Kate Gosselin learned the hard way on Thursday that teenagers truly have minds of their own.
During their Jan. 16 appearance on the "Today" show, her 13-year-old twin daughters, Mady and Cara, were supposed to speak on the normalcy of their upbringing despite growing up as part of a hit reality show. But the young ladies derailed Kate's plans, making for one cringe-worthy exchange between the girls, their mother and interviewer Savannah Guthrie.
When Guthrie attempted to question the girls about growing up since their show’s end, they continually refused to answer her questions and even glared at their mother until she fed them lines to say.
“We have not seen you or gotten to talk to you two in a long, long time,” host Guthrie said. "You’re out because you want to let the world know you’re doing OK -- what would you want to say about how you and your sister are doing, Mady?”
A defiant Mady refused to answer, staring at her mother instead. A visibly annoyed Kate then attempted to remind her speechless daughter of the purpose for being there. “Mady, your words,” Kate said. “It’s your chance. spit it out." Mady still said nothing after the verbal nudge from her mother, leading an embarrassed Kate to explain that it was "the most wordless I’ve heard them all morning.”
“I don’t want to speak for them but, Mady, go ahead,” Kate said. She then went as far as to tell her daughter to echo her statements from their January 2014 interview with People. “Sort of the things that you said in the magazine … that years later they’re good, they’re fine. … Go for it, it’s your chance.” At that point, Maddy rediscovered enough of her voice to tell her mother: “No, you just said it.”
Cara matched her sister's lack of enthusiasm when prompted to answer questions from the show's host. But they didn't appear completely unaware of their actions, managing to share a few giggles during one of the most engaging TV moments so far this year.
Treye Green is a reporter for The International Business Times and a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Green has shot, edited and...