October 14, 2009
Posted: 12:38 PM ET
LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Pop star Michael Jackson's three children "are not part of" the A&E reality show many of his family members have been taping over the past several months, the network said Wednesday.
US Weekly magazine quoted an unidentified source as saying - despite a sharp division in the Jackson family over the matter - that Prince, 12; Paris, 11; and Blanket, 7, would be included in the show.
"The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty," which focuses on the lives of Michael Jackson's brothers, was in the works before the singer's June 25 death.
Jackson went to great lengths for years to keep his children out of the public eye, including covering their faces with masks and scarves.
It was only at the public memorial service for Jackson that the world got a close look at them - and began learning about their personalities.
The magazine's source is quoted as saying that the oldest Jackson sister, Rebbie, "feels Michael would spin in his grave if he knew his kids would be on this show."
The public relations firm hired by the Jackson family soon after Michael Jackson's death issued a short statement Wednesday morning that did not dispute the US Weekly report.
"We are not going to comment," the statement said.
The A&E network's statement, however, seems to rule out their appearance.
"They are not part of the series," the network said.
US Weekly told CNN it stands by its report.
The lawyer appointed in August to represent the children in the probate of their father's will has not returned a CNN call for comment.
The reality show is tentatively set to begin airing in December.
–CNN's Marc Balinsky contributed to this report.
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