If ever a message was delivered loudly and clearly on the ‘Today’ show, it was this. Your teen twins, Cara and Mady Gosselin do NOT want to be trotted out on TV to get you back in the spotlight!
Kate Gosselin — you need to leave your 13-year-old twin daughters, Cara and Mady Gosselin, alone, and at home — don’t force them to sit on the Today show couch again. Your shockingly uncomfortable interview with Savannah Guthrie and your daughters on Jan. 16 might now actually now be used as an example in the dictionary to actually define the word, “awkward.”
Kate Gosselin Needs To Stop Using Her Children For Fame
Kate, when you tried to use the new Today show interview to talk about how great your brood of 8 is doing now and how normal your teen twins are, they absolutely refused to cooperate . Cara and Mady’s complete and utter radio silence in response to Savannah’s questions spoke volumes.
They were either so angry at being dragged out onto TV, or so terrified that they were struck speechless.
Kate, as you prompted your girls to speak, you treated them like toddlers: “Use your words,” you urged as the girls stared, or should I say, glared, at you and then giggled at each other.
It was hard to tell whether they were deliberately trying to sabotage your joint Today show interview because they’re fed up with unwanted publicity, or they were simply overcome with a paralyzing case of stage fright.
“Fear,” was the explanation their father, Jon Gosselin, later gave to us at HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “I think out of fear, they went silent,” he said in an interview. They were never ‘scripted’ before,” he explained. Of course, Kate, this is something that you as their mother, or Jon as their father, would be much more sensitive to than us as Today show or former Kate Plus Eight viewers.
“On a reality show, you can say what you want to say,” Jon told HollywoodLife.com exclusively . In contrast, Kate, you had clearly worked with Cara and Mady on the points they were “supposed” to make, during the Today show interview.
“Go ahead,” you pressured Mady. Say “the sort of things you said in the magazine ( People magazine), that ‘years later, they’re good, they’re fine.’ Go for it, it’s your chance”, you urged her, as silence stretched uncomfortably. Well, Kate, your twins could very well have suffered a serious episode of being tongue-tied because they couldn’t remember on the spot what they were supposed to say, and that’s understandable. They’re thirteen. And by the way, why were they with you on TV and not in school, anyway?
“The girls were clearly nervous. It seemed as though they forgot what they were supposed to say,” believes clinical psychologist, Dr. David Gottesfeld, who specializes in working with children and adolescents.
Kate, it was so obvious that you a have a new agenda — a mission — to put yourself and your children back in the public eye. You, Cara and Mady were photographed for the cover and an inside feature in People‘s Jan. 20 issue, and that’s the magazine that you were referring to in the interview.
Kate Gosselin — Let Cara and Mady Be Regular Teenagers!
But your twins are old enough to rebel or to be just plain terrified by that mission. They are not so easily controlled,like when they were much younger. They can’t perform on demand, as much as you may want them to.
And while you brushed off Twitter critics who accused you of posting “damage control” tweets later in the day, a source backstage at the Today show claimed to the New York Daily News that you told your girls: “You embarrassed Mommy,” and that you rolled your eyes at the girls, after the interview was finally over.
Kate — it’s not the job of 13-year-olds to make you look good on TV and to enable your television career comeback.
No, their job is to be normal teens and daughters, good students and loving big sisters. Pressuring them to justify to the world that you made the right decision to put them on a reality TV show for years, is just plain wrong.
Kate — it’s time to figure out a new way to make a living that doesn’t involve publicly pressuring your kids to perform. Let Cara and Mady be teens, and get them out of the limelight.
Do you agree, HollywoodLifers? Let me know.
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— Bonnie Fuller