WATCH: Kate Gosselin Attacks Jon's Parenting

Ever since their initial separation, Kate Gosselin has let ex Jon Gosselin hurl insults and accusations at her while she took the high road. The result: Jon made a total clown of himself, and public sympathy for Kate increased tenfold. So we were shocked to see Kate sink to Jon's level on Friday's Live with Regis and Kelly, saying flat-out that the kids don't like spending time with their dad. Take a look at the video, in which Kate unloads on a visibly shocked Kelly Ripa and guest host Anderson Cooper:

For those reading this at work, here's the play-by-play. First Anderson asks Kate if her relationship with Jon is "as contentious as some of the media make it out to be." Kate hems and haws, making it clear that the answer is "yes." Trying to keep it light, Anderson asks what Kate does when the kids are at Jon's house. But rather than answer something like, "I've taken up knitting," Kate unloads this little grenade:

"I basically wait for the phone call, for how many of them want to come home."

Whoa. So after Kelly Ripa is done gasping, she asks, "So if they want to come home, what happens? Are they allowed to?" And Kate answers by bemoaning the fact that the kids are allowed to see their dad at all.

"It's a weird thing, that whole law," says Kate. "It's hard to explain it to your kids who want to be at home playing with their toys and sleeping in their bed and spending time with me."

Then when asked if the kids enjoy time spent with their father, Gosselin allows that "some of them do" on "different days." We're sure Jon appreciated that.

Startled as we are by her appearance, we remember this side of Kate quite well from her Jon & Kate Plus 8 days. This is the Kate who chewed Jon out for hours when he forgot to use a coupon at the hardware store. This is the Kate who always had a plan and a schedule for everything, who bit the head off anyone who tried to deviate from it even a little.

Obviously this divorce has thrown Kate's well-ordered world into chaos, which is probably the type-A mom's worst nightmare. We understand her bitterness. But to say that the kids' father makes them miserable, to imply that the law shouldn't even allow them to see Jon -- that's dragging the children into a disagreement that should be strictly between parents.

Of course it's disorienting for the kids to adjust to a new custody arrangement (not to mention Jon's new home and new girlfriend). But any expert will tell you that the worst thing divorcing parents can do is make the kids take sides. If Kate is waiting by the phone for the children to call whenever they're with Jon, she's sending a clear message that even the six-year-olds have no doubt picked up on. She admitted on the show that the sextuplets say the custody arrangement is "hard." And you know what? Trashing their dad on national television is not making it any easier.

After the show, Jon tweeted a response calling out Kate's "lies," but refusing "to engage in any sort of public argument that could potentially harm or upset my children." Congratulations, Kate -- for the first time in a year, you just made Jon look like the better parent.

Do you think Kate Gosselin's interview was out of line? Chime in below!

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