A judge recently denied Jon Gosselin's efforts to keep his kids off TLC, and in response he did what any self-respecting celebrity would do these days: he vented on Twitter.
Here's what the one-time reality star had to say:
"As you may or may not be aware, I have been working for some time to remove my children from television. I do not believe being on TV is beneficial to any of them. They are no longer toddlers that are oblivious to what is going on around them. They are now six and ten, in school and desperately in need of a normal life."
"Each of them has experienced negative effects of having their lives so public. Some are struggling with emotional and/or behavioral issues. My goal for my children is for them to have a normal childhood, and gain back their much deserved privacy. This is not about money, this is about my children. No amount of money is worth the price my children are paying. You cannot put a price on childhood. Money comes and goes, but you only have one childhood."
"For those questions about money and support, I can say I am supporting my children to the best of my ability. All parties involved know the truth about this. I am and have been actively seeking employment. I have been barred from accepting entertainment deals that would generate income for my family due to contractual obligations. I am also actively looking for a job outside of the entertainment industry and so far, have not secured a position. In the mean time, I have been focusing on spending time with my children and providing a safe, stable, normal and private environment for them!"
"On October 13, 2010, I went to court to act in the best interest of my children- to remove them from television. The judge respectfully denied my plea, and granted filming rights to their mother. I honor the judge’s decision, but I do not support it. I will not stop fighting to remove my children from television. It is not a child’s job to support themselves, or a lifestyle, they need to be kids. I would like to apologize to my friends, family, and especially my children for not taking a stand earlier in my life and not questioning my decisions to have our lives documented and displayed. I will have to answer to my children for the rest of my life. I will have to live with this guilt the rest of my life. I am truly sorry!"
Man oh man, I don't know what to think about this. Part of me wants to give him the benefit of the doubt and commend him for doing what he believes to be the right thing. Part of me, however, thinks he'd be just FINE with filming those kids if he was still benefiting from the show.
I've never watched Jon & Kate or Kate Plus 8 and I don't have a strong opinion on whether or not kids should be part of a television show as a general rule. It's certainly been depressing to see this family's trainwreck unfold publicly, though, with the kids being caught in the middle of their parents' ongoing bad behavior. Whatever Jon's motives are, I think he's doing the right thing now by trying to end this media circus his kids have been involved in for so long.
What's your take—is Jon only acting because he's no longer part of the show? Or does he finally have his kids' best interests in mind?
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