“My heart breaks for my mom, you know, because I feel like she’s been through so much and there’s, you know… [Caitlyn’s] promoting this book and she’s saying all these things and you know, I just don’t think it’s necessary, you know, and I just feel like it’s unfair, things aren’t truthful,” Kardashian said.
When DeGeneres asked if that meant Caitlyn wasn’t being honest in her book, Kardashian clarified, “No, not with certain things about my mom and, you know, or other things. I mean, I feel like it’s taken her a really long time to be honest with herself, so I don’t expect her to be honest, you know, about [Kris] now, but it’s just so hurtful. Like I just, I wish her all the success in the world, but not at our expense.”
Kardashian told DeGeneres that her younger sisters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, still have a relationship with Caitlyn because she’s their parent. After pointing out that Jenner “purposely” avoided the Kardashian name during her 20/20 interview, the reality star summed up the status of her connection with Caitlyn.
“I haven’t talked to her in a couple of weeks and I’ll always, I mean, I’ll always love her. That was my stepdad for so many years,” said Kardashian. “She taught me about character and so much growing up and I just feel like I don’t respect the character that she’s showing now. But like I said, we, I’ll still always have a major love for her, for who she was in my life. I’m really sentimental; I think my mom’s that way. And I’ll never say… you know, it’s still Kendall and Kylie’s dad, so I want to be respectful, but I just feel like there’s no need for a book. You know, tell your story but just don’t bash other people, you know. I just think it’s, like, not tasteful.”
The clip of the interview doesn’t show Kardashian mentioning specifics of The Secrets of My Life, in which Caitlyn recalls details of her marriage to Kris prior to their divorce in 2015 and Caitlyn’s transition from Bruce: “I do not have a checking account,” she writes. “I have a credit card, but purchases are carefully pored over. Kris is incredibly generous — on her terms.”
In another section, she writes how Kris knew about her gender dysphoria — a claim Kris disputed on Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “None of it makes sense,” Kris said. “Everything she says is all made up. Why does everything have to be that Kris is such a b—- and an a–hole?”
Caitlyn defended the book on Good Morning America Monday. “It is my perspective and, obviously, when you do a book like that, you know, there’s different opinions,” she said. “I have a lot of friends that know the truth and know what I’ve been through and know the whole situation.”
She also addressed Kris’ reaction to the memoir, saying, “I’m just kind of sorry she went down that road. But she’s a good person and we’ve had 23 good years together and raised wonderful, phenomenal kids.”
Watch Kardashian on Ellen in the clip above. Check your local listings to find out when it airs on Thursday.