The Kardashians have been vocal in their support of Bruce Jenner, and Kris Jenner is making clear her intentions behind E!’s upcoming two-part special, Keeping Up With the Kardashians: About Bruce, which will document the intimate conversations Bruce had with his family as they learn about and discuss his gender transition.
“The reason we did it, and the sole reason, was just to show other people going through the same thing, what a family might do,” Kris told ET’s Brooke Anderson at Tuesday’s event 'supporting Kelly Rutherford's Children's Justice Campaign in Beverly Hills. “And to give people hope, because we had never been through something like this before.”
“I think it might be helpful to families going through the same thing and hopefully shed some light on something that might bring comfort to someone else,” Kris continued, echoing previous statements of support for the former Olympian, “We love him.”
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While Bruce’s widely-viewed 20/20 interview with Diane Sawyer on April 24 was positively received, one moment caused quite a stir. During the broadcast, Sawyer said that ABC reached out to Kris for comment only to be denied, prompting the Kardashian matriarch to fire back with an expletive-filled tweet refuting their claim. The 20/20 interview also raised questions about what Kris knew and when in regards to Bruce’s gender transition, something that will be clarified in the upcoming E! special, Kris said.
“I think people will just see it the way it happens when they see how it all played out,” Kris told ET. “I think they'll be really surprised and just the love we all have for each other that seems to shine through all the time.”
“Everyone loves to jump to conclusions you know? Haters are gonna hate!” she said of her critics.
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In a preview of the E! two-night special, Kris is seen breaking down in tears after learning the news of his transition from Bruce. “I have these memories of this life,” Kris says in the clip to daughter Kim Kardashian, “and I feel sometimes like it didn’t exist.”
One Kardashian viewers won’t be seeing in the special is Rob Kardashian, who is dealing privately. “His feelings were very private and to himself,” Kris told ET. “He feels a little uncomfortable right now being on camera, so he's dealing with his own stuff.”
Kris has learned some valuable lessons through this experience. “To be a little bit more tolerant for sure. To be understanding and that life can change on a dime,” she said. “I have learned to be ready for anything – and be there for my kids. That's what life's all about.”
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As for her relationship with Bruce, Kris said it’s better than ever.
“It's great!” she said with a wide grin. “We talk all the time. We still work together and he's still the dad of my kids, and we have a really good relationship.”
Keeping Up With the Kardashians: About Bruce airs Sunday, May 17 and Monday, May 18 at 9 p.m. PT/ET on E!.