VIDEO: 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' mom 'hesitant' to believe tabloids

Kate-gosselin_290 "Jon & Kate Plus 8" mother Kate Gosselin appeared on the "Today" show Thursday morning to promote her book "Eight Little Faces" but also to address the tabloid attention that the family has been receiving in the aftermath of her husband Jon Gosselin being photographed with another woman outside a bar, followed by rumors of an affair.

"It's one of the things that comes with [having the show], the tabloid stuff," she tells Meredith Vieira. "And to be very honest, I'm very hesitant to believe any of it. It comes with the territory. We're dealing with it just like everybody else does.

"You have to remember: Take it with a grain of salt. Tabloids pay thousands of dollars for stories. The juicier the stories, the more they're paying."

Jon and the kids were originally scheduled to appear on the show, but instead Jon stayed home with the kids and offered a statement for Vieira to read on the air. In it, he once again reiterates his bad judgment, apologizes to his family and says his family is his "top priority."

Overall, Kate shies away from any specific allegations and says that she and Jon are "dealing with it privately" and that they must "weather the storm." She does, however, admit that the stories are hurtful.

"I tend to be very thick-skinned, we all know that," she acknowledges, "but it is very hurtful to see, for the sake of my children, through their eyes, seeing the things that are out there -- absolutely is not a bit enjoyable."

Check out the full Kate Gosselin interview below:

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