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Report: La Toya Jackson in Charge of Michael Jackson's Kids' Careers

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Michael Jackson’s son Prince recently signed on to be a correspondent with Entertainment Tonight -- reportedly under the watchful eye of his aunt La Toya Jackson.

Writing for the New York Post, a close friend of the Jackson family, Stacy Brown, says La Toya has signed all three of Michael’s children exclusively to her Ja-Tail Enterprises talent agency.

Brown claims that while La Toya's siblings battled over the King of Pop’s $2 billion estate following his death, La Toya took Prince, Paris and “Blanket” to the family’s Calabasas, Calif., mansion where, according to a family insider, “they needed comfort with everyone showing their wild side, so they watched television together, they listened to music and they talked about what Mike would want.  Mostly, it was Toya doing all the talking.”

As well as the ET gig, Prince has signed a deal to appear on the CW's 90210.  His sister Paris, meanwhile, has a movie deal that will see her shooting later this year in London.  It’s believed that La Toya will get a standard 15 percent commission on each deal.

She reportedly is also currently negotiating a reality TV show deal, featuring all three kids.  Insiders claim bidding has approached $10 million, with Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network leading the pack.

One potential problem for the 56-year-old La Toya is Paris’ refusal to shoot a reality show, but insiders say La Toya’s power of persuasion over the children is strong.

One source is quoted as saying, "Prince wasn’t exactly eager to do ET, but could you tell?  When the money is on the line, Toya is going to cash in.  I wouldn’t bet against her.”

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TJ Jackson Granted Permanent Co-Guardianship of Michael Jackson Kids

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A California judge Wednesday made Tito "TJ" Jackson permanent co-guardian of Michael Jackson's children along with their grandmother Katherine, but not without some unexpected drama.

A woman claiming to be the cousin of Michael Jackson showed up in court Wednesday to ask the judge to delay the appointment of TJ Jackson as permanent co-guardian of the singer's children.

Despite a plea from the woman, Debra Jackson, Judge Mitchell Beckloff granted TJ Jackson the motion to share guardianship with Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, of the three children.

The judge made the ruling after also considering a letter submitted by singer Diana Ross, in which the singer said she has met TJ and thinks he has good intentions in caring for Michael's kids.

Beckloff said Ross mentioned in the letter that she is very interested in what happens with the children and that she takes her role in the will as the next guardian in line very seriously.

Earlier, Beckloff heard from Debra Jackson, who arrived with her adult son Anthony Jackson, whom she says the singer helped raise after Anthony's father died. Earlier, Debra and Anthony Jackson submitted a letter to the court expressing their concerns with appointing TJ co-guardian.

Debra Jackson told the judge that she and her son were abruptly cut off from the lives of Michael's three children and that their relationship with the kids had been curtailed. Debra said that not allowing a relationship between her son and Michael's children is "cruel and not in their best interest and well-being."

She described an incident at a birthday party for one of the children in which she and Anthony were asked to leave. She said Katherine Jackson was very unhappy with that order and neither Katherine nor the kids wanted them to leave.

Debra added that she's asked several times for an explanation as to why they have been cut off from the children, but she was never given one.

The letter Debra and Anthony submitted to the judge Wednesday was written last year around Christmas time. It's unclear why they waited so long to file the letter.

Beckloff said he had read and taken their letter into consideration, since the two are relatives. However, he added that he has a very good understanding of what's going on with Michael's children based on the report written by his investigator.

"It's clear to me that the children have a very strong, loving relationship with TJ and that they love the grandmother very much," the judge said.

He then granted the motion for permanent co-guardianship to TJ.

The son of Michael's brother Tito Jackson, TJ had been appointed temporary guardian after Katherine Jackson was suspended amid a bitter family dispute over Michael Jackson's estate. Days later, Katherine Jackson was reinstated as guardian and announced she would be seeking joint guardianship with her grandson, TJ.

Responding last month to the announcement, Randy Jackson, one of Katherine's sons, told ABC News that the agreement was based on "lies."

"In order to obtain temporary guardianship, TJ lied to the court. Rebbie, Janet, Jermaine and I would never harm our mother and we are doing our best to protect her and the Estate knows that," Randy said in an exclusive statement to ABC News.

"The same people that are trying to manipulate my mother are the same people that were involved with my brother when he died," Randy said in the statement. "The Estate is trying to isolate my Mother from her family JUST LIKE THEY DID TO MICHAEL, in order to propagate their lies, financial agendas and to protect a fraudulent will."

He concluded his statement with, "It is my fear and belief, that they are trying to take my mother's life."

In court Wednesday, Beckloff asked Katherine's attorney Sandra Ribera if she was being unduly influenced to agree with the new co-guardianship agreement, to which Ribera replied "absolutely not! Ms. Jackson is well informed, makes her own decisions and wholeheartedly supports this arrangement."

The judge also ordered TJ to consider visitation between the kids and Anthony and Debra. However, he told Debra that the final decision lies with the co-guardians.

"You have a right to be heard as relatives, and I'm going to be mindful of what I heard," the judge said. "There have been lots of conflicts within the family, and the duties of the guardians consist of navigating through these conflicts and helping the children maintain important relationships."

Only TJ and the attorneys were present for the hearing. Beckloff had previously excused Katherine and the children from having to appear.

Also not present in court was a woman named Billie Jean Jackson, who claims she is the biological mother of Blanket. Judge Beckloff said she filed a petition requesting guardianship of Blanket and that he scheduled a hearing for the end of September.

TJ's attorney, Charles Shultz, argued that the judge had already found Billie Jean has no biological relationship to Blanket, but Beckloff said he will have to hear her arguments one more time.

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Jackson Family Update: Prince Michael Deletes Tweets

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Jackson family drama continued to unfold Thursday, with Michael Jackson’s oldest child, Prince Michael Jackson, tweeting, then apparently deleting, comments he made earlier in the day regarding his reunion with his grandmother.

Prior to those tweets being removed from Prince’s account, the following message was briefly posted: "these tweets our [sic] not our own."

In a statement posted earlier Thursday on Twitter -- and which remains on his Twitlonger account -- Prince claimed, "As long as I can remember my dad had repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways. Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realized how misguided and how badly she was lied to. I’m really angry and hurt."

Prince also published a mobile phone screengrab of a group text messaging session among a few family members in which Janet Jackson purportedly asked that Michael’s children be denied the opportunity to speak with their grandmother, Katherine Jackson.

On Thursday, Marlon Jackson tweeted, “My Mom is home and that's all I was concern about, her where a bouts and that she was safe. Now that she is home and safe I'm finish. Thank you for your concern, support and all the prayers. It worked she is home.”

Katherine was driven from Tucson, Arizona, where she had been resting at a resort, to Los Angeles on Wednesday.  She arrived at the family home in Calabasas , CA between 1:30 and 2:00 in the morning, with a deputy sheriff in tow.  The deputy sheriff was then given a copy of the order appointing Tito Jackson’s son, TJ, as the temporary guardian of Michael’s three children.

Wednesday in Los Angeles, a judge temporarily revoked 82-year-old Katherine guardianship of Michael's children -– Prince Michael, Paris, and Prince Michael II -- awarding it to TJ.

Katherine claimed in exclusive statements to ABC News Wednesday night that the court action was unnecessary because she'd left TJ in charge of the kids from the start while she traveled to a resort in Tucson, where daughter Rebbie lives.  She also claimed she "gave up my phone and I didn't want to have any phone calls" while she was in Tucson.

Sources tell ABC News that while Prince Michael, Paris, and Prince Michael II have been filling her in on everything that has gone on over the past week, phones in the house and Katherine Jackson's cellphone keep ringing. "Talk about a turnaround," sources said. "Prince and Paris are not allowing Katherine to answer because they don't want the Jackson siblings to interfere." It was unclear whether the two were successful in keeping their grandmother from her phone.

Meanwhile, TJ is trying to work things out with his grandmother. "TJ needs and probably won't be able to get the assurances he seeks that the Jackson siblings won't pull these kinds of stunts anymore," sources tell ABC News. Sources say TJ Jackson is concerned about Michael Jackson's three kids and the affect the ordeal of the past week has had on them.

Perry Sanders, Katherine Jackson's estate attorney, told ABC News he expects to meet with his client Thursday and file a petition to restore her guardianship.

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Exclusive: Katherine Jackson Says Court Hearing 'Based on a Bunch of Lies'

Paul Warner/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Katherine Jackson said she is "devastated" her grandchildren have been "taken away" from her and she's returning to Los Angeles to be reunited with them Wednesday.

"I am devastated that while I've been away, my grandchildren have been taken away from me, and I'm coming home," she said.

The 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch also addressed rumors concerning her whereabouts.

"There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped," she said. "I am here today to let everybody to know that I am good and fine."

"My children would never do anything to me like that," she added.

Katherine Jackson said Wednesday's court ruling that made TJ Jackson the temporary guardian of Paris Michael, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II was "based on a bunch of lies." She explained that her stay in Arizona at the Miraval Resort & Spa was a "short vacation and rest."

As for not calling her grandchildren for days, Katherine Jackson said, "One reason I didn't call is I just gave up my phone and I didn't want to have any phone calls while I was here."

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Exclusive: Michael Jackson's Kids Want Future in Showbiz

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's older children seem set to continue in their late father's footsteps as entertainers, but they have their sights set on movies or acting. ABC News talked exclusively with Katherine Jackson, the children's grandmother, and with the children themselves: Prince Michael, 14, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 9.

"I'm looking at a couple of opportunities in show business. Mostly producing," Prince Michael told ABC News. He added that his interest in movie production was fostered by his famous father.

Jackson's mother, Katherine, said that her son took filmmaking classes with Prince. "We had a teacher from UCLA come to our house and we would do film classes there," Prince said. And when we were in Ireland, we would film a couple of movies with him, too."

Paris wants to be an actress. "I'm thinking about auditioning for a play next week," she said.

The children are flexing their creative muscle at home. "Paris dresses up like a little waitress or something, and they shoot their little movies," their grandmother said. Katherine Jackson said her grandchildren's interest comforts her, because they are doing what their father would have wanted.

The pop legend died June 25, 2009 after being administered a lethal dose of propofol, a powerful intravenous sedative. His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of Jackson. The doctor has been ordered to stand trial for his alleged role in his patient's death. His attorneys allege he did nothing wrong.

The children recently attended a charitable event on behalf of Heal the World Foundation, on which Prince Michael serves as a board member. He said he and his siblings want to "continue what our dad was doing, like, helping children from across the world. And animals who couldn't speak up for themselves."

"Ditto," Paris added.

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