NEW YORK (AP) - Reality TV star Jon Gosselin has denied cheating on wife Kate. But he said he's sorry for creating that impression.

"These allegations are false and just plain hurtful," Gosselin said Wednesday, insisting: "I did not cheat on Kate."

Gosselin was speaking out against tabloid reports that he's had an affair with a Pennsylvania schoolteacher. Photos of Gosselin and the woman have surfaced in recent weeks.

The 32-year-old Gosselin did acknowledge spending time with friends of both sexes, including the woman with whom he's rumored to be cheating.

"I need to be more careful and aware of who I am associating with and where I am spending my time," said Gosselin, who apologized for putting his family "in this awkward position."

The Pennsylvania couple, along with their eight children, star on the TLC reality show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8," a project that has brought them fame but also put them under a microscope. Cameras follow the family as they face challenges that come with having a large family.

Kate Gosselin, who has been promoting her latest book, "Eight Little Faces: A Mom's Journey," has cut back on press amid the allegations. She canceled an interview with The Associated Press two days before a scheduled interview.

The series, which premieres its fifth season May 25, remains in production, according to TLC spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg.


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