Jon Gosselin is turning into a jack of all trades. After working a variety of odd jobs since his divorce from Kate Gosselin, the former Jon and Kate Plus 8 star is now trying his hand as a sports radio co-host. According to Philly.com, Jon Gosselin will talk sports with Associated Press sports reporter Rob Maaddi in a special edition of his Philadelphia radio show.
In addition to the obligatory sports talk, Maaddi said he wanted to give Gosselin a forum to speak about the criticism he received for taking a part-time job at T.G.I. Fridays last month.
“I thought it was ridiculous that he got ripped for having a part-time job,” Maaddi said of Gosselin. “So I wanted to give him a chance to tell his story on my show.”
Last month, Jon Gosselin walked away from a job as a prep cook at a T.G.I. Fridays in Lancaster, Pa. after a photo of him working there was leaked to the media. Jon later told Entertainment Tonight he only took the job because he likes to cook, and he took issue with haters who gave him a hard time over the part-time job.
“I only work there 8 hours a week, because I like to do it,” Gosselin said. “Why can’t I work at a restaurant? I like to cook. My buddy needed help so I said ‘OK, why not, I’ll sauté!'”
Gosselin, who reportedly pays no child support to his ex-wife, even told Us Weekly that he didn’t take the Fridays job for the money.
“I work at T.G.I. Fridays eight hours a week and give my paycheck to charity,” Jon told Us. “I love cooking, what’s wrong with that? I don’t need the money. DJ-ing is still my real job.”
While the job at the restaurant chain job didn’t work out, Jon Gosselin has not been sitting idle since he walked away from the reality TV fortune he made alongside his ex-wife Kate. Ever since his high-profile divorce and custody battle played out for the tabloids, the dad of eight has taken a wide range of jobs, including work as an IT tech, a solar panel installer, and even a waiter.
In a 2013 interview with Entertainment Tonight, Gosselin said he took the waiter job at the Black Dog Café in Beckersville, Pa. because he was finding it “near impossible to find work” after he hit rock bottom following his divorce.
“At first, I was nervous because I was like, ‘How are people going to react?’ ” Gosselin said at the time. “But then I’m thinking, ‘Well, it’s fun and I get to talk to people.’ And they technically already know me … they’re like, ‘Are you the guy?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m the guy.’ “
Jon currently has a solid DJ residency at Building 24 in his Wyomissing, Pa. hometown.
Earlier this year, Jon Gosselin told Yahoo Celebrity his DJ gig is the longest job he has had since his divorce from Kate.
“I have my residencies, which pay my bills,” Jon said. “I get good money.”
“I make more money booking than I do DJ’ing. It’s the longest job I’ve had after the divorce, and it’s all mine. I own it. I don’t have a boss. It’s me. I’m the boss. Now I just want to add more dynamic to it by filming it.”
That’s right, Gosselin is mulling a return to the reality TV medium, but this time he’ll be behind the camera, not in front of it. Jon told Yahoo he plans to film and produce a music-related docuseries.
“The platform might start off on YouTube, and we’ll see what happens, but I’m sure somebody is going to pick it up as soon as they see my face.”
While Jon Gosselin has no problem being on the radio, he makes it clear he doesn’t ever want TV cameras following him around again.
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