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TLC Sues Jon Gosselin, His Lawyer Responds

TLC Sues Jon Gosselin, His Lawyer Responds

On Friday morning, TLC filed a lawsuit against Jon Gosselin for breach of contract with regard to Jon & Kate Plus 8.

A statement released by the network reads, “The network has been trying privately and patiently for months to get Jon to honor the contract he signed and to comply with his obligations relating to public appearances and statements. Those efforts have been unsuccessful.”

Mark Heller, Jon‘s attorney responded with this statement released to

“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.

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.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

Divorce papers for Jon, 32, and Kate, 34, were filed on June 22.

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  • happy girl

    drmz dramz dramz! how did this family become public interest? kinda trashy if you ask me. poor kids.

  • hun81

    Boy, is he getting it now. Only wish TLC had my back and I was in Kates shoes and Jon was in my exes.

  • flo

    What is TLC suing Jon for? The right to exploit and abuse innocent children on national television by a corporate company? Why did they insinuate themselvest into the middle of the divorce by supporting kate’s media tour. They provided her with PR team to coach her, field questions, bodyguards and a whole team at her beck and call.

  • hun81

    With out money, A**Holes like this unfortuantley get away with this crap. Im sure it will pleasure single mothers across the world to see this bastard go down. Sad but true.

  • You/Me

    Jon and his lawyer are scum.

  • anon

    TLC made millions off the Gosselin children and they are pissed that they have been cut off from filming the children and Jon has brought up PA Child Labor laws. TLC needs to pay the Gosselin children the money they deserve (as well as all the reality children they are exploiting)….plus, put funds aside for mental health help for egging their narcissistic mother Kate on to attack their father and make their lives living hell. TLC egged Kate on for ratings, TLC enjoyed the drama between Jon and Kate as it got them more ratings. TLC should pay Jon, not limit his income!

    TLC EXPLOITS the deformed, weak, ,mentally disabled and CHILDREN!!

  • anne

    i do not like this man at all nor do i trust his motives. he’s about as trustworthy as a rattlesnake in a rat’s nest.

  • humanXwreckage

    Oh please if anything TLC shouldn’t have even picked up Jon and Kate plus 8, its a well known fact that kids who grow up with cameras constantly following them around end up making some big mistakes. Just look at Lindsay Lohan and a previous Britney Spears before her comeback. Jon no doubt will get away with it, child labor laws will be brought into question which he could probably use in his favor since TLC picked up the show without bothering to investigate child laws properly

  • f.

    i hate them all. Jon, Kate, and TLC—They all need to get out of the media and stop exploiting their kids. Its beyond sad now.

  • tiffany

    Jon is an idiot.

  • megan’s my babe

    whatever jon is, i hope he wins against tlc and discovery!

  • megan’s my babe

    @anon: ohhh sooo agreed!

  • kk

    TLC – trailer trash network for the brain damaged

  • Dawn

    pfffft ,,,, tlc has no chance to win this dopey lawsuit


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  • CC

    @flo: Thank You!!!! finally… something with logical questions. TLC has made more than enough money from this family, probably more in the last 6 months than the last 5 years! Cut your loses TLC, you have more than enough other families to tear apart!

  • Magan

    Jon signed a contract, right or wrong, he didn’t meet his obligation. I don’t see how he’s going to get out of it. I think that TLC is going to be pretty smart about this and look into all the laws, they have a slew of lawyers at their beck and call. They’re smart, they’ll get what they want out of this. Those poor kids don’t understand what their parents are putting them through. I think its time for them to think about the kids for once and not think about who’s going to one up each other. It’s wrong. The kids are what are important. Go away Jon and Kate and figure this out privately, not publically. Jon you’ll never win a public view. You’re an idiot and you always will be. Kate isn’t any better, but she is at least thinking about her kids.

  • http://justjared GP

    I am going to side with jon on this one. It seems the money he made with tlc is locked up by Kate. How is this guy suppose to earn a living? So they are getting a divorce. TLC wants to change the show and cut jon out but keep her and the kids. Its his kids too everyone. He deserves money as well. Kate is so behind this and I hope she gets what she deserves. She is just as stupid and money hungy as Jon. But, it seems she is trying to steal the money, the spotlight, the show, and the kids. So what, kick jon on his butt. I bet if she wasnt such a nag, maybe these things we are hearing wouldnt of happend. Kate is pulling the strings on this one. This woman or beast is a waist and is a CONTROL FREAK. I hope jon gets his way now cause I am sick of Kate and her mouth. She is egging him on and thats why he does stupid stuff. Kate take your show, your kids and shove it

  • lillie

    Both parents should be wanting to pull the plug on this show with all the divorce proceedings and now this drama if they are both thinking about the kids. Money is not going to make it all better when these kids are older and see how their parents handled all this and thekids they go to school with pick and taunt at them about this. How did Jon breach a contract when they have as the lawyer stated done away with Jon and Kate plus eight the show jon was attached to. Im sure he didnt sign a contract for a show called Kate Plus Eight.

  • Karen

    I think Jon’s motives may be supsect.. but TLC needs to get a freakin grip. How do you sue a parent; regardless of his character, for them not letting you cash in on their kids.. How does a Network walk into court and justify that stance..

    I for one have no respect for the Network heads at all. That show should have been cancelled or put on the shelf until AFTER their Divorce. To film small kids going through this emotional time is just below low class. kate and Jon should both be ashamed of themselves for doing this to their children. I have seen some pics of the kids clinging to Jon when they are with him.. Just an example of what these kids are going through. I have adult friends who do not LIVE with their parents become emotional blobs when their parent divorced.. and yes these are adults.. not children under the age of 9. Just sad that these two parents could not see beyond greed and celebrity and do what was best for their children FIRST. I understand that they needed the money, and this was an easy way to get it, but was it worth it all..

    IMHO.. I think NOT..

  • christine

    I tried watching the new episodes after they seperated the couple on the couch, but it was incredibly boring. Not that I liked seeing Kate verbally abusing Jon all the time.
    I don’t watch TLC anyore. I don’t think any other network, like ABC and NBC would do this to a family. TLC is a horrid network!
    I actually BLOCKED it cause I’m sick of it. I would never allow kids to wach this DISFUNCTION either.
    I seriously think Kate needs to take psychiatric medication.
    There is only so much a man can take and vice versa.
    If Kate knew my ex-boyfriend, he woulda whipped her into shape verbally if she ever talked to him like that. HE WOULDA KICKED HER OUTTA THE HOUSE!
    No man, these days, will put up with that.
    I remember my father telling me, “You may think you can get away with your aggressive temper in our home, but no man will stay wih you for long, if you act that way around him.”
    Not to mention, what NASTY behavior this woman s teaching her kids.
    OF COURSE, any man or woman would try to get out of that situation.

  • lully

    he deserve more than that, I can’t believe that he want to cancel the show cause is not healthy for his childres as he said, but he brings the paparazzis with him everywhere he goes, even to pick up one of the twins at a soccer game, that is a location that kate will kept privite but not this camera wh*** that those 8 kids have as a father.

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  • Dee

    I think Jon is a simpleton and could technically be wrong, but the big picture here is that this is slimy Corporate America vs. the American Family.

  • http://justjared jello

    I think TLC is slime. They took hold of this family over 5 yrs ago and practically took them captive. I bet even if Jon & Kate tried to pull out together yrs ago they would have sued them both. The simpleton is Kate she thinks she is so smart & TLC has her where they want her. TLC doesn’t give two cents about those kids–it’s all ratings for them. Oprah supposively owns part of TLC & she has said nothing regarding Jon & kate even though she had them on the show twice. I can’t believe Oprah would let this go on regarding TLC. You think she would step in for the sake of the kids BUT obviously Oprah is all about ratings also & doesn’t give a damn about the kids & this train wreck family. TLC has their claws in this family and they know Kate is an idiot and will go along with anything they say because she is a greedy & money hungry & Jon wants out. He wanted out at the end of the fourth season as he said and Kate just tapped his knee and said “we have alot to iron out but Jon you could never go back to the life you had before the show” meaning he wanted to get a 9-5 job like a normal person & not do the show anymore. She is the PROBLEM with all of this!!!!! Oh Kate your sooooooo smart with IQ of 20.

  • tera

    I think Jon is going to win this! –

  • Leslie

    John is the world’s #1 douch bag. And it goes far beyond his breaking his contract with TLC. He is a media n w-h-o-r-e with the mentality of a 10 yr old boy.

  • rhonda

    I would think that Eileen O’neill and the LEARNING CHANNEL and DISCOVERY would just go crawl in their hole. Go away please

    Hey Eileen,


  • erica

    Some people have pointed it out, but Jon signed a contract and breached the terms of the contract. Good luck to him in getting out of this mess.

    And people please, he didn’t stop the cameras because he wanted to protect the children. Just a few days later he allowed Entertainment Tonight to film his children. He stopped the cameras because they fired him and he wanted to get back at them for firing him. There isn’t more to it.

    However, he underestimated the power of a network like TLC, they have money and they have power and good lawyers, and I think by the time TLC and Jon are out of litigation, Jon will be broke, because his lawyer will have taken all the money he got from letting his kids be filmed. Then the drama with his lawyer will start, because Jon won’t be able to pay him.

  • rhonda


    That family’s life has fallen apart before our eyes. It’s one thing to be entertained but comes a point when you have to say, someone is going to get hurt, probably one of those kids. Both parents are powder kegs and the responsible thing is to let it cool down. TLC and Discovery are going to be held responsible for anything that happens to those children. Eileen O’neill needs to let it GO!

  • I’m so broke.

    But these kids are 8 broken little souls.

    A dummy for a daddy who can’t think right and who gets bad lawyers,dummies,and who gives him really bad advice.
    Did Kate hire lawyers for Jon?LOL!

    Then there is fame hungry Kate who parentsvery little but loves fame and fortune.

  • Sadie

    TLC is a disgusting network to continue to exploit this family. Both parents are idiots that’s easy to see ~ but to continue to harm those little kids for corporate profits that is really disgusting. At least, for whatever reason the father stopped the TLC abuse money train. . . .At least give him that. . . .The mother, she is willing to continue the abuse for money. Maybe it’s time for child welfare to step in and tell TLC to back off.

  • Jan

    The suit was FILED in court today. It is FRIDAY. It takes days to serve an out of state defendant. Why does Heller not understand this????Heller got paid by US Weekly to repeat what he said when he and Jon dared TLC to sue Jon when they were on Larry King Live. JON IS TOAST!!!!

  • Cindy

    Just wait till Jon spills the beans about how TLC forced him not to tell the truth about the status of his marriage(separation) for at least a year while they lied to the viewers.

  • Jan

    @Cindy: Jon and Aunt Jodi have been saying that ALL year. No new news there. Just same on lies from Jon as he needed an excuse when caught CHEATING on Kate.

  • I’m so broke.



    ITA with others who ARE NOT KAYTE fans.
    People,Jon violated TLC’s contract.Yes he did.Yes,he will lose here and TLC has every right withSweet Kate to start up production.
    What wa sthe contract?
    To put these kids out on show,parade for the enjoyment,entertainment of others.
    Yeah,for the general public’s critical eye.For looking and laughing at them.For there are Kate fans who will watch and TLC is losing big money here,tensofmillions.
    Hey,whataboutthose poorkids?
    Imagine how good the show is going to be when in a few years they are teenagers in wild,wrong lifestyles.
    Yeah Babay,$lets keep$ this trainwreck rolling .These kids are the gift that keeps giving.

    This is sick!

  • Jan

    Jon had it ALL. Beautiful family. Million dollar house with acres of land and barn to store his man toys. TLC paid for the lawn care, an organic chef on days they filmed, upscale vacations, and large salary for Jon. Jon could not control his jealousy over Kate being in demand to give speeches, write books and tour. Jon resented his time with his children that Jon should have cherished. Jon complained. Kate hired more sitters to add to cooks and housekeepers already helping Jon when Kate worked. Jon had free time to go bar hopping and CHEAT. The rest is history. JON CREATED THIS TRAIN WRECK, NOT TLC, NOT KATE.

  • flo

    Jon was not cheating on kate when they were not living as a married couple. She pulled the plug on the marriage last October when she told him he could date as long as he just showed up for taping.TLC knew and continued the fakery of a happy family.

  • littleoldme

    All this stuff is nothing more than a scumbag lawyer trying to get rich off of a low life

  • weee

    Dude, jon ‘s going to lose this lawsuit, even if he didn’t have proper representation at the time of signing, a contract is a contract and he signed it, no excuses.

  • I’m so broke.


  • had enough

    I hope that all eight kids sue the pants off of TLC when they are legal age. Everyone associated with TLC should be ashamed of them selves. Reality shows should be banned.

  • I’m so broke.

    jan37,how can you say all of that when bottom line is this show,look at these kids went on too long.These kids are 5 and the show and the papps and reports about them have been out for 5 yrs.
    The twins are not like 15 yrs.older.

    If Jon were smart good,and quiet,how would be good for these kids?

  • I’m so broke.

    I mean if Jon were good,smart,and quiet,how would this tv be good,still,after all these ears,be good for these kids?
    It would not. Enough of living their little lives out on tv and in the paps view.

  • lakers fan in boston

    for god’s sake enough with this family already
    they have gotten beyond the point of annoying, i really wish they would totally disappear
    the worse thing is they wont go away

  • http://JUSTJARED barbara

    @GP: 1st of all, TLC did not cut Jon out of the show. He was just going to be limited because he was not showing up to film for eek 2 1/2hrs for maybe 3 days a week. But he was still going to the bank for his paycheck. Bottom line, however you feel about TLC, Jon did breach his contract, and slandered the network. He even dared them to sue him during 2 different interviews. His exact words Yeah I know breach of contract, they can sue me, I don’t care. I bet he cares now.

  • Jen

    The Lying Channel is doing this so that Jon will agree to let them continue to exploit the children. The only ones who have no say in anything are the children and nobody seems to care about how all of this is affecting them. I wish there was someone that could give a voice to the children . None of this can be good for them. This action proves that TLC is not concerned about the children; only the money.
    TLC may end up winning; but, it will be at the expense of the children Sad very sad.

  • F TLC

    -don’t know why the F-tard Khate reject fans are so happy….what TLC takes from Jon they take from his children (which shows you how much they care about the children)……… they are his kids just as much as the bytch’s. I smell bad PR for TLC….making those poor little children they made so much money off of suffer so……; )

  • Jan-2


    There are two Jan’s on here. You’re one and I’m the other. I will change my name to distinguish between us.

  • Jan-2

    @I’m so broke.:

    I hope you don’t have kids. I can’t imagine you helping them with school work. You can’t write a coherent sentence.