New photos of the Kardashian clan vacationing with O.J. Simpson were released to Radar Online. We know that the Kardashians, mainly Kris Jenner and the late Robert Kardashian, were friends with O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown, so what’s the big deal?
Let’s consider the timeline. The picture of the clan smiling brightly with O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown while on vacation was taken just weeks before Nicole was murdered.
It’s said that while the trial went on, Kris Jenner showed up every day, because her ex-husband Robert Kardashian was one person of the dream team of defense lawyers for Simpson, but also because Jenner was good friends with Nicole Brown and stood behind her heartbroken family.
When the trial started, Jenner was pregnant with her first daughter with Olympian athlete Bruce Jenner. When Kendall was born, she decided to name her Kendall Nicole after her beloved friend. She even wore maternity wear that Brown had given her during the trial to feel closer to her late friend.
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Kardashians vacation with OJ Simpson & Nicole Brown — Weeks before her brutal murder! https://t.co/DKf7kOPF5s
— OK! Magazine USA (@OKMagazine) February 1, 2016
The timing of these photos isn’t surprising given the new miniseries American Crime Story: The People v O.J. Simpson. The series is set to air on FX tomorrow. It’s a 10-part miniseries that recreates the trial and the issues that surrounded the events.
In an interview with People, Kris Jenner opened up about her close friendship with Nicole Brown.
Jenner, who advised David Schwimmer, who plays her late ex-husband Robert Kardashian, said of her friendship with the two, “O.J. and Nicole were two of the best friends I ever had in my entire life.”
— Abel Kalpinand Prasa (@KalpinandPrasad) September 27, 2015
Jenner said that during the trial, she was very conflicted given her relationship to both O.J. and Nicole.
Of the miniseries that’s set to air, Kris said, “This is going to introduce a new generation to this thing that took place that was so horrific. It could have been prevented.”
Of the difficult time, Jenner said, “They were two of the best friends I ever had in my entire life. They were my family. O.J. was like my big brother. So I not only mourned the loss of Nicole, but I mourned the loss of O.J. and that relationship.”
Back in a 1996 interview, Kris said that she had doubts about O.J.’s innocence, and from her words, it seems like her position hasn’t changed.
“Domestic violence is a real tragedy in our lives. [Nicole’s death] could have been prevented.”
In American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, actress Selma Blair portrays Jenner throughout the trial.
As for Cuba Gooding Jr., who portrays O.J. Simpson, we learned that he was approached to play Simpson in a more innocent light than Ryan Murphy’s miniseries. Needless to say, Gooding Jr. turned down the first opportunity and went with the second, even though we all know in the end Simpson was acquitted.
— Dan Anderson (@danderson_11) October 3, 2015
Cuba Gooding Jr. told Nightline that he didn’t reach out to Simpson because he didn’t want to form an opinion on whether or not he’s innocent or guilty despite everyone having their own thoughts on the case. In addition, Gooding Jr. said he didn’t reach out to Simpson’s children either.
Of portraying Simpson, the Jerry Maguire star said that it was the hardest role he ever had to play and that it took him a full month to get out of that headspace.
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