Khloe Kardashian has an interesting theory on why her father, Robert Kardashian, met his untimely death so soon, which she discussed in a bonus clip from Wednesday’s episode of Kocktails with Khloé, Hollywood Life reports.
During a discussion with Lisa Rinna (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), Marlon Yates Jr (Straight Outta Compton), Kirk Fox (Rush Hour), and YouTube star GloZell Green, Khloe theorized that the stress her dad suffered on account of being OJ Simpson’s defense attorney in the so-called “trial of the century” back in 1992 might have contributed to his declining health, which eventually led to his death. Robert Kardashian died of esophageal cancer on September 30, 2003, eight weeks after being diagnosed with the disease.
“No matter what my dad did or didn’t know [about the trial], my dad never ever would betray his friend’s trust, and he never spoke about it,” explained Khloe.
To bolster her theory, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star also pointed out that cancer doesn’t run in the family and that her father didn’t smoke or drink.
“I think just holding in secrets — stress kills you … you manifest things, I don’t know, I’m into symbolic situations,” Khloe added.
Lisa agreed with Khloe, adding that other attorneys tasked to defend OJ Simpson in the trial also met undue tragedy, including main defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, who died of brain cancer in 2005, and Robert Shapiro, whose son Brent died of an MDMA overdose in 2005.
“I mean, I don’t know but you think of that – You look at it and go, ‘Wow,’ ” said Rinna.
Khloe Kardashian also recalled the animosity the Kardashian family frequently received from the general public on account of Robert’s affiliation with OJ Simpson. According to Khloe, they used to get kicked out of restaurants and on several occasions found the word “guilty” written all over their cars. Kardashian also mentioned the scary incidents during a recent interview on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
As everyone knows, O.J. Simpson was eventually acquitted of the murder charges thrown against him, but that didn’t change the prevailing public opinion that he had committed the murders.
“My dad always had death threats sent to his house or kidnapping scares. There were many times when we couldn’t go to my dad’s, but as kids, you would think it’s the parents not letting you. But our mom doesn’t want to be like, ‘Oh someone’s trying to kidnap you.’
“It’s sad to see how stressed out your parents are. It’s sad to see your parents go through so much pain for trying to be true friends. My mom going through so much hurt because she lost someone so dear to her. And then you’re dealing with these kids who would come over to play with us and we’d try to take their minds off of things and you can’t. It’s so sad.”
“The cops hated us ’cause my dad was defending O.J. Simpson,” added Khloe. “Like if they would run our plates, we would get pulled over for anything and everything.”
“But look at y’all now!” said Yates, raising his glass to Kardashian and the other guests for a toast.
“Look at us now! You can’t get rid of us!” said Khloe, laughing heartily as she and her guests concluded the toast.
The infamous trial inspired the FX miniseries The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which is now into its fifth episode. The miniseries is based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book The Run of His Life: The People v. O. J. Simpson. The character of Kris Jenner, portrayed by Selma Blair, and that of Robert Kardashian, portayed by David Schwimmer, play recurring roles in the TV show. The first season of The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has been receiving widespread accolades from critics since the series premiered on February 2, 2016.
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Interestingly, while The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story has become a big hit, Khloe Kardashian admitted that she has “reservations” about the series, particularly due to her fear of how the show is going to portray her dad.
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