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Kate explains her 'mediocre' comment after backlash

Kate Gosselin sure went out with a bang Monday when she suggested that earning money the non-reality-TV way is "mediocre."
/ Source: E!online

Kate Gosselin sure went out with a bang yesterday.

Not just because the series finale of "Kate Plus 8" provoked its fair share of tears and "aw" as viewers were treated to copious montages showing the eight Gosselin kids through the years.

No, the bang came from the divorced mom—who has publicly admitted being a bit terrified about what her future holds now that the cameras are off after seven years—suggesting that earning money the non-reality-TV way is "mediocre."

OK, here's what Kate told Matt Lauer on TODAY yesterday, followed by what she says she really meant:

"It's a situation where Jon may be accepting of mediocre for his kids and working a regular job," Kate said in response to Jon being so relieved that his kids are returning to a "normal life."

"I want the best for my kids and the best opportunities, not unlike every parent. I think that to be a good parent is to work as hard as you can and give them the best opportunities in life, and [our show] has provided that."

"The best opportunity for all of us would be for me to continue to work in TV as a way to provide for my family," she also told Lauer.

Oh, Jon, and his mediocre construction work. What a sucker.

"2clarify re 'mediocre' — I meant this job is not a career acc 2 jon but tv is 4 me &is hard but will prov best opps 4 my kids vs nursing!" the once-ordinary nurse tweeted after her TODAY show appearance aired.

At least one fan didn't buy it, with macgal_74 tweeting, "Might could beleive [sic] that if you werent begging people to keep your face on TV!"

But Kate insists she only meant the non-TV-star lifestyle is average, duh.

She told E! News this week, "My kids have benefited so greatly, that I shudder to think what our lives would be, scraping to get by and struggling to exist, and having that guilt of eight kids that I can't afford, can't provide for, and who probably never would have left our state."

"That's why I wake up in the middle of the night, because the future is uncertain and I'm not willing to lay down and die."

Or get some mediocre job.

What did you think of Kate Gosselin's comments?