Jon Gosselin said in a new video that claims the Gosselin children have been overworked by their aunt, Jodi Kreider, are "ridiculous," especially coming from someone who hasn't been around the family for months, the 32-year-old said outside a Wernersville, Pennsylvania UPS store Thursday.
He said that he hasn't spoken to Jodi's husband, Kevin, since January and wasn't particularly close with him even when the clan was on better terms.
"They don’t even know where we live," he said of the Kreiders.
Gosselin implied the Kreiders couldn't possibly be credible sources of inside info, adding, "They were only in seasons one and two, anyway."
He countered the exploitation implications by saying that his kids aren't as exploited as their fame-hungry aunt and uncle would have one think.
"My kids probably film an hour and half to two hours a day and we only film three days a week," he said. "For Kevin and Jodi to go out there and say were filming eight hours a day and it’s hard core, that’s ridiculous."
He said his children have built a rapport with the show's production personnel, adding his kids love the camera crew.
"They make nicknames for them," he said. "We all get along and play together. It’s comfortable for the kids to film. They look at this filming as life. No one has ever forced them to do anything. I’ve never forced them to film. We don’t force them to do anything they don’t want to do. They’re not actors and actresses. They just do their normal things.”
Both he and his wife Kate "love our kids" and have "always been there for them," the reality TV dad said.
"The whole premise of the show was to save money for the kids," Jon said. "Kate and I's number one priority are our kids."
He left the conversation with a message for his large and growing following: "Please people stop interfering in our lives -- we know what’s best."
A new episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 airs Monday, August 3 at 9/8c on TLC.