Kate Gosselin's Kids "Extremely Excited" for TLC Special, Jon Gosselin Doesn't Approve

Entertainment Mar. 20, 2014 AT 4:25PM
Kate Gosselin and Jon Gosselin Kate Gosselin tells Us Weekly her eight kids are "extremely excited" to appear on the upcoming TLC special, but a source tells Us that Jon Gosselin doesn't approve of their kids being back on TV. Credit: Robin Marchant/Getty; Jerritt Clark/WireImage.com

The Gosselin children are returning to TV, whether their dad likes it or not. Following news that she and her eight children will be returning to TLC in a one-hour Kate Plus 8 special airing in June, Kate Gosselin tells Us Weekly that her kids were "extremely excited" to film again.

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"They cheered like crazy. It was like I announced that it's Christmas tomorrow," Kate, 38, tells Us. "Our crew walked in and it was like they had never left."

Dad Jon Gosselin, however, is not cheering. "He thinks it is a really bad idea for his kids," a source tells Us. "Jon feels he has his kids' best interest at heart."

Kate, 38, apparently didn't need Jon's permission, however, to put their children -- twins Cara and Mady, 13, and sextuplets, Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel, 9 -- back on TV. "Jon didn't have to give his consent for their kids to tape the TLC special," the source explains. "Kate's not obligated to tell him anything." (Jon's team had no comment to issue at this time.)

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During their marriage, Jon, 36, appeared alongside Kate in the TLC reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8 from 2007 to 2009. After their public, bitter divorce in 2009, Kate appeared with their children on the renamed show, Kate Plus 8, from 2010 to 2011.

Since then, Jon has been vocal about keeping his kids out of the public. "I'll fight it," he told Wendy Williams back in January about another possible reality show. "I don't need the money, I'll just go to work. Because I fought so hard to get my kids off of television."

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What does Kate think of her ex-husband's earlier remarks about keeping the kids off TV?

"I mean, everybody is entitled to their opinions," she tells Us. "I don't let it bother me or affect me that much. I'm led by my gut, my heart, and doing what I've always set out to do as a parent."

"Certainly in my case -- and even if it wasn't the case -- I fought for every day of all eight of my preemies' lives and so certainly once they're born I'm staying that course," Kate added. "We weather that and deal with that as we need to. I try to look at positives in every negative, and the positive there is just life skills . . . that we've learned to deal with different personalities."

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