Should we feel bad for Kris Jenner, who claims Nicole Brown Simpson was her best friend, or roll our her eyes at her for mentioning her murdered friend to sell more copies of her memoir? We're not sure what to think, so we're adding "forcing us to address uncomfortable conundrums" to our list of strikes against the woman who pushed the Kardashians into the limelight.
Kris says she thinks she could have saved Nicole's life if she had met with her for lunch on the day she was murdered. On June 12, 1994, Kris says Nicole called her and said, "Can you get over here...? I need to talk to you. It's really important." Kris was busy tending to the children we would one day strive to keep up with, so she asked if they could have lunch the next day instead. Kris writes, "It would be the last time I would ever speak to Nicole."
She goes on to say that a friend told her later:
"Nicole had been beaten up by O.J. and she had been keeping this physical proof in the form of photographs and, it would turn out, other evidence, in which she had documented seventeen years of abuse. Nicole really wanted someone close to her to know what was going on, so that somebody - namely me - could be a witness."
It's unclear how this information could have prevented Nicole's murder a few hours later, but Kris says that when she realized what Nicole was trying to tell her she screamed, "'Oh my God! It's too late! It's too late!'...The realization that she had wanted to confide in me hit me so hard. ... And I had let her down."
Kris adds that she "instinctively knew that in some way O.J. had something to do with her death," yet Radar's account fails to explain why she let him stay in her house following the murders, and why then-husband Robert Kardashian worked on his defense team. (Some suspect he acted as Simpson's lawyer so he wouldn't have to testify against his friend.) Kardashian's New York Times obituary notes that he later questioned Simpson's innocence, and Larry Schiller, who wrote a book about the case, said, ''He stood by O. J. irrespective of how he felt because he felt that nobody else was standing by O. J., not because of his innocence or guilt, but because there was a friendship there." So we're left with the same question: Is this a family of shameless, celebrity-obsessed opportunists, or the most loyal friends you could ask for?