Kate says kids “are angry” that TLC stopped production, says Jon took $230,000

Appearing on The Today Show this morning, Kate Gosselin hit the next volley in the ongoing saga that is her life. Kate said that she can’t pay bills because Jon “took $230,000 of the $231,000 we had. I have a stack of bills. The last thing I wanted was to do this show and end up not being able to pay our bills.” However, Kate says that Jon left their kids’ money alone: “Financially, the kids are protected. They have the fund that I set up for them. That was my long-term goal. It is secure and substantial … and it is safe.”

She also said that Jon’s decision to ban TLC crews, effectively ending production, caused her kids to become upset. “There was wailing and sobbing. [The kids] love our crew. They are angry.”

And guess who else is angry–and why? Kate admitted Jon’s decision “has ended our income and our paychecks and our opportunities. I wish Jon would think more about it.”

Update: Jon told The Insider he only “withdrew $22,000 last Thursday” but said Kate is “hiding money. We have 11 bank accounts. That was just our joint account. She had a best-selling book. Where’s that million dollars?” He added, “I’ve never taken any money out because over 10 years, Kate handled all the banking. Over the past four years of doing the show, we accrued $2,250,000. She says in the past week I took $230,000. I have withdrawn roughly $177,000 over the course of a year, which is less than 10 percent of what we made. That’s like my paycheck.”

Kate Gosselin: Jon took $230K from account [NBC]
Jon Gosselin: Kate Is Hiding Money [The Insider]

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