It was a seriously cringe-worthy moment on live TV.
There was silence. Then, Kate said, "Mady, your words, it's your chance. Spit it out."
Kate tried to get her 13-year-old twins to answer Guthrie's questions but Mady and Cara just stared their mother down.
Guthrie then said, "What about you Cara?"
Again, there was dead silence.
The defiant teens were supposed to be opening up about their lives after living in the spotlight of reality television for so long. They were on the cover of last week's People magazine with the headline, “Kate’s Twins Tell All!” On Thursday morning, not so much.
Kate said, "I don't want to speak for them, but Mady go ahead, sort of what you said in the magazine, that years later, they are good, they are fine. Go for it."
Mady then said, "You just said it."
Any mother of a teenager knows that kind of shut-down.
Dr. Jeff Gardere told INSIDE EDITION, "I think silence speaks volumes. They may have been afraid that they said the wrong thing or given the wrong impression. They certainly didn't want to let their mother down, who can be a little bit intense."
Twitter exploded with reaction. One person tweeted: “It is painful watching Kate Gosselin trying to make her kids say they're OK - when apparently, they are not.”
Another tweeted: “Well if you ever needed proof that Kate Gosselin pushes her kids into TV, just watch this.”
Gutherie also asked, "Do people have wrong impression of you, Cara?"
After more awkward silence, Mady finally answered a question. She said, "I wouldn't say wrong. I would like say, like more of the wrong story."
Later, Kate tweeted: “They just had a case of 'stage fright.’”