Nov. 25, 2009 -- Here's one thing Jon Gosselin's probably not thankful for this year: audio recording devices.
The "Jon & Kate Plus 8" dad has been caught saying some pretty damning things about his children and TLC, the network that aired his reality series, courtesy of taped phone calls recorded and released to Radar Online by Michael Lohan, who has apparently decided that his new friends are worthy of the same taping treatment he gives his starlet daughter, Lindsay, and his ex-wife, Dina.
"I mean, I put my kids out there to every pedophile on the planet, and they never got paid for it?" Gosselin said in the recording, spouting off about TLC allegedly profiting off his family. "It's disgusting."
Gosselin goes on to explain how TLC "scare tactic"-ed him into an exclusivity clause in his contract with the network. TLC is suing Gosselin for breaching that contract. He also claims the network stole money owed to his children.
"They tried to scare tactic me," he said. "Why the f**k should they get paid and not my kids?"
"And I see now they know that I know," Gosselin said. "That they took money from People [magazine], they took money from Good Housekeeping. They struck side deals and none of that money went to my kids. To leak that to the public? Oh my god, Michael, can you imagine? They'd be so f**ked. Their stock would tank. That they stole from eight kids."
Gosselin's rants continue for almost four minutes.
"They never say the good things," he said, lambasting the media. "Never, because the good things don't sell. I've learned. I'm not stupid."
Gosselin's lawyer, Mark Heller, said he has no comment at this time.
"I'm not even going to dignify this with a comment," TLC senior vice president Laurie Goldberg said.
Lohan said he recorded his conversations with Gosselin several months ago because the two were talking about putting together a reality show, "The Divorced Dads Club," and he was afraid Gosselin would cut him out of the development deal.
"When someone makes me believe they were lying or something was going to happen, I tape their conversations," he told ABC News.
The leaked conversation comes on the heels of the news that his divorce from his estranged wife, Kate Gosselin, may finally be finite.
Gosselin offered the mother of his children a bouquet of red roses at their divorce arbitration hearing over the weekend, according to The Associated Press. She refused them. But, despite that, the session went so swimmingly that their divorce could be finalized by the end of the year, Gosselin's attorney told the AP.
Gosselins on an 'I'm Sorry' Spree
Gosselin's been on an "I'm sorry" spree of late. In New York City earlier this month, the "Jon & Kate Plus 8" dad told a crowd of media, fans and critics that he's cooling things off with his girlfriend, Hailey Glassman.
"We decided not to take a break, just slow things down, until I get through my divorce and I know everything is settled and OK," Gosselin said. "I don't want another failure in my relationships. I don't want to make the same mistakes I made with Kate, with Hailey. I would just be repeating the pattern over again."
Gosselin added that he and Glassman, the daughter of Kate Gosselin's plastic surgeon, "should never have gone to France" earlier this year.
"Half the stuff I've done, if I look at my moral compass, I shouldn't have done," Gosselin said. "I know that but I did it anyway. It's like fame canceled out conviction."
The reality TV star also apologized to his estranged wife.
"I want to apologize to Kate in private," he said. "I'll apologize to her for openly having relationships in the public eye. That was a huge mistake because if she would've done that to me, I would have been extremely pissed off. Not because our relationship is over, it's almost like a stab in the back. And now that I think about it, it was a very wrong thing to do. I definitely regret it."
Kate Gosselin has expressed regrets, as well. One day after Gosselin's public apology, she took to TLC to tell "Her Story." The short version: She's sorry for treating Gosselin poorly and prays that one day he'll return to his former, family-friendly habits.
"I was very hard on him and I would never deny that," Kate Gosselin said on the Nov. 2 TLC special. "I felt very much like a lot of weight rested on my shoulders.
"I was wrong to treat him that way," she added. "Was it good, healthy and wonderful? No. Am I proud of those moments that were captured? No."
"I still wake up every day and I think the phone will ring," Kate Gosselin said, choking back tears as she continued, "and it'll be the old Jon."