Jay Thomas ... Surprised Father
August 14, 2008 at 3:21 PM (PT)
EMMMY AWARD winning actor and radio personality JAY THOMAS has just discovered he has an illegitimate son. THOMAS, who outside of stints in classic TV sitcom "Cheers," as well as long-time morning host on KPWR/LOS ANGELES, among many others, just met his "new" offspring -- JOHN HARDING, "JT," who currently fronts his band JTX.
"I was told by my adoptive parents [that] I joined them as a family member as an infant and my biological dad was 'different' and not like the rest of us," JT said.
At 17, he ran away from his home in DETROIT to try to seek out his mom and very 'different donor' dad, while simultaneously trying his luck in the recording industry in HOLLYWOOD. He immediately got a job, working behind the cash register at TOWER RECORDS on the SUNSET STRIP! There, he'd see JAY's image on billboards and bus stops daily but still never knew that was his biological dad.
Finally, after years of searching, he identified his birth mother and she shared the startling truth -- his birth father was the Emmy Award winning actor and radio personality JAY THOMAS. The two finally met over a FAT BURGER and immediately bonded.
THOMAS currently sits in as guest DJ for HOWARD STERN's "HOWARD 101" on SIRIUS XM Radio every Friday. On August 15th, listeners will get to hear father and son share their full and incredible story ... and hear the music of JTX.
"It was like meeting myself 30 years ago," THOMAS told US Magazine. "He’s got a different talent but same drive and passion and certainly the same sense of humor ... Obviously if I knew he was going to be this successful I would have kept him!" Check out JT's music at www.myspace.com/jtxmusic.