While the Kocktails with Khloé host hasn’t tuned in to the miniseries yet, she says the show has resurfaced dark memories from the 1994-95 O.J. Simpson murder trial, during which her late father Robert Kardashian worked on the NFL star’s defense team.
“I was 10, and the teachers would like close down the classroom we’d all be watching it on TV,” Kardashian, 31, told James Corden and Josh Duhamel on The Late Late Show. “It was so crazy, but I mean people were really cruel during that time. They used to key ‘guilty’ on my dad’s car, like when we were at church. … It was horrible at that time, they were incredibly mean and cruel.”
Kardashian’s parents were close friends with Simpson and his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson at the time of her death. After a high-profile trial, Simpson was acquitted of both Nicole and Ron Goldman’s murders.
Kardashian said that while she’s heard the show is “phenomenal” (“Kimberly raves about it and loves it”), there are moments featuring the famous family that aren’t quite accurate.
“Like when O.J. was contemplating suicide it was in my room, and not Kim’s room,” she explained. “They’re kind of sensationalizing the Kardashian name in, but I think to bring a younger audience in.”
She added, “There was some scene of us chanting ‘Kardashian’ while my dad was reading the potential suicide note and I’m like – I even called Kim, because I was 10 – so I said, ‘Did that happen, I don’t remember any of that happening?’… She goes, ‘Absolutely not, did that happen.’ “
The star said she isn’t upset about the portrayal but wonders how Simpson’s own children, Justin and Sydney, are handling the resurgence of attention surrounding their parents.
“I lived one version of it. I more feel bad for the children, because – not that you would ever get over that situation – but they’re finally getting a little normalcy going on in their life,” she said.
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Regardless, Kardashian is grateful for the series’ portrayal of her dad by David Schwimmer, saying, “They’ve done a great job.” Her mother Kris Jenner is also featured in the show and played by actress Selma Blair.
On Wednesday’s episode of Kocktails with Khloé, Kardashian also addressed American Crime Story, saying, “I’m a little more sensitive to it cause he was my ‘Uncle O.J.’ “