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Jon Gosselin, former star of TLC's Jon and Kate Plus 8, was a no-show Thursday for a hearing in his legal fight with the network.

Though Gosselin's attorney, Mark Heller, previously said the reality dad, 32, would attend, the hearing in Maryland started without him.

The judge said Gosselin's lawyers don't plan to call witnesses.

TLC wants the judge to stop Gosselin from making paid and unpaid media appearances because it violates a exclusive contract he has with the network.

Gosselin says he has a right to earn a living as a media personality.

His lawyer says he will "vigorously defend against" TLC's "baseless action."

Gosselin -- who is in the midst of divorcing wife of 10 years, Kate, 34 -- is also countersuing TLC, claiming it violated Pennsylvania's child labor laws in filming his eight children.