No doubt Jon Gosselin would have loved the idea of refereeing the Lingerie Bowl. But alas, that dream has passed—at least for now.
The lawyer for the reality-TV dad tells E! News that TLC essentially torpedoed two different Super Bowl commercials that would have starred the erstwhile Jon & Kate Plus 8 star.
"Two different entities sought to solicit his services [for Super Bowl ad spots], but in my view, they were scared of TLC," says attorney Mark Heller. "In my view, it was a mean-spirited act on [TLC’s] part."
Heller wouldn't say exactly what the network did to ruin Gosselin's dreams or which companies sought his, er, talents. A rep for TLC declined to comment.
In any case, there won't be any Go Daddy Hotties or Doritos Girls for J.Goss in the new year. But there will be a court date...
A Manhattan judge has scheduled an April 19 trial date for Gosselin and TLC's dueling lawsuits over the now-defunct reality show.
Before the trial gets rolling, Heller says the two sides will face off at a Dec. 10 preliminary hearing that will take up the matter of whether Gosselin's contract should be made public and whether TLC can legally bar the former reality TV dad from future TV gigs.
"They do not want the public to look at that document and have access to it because I trust they're embarrassed and ashamed of how they took advantage of this family," says Heller.
Meanwhile, Heller also confirmed that lawyers for the two sides spent the day deposing a couple of Gosselin's higher-profile former pals, Michael Lohan and Kate Major.
Both were queried about potential business deals that Gosselin pursued that may have been in breach of his TLC contract. Lohan discussed their plans for a TV project on divorced dads, while Major talked about Gosselin's attempts to endorse a line of motorcycles and kids gear.
Here's an idea: Perhaps Gosselin and Tiger Woods could team up for the next Careerbuilder.com Super Bowl spot.
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