Caitlyn Jenner spoke to reporters at the Winter TCA press tour on Thursday, opening up about everything from politics to Ricky Gervais’ offensive joke at the Golden Globes.
“I think what I'm going to do is call the Golden Globes and see if they need a new host for next year,” Jenner said in response to Gervais poking fun at her tragic February 2015 car accident. “We'll solve that problem.”
Jenner announced that season two of her reality series, I Am Cait, will premiere on March 6, and revealed what she thinks is the biggest impact of the show’s first season.
“I really felt like we opened up this conversation, that it's OK to talk about trans issues,” she said. “Every day of my life since I came out, someone comes up to me and says, 'I have a trans cousin, I have a relative,' and all of a sudden it's OK to talk about this issue. That was probably the most important thing that I think we did in season one.”
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In season two, Jenner says that she and her co-stars want to “go out and meet the people,” something she feels differentiates I Am Cait from her family’s reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
“I wanted this show to be about the issues,” she explained. “Sure, we all love good clothes and all that kind of stuff but I really wanted the people to get to know all of my girls and everybody that's involved with the show. I love my kids, I have a great relationship with all of my children, but this is a different show. This is about serious issues and so I wanted to somewhat keep that distance.”
Doing the show with E!, however, lets Jenner maintain the family connection, and allows for crossover potential.
“Kim has been on the show, and I actually shot a piece the other day with Kendall for Keeping Up,” she added. “They give me the opportunity to have Kris come on, or if it's Kylie's birthday and I want to show up, it's not like they have to hide me in the background because I can't be on camera.”
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There was also an interesting exchange when the 66-year-old former Olympian was asked why she’s still a Republican, despite the conservative party’s less-than-stellar track record when it comes to trans rights.
“Certainly the Democrats have been better on this issue,” Jenner admitted. “But isn’t it good if they have an ally? Someone who could go in there and maybe change their minds? So that's the good thing, and that's kind of the way I look at it.”
The preview for season two of I Am Cait also shows Jenner coming under fire for her conservative views, especially her “lukewarm support” of same-sex marriage.
“Every conservative guy out there believes in everybody’s rights,” she protests, to a chorus of jeers from her co-stars.
Jenner will also explore her sexuality in the reality show’s new season, answering questions about her romantic future.
“To be honest with you, I don’t see dating women in the future,” she reveals to her friends. “Been there, done that. I’ve got three ex-wives.”
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While Jenner would like to be an advocate for trans rights within the GOP, she wasn’t as sure what advice she’d give to the girls of the world.
"I haven't been a girl long enough to really know,” the reality star told TCA reporters with a laugh. “I've only been out for nine months."
Meeting young trans people through her show, however, has afforded Jenner a new perspective on transgender issues and how she can continue to increase awareness and representation in the community and in pop culture.
“I'm the exception to the rule,” she said. “I am not the rule to coming out. I've been very, very blessed but I know that it's not that way for so many people in this community.”
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