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After an awkward interview on the "Today" show, Jon Gosselin is speaking out on his daughters' behalf and claims that he had no idea they would be on TV.
"I felt so bad for Mady and Cara after watching them on the 'Today' show," Gosselin told In Touch Weekly. "There was no empathy, no sympathy or comfort coming from their mother. It was a moral dilemma for the girls – they were looking at their mother before they spoke, making sure of what they should say."
The 13-year-old twins appeared alongside their mother, Kate, while being interviewed by Sasvannah Guthrie. They remained quiet throughout the interview, causing Kate to finally say, "Spit it out!" to the girls. Even though Guthrie asked the girls specific questions, they still refused to speak, making it apparently awkward for their mother who tried to get them to say something.
"This is their chance to talk, this is the most wordless I've heard them all morning," Kate told Guthrie. "I don't want to speak for them."
Father Jon says that the interview was just a reflection of the life the girls have with their controlling mother.
"You can't breathe the wrong way without upsetting her. The kids have to ask before they get a drink, before they get a snack, before they open the fridge, before they go to the bathroom. It's ridiculous. They want to please her and are scared to upset her. Meanwhile, Kate is telling them to 'speak' and they clearly don't want to," Jon said.
Jon insists that the twins, along with their six siblings, have a more normal existence at his home. He gets to see them one day a week and every other weekend.
"I'm trying to teach them respect and love for other people. That's the big thing: humanity. They need to look inside other people's hearts. By isolating them, they'll never learn," he said.