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Jon Gosselin is pulling out all the stops to create a new image of himself – and took the "new Jon" on to Larry King's stage last night. In an interview that aired on CNN, Jon attempted to convince the world that he's determined to be someone other than who we saw sitting next to Kate Gosselin on that couch for the last four years.
"I had an epiphany one day," he said on Larry King Live. "I looked in the mirror and I said, 'I don't want to be this person anymore.'"
Which is why, he says, he is calling for the end of production on the show set to be retitled Kate Plus 8. A total 180 from the man who, in the past, has defended documenting every move of his eight children's lives on the TLC show.
"I'm sorry I said that," Jon said, of his past comments that the kids loved doing the show and were happy. "If I would have said opposite of that—breach of contract."
"I meant it, and I felt that way," he added. "Now looking back..."
Jon, of course, says that this has nothing to with TLC dropping him from the show, but that it’s all about what's good for the kiddies.
"It's my right as a parent and as a father of my kids to determine whether the show is good for my family," he said. And now, "I don't think it's healthy for them because we're going through a divorce right now. I don't think it should be televised and I think my kids should be taken off the show."
"I take blame for not being an initiator. I was an avoider. I was passive."
"In the beginning, it was for financial purposes," Jon says of his reasons for getting involved with the show in the first place. "I can't tell you if I would have had a better life then or now. Would we have been better off? I don't know."
Also, Jon's new lawyer, Mark Heller, who was by his side for the entire interview, says that it was Jon who walked away from the show first – then TLC jumped on board and announced they were revamping the show without him.
"Truth of the matter is, we had asked weeks ago for this production to stop and the minute TLC learned we were coming on Larry King's show...they decided to save their face and preempt this individual by coming out and firing him before it became public that he fired the show," Heller claims.
TLC says, "Oh no he didn't!" and swears that Jon never made any attempt to quit the show until after they announced the name change – and the only requests he made were about money.
As for the bad blood between Jon and Kate, Jon seems to be trying to ease some of the animosity since saying he "despised" his ex.
"She's a good mother," he said of Kate. "I've made mistakes, I've learned from my mistakes, I regret things. I have to move forward...I really didn't mean 'despise.' I regret saying that word. I was very emotional...sometimes you just say things you can't really mean."
"I have to take initiative," Jon said of his sudden interest in what's best for his kids. "I have to be a man. I have to grow up."
Do you think Jon is sincere in his attempt to man-up? Or is this all about his image? Chime in below!