Kate Gosselin’s girls clam up on camera, Kate sneers ‘it’s your chance, spit it out’

Kate Gosselin and her twin 13 year-old daughters, Cara and Maddy, covered People Magazine last week. In the accompanying interview, the twins claimed that they were not “messed up” from growing up on camera, as many people assume. Of course Kate’s ex, Jon, had to respond to this, and claimed that Kate uses their kids “as props” and that she was pushing for them to get another reality show, which the kids were against.

Somehow Kate scored a Today Show interview yesterday, along with the twins, to further her agenda of getting her family back on TV in some capacity. Jon is on VH1’s Couples Therapy with his latest piece, and he’s been trashing Kate at every opportunity (probably with good reason, but I don’t have a dog in this fight) so of course Kate had to get a little dig in at Jon. She lumped him in with all the people who spread lies about her family, saying that her kids were “more aware of what is out there, the inaccuracies, things that are said by the general public, their father, whoever in general because their friends talk about it at school. So I sort of am forced to kind of inform them.” I’m sure Kate “informs” her kids of how wrong their dad is every chance she gets.

This declaration came after Kate’s daughters both froze up on camera, prompting Kate to sneer “it’s your chance, spit it out,” and to eventually speak for them. When Kate asked Mady to speak again, she responded “you already said it.” I got the sense that Mady was standing up to her mom. The interview was pretty awkward, but it seemed to show more that Kate’s kids weren’t performing on cue rather than the fact that they were nervous. Truth expert Eyes for Lies summed it up well, writing “I don’t think you need any special ability to see Kate is completely inconsistent in this video, and is being very domineering and controlling.

The only time that Mady and Cara warmed up on Today is when asked if they would like to do another TV show. They seemed genuine in their response that yes, they would definitely welcome that. Mady said “it was fun, I definitely miss it.” Of course she does, she has to spend all day with her nasty mom otherwise. Jon recently said that Kate is so controlling of the kids that “you can’t breathe the wrong way without upsetting her.

Jon has already responded to the fact that Mady and Cara stayed silent through most of their appearance on Today. He hinted to Inside Edition that it was deliberate effort by the girls to get back at their mom for something. He said “There was something else in the background that was supposed to come out, and for some reason, they took a moral stance by not saying anything…It was a big, big, big deal by them not saying one word.” I wonder what he’s talking about.

Radar claimed that Kate was furious after the twins did that interview and let them know all about it. Of course she did that. You could see her getting mad during the interview. Remember when Kate verbally eviscerated a nanny, on camera, for eating the last piece of pizza?



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  1. Whitney says:

    That was so awkward to watch, ugh. Those poor girls. Kate is such a piece of work.

    • SunnySide says:

      I can never decide who I find more vile… Kate or PMK?

      • Ross says:

        PMK.. atleast Kate isnt whoring her daughters..

      • MrsB says:

        I think Kate by a long shot. PMK at least doesn’t talk to her kids like they are trash (that we know of) The kids at least seem to have a decent relationship with her, it wouldn’t surprise me if Kate’s kids, once grown, never talk to her again.
        @Ross believe me Kate is trying to whore out her daughters, she wishes she could be PMK.

      • FLORC says:

        There are differnt kinds of whoring. And Kate is doing it. I would love to see a showdown of PMK and Kate.

      • Pumpkin Pie says:

        I think Kate is far worse. The Gosselin kids are very young still, even the twins, and they can’t really say anything. The Kardashian sisters and Rob and old enough to make decisions for themselves and take the heat when needed. The Gosselin kids would not be able to.

      • bluhare says:

        I would argue that dragging them out with her to Today (when they obviously would rather have not been there) is whoring them out.

      • themummy says:

        Who is PMK?? I’ve been trying to figure it out. Huh? Someone school me, please.

      • ncmagnolia says:


        It stands for Pimp Mama Kris = Kris Jenner of Kartrashian fame 😉

      • nicegirl says:

        themummy: I think PMK is Pimp Mama Kardashian, aka Kris Jenner

      • Dawn says:

        Oh I have to say PMK, Kate has not yet whoring out her girls. I know at one time Kate tried to get PMK to be the kids manager but PMK turned her down flat. I have always felt bad for those twins because Kate always has treated them horribly. Remember when she wouldn’t let Maddie have a drink of water before the Oprah show because she didn’t want any to maybe have to go to the bathroom? Kate is a viile person.

      • blinkblue says:

        These girls aren’t pretty enough or talented enough to pimp out. The only thing they know to do is be brats and that comes as a result of the unrelenting and suffocating control their mother imposes on them. This is the type of dysfunction that results in really angry, maladjusted adults.
        This woman is so pathetically clueless as to what is important in life and what it means to be a good mother. My heart breaks for those children.

      • Katija says:

        PMK is vile, but I feel like if I had to spend a day with one of them, at least I could get a few cocktails in her and try to make the best of my time spent with her. Spending time with Kate Gosselin would be the emotional equivalent of a root canal. That’s one hell of a black heart and soul.

      • springingforward says:

        I call for a DEATH MATCH!

        Jenner vs. Gosselin!

    • Maureen says:

      I’m watching the Today video right now and OMG it is painful. Those girls are SO OBVIOUSLY punishing their mother. They have to know how this infuriates her that they sat there and said nothing and then one of them snarked out “you just said it”. This is totally passive-aggressive behavior. And I say good for them!

      • QQ says:

        I told my sister a couple days ago when i saw the People cover “oh so this is the move? To whore out the teenagers?” So THEN i was already bristling at the Today show booking them cause: WHAT ARE THEY SELLING US, really? Her Teens?

        THEN they didnt speak and that was really the worst case of Frendschämen ive had in a looooooonngg ass time!! How horrendous

        Not Horrendous tho?? that them hairplugs that Jon sold his soul (+8) for are effectively falling off so hard, as seen in Couples Therapy (another solid trainwreck!)

      • Latisse says:

        @QQ, I see your frendschämen and raise you a schadenfreude. It makes me a terrible person but I am THOROUGHLY enjoying her discomfort!

      • Kate says:

        They learned from the Master!

        Oh, watching this was terrible. My gut feeling is that the girls did that on purpose. Kate shouldn’t be pushing them to be on TV and in the public eye.

      • gg says:

        I agree with Kate. They looks resolute to not say anything and were not even smiling a little bit.

      • BooBooLaRue says:

        Wow just wow! Out of the mouths of babes. What they don’t say SPEAKS VOLUMES!

    • SunnySide says:

      Kate’s daughters are underage so she can’t yet. I can see the wheels turning in her creepy brain as she calculates the years and days. I think she will be the second (third?) coming of PMK. I hope the girls keep the rebellious spirit they displayed in this interview and save themselves.

    • jaye says:

      I couldn’t even watch the whole thing.

    • gg says:

      After watching it, it appears to me like she yelled at them right before they went on or something. Looked like they were stonewalling HER and not upset to do so. Since they weren’t smiling at all, they seemed kind of pissed off. She seems like an insufferable beehatch.

  2. Suze says:

    Oh for gods sakes go away already! This is all so painful to watch and hear.

  3. Pumpkin Pie says:

    This kind of screams ‘give us another show, give us another show’ and in my opinion, kate made them say they would want to be in another show. That whole segment was cringeworthy.

    • Maureen says:

      I think those girls just demonstrated that their mother can’t make them do anything. They went on that show and humiliated her in front of America by refusing to speak. Kate loves control and she is vain and obsessive about how she looks in front of other people. They made her look stupid (which I think is awesome) sitting there begging them to speak and knowing age couldn’t brow-beat them on the Today couch the way she does at home. I think there are a lot of adults who understand exactly what’s going on with that kind of passive-aggressive behavior. But I do think they want a new show. That show was the only freedom those kids had. I think it was Kate who one said the girls even got attached to the camera people who were in the house every day, and I believe that. I think they loved being around other people besides their mother. Other people help to buffer them from their mother’s controlling and domineering ways.

      • OmegaRed929 says:

        U wrote exactly wat I came here to say. Kate is a whole piece of s*+t!! I can’t take another 15 minutes of her. Cheesus cwist I can’t deal. I only clicked the see the reaction of the kids. Could have done w/o seeing the media junkie.

      • Pumpkin Pie says:

        Wow I didn’t think about that

      • Whitney says:

        Ooh, that’s an excellent point.

      • Montréalise says:

        Apparently the camera crew were very kind to them, which their mother wasn’t.

      • Maureen says:

        Kate has anger and control issues. It’s really, really bad. The way she talks to those kids, and the way she nitpicks over every tiny, insignificant detail, and the way she used to talk to Jon makes me shiver. She’s abusive, you can bet on it. Ask any psychologist: physical abuse is not the only abuse there is. Kate’s behavior is a huge indicator for emotional and psychological abuse. I think one day these kids are going to spill the beans (you asked for it, Kate!!) and we’re going to hear all about it when they’re grown.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        Kate needs to change careers, because she’d make an excellent dominatrix. I can’t think of anyone more adept at torture and humiliation.

      • gg says:

        Pumpkin pie – I think you’re absolutely right.

  4. minime says:

    That is extremely sad to watch. I don’t know this woman apart from reading her name here and there (I guess she does some reality tv using her family). Horrible to use your children like this. They seem extremely uncomfortable and fearfully dominated by their mom.

    • strickchic says:

      I cannot conceive of how those children are treated behind closed doors with no cameras. Kate appears to be so over controlling that it is frightening. I can imagine that she sees no fault in her parenting skills or her everyday demeanor, but it is so off putting. I really feel bad for those children because they really do seems slightly fearful of their own mother 🙁

      • MrsB says:

        Yes, if she acts like this in front of a camera, I don’t even want to imagine what she is like in private with no cameras. Really do feel for the kids, they have 2 crappy parents who seem to care about themselves more than their kids wellbeing.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        She has already admitted to hitting them really hard with a ruler when they were 2 years old for some minor infraction like eating M&Ms. She’s disgusting.

      • bluhare says:

        She hits them with a spoon. There was a photo of one in the car when she was picking them up from school.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Bluhare is right, it was a wooden spoon, not a ruler.

  5. daisyfly says:

    Well, married bodyguard boyfriends don’t pay for themselves and SOMEONE in that house has to work.

  6. shump says:

    Ha ha, I love that they refused to speak a single word that she told them to.

  7. lisa2 says:

    She is just very very hungry for the fame again. you can smell the desperation from the screen. She really got the bug.

    I would not be surprised if after this that she is actually offered a show. Mainly because of the potential for having the camera capture her dealing with tweens. Parent/Child conflicts do make for interesting TV..

    I’m not sure if the TV show/ and fame (such that it was) made her this way or if this was here waiting to come out.

    • Pumpkin Pie says:

      I hope Jon will say NO to the kids being on tv again!!!

      • FLORC says:

        He has alrady said he will say no to future shows, but a big part of me believes that’s only because he isn’t profiting from it like before.
        As soon as he was cut out of Jon and Kate +8 he was suddenly anti cameras around his kids. And he seeked out his own reality show.

      • mrspatrickbateman says:

        After I saw this interview I watched Jon’s interview on Wendy Williams, it shed some light on his side of the story and I gained a little respect for him. He did say he would fight it if they were going to get back on TV. I actually do think he cares as a parent and does have his kids best interests at heart. I think he can’t shut up about Kate in the media because he never spoke up to her during their marriage and is now taking any and every chance to rectify an issue he felt he should have handled earlier. That guy went through some emotional abuse from his wife I’m sure he’s got some resentment issues. Hopefully he goes to talk to someone about them soon instead of the press.

      • Pumpkin Pie says:

        Sorry I don’t know how to reply directly to FLORC and mrspatrickbateman..
        I was wondering whether both parents must sign an agreement to have the kids on tv. The Cibrian kids are not allowed by the Eddie? to be on Brandi’s show, if I remember correctly?

      • bluhare says:

        For the record, if we’re going to get into who’s bashing whom, Kate is ahead of that by a long shot.

      • littlestar says:

        Dead on, Florc. The only reason he won’t allow the kids on camera now is because he isn’t profiting from it anymore. He is just as fame/media hungry as Kate is. And this new reality show he is going to be on with his current girlfriend, the one about couple counseling? How embarrassing for his kids. These two really don’t care how their actions are affecting their children.

        It will be really interesting to see what happens with the Gosselin children once they are all adults.

      • FLORC says:

        Pumpkin Pie
        After 2 reply boxes they all get into a 3rd line of small boxes. Just type our names in your reply and we’ll get it:)
        To what MrsPatricBateman said.
        I did not see the Wendy interview. I’m saying this based on his years post divorce claiming the kids are not being raised in a stable or normal environment and that many wanted to quit the show.
        But who knows they’re both so self serving.

        Pumpkin Pie
        I have no idea how it’s done with these 2. Jon took Kate to court at one point to make it so the kids couldn’t be on Kate’s show without his permission. It was struck down, but i’m not sure on the details.

        They’re both just awful. I’m waiting for the kids tell all books to come out. Kate gave some pretty nasty death stares to her daughters when they wouldn’t play along.

      • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

        I watched the episode of couples therapy with Jon and his new girlfriend and she appears domineering and low class. I feel like the man enjoys being dominated on some level.

        He also mentioned that Kate is suing him because she alleges he shared details about Kate with that person who wrote the scathing tell all about her.

    • Ok says:

      Lisa2 — she is likely hungry for the fame. But I think eve more than fame, she is hungry for the paycheck.

      I can imagine she must have ZERO money left because she took most (if not all) of it and spent it on the affluent lifestyle. Huge house. Heating it, cooling it, furnishing it. Huge gas guzzling vehicles to transport 9 people.

      I always wondered how the hell Jon and Kate were thinking they were going to raise all 8 kids on a nurses and an IT tech salary.

      You save a lot of money when you have 8 kids by the hand-me-down recycling of clothes, toys, bikes, sports equipment etc.
      You can’t do that with 8 at once.

      The show allowed them the affluence that they would not have had a shot at otherwise.

      I think Kate blew away everything when she told Jon she only wanted to fake the marriage for the cameras. Bet she really regrets that now.

      • Cricket says:

        She must have some income to support her extensions, nails, fake tan, etc…

        Rumor has it she recently purchased a new Audi, don’t know of any Audi that holds nine?

        She is all about her and how she can manipulate things to continue her life style.

        Does anyone remember her on dancing with the stars? Talk about train wreck! I will admit I watched and voted for her every week bc I couldn’t wait to see the break down with her partner (she tried to treat like Jon) and how she has no shame.

  8. Dani2 says:

    She seems like an absolute pain as a mother. I feel so sorry for those poor girls.

  9. DoMaJoReMc says:

    FOR..THE..LOVE..OF..GOD!!! Does this woman have no shame???? JEEEEEEEEEEZ! Go away already!

  10. Annie says:

    When Mady is asked about being damaged because of the show, she disagrees, saying it only has helped them, and then Kate interrupts. Mady appears to me to be choosing her words carefully. I think what Mady might have been hinting at is that the kids are better off being in a show with many people around, with their mother’s ego being fed, than alone with her on that somewhat isolated piece of land.

    • Frida_K says:

      That sounds about right to me, too. Those poor kids. Kate is a harridan of the first order and yes, a buffer between her and them more than likely does make a difference for the children.

    • halleygee says:

      I agree with that, I noticed she didn’t say how it helped them, just that it helped. I had the same thought as you.

    • MSat says:

      I had the same thought. If Mady had been able to finish her sentence, I think it would have been along the lines of “The TV show didn’t damage us, but our parents DID.”

      • taxi says:

        Agree absolutely. Kate has to be less bitchy & nasty when cameras are running. Presence of crew can diffuse her meanness too, as she’s trying to project the image of good mom. Bollocks! She deserves whatever tell-alls emerge in future years.

  11. GiGi says:

    That was heartbreaking. Ugh. Seriously, this woman just needs to go away. She is the one putting them out there – they’ve been off the air for years now, right? No one cares! Just stop trying to live off your kids. So gross.

  12. Josephine says:

    The Today show and other media outlets need to say no to this kind of exploitation. Anyone who didn’t realize that the mother had an angle she wanted to pursue, using the kids, is a complete idiot. And People magazine – my gosh that magazine has become filled with the bottom feeders of the entertainment world. People used to have real celebs – now it’s just an embarrassment of reality “stars” and D-listers.

    • Christin says:

      People was a much different publication years ago. I used to enjoy reading it each week.

      • JudyK says:

        Blame Kate Coyne, the editor, for that. Can’t believe she still has a job with PEOPLE. I refuse to buy it anymore.

      • FLORC says:

        It’s always been this bad. It’s all about PR spin. Never journalism.

      • bluhare says:

        FLORC, it hasn’t always been this bad. I had a subscription to People for years, starting back in prehistoric times. It used to be an actual gossip magazine, albeit not as trashy as some. I cancelled my subscription a long time ago, and got another magazine instead. I like gossip, not puff pieces.

      • FLORC says:

        Prehistoric is well outside my time of reading it in waiting rooms.
        “Never” was too extreme of a word I guess.

    • Renee says:

      There’s a reason many call it “Kneepads.” It’s all PR hype now and boring drivel on the likes of people like Krazy Kate.

    • mayamae says:

      I agree. It was a little hypocritical of Savannah to sit there asking Kate if she was exploiting her children. The answer Savannah, is yes. And you’re helping because you’re complicit by conducting this interview.

  13. TG says:

    Where is CPS when you need them. This was a cry for help IMO. Just wish that douche Jon would get over himself and help his kids. I cannot believe that People magazine and now the Today show is giving this demon shrew of a mom a platform for trashing the kids father. Khate looked so mean and mad. Someone commented on The Superficial for the girls to remember it was worth it when “the spanker” comes out. I just wish someone would help them. Now you know why abused children don’t seek help. They feel helpless and if Journalists are turning a blind eye to the truth what chance to they have.

    • JudyK says:

      Call Jon a douche for whatever reason, but he is NOT a douche when it comes to his children and being a good father. He loves them and is their only hope for normalcy.

      • bluhare says:

        Agreeed, JudyK. I don’t even think he’s that big of a douche any where else. I think if anything brings out his douchery it’s his ex wife.

      • Itsa Reallyme says:

        Yes, I just saw his interview on Wendy Williams. He just doesn’t want his kids exploited. It’s not about the money. He lost 500 grand when he quit Kate+8. He didn’t want there to be video footage of the demise of the marriage for the kids to see in the future—he thought it would be too hurtful. So, he quit and lost a ton of money for doing so.

    • Andrea says:

      CPS has real issues of child abuse to contend with. Kate is bad, but sadly there are millions of worst parents out there for CPS to contend with.

  14. mzizkrizten says:

    I don’t see anything malicious from Kate in the interview at all. Looked to me like Cara is very shy, first off. And May was full of words after an initial bout of nervousness. I get what the three of them are saying, it’s got to be very frustrating to have the internet shit talking your family. Of course, giving tv and print interviews and desiring another reality show will only add fuel to the gossip fire.

    • JuneLou says:

      You don’t think it’s malicious to drag your self-conscious daughters on television, CLAP in their faces impatiently when they don’t speak their rehearsed lines quickly enough, talk over them when they start to veer off the party line, and smirk when one of your daughters taunts her shyer sister (hm, where did she learn that)?? All in the name of scoring further exploitation of the family?

      This was a useful peek into the lives of these poor kids. Anyone who gives them another show after this sad display should be ashamed.

      • JudyK says:


      • Tracy says:

        Well said.

      • Stacey says:

        I think its two girls who were nervous and had stage fright. I use to watch their show, Maddie was a ham and Cara was very shy and quiet. Cara was so nervous, she couldn’t spit out a single word. Its too bad they didn’t figure out they had stagefright during a school play audition instead of the Today show. Now that its obvious the girls don’t cope well in front of the camera, I would hope Kate doesn’t put them through it again. They are not cut out to be showbiz kids and thats fine. Let them be regular kids. If they ask to be on tv again, based on this interview, Kate should tell them no.

        Lots of little girls want to be hollywood starlets. I did when i was a kid. I begged my dad to make me a star! Get me a talent agent! Blah blah! Then my dad said, honey-to get a talent agent, you need talent. Now go do your homework and go to cheerleading practice. I think Kate gave these kids a chance to test the waters with the interviews and they bombed. Move the girls on to something else.

    • Montréalise says:

      Even the shyest person will reply “Fine” when asked how they or their family are doing. To simply respond to the question by staring wordlessly at the ground – that silent non-response speaks volumes.

      • Stacey says:

        Agree to disagree. I did the same thing as Cara once at a theater audition as a kid. Went silent with stage fright. I can only imagine how awkward it must have been to witness it! I obviously was not meant to be a Broadway star 🙂 neither are these kids, no matter their protestations, Kate should realize this and not set them up for failure again. I think Kate used her connections to give them a platform / exposure (and is a famewhore herself.) and obviously it didn’t work out.

    • Lady says:

      I didn’t think it was that bad either. What was she supposed to do? Sit there in silence with her daughters? I don’t think she MADE them go on, they probably wanted to go but clammed up on camera.

  15. antisocial says:

    They should give the twins a show (+\- the little ones) but keep Kate out of it. Probably not possible but I’d enjoy seeing the facade of congeniality start to crumble on Kate’s face as the narcissistic rage monster comes shining through, ya know?

  16. mzizkrizten says:

    And the radar article is ridic… Kate “rolled her eyes in anger” after the interview, LOL that is proof of her monstrous mothering?! What mother of preteens and teens DOESNT roll their eyes in anger! I agree Kate has shown she is a type A person with little patience but trying to make something dark out of this whole situation is grasping at straws. The girls got nervous, Kate got a little embarrassed,who wouldn’t?! Non issue.

    • Mich says:

      You are a party of approximately one with this interpretation of what when down.

      • mzizkrizten says:

        Yeah well since neither of us, nay NONE of us were there and have never been in a room with Kate and her kids, all of our opinions are invalid.

      • Mich says:

        Um. I do have eyes and I did watch that segment. She was uber controlling and the majority of people watching it found it excruciatingly awkward. The ‘(clap clap) spit it out’ moment was something to behold. If that is what you do when on your best behavior, I’d hate to see what happens behind closed doors.

        And who gives a flying f if you think anyone’s opinion is valid. This is a gossip site.

        Whatever. Her kids clearly aren’t afraid to assert themselves, even passive-aggressively.

      • MrsB says:

        @mzizkrizten We don’t need to be in a room with Kate and her kids, we can watch her on TV and see what a dreadful woman she is. She has proved it over and over again

      • bluhare says:

        None of us were there? I can be “there” right now by clicking the play button.

      • The Original G says:

        Kate’s anger is palpable. In public. On TV.

        If Kate’s embarrassed it should be for never die stage mom antics. Why would she think we would want to watch that weekly on TV?

    • Whitney says:

      I think it’s Kate’s known history that has everyone jumping to conclusions here, and I think those conclusions are completely valid. She’s proven how she is and she hasn’t changed. I feel badly for her kids. Kate cares about Kate and her PR machine, and that’s it.

  17. lucy2 says:

    Wow, that wasn’t kids freezing in front of the camera, that was two girls mutually deciding to not answer and let their mother stew a bit!
    I think Jon has every right to complain about this, but complain to the court. Going on a trashy VH1 show, and continuously and publicly bad mouthing their mother, no matter how much she deserves it, does NOT help those kids either.

    • MSat says:

      Agreed. Let’s not forget that Jon is no saint. He publicly humiliated the mother of his children and behaved like a complete douche in front of the whole world. Remember his Ed Hardy/famewhore phase? Ewwww. I mean, he’s still not worse than Kate – I think he’d have to kill someone do achieve that. But when you think about it – what chance do these children have with parents like these?

      • Anastasia says:

        How did he humiliate Kate? She kicked him out of the house AFTER carrying on and traveling alone with her bodyguard/boyfriend, and it was only after that that he dated. The timeline doesn’t work out in her favor on this count.

  18. Frenzy says:

    I won’t be surprised if the ice queen took out her wooden spoon after the interview! What a witch!

  19. Nev says:

    She’s soooooo hard. Hahahaha

  20. Isa says:

    It was so awkward. I wonder how they really feel.

    • FLORC says:

      We’ll find out in their tell-all years later.
      Those poor kids. It wouldn’t shock me to find out she hits them. She had a look like she might do that.

      • bluhare says:

        She hits them. She hit them on camera, and she’s got a wooden spoon in her car.

      • FLORC says:

        Though I think there’s a place for a good spanking with children I would never think the have a tool like that on me for on the spot punishment.
        I was spanked once and that’s all I needed to shape up.

        All these stories about the younger set of kids having social issues seems right.
        Terrible women.

      • The Original G says:

        OMG. A wooden spoon in the car? Maybe her threats have just worn thin with those girls.

      • Isa says:

        I remember a story about her spanking one of the kids because he or she was blowing a whistle or something while she was on the phone. they had pictures and she looked absolutely furious with the kid. It was so sad. I do spank my kids but over a whistle? No. Take it away, explain they have to be quiet and if necessary put them in a time out. I wonder how loud that kid was after the spanking- wailing out of fear and pain.

  21. blue marie says:

    The fact that their parents use tv to bicker back and forth and call each other names is despicable (I can only imagine what they say about each other at home) Of course they are screwing their kids up.

    • jwoolman says:

      Blue Marie- you obviously didn’t watch the show. Kate was over the top verbally abusive to Jon on every episode. I was surprised they even showed it on tv. He didn’t know how to deal with it. The kids aunt and uncle said Kate and Jon had an arrangement, a private separation/divorce (he lived over the garage when they moved into the huge place), and could see anybody he wanted as long as he was discreet. The paps caught on, and she was furious – she was the one who moved for divorce, he actually had unsuccessfully tried to get her into marriage counseling. So Kate was never humiliated and he was never abusive. He went a tad crazy for a while after his release from captivity, but he said later that he discovered that wasn’t the life for him and he really missed his kids. He’s been an advocate for the kids ever since, but Kate and TLC were able to block him even though he has joint custody. I suspect that’s why he’s talking now although compared to Kate he’s rather restrained. He might also be sending messages to his twins that way- Kate has a history of blocking his phone access to the kids so if that situation still holds, he may not have been able to call them about it. This is really an awful situation for the kids- google “narcissistic mothers” to get a better idea, I think Kate is a full-blown raging narcissist (among other problems) on the pathological end of the Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Jon is just a normal guy, a good dad even though he has poor judgment in other things, someone more comfortable as a follower than a leader who is stuck in a nightmarish situation and doing what he can. He’s making a lot of mistakes, but his heart is in the right place.

  22. Christin says:

    That interview was awkward and at times seemed a war of wills. At first I was surprised when both girls seemed to want another show, but then thought it probably provides some much needed buffer and distraction.

    When the (clam up) interview ended, the girls probably got an earful about not speaking up with their rehearsed lines.

    • Lady says:

      I don’t think they rehearsed anything. That’s why they had nothing to say. They seemed more unprepared than anything.

      • Christin says:

        She mentioned something about what they said to or in the magazine. That made me wonder if the article was a genuine interview, or if they agreed on answers beforehand.

  23. Maureen says:

    These poor kids. All of them, not just the twins. I do think Jon is the sane one but he’s traumatized from that marriage, which makes him bitter and ugly at times. This is clear to anyone who remembers what Jon was like when they were on TV as a family. He was brow-beaten. Kate is the real nasty here.

    • JudyK says:

      Perfectly said.

    • Itsa Reallyme says:

      Yes, he was brow beaten! I remember more than one of their talking head interviews on that show where she scolded him for breathing too loud. She was always chastising him for something and he was always the one that was hands-on with the kids.

  24. Moec1 says:

    Can’t those poor kids just lead a semi-normal life? Being a teen is hard and embarrassing enough without having to have it broadcast for everyone to see! I bet the twins already feel like a freakshow for our entertainment and you know when they go back to school they will probably be picked on for this interview! How embarrassing! Kate is so selfish! She doesn’t worry at all about how this will impact these kids later on in life.

    • Ok says:

      I would be nice for the kids to lead semi- normal lives.

      I think the economics of the situation (8 children to support, and a lot of overhead with the house and land, along with and ex-husband that really does not help out financially).

      What else is she going to do. Nurses salary doesn’t not support 9 people very easily.

      I wonder seriously wonder what would happen if a man with A TON of financial means (aka net worth of $100 million dollars). were to happen along and become smitten with Kate.

      Would Kate gladly fade out of the limelight just to live a quiet life? Or would she be angling to become a cast member of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills ?

      This sounds like an unlikely guess, but I would bet that she would drop out of the limelight in 2 seconds to live a quiet life in financial security.

      I have seen snippets of the show. And I have seen Kate on various interviews and stuff ( and the horrible appearance of Dancing with the Stars). I see a woman under a TREMENDOUS amount if stress. Like stress thru the roof and up into the Ionashere kind of stress.

      I wonder how her personality would change if the crushing financial pressure were removed ????

      • Sana says:

        @Ok Eh. If it was really about seeking financial stability then why the need for a big house, fancy cars, spray tans etc? She would be better off like Mama June who tucked away the money for her kids? You would think she’d be more prudent about her spending habits. I also really believe that she would try to be in a Real Housewives show if she did get to marry a millionaire.

  25. nk868 says:

    i watched the show back in the day when it still seemed really sweet and harmless. mady was always a total nightmare – hitting her younger siblings, yelling at them, requesting they be excluded from her birthday celebrations because she wished they were never born and their family was still a foursome, only being nice once she was old enough to see how she looked on tv. i mean, i know she’s a kid, but i could totally believe what jon was saying that mady was purposely trying to embarrass her mother by being sullen and silent. she’s what? 13? around that age when you start to resent your mom and don’t think beyond yourself.

    before you guys yell- if kate was my mom, i would want to embarrass her too. now that she changed her hair, someone has to remind us she’s the worst.

    • BendyWindy says:

      I’m not going to yell at you, but it makes me sad that someone would hold the actions of a small child against them. Nobody’s family or children would be perfect if they had cameras on them all the time, and many, many children have adjustment issues when younger siblings are born, and they don’t go from a family of four to a family of ten overnight. IIRC, many of the kids have behavioral and/or cognitive delays, too. Cut the kid some slack.

      • Itsa Reallyme says:

        I think that was her point. Being on the show and having a lot of very normal yet personal things play out for an audience, was not a good thing for any of those kids.

    • msw says:

      This is exactly the problem with kids on reality show entertainment. Can you imagine every unsavory thing you’ve ever done, as a young child, being used as fodder for the public? Give me a break.

    • CoolWhipLite says:

      @nk868 — I also remember Mady being an unusually angry child on the show. It wasn’t just ‘kids being kids’ or a case of unfavorable editing. She was always acting out aggressively, and she was basically a miniature version of Kate. The other twin, Cara, was always a poor thing, helping to clean and dodge her twin’s wrath. After years of witnessing Kate’s manipulation skills, Mady may have picked up the talent from her own Mommie Dearest.

      I don’t doubt that the girls put their heads together before the Today interview and decided to stick it to their mom. Kate deserves every bit of backlash – both from her teens and from outsiders. She’s a wretched person. But, boy, I can’t imagine the hell that rained down on those two girls the minute Kate was out of that studio! I pity those kids because they have no choice but to be dysfunctional — it’s the only type of behavior they’ve ever observed. And sadly, they perked up at the idea of doing another show. No surprise there — being filmed and televised brought (what they perceived as) positive attention to them, it made them feel like they had worth and value…they certainly don’t have those needs met by their mother.

      • mayamae says:

        One of my favourite episodes was Maddy and Cara’s birthday. Kate had been preparing and there were balloons on the ground when Maddy came charging in, kicked a balloon hard right into a camera, then charged out without saying a word.

        Maddy had very volatile emotions, but she was also super sensitive and easy to cry.

      • Isa says:

        Mady acted very similar to Kate. She was never taught how to deal with her emotions. And she probably never will be. It’s very sad since it’s going to impact her future relationships with everyone in her life.

  26. tmbg says:

    I got nervous watching because I wondered if Kate would go Mommie Dearest on their butts after they left the studio. I can imagine they receive regular torrents of verbal abuse, so maybe they don’t care anymore.

  27. Kiddo says:

    Why is anyone interviewing her? I may only speak for myself, but I don’t want to know what she’s been up to. I didn’t want to know about her in the first place.

    • bluhare says:

      She’s trying to pitch a TV show. I read somewhere there’s another interview scheduled for Monday on The View. With Cara and Maddy.

    • CoolWhipLite says:

      @Kiddo, I wonder the same thing. Her 15 minutes expired so long ago. The fact that she can still get magazine covers and major network morning show gigs makes me wonder if PMK is her agent.

      • Kiddo says:

        I don’t care what she wants or what she is pitching. The people have spoken, and they don’t care.

  28. Tracy says:

    I hope some money was set aside for the kids and not all of it went towards Kate’s plastic surgery.

    • Itsa Reallyme says:

      I believe Jon said that they had put 8% of the money they earned into trusts for the kids.

  29. watchmaker says:

    I have been in the same room as Kate, Jon, and their children without cameras rolling.

    One of the boys started to cry, and she just rolled her eyes, and appeared to be annoyed. She gave Jon the look of “Well, don’t just stand there, do something!” Quite sad actually…

    p.s. My boyfriend went to high school with Kate. Needless to say, she hasn’t changed all that much. Again, sad…

  30. Deanne says:

    Why are these media outlets still giving Kate a platform to exploit her children? The interview was painful to watch and actually made me fear for the kids, even more than I already did. Her face literally looks evil. Surely no one buys that she’s a good Mother anymore. This is a woman who made her sick children lie on the laundry room floor to prevent them from making a “mess” and she is trained as a nurse.. She didn’t care about their comfort or well being at all. The girls looked like they were afraid of her, not having stage fright. She has no nurturing skills whatsoever. She’s so desperate for another crack at the spotlight and even though no one with functioning brain cells wants to see her, People Mag and the Today Show indulge her delusion.

    • JuneLou says:

      Yes! She looks so mean, even when she’s attempting to be charming. She can’t disguise her personality at all. I guess that’s a helpful heads-up for anyone who has to deal with her.

      • Frank says:

        I agree that she looks so mean. There’s a quote from a Roald Dahl book that I always think of when I see her: “If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.” Plastic surgery can only help so much…

  31. Feebee says:

    Well at least before this it was just speculation about how things were going. I think we have solid hints that all is not well and that ‘Mommy Dearest’ book might be sooner rather than later. Cara may be the shy one but Mady’s obviously her mother’s daughter who won’t be taking it lying down, least of all from her mother for much longer.

  32. judyjudy says:

    Watching this interview was like going to SeaWorld. Those poor girls.

    I hope they don’t get another show. It’s bad enough to have your childhood on TV but the early teen years…that would be AWFUL!

  33. Patricia says:

    That interview made me really worried about Cara. Mary had always had a strong personality, she shouldn’t have to be going through this but at least it feels like she is holding her own. It seems to me Mady was employing passive aggression in a purposeful manner, while Cara simply seemed lost and scared and very nervous, truly tongue tied from the pressure.
    Cara has always seemed very sensitive and gentle, which makes her an easy target for both Kate and Mady to take out their frustrations on. Mady seemed annoyed with her, and Kate clearly walks all over her. I think she is the truly suffering and needs a warm and loving home to flourish. Very sad and worrying.

    • Anastasia says:

      Wanted to say just how much I agree with you. She looked scared. My heart went out to that poor girl.

  34. Renee says:

    Omg I just watched this and Kate looked the total fool. I loved when she was asked if bringing them on TV FURTHER damaged them! She freaked! This was definitely a planned rebellion by the girls. Good for them! And the way Kate mentioned their own father as one of the people spreading misinformation about them was just shameful. I never trash my ex to my daughter, and this broad did it on national television!

  35. Lucy says:

    This woman has such a fake smile…

  36. Marianne says:

    I didnt see all, but saw a couple of clips last night. Those poor girls. One was having trouble coming up with the words (using a lot of ummms) and Kate is just like “Use your words” in this really horrible tone of voice and I swear to God, the girl (can’t remember which one it was) shot a look to the interviewer like “Do you see what I deal with?” The interviewer had to come the girls defense and be like “Oh, its ok. It was a tough question”.

  37. MrsBPitt says:

    I am sure Kate rehearsed those poor girls over and over again. I wonder what her original script was supposed to be. Mommy’s the best and Daddy’s a jerk…I’m not giving Jon a free pass though…those older girls would most likely be able to decide which parent they would like to live with. If Jon thought they were so miserable, than he should fight for custody…

  38. emmie_a says:

    I totally disagree that the girls ‘warmed up’ & were genuine when they said they wanted another reality show. KATE wants another show and has probably told the kids that they want/need another show. I’m also guessing that Kate told the girls that they should ask for another reality show bc I don’t think Kate has ever done an interview when she doesn’t give her pitch to the public for a new show. Everything is about her, for her.

    • Montréalise says:

      I’m sure that Kate has told the kids, over and over again, how much they need to have a new show because then they’ll be able to travel again and buy all kinds of nice things, and if they don’t get a new show, they’ll have to sell the house, move into a poor neighbourhood and leave their school. So the kids probably do want another show, but only because Mommie Dearest has brainwashed them.

  39. Ginger says:

    Wow! That video was all kinds of awkward. I also would never trash my ex husband to my son let alone in public for everyone to see and hear. That is just shameful!

  40. Kristen says:

    I get a major “Mommie Dearest” vibe from Kate Gosselin. No. More. Wire. HANGERS!

    Also, TODAY Show ratings tank and NBC wonders why. Just this week they’ve had PMK AND Kate Gosselin on their show. Yuck. Who wants to start their morning with PMK and Kate Gosselin?

  41. anne_000 says:

    I disagree with some of the posters saying that the girls did this on purpose & maliciously too. I think they were genuinely not comfortable answering some questions. I didn’t see all this Machiavellian & cruel or passive-aggressive intent by them as some posters say they did. Rather, imo, they were honestly not sure what to say, which I think was the result of fear in case they said something that would upset Kate.

    Anybody else hear Kate clap or snap her fingers at Maddy when pushing hard to get her to respond to Savannah? How would that calm anybody down, Kate? Kate has always been hard on Maddy.

    I saw Jon’s interview with Harvey & Charles on TMZ about this incident. I agree with him when he says they looked more scared than anything else about making sure not to upset Kate if they said something wrong. So, imo, it wasn’t a manipulation, scheme, or passive-aggressive, premeditated plot against Kate by the girls. I think Kate’s got them so scared not to step out of line that they can’t even respond to questions without triple-thinking what they’re allowed to say and even then, they’ve learned to clam up rather than face her wrath. Unfortunately, in this instance, it looks like they were supposed to stick to Kate’s script but probably got uncomfortable lying in front of a room full of people, cameras, and to what they know is a live national audience.

    • Ok says:

      Anne-000: I have to say I agree with you, but I am having a difficult time getting a gage on the girls because my eyes keep goin back to Kate.

      My initial impression was that the child who spoke first ( Maddy) seemed to have a combo of stage-fright and fear of saying the wrong thing.

      Then Kate steps in in a very unhelpful fashion.

      Was the spot on the Today show live? I got the impression that it was live, and live national tv would scare the bejesus out if me, let along a young tween.

      But if they are taping the View next week, I will bet their next interview goes perfectly.

  42. Sam H x says:

    I’ve seen clips here and there of the show they were on. It’s very surprising to see the girls all grown up on TV. They are at that age where they are bound to rebel and become more vocal about what they feel. However the one in the white top clammed up, whereas the one in the black top was a little more outspoken. I think this was a big eff you to their mother. Kate is a very controlling individual who I imagine is never easy to live with ever and constantly have to walk on eggshells around her.

    I get that they feel more comfortable around other people so they don’t have to deal with their overbearing, nightmare of a mother. I think it p*sses off Kate that she can no longer get them to say or do what she wants. To an extent she knows they are scared of her and will use this to keep them in line for now. Kate has damaged the kids and Jon that they should seek therapy to deal with what they are feeling and the repercussions of the emotional abuse, controlling nature at the hands of Kate. I can relate to the whole controlling parent that is overbearing to live with, wants to control every small aspect of your life and that the only peace & quiet you can get is when they are out. Have you and your sibling out of the rest singled out to pick on and ridiculed.

  43. Meggin says:

    That was so awkward and sad. The girls clearly were given a script they didn’t stick to but I feel most sorry for the shyer girl who looks like a deer in the headlights.

  44. Lisa says:

    I used to dislike Maddy, but now I see that she’d be the most likely of the girls to stand up to Kate.

  45. JH says:

    I feel like the girls forgot their rehearsed “talking points” and- instead of speaking candidly- they froze in an attempt to remember their lines.

    But Kate is a special kind of horrible personality. She speaks to her girls like she is training/disciplining a dog.

  46. Ruyana says:

    I think Khate views her children as marketable commodities. Annoying to her, but necessary to her quest for “fame”. I have never seen or heard of one moment of genuine affection from her to any of her children. I don’t think she even really likes them very much, just needs them as props.

  47. Itsa Reallyme says:

    It’s obvious those kids don’t want to be on TV anymore. I know when they were asked point blank they said yes they did but it was very apparent how uncomfortable they were in front of cameras. I felt that they just nodded and said yes because they were afraid of their mom’s wrath.

  48. Kosmos says:

    i saw this piece and I was kind of shocked that she had her daughters out there at all, and then they obviously weren’t ready to say anything, and she kept pushing them and it was awkward, for them, mostly. I felt this was strange to put her girls out there, and then her talking to them seemed more like ordering them in a harsh way rather than coaxing them. The entire thing should not have been carried out. The girls did not speak out and so why, just why? I am certainly not left with a favorable impression of Kate after this !!

  49. We Miss You Enclave_24 says:

    Kate should play the role of Amy in Gone Girl

  50. MSat says:

    Does anyone remember, when their show was still on, how ALL the attention was on the “littles” and Mady and Cate were basically ignored unless they acted out? It’s strange that now, Kate is parading them out and trying to put the spotlight on them. I wouldn’t be surprised if the girls still hold a lot of resentment for the way they were shoved aside when they were younger. It’s kind of “too little, too late” now for Kate to try to make up for that.

  51. TheTruthHurts says:

    Yep, I agree with John. The daughter on the left looked PISSED at her mom. This was not stage fright, this was revenge.

  52. Ok says:

    CB — wow — the picture of Kate only sitting on the couch with the blue striped dress. If looks could kill……

    Her anger and frustration is palpable in that very scary pic.

  53. jwoolman says:

    I didn’t get the feeling that the silent protest was planned. Cara is quiet (which doesn’t actually mean shy) and Mady is generally more willing to speak out especially about unfairness (which is why Kate has always treated her so badly and tried to trivialize her). I felt Mady was trying to think of a way to answer the question without antagonizing mom but also not lying. Then Kate got pushy and irritated, and both twins decided to clam up, judging from the body language. Mady was ticked but just quietly pointed out that Kate had already said “it”, namely the response Kate wanted. Mady went on to say something about people’s impressions of them not being wrong, but they just don’t know the full story- a very interesting response.

    I don’t think the kids were being bratty at all. They were trying to honestly answer questions while not getting their mom too riled. Things will not go well for Kate as her children age. Her twins have her number and are becoming strong enough to deal with her- they are stronger than their father was when he had to deal with Kate’s constant abuse. Watch out when the six younger ones reach their teens.

  54. Patty says:

    She is so condescending. You should never tell a 13 year old to “use your words!”. She is not a toddler or small kid for crying out loud. Kate didn’t even give them a minute to gather their thoughts before she got snappy and finally spoke on their behalf, even though she said she didn’t want to. She is such a piece of work. I hope she never gets another TV show.

  55. Pandy says:

    North America does not need another round of the Gosselins on TV – including the kids. Stay gone please.

  56. jwoolman says:

    A normal mom response to Mady’s hesitation would have been to make some comforting physical gesture, on the hand, arm, or shoulder for instance. Just something to reassure that everything is ok. Or maybe running interference by asking the interviewer to rephrase or something like that. Kate’s response was just off the wall no matter how you slice it. Of course it’s been obvious for years that Kate doesn’t like Mady in particular and she’s always been cold and nasty to the girl.

    In videos from their younger years, we could see little Mady actually acting protective of her father when he was being once again bashed out of the blue by Kate. Mady really lost it on camera when she realized Jon had to leave. Which was Kate’s decision, not Jon’s – he had been living in the garage at least after they moved to the big expensive house, and there were signs they were living separately under the same roof before that. It’s very believable that, as the uncle said, Kate was fine with him dating as long as nobody found out about it. Kind of a private divorce. But at least he was around for the kids until Kate decided a legal divorce would be more profitable, so he could be a bit of a buffer. As the oldest, the twins bore the brunt of the new bufferless situation.

  57. Tara says:

    All I know is this… I am looking forward to their tell all book in the future

  58. lasagna says:

    i feel like any second the one on the right was going to like pull out a pen and scrawl “HELP US” on a slip of a paper. like their crazy mom does horrible things when cameras aren’t on around.. 🙁

  59. Anastasia says:

    Her eyes have all the warmth of a shark.

  60. Richard says:

    I guess that proves the saying, the two worst times in a woman’s life is when she is 13 and when she has a daughter 13 and Kate has two 13 year olds.

  61. TW says:

    I wouldn’t recommend ANY parent to bring their teenager(s) on a live interview show and have them asked how happy they are with their home life.

    • Richard says:

      I would say it depends on the child and situation.
      Jackie Evancho is also 13 years old (same age as the above girls) and does almost all her interviews alone because her parents hate being in front of the camera.

  62. Jennifer12 says:

    The scary thing is that everyone has her number. She is an abusive monster and she can’t even hide it. *This* is the person who shouldn’t have custody of her kids. It’s amazing that the women who want a load of kids- KG, Octomom- are the worst at parenting. They want the kids to exist for their needs (filling a hole, reality show, attention, etc) and don’t want to raise them or even deal with them. It’s depressing and I don’t get why people give them a forum.

  63. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    Guys, think about it–This is how she acts when she KNOWS people are watching. This is her trying to be her most charming. Trying to win people over. And this is the best she can do. WOW. It’s like she just doesn’t…. understand humans, or something. She is terrifyingly mean.

  64. Jackie Jormp Jomp (formerly Zelda) says:

    Also, her daughters are clearly clamming up and she has NO DESIRE TO REACH OUT AND TOUCH THEM? Even lean into them?! That’s messed the f*ck up.

  65. shellybean says:

    Kate has one of the meanest looking faces I’ve ever seen. I actually have never seen an episode of any of her shows, with the exception of catching her on the Wife Swap episode she did. She seemed super controlling and very Type A on that show and very much about everyone keeping on a schedule, but I was sort of surprised that she didn’t seem all that bad, considering all the things I’d read about her. This Today video is odd. She obviously wanted them to say certain things that she had told them to say, and they obviously didn’t want to. I do kind of fear what verbal abuse they endured once they were in the car on the way home. I bet it was epic!

  66. DoMaJoReMc says:

    I just checked the Guide on my TV. KHate and her twins ARE scheduled to appear on the View. SHAME ON BARBARA WALTERS AND HER STAFF!!!! But I suspect this weekend is filled with all sorts of mock-interviews to make Monday’s show come off perfect.

  67. gabby says:

    Why does kate look like a fembot and why is she famous for having a litter of children like any common dog?