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Jon Gosselin: I don't want to do 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' anymore


By Christopher Rocchio, 08/25/2009 

Jon Gosselin has reiterated his feelings that filming new episodes of TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8 is a job he'd like to quit.

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"I wish I had a 9 to 5 job instead of the nightmare I'm living. This is 24/7," Gosselin told Us Weekly in an interview outside his family's Wernersville, PA home on Monday.  "I don't even want to do taping for the show anymore."

However since Gosselin and his estranged wife Kate make an estimated $75,000 per episode, he's apparently stuck with it for now.

"I have two houses and eight children to take care of and I need to work," he told Us.

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."

(Photo credit TLC)


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