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Joe Jackson -- I Won't Be There ... Much

8/4/2009 6:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We just got a declaration from Joe Jackson, filed with the court, and Joe makes it clear -- he supported Michael Jackson's decision to make his wife Katherine the guardian of Michael's 3 kids .. and Joe makes it clear he will keep his distance.

Joe says in the declaration: "I have had a close family relationship with these grandchildren since their birth. I do visit the family residence from time to time and will continue to do so, however I will not be involved in raising the children."

Joe continues, "I understand that all decision-making authority regarding the children will rest with Katherine Jackson. Katherine Jackson is a wonderful caretaker and guardian, and has done an excellent job raising our children and other grandchildren."


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91.

Lynne Clearwater    

If/When Katherine Jackson dies who will inherit her portion of MJ's estate willed to her?

1716 days ago
92.

Shane Flores    

Where is michael's body now? have the family told anyone where his location is at this moment? and is it true that the reason the toxicology is taking another week because when they announce it, there is also going to be an arrest warrant for Dr. Conrad Murray?

1716 days ago
93.

kayaeger    

I have seen online that Joe Jackson lives with his illegitmate daughter from an affair...why hasn't anyone brought that up

1716 days ago
94.

Melanie    

Why wasn't the older sister named guardian instead of Katherine by Michael ? It seems like Katherine (bless her heart) at her age is an unnecessary step in the process.

1716 days ago
95.

LakersFan    

Harvey and Mike,

How do you think Paris and Prince "getting to know" their birth mother will affect Blanket?

1716 days ago
96.

Elementa    

Does this mean that Joe is going just ride off into the sunset with his other baby from another mother and wait until the tot's get older then plan his attack for another Jackson child group? and what's up with Omer? Why is is gettin so much press. Tmz order a DNA TEST PRONTO.

1716 days ago
97.

Joe Jackson is illiterate    

Joe Jackson is a liar, just like the rest of the Jacksons. Now that Michael is dead they are pretending to have been close to him and his kids. We all know differently! And that con man Firpo Carr...on TV every night pretending to have known Michael Jackson's business and pretending to have been his friend...Poof Poof! ONE BIG SHOW!

1716 days ago
98.

GeorgiaMae    

Obviously, MJ was not longer a practicing Jehovah's Witness. Wonder if there was any discussion about the kids and religion? We've seen photos of them arriving at the Kingdom Hall. Will they be forced to be JW's like Katherine? I don't think that was one of MJ's wishes for the kids even though he wanted Katherine to be their guardian.

1716 days ago
99.

Corinna    

Is LaToya writing another tell all book?

I'd be more worried about LaToya Jackson around the kids than Joe Jackson. I don't think the family can trust her.

1716 days ago
100.

Della    

Do you know how you know he is lying? His lips are moving? Oh, my God.. he may not be around.. he has a record label to promote.. Gotta make that money Joe right? Michael didn't leave you in that will and you aint sure if Londell can get Kathering a seat at that table to get the money.

Oh well, just pack it in big boy and head on back to Vegas. Haven't you ruined enough lives?

1716 days ago
101.

danica    

Didn't he and Katherine file at the beginning listing Katherine as the guardian? This isn't a new development.

1716 days ago
102.

trey    

WELL I BELIVE ITS GREAT jOE IS STEPPIN BAC, BUT ASWELL MJ DISLIKED HIMBUT DURING HIS TRIALS HE WAS THERE FOR MJ ,,, SUM PEOPLE CHANGE AN ASWELL I WAS RAISED WITH A IRON FIST AN MANY OTHER IN THE DAY AGE WHERE TOO, WHY DENY IT NOW,,, I BELIVE JOE WOULD NEVER HURT THE KIDS, ASWELL JOE KNOW WHERE HE STANDS AN BELIVE ME THEM ARE MJ KIDS AN THEY ARE NO FOOLS,, AN IT GOING TO TAKE A SMART AN SWELL PERSON TO RAISE THEM AN KEEP THEM ON TRACK AN JOE MAY NEED TO B E THERE,, MJ GAVE THEM THE WORLD NOW TO SIT AROUND THE KIDS MAY BE BORED MJ LIFE WAS EXCITING, SO WE AS PEOPLE NEED TO EMBRACE THE BOND NOT MAKE A MESS OF IT TO MAKE MONEY

1716 days ago
103.

Debbie    

Legally, who will get the children if Katharine dies before they reach 18 years old? Who wants to go back to court then?

1716 days ago
104.

HumanNature    

JOE JACKSON IS FROM THE OLD SCHOOL!!!! EVERYBODY ON THIS POST NEED THEIR AZZ KICK FOR SOME OF THE B.S. THAT'S BEEN POSTED ON THIS BLOG!!!

EVERYBODY IN UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS DSYFUNCTIONAL, JEALOUS, ENVIOUS, GREEDY, MONEY HUNGRY, STUPID, RACIST, HATEFUL, BACKSTABBERS, ALCOHOLIC, DRUG ADDICT, GAY AND DOWN RIGHT DIRTY!!!

JUDGING PEOPLE THAT YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW OR CARE ABOUT!!!!

EVERYBODY HAS/HAVE DONE WORST TO THEIR OWN FAMILY, SO CALL FRIENDS AND COMPLETE STRANGER!!!!!

YOU ALL JUST DEVILS WALKING AROUND PRETENDING TO BE HUMAN BEING!!!!

GO TO HELL!!!!!

1716 days ago
105.

Kathy B    

what's the latest on when the autopsy results will be announced???

1716 days ago
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