Kris Jenner Talks Kim Kardashian Divorce Details On Today Show
Kris Jenner is on a book tour and she stopped by NBC's The Today Show on Wednesday (11/02/11) morning. Today's Ann Curry interviewed Kris Jenner about her new book and the media frenzy over Kim's divorce.
Did Kris Know That Kim Was Going To File For Divorce?
Ann asked Kris if she knew that Kim was going to file for divorce on Monday. Kris replied "I knew a few days before. You know of course because Kim and I are really close. But you know she had, what she felt she had, for whatever reason, a really difficult thing to do on Monday and it's just our job now to wrap our...You know I wrap my arms around her and I'm there for her through thick or thin. No matter what. That's how our family has always been."
Dealing With The Reaction To The End Of The Marriage
Ann "Well part of the thick right now is the reaction to this filing. So what is your reaction to this reaction that this idea that this may all have been a sham of a wedding?"
Kris agreed "Right. You know, it makes me feel sad that some people are reacting that way of course. Certainly wasn't a sham, certainly wasn't something for TV. We have enough going on our show. We don't have to make things up. She really felt she was in love with him. It was an amazing time. And for this to be, for all of us that were watching, I had no idea that there was a problem at the time. And you know it saddens all of us."
Making Millions From The Wedding?
Kris said "I saddens me that one of the rumors is that we sold the television rights for millions of dollars which is not true. Profited...she profited from the wedding - absolutely false. So we got paid....."
Ann "So they did not make $20 million dollars." Kris "Absolutely not." Ann "How much did they make?"
Only Made Money From Photos
Kris noted "They made some money for the pictures that were sold and things like that. At the end of the day that money went towards the wedding. And Kim had to pay a great deal of money. You know, at the balance that was owed, which she was delighted to do because that was her fairytale wedding."
Ann asked "So are you saying that she actually owed money for the wedding? She did not make any money? The net was that she actually paid for the wedding?"
Kardashians Don't Sell Television Rights
Kris agreed "Absolutely. Yes, yes. And we don't sell television rights you know. The network has been amazing to us. We have a great relationship with them, but we were all paid to do our television show like any other episode. So this notion that's written everywhere. Sometimes when people write things down or put them on the front page of a newspaper or tabloid. People...that's the truth to them. And, you know, I'm here to say that it's not, that notion."
Kim Kardashian Is A Very Generous Girl
Kris continued "And Kim did and is going to do a lot more full giveback things. Which she has in store. Which she does often by the way. Very quietly. She's a very generous girl. Who's a big heart. And would never do anything to disappoint anybody. And I think that's part of the problem. She feels like she's let a lot of people down. She's sick about it. And, you know, she just had to come out and say 'look I made a mistake and I feel terrible.'"
How Much Money For The Wedding Photos?
Ann "In the interest of full disclosure about how much money did she make for the photographs?" Kris "Ummm, I don't know what the end result was, but it was less than a million dollars and probably more than half of million dollars. And all of that went into the wedding."
What Went Wrong With This Marriage?
Ann asked Kris "What went wrong in this marriage? How does such a public marriage end in 72 days?"
Kris said "Um huh. That's something that Kim is going to have to address. You know, I'm not here to be her public spokesperson. For sure, because she's....I felt that there was just so much going on. And there was so much swirling around. You think you daughter's happy."
Kris continued "I trusted her heart. She trusted her heart. And I think she got so, you know, it's really her personal decision. And something she's going to have to talk to her fans about, but she has this enormous, you know, fan base who has come out to support her and she feels really grateful for that. And we want to thank everybody for the wonderful emails and tweets notes. And everyone's been really supportive and understanding so far. And we hope that continues because you know, she feel's terrible."
Any Hope For Reconciliation?
Ann asked Kris "No hope for reconciliation?"
Kris "That's a Kim and Kris question. I have no idea. She's in Australia right now and we've been emailing and sort of talking back and forth. The time difference is a little tricky cause I just got to New York yesterday. And uh, we'll just see what happens. But in the meantime."
Kris said "You know, I told Kim 'You're not the first person to get a divorce and you're not the last. Even as short as it was. It was a terrible situation but she's here to say 'I made a mistake and I'm sorry.' And try to put it back together."
Any Regrets About This Being Played Out In Live TV?
Ann asked "Any regrets about this being played out in live television? Given that Kim herself has said 'I didn't create the conditions that were ideal.' She said the conditions were not ideal at the beginning of her marriage."
Kris "You know what? I don't have any regrets. Because this is what we do. We have people that have sorta invested in our lives from day one, season one, and we enjoy what we do. I feel so blessed and grateful for the TV show. We given...Kourtney's given birth on the TV show."
Getting Married So Quickly - The Kardashians Do It That Way
Kris said "And you know...Khloe got married in 9 days. And everyone went 'oh goodness, that's so fake. That's not real.' Meanwhile two years later I've never seen two people more in love. And Bruce and I met and married within five months and 20 years later, you know, we're still married. I had no reason to believe that Kim after six months wouldn't work out because the rest of us have kinda done it that way.
Was The Ring Really Worth Two Million Dollars?
Ann asked "The $2 million dollar ring. Who gets it"
Kris "Well first of all, I mean, come on, it wasn't a $2 million dollar ring. I'm here to say that as well. I mean you write it down, you say it out loud and suddenly it's a fact."
Ann said "So I just said something that was inaccurate as well?"
Kris said "Right. It was not $2 million dollars. First it was less than half of that amount. I mean I don't really know the exact price. I didn't buy the ring, but some of these reports are so outrageous and everybody gets so carried away."
So Who Gets The Rings - Regardless Of What It Cost?
Ann "But you don't know who gets the ring at this point?"Kris "Well, it's none of my business because it was a gift. But I don't know I'm sure they'll work that out as soon as they get back and I know that Kim just plans on making very generous contributions to a really deserving charity when she gets home and trying to make that right because she feels really bad about that."