The reality-show dad's manager explains why Jon wants to shut down the show – and it's not because he has been fired

By Liz McNeil Michael Y. Park
October 01, 2009 01:05 PM
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Don’t point the finger at Jon Gosselin for all the madness surrounding his attempted shutdown of Jon & Kate Plus 8, his manager says. The fault, claims the rep, is with the show – which Gosselin says is now hurting his family – even though Jon and the kids were happily filming just six days ago.

“Basically we’ve put a halt on the show,” manager Mike Heller tells PEOPLE. “Jon has been talking to TLC for a long time to cut back on the production and still honor his contract – because it’s been getting in the way of his family, his children are complaining.”

“It’s been hurting the relationship that he’s trying to reconcile with his wife – he’s trying to get back with her as a parent,” Heller adds. “They are the mom and dad of their children [but] they talk by text message. He wants to take 90 days.”

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Future in Question

Gosselin’s effort to shut down production has apparently worked, at least temporarily. TLC announced Thursday that it was suspending the show until Jon and Kate Gosselin spoke about the future of the show and raising their kids.

Yet despite the fact that some suspect Jon’s recent actions are a spiteful reaction to being cut out of a leading role in a revamped show that will be titled Kate Plus 8, Heller says that revenge is not his client s motivation.

“People are reporting he was fired. He was never fired. They just changed the name,” Heller says. “This is not a ploy – it’s an approach that he thinks will help him reconcile with his wife.”

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Indeed, Heller insists that Jon is intent on putting his life back together on multiple fronts.

‘Jon Made Mistakes’

“He’s acknowledged he s made mistakes and shouldn’t have been running around. He took advantage of his freedom after he got it. It hurt his reputation,” Heller says.

“He’s taken responsibility and you don’t see him running wild any more. He hasn’t been out partying. He’s taken a look at his himself in the mirror and he wasn’t happy, it’s not who he was. He never cheated on his wife. His wife is the one who ended the relationship,” he says.

TLC released the following statement earlier today:

“We … remain deeply disappointed at [Jon Gosselin]’s continued erratic behavior. He and the family were shooting as recently as last Friday, without incident, and 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.”