"What I was meaning to say is that dance is like therapy. It's such a great way to use movement without having to talk about it -- just move and go to a certain place. That's what I said and that was what Kate needed."
"You'd have to break her down and then teach -- what's going on, what's holding you down. She needs a psychologist, that's what it is," he told Us at the time. "In the end, I felt really bad for Kate."
Van Amstel -- who is paired with actress, comedian and Clean House host Niecy Nash for the show's tenth season -- told Us on Monday night that "it was hard" for Gosselin to receive the harsh comments from the judges but added "she coped with it really good."
"It's a shame that she couldn't be here long enough to really show people at home," he told Us.
Nash agreed and added that "a lot of people didn't really get that Kate wanted to be here."
"It didn't translate on camera. But we saw it a lot backstage -- she really did want to be here," Nash told Us. "Finding a way to break through so that the audience got it was, I think, where she struggled."
In addition, Nash said she understands what Gosselin was going through since she has three children at home.
"And I'm struggling to get out of the house -- if I had eight I would want to stay and be the last woman standing!" she told Us. "It's difficult -- it's not an easy thing."