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Jon Gosselin: ‘I feel horrible for my children’ after ‘Today Show’ interview

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Jon Gosselin is speaking out in the aftermath of his twin daughters’ awkward interview on “The Today Show.” On January 16, Gosselin’s 13-year old twins, Mady and Cara, completely clammed up during a live segment with Savannah Guthrie, prompting their annoyed mom Kate to say, “Use your words … spit it out.”

Us Weekly posted video and part of the exchange that the girls attempted to have with co-anchor, while mama Gosselin went on the defense via Twitter.

But it was their dad, Jon Gosselin, who had the most to say about the incident. In an interview with TMZ, Jon said he felt upset as he watched the live interview with his girlfriend Liz Jannetta.

"I felt upset. I was laying there with Liz and we were like, 'Say something girls. Come on! Just say something. Anything.' And they didn't say anything and we were like, 'Ugh, this is horrible,'" Gosselin said. "Then I felt really bad. I mean, I didn't care too much for Kate or whatever, but I felt really bad for Mady and Cara because I love them and they're just put in this situation. It was like deer in the headlights."

The frustrated father of eight also said that the incident proves his point about his ex-wife continuing to put their kids in the spotlight (last week the girls were featured in a People magazine cover story), and acknowledged he feels the twins could have been manipulated by their mom.

“In my heart that’s what I believe [that they were manipulated by Kate],” he said, “But I can’t prove it.”

Gosselin also added: “I feel horrible for my children … I’m going to handle this as a family matter. I don’t want to affect the children anymore."

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