Jon Gosselin and TLC network settle lawsuits

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By Lisa de Moraes
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Silver Spring-based TLC network and the network's straying reality-show dad, Jon Gosselin, have settled their lawsuits against each other, both parties confirmed Wednesday. But don't expect to see Jon starring in anything for the cable network anytime soon.

"The whole Gosselin family remain under contract with TLC," the network said. That includes Jon.

Gosselin's attorney, Mark Heller, told his publicist, a.k.a., that "Jon has expressed his desire to close the litigation chapter of 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' and although all terms are confidential, he is hopeful that TLC will move forward with the best interests of the Gosselin family."

"Sometimes litigants that kiss and make up find their relationship is better the second time around," Heller continued.

Ick, ick, ick.

"As Jon's attorney, I truly hope that this new adventure for TLC and the Gosselins is a much more joyful journey," he said, wrapping things up.

It's unclear what he's talking about, given that TLC has put "Jon & Kate Plus 8" on ice and is developing a new series with Kate only that would not feature the children or her ex-husband. The network has not ruled out doing the occasional "J&K+8" special.

In June, TLC aired a now infamous episode of "Jon and Kate Plus 8," in which the bickering couple announced they were separating. That show averaged more than 11 million viewers and is basic cable's most watched series telecast ever.

Just a few months later, in October, TLC sued Gosselin in Montgomery County Circuit Court, claiming that when he started getting paid to do interviews on celebrity suck-up shows about his new life, disclosing his salary to CNN's Larry King, and generally carrying on around the TV firmament, he was breaching terms of his contract with TLC.

That lawsuit was filed shortly after TLC had announced it was pulling the plug on "Jon & Kate Plus 8" and re-launching it with Kate in the lead and Jon as a recurring character instead of a series regular. The day TLC made that announcement, Gosselin asked to be let out of the "exclusive" part of his TLC deal so he could earn money from appearances elsewhere, TLC has said.

Gosselin gobsmacked TLC the next month -- we're now up to November -- with a $5 million lawsuit of his own, claiming the network violated Pennsylvania's child-labor laws when it filmed his eight kids in that state for the reality series that made him a household name.

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