Jon Gosselin (the dad of "Jon & Kate Plus 8") spoke out against kids on TV recently. The ex-celebrity fears for his children on reality television. But his wife Kate Gosselin assures everyone that their brood loves being on her new post-divorce spinoff "Kate Plus 8." Is the TV show just a harmless cash cow or snake in the grass that will come back to bite them?

Jon Gosselin gets reality TV check

Does Gosselin regret his kids growing up on reality television? The dad of 8 isn't sure. On his 40th birthday, the famous father did a little life analysis.

He says the benefit of 40 years has given him maturity and he sees that there are some things he would change, for sure. Looking back after seven years away from "Jon & Kate Plus 8" Jon says perhaps putting the children on reality TV was one. His ex-wife Kate Gosselin was always so adamant that the TLC reality series was not only safe but good for their family. However, after their acrimonious and public divorce, Jon may be rethinking that.

Jon faults Kate Gosselin's parenting?

So after their breakup, is Gosselin lashing out at his ex? It wouldn't be surprising if he was, given the fact that Kate has strategically kept the children from seeing their father. The TLC mom has primary custody but dad has visitation rights which aren't always observed.

She placed their son Collin Gosselin, one of the sextuplets, in custodial care away from home without his dad's consent or even knowledge. The reality TV mom has also sent the cops after Jon on unfounded charges. The "Kate Plus 8" star encouraged her daughters Mady Gosselin and Cara Gosselin to publicly humilate their dad on TV.

So if he was undermining Kate, there were reasons. But he wasn't. He was just wondering how all the TV and social media coverage on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc., would impact them.

Gosselin can't predict 'Kate Plus 8' results

Jon didn't appear to be insinuating any wrongdoing against his ex. In fact, he didn't say much about Kate Gosselin.

The high-profile dad was simply pondering the wisdom of showcasing their family in public. He acknowledges that the show earnings helped their family get by. But, he wonders how fame and even the money will affect his offspring in the future. Gosselin's questions prompt a look at Honey Boo Boo and Mama June, the Duggar family of "19 Kids and Counting" and "Counting On," the "Teen Mom" kids and other reality TV families. How does it feel being forever a TV child star and never just a kid?