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Jon Gosselin insists he still provides for his eight children -- despiteandnbsp;estranged wife Kate's claims that he left the family with bills after withdrawing $230,000 from a joint bank account.

"I pay $7,500 per month for the kids, utilities, two mortgages andandnbsp;everything else that needs to be paid," the father of eight, 32, tells Entertainment Tonight in a new interview.

"I'm not the bad guy here," Jon adds, explaining that it was his decision to put the kibosh on production of Kate Plus Eight because it was hurting the kids.

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"I'm protecting my children," Jon tells ET. "I need to pull them off television so we could work this out."

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Despite blasting her in interviews on The Insider and ET, Jon says he wantsandnbsp;to end the feud with Kate, 34.

"If you fix the relationship, everything else will come," he says. "You won't have to worry about everything else."

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He says he knows he "made mistakes. I apologize to Kate .. I've already apologized to my kids. It's been blown out of proportion."