Jon Gosselin spent years allowing his kids to be on television as a part of Jon and Kate Plus 8. But now that the show and his marriage are both over, he feels regret about exploiting his children.
Jon took to his Twitter to air out his feelings about his kids’ lives being taped, and what he’s been doing to try and put an end to it. Just last week, a judge turned down his request to get his children off of Kate’s new show.
He wrote on Twitter:
"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!"
"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.”
Speaking of money, Jon went on to say:
"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!”
We think it’ll take a long time and a lot of therapy for anyone in that family to lead a “normal” life again! But we do hope Jon is sincere and is really trying to step down from the public eye once and for all. We know we’re ready for him to go away forever!