Jon Gosselin: "I never wanted primary custody" of kids from Kate
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/22/2010
Former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star Jon Gosselin is claiming he never wanted primary custody of his eight children with ex-wife Kate Gosselin and is blaming his former attorney Anthony List for making a court filing requesting it.
"I never wanted primary custody, he filed for that," Gosselin told TMZ in a Thursday interview. "I only wanted a more flexible custody schedule so I could be with my kids."
According to TMZ, List filed the legal papers requesting primary physical custody in Berks County, PA family court on April 7 without Gosselin's permission -- a claim List denies.
However Gosselin subsequently stated in a Thursday morning Twitter post that List was "terminated" on April 15, meaning "he has no legal right" to speak to the press or anyone on his behalf -- an allegation he reiterated to TMZ on Thursday.
"It's illegal. He can't speak on my behalf if he was terminated," he told TMZ. "I filed a termination letter on April 15."
In addition to his motion for primary physical custody, Jon also requested a judge review his current child support arrangement with Kate that currently has him paying $21,700 a month.
However Jon told TMZ he still wants to pay child support, he "just can't afford the $22,000 a month right now."
"That is why I'm trying to find a job," he added. "I would like a job in some aspect of TV, probably as a host."
While the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 stars are currently due in Pennsylvania court on May 25 for a hearing on Jon's motion, he stated in his Twitter post that he'd like to work with Kate and her attorneys "privately and amicably."