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The Today Show / Peter Kramer / NBC 1 / 10

What could be more awkward than Kate Gosselin urging her tongue-tied daughter to "spit it out" during their squirm-inducing appearance Thursday on the "Today" show? How about the alleged aftermath?

The New York Daily News contends the former reality show fishwife gave her 13-year-old twin girls, Mady and Cara, an earful backstage after they clammed up during their sit-down with Savannah Guthrie.

"She went type-A crazy," alleges a source. "She was upset that they had a chance to speak for themselves and defend her and they blew it. She told them, 'You embarrassed mommy,' and some people heard. She was not happy."

Whatever happened, the fame-loving matriarch was quick to defend the oldest members of her eight-kid-strong brood.

"1st live interview can render even the gabbiest girls speechless :)," she tweeted.

When one follower opined that the girls looked "scared of saying the wrong thing, that's why they kept looking at you," Gosselin fired back, "There were no right or wrong answers. They just had a case of 'stage fright' #notactors."

As the interview kicked off, Guthrie directed her first question to Mady, asking how she and her sister were doing in the aftermath "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

"Um …," responded the teen, prompting a wide-eyed Kate to clap her hands and chide, "Mady, your words. It's your chance. Spit it out."

But Gosselin insisted on Twitter that she couldn't have been happier with their performance: "I'm SO proud of my girls...we had a great trip to NYC together. Did a couple of interviews, shopped, dined, bonded etc. #biggirlfun #homenow."

Kate's ex-husband-turned-nemesis Jon Gosselin said it was "horrible" to watch his twins' "deer in the headlights" moment.


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