Kate Gosselin: Kids 'Wailing and Crying' Times Eight

10/05/2009 AT 08:30 AM EDT

Kate Gosselin can't pay her bills because her estranged husband, Jon, has left her in the same position that led her to agreeing to a reality show in the first place, she says.

"When you've left your children and their mother without the funds to pay for the roof over their head, it's not acceptable," Kate, 34, told the Today show. "I need that money to provide for them. We were in the position after our sextuplets were born that we could not pay our bills. We did the show to provide a better life for them. Never did I think I'd be back in the same position."

"I have a stack of bills in my purse I can't put in the mail," she says.

Kate says Jon, 32, has emptied their joint account – the one she uses to pay the bills and she says "contains all of our liquid money" – of all but $1,000 of the $231,000 that was in there, beginning on Aug. 10 and ending on Sept. 29."

Under the rules of an arbitrator, neither spouse could take money from the account, but Kate, as the primary bill payer, could use it to pay bills provided she gave proof of her expenses.

But, according to Kate, Jon had taken a significant amount of money from the account a couple days before she filed for divorce in June, and before the arbitrator's rules were laid down.

"Not completely, but enough that I was worried," she says.

That prompted Kate to put aside $100,000 on the advice of her lawyer. She later gave Jon $50,000 that he used for "erratic purchases" and "random" things for himself.

After the pair agreed to abide by decisions of an arbitrator, Kate put the money back in the account, but warily. "I didn't feel like it would be safe, to be honest," she says.

Angry Phone Calls

And Jon's recent actions, she says, prove she was right.

"Whenever we have a conversation and 'solve' things, he hangs up the phone and does something different," she says. "I simply cannot reach him."

And she hinted that Jon's aggressive new stance might stem from a change in his advisors. His first divorce lawyer dropped him as a client in mid-September.

"I can't sleep at night. I can't pay my bills," she says. "I think he's receiving bad counsel. He's always been one to listen to the one next to him."

Children Sobbed

As for Jon's claims that he wants the show stopped because it's hurting the kids – and not because he's been axed from a major role – Kate says it's balderdash.

"I told the kids over the weekend that we weren't filming," Kate says. "Times eight, there was wailing and sobbing. They love the crew, they love the interaction, they love the events. It is not harmful to them. They are angry."

And, echoing comments she's made before, she says Jon's become a completely different person.

"I'm still hoping at some point I'll receive a phone call, and the old Jon is back," she says.
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