TLC sues Jon Gosselin; will it help recently improving ratings?

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October 16th, 2009


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NEW YORK -- The TLC network has sued Jon Gosselin for allegedly breaching his contract as a star of the hit reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

The lawsuit, filed Friday in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Md., alleges that Gosselin has failed to meet his obligations as an exclusive employee of the network, while appearing on rival networks' programs for pay and making unauthorized public disclosures about the show.

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The suit seeks unspecified compensatory damages from Gosselin as well as a return of income he's received.

"The network has been trying privately and patiently for months to get Jon to honor the contract he signed and to comply with his obligations relating to public appearances and statements," said TLC in a statement on Friday. "Those efforts have been unsuccessful."

Whether this will add more fuel to the ratings fires, we'll see.  In recent weeks Jon & Kate Plus 8's ratings have improved on TLC.  Though they are far, far from the record-setting numbers the show pulled last June, they have reversed the downward trend and started to go back up, averaging 2.54 million viewers on Monday night.

 
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