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TLC: Cease and Desist! NO MORE FILMING!

From The Insider:

Jon Gosselin has struck back. After TLC removed his name from the title of the reality show, Jon & Kate Plus 8 Tuesday, the 32-year-old reality TV dad, via his attorney Mark J. Heller, sent the cable network a pair of letters stating all filming and production crews are heretofore banned from his family’s Wernersville, Pennsylvania home.

“Effective immediately, no production crews are to enter Jon’s family home for any reason. In the event that anyone enters the marital property, Jon Gosselin will notify the local authorities to effectuate police action against any trespassers,” his lawyer Mark J. Heller wrote to TLC.

“The Insider” has learned exclusively that Jon Gosselin has put TLC, the cable network behind “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” on notice to “cease and desist” any television production of the show and leave his property.

Gosselin’s attorney Mark Jay Heller tells us: “Jon realized his family was like a trainwreck, so he decided to put the brakes on the divorce and on the show … because if he didn’t the family would be in a mortal accident … the victims of a trainwreck.”

Heller tells “The Insider” the original agreement between TLC and the Gosselin family “may very well be ‘null and void’ and unenforceable.” He claims that TLC never secured the special permits required by Pennsylvania Child Labor Law as a “prerequisite” for the Gosselin children’s involvement in “Jon & Kate Plus 8.”

Heller also claims that TLC “failed to designate the appropriate compensation to be allocated to the children” and “it may ultimately be determined that TLC has not provided for compensation for the eight children over the past four years.” Gosselin’s lawyer further alleges that the network “never secured location permits” for the production company to film the show on the Gosselins’ property.

Heller and Gosselin tell “The Insider” they’ve been in discussions to pull the plug on the program and take the kids off the show for weeks prior to Tuesday’s announcement that the name of the show would change from “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ to “Kate Plus 8.”

Heller also maintains that the production deal for “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ does not carry over into a new show titled “Kate Plus 8.” He tells us that “a new program known as ‘Kate Plus 8′ would certainly require the acquiescence and consent not only of Kate Gosselin but Jon Gosselin, who is the father of the eight Gosselin children, which consent Jon has not given and if necessary, Jon is prepared to seek Court intervention to make sure his children’s best interests are protected.”

In light of these claims, Gosselin’s legal team tells TLC lawyers in a never-before-made-public letter obtained by “The Insider,” “…you state that your client has ‘…stated many times in the past, the Company will not undertake any conduct that either Kate or Jon truly believes is detrimental or potentially detrimental to their children.’”

“Jon Gosselin unequivocally believes that his children’s continued participation in your client’s television production is ‘detrimental’ to his children. Accordingly, Jon expects that your client will cease and desist from any and all further production which includes his eight children.”

Gosselin’s attorney writes to TLC lawyers in a second letter: “Effective immediately no production crews are to enter Jon Gosselin’s family home for any reason. In the event that anyone enters the marital property, Jon Gosselin will notify the local authority to effectuate Police action against any trespassers.”

From People.com

Originally posted Thursday October 01, 2009 11:45 AM EDT
Jon and Kate GosselinTLC Suspends Show, But Blasts Jon Gosselin’s Cease-and-Desist Order | Jon Gosselin, Kate Gosselin
On the heels of news that Jon Gosselin is trying to shut down production of Kate Plus 8, the network that made him famous is firing back with claims that his latest legal move is purely in his own self-interest.

“We are aware of Jon Gosselin’s recent statements, and remain deeply disappointed at his 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,” TLC said in a statement to PEOPLE. “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.”Jonceasesign-263x300

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October 2, 2009 - Posted by | Reality TV |

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