Jon Gosselin on Female Party Pals: “They’re Just Friends, I Swear!”

Jon Gosselin—who’s taken a lot of heat for an alleged affair with school teacher Deanna Hummel—is turning to People magazine to head off even more accusation of infidelity.

The long-suffering Jon & Kate Plus 8 hubby says that the two females he was spotted partying with in upstate New York over Memorial Day weekend are strictly platonic friends.

“The two women with whom I’ve been photographed are family friends—Lauren Glassman and Lauren’s daughter, Hailey,” Gosselin professes. “Lauren’s husband, Dr. Larry Glassman, performed Kate’s tummy tuck surgery, and since the surgery we’ve become friendly with the Glassmans.”

Hmm; nothing weird about soaking up suds with your wife’s plastic surgeon’s daughter. Not suspicious at all.

Aside from their visit to a Newburgh, New York, bar, the merry trio were also spotted shopping at the Riverside Square Mall this weekend, raising eyebrows across a curious nation—especially since wifey Kate Gosselin was far, far away in North Carolina, flaunting the results of her tummy tuck.

Wen the Kate’s away, the rat will play?

Have your say in the comments section: Do you buy Jon Gosselin’s explanation?