Jon Gosselin "Heartbroken" About TV Special: "I Hope No One Watches the Show"

Reality star told E! News in an exclusive statement that he only wants the best for his eight children

By Marcus Mulick, Jordana Ossad Mar 21, 2014 8:19 PMTags
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It should come as no surprise that Jon Gosselin is speaking out against Kate Gosselin's upcoming TV special, which will feature the former couple's eight children.

"I was heartbroken to learn my children are participating in yet another TV project, especially an 'update' special," the reality star told E! News exclusively on Friday. "Even without a current television show, they still live a very public life. They're still constantly in and out of the media; updates are given practically daily via social media."

This statement from Jon comes on the heels of TLC announcing on Tuesday that it will be broadcasting a one-hour special will get fans of Kate and her brood "up to speed on what's changed in the family" since the network last visited the famous family over two years ago.

Jon and Kate are parents to twins Cara and Mady and sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel.

Jon expressed his outrage toward TLC because the network "didn't feel the situation warranted even a simple phone call to me."

"The special is to update people about their lives," Jon continued. "Well, there are other people in their life besides their mother. They could have easily incorporated my children's grandparents, aunts, or uncles somehow, even without them appearing on camera, yet chose to exclude them. What message does this send to my children?"

As for the actual special, which is slated to air in June, Jon hopes "no one watches the show."

"I'm not being spiteful, I'm worried for them," he explained. "What if they're unhappy or embarrassed about how they're portrayed in the special? Growing up is hard enough; they don't needed the added pressure of being in the public eye."

Jon expressed his love for his kids and said that he only wants "the best for them."

"I still continue to desperately hope Kate will realize our children deserve a chance to be free to live a normal life, away from the cameras," Jon added.

As for Kate, she gushed to Us Weekly that the kids are "very excited" to be back in front of the cameras.

"They cheered like crazy," the 38-year-old revealed to the magazine." It was like I announced that it's Christmas tomorrow. Our crew walked in and it was like they had never left."