Jon Gosselin Cancels Appearance With Rabbi

Oct. 31 2009, Published 12:35 p.m. ET

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Jon Gosselin canceled his public appearance with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach at the last minute and issued a rambling statement about his girlfriend Hailey Glassman on Sunday.

Jon, who has previously issued “I’m sorry for everything” statements, says he is “overly stressed, distraught and angry with everything going on in my life.”

He was scheduled to appear with Rabbi Boteach, also a controversial figure, in New York on Sunday night, for a discussion billed as “Fame: Blessing or Curse?” The event was described as “a raw and intimate dialogue on the ethical challenges and moral responsibility of celebrity.”

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Rabbi Boteach had rented out the social hall at the West Side Jewish Center for the event and the cancellation was so last-minute that even the Center's leader, Rabbi Herman didn't know about it. "There are about 50 people here for the event," he told just minutes before it was to begin. "We haven't been told of a cancellation."

The “challenge” of celebrity has apparently caused Jon to breakup with girlfriend Hailey Glassman (as well as continue to publicly attack wife Kate). Was The First To Report Jon & Hailey's Break-Up

In a statement released to Entertainment Tonight on Sunday, Jon said:

"I have been overly stressed, distraught and angry with everything going on in my life. It has been overwhelming, and at times I have taken it all out on Hailey. She has been unfairly treated by the world. She has always been there for me and with no judgment. She has been the one to tell me how I need to not only talk the talk but also walk the walk.

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"When we first met she has said to me 'Jon, actions speak louder then words' and she has continuously told me that, which is right. She has been my best friend and I admire her as a person. I need to be honest not only for myself, but also for my children. I will forever love Hailey. I see how all this has truly hurt her. She has not been happy and hates the media light that she has been put in. She is in no way a home wrecker. That's absolutely ridiculous and false when the world calls her that! She has given up her happiness the last 7 months and taken the brunt of my anger and the world's disappointment of Kate and I separating for my well-being.

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“She has been selfless and never ever asked me for anything or anything of me. She's been the best friend I have ever had and I only wish the world could get to know her and see what an amazing person she is, instead of constantly judging her of lies and things that are NOT true. Hailey says she thinks it's a good idea that we both take some time right now and focus on each of our individual lives.

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“It is important for me to go back to Pennsylvania and be with my children and get through this divorce and decide what I truly want out of life. I do love her and care deeply. She has made me realize I can love myself and just need to be more honest. I am taking things day by day. She tells me 'honesty is the best policy' and I started to embrace that saying and want to live by it. I thank Hailey her family and my fans for support and always being there."

For those of you keeping score, Hailey doesn’t hate the media spotlight too much – she’s tried out for several reality TV shows!

Jon and Hailey announced their split last week but were together behind the scenes while making separate TV appearances talking about the end of their relationship.



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