David Letterman confronts Kim Kardashian about working with Donald Trump David Letterman confronts Kim Kardashian about working with Donald Trump

David Letterman confronts Kim Kardashian about working with Donald Trump

Over three seasons of his Netflix interview series "My Next Guest Needs No Introduction", David Letterman landed a majorly famous guest for each premiere episode.

First came former President Barack Obama in early 2018. Last year, season two opened with a fiery sit-down with Kanye West, who both said he felt “bullied” by liberals for supporting Trump and admitted that he had never voted in his life.

David Letterman lands a majorly famous guest for each premiere episode of his Netflix interview series

Now, it’s that reality show star-turned-fashion mogul’s turn to join Letterman on stage. Letterman begins the interview, which was taped early this year, before the coronavirus pandemic began, by admonishing the Kardashian clan for arriving late to the theater.

At one point in the interview, things quickly take a turn towards more substantive topics, including her father’s role in the O.J. Simpson trial—she still won’t say if she thinks he’s guilty out of respect for his children—and Kardashian’s most recent crusade as an advocate for prison sentencing reform. Which, of course, leads to her unlikely alliance with President Donald Trump.

Hopefully, for the next multiple administrations, I’ll be working with the White House" (Kim Kardashian)

Hopefully, for the next multiple administrations, I’ll be working with the White House, helping them with clemencies,” Kardashian explains, as a photo appears onscreen of her with Alice Johnson, the woman whose life sentence she personally persuaded the president to commute, in the Oval Office with Trump.

Clearly uncomfortable with the notion of aiding Trump’s image, Letterman then asks, “But do you feel that what is being done on behalf of sentencing reform now via this current administration in any way allows the balance of democracy back in a corridor of viability?

It’s a terribly worded, nonsensical question that elicits the only logical response from his guest, who replies, “Well, I have no idea what you just said.

After the laughter and applause dies down, Letterman tries another tack. “I’m grateful for what you’re doing, but it doesn’t make me feel any better about the current administration,” he says. But as she has done repeatedly over the past couple of years, Kardashian refuses to say one bad word about the man in the White House, only telling him, “I understand that.

She will not even tell Letterman who she’s voting for in the presidential election, sitting in silence as he presses her with, “I know who I’m voting for.” Though the interview was taped before Joe Biden had locked up the Democratic nomination and before Kanye West officially threw his MAGA hat in the ring, the obvious implication is whoever has the best chance of beating Trump.

Kardashian refuses to say one bad word about the man in the White House

Trust me, everyone called me and said, ‘Don’t you dare step foot in that White House or your reputation is done,’” Kardashian says, arguing that it was a small price to pay for saving the lives of people who would otherwise die in prison.

But see, your good work is overwhelming,” Letterman admits. “It’s a positive force that diminishes what I consider to be unacceptable behavior by the president.” Kardashian only says she is “extremely grateful” for the administration’s work on criminal justice reform and will “stay focused” on what she can accomplish.

Throughout the hour, Letterman’s obvious affection for Kardashian is apparent. Ultimately, he tells her that she’s “come out on the right side of everything.” But he is also clearly distressed by her outright refusal to criticize Trump, who he has known for decades should never have been given the power of the presidency

Their conversation culminates with a truly harrowing account of the 2016 Paris robbery during which Kardashian says she was sure she was going to die.

The robbery

Kim broke down in tears while recalling her 2016 Paris robbery and revealed a few more startling revelations. She explained “packed all my jewelry” for Paris fashion week in October 2016, which she had “never done before.” One week earlier, Kim said her husband, Kanye West, had given her a new ring that she showed off on social media.

Kim broke down in tears while recalling her 2016 Paris robbery

She recounted having lunch with her friends hours before the robbery, where they all discussed what they would do in that situation. “We had lunch that day and said, ‘If you guys were robbed, what would you do? Would you just give them the stuff?'” Kardashian said. “Why we had this conversation, it was so wild. I said, ‘I would say take everything, just take everything, nothing is important.'

Later that evening, West, — who had briefly joined Kardashian in Paris — left to resume his tour. Meanwhile, Kourtney Kardashian and a friend went out to a club. Kim explained that she told the Poosh founder, 41, to bring their one security guard since she would be staying in the hotel room. At around 3 a.m., the reality star heard “stomping up the stairs” and thought it was her sister and friend coming home from the club.

When Kim realized it wasn’t Kourtney, she felt “immediate panic” come over her. “I knew someone was there, like, someone was there to get me. You feel it,” she said. She tried to call 911 but wasn’t sure the correct number in France. Kim said the robbers — who were dressed as “policemen wearing masks” — entered her room and took her phone away before demanding “the ring.”

I knew someone was there, like, someone was there to get me." (Kim Kardashian)

Kim handed over the ring before one of the men “grabbed her” while she was wearing a robe without “anything under it.” 

I was like, ‘OK, this is the time I’m gonna get raped. Like deal, this is gonna happen, just prepare yourself,'” Kim said. “So, I did and then — I don’t know why I’m crying, I’ve talked about this before — and then he tied me up with handcuffs and zip-ties and then duct tape and duct-taped my mouth and my eyes.”

Kim added that she was worried she was going to be killed after they pointed a gun at her and was concerned for how that would affect Kourtney. “I kept on thinking about Kourtney, I kept on thinking, like, she’s gonna come home and I’m gonna be dead in the room and she’s gonna be traumatized for the rest of her life,” she said.

Kim concluded that she was “really paranoid” of other people for about a year after the ordeal explaining that now she will only sleep with a “half dozen’ security guards outside her house.

Alejandro Peña

Journalist, broadcaster and creative editor+ info

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