10/01/2009 at 03:55 PM EDT
Jon Gosselin is not going down without a fight. The embattled reality star of what was once called Jon and Kate Plus 8
is hitting back at the network that made him a household name.
On Thursday, Gosselin's outspoken attorney Mark Heller entered the increasingly ugly struggle between the reality dad and TLC, releasing the following statement:
"As legal counsel for Jon Gosselin, I am totally confident that he will be completely successful in his quest to take back control of his family and preserve, protect and ensure their future well-being by putting the brakes on his divorce and pulling the plug on TLC, the media giant that he perceives as a monster that has exploited and manipulated his family and has been partially responsible for the breakdown of his marriage.
"Jon is resolved not to allow the TLC Corporate machine to devour his family and promote the monster's best interests over those of his family. TLC and Discovery have been reputed to have generated approximately $186 million dollars for the quarter – compliments of the Gosselin Family, and Jon firmly believes that their greed to continue that cash flow will be trumped by his courage and determination to protect his family."
TLC declined to comment. Earlier in the day, the network issued a statement
expressing disappointment at Gosselin's "erratic behavior".