Us Weekly has taken down the ‘exclusive interview’ they claim they had with Kendall Jenner after the 19-year old model publicly blasted them for fabricating fake quotes of her concerning her dad Bruce Jenner’s transition into a woman.
On Wednesday, the tabloid ran a story titled, ‘Kendall Jenner Breaks Silence on Bruce Jenner’s Transition: “I Will Always Love My Dad,” where they quoted her as saying, ‘I love my dad. He’s always been there for me and my sisters. He’s a wonderful man. And just because he’s changing shoes now, so to speak, doesn’t make him less wonderful. I will always love my dad, whether he’s a man or a woman.’
Hours after the story was published, Gossip Cop first noticed the flaw and debunked it as false, before Jenner herself went to Twitter to write, ‘how is it legal for someone to “quote” someone and publish it if in fact you never said what was quoted. Shame on US Weekly for making up quotes. I NEVER said those things. I never spoke to them.’
Eventually, the magazine took down the story on Thursday and apologized, explaining:
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.
The link to the article now returns a 404 error.