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Kris Jenner Says She's 'In Denial' About OJ Simpson's Parole

Kris Jenner was once best friends with O.J. Simpson. She isn't excited about him being free.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
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Kris Jenner was once best friends with O.J. Simpson and his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. On last week's episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, the reality show's matriarch revealed that she wasn't excited about Simpson's recent parole from prison. 

In a scene, Jenner is seen meeting with Faye Resnick, another friend of Nicole Brown Simpson. Resnick says that Simpson going up for parole “scares the death” out of her. The interior designer, who co-authored the 1994 book Nicole Brown Simpson: The Private Diary of a Life Interrupted and the 1996 book Shattered: In the Eye of the Storm, says that she had been “having nightmares” about it, per People. Jenner, 62, quickly changes the subject. She then reveals that she has been "in denial" about Simpson getting free. 

The Kardashian family was once extremely close with O.J. and Nicole Simpson. There are photos of family vacations and the Kardashian kids referred to the couple lovingly as "Uncle Juice" and "Auntie Nicole." When Simpson was charged with the murder of Nicole and her friend Ron Goldman, it was their father, Robert Kardashian, who successfuly defended him. This decision split the family in two with Kardashian on Simpson's side and Kris Jenner siding with her slain friend.

As Kris Jenner told Ellen DeGeneres in 2016, “It was painful. You know, it was just every single day it was something different and it was really difficult because my ex-husband [Robert Kardashian ] was on one side, I was kind of on the other and the kids were stuck in the middle. It was trying to explain this to children and then O.J. had called and everybody lost so much that night. It was you lost everything you knew and I can’t even imagine being her family, her sister, her parents—they were so devastated. All of us friends were completely you know. . .it was hard.” Jenner said that she didn't know about the allegedly physically abusive relationship between Simpson and his wife. She now regrets not doing more to help Nicole Brown Simpson. “I didn’t know that there was abuse until we heard and saw the whole thing unfold [on the news] like everybody else and then heard the 911 tapes that were going to be used in evidence during the trial. It was heartbreaking . . . me and some of her other close friends were all really surprised and shocked by that because we felt we really failed her as a friend. It was horrible.”

O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the murders. Last October, he was paroled after spending nine years behind bars on an unrelated incident.

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