WATCH: Kate Gosselin, 2 Daughters Give Awkward TV Show Interview

The Today show interview devolves into long periods of silence.

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Kate Gosselin is going on a media blitz this week. She’s on the cover of People, sporting a new, superior haircut and her twin 13-year-old daughters. “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 Gosselin tells People. “Here’s the big news: We’re not messed up.”




Part 2 of the push: An interview with Savannah Guthrie on the Today show this morning. Cara and Mady — who were joined by sextuplets in 2004 and starred in the TLC show Jon and Kate Plus 8 — joined Kate for the interview. It was marked by long periods of silence and Kate Gosselin not convincing anyone of her points.

This exchange typifies the interview:

"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, smiling. "You just said it."

Mady really only spoke up once, saying what people think is "not the full story." She continued: "A lot of people think that filming our show has damaged us, but it’s only really helped." Kate insisted the girls were more talkative earlier, which makes sense: Television — especially live TV — is almost always terrifying. It could make the most bubbly teen shy and inward.

The two girls did say they'd like to be on television again. As for Jon Gosselin, as Philadelphia magazine's Simon van Zuylen-Wood reported in January's issue, he's living in a cabin in the woods in Pennsylvania.

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  • Oliver

    Ahhhhhh. Nothing like the narcissist mother to make you feel good about yourself in front of the whole world.

  • right is right

    I Actually liked the interview I think it’s evidence that the kids speak for themselves if it was forced or scripted it would’ve went very different the way I saw it was actually the way normal 13-year-olds act my 14-year-old would’ve acted the same way so with that said I think they were very nervous And I think Kate wanted to prompt them to speak more but she knew that the public would come down on her and say she was forcing them to do something that they didn’t want to so her hands were tied and all she could do was sit there and try to speak for them and get them to agree If they hated their previous experiences so much they would’ve instantly said no and made it crystal clear that they did not want anything to do with any future shows and anyway it was the only time I saw the shyest one speak up and say yes and brighten up when she was asked if she would want to further show therefore I believe they actually miss it

    • Jane Yavis

      Good Heavens, are you Kate’s Mother or Agent? The only thing Kate is a victim of is her own actions.

      • Mama24

        I do agree with right is right. They behaved EXACTLY like normal kids the same age. I have 2 boys, and that’s hoy they behave. I DO NOT LIKE KATE, never liked the show but I don’t think she is as horrible as the media wants to portray. And I do agree, if they did not wanted the show they would not have the same glow they showed when asked if they wanted another show.

        • debbiehm

          Are you for real??THAT is the ONE thing they know to say on cue..”We have only been helped by being exploited on TV for our entire lives…We miss it SO much and would just LOVE the chance to do it again so we can make Mommy LOTS more money…Please give us another show…Did we say it right Mom?”

  • Brian

    Couldn’t get through it. So awkward!

  • honnybubuchald

    I kids. 4 teenagers. This is how they act. awkward.

  • Not a Fan

    OMG….Kate is beyond sick trying to snag another show. It will help finance her plastic surgery, Botox, mani-pedis, teeth whitening, spray tanning, million dollar home lifestyle that she refuses to live without. She demeaned her husband for years and then kicked him to the curb. Why do people keep encouraging this woman? The girls are being used to pitch another reality show. The true reality is that no one needs to watch a show centered around what trip Kate wants to go on or what new big ticket item she wants to purchase as a story line. She needs to go back to nursing and then people will have more respect for her. Children are not supposed to be circus performers.

  • Shelly

    The girls look scared and depressed. I think she is mommy dearest behind closed doors. Cara looked so sad.

  • Jane Yavis

    Those girls looked scared to death of their bully Mother. In the case of Kate, It was a sad, sad interview that once again proves her motive driven life,,,,at the epense of six kids may I add.

    • Namey

      obviously you don’t know what scared looks like. They were laughing and refusing to answer, and just generally didn’t care that they were on TV. If anything it seemed like are not scared at all, they essentially made their mom look stupid on TV spot that was supposed to be about how ‘normal’ they are. If they were ‘scared’ they would have pipped up and put on a show for everyone for fear of coming off ‘not normal’. Personally I think Katie is an idiot and it’s possible the kids are ‘scarred’, but definitely not ‘scared’, again all i see is two kids almost trying to piss off their mom in protest and make her look stupid by not acting normal in the interview. I agree they may be depressed, used, jaded, etc. etc., but scared, no.

  • Kala

    Why would Kate want to go back to nursing where she would actually have to work? She is a nobody trying to be a somebody. You said you couldn’t go back to work because your money would go to childcare. Well your girls are 13 so there you have babysitters. With the shortages of nurses you could be working by Friday. What? You are too good for nursing…why doesn’t anyone take her to task on finding a nursing job? No one wants to see her on TV. Also catch the VIEW interview. She tried to get her kids to say their didn’t see their father…way to go Kate. Too stupid to leave your kids out of an adult matter. Regardless of how you feel about your ex, those views should not be known to your children. Stop living in la la land because no one wants to see your face on TV anymore. If you want to be famous, find the cure for cancer. In the meantime, the Reading hospitals are hiring.

  • bill k

    Who is Kate Gosselin? Really.