Remember the kid growing up who threatened to take his ball home when he didn’t get picked for a team?
Well, that’s Jon Gosselin.
Days after learning that TLC would continue with a new version of Jon & Kate Plus 8 that didn’t include him as a major factor, the estranged husband of Kate Gosselin has demanded through his lawyers that the show cease production immediately or face potential criminal charges.
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“Effective immediately, no production crews are to enter Jon’s family home for any reason,” a letter from his attorney says, according to The Insider. “In the event that anyone enters the marital property, Jon Gosselin will notify the local authorities to effectuate police action against any trespassers.”
Jon Gosselin owns the property jointly with his wife. The letter is dated the same day as the TLC announcement that the reality show about the couple and their eight kids would be renamed Kate Plus 8 starting next season.
“Its pretty clear what’s going on: Now that Jon isn’t going to be on the show, he wants the show to end. All these years he’s maintained that the kids aren’t harmed by the show, but the minute he’s removed from the show, suddenly it’s bad for his family,” a production source tells PEOPLE.
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It’s not immediately clear whether Jon Gosselin’s cease-and-desist letter also applies to filming the couple’s children, but after the news of the show’s rebranding broke, Gosselin came forward with an apology for his post-split behavior, and filed paperwork to stall the divorce proceedings for 90 days – a move he claimed was best for the family.
But, as for claims that Jon has been trying for several weeks to end the show, the set-side source reveals that Jon was actually happily taping the show, with his kids, less than one week ago, and that his attitude seems only to have changed once the announcement came from TLC that he was out.
“In the space of a few days, the show went from being something Jon was willingly participating in to something that is now detrimental,” the insider says. “That sure was fast.”