Kate Gosselin and her 13-year-old twin daughters stopped by the "Today" show this week for a tell-all interview, but the girls clammed up when it came time for questions, making for an awkward and uncomfortable segment.
Gosselin, mother to the twins and 9-year-old sextuplets who all appeared on TLC's reality series "Jon & Kate Plus 8," and her two oldest sat down with "Today's" Savannah Guthrie Thursday morning to expand on a People magazine interview from earlier this month
In the magazine article, twins Mady and Cara spoke out and slammed critics who say their family was negatively impacted by the publicity from their TV show, which wrapped in 2011.
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"People expect us to be damaged," Cara told the publication.
"People think we're supposed to be messed up, like, 'Oooooh, the poor Gosselin kids, they're going to be scarred for life, waaaaah,'" Mady added. "Here's the big news: we're not messed up."
Expecting the same kind of insight, Guthrie started in with questions for the girls but got nothing but stammers and blank stares.
"What would you want to say, Mady, about how you and your sister and family are doing?"
"Um," Mady said.
Gosselin tried to help, saying, "Mady, your words," and, "It's your chance, spit it out," but to no avail.
"This is the most wordless I've heard them all morning," Gosselin told Guthrie. "I don't want to speak for them but, Mady, go ahead. Sort of the things that you said in the magazine, that years later they're good, they're fine. Go for it, it's your chance."
"No," Mady replied, with a strange grin. "You just said it."
Sister Cara remained totally silent throughout the entire interview.
"Do you think people have the wrong impression of you guys, Cara?" Guthrie asked the girl, who just sat in silence.
"My gosh, Yes or no?" Gosselin said, exasperated.
Guthrie then asked Gosselin if having the girls appear in People and on the "Today" show puts them on the spot and "continues the injury to them."
"There is no injury to begin with," Gosselin said. "I can't get them, at this age, at 13, to do anything they don't want to do. ... It's not like I forced them to do it… I'm getting to the point where I'm extremely frustrated [with all the criticism] and I don’t spend time worrying about it because I'm busy raising my kids and we know the truth and that's why they're here even though they're tongue-tied this morning."
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