PASADENA, Calif. – It isn’t surprising who Khloé Kardashian turned to for advice regarding her new take on the talk show, Kocktails with Khloe (FYI, Jan. 20). Her mother: Kris Jenner.
“My mom is definitely (somebody) I learn so many things from in this business,” said the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, whose mother briefly had her own talk show. One lesson: “It’s important to be authentic and stay true to yourself.”
During a panel before writers at the Television Critics Association winter press tour Wednesday, Kardashian was asked about matters besides the new show, of course.
• As the session opened, she was asked the health of Lamar Odom, who has been hospitalized since being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel in October.
“Lamar is good, thank you,” Kardashian said, before quickly moving on to another question. When asked again about the recovery of Odom, who she was in the process of divorcing when he was hospitalized, she offered a longer response, but not too much detail, “because it’s not my story to tell. He’s doing amazing and I’m so proud of the strength he has shown to fight this battle.” She added she was “grateful for everybody’s love.”
• She said she is looking forward to FX’s upcoming American Crime Story, which focuses on O.J. Simpson’s mid-1990s trial for the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Kris Jenner, who knew the Simpsons and had been married to O.J. “dream team” lawyer Robert Kardashian,, is played by Selma Blair and Khloé, Kim and Kourtney are depicted as children and adolescents.
“I would definitely like to see it,” she said. “My mom and Selma Blair became really good friends.”
The eight-episode Kocktails, which will mix talk, cooking and party games, will feature Kardashian and famous friends gathering on a studio set made to look like a home setting. No guests were announced Wednesday, but Kardashian said family members and friends will pop up on the show, just not all in one group.
Fueled by food and alcohol, Kocktails guests will talk about their lives, pop culture, fashion and celebrity gossip (wonder who that could include?), according to the show’s description. The show will be filmed within a day of broadcast so that current events can be discussed.
Hidden cameras should help guests forget they are being taped, leading to more revealing comments, Kardashian said. She includes herself in that observation.
“I hope my Khloé-comes-to-Jesus moments come across. You do forget the camera is there,” she said, adding she hopes people “let their hair down.”
Asked about celebrity and privacy, Kardashian said, “There’s definitely a double-edged sword. When things are great … you want to scream that from the rooftops,” she said. Some personal matters, such as Odom’s situation, she would prefer to “keep protected or close to my heart” and hopes people respect “why I am being so private.”