After their painfully awkward appearance on NBC’s Today Show last week, Kate & Jon Gosselin‘s 13-year-old twin daughters redeemed themselves Monday, on The View. This interview seemed much more relaxed and cozy for the twins, unlike their sit-down with Today’s Savannah Guthrie, the sisters seemed way more at ease (and actually spoke!) on the show.
Kate called the twins “the most amazing big sisters on the planet,” though they raised their eyebrows at the notion. “They’re my left and right-hand girls.” Which when she said that, the girls looked alittle off or thrown off by what mom said.
“What kind of stuff do you do around the house to help your mom?” asked Sherri Shepherd. “I don’t help, so Cara?” Maddy, turning to her sibling. “Okay, well, I unload the dishes,” said Cara, the oldest of eight children. “Maddy loads the dishwasher. She does do some work. We wipe down the counters and clean up dinner.”
Whoopi Goldberg politely asked the girls to “pretend mom wasn’t here,” Whoopi then asked them what kind of music they like. “If I’m going to be 100 percent honest, I don’t like Justin Bieber,” said Maddy. “But I… [like] One Direction,” she said, adding that she’s a fan of Niall Horan. Cara, meanwhile, would rather listen to Demi Lovato than the boys of 1D.
Jenny McCarthy then gently asked the twins how they coped with their parents’ messy breakup by sharing her own story. “When I was in my twenties, my parents went through a divorce,” she told the twins. “It was really hard at age 20. How did you guys handle watching your parents go through a divorce but also watching it happen in front of everyone?” Like really, Jenny, what kind of question is that? These girls really shouldn’t be asked these kinds of questions about their parents sloppy divorce, which the whole world witness as well as they have. How do you think they feel.
After a brief pause and a nervous laugh, Maddy replied, “Honestly, it wasn’t hard for us. I think it was harder for [our mom], definitely. It didn’t really affect me and we still saw both parents. We were little, we were like 8 or 9, so we knew what was going on, but we didn’t see the stuff [in the media].” That’s what you would expect from young girls. Why bring up something so hurtful and private. Happy to know that they don’t let the media get to them.
Kate jumped in, saying, “I kept them sheltered, and yeah, it’s necessary and it drew the nine of us so much closer. There’s really nothing off limits we don’t talk about. Clearly there’s hard times and strange discussions, and probably not preferable things, but we’re very open and the girls hang out in my room with me every night and we chat.”
Barbara Walters said, “To have six younger brothers and sisters, that’s not easy. Tell us about that.” Kate turned to Maddy and quipped, “You’ve waited your whole life for this question.”
Maddy sighed and said, “You ruined my dramatic silence!” as the audience laughed and applauded.
Nine-year-old Sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel and Leah “are annoying,” Maddy said. “It’s not even just the group! It’s every single one of them.”
The girls retreated when asked about their relationship with Jon Gosselin. “Do you see your father, too?” Asked Barbara, Maddy shrugged her shoulders before Kate prodded her to “answer” the question. The twins merely shrugged and looked to their mom for relief. She, too, kept quiet about the situation. These young ladies aren’t ready to be asked these questions and to think that this whole interview was tasteful and tactful was jut done in poor taste on the View part and on Kate’s part. In my opinion, I think Kate is exploiting her kids and wants to stay in the public eye for as long as she can. Is this a desperate attempt to stay relevant?