Jon Gosselin is trying to claim that his children are not exploited. When asked by People magazine if they were exploited he replied, “Exploited?,” asks Jon. “I don’t even want to use that word, because I think it’s ridiculous,” he says heatedly. Jon insists his children’s happiness will remain his focus – even if keeping them happy means quitting the show.

He isn’t quitting the show anytime soon, TLC has just signed them up for a 40 episode season at $50-75,000 an episode. If that isn’t exploitation what is. The Gosselin’s wouldn’t have that show if it weren’t for his kids. Without the children Jon and Kate aren’t interesting.

But maybe TLC inked the deal a wee bit too soon. The show had half as many viewers for the second episode than it did for the season premiere.

More pictures below.