Kind and disarming David Letterman was able to get Kim Kardashian-West to speak about her family's traumatic experience being connected to the murder trial of O.J. Simpson on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Check out the reality star's memory from the time during the trial of the century.
Kim Kardashian On The O.J. Simpson Murder Trial
Kim opened up to David Letterman on My Next Guest Needs No Introduction about how her family was split because of the O.J. Simpson murder trial. She and her siblings were very young when both of her parents became embroiled in the trial of the century. Her mother Kris Jenner was longtime friends with victim Nicole Brown and Kim's father Robert Kardashian was the lawyer for O.J. Simpson.
Kim told David that she once picked up a phone call at her house and, "It was dinner time, and we were all sitting down, and I answered the phone. It was a call from jail, and it was O.J., and I handed my mom the phone because he wanted to speak to her. And I just remember them getting into it."
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star explained, "My mom was extremely vocal on her feelings. She believed that her friend was murdered by him and that was really traumatizing for her. And then we'd go to my dad's house and it was a whole other situation there." Kris had even named one of her daughter's Kendall Nicole after her late friend.
"We didn't really know what to believe or whose side to take as kids, because we didn't want to hurt one of our parents' feelings," she admitted.
Kim even explained to David that at one point her father pulled her and Kourtney out of school to go to court with him without telling their mother Kris when Kim was only 14 years old. "I remember my mom was sitting with Nicole's parents, and Kourtney and I were sitting right behind O.J. and we look over at my mom and she's giving us this death stare - like, 'What are you doing out of school? What are you doing here?!' Kourtney and I were like, 'Just look straight, do not look at Mom."
Kim had a very blunt way of explaining what effect this murder and subsequent trial had on her family: "It kind of tore our family apart. I'd say for the whole time of the trial."
The sad reality of how young the Kardashian girls were when they were thrown into this terrible situation struck David who said, "And you're 13 when this happened?"
"Yeah 13, 14. I vividly remember staying home from school to watch the verdict. And then my dad called us afterwards and was like 'Oh my god okay meet us at uncle O.J.s.'" She and her sister went to O.J. Simpson's house after his wildly controversial "Not guilty" verdict.
The Last Time Kim Kardashian Saw O.J. Simpson
Kim also spoke to her close friend Jonathan "FoodGod" Cheban's podcast about the last time she saw O.J. Simpson. She said she and her sisters ran into him at a club before he was arrested a second time, "It was before he had gone to jail last situation, and Khloé and, I think me Kourtney and Khloé were in Miami in a club, and we ran into him in the VIP section. But it was like behind a stage or something, I don’t even know what club it was at. We all, I think, started crying. It was emotional."
Kim said, "I never really talk about it," so David Letterman really appreciated her opening up about this intense part of her childhood. See her speak with David about the trial here: