Jon Gosselin denies saying he wants off the TLC show, says Us Weekly eavesdropped

Jon Gosselin was recently quoted by Us Weekly saying, “I don’t even want to do taping for the show anymore,” but he says the tabloid made that up after overhearing his conversation with a fan.

“I never said that. 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,'” Jon told People. “Here … you have to watch what you say so it doesn’t contradict something else,” he added, saying that someone “overheard something that was nothing.”

Jon also clarified a report in Life & Style that quoted him as saying “The kids staged a sit-in — a revolt. They didn’t want to work today.” The magazine cited another person who said, “once the kids returned home, the film crew kept yelling at them to film more outside. They seemed really tired, but the crew kept pushing them,” which TLC replied to by saying, “the assertion is utterly baseless.”

None of that meant the kids want to quit the show, he told People. “And the other one was that the kids didn’t want to film anymore. No, they just didn’t want to film that day. It’s 96 degrees outside and they just said they wanted to go in the pool. So guess what? They took their clothes off, put their swimsuits on and jumped in the pool … I just looked at my producer and said, ‘What are you going to do?'”

The kids took off their logo clothes?! Does Kate know about that? She’s going to be pissed.

Jon Gosselin Never Said He Wants Off the Show [People]
Jon and Kate’s ‘8’ revolt against being filmed [MSNBC]

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