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Jon Gosselin has some good advice for his ex-wife Kate. In a new interview with RumorFix.com, the father of eight gently recommends that Kate, whose TLC show Kate Plus 8 was recently canceled, get away from reality TV -- and back to a "real" job.
"To rely on reality television -- that's a misnomer," says Jon, 34. "Reality television is not a career. Get back to a normal life -- a simple life."And by "simple life," he doesn't mean the Paris Hilton kind. Kate told People this week that she's "freaking out" about losing her long-standing source of income now that Kate Plus 8 is kaput. Jon left the show when he and Kate split in 2009, and he says he has no regrets about living "a normal life like normal people."
"I go to work every day and provide for my family, do the best I can," says Jon, who has returned to his pre-celebrity job in computer technology. "I spend time with my kids -- we have a great time on the weekends. I spend time with my girlfriend."
Jon, who has shared custody of the 10-year-old twins and 7-year-old sextuplets, said recently that he's "very relieved" that the children will no longer be on TV.
"I hope (my kids) can have more private family moments," he said. "I hope that this will bring more privacy to my children and that they can get the proper attention they need for any personal issues they might have in the future."
Jon also says he's confident that Kate will find a way to provide for her kids -- even if it means giving up some of the luxuries to which she's grown accustomed.
"I don't have a farm on 24 acres, and the kids seem to have a great time at my house," says Jon (who still pays child support).
Though Kate, 36, told People that she plans to "work my fingers to the bone" now, she hasn't indicated that she'll be leaving reality TV. However, it seems that even Kate Gosselin has limits: She scoffed on Thursday when a fan asked if she'd consider doing a Real Housewives show.
"Never ever in a million years!" Kate tweeted. "No time to gossip and hate. Kids to love and raise!"
Jon Gosselin briefly attempted to launch his own solo TV career during his much-publicized divorce. We can't help but notice that he seems much better off out of the limelight -- and maybe, just maybe, Kate has noticed too.