Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Us Weekly published a bullshi–ok, I’ll stop.
On Wednesday, March 18, Us Weekly published on UsMagazine.com an interview with model and reality star Kendall Jenner entitled “Kendall Jenner Breaks Silence on Bruce Jenner’s Transition: ‘I Will Always Love My Dad.'” The interview was allegedly conducted by an independent freelance journalist at the Saturday, March 14, taping of Comedy Central’s roast of Justin Bieber in Los Angeles. When Ms. Jenner denied, via Twitter, that the interview took place, Us Weekly immediately reached out to the freelance reporter. He stood by the interview, and continues to maintain that the quotes are accurate. However, after attempting to reconfirm his account, editors of Us have concerns about the veracity of this interview and the circumstances under which it was obtained. We would like to retract the story entirely and have removed it from our website. We sincerely apologize to Ms. Jenner and her family.
I hope Us Weekly told the freelance journalist to work on his titles or go do titles for Lifetime, but I think what happened here is that Us Weekly forgot that part in their contract that stipulates that the only stories they can publish can only be “leaked” to them by Kris Jenner. Unsure why they missed it, unless that’s the one thing they haven’t posted on Instagram yet.