Kate on Getting Back With Jon: "I Can't And Won't Answer That"

"I keep certain things private, and that's one," she said

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    Reality TV mom Kate Gosselin was completely thrown when asked if she planned on getting back together with hubby Jon -- and was so shocked she refused to answer.

    In an interview set to air Thursday on ABC's "Live with Regis and Kelly," the mother of eight clammed up when co-host Regis Philbin posed a question about potentially reuniting with Jon.

    "I can't and won't answer that," Kate said sternly. "I keep certain things private, and that's one."

    Just a day earlier, Kate confessed she was "shocked" by Jon's reported hookups with three twentysomethings in the weeks since they filed for divorce in an emotional "Today" show interview. It was the first time she spoke out since the official split in June.

    Kate's interview with Regis was meant to be lighthearted -- a departure from her "Today" show breakdown. But instead became tense when she was pressed on her future with her ex.

    Things only got worse when Philbin attempted to offer some pearls of wisdom about relationships.

    "I think you [and your husband] will get back together and live happily ever after," Philbin said. "I think everything is going to work itself out -- he'll say he's sorry, that he loves you and everything will be good."

    A stunned Kate remained mum and the show cut to a commercial break.

    Later on, Kate said she hoped to eventually get along with Jon despite his string of hookups.

    "I didn't expect my life to be like this," she said.

    One audience member told the New York Daily News that co-host Kelly Ripa was holding the interview together and Kate appeared to be on the verge of a breakdown after Regis posed the question.

    "The only thing that seemed to be holding Kate together was Kelly [Ripa]. They really clicked -- you could tell Kelly was completely sympathetic. Kate seemed so down. Even during the break, she appeared to be on the verge of tears."