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TLC to Jon -- Pants on Fire!

10/16/2009 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained a copy of the lawsuit TLC just filed against Jon Gosselin, and the network is essentially saying Jon is a liar by now claiming he stopped production because he's concerned about the welfare of his kids -- TLC says Jon is concerned about the welfare of Jon.

Jon Gosselin -- Launch docs

According to the suit, filed by Paul Gaffney of the law firm of Williams & Connolly in DC, the day TLC recast the show as "Kate Plus 8," Jon's lawyer contacted TLC and demanded that they release him from the "exclusivity" provision of the contract, even though Jon was still drawing a full salary. The suit claims Jon's laywer gave an ultimatum -- either release him 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 notes Jon never uttered a peep about how bad the show was for his kids, until it affected his pocketbook.

And, TLC claims Jon is pulling in some serious bucks from "Entertainment Tonight" -- aka "Entertainment Something."

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121.

kateandjonaregreedy    

TLC exploited this family. They're sickening. Jon and Kate are horrendous parents but they fail in comparsion to TLC.

TLC ruined this family.

1731 days ago
122.

Maggie    

# 153- If you are going to traffic in gossip, as we all are, please try to keep up to date. Even radaronline.com which broke the "story" of the alleged MD condo backed down weeks ago (although ROL phrased it as Kate deciding against buying the condo as opposed to saying, say "someone reported seeing her in this condo building which also has a restaurant in it and we jumped to the conclusion, without any evidence, that she was buying a condo and not having lunch in the restaurant with a friend, who, BTW, is the WIFE of the bodyguard. Since then everyone connected with it, including the condo building management, has throughly rebutted the allegation. Jon's made it pretty clear that he was the source of the Kate's having an affair story; he says out of jealousy at him being with her on the road. That may be true. OTOH, it's pretty common for a spouse who's cheating or considering cheating to claim the other spouse is already cheating. I don't know if it's a childish "he/she started it", projection, or deflection. If she is having an affair with anyone, all I can say is that Jon could take lessons from her in how to do it discretely. In the current overheated atmosphere, the pap would probably be able to retire after selling a shot he took of either Kate or a lover doing the walk of shame like they did with Stephanie Santoro and Jon.

As for why TLC allowed Kate to do things and not Jon, I'd suspect that it would have something to do with the fact that Kate was and is abiding by the terms of the agreement, including getting TLC's permission to make outside appearances. TLC's allegations portray Jon as using his children as bargaining chips to get TLC to release him from the exclusivity provisions of the contract while still getting paid under the contract. Only after TLC made it clear that it would not be extorted, did Jon take action to keep the children from filming. TLC's a business; they paid for an exclusive deal. At that point, Jon had already begun trashing TLC whenever he could. Why would they pay him so that he could make money on his own while doing his level best to defame his wife and TLC?

There are a lot of great dads, single and married, and they deserve far better than to be associated with Jon's current selfish and irresponsible behavior.

I hate pop psychology with the unqualified trying to make medical judgments about people they've never met, but I find myself hoping that the people who believe that he is bipolar are right. It would explain a lot and, although I don't believe it is curable, there are medications that can control it. I really hope that's what it is, because it offers some glimmer of hope that the man who was a loving and responsible father when Kate was pregnant with the sextuplets and in the months immediately after their birth can reemerge. I don't think this marriage can be saved, but an official bipolar diagnosis and treatment for Jon would give hope for them to be able to establish an amicable and civil co-parenting relationship for the benefit of their children.

1730 days ago
123.

suemny    

Jon Gosselin is a fool and an idiot. He cut off his nose to spite his face when he halted filming. It was out of pure spite because TLC was taking his name off the show and giving him a smaller role. However, he was still making the same amount of money, so why the hell should he have cared whose name was on the show? His big fat ego got in the way. The show should have been named The 8 Gosselins. After all, people tuned in to see the kids, not bossy, snotty Kate or Jon the henpecked husband. Jon is too dumb to see that his slick Willy lawyer will end up with most of his money. The biggest losers will be the 8 kids. It wouldn't surprise me to see them end up with NO money at all after all the dust settles from this train wreck of a divorce that their parents are playing out publicly. Kate will land on her feet. Jon will end up flat broke and unemployed. His stint on Entertainment Tonight and The Insider will come to an end when interest in his mess of a life fades away.

1730 days ago
124.

Padrig    

Anonymous--The difference between Kate going on the view is she had permission from TLC..Jon has been trashing TLC for weeks. He signed a contract in August. It is the same as most business..you cannot be a ceo for coke and go on tv talking trash about the drink and how bad it is for people. I am amazed that no matter what Jon does some people have to include Kate. She did nothing to breach her contract..why should TLC go after her. And about Kates bodygard, what proof do you have? He is married with children and to make yourself feel better about Jon you have to hurt his family. Even Jon said he had no proof, just that she changed. please!! Shame on you

1730 days ago
125.

Padrig    

Cat- It seems you are being petty...what is a real job like the rest of us? Some people want their kids to go to private schools, college have a better life. I really liked the show, and yes for a few hours of filming a week, why not? These kids have always had the TLC crew around and they interacted good with them, so instead of getting a little distraction from the crazy media blitz, the kids should be stuck at home as ET or the "team jon" girls that hang around the fence film them..makes sense...(NOT)

1730 days ago
126.

Erin    

Stop taking sides. Jon, Kate and TLC and all the rest of you idiots who love those $$$$$, need to stop scr*wing up these kids lives.

1730 days ago
127.

sunny    

OMG the Nancy Grace interview was just soooo funny, what was his reps thinking???? The best was him saying "I am doing this for family values" keep it up jon your 15 is about over!!!

1729 days ago
128.

AmA    

PAYBACK JON.GET A REAL JOB

1708 days ago
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