UPDATE: The twin's father is speaking out about the now-infamous interview, and — no surprise — he's not happy at how Kate Gosselin is treating her kids! Us Weekly reports that Jon is very "upset" after watching the segment, and feels "horrible" for his daughters.
"I felt really bad. I mean, I didn't care too much for Kate or whatever, but I felt really bad for Mady and Cara because I love them and they're just put in this situation. It was like deer in the headlights," he said. He puts the blame fully on his ex-wife's shoulders.
"It just kind of proves my point of Kate bringing the kids out instead of her just sort of doing it herself," Jon says. "It all blew up in everyone's face and I feel horrible for my children because now they're going to have to deal with the public."
Original story: Prepare yourselves: You may have some serious second-hand embarrassment after watching this clip. Kate Gosselin and her 13-year-old twin daughters Mady and Cara appeared on TODAY this morning (January 16) to talk about their People cover and to weigh in on how the family has been doing since Jon & Kate Plus 8 went off the air in 2011. But when it was time to reassure the public that all was well, the girls clammed up.
It all started when anchor Savannah Guthrie asked Mady to tell viewers how she and her siblings have been faring. The tween struggled to answer.
"Mady, use your words," Kate cut in, after a seemingly endless moment of silence. "It's your chance." Still, no words came out.
"This is their chance to talk," the Dancing with the Stars alum continued, speaking for her daughters. "This is the most wordless I've heard them all morning. I don't want to speak for them but, Mady, go ahead. Sort of the things that you said in [People] magazine, that years later they're good, they're fine. Go for it, Mad. It's your chance."
"No," Mady replied, nervously smiling. "You just said it."
Savannah then turned her attention to Cara, asking her if fans of the show might have the “wrong impression” of the Gosselin family. Like her twin, she couldn’t squeak out a word, looking down uncomfortably. Luckily, Mady jumped in to save the moment.
"I wouldn't say 'wrong,'” she started. “I would say not the full, like, story. Like, a lot of people think that filming our show has damaged us, but it's only really helped. It's not really done anything [bad]."
To add onto her daughter’s sentiments, Kate then spoke up to say that it was her daughters who wanted to set the record straight — though according to their appearance, it seemed more like her idea.
"They're more aware of what is out there, the inaccuracies, things that are said by the general public, their father, whoever, because their friends talk about it at school … That's why they're here, even though they're tongue-tied this morning, to say that we're okay. We're doing well. Would that be accurate, girls, to say?"
Mady and Cara just nodded in agreement, though Mady did get excited when asked about whether they would ever do a reality show again.
"It was really fun and I really miss it. And you do, too, Cara. Cara does — she's just not gonna say it."
So there you have it: one of the more awkward on-air moments we’ve seen in a while. While we’d like to think the girls were just being shy, something tells us that that wasn’t the case. After all, they’ve been on-camera since they were seven years old — they’re probably used to it by now.
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