November 14, 2009
Jon Gosselin has filed a $5 million lawsuit against TLC claiming that the network dedicated to learning damaged his reputation and career by preventing him from working with other media outlets. He also claims in his lawsuit that TLC owes him $175,000 for Jon and Kate Plus Eight episodes that have already been aired. In accordance with a contract he and his soon to be ex-wife signed in 2008, he gets $22,500 for each half-hour episode and $45,000 for each one-hour episode.
I’m not sure he even has to be in the episode to get the money. TLC probably didn’t foresee a future where Jon and Kate would be separated and no longer appearing together on the show.
Jon Gosselin filed the lawsuit here in Maryland at the District Court in Rockville, where Discovery Communications, TLC’s parent company, is headquartered.
Since Jon Gosselin is under contract with TLC, it’s a shame that they cannot simply reassign him to another show on the network. I’m sure I’m not the only one that would get a real kick out of seeing Jon work as a deckhand on The Deadliest Catch. After spending 48 hours on his feet pulling up crab pots in below freezing temperatures on the Bering Sea, he might just decide that being married to Kate isn’t so bad after all.