Jon Gosselin never said he wants off the show

Jon and Kate Gosselin attend the Discovery Upfront Presentation in New York City in happier times.
Don’t count Jon Gosselin out of the picture just yet.

Reports of his saying he’s ready to withdraw from TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus 8” are not only premature — they just aren’t true. “I never said that,” Jon told PEOPLE while speaking outside his house on Wednesday. “A fan asked me, ‘Don’t you sometimes wish you could go back to a 9-to-5 job’ [And my reply was,] ‘Yeah, because this is 24/7 and 9-to-5ers punch in and punch out and you have no responsibilities,’ ” Gosselin said. Pointing to the paparazzi collected outside the home of his troubled family, Gosselin said, “Here … you have to watch what you say so it doesn’t contradict something else.” He believes the story was the result of someone having “overheard something that was nothing.” Clearing up other misinformation, Gosselin — who plans to spend the weekend in Vegas with his mother — said, “And the other one was that the kids didn’t want to film anymore. No, they just didn’t want to film that day.”

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That’s easily explained, too. “It’s 96 degrees outside and they just said they wanted to go in the pool. So guess what They took their clothes off, put their swimsuits on and jumped in the pool … I just looked at my producer and said, ‘What are you going to do’ ” The two older girls headed back to school Thursday morning. As for his literal fashion statement — being photographed in a T-shirt bearing the message, “Lies, Lies” — Gosselin said: “I just thought it was funny, because people can write anything about me … How can you write something about me or say something about me without actually asking me” (Read what Jon’s fashion friend Christian Audigier has to say about him today.)