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Mady and Cara Gosselin freeze during 'Today’ show appearance, Kate explains why

They may have lived their early years in front of TV cameras, but t looks like Mady and Cara Gosselin have developed stagefright. The 13-year-old former “Jon and Kate Plus 8” stars totally clammed up during a live “Today Show” appearance on January 16. And their mom, Kate, didn’t hide her frustration.

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Kate Gosselin promotes the new book 'Love Is In The Mix: Making Meals Into Memories With Family-Friendly Recipes, Tips And Traditions' at Barnes & Noble Staten Island on September 24, 2013 in New York City.
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Us Weekly posted video and part of the exchange that the girls had (or, actually, didn’t have) with co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. After Guthrie asked Mady: “What would you want to say about how you and your sister and your family are doing?" the nervous middle schooler couldn’t speak.

Kate Gosselin quickly interrupted with: "Mady, your words. It's your chance. Spit it out,” but the teen just sat there. When Guthrie moved on to Cara Gosselin, the teen was equally dumbfounded.

Gosselin once again directed her daughters to speak, saying, "So this is their chance to talk and this is the most wordless I've heard them all morning. I don't want to speak for them, but Mady go ahead ... that years later they're good, they're fine … Go for it, Mady."

"No, you just said it," the nervous teen replied.

After the awkward interview, Kate Gosselin took to Twitter to explain that the clam up was just a case of stage fright. She tweeted: “Thanks to @TODAYshow for having Cara, Mady and me on the show today! 1st live interview can render even the gabbiest girls speechless :)”

Gosselin later responded to a follower’s tweet with: “I'm proud of them, taking this opp! They were so excited but caught off guard by live tv! :)”

The exchange was a stark contrast to the animated interview the twins gave with People magazine last week. In that interview, Cara said, “People expect us to be damaged… It’s so false. We’re fine. We’re better than ever, actually.”

And Mady added, “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.”