Kate Gosselin went on the Today show Thursday morning to convince viewers that, contrary to some reports and comments from her ex-husband Jon Gosselin, her children are fine and have no developmental disabilities.
But the move may have backfired, since Gosselin's 13-year-old twin daughters, Cara and Mady, clammed up and essentially refused to speak throughout the entire segment — prompting some awkward (and unsuccessful) prodding by their mother.
"They're just really regular, every day, awesome teenagers," Gosselin told Today co-host Savannah Guthrie, saying that Cara and Mady are just as bothered as she is about reports that say otherwise.
After the girls refused to answer any of Guthrie's questions, Gosselin uncomfortably piped up. "Spit it out ... Go for it, it's your chance," she instructed them, before telling Guthrie: "This is the most wordless I've heard them all morning."
Mady refused her mother's entreaties, telling Kate: "No, you just said it."
Guthrie finally asked Mady if the media has given people the wrong impression of her family. "I wouldn't say wrong. I would just say not the full story," the teen said. "A lot of people think that filming our show has damaged us, but it's only really helped."
Gosselin later addressed the interview on Twitter, glossing over some of the more cringe-worthy moments. "Thanks to @TODAYshow for having Cara, Mady and me on the show today! 1st live interview can render even the gabbiest girls speechless :)," she wrote.
Watch the "Growing Up Gosselin" segment below. What's your take on the interview?