TLC sues Jon Gosselin for breaching his (scary, controlling) contract

Jon Gosselin has been sued by the network that made him famous for breaching his contract. TLC has sued Jon Gosselin for, among other things, talking to the media and making appearances without its permission, which seems creepy, but sell your life to be on TV, and you give up control of your life.

According to portions of the lawsuit quoted by Variety, Jon used his “rising notoriety by selling his services to other media, in violation of his contractural exclusivity obligation,” and “routinely sold photographic rights to various media outlets.” His contract also said he was “not to issue any press releases nor make any other statements [without TLC’s approval].”

TLC said in the suit it tried “privately and patiently for months to get Jon to honor the contract he signed and to comply with his obligations relating to public appearances and statements” while Jon “continued to breach the agreement by making unauthorized public and press statements about the program and parties, including disclosing confidential information and making false and disparaging statements about TLC and Mrs. Gosselin.”

Jon’s attorney Mark Heller told People the lawsuit is “weak, feeble and baseless” and says “Discovery and TLC has treated Jon Gosselin like a dog by attempting to keep him on a leash and muzzle him and deny the father of eight an opportunity to earn a livelihood to support his family.”

On Sept. 29, TLC announced Jon was being dropped from the show, and the lawsuit says “TLC made this announcement after an unsuccessful attempt to discuss the matter with Defendant Gosselin.” The “matter” is his failure to show up to tape on Sept. 24.

TLC claimed at the time the change was being made not because Jon was failing in his contractual duties, but because of “changes in the family dynamics” and because “Kate’s journey really resonates with our viewers.”

TLC sues Jon Gosselin [Variety]
Lawsuit: Jon Gosselin Used Kids as Pawns in Contract Dispute [People]

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