"Jon's definitely suffering a little bit right now with all of this attention on him and his family. He's sort of done with the whole situation," People magazine senior staff writer Michelle Tan said. "He's said enough is enough with the paparazzi."
The interview came just weeks after his wife, 34-year-old Kate Gosselin, used the popular magazine as an outlet to describe her feelings about what was happening to her marriage. In May, she discussed the perilous state of the Gosselin union, confessing that "Jon is confused and struggling with a lot of different things."
"I think anybody who has watched the show has noticed that Kate's definitely the vocal one of the two, and Jon's very laid back. And I think now with this increased scrutiny, Kate is still opening up a bit more than Jon," Tan said.
"Jon is just getting more and more guarded," she said. "He's just feeling under the attack, and really wants to keep things private."
Jon reportedly underwent hours of rigorous media training on how to deflect personal questions during his interview in New York.
Meanwhile, Kate and the sextuplets enjoyed a family vacation on the beaches of North Carolina. With a pail in hand and an orange bikini, Kate Gosselin wowed onlookers by being tanned and toned.
Concerns about the Gosselins have gone beyond mere blogosphere chatter. Last week, Pennsylvania's Labor Department said it was launching a probe to see if the hit show is complying with child labor laws.
TLC, which airs "Jon & Kate Plus 8," said it "fully complies" with state laws and regulations.
Both Jon and Kate have drawn tabloid ire as their 8-year-old twins and 5-year-old sextuplets continue to appear on "Jon & Kate Plus 8."
The criticism has been fueled partially by the reports of extramarital affairs by both Jon and Kate and questions about whether the Gosselins should continue filming even as their marriage appears to crumble before a nationwide audience.
Both of them have denied the affair allegations, but have acknowledged they are having difficulty in their relationship.
The rift in the couple's decade-long union has become apparent in the show. But "Jon & Kate Plus 8" has seen some of its highest ratings since the Gosselins' troubles became tabloid fodder.
"I think all parents, and anyone who is married, are always going to have times when you're upset with someone," Jon said. "This is a reality show, so you're going to see real emotion."
Nearly 10 million viewers tuned in to the season 5 premiere almost two weeks ago to watch the obviously tense and noticeably distant parents try to get things back to normal after discussing their marital problems.
The ratings roll has bested the show's past average audience of fewer than 3 million viewers.
Both Jon and Kate have differed on whether they plan to continue filming their hit show.
Despite their marital woes, Kate told People the show will continue.
"I must go on and provide for my kids," she said.
But Jon had a different take on reality stardom.
"Jon does [not] view the show as a job, necessarily, but he does recognize that the show has provided incredible opportunities for him and his family, so he'll continue to do the show as long as it benefits his children," Tan said.