Jon Gosselin Eats Cheap Takeout, Watches Jersey Shore

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Jon Gosselin is getting a reality check.

Though he made about $75,000 per episode for TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8, the new issue of Us Weekly (on stands now) reports that Gosselin has traded in his studded Ed Hardy duds for a hard hat. Rising at dawn each morning, the former reality star makes $35 an hour laying solar panels.

Despite the physical work, a source tells Us he's put on pounds: "He has an inner tube again!"

The former bad boy — who once sipped champagne on a yacht while vacationing in France — has also been forced to tone down his party boy behavior.

Instead of splurging on expensive dinner dates, Gosselin, 33, spends most nights shacking up at girlfriend Ellen Ross' home, where a source says "her yappy dogs pee on his stuff."

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A typical night for the two? Eating "cheap takeout and watching Jersey Shore."

For more details on Gosselin's vastly different life — including his creditor woes — pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now!

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