David Letterman is aware of easy methods to make a splash. Over three seasons of his Netflix interview sequence My Subsequent Visitor Wants No Introduction—the newest of which drops this Wednesday—the previous Late Present host landed a majorly well-known visitor for every premiere episode.
First got here former President Barack Obama in early 2018, giving his most in-depth on-camera interview since leaving workplace to the long-bearded Letterman. Final 12 months, season two opened with a fiery sit-down with Kanye West, who each mentioned he felt “bullied” by liberals for supporting Trump and admitted that he had by no means voted in his life. “You then don’t have a say on this,” Letterman shot again to cheers from a crowd that included the rapper’s spouse Kim Kardashian West.
Now, it’s that actuality present star-turned-fashion mogul’s flip to hitch Letterman on stage for yet one more fascinating dialog to open season three.
Letterman begins the interview, which was taped early this 12 months, earlier than the coronavirus pandemic started, by admonishing the Kardashian clan for arriving late to the theater. “Oh for Christ’s sake, the showtime’s not on the ticket?” he asks jokingly as Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian file in. An empty seat subsequent to Jenner is quickly occupied by a fair later Kanye West.
The interview itself begins with genuinely curious questions from Letterman about hair extensions earlier than the host truly submits an apology of types for making enjoyable of Maintaining Up With the Kardashians in his Late Present monologues again within the day. “Nicely, right here we’re and we’re not laughing now,” he says, pointing to the overwhelming success her household has achieved. He additionally rejects the entire notion that Kardashian is “well-known for being well-known” as a result of he admits there’s some ability concerned in making a present like theirs work.
From there, issues rapidly take a flip in direction of extra substantive subjects, together with her father’s position within the O.J. Simpson trial—she nonetheless gained’t say if she thinks he’s responsible out of respect for his kids—and Kardashian’s most up-to-date campaign as an advocate for jail sentencing reform. Which, in fact, results in her unlikely alliance with President Donald Trump.
“Hopefully, for the subsequent a number of administrations, I’ll be working with the White Home, serving to them with clemencies,” Kardashian explains, as a photograph seems onscreen of her with Alice Johnson, the lady whose life sentence she personally persuaded the president to commute, within the Oval Workplace with Trump.
Clearly uncomfortable with the notion of aiding Trump’s picture, Letterman then asks, “However do you’re feeling that what’s being achieved on behalf of sentencing reform now by way of this present administration in any method permits the steadiness of democracy again in a hall of viability?”
It’s a really worded, nonsensical query that elicits the one logical response from his visitor, who replies, “Nicely, I don’t know what you simply mentioned.”
After the laughter and applause dies down, Letterman tries one other tack. “I’m grateful for what you’re doing, but it surely doesn’t make me really feel any higher in regards to the present administration,” he says. However as she has achieved repeatedly over the previous couple of years, Kardashian refuses to say one dangerous phrase in regards to the man within the White Home, solely telling him, “I perceive that.”
She is not going to even inform Letterman who she’s voting for within the presidential election, sitting in silence as he presses her with, “I do know who I’m voting for.” Although the interview was taped earlier than Joe Biden had locked up the Democratic nomination and earlier than Kanye West formally threw his MAGA hat within the ring, the apparent implication is whoever has the most effective likelihood of beating Trump.
“Belief me, everybody known as me and mentioned, ‘Don’t you dare step foot in that White Home or your repute is finished,’” Kardashian says, arguing that it was a small worth to pay for saving the lives of people that would in any other case die in jail.
“However see, your good work is overwhelming,” Letterman admits. “It’s a optimistic pressure that diminishes what I think about to be unacceptable conduct by the president.”
“Belief me, everybody known as me and mentioned, ‘Don’t you dare step foot in that White Home or your repute is finished.’”
— Kim Kardashian West
As an alternative of agreeing that any such “unacceptable conduct” exists, Kardashian solely says she is “extraordinarily grateful” for the administration’s work on felony justice reform and can “keep centered” on what she will accomplish.
“Why don’t I really feel like that? I’m not nearly as good an individual as you, perhaps?” Letterman asks in response, earlier than realizing that he has maybe reached a lifeless finish and strikes onto different subjects. Their dialog culminates with a really harrowing account of the 2016 Paris theft throughout which Kardashian says she was positive she was going to die.
All through the hour, Letterman’s apparent affection for Kardashian is obvious. In the end, he tells her that she’s “come out on the correct aspect of every thing.” However he’s additionally clearly distressed by her outright refusal to criticize Trump, who he has identified for many years ought to by no means have been given the ability of the presidency.
Months after their interview, Alice Johnson appeared as a featured speaker on the Republican Nationwide Conference. However whereas she profusely thanked the president for commuting her sentence, she notably declined to endorse him for a second time period. Like Kardashian, Johnson instructed CNN’s Jake Tapper that she was “centered” on this slim mission and clearly didn’t need to say something that may bruise Trump’s ego.
As a fellow actuality present star, Kardashian is aware of that Trump cares much more about being favored than he does about truly serving to individuals so she wasn’t going to disclose even the slightest trace of disapproval. Letterman has turn out to be a world-class interviewer in his new longer format, however even he couldn’t get her to interrupt.