to get paid "scale" (however much that is these days) . . .

JFaye said...

I have been boycotting TLC because of their callous disregard for these kids. This lawsuit just underscores how little they care about the children and how much it is about money. I hope Jon sticks to his guns. They were trying to shove him out so I don't see how they can sue him for breach of contract. Maybe, just maybe, the court will appoint an attorney to protect the children now. Let Jon and Kate honor the contract WITHOUT the kids. See what kind of cash cow that is for TLC.

JenniferP said...

Another thought. If TLC wins and Jon has to pay them money, and he ends up broke, then Kate isn't going to get any alimony or child support from him -- she'll have to pay HIM alimony and child support. Maybe she should rethink her pending litigation against him. Haha!

bcsurvivor2001 said...

Sasha222 said...
Like I said in another post. TLC is digging themselves another hole with this one in proving they could care less about those children. Cleaning Jon out is basically taking money from those kids since Jon's money also supports those children. What do they think they are going to do? Bankrupt Jon so he has no choice but to allow those children to be money makers again? They clean him out, then back Kate on cleaning him out until he is left with nothing and backed into a corner.
I said this in another post but there is definitely a hot little spot in hell reserved for greedy people who hurt children. TLC please move on already, because America already is.

10/16/2009 10:00 AM
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I agree with you 1000%. In a nutshell!!!!

jibberjabbers said...

So if TLC does sue Jon, can Jon cry it up like Kate did?

TLC bankrupted me. I now don't have money to feed the kids, I lost my car, my apartment, TLC destroyed me.

Kate and TLC are working in collusion to destroy Jon into submission.

Kate is evil, she won't stop at nothing. Why isn't anyone seeing how evil this women is? Leaving Jon in oct 2008. Filing for divorce. Hiding millions, destroying bridges with friends and family, now working with TLC do destroy the father of her kids?

Anyone who can support this women, and even show any sympathy towards her, is just as bad as she is. Or just a big idiot for falling for lies.

TLC, well, they're a corporation. There's no surprise here.

TLC saw a rating boost from 1.7 to 2.4 and they would love to continue the show.

I say, go ahead, continue with Kate +8. Let TLC and Kate destroy itself. I mean cmon, did anyone see "time to organize". Kate cannot carry a show. She isn't interesting, doesn't have any talent, and is just annoying.

The only thing saving the show was Jon and his time with the kids. Kate was to busy talking and yelling orders. No one wants to see that every week.

MickeyMcKean said...

TLC is out of control.
Kate is out of control.
Jon is out of control.

In the middle of it all are eight precious children.

As a footnote to my earlier post, I don't give a rip why Jon stopped the filming and whether or not his timing is suspicious, as long as he does not change his mind and allow filming to continue.

JON: if you want to be called the father of the decade, keep the cameras off your children!

shilohpeace said...

I am totally nauseous that TLC would take the steps to sue Jon, who even though he has been a tool, is still the father of those babies. TLC is essentially suing those babies and it is sickening, sickening, sickening! Why is TLC doing this? Do they need the money? No!! Is Eileen O'Neil acting like she is going through a divorce with Jon and wants to pommel him? YES!

I sure hope that Jon's lawyers are thinking of this. There is a school of law whereby contracts are considered null and void because they are "cohesive" contracts, which means that there is a very sophisticated knowing business partner on one side of the contract, and an unknowing, less sophisticated party on the other. This is definitely Jon and Kate. They were so desperate and young and very stupid to enter into that contract with TLC. They had no benefit of counsel. As an example, they should have asked for a percentage of the contract, after a certain amount. Exmple, when TLC made over 50 million in profits (or a less target amount), the Gosselins could have asked for a percentage. Jon has been a tool and has proven himself to be very stupid in the last few months.. but TLC is now promoting itself as hiring Williams and Connolly, often referred to as a POWERFUL law firm. Bullcrap.. just because some old men dress up in expensive suits and used to work in the admin or on the hill.. doesn't mean crapola when it comes to messing with the father of 8 young kids who was taken advantage of by a big powerful network.

I hope that Jon countersues TLC and asks for money for emotional distress because Jon is clearly not operating with a clear mind, and Jon is subject to the influence of those around him, that is clear.

I do believe that in Jon's case, it is a matter of "Father Forgive him because he does not know what he is doing"... and to be honest, I am not even Christian, but I believe in the tenets of Christianity if they help people find a path of goodness.

One other point - I am sick to death of reading all of these various articles, including by the L.A. Times, that completely let Kate Gosselin off the hook. Anyone with half a brain who watched the show would despise this woman to be quite serious. I so admire the contributors here who see Kate for what she is. I do believe that most people out there never watched the show. Let's face it - America has about 175 million people and an average of 1.4 million is a very small amount of Americans who actually saw this show.. yet every American sees pictures of the tabloids when they go to the store. This has given Kate an unfair advantage and I really wish some media outlet would actually take the time to watch the show and write about kate gosselin in a truthful manner for once!!!!

Kelly34 said...

Diane wrote: "Do you really hope that Kelly34? People spend so much time hating Kate or Jon. What about the kids? If their father is bankrupted, how do you think that will affect them? Also, you say that you don't make millions off of someone and then stab them in the back like Jon did. The same could be said about TLC. They've made millions off of the Gosselin family. They've used and abused this family from the start. They took advantage of a young family in a very unique situation dangling lots of money and freebies in front of them to get them to tow the line. I doubt many would have turned down that opportunity. However, when it started negatively affecting the marriage and kids, TLC could have stepped aside to let the family heal. That would have affected their bottom line so they didn't do that. Neither parent is innocent in this whole disaster, but TLC is just pathetic."

First, I don't believe that marriage was ever on stable ground. I think it was doomed long before TLC entered the picture.

Second, statements have been made by former coworkers/friends of both Kate and Jon that both parents were SEEKING out donations and endorsements while Kate was still pregnant and long before TLC was ever involved. They were looking to exploit their kids. TLC didn't swoop in uninvited.

Third, I don't believe that TLC has done a single thing that wasn't laid out in a contract that both Kate and Jon signed. If Kate and Jon hadn't been so greedy and eager not to work anymore, they would have stopped and thought about what they were signing.

Other parents of multiples have been in the same position and made better choices. And many of those parents were uneducated and as naive as Jon.

I keep flashing back to Jon willingly allowing a camera to film his constipated child in the back of a van. So no, I don't have a ton of sympathy for Jon. Whatever responsibility TLC had to those kids pales in comparison to the responsibility their greedy, lazy parents had.

So yeah, I hope TLC bankrupts them and forces both Jon and Kate to go out and actually work for a living. The family would be better off in the long run.

bcsurvivor2001 said...

Anybody now still wonder why she asked Jon to come at 4:00 PM on Wed afternoon instead of waiting until 7:00 AM on Thursday morning? After stopping by the bank and gas (for the 2nd time in 2 days).

Maybe a swift trip for emergency staff meeting in Maryland?

And a coincidence that this BOMBSHELL is released the SAME DAY her supposedly accounting was/is due to the courts (per Tuesdays arbritration agreement)????

How long has this been in the works? said...

Haven't had a chance to read the comments so I'm not sure if this has been mentioned, but I remember someone saying that when Kate was on the Today show crying about being left with $1,000, she said something along the lines of being a 'contract honorer (WTH?)'. Anyway, that jumped into my mind when I read the headline, so I'm wondering if this is something that TLC has been planning all along.

I can't stand Jon or Kate, but as a wife, I couldn't stand by and let someone else destroy my husband. I may try to get back at him, but I couldn't let an organization as big and powerful as TLC destroy and humiliate him the way that Kate is allowing them to. She's going to have to answer to those children one day, and I hope that she's ready for it.

Jon has many issues, but he's been a kind, loving, hands-on father to those kids. I've watched the show since the first special to the end of Season 4, and sorry Kate and TLC, no matter how many rumors and half-truths you put out there, you can't change this truth.

This is the saddest thing I've ever witnessed and I don't think this is going to end well for Kate, Jon, TLC or the Gosselin 8. It's just tragic.

Later K8 said...

Reality shows must have a clause in their contracts that the actors/reality personalities must read lines, re-shoot certain moments, adhere to the guidelines set forth forinterviews, and basically be an actor but in what is supposed to depict these peoples lives. I think that if that was not the case we would have already seen lawsuits based upon the same reasoning, that its really not reality if there are any scripted lines. I think Jon and Kate knew what they were signing up for in the beginning, regardless of whether they had a lawyer -- that actually speaks to their greed even more. Think about it. If they had involved a lawyer from the beginning, then most likely the deal would have been delayed or done differently. I bet they were both so cash hungry that they didnt want to involve a lawyer in case that lawyer identified issues in the conract that would complicate things for them.

Neither Kate or Jon is innocent here. Yes Kate is a witch and be-rated Jon but thats not the real issue. The real issue is that we have 2 parents that are more concerned about money than their children's welfare. That makes them both equally guilty handsdown.

As in many marriages, money that suddenly comes in rocks even an incredibly healthy foundation. These two had a relationship built on top of an active volcano and then they added major funds and boom, huge eruption!

At the end of the day, I think we will see that this show will actually call for more and better regulation of all reality shows. The audience will probably start getting a better understanding that documentary and reality is not the same thing. A documentary is real. Reality tv is not. I think that we will all see tougher regulation on the filming of children regardless of location in this type of programming. Maybe this is wishful thinking but reality tv is still somewhat new and nothing gets regulated until there is a big issue -- such as destroying 8 children's lives. Lesson be learned.

Concerned for 8 said...

UNBELIEVEABLE! This is now making me want to ban every show on TLC! This network is ridiculous! Wonder how much Kate is involved in this.

Minka's tail said...

After that (probably) staged fiasco with the balloon boy from Wife Swap, I am hoping that this is the beginning of the end of all family reality shows.

It seems like that boy, when asked why he didn't come down from the attic, said "Because we're doing it for a show." When asked about it later, twice he "threw up" very loudly, off camera. He cost his county over $2 mil.

I hope the outrage over that, the Gosselins and Octomom ends this sorry genre, the way Westerns and variety shows ended. Contest reality shows, with chefs and entertainers? Fine. But these "following a family shows" have gotta go. At least stage parents have kids with some talent, who have had some success in acting or performing. At least they have some show business skill they can fall back on. No good can come from making "stars" out of children with no talent.

As for Jon's contract? I'm not too worried. It'll settle in court, I'm sure.

shilohpeace said...

TLC is crazy. Someone there, not Eileen O'Neil, who is obviously an insecure woman who is making decisions on emotions. someone there needs to think this through.

WHAT GOOD CAN COME OF THIS?

Janine said...

YAY etownmom2
I love this forum... people coming together with ideas, concerns... sometimes they are things we all think of in unison and sometimes it might be a new point of view... at any rate, Documentary????
Those 8 kids have been abused by this network and there should be sanctions SOON.
I can't believe TLC or K8 for that matter will ever go forward with another show... but I believe the 8 individuals have much more coming to them as they find their way out of this mess. TLC and K8 should do exactly what they want Jon to do.
Keep up the good work Mod's This may be the place where a seed of an idea helps these kids. Thank you!

Joanne said...

TLC is pissed because they dont have control anymore. TOO BAD TLC!
You should never have had this family on tv all these years.
A special is plenty, but the GREED never stops.

Harriet said...

I will now call TLC the Idiot Channel. Why sue Jon just so they can try to break him so they can film the kids for a show where the ratings are dropping? I bet if they'd gotten the sorry 1.3 million viewers of a couple of weeks ago this past Monday, the greedos wouldn't be bother Jon.

No More TLC said...

Oh my lord. my favorite show on earth is the Duggar show. I think that the papparazzi should stake outstide of the Duggar home and ask Michelle and Jim Boy what in the world they think of their network suing the father of 8 kids. This cannot be good for any of TLC's "talent". I would be very reluctant to sign a contract with TLC knowing that they will come after you with a vengeance after they have exploited you and made millions. The network sucks! I can't watch any more TLC.

texas two step said...

A message to TLC, and TLC's favorite 'whore' kHate gosselin, YOU DISGUST ME.
1) Will NEVER watch TLC again. And I do like some of the other shows off that channel but, NOPE - NO MORE.
2) State of Pennsylvania- Please pursue to the fullest extent the allegations of child labor issues against this VILE company for exploitation of these 8 kids and other federal offenses regarding CHILD LABOR ISSUES.
3)Gloria Allred- Where have YOU been??? Isn't this enough of a high profile case to go in and get these kids tested for psychological damage from their parents and TLC/the Show to get them pulled off the air???
4) kHate Gosselin- at one point I did like you - but then you got wayyyyy out of control and became like a monster in a bad dream. Remember one thing, one day you WILL be old and grey, and maybe feeble too. Where are these kids going to be then ?????? Maybe they will put pictures of you on the internet or TV whilst your on your bedside commode? And if you have a stroke and can not eat all pretty and clean, maybe they will chastise you and roll their eyes behind your back while the camera's roll. And kHate, maybe when you get old and a little senile, maybe they will take you out in the driveway and smack the crap out of you because your getting on THEIR NERVES.
Remember kHatie Irene, what goes around comes around.

f8k8 said...

MommaNikki said...

...Jon only began to "care" about their exploitation after the name of the show was changed....

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LOL, 1st it was, Jon only cared because he was "fired".

Now its, because "the name changed".

These Kate supporters are just......

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If I was Jon, I would say you what, go ahead, continue filming and let the show collapse all by itself.

Just leave me out of this, and limit the hours the kids are filmed.

And if TLC agrees, then everyone would see that TLC and Kate was doing this because Jon removed the kids from the show.

Everyone eyes would open because TLC and Kate dropped their lawsuit once Jon allowed the kids to film.

Their view on TLC and Kate would change. Kate +8 cancels after the 1st night it premieres.

Jon and Eight wins.

Janine said...

I just had a terrible 'memory' (I guess)
Didn't Mia Farrows character in Rosemary's Baby lose her child to the 'devil'
For some reason this was reminding me of that... that TLC had some 'arrangement' with this "mother" and now they believe own these children and their father... it just gave me chills.

Kelly34 said...

Its very simple as to why TLC is not suing Kate. Kate most likely got pre-approval before doing interviews, and she didn't use her interview time to bash TLC. Jon did not get pre-approval and went around acting like he had some magical epiphany about how his children are being exploited (he's the last person on the planet to realize this, by the way). TLC is trying to recover their monetary losses from an actor who is in breach of contract. Its really very simple. Its a contract dispute, and it sounds like TLC probably has a very solid case. Personally, I think Jon thought TLC would just fire him and let him keep all the money, and that's why he pulled all the stunts he did. Jon is not very smart.

marie said...

This is enough for me to not watch TLC at all...all programs. WOW...wish the Duggers and others would see how TLC is treating Jon Gosselin and not sign on with them again.

liz123 said...

why is TLC fighting so hard to keep this going? the ratings have sunk already, and will probably be canceled due to ratings anyways if they keep going. Its really strange

Truth Is Finally Out About Kate said...

Kate IS TLC's whore. With the lawsuit being filed, the truth has finally come out. She said on Larry King that TLC doesn't control her life. Oh, quite contrary, they certainly do. Kate you are no better than a ten cent whore.

speculation said...

I firmly believe that Jon was about to blab (on Entertainment Tonight) about Kate, possibly Steve, TLC and anything else he felt like talking about. TLC was forced to pull the plug to keep him quiet.


I also believe that TLC has somehow stopped Entertainment Tonight from talking to and about Jon - they are strangely quiet today about the Gosselins. Did they illegally sign with Jon if he was under contract with TLC? Were they sued too?

Heather said...

Please forgive me if someone has already said this - I think the key word here is "unauthorized". I'm certain Kate's interviews and other shows were completely "authorized" right down to the kinds of questions she was asked.

TLC is the lowest low said...

TLC is so dirty. They just won't let go the show.

I hope Cara and Mady know about the lawsuit. They should tell their sibling to boycott the filming and photo shoot to get rid of TLC for good. No kids, no show. They should stand up to TLC for their father and family because TLC is totally ruining their family. What is Kate gonna do? Force the kids to film? That would be child abuse and someone should report that and take custody away from Kate.

Jon should sue TLC said...

Jon should sue TLC too for abusing his children and bullying Jon to make him sell his kids to TLC.

shilohpeace said...

I keep reading comments here that claim that TLC should sue Kate for her television appearances, but the thing is that Kate had permission from TLC to do Larry King and the View and every step that Kate has taken, she has gotten permisson from TLC. When Jon would ask permission to go on televison, TLC would not allow him, which was part of Jon's momentum and build up to Crazy Land. TLC let Kate go on and act all the victim, etc. and Jon was silenced. TLC is simply a disgusting network.

I would offer to do legal research for Jon for free. I am an attorney but not licensed in Maryland but I could go on Westlaw or Lexis and find every case in Maryland that has to do with cohesive contracts, emotional abuse, child abuse, failure to comply with child labor laws, etc. etc. Much of the legal precedent will be new as to my knowledge, there are little to no cases on point that have to do with a reality television cable network suing their own employee, who happens to be the father of 8 small children.

Sickening!!

Unfortuntely, Jon will have to spend every dime he has on attorneys and this lawsuit will drag out for over a year. Any litigation is stressful. This is absolutely sickening on the part of Eileen O'Neil.

Jean said...

It is time to boycott TLC. Their mean-spirited, exploitative shows are an affront to viewers. Now the lawsuit which proves they are as greedy as Kate when it comes to making money off the Gosselin children. I won't watch that network again.

AZ Mom said...

Do you know what I just did? I went to all my TVs and on the menu for chanel set-up and checked TLC to be hidden so when I am roaming from channel to channel TLC will never be seen again. I will ck in here to see what is going on but TLC has lost me forever.

mrssmith said...

I have a dream that when this is all finished, a judge will award the real victims of this mess (the children) so much money in damages that they will end up owning TLC.

Shih tzu lover said...

It seems like everyone still continues to bash TLC & Kate. I do believe ALL parties are guilty in this fiasco, however, when I read this statement from the court documents, it appears that Jon wanted "out" of his contract only when TLC announced that the show was going to be renamed Kate Plus 8, plus wanted to continue to be compensated. If TLC did not follow these instructions, he would stop production. He's as much of a baby seller as his wife. In other words, pay me, don't make me work and you can continue to film my little money making kiddos......Maybe I'm reading this wrong, but I'm attaching it here at the bottom. Let me know what you all think.


The filing also revealed that the day TLC announced it would focus the show just on Kate but still give Jon compensation and air time, Jon’s lawyer gave the network one hour to release the dad from exclusivity provisions while continuing to pay him. If they did not agree, Jon’s lawyer said they would publicly object to further filming. The network claims this was “the first time in nearly five years that Defendant Gosselin articulated to TLC that filming the program was detrimental and should be stopped.”

WillowMc said...

I was shocked when I read that TLC is suing Jon. What do they expect to get from him? It seems pretty obvious that they are suing him in order to continue filming his children. They are TOTALLY despicable.

Kate is also despicable. But then we all knew that, right? I think of those early videos of Jon and Kate's wedding, their honeymoon to Disneyland, their engagement. How can Kate allow this to happen to someone she once apparently cared for, and the loved father of her 8 children? No matter how angry Kate is with Jon, this is beyond the pale. You know she is a party to this, and she is even lower than low to go along with this.

It's pretty obvious that TLC is working in whatever way it can to support Kate and get her what she wants. TLC has enabled the destuction of this family and they have definitely chosen sides. And now they are using their money and corporate might to help Kate. Unbelievable.

rural mom said...

Jon needs to make a public statement about the cash he reportedly spends, including the bit about TLC paying for his New York rent, show related expenses, car lease, etc. He already admitted he is wearing fake diamonds, that to me says he is not rolling in the dough.

Hope for Jon said...

Sasha222 said: "Cleaning Jon out is basically taking money from those kids since Jon's money also supports those children. What do they think they are going to do?"

They DON'T CARE.

Sasha222: "Bankrupt Jon so he has no choice but to allow those children to be money makers again? They clean him out, then back Kate on cleaning him out until he is left with nothing and backed into a corner."

I think they just want to make him PAY. The show has jumped the shark. But they can exact revenge and make an example of him. Don't want anymore TLC performers going off the reservation...

NeverLikedKate said...

TLC is a freaking monster! Of course this was apparent before, but I cannot believe how disgusting these people are.

I will never, EVER watch a program on TLC again.

Janine said...

Jon's attorney has issued a statement and US Weekly seems to have it

I think many posters here should be Para-Legals

Allison Parker said...

I really feel bad for the Gosselin kids. A family ruined by greed. Come to think about it, if not because of Kate's greed, there will be no family. I still think Kate planned this all out from the beginning, she never wanted kids for the sake of kids, she wanted money-makers!

f8k8 said...

This is a perfect time for Jon to come out looking as the Good Guy.

Jon should take this opportunity and go out with a bang.

Jon should go on ET, with a check made out to TLC for 100k.. Then on national TV, make a public statement.

"Ok TLC, forget the lawyers, the courtroom, lets settle this. Here is a check for 100k. All I ask is for you to leave me and my family alone. I am willing to give up my apartment, my cars and 100k, for my kids.

Here is the check, I am waiting for you call.

Then Jon can just sue Kate for alimony and child support.

This is a WIN/WIN situation for Jon and the kids.

Over and done with!

marypoppins said...

I wonder when Kate found out about this- did she smile and say darn good, or does part of her think that this is going a bit too far.

Ps fan of neither

Pattilynn said...

I have just deleted tlc from my programming... I would have to deliberately push numbers to get it. not happening.

I appreciate all at GWOP site I will get my info here... period... no more clicking on news reports and will change channels if either j/k or tlc is mentioned.

imho it really is time for relatives to step up and stop talking but find every legal action feasible to get those children away from these immature money hungry people. (tlc included)

Debi said...

Why does it seem that TLC seem to think they "own" these people, and what's right for one (Kate doing interviews etc), it isn't right for Jon? They obviously want to keep Kate happy because she wants to continue to film.

Seems to me that TLC is going to try and "bully" Jon into letting the filming to continue.

It's a sad day to think some corporate a$$holes can tell a family (at least some in the family) what they can and can't do. This is just proof that TLC could care the hell less about the welfare of the kids.

If TLC really gave a crap about this family's mental health, they would just let them fade from the limelight. Shame on you TLC. I doubt my views on your network could get any lower.

disgusted in nj said...

I think that TLC is sending a message. There are many people out there that have worked on this show and have plenty to tell. Jen and Scott to list just two, can probably tell stories that would make our hair stand on end. I think they are saying, "Talk and we will see you in court!"

WillowMc said...

PutASockInIt said...
See you in hell Kate & TLC. Kate, you sold your children to the devil and now are making sure that the FATHER OF YOUR CHILDREN is penniless. Way to go, you selfish bi**h.
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You are SO right!

BOYCOTT TLC said...

How long has this been in the works? said...

Haven't had a chance to read the comments so I'm not sure if this has been mentioned, but I remember someone saying that when Kate was on the Today show crying about being left with $1,000, she said something along the lines of being a 'contract honorer (WTH?)'. Anyway, that jumped into my mind when I read the headline, so I'm wondering if this is something that TLC has been planning all along.
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oh you guys are so smart! i forgot about that little gem she spewed (contract honorer). guess she knew all about it.
i can't believe , well i guess i should, that she is now throwing jon under the bus to get her way.
first it was her parents, her siblings, her friends, her church, her helpers, the state of pa., who else? throw jon under there next..the only ones left to throw under the bus are the kids. and she WILL guarantee ya! she'll get an offer for greener pastures, and those kids are GONE.
kate has to be the biggest whore of all time.
i am shocked at my language, but i am JUST SO DAMN MAD.

someone earlier also said some discovery guy is speaking at a public event....it is time for all moral citizens to rise up and be heard! kudos to those that live in the area that will raise a voice for the gosselin children..

BGR said...

This was my email to TLC viewer relations today:

Shame on TLC for its lawsuit against Jon Gosselin. It seems like a blatant case of a double standard; it is ok for Kate Gosselin to write books, speak, appear throughout the media to get her side of the story out but when Jon does it, he gets sued. TLC needs to leave this family alone or, at most, provide the children with therapy to be able to adjust to a normal life away from the cameras. They have been treated like props and their home like a stage for too long. As a human being, I don't care how the cameras got taken away; only that it has finally happened and it certainly would never have happened at the hands of their mother. TLC you have created a monster in Kate Gosselin and suing Jon Gosselin, who is far from perfect, is an example of corporate bullying and revenge. Any corporate ethics at all?!

mamaK said...

hmmm....big court scandal last week, bigger ratings on Monday...this week? big court scandal...on a Friday no less...I am not surprised. Please, don't watch this show!!!!!!!

Teena said...

Let's not forget that TLC is a business like any other. Their mandate is to make money. TLC marketed themselves as the "Learning Channel" during a period when television was generally considered to be not educational for children. They are still a television station bent on keeping their ratings up so they can continue to reap the profits.

There is no "moral" issue here--Jon didn't honour his end of the contract. Perhaps Jon should have thought out his actions, rather than allowing his lawyer to hoodwink him into thinking that he could win against the network.

Jon's lawyer is also interested in business and he is securing a lucrative contract for the next few years. The lawyer is fully aware that Jon will have to continue to keep him "on staff" in order to fight TLC. The lawyer will be paid whether Jon wins or loses this lawsuit, so he can't lose.

For those of you who are blaming TLC for the exploitation of the children, please remember that the children's guardians allowed this. TLC merely brought the idea to the table. Aren't adults responsible for the wellbeing of their children? We don't ban automobiles because children run across the road and get run down, do we?

I won't boycott anyone. I think the people responsible for this fiasco are Jon and Kate Gosselin. Their greed fueled this fire, nothing else. Kate's greed began when she insisted that she had PCOS(total horse crap) in order to have IUI. Jon's greed reared its ugly head when the money from TLC began rolling in.

The children, unfortunately are the benefactors of all this stupidity...unfortunately, there is no law against stupid people having children. All WE can do is not perpetuate the stupidity by getting involved in the same greediness, ourselves.

Doris said...

I could not agree more...I am so through with this treacherous, psychotic channel TLC and the self absorbed, soulless demon they call Kate.

I am writing the Duggars and appealing to their Christian values to put a stop to their own show. This madness has got to stop!!

I think we all should start a letter writing campaign to ALL the families on that network and implore them to reconsider their association with TLC. I will no longer watch ANY of them!!

Peggy mason said...

TLC, I have absolutely HAD it with you!!!! I will never watch this channel again and neither will any of my 4 sisters and brother. I will get the word out to everyone I can.

=^..^= said...

they're not suing k8 because tlc gave k8 their permission to do other shows. they did not give jon permission. he may not like it, but he did violate his contract, and tlc is gonna kick his butt in court over it. he needs to stop being a pawn and stop listening to what heller is telling him to do, he needs to learn how to think for himself.

ManicNarcissism said...

SAHM said...

This is crap and has me totally up in arms.... What about all the interviews Kate has given. You can't sit there and tell me that the "exclusivity" part in the contract ONLY applied to Jon.... thats BULLSH!T


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It doesn't matter if Kate gave 1000 interviews as long as TLC gave her permission. Jon was not given permission and he did it anyway.

If you have two children and you tell one that they can stay out until 12 but the other one can't go out because they are grounded but they go out anyway, is a plausible defense, well, you let my sister go out?

No, your sister had earned my trust, you were being punished. Just because I let her go out did not give you permission to go out.

TLC is the parent and Jon and Kate are the children. It might be a double standard, and unfortunate that they were letting Kate talk and gagging Jon. However, none of Jon's talking has done him any better. We would have all believed in him more if he had not talked.

I can't stand all 3 parties at this point, but if you are under contract not to do something and you do it anyway, you are risking getting sued.

pinkdiamond611 said...

When this entire thing is over the Kons will be penniless.

Jonette said...

Exactly - Kate wants to keep this train rolling for the money and TLC knows it. Of course TLC and Figure 8 want to keep the train rolling for the money. She is in their back pocket.

TLC should be very very ashamed. So sad that the only 'friends' she has are the ones making money off of her kids - all the 'yes men' telling her exactly what she wants to hear.

What ever happened to 'if any one in the family wants to stop, we stop"...?

Guess that meant 'any one' besides Jon...and Cara and Mady and Alexis and Hannah and Leah and Joel and Colin and Aaden.

Moira the first said...

My only question now is how low will Kate, TLC, and Jon sink before they stop or the ratings force the end of the show? I hope that all the viewers whose watching is recorded get a clue and do their part to end this unholy mess. If only 5000 homes are monitored and this show is only a tiny portion of the market then we're looking at what 1000 homes or fewer or need to stop watching? Surely they could do that for a month? Go to a neighbor's and watch if you must.

Im_in_PR said...

ManicNarcissism said...TLC is the parent and Jon and Kate are the children. It might be a double standard, and unfortunate that they were letting Kate talk and gagging Jon.

Unfortunately for TLC their actions are going to be introduced as evidence of their alleged conspiracy against Jon to destroy him personally and as the head of his family, so that TLC could have unfettered access to his children for the purpose of exploiting them for money.

Frannie said...

Kelly34 said...
Whatever responsibility TLC had to those kids pales in comparison to the responsibility their greedy, lazy parents had.

*****

So very true. BOTH Jon and Kate are motivated purely by money. Maybe if that source finally dries up, they'll go back to parenting their children.

f8k8 said...

Why didn't TLC's lawyer complain about Jon being on LKL when he had the chance?

Why now?

Again Jon, present TLC with a check for 100k on Entertain Tonight for the world to see. Ask TLC to then leave you and your kids alone.

Then sue Kate for alimony and child support.

BGR said...

To Teen, no we don't ban automobiles because children run across the road and get run down. Those are normally accidents. However, the Gosselin show is not an accident. Also, car companies are held responsible when there is a safety defect in the car that causes injury to innocent passengers despite the fact that the car company did not force the purchase of the car. In this case, I think that the children are the innocent victims of both the parents and TLC. Both parents are definitely to blame in the decision to film these children but I also think there is some corporate responsibility. Suing Jon is not helping the children who should be the priority of the parents and TLC. The only reason TLC has no quibble with Kate is because they happened to like her message which, by and large, has been anti-Jon.

dustilies said...

This is a sickening development in this saga. Divorces can get really ugly, bringing out the worst in otherwise normal people. So can contract disputes, especially when they are geared toward silencing a whistle-blower. Here, we have the two things intertwined--a perfect storm of character assassination and litigation and legal fees.

Unfortunately, the children are far too real even though a farce swirls around them. They so clearly need legal representation, since their parents are behaving so recklessly.

Things that make you go hmmm said...

Looks like ET Online has removed all of their recent Gosselin stories and any interviews with Jon. Hmmmm.....

I think they got sued too, or threatened.

Expositor said...

=^..^= said...they're not suing k8 because tlc gave k8 their permission to do other shows. they did not give jon permission. he may not like it, but he did violate his contract...

Here's the deal. A NJ judge recently ruled that a corporation can be sued for creating a work place that is so hostile it infringes on a couples sex life and marriage.

TLC is giving all the evidence Jon needs to sue them for breaking up his marriage.

By TLC's own admission they gave Kate WRITTEN PERMISSION to do ALL HER INTERVIEWS bashing Jon and now admit that they would not give Jon ANY PERMISSION to do ANY INTERVIEWS to protect his reputation against Kate's actions that were seemingly designed to harm Jon and his good name.

Collusion anyone?
Conspiracy anyone?
Designed to harm reputation and good name anyone?

'G' Ma said...

I am truly at a loss for words. So for the moment I will simply pose a question. Why was this suit filed in Maryland? Anybody know?

mrat said...

This sounds so absurd. If Kate is the breadwinner, then she will probably have to pony up spousal support. So it looks like the money will just go from TLC/Discovery to Kate to Jon and right back to TLC/Discovery. Maybe TLC/Discovery has a new formula for low-cost programming.

TandLMommy28 said...

OK, maybe I am totally off here, BUT...

Getting paid for a one-time appearance, etc, is not becoming an employee. It's contract work. At least, when I freelance write that is how it works. I would imagine it's the same for Jon giving interviews.

So how is doing contract work violating his exclusive employee contract? He was not employed by any of the shows/magazines/etc that he talked to. Paying someone doesn't make them your employee. An employer has obligations to an employee, and none of the places Jon gave interviews owe him anything. He was simply not an employee. So I just don't get it.

metagain said...

Found this interesting tidbit.........."ZackTaylor.ca can exclusively report that Discovery Communications Inc. (which owns The Discovery Channel) has put in an offer of $1 million to The Heene Family to create a show "that focuses on scientific family projects that you can do yourself at home".

An insider at the network tells us that the deal was sent over to the family earlier today and that the network is very interested in showcasing this family and their science projects despite whether or not yesterday was a hoax.

No word yet if the family will sign the deal!!

UPDATE: The TLC Network says that the Heene family approached the network months ago with a reality show idea, but that the network passed. The insider we spoke to earlier at Discovery Communications Inc. says they have not heard back from the family yet on their offer to bring them to The Discovery Channel."

TLC is now officially THE LOSER CHANNEL. Anything for a buck.

Frannie said...

f8k8 said...
Again Jon, present TLC with a check for 100k on Entertain Tonight for the world to see. Ask TLC to then leave you and your kids alone.

Then sue Kate for alimony and child support.

**********

Wishful thinking, but I don't see this ever happening.
Jon's actions show he is just as motivated by money and Kate. He tried to blackmail TLC over money and TLC called his bluff.
They all suck.

Natalie said...

What the heck is Jon referring to in his most recent twitter post?

And has anyone seen the polls on the TLC site??? "Vote for your favourite moments"??? You can vote for your fav Gosselin meltdown (we know they're famous for those) or the biggest blowout!?!? Are they insane? This is a true circus. I really believe we've all been duped and these are really actors. What kind of a thing is this to post on the show website?

Pamela Jaye said...

I've only read the first few comments.

Jon & Kate really need to have a real court case - not arbitration: there is nothing simple about this divorce.
Isn't arbitration for simple run-of-the-mill divorces (or car crashes?)

Has Paul Peterson had a comment recently? Is there someone from his organization who can help Jon?

StarrC said...

Jon is not very articulate, and he is very unsophisticated, so he got in over his head with TLC.
I'm also really wondering about Jon's intelligence level.
His lawyer, Heller, also seems very suspect.
I think it's about time Jon finds himself a trustworthy lawyer.

TandLMommy28 said...

I'm not a lawyer and have never studied law so excuse me if this is a stupid question, but...

Can another family member (aunt, uncle, grandparent) sue Jon, Kate and TLC on behalf of the children? That is what I'd like to see!

Pa Mom Knows said...

"Why didn't TLC's lawyer complain about Jon being on LKL when he had the chance?"

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Probably because they were "stroking him," thinking that he if they didn't make waves, he might come around to their side. Didn't work.

Donna said...

It floors me that some of you are still defending Jon's behavior. In no way am I a Kate fan, but Jon signed contracts. He broke them. End of story. He deserves to get sued by TLC.

fidosmommy said...

etownmom2 said...
The lawsuit, filed Friday in Maryland, alleges that Gosselin hasn't met the obligations of his contract as an exclusive employee, has appeared on other programs for pay and made unauthorized disclosures about the show.

hmmmmmm --- Jon and Kate are exclusive "employees" of the show yet the children (the Plus Eight Part) are only having their lives documented ---- Pennsylvania Department of Labor ----- Attorney General of the State of Pennsylvania ---- AGAIN, WHERE ARE YOU????

*****

All of this will come out in the wash. The problem is, we want it solved NOW because there are 8 innocent children at stake. The fact is, nothing moves very fast in the legal system. It's a rotten way to have to do things, but we've still got the best legal system on the planet (well, Canada's got an excellent, fair system too). Slow, but most of the time very just and fair.

It took 10 - TEN - years for the court to finally decide a case for my family, and it was frustrating as it could be. But the end result was the right one. Give the system time to work. In the meantime, keep those children safe and healthy with things to occupy their minds that do not involve TV.

Frannie said...

In response to the "Kate did it too" - go look at the filing. Kate got permission to do the shows she's done JUST LIKE THE CONTRACT SAYS. Jon DID NOT. That's the difference, folks. You can get all emotionally involved with either hating Kate or feeling that Jon got an unfair shake, but that's why contracts are in place, to make sure everyone sticks to their part of the bargain. Also according to the filing, the Gosselins were represented by both their manager as well as a lawyer during renegotiation of the contract last year. Jon may not like what's in the contract, but he wasn't the starry-eyed rube going all alone up against mean ol' nasty TLC that he tried to portray himself as being. If his current lawyer didn't see this coming, he's incompetent at the very least. Jon's obviously gotten himself mixed up with some very bad people.

Kate's Real Love said...

TLC shot themselves in the foot by filing this lawsuit. They showed America exactly what they stand for. They don't care about the children, they care about the almighty dollar. They thought the ratings were down because of Jon? The ratings were down because America is sick and tired of the Gosselins. They are fake as Kate's boobs.

Kate loses as well. Her future "career" by TLC's filing of the lawsuit just landed her as America's Biggest Fame Whore and NOBODY wants to come within 10" of sloppy seconds.

All along I knew TLC was behind Kate and her media tour. Now I know without a shadow of a doubt.

We may not be able to prove Kate slept with Steve, but it is all in black and white now that Kate sleeps with TLC.

Lucy said...

Could this trainwreck get any worse? Khate, Jon and TLC are all at fault but it is ultimately the children who will suffer the most. The children weren't in it just for the money. They love their parents and want to please. TLC is just acting like the big greedy corporate monster it is, Khate is the greedy narcissist and Jon the greedy enabler who let the greed games commence.

Pa Mom Knows said...

"There is no "moral" issue here--Jon didn't honour his end of the contract. Perhaps Jon should have thought out his actions, rather than allowing his lawyer to hoodwink him into thinking that he could win against the network."

There's a morals clause in the contract. Unfortunately, it is directed at the parents, not at the company. Perhaps Kate and Jon's legal counsel should have written into the contract that if the parents determined that TLC was exploiting the children for any reason (violation of child labor laws, no permits, forced scripting, filming naked bodies), TLC would be in breach of contract.

Journalist said...

"...these "following a family shows" have gotta go."

Amen, Minka's Tail.

fidosmommy said...

"Go to a neighbor's and watch if you must."

******

How about go to a neighbor's and have a nice cup of coffee and a slice of cake and have a neighborly chat about your kids, pets, grandchildren, hobbies, church/temple/mosque activities,
the H1N1 Virus, the local school board, the new library in town or
the price of eggs in Trinidad.
Go out and watch the stars. I'll be going to a friend's house to play with her cat, have some dinner, and watch the raccoons and possums eat and play just past her back yard every Monday night. It's far better TV than anything on that square box in my living room. I don't think the coons and possums are being exploited.....
and there's not a contract in sight.

Janine said...

Zondervan Publishing might benefit from a few concerned letters on behalf of the 8 Blessings. I think it's still legal for us to speak and Zondervan might have more compassion than TLC.

Pa Mom Knows said...

"Jon needs to make a public statement about the cash he reportedly spends, including the bit about TLC paying for his New York rent, show related expenses, car lease, etc."

Why does he need to make a public statement? He's already said enough, and so has she. How are his personal finances any of our business? The judge said to take this privately and settle it among the two of them. Why open additional cans of worms? It will never stop!

Jen said...

Hmmm... could this have anything to do with the recent accusations from ex-nanny Stephanie about hacking Kate's emails?

Maybe that was a lie and maybe that was true, but one has to wonder if now TLC is covering all their bases.

Her statement came out on the 15th, Kate the releases a statement through her lawyer about being disturbed by it and thinking about her legal options....... and now on the 16th TLC says they are suing Jon? NOW?

I mean, who knows, maybe they think Jon actually does have records of Kate's emails and texts with TLC.

That opens up a whole new batch of questions as well, what is left (after everything we've already come to find out is true) that they are trying to cover up?

And who at TLC thinks this is helping Kate's image? If anything it pinpoints her as well as TLC as vindictive.

Early Bird Way said...

I have to wonder if the anti male sentiment among the more radical of feminist is somehow driving the attempts of TLC to deprive the Gosselin Children of their father?

ManicNarcissism said...

Im_in_PR said...

ManicNarcissism said...TLC is the parent and Jon and Kate are the children. It might be a double standard, and unfortunate that they were letting Kate talk and gagging Jon.

Unfortunately for TLC their actions are going to be introduced as evidence of their alleged conspiracy against Jon to destroy him personally and as the head of his family, so that TLC could have unfettered access to his children for the purpose of exploiting them for money.

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Who is going to take up a "conspiracy" fight? Jon and Jersey lawyer? The lawyer just said on LKL that he wanted Jon to fight his fight in the "court of public opinion" and then accused TLC of doing the exact same thing. Between Jon and his lawyer they have about half a brain. Even if they had a worthy law suit I have no confidence that they could pull anything off in a cohesive logical manner. Wish they could, but ain't gonna happen.

Kay said...

I noticed that the "story line" on the season premiere of LPBW seemed to focus on trouble in the Roloff's marriage. My first thought was "Oh PLEASE, Matt and Amy, don't let TLC suck you into sharing your personal problems to boost ratings too.....RUN!"

GoPoshGo said...

momtotwins2 said...
Can I ask: Does anyone have a list of what shows Khate has been on and what shows Jon has been on. She has definately outdone him. So what is their point?

INFURIATING

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I just read an article about the law suit -- haven't read all the posts yet, but I agree momtotwins -- this is ludicrous. It begs the question, didn't Kate breach the contract as well?? Even if TLC "approved" of the shows she went on, she certainly didn't adhere to their admonishment NOT to bash one another. WTF?????

Also, does anyone know of any updates regarding TLC being sued for violating child labor laws??? Jon needs to get on that bandwagon and drag TLC through the mud. Just because the kids are now off the show does not excuse them from years of abusing those kids.

Jon needs a better lawyer.

Disgusted said...

Well, we'd always speculated that kHate was going down to MD to bed Steve. Now we know that she was going down to bed TLC. Money and fame truly are her gods.

No Drama Mama said...

In all honesty... Jon Gosselin wins Stupidest Person of The Day today in my book. He had a sweet deal with TLC and blew it for ALL THE WRONG REASONS. He is SELFISH.

PaMa said...

From US Weekly:


Jon Gosselin's attorney, Mark Jay Heller, has issued the following statement after TLC filed a lawsuit against the reality star, 32, Friday, alleging breach of contract:

"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.

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"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.

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"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.

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"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 $186 million dollars in revenue for one quarter, purportedly attributed to the success of the program Jon & Kate Plus Eight.

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"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," the statement concludes.

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Concerned for 8 said...

It's too bad none of the family members, former neighbors or form film crew will talk on Jon's behalf. Now that he's finally done what Aunt Jodie and Uncle Kevin thought should be done, where are they to defend him?

where's Jon No more Kate said...

I've had it with TLC. This is blackmail to get those kids back on tv again. How terrible??? Who are the sponsers of TLC and who do I write. I will never watch them again and neither will my family.

Early Bud Way said...

Who is going to take up a "conspiracy" fight? Jon and Jersey lawyer? The lawyer just said on LKL that he wanted Jon to fight his fight in the "court of public opinion" and then accused TLC of doing the exact same thing. Between Jon and his lawyer they have about half a brain. Even if they had a worthy law suit I have no confidence that they could pull anything off in a cohesive logical manner. Wish they could, but ain't gonna happen.

Heard it through the grapevine that some big dog lawyers are coming in to go after TLC for harming this family.

Katie711 said...

Ok so please tell me this. WHY isnt Kate being sued for the exact same thing? Is it cuz Eileen O'Neil thinks that Kate is the second coming? I hope Jon gets a better lawyer and counter sues for slander. This is out of hand.

Tazzy said...

THERE ARE NO CHILD LABOR LAWS IN PA. THAT IS WHY KHATE BOUGHT A MANSION THERE.

Sorry for the caps. Just need to vent on that.

Katie711 said...

Can anyone tell me where to call or contact TLC? I would love to drop them a note or call them? Thank you for any help. IM DONE with TLC ( the lame channel )

Katie711 said...

Wasnt thru the grapevine its all over the news. I agree that Jon needs a shark of a new atty. The asshat he has now is NO GOOD. He sure as heck needs better help. PLEASE. GET A GOOD ATTY.

Katie711 said...

I totally understand the Caps. I feel the same way.

f8k8 said...

f8k8 said...
Again Jon, present TLC with a check for 100k on Entertain Tonight for the world to see. Ask TLC to then leave you and your kids alone.

Then sue Kate for alimony and child support.

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Wishful thinking, but I don't see this ever happening.
Jon's actions show he is just as motivated by money and Kate. He tried to blackmail TLC over money and TLC called his bluff.
They all suck.

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Jon has nothing to lose. Just agree to pay off what TLC wants, and if TLC refuse the cash settlement, they would look like the total idiot.

Just call TLC on their bluff. Hand them the check, if they refuse, they will look like a total idiot.

TLC doesn't want Jon's money. They want him to suffer and give up his fight.

So, call TLC on their bluff, give them the 100k or whatever they're suing for.

Jon can make up that money in no time. In the mean time, he can sue for child support and alimony.

I guarantee this is just a scare tactic by TLC. What does TLC want with Jon's mescal 100k he made for his interviews?

If I was Jon, I was say here's your money, now leave me alone.

TLC won't take the check. I guarantee it.

If they do. So what. Jon and his kids will be free. And they can survive by suing Kate for child support and alimony.

Geema said...

Be careful what you wish for! This show was originally the answer to the Gosselin's prayers and now it has destroyed their lives. It will continue to ruin their lives as long as the greed of TLC and Jon and especially Kate continues. I agree that, in the end, the only people with ANY money will be the lawyers. Clue in, Jon and Kate and ridiculous TLC!! What is wrong with all of you?

Early Bud Way said...

Graceland said in her interviews she has kept things private.

Well there's some crazy talk.....

Not a fan of either said...

Um. Is Kate sleeping with someone at TLC? I am beyond baffled at how they protect her and are out to destroy Jon. Something is just not right here. The majority of Americans (sheeple excluded) see Kate for what she is. A nasty, self-serving, money grubbing, poor excuse for a wife and mother. Yet TLC continues to protect her. I'm telling ya, something stinks here.

f8k8 said...

Jon to the twins:

Hey guess what?

Twins: What?

Jon: TLC and Mom are suing me!

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I can see the kids jumping for joy. Thanks TLC and Kate. You guys obviously do care for the kids and doing everything you can to put them back on your show.

AnotherPRPro said...

JENNIFERP said:
"Do you have to belong to SAG or AFTRA or whatever the actors union is if you're on a reality show? Because if you do have to join the actors union, then whenever you appear on tv -- be it The View, Good Morning America, the morning news, whatever -- then you do have to get paid "scale" (however much that is these days"

This is actually not true. Talent go on these shows to promote projects and themselves, and in almost all cases travel and hotel costs (if any) are paid for out of the promoted movie or TV show publicity budgets.

There are a few instances when an actor would be paid Union wages by an entertainment or talk show. One example would be if they acted as a "special correspondent" or did something scripted on behalf of the show. For instance, E! hired Kathy Griffen to cover the Emmy red carpet on their behalf. She obviously negotiated a contract with E! for a salary, but the absolute minimum she would have received would have been the AFTRA scale.

Reality show participants are not members of any union or guild which is why they make such cheap labor. They are at the mercy of the networks who never, ever have their best interest at heart.

There was some rumbling within the past few years of reality show "celebrities" trying to band together to force the guild hand to allow them in, but so far no-go.

Ohio Buckeye said...

Minka'sTail said (paraphrasing)..after the recent hoax of the 6 year old 'missing' along with his parents' homemade hot air balloon let's hope this is the END of 'reality tv'.****************************

Amen, Minka, Amen.

The whole concept of 'reality' tv is so bogus. I'm just amazed that viewers watch ANY of this tripe, from "Toddler & Tiaras" to "Real Housewives of....", to "Survivor" to.... the list seems endless.

JMO, but it just seems one more piece of the dumbing down of America.

SAD.

MomofFour said...

This entire thing is a scam. This is called "sensationalized" TV. All these "unbelievable" "I can't believe it" "It just can't happen" events do one thing....cause people to pay attention. It's publicity. No matter whether you love Jon, you love Kate, you hate them, you love the kids, you hate the show, you hate TLC...the key thing is it's causing emotional outcry, good or bad, and it's making people tune in. That is EXACTLY what they want. Here goes ANOTHER round of TV interviews and reason for the gawkers to watch the show and boost the ratings. It not only brings attention to the show it brings attention to the network. Look at every show on TLC. Even the Roloffs...who I have defended forever...their first show of the season was all about controversy between Amy and Matt. Amy Roloff...who spent God knows how much money galavanting across the country with her kids and family is yelling at Matt for spending money and is worried about her "security". It is ALL A SCAM people.

This is what TV has come to. Even politics is the same thing. Shock and awe. Let us scare you to death with the H1N1 virus death count so you won't notice we are printing a trillion dollars and increasing the debt. Every PR and advertising professional will tell you this is what pop culture is in this country now.

I GUARANTEE you...TLC is on this blog counting posts after its announcement. Don't get sucked into it. Jon and Kate signed up for this. If I were a betting person I'd bet you all my savings those two are squirreling away the money laughing all the way to the bank and TLC couldn't be happier. I don't believe any of it. And you know what?? If they are this stupid...and TLC is this stupid then they all deserve eachother. Maybe they will all go to jail and somebody else can raise the kids.

Sadey said...

It's quite simple people we are the ones that can make or break a show or network!!!!Simply don't watch any shows on Tlc. If you mean what you say then please with all the Gosselin children in mind refrain from giving this network the power over the people. Like all businesses it all boils down to MONEY.They don't give a damn about some money hungry pain in the ass. All they see is the money and publicity that this woman brings. When the well dries up guess what Kate will be easily disposed of..Kate says that the money makes life more easier for her children, She is full if it. What she means is that the money makes her life easier.. I will not watch tlc because I have that power in my house. If your angry then resolve to make a change..

mommadiane5 said...

Kate will not stop. She can't now. TLC is not going to cut them loose. I sent TLC/Discovery an e-mail telling/ begging them to just let the Gosselins go. That our home quit watching all of their channels because of this mess.

I really think that the only thing that will stop it is if all of their shows loose viewers. Please stop watching them. It's really, I think, the only way that we can help the children and isn't that what everybody wants.

cheryl said...

IMHO, it's time for Jon to get down and dirty. Scrap the bottom of the barrel - bring out all the scum for all the lawyers to act upon. Be Strong Jon!!!

Lucy said...

I for one wrote Discovery Channel over a month ago to tell them why TLC is no longer welcome in my household. And guess what? Our lives have been replaced by really fun, meaningful things during those times we used to watch that poor excuse for an entertainment channel. Try it ... you'll like it! Don't let TLC get you mad ... get even ... stop watching!

f8k8 said...

TLC just admitted that Mark Heller requested that Jon's contract be ripped and void, or Jon would pull the kids off the show..

So, TLC just Admitted that Jon wanted off the show way before TLC made the name Change. The lies are coming out.

All the hoopla over Jon doing this because he was fired were all baseless.

HateKate said...

What does ruining Jon get TLC but stupid revenge? Pushing Jon into the corner with nothing to lose would just mean Jon will spill the beans about TLC and the made up reality show that he was a part of. Maybe if Jon is broke, Khate has to pay alimony. Great. How does that help the kids?

TLC is The Living Evil Channel.

she is evil said...

If jon and Kate are still married, isn't TLC suing Jon the same as suing both of them when it comes to damages and legal fees? When my ex and I were separated but not yet divorced my lawyer told me as an offhand remark that if he were to hit someone with his car and get sued, I'd be financially liable for half until the divorce was final. Just wondering... Maybe it's different in this state than PA

doubletalk said...

I thought TLC 'fired' Jon? Isnt that what all the media outlets were reporting just a week or so ago at the same time TLC released a statement saying that per Nov 2 the show would be re named Kate + 8
Was there ever a statement released via TLC that Jon NOT fired from the show? If I understand this correctly, Jon was fired, but TLC was still holding him to the terms and conditions of the Jon'TLC contract. If Kate is their 'sweetheart' and Jon is considered 'by the team as a liability' why is TLC suing him for breech of contract? TLC should be glad he is out . Or, is TLC just pouting because Jon refused to play nice and took his 'toys' aka eight children and went home.

HateKate said...

Larry King and The View do not pay guests. Kate was paid for all those talks she gave. Did the money go to TLC?

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KHate probably got prior permission from TLC to be on the shows, which makes her in legal terms not in breach of contract.

Melissa P. Gentry said...

Having worked in the law field myself for over 20 years, what Jon's attorney today said is correct. Jon never appeared on any interviews until AFTER they changed the name to Kate Plus 8, which made HIS contract null and void. I am sure TLC thinks they have Jon by the knackers (and I am sure Kate told them exactly where to find them) but what TLC was to ignorant to figure out was Jon has an ace up his sleeve. TLC is running scared. Why file the lawsuit in the first place? They KNOW that Jon has incriminating evidence against Kate. For whatever reason TLC is backing Kate 100%, I believe that reason is the HUNDRED OF MILLIONS TLC has made off of the Gosselins.

What TLC has failed to realize (again another corporate mistake) is that was a once in a lifetime thing. The Gosselins have been OVEREXPOSED and everyone is sick and tired of them. Their show no matter how you try to bring it back to its initial premise will NEVER be the same as it once was. It can't be.

Get over it TLC, you lose. Let the kids once and for all.

Katie711 said...

Look what TLC did to the Tuettles as well. Hell they don't even talk to each other anymore and that is a father and son. That to me is just horrifying. TLC ruined J&K and the Tuettle's and yes Kat looks diff and her orig crew is gone ( I bet TLC didn't like them ) Just bad stuff going on there. And I don't doubt they are paying Kate's lawyers. That is why she can afford 3 different ones. All heavy hitters too.

Anonymous said...

My fear is that this will all end very, very badly for Jon. He has no clue. He has terrible council and this is all going to blow up in his face. He's playing with the big boys and is too clueless to understand what he is up against. I just hope and pray that when this is all over, he will be a strong enough man to rebuild his life from scratch because he will have absolutely nothing. No girlfriend, no NY condo, no fancy cars, no money, no marriage and a completely controlled (by Khate) relationship with his kids. It will take a very, very strong person to be able to survive this. I am very worried. I've worked in the entertainment industry for 15 years. He's going to get completely fried.

GoPoshGo said...

JenniferP said...
Do you have to belong to SAG or AFTRA or whatever the actors union is if you're on a reality show?

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The unions don't apply to reality TV shows. And the laws protecting kids in "mainstream" tv do not protect the kids in reality tv. I imagine the first law to protect kids in reality shows is going to be called "The Gosselin 8 anti-reality show abuse" law.

Jon needs a good lawyer who will prove (1) that the kids were actually working, and claims of a "documentary" are crap; (2) as employees, they should have been compensated, and (3) as working child actors, TLC was required to obtain working permits for the kids. Once a lawyer proves the kids were working, TLC is toast -- they broke the law; no arguing around that.

Huh? said...

Peggy mason said...

TLC, I have absolutely HAD it with you!!!! I will never watch this channel again and neither will any of my 4 sisters and brother. I will get the word out to everyone I can. My kids and I are going to make flyers to hand out at the school-- we must take every stand we can against K-9 + 8!! The madness has to stop! How dare a tv station try to stand between the word of a Father and HIS OWN children! I am so angry I could just throw something. The fact that K-9 would let this happen shows what a worthless mother and wife she really is. Despite anything that's happened betwixt her and Jon, they are STILL his kids! That should matter more than anything else!

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Flyers for what purpose? You don't actually think a school will let you pass out flyers stating your opinion of TLC and/or Kate, do you?

ManicNarcissism said...

Kay said...

I noticed that the "story line" on the season premiere of LPBW seemed to focus on trouble in the Roloff's marriage. My first thought was "Oh PLEASE, Matt and Amy, don't let TLC suck you into sharing your personal problems to boost ratings too.....RUN!"

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I noticed on the American Choppers commercial Senior and Junior are fighting and they are saying they aren't going to speak to one another. I turned to my husband and was like can't you just have shows anymore about making motorcycles, raising kids, etc, without there being such drama? It is like J&K raised the bar but really lowered it very far down. Quite a magic trick!

ManicNarcissism said...

Melissa P. Gentry said...

Having worked in the law field myself for over 20 years, what Jon's attorney today said is correct. Jon never appeared on any interviews until AFTER they changed the name to Kate Plus 8, which made HIS contract null and void.

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What about the Chris Cuomo interview? Did he have permission for that? Because that was way before the name change.

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