Forget the Gosselin 8. Could we be getting the Jackson 3?
Earlier today, Us Weekly claimed that Michael Jackson's family was at odds over whether his trio of kids, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, should be included in The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty, the reality show in the works for A&E and tentatively set to air in December.
Thankfully, a rep for the network now tells E! News that the kids "are not part of the show."
That statement directly contradicts the Us report, which quotes an unnamed source saying that Michael's eldest sister, Rebbie, is opposed to having his 12-, 11- and 7-year-old going Gosselin. We're not sure of the math, but the magazine does cite the show's executive producer, Jodi Gomes, as saying that they "have 23 castmembers with the last name Jackson"—supposedly including Janet Jackson and family matriarch Katherine.
"They've done a great job opening up about losing a brother," Gomes says.
UPDATE: In a new statement to E! News, an A&E spokesman seemed to allow for the possibility of the kids to be seen, if the family OKs it (and that remains a big "if")...
“A&E’s series will chronicle the unscripted real lives of, principally, four Jackson brothers—Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon—as they go about their lives following the death of their brother Michael. Filming is taking place right now; as production moves forward, it is entirely possible that the brothers’ paths will intersect with other members of the Jackson family, who may or may not be included in the finished series.
"However, we cannot at this point definitively know who else may make an appearance in the series.”
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