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Jon Gosselin denies saying he wants to leave 'Jon & Kate Plus 8'

By Christopher Rocchio, 08/27/2009 

Jon Gosselin's desire to leave Jon & Kate Plus 8 apparently isn't that strong after all.

Gosselin is denying Us Weekly's recent report that he told the magazine he doesn't want to do the TLC reality show anymore during an interview outside of his family's Wernersville, PA home on Monday.

"I never said that," Gosselin told People in an interview outside his family's home on Wednesday.

"A fan asked me, 'Don't you sometimes wish you could go back to a 9-to-5 job?' [And my reply was,] 'Yeah, because this is 24/7 and 9-to-5ers punch in and punch out and you have no responsibilities.'"

In addition, Gosselin pointed to the paparazzi gathered outside the house and told People "you have to watch what you say so it doesn't contradict something else."

Gosselin's clarification came after Us Weekly's report quoted him reiterating his previous comments that filming new episodes of the TLC reality series is a job he'd like to quit.

"I wish I had a 9 to 5 job instead of the nightmare I'm living. This is 24/7," Gosselin told Us in the Monday interview.  "I don't even want to do taping for the show anymore... I have two houses and eight children to take care of and I need to work."

Gosselin told People the Us report was the result of someone having "overheard something that was nothing."

Although he corrected the context for his most recent comments, it wasn't the first time Gosselin has addressed a desire to leave the show.

Even before Kate filed for a no-fault divorce in June, Gosselin had expressed uncertainty about continuing to appear in the TLC reality series that made him a household name.

During Jon & Kate Plus 8's fourth-season finale which aired in March, he openly speculated about whether or not he wanted to continue with the show for future seasons.

"Maybe we'll be back, maybe we won't," he said during the finale.

"It's hard being on this side of the camera... and trying to live your life, and people see your life as episodes, and you see it as a date on the calendar.  It's tough. I can't be 'Jon.' I have to be 'Jon & Kate Plus 8,' which is a real hard thing for me and I still haven't come to grips with it."

However Jon & Kate Plus 8 was subsequently renewed by TLC for a fifth season, which premiered in May.  Gosselin referred to Jon & Kate Plus 8 as a "business" when discussing the show during the debut broadcast -- in which he and Kate also announced their separation.

"This is a different kind of career because this is your life and your career.  In no other place does that exist," he said during the premiere.  "We originally did the show to document our kids lives and I mean it's become a business just like anything else."

With his personal life increasingly becoming tabloid and media fodder following the divorce filing, Gosselin again suggested that he doesn't feel any particular loyalty to Jon & Kate Plus 8 in an interview with In Touch Weekly earlier this month. 

"I'll do the show until something better comes up," he said.

"But I don't want it to end because that is my job.  That's my financial means -- we have a lot of stuff to pay for, like education.  I'm sure there are things that are more financially beneficial.  If I leave the show, then I leave the show -- that's how it is."

While it was previously reported that Gosselin was in talks to appear in a new tentatively-titled Divorced Dad's Club reality series, a rep for the show's Endemol production company subsequently denied it since he is "under contract with TLC."

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