Thursday August 14, 2008
Actor turned turned radio personality Jay Thomas (who nabbed two Emmys for his role on '90s sitcom Murphy Brown) has discovered he has an illegitimate son.
Thomas' son, John Harding "JT," who is the frontman for the band JTX, found his father after years of searching.
"I was told by my adoptive parents, 'I joined them as a family member as an infant and my biological dad was 'different' and not like the rest of us," Harding tells Usmagazine.com. "Those remarks often caused me to fantasize and wonder about just me who my birth dad really was... A monster? A member of the traveling circus?"
At 17, Harding, left his home in Detroit, Michigan, to look for his biological dad while pursuing a music career in Hollywood, CA, where he'd frequently see Thomas' face on advertisements. Finally, Harding connected with his birth mother who revealed who his father was. Harding's reaction?
"He was the guy on the billboards!" Harding tells Us.
Harding, 28, and Thomas, 60, met for a Fat Burger and immediately bonded.
“It was like meeting myself 30 years ago," Thomas tells Usmagazine.com. "He’s got a different talent but same drive and passion and certainly the same sense of humor."
Thomas jokes, "Obviously if I knew he was going to be this successful I would have kept him!"
Thomas, host of the Jay Thomas Show on Sirius Radio, famously played hockey player Eddie Lebec, who made Carla a widow on Cheers when he was killed by a Zamboni machine.
Thomas and his wife Sally Michelson are parents to sons Sam, 17, and Jake, 15.
Following in his pop’s footstep’s, Harding's career is taking off. Listen to Harding’s first single, "(I'm Gonna) Party Like a Rock Star."
"I've got two families to cheer me on to help me achieve my musical dream! Harding gushes.
Thomas and Harding will share their story on Howard Stern's "Howard 101" on Sirius Radio, on August 15.