Kate Gosselin’s epic hour-long interview with Natalie Morales aired Monday on TLC in place of Jon & Kate Plus 8. Kate cried repeatedly during the interview as she talked about the failure of her marriage and the difficulties she’s faced over the past year. It was clear that she’s been overwhelmed, and she says there are days when she feels like she’s had enough and nights that she can’t sleep. Watching clips of the interview on E! Online (above) and Radar, it looks more like a therapy session than an interview.
We’ve been inundated with Gosselin news for months and this just adds a pile on top of the steaming heap. Kate is not helping her children at all by talking about what she’s going through. She even revealed how they’re coping with the divorce. She told Morales that Mady took it well while Cara cried and curled up into a ball.
Katie pined for “the old Jon,” and revealed that she’s never felt so alone. As for the way she bossed him around, she said it was wrong of her to treat Jon the way she did, but that she felt “like a lot of weight rested on my shoulders.”
She also spoke about her relationship with her family, and said that she had a difficult, strict upbringing and an unhappy childhood. Kate admitted she only has contact with her family through e-mail, and said there are very few people in her inner circle.
On the rumors that she had an affair with her bodyguard, Kate said Jon started those and that “one day it suited his needs to take the spotlight off his bad behavior and turn it on me.” She said she needs a bodyguard because “People have a lot of contempt and hate for me and at the end of the day, I need to come home safely to my kids.”
My favorite analysis of Kate’s interview is by Ken Tucker at Entertainment Weekly. He writes, in part, “if you transcribed all of Kate Gosselin’s TV interviews, their total length would probably exceed that of David Copperfield and Bleak House combined, with descriptions of teary pluck and children under duress that might well have made Charles Dickens sob in envy of so much drama parceled out in serialized form for profit.”
Images below are screenshots from Kate’s interview from the video on Radar Online