Former, "Jon and Kate Plus Eight" TV reality star Kate Gosselin took to NBC's “Today” show on January 16, 2014, to prove that her kids are not affected by being on a reality TV show, no matter what her ex-husband Jon Gosselin has said. However, according to the video tape on the Today website, when Kate, and 13-year-old daughters Cara, and Mady appeared on the show, Kate did most of the talking. Her kids had very little to say. Whether it was because the twins were camera shy, or afraid that they might say wrong thing, the interview was strained and awkward at best.
Savannah Guthrie host of “Today” asked the two teenagers how they were doing, Mady got out, “Ummm.” She seemed to be thinking of more to say, but Kate clapped her hands, and told her daughter, “Mady, your words. It’s your chance. Spit it out.”
Savannah asked the Cara if she had anything to say. In the awkward moments of television, Cara sat there as if she were terrified to comment. Kate took over to answer, "So this is their chance to talk. This is the most wordless I've heard them all morning. I don't want to speak for them, but, Mady, go ahead. Sort of the things that you said in the magazine. That, years later, they're good, they're fine. Go for it, Mad, it's your chance."
But Mady responded, "No, you just said it."
When Savannah mentioned the two girls being on the cover of People magazine, she directed her next question to Cara. She asked whether people have the wrong impression of them. Once again, Cara could not answer, so Mady responded. She thought that people didn’t have the full story and being on TV didn’t damage them but helped them. Before Mady could say any more, Kate broke in to say that there are inaccuracies out there about their divorce, things that Jon has said and other information comes from the kids at school. Kate admitted that she is forced to inform them about what is happening.
Savannah questioned Kate whether she thought that putting her children back in the spotlight, from the cover of People and now an appearance on the Today’s show was beneficial to her kids, or if it continued to injure them.
Kate’s response was, "There is no injury to begin with. Any TV things that we do, obviously, I can't get them to do at this age, at 13, anything that they don't want to do -- as with any parent. It's not like I forced them to do it."
At the end of the interview, Savannah asked the two twins if they wanted to do another TV reality show. Both girls immediately nodded their heads and smiled.