Kate Gosselin Defends Her Kids After Their Dad’s ‘Hurtful’ Comments

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Kate Gosselin Defends Her Kids After Their Dad’s ‘Hurtful’ Comments
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Too bad Jon Gosselin doesn't have Internet, because he may miss his ex-wife's scathing retort to the comments he made during his recent interview on Oprah Winfrey's OWN show. The former reality TV dad of eight recently appeared on "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" and revealed that he and his ex-wife Kate Gosselin have vastly different parenting styles, and that the family's reality TV show negatively affected his kids' development.

Describing his relationship with Kate as non-existent ("It's more texting, custodial stuff," he said) the former reality star - who now lives in a cabin in the woods and doesn't have internet access or cable - told Oprah's crew: "I don't know what goes on in Kate's house, and she really doesn't know what goes in my house. At this point there is no cooperation. There is no nothing. Just two totally different parenting styles, two totally different everythings - which is a shame because it affects me, but it really affects my children."

He also dished that being in the reality TV spotlight hurt his children (twins Cara and Mady, 13, and 9-year-old sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel): "I saw my kids not growing up normally, the way I grew up," he said. "Yes, they got to travel the world, and yes, they got these fabulous things, and yes, they have trust funds, and they're taken care of educationally. Great. But developmentally, they have problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people, and they have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals and what's right and what's wrong. I think more so than someone who grows up off TV.

In a scathing response on her blog, Kate Gosselin blasted her ex-husband for his comments about their kids: "I find it very heartbreaking that my children's father chooses a public forum to discuss his current opinions of the 'development' of our children," she wrote.

While she dismissed Jon's opinions as "value judgments" based on his "limited" visits with them, the defensive mom went on to describe her kids as "normal, pleasant, polite, loving and well adjusted children," and assured her readers: "Each and every one of our children has met and continues to exceed all physical, mental and emotional developmental milestones throughout their lives."

But why did Kate take to a "public forum" to respond to her ex-husband's claims?

"When our kids grow up, they may see their father's latest interview and wonder why he made untrue and hurtful statements about them," she explained. "But, if our children ever stumble upon that interview, I want to be able to point them to this statement so that they know that I publicly set the record 100% straight on this one, for their sake."

It's not the first time Kate has had to defend her children publicly. In 2009, after the family's reality show was canceled, she fired back at critics who accused her of exploiting her kids in front of the cameras. Telling Barbara Walters that her children actually missed the cameras and being on TV, Kate said: "Unless you live in my house and, and see how everything that we have done with the show has been such a great experience, you can't speak."

In 2010, the single mom had to clear up rumors that two of her sextuplets were expelled from their Pennsylvania private school for bad behavior. At the time she told Entertainment Tonight that 6-year-old Collin and Alexis were being "tutored at home" and doing an "identical curriculum" to their siblings. She went on to explain why her kids were pulled from the kindergarten classroom: "The pressure was getting to them. You have the divorce anger mixed in with that. They need some breathing time."

And in a recent interview with Memphis radio station FM100, Kate said: "A lot of the things that you read are not true," she said. "Certainly there's speculation out there, the kids are damaged or whatever -- blah blah blah. The truth is I live here, they live here. They're normal kids. Anyone who comes here, from camera crews or friends that we met here or there, everyone is just blown away (by them). 'Your kids are just regular normal kids.' I'm like, 'Yeah, what did you expect?'"

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