Jan. 16, 2014 at 10:03 AM ET
Determined to clarify what she calls “inaccuracies” about her and her children, Kate Gosselin wants the world to know her family is doing fine, but the effort took a strange turn when her daughters clammed up on live TV.
The former star of “Jon & Kate + Eight” appeared on TODAY with her 13-year-old twins Cara and Mady on Thursday to show they’re normal teens who haven’t been hurt by the drama of the reality TV show and her stormy relationship with her ex-husband.
“They get really frustrated that people assume certain things in our house and they always say, ‘But that’s not how it is, mommy. Why do they say that about us?’” Gosselin said.
“They’re just really regular, every day, awesome teenagers.”
The segment started awkwardly with the girls not answering questions posed by TODAY's Savannah Guthrie and instead just looking at their mother and each other.
Kate Gosselin prompted them to speak, saying, "It's your chance, spit it out." She and the girls were recently featured on the cover of People magazine as part of her campaign to show the kids are doing well.
"This is the most wordless I've heard them all morning," Kate said. "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, it's your chance."
"No," Mady replied, smiling. "You just said it."
They were tongue tied for most of the interview and let Gosselin do the talking, though Mady did speak up when asked whether people have the wrong impression of her and her family.
“I wouldn’t say wrong. I would just say not the full story,” Mady said. “A lot of people think that filming our show has damaged us, but it’s only really helped.”
Both girls said they would want to be part of another TV show.
After the TODAY interview, Kate tweeted:
In October, Jon Gosselin told OWN his children have developmental problems that have led to issues with their peers and talking to other people. He added they have problems with "wants and needs and manners and morals."
The Gosselins became stars in 2007 when they allowed TLC to film their large family, which included the twins and sextuplets. The couple divorced in 2009.
Kate Gosselin referenced Jon's comments on TODAY, saying the twins are "aware of what is out there, the inaccuracies, things that are said by the general public , their father, whoever ... their friends talk about it at school. So I sort of am forced to kind of inform them."
Jon Gosselin recently revealed he had a vasectomy to make sure he wouldn't have any more children. He said he doesn't talk with his ex-wife.