TLC halts production on 'Jon and Kate Plus 8'
After lawyers for Jon Gosselin sent a cease-and-desist order to the network, TLC announced today that it would stop filming the children on Jon and Kate Plus 8, according to published reports. In a statement, the network said production would remain suspended “pending further conversations” between Jon and his soon-to-be-ex-wife Kate. Filming that doesn’t involve the children will continue, the network added.
Jon Gosselin’s attempts to stall production come days after the network announced it would proceed on a new show without him. After the cease-and-desist order was issued, TLC released a statement earlier today saying it was “deeply disappointed at (Jon’s) erratic behavior” and that “he and the family were shooting as recently as last Friday, without incident…his latest comments are grossly inaccurate, without merit and are clearly opportunistic. Despite Jon Gosselin’s repeated self destructive and unprofessional actions, he remains under an exclusive contract with TLC. Direct filming of the children has been currently suspended, pending further conversations between both parents.”
TLC has said the new show, Kate Plus 8, that launches in November will “recalibrate the program to keep pace with the family… and Kate as a newly single mother raising 5 year-old sextuplets and 8 year-old twins.”