Jon Gosselin

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Jon Gosselin
Jon & Kate ~ minus the eight!.jpg
Kate and Jon Gosselin in 2008
Born Jonathan Keith Gosselin
(1977-04-01) April 1, 1977 (age 38)
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles
Occupation IT Analyst
Television Personality
Construction Work
Known for Jon & Kate Plus 8
Spouse(s) Kate Gosselin (1999–2009) (divorced)[1]
Children Cara Nicole
Madelyn Kate
Alexis Faith
Hannah Joy
Aaden Jonathan
Collin Thomas
Leah Hope
Joel Kevin

Jonathan Keith "Jon" Gosselin (born April 1, 1977) is an American television personality, known for his appearances with then-wife Kate Gosselin and their eight children on the American reality TV show Jon & Kate Plus 8.

Early life[edit]

Jonathan Keith Gosselin was born and raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin as the middle child in a family of three boys.[2] Gosselin's mother is Korean American,[3] and his father is of French, Irish, and Welsh descent.[4] He graduated from Wyomissing High School in 1995.[5]

Gosselin met Kate Kreider at a company picnic on October 5, 1997. They married on June 12, 1999. Twin girls, Cara and Madelyn, were born on October 8, 2000. Initially, Jon was against having a third child, but he and Kate eventually decided they would try again.[6] On May 10, 2004, Kate gave birth to sextuplets: sons Aaden, Collin, and Joel, and daughters Leah, Alexis, and Hannah. The sextuplets were born 10 weeks premature, which is common in cases of multiple births.

Television fame[edit]

They received local media coverage until the sextuplets were 17 months old, when Discovery Health offered the couple a reality series chronicling the lives of their family.

The Discovery Health special, called Surviving Sextuplets and Twins, first aired in September 2005. One year later, the family was featured in another special titled Sextuplets and Twins: One Year Later. Both specials received high Nielsen ratings, and Discovery Health signed the couple to a series that aired beginning in April 2007. During this time, the family was filmed for three to four days per week, and received payment for appearing on the show.

They soon switched over to TLC.[7]

Gosselin co-wrote Multiple Blessings: Surviving to Thriving with Twins and Sextuplets with then-wife Kate Gosselin and Beth Carson, a book that made The New York Times Best Seller list.[8]


It was announced on the June 22, 2009 episode of the show that the couple were separating, and that divorce proceedings had begun.[9] Gosselin then began looking for a new apartment in New York City, reportedly visiting Donald Trump-owned Trump Place in Manhattan's Upper West Side.[10]

Jon stated that it is Kate who wanted the divorce,[11] while Kate stated that "Jon's activities" left her with "no choice but to file legal procedures in order to protect" herself and the children.[citation needed] Jon released a statement in response, noting that his wife was the first to make a legal move, and speaking of his continuing love for his children. His lawyer was celebrity lawyer Mark Heller.[12] Speculation rose that Jon's relationship with Hailey Glassman, the daughter of Kate's plastic surgeon, was the cause for the divorce, but Glassman denied the speculation, saying that her relationship with Jon began only after Jon and Kate had been separated for months.[13]

On September 29, 2009 TLC announced that, as of November 3, 2009, Jon & Kate Plus 8 would change its name to Kate Plus 8.[14] Jon Gosselin would continue to appear on the show, but less frequently.[15] However, on October 1, 2009, reported that Jon Gosselin filed a legal action against TLC to prevent the show from resuming and would consider the entry of production crews into the family home as criminal trespassing.[16][17] The final episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 aired on November 23, 2009, announced by TLC three days earlier.[18][19]

In late September 2009, Jon filed paperwork seeking to stall the divorce for 90 days, saying, "I regret my conduct since Kate and I separated ... I used poor judgment in publicly socializing with other women so soon."[20] Among the terms of the divorce was a child support order for $22,000 a month.[21]

On October 15, 2009, it was announced that TLC had filed suit against Jon for allegedly violating their contract with paid and unpaid television appearances he had recently made on several media outlets. The network claimed it lost more than $30,000 as a result of his alleged breach of their contract. Gosselin's attorney responded that the contract was null and void once TLC renamed the show Kate Plus 8, and that in any event the contract is unenforceable because it was signed while Gosselin had no legal representation.[citation needed]

On December 18, 2009, it was announced that the couple's divorce had been finalized.[1] Earlier in the month, Jon Gosselin's girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, announced that she broke up with Jon because she discovered during a deposition in Jon Gosselin's lawsuit against TLC that he had been unfaithful to her by having a relationship with Kate Major, a reporter for The Star tabloid.[22]


On December 26, 2009, upon returning to his New York apartment after visiting his children for Christmas, Gosselin discovered that his apartment had been broken into. The damage was estimated at $100,000. A note signed by Hailey Glassman, his ex-girlfriend, was found attached to Gosselin's dresser with a knife, but law enforcement officials have questioned the authenticity of both the message and the signature.[23][24]

Post-Jon & Kate[edit]

In February 2011, Gosselin was working for Green Pointe Energy in Pennsylvania, installing solar panels.[25] As of September 2013, he was a waiter at two restaurants in Pennsylvania, near his home in Robeson Township. He was later reported to become a maitre'd at one of the restaurants.[26]


  1. ^ a b Silverman, Stephen (December 18, 2009). "Jon & Kate Gosselin Divorced!". People. Time Inc. Retrieved December 18, 2009. 
  2. ^ Jon's background, Discovery Health Videos
  3. ^ Kang, Y. Peter (June 24, 2013). "Kate Gosselin Makes Racist Gesture in Photo, Sparking Outrage". KoreAm. Retrieved June 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ Karas, Kristen (2009-02-09). "Father of eight discusses reality". The Daily Collegian. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  5. ^ Original documentation from high school yearbook
  6. ^ Celizic, Mike (June 12, 2008). "Dad of twins, sextuplets counts his blessings". 
  7. ^ "Gosselin Sextuplets to Turn 1". May 7, 2005. 
  8. ^ "N.Y. Times Best-Sellers". Albany Times-Union. November 9, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Houses & Big Changes". Jon and Kate Plus 8. June 22, 2009. 
  10. ^ Egan, Nicole Weisensee (June 19, 2009). "Jon Gosselin Goes Apartment Hunting in New York". People. 
  11. ^ "Kate: Jon's The One Who Wanted Out". (Associated Press). June 24, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Kate Gosselin on Divorce: "Jon Left Me No Choice"". People. June 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  13. ^ Chi, Paul (August 16, 2009). "Hailey Glassman on Jon Gosselin: He's My 'First Love'". People. Retrieved December 27, 2009. 
  14. ^ Silverman, Stephen M. Silverman (2009-09-29). "Jon Dropped from Show". 
  15. ^ Adam Bryant (29 September 2009). "TLC Introduces Kate Plus Eight". Retrieved 2009-09-29. 
  16. ^ Quirk, Mary Beth (2009-10-01). "Jon Gosselin Bans Filming of Kate Plus 8 in the Family Home". OK Magazine. 
  17. ^ Park, Michael Y. Jon Gosselin Tries to End Kate Plus 8,
  18. ^ "Series finale for Jon and Kate Plus 8 set to air on Nov. 23 on TLC". Daily News (New York). November 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  19. ^ "TLC sues Jon Gosselin for breach of contract". CNN. October 16, 2009. 
  20. ^ "Divorce". 
  21. ^ "Jon Gosselin Child Support Plan - New Rich Girlfriend, Selling BMW?". National Ledger. Apr 26, 2010. Retrieved Apr 28, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Hailey Glassman: Jon Gosselin Is "a Monster"". US Weekly. December 8, 2009. Retrieved December 27, 2009. 
  23. ^ "Jon Gosselin's NYC Apartment Vandalized". US Weekly. December 26, 2009. 
  24. ^ "Jon Gosselin's NYC Pad 'Ransacked' Over Weekend". Fox News. December 27, 2009. 
  25. ^ "Jon Gosselin's Career Under Construction". February 18, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  26. ^ Gregg, Becca Y. (September 22, 2013). "A new reality for Jon Gosselin: Away from limelight, ex-TV star returns to 'normal' with work in restaurant industry". Reading Eagle. Retrieved October 2, 2013. 

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