Dad is not happy! Now that it’s been publicly revealed that Kate Gosselin and her eight kids will appear in a one-hour, catch up special on TLC, her ex-husband Jon Gosselin is (once again) sharing his concern.
“I am heartbroken to learn my children are participating in yet another TV project, especially an ‘update’ special,” he told E! “Even without a current television show, they still live a very public life. They’re still constantly in and out of the media practically daily via social media.”
The couple’s reality show, Jon and Kate Plus 8, became a staple on TLC in 2007. After their divorce in 2009, the show became Kate Plus 8 until it ended in 2011. Earlier this year, Kate took the exes’ two oldest daughters, 13-year-old twins, Cara and Mady, on a string of TV appearances, which their dad was none too please about, either.
“The special is to update people about their lives,” Jon continued. “Well, there are other people in their lives besides their mother. They could have easily incorporated my children’s grandparents, aunts or uncles somehow, even without appearing on camera, yet chose to exclude them. What message does that send to my children.”
The Couples Therapy star has not been shy about his bad relationship with Kate, and added that he hopes no one watches the special when it airs in June. “I’m not being spiteful, I’m worried for them,” he admitted. “What if they’re unhappy or embarrassed about how they’re portrayed in the special? Growing up is hard enough, they don’t need the added pressure of being in the public eye.”
Still, when interviewed in January, both Cara and Mady said they would love to do a reality show again, if they had the chance, but Jon still held his ground. “I still continue to desperately hope Kate will realize our children deserve a chance to be free,” he concluded. “To live a normal life, away from the cameras.”