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TLC Sues Jon Gosselin

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Jon Gosselin, star of Jon and Kate Plus 8, refused to show up at the lawsuit hearing that took place yesterday against TLC even though his attorney, Mark Heller said the father of eight would be present. Needless to say the hearing started in his absence. TLC representatives present at the hearing criticized the father of eight and referred to his behavior as “embarrassing”.

According to Usmagazine, the network requested that the judge stop Jon from making any media appearances that violated his exclusive contract since the contract is still in effect. However, Jon says he has a right to earn a living as a media personality. Jon has filed a countersuit against TLC citing that the network violated Pennsylvania’s child labor laws in filming his eight children.

During the hearing, TLC’s reps revealed that the Gosselin family was being paid $22,500 per episode as supposed to $75,000 that Jon may have revealed to the media. In addition, they wanted Jon to stop appearances that “make the show look bad” referring to his appearance at an August pool party in Las Vegas. Edward Sabin, TLC’s Chief Operating Officer also added that the image Jon has portrayed in the public isn’t consistent with the show’s image. Edward offered other examples of bad behavior: Jon’s habit of signing autographs outside the family’s PA home, chatting with paparazzi outside his home, and the list goes on. According to Sabin, they tried unsuccessfully to reach Jon’s manager. “It was a bit disconcerting, so we cried, ‘Foul! Guys, foul!’ — you gotta get your guy in line.”

The judge agreed with TLC, and granted TLC’s request for a preliminary injunction against Jon late Thursday. The ruling means that Jon must abide by the exclusivity and confidentiality agreement in his contract, putting an end to his unapproved and paid interviews with various outlets. It will also prohibit him from continuing to pursue competing TV deals.

Based on this ruling, it’s safe to say we will be seeing and hearing much less of the douchebag Jon in the recent weeks to come.

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The final episode of TLC’s Jon and Kate Plus 8 will air tonight. During the final episode, fans can expect to see the estranged parents of eight go on outings with the kids separately. Jon Gosselin takes the kids to a fire station near the family home in Wernersville, Pa., while Kate Gosselin takes them to a local dairy farm.

Jon and Kate both reflect separately on the events of the past few months and what the future holds for them. The last few months have been a roller coaster ride for the separated couple. A couple months ago, TLC announced that the show will be renamed Kate Plus 8. This never happened as Jon refused to let his kids appear on the show saying it was detrimental to the kids.

Kate Plus 8 is not in production,” TLC spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg said Thursday. “We are focusing on the launch of Kate’s new series in early spring.” No other details were available.

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In other news, RadarOnline is reporting that Jon & Kate’s divorce should be finalized before the year is over. The main issue holding up the divorce was the division of the couple’s assets. A divorce arbitrator will divide their assets by December 21.

The couple met face to face on Saturday for a divorce arbitration meeting, during which Jon decided to bring flowers for Kate.  Jon, the classy guy that he is, made certain to tell the press he brought the flowers for Kate as a peace offering. Kate however did not accept the roses and a source familiar with the situation told Radar, “She was disgusted by Jon’s actions. She sees right through him.” Can’t say we blame her.

Tell Us: Will Jon & Kate finally go away now that the show ends?

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Jon and Kate Gosselin will come face-to-face under the supervision of a court-appointed arbitrator, reports RaderOnline. The purpose of the meeting is to resolve the details of their highly publicized soap opera divorce.

TLC’s lawsuit against Jon is still in the works and they are being represented by one of the top legal firms in the country, William & Connolly. If Jon is unlucky and losses the battle against TLC, he will face large legal bills and may have to pay back a huge sum of money to the network. Sources say Jon is hoping that Kate will convince TLC not to proceed with the suit against him since it will take money away from her and the kids.

In addition, TLC wants to prevent Jon from getting paid for interviews and appearances so they are moving ahead with an attempt at a preliminary injunction against Jon.  In the mean time, it seems Jon may have gotten smarter as he trying a different approach in dealing with the mother of his children. According to a source, instead of being inconsiderate to Kate, he’s now ready to try a more peace-making approach.

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In other news, Jon’s lawyer, Mark Heller considers Kate Major’s possible lawsuit against Jon to be a joke.  We reported days ago that Jon signed a handwritten contract promising to hire Kate as his personal assistant. “Kate knows Jon Gosselin is like Obama’s stimulus package,” Heller told RadarOnline on Thursday. “Every time she needs money, she cashes in on the few days she knew Jon Gosselin.”

The final episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 airs November 23 on TLC.

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Just a couple of weeks ago, Jon Gosselin suddenly decided to pull his kids from Jon and Kate Plus 8, claiming TLC exploited and manipulated his family.

However the lawsuit TLC filed against Jon on Friday tells a different story.  In the suit filed, TLC alleges that Jon only decided to remove his kids after producers refused to give into his attorney’s demand to let him out of his exclusivity contract.

People reports that TLC attempted to resolve the issues with Jon but was unsuccessful. This led to TLC later announcing that the show would now focus on Kate as a single mother, re-launching it as Kate Plus 8.

RadarOnline also reveals more details about TLC’s lawsuit.  TLC alleges Jon was receiving money for most his media appearances and every amount he received will come out in the suit. These paydays are in violation of his contract with the network, which has a clearly defined exclusivity clause.

Jon’s contract with TLC is valid until February 2010, even though the show is no longer filming. Jon also violated his contract by publicly bashing the network, and breaking the morals clause in his contract.

Jon’s Lawyer, Mark Heller, has called the allegations “weak, feeble and baseless” . In addition, he says the contract violated Jon’s First Amendment rights. “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 an opportunity to earn a livelihood to support his family.”

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A story about Jon Gosselin allegedly hacking into Kate‘s email accounts and admitting to taking $155,000 out of their joint account was about to be published this morning until news broke that TLC has decided to sue Jon for breach of contract. The moral of this story is the Gosselin drama is never ending.

According to the HuffingtonPost, the TLC network filed a lawsuit Friday in Maryland against Jon for breaching his contract as star of the reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8.”

The lawsuit alleges that Jon 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. RadarOnline reports TLC has hired Williams & Connolly, one of the best law firms in the country.

In other news, Jon finally admitted to taking $155,000 out of the joint account he shares with Kate, and has now promised to return it. Perhaps because he is now required to due to a Judge’s order on Tuesday. Jon had previously denied taking this amount of money, and even went as far as to call Kate’s story “A total fabrication.” He previously said, “I withdrew $22,000 last Thursday. I have the paper trail to prove it.”

Finally, Jon’s former nanny and ex-lover, Stephanie Santoro has come out accusing Jon of hacking into Kate’s personal accounts. Stephanie claims Jon bragged about this and threatened to use the information he found against Kate.

Kate is reportedly considering legal action against Jon. Her law firm released the following statement below

“Kate Gosselin has heard the allegations made by Stephanie Santoro that Jon Gosselin ‘hacked’ into her e-mails, phone, and online accounts, and she is profoundly disturbed by them,” her law firm, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, said in a statement Thursday. “Under the circumstances, Ms. Gosselin is carefully considering all of her legal options regarding this matter, and she will pursue them if and when the time is right.”

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