Jon Gosselin Turns Over New Leaf on Twitter; Pleads For Children's Exploitation to End

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Jon Gosselin wants to get some things off his chest.

After being a tool for much of 2009, the father of eight seems to have come to grips with his past actions and is looking to make amends and move on.

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Hard to blame him there. “I am acutely aware of the mistakes I made in 2009 and I am ashamed of the choices I made,” his Twitter mea culpa reads.

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“I have apologized to Kate, to my family, and to my friends. Through counseling I have learned to own my actions," he continues. "My goal is to move forward."

Jon states that he posted a long note to his Twitter account Tuesday in an effort to “clarify a few things” and relay the negative effects of fame on his kids.

While he does not call his ex-wife out, Jon indirectly pleads for his kids not to be filmed anymore. Kate and the kids' return to TLC is expected at some point.

Read Jon's apology to Kate Gosselin, thoughts on fame and introspective look at some of the d-bag antics that made news for over a year after the jump ...

Due to the overwhelming amount of questions, statements, false statements in the media, I would like to clarify a few things.

First and foremost, for people who did not watch Jon & Kate Plus 8, I stated years ago, and on television, that I no longer wanted to film and wanted my privacy back. This is not a decision I made lightly or without weighing all the factors involved.

The negative effects on my family was my greatest concern and far outweigh any monetary gain we received. Today, my children are much older than when we first started. They are acutely aware their life is markedly different from their peers.

They are six, and ten, and have to deal with paparazzi! They can’t visit a public place without a crowd gathering or people snapping pictures with cell phones.

Whether the children want to film or not is completely irrelevant.

Children rely on the guidance of the adults to ensure their best interest. Left to their own most children would not eat properly, visit the dentist, or complete homework. Do you think a child would choose a day on the beach instead of school?

Is this the best thing for them? Is it the child’s decision to make? Of course not.

I am acutely aware of the mistakes I made in 2009 and I am ashamed of the choices I made. I have apologized to Kate, my family, and to my friends. Through counseling I have learned to own my actions. My goal is to move forward in a positive direction.

Lastly, my children have experienced a lot of life changes in a short period of time; new home, new school, parents divorced, increased media attention, and much more.

Obviously it would be inaccurate and short-sighted to declare that all of their current struggles are attributed to one factor. These multiple changes are exactly why I feel they need privacy, stability, and security.

Filming and displaying their private lives at this time is not in their best interest.

What do you think? Sincere? Should the show go on?

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