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    Kate Gosselin Defends Cara and Mady on Today: "They Were So Excited" But Got "Stage Fright"

    Cara Gosselin, Kate Gosselin, Mady Gosselin, Savannah Guthrie. Today Show Peter Kramer/NBC

    Kate Gosselin is standing up for her twin daughters Cara and Mady after the sisters froze during a live TV interview with Today's Savannah Guthrie on Thursday, Jan. 16. During the somewhat awkward segment, the 13-year-olds clammed up when the broadcast journalist asked them a series of questions similar to ones they answered in a recent People cover story.

    Kate, 38, went into protective mode on Twitter hours after the interview aired. "I'm proud of them, taking this opp! They were so excited but caught off guard by live tv!" she said. "Have you ever had the opp to do Live tv? It can be scary! M and C were honored to be interviewed 2 celebrate #teenageyrs."

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    One user told the mom of eight that he found it sad that she was doing "damage control already" by addressing it online, but the former reality star took it in stride. "No damage done. They wanted to do interview with me, I said 'go for it' #morelifeopportunities #proudmomnomatterwhat," Kate explained.

    Still, another critic argued the twins looked "scared" to say "the wrong thing" about their life outside the spotlight. "That's why they kept looking at you!" Kate, once again, kept her cool. "There were no right or wrong answers," she replied. "They just had a case of 'stage fright' #notactors."

    Kate did receive support from other Twitter users who sympathized with the girls' nervousness. "Do any of these people have kids?" she asked. "At 13, to be poised and 2 want to do such amaz things!"

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