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Jon Gosselin reacts to Kate's gawky 'TODAY' show interview: 'I feel terrible'

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Kate Gosselin tried very hard to ensure the world that she and her daughters are a-ok. However, her "Today" show interview debacle with her daughters Mady and Cara, as cringeworthy as it was for us, was evidently far worse for the twins' father.

According to NewsMax on Jan. 17, the live interview with Kate and her two 13-year-old daughters was supposed to be a follow-up to a People magazine interview from earlier this month where the girls rebuffed the notion they have been "emotionally damaged."

According to People, the teens said they have in no way been harmed by the “fame” of their ignominious parents – Kate and Jon Gosselin, who starred with their 9-year-old sextuplets on TLC's “Jon & Kate Plus 8.”

"People expect us to be damaged," Cara said in the People interview. Sister Mady agreed, stating: "People think we're supposed to be messed up, like, 'Oooooh, the poor Gosselin kids, they're going to be scarred for life, waaaaah.' Here's the big news: we're not messed up."

Big news it may be, but when Savannah Guthrie asked the girls on live television, the only thing we heard was crickets.

"What would you want to say, Mady, about how you and your sister and family are doing?" Guthrie asked in the interview Thursday.

"Um," was all Mady could say, followed by a long pause.

Gosselin tried to jump in and help, instructing, “Mady, your words,” and then telling her teen daughter to “spit it out,” but to no avail.

“This is their chance to talk, this is the most wordless I've heard them all morning,” Kate offered as an explanation to Guthrie. “I don't want to speak for them.”

Guthrie then tried Cara. “Do you think people have the wrong impression of you guys, Cara?” Guthrie asked. But Cara just sat totally silent throughout the entire interview.

"My gosh, yes or no?" an exasperated Gosselin said.

Of course, Jon couldn’t let this one go, and the 36-year-old dad called in to TMZ with his thoughts on the whole fiasco.

“I felt upset. I was laying there with Liz [Jannetta] 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.’ 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.”

Jon said Kate's humiliating meltdown shows exactly why their kids shouldn't be forced to participate in a lengthy publicity tour, and said he will be addressing it with Kate.

"I’m going to handle this as a family matter," Jon said, adding, "I don’t want to affect the children anymore."

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