Kim Kardashian was emotional on Wednesday when she met the great-grandmother she fought to have released from prison, for the first time
After months of exchanging letters and calls, the reality star finally came face-to-face with Alice Marie Johnson – who was recently released from prison after serving 22 years – for the first time, in Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday, when they sat down for a joint interview with America’s Today show.
In a preview clip of the chat, which will air on Thursday, Kim revealed that she broke down when she told Johnson she would be released, following her campaign.
“At first I thought she knew because the news was starting to break and we had to get her on the phone,” Kim said.
“She was kind of quiet on the phone and I know her personality enough to know that she would have been screaming, or something.
“And I said, ‘Wait, you don’t know?’ and she said, ‘Know what?’ and I was like, ‘You are going home’, and screams, and cries and we all just cried on the phone.”
WATCH: “You can go home now. Are you ready to go home?”@KimKardashian and Alice Johnson open up about the moment they got the news of Johnson’s commutation in their first joint interview.@HodaKotb will have more tomorrow morning on @TODAYShow. pic.twitter.com/xVI3Lqxiii
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) June 13, 2018
The 37-year-old told interviewer Hota Kotb that she loved Johnson and added, “I mean, I already knew just by talking to you on the phone and just seeing you in videos, but I mean, you are everything and more than I ever thought.”
Johnson was put away for a first-time non-violent drug crime, and Kim has been campaigning for her release since last year. In May she had a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump to ask for clemency for the 63-year-old and the leader commuted her life sentence days later.
“I think that you guys are going to be connected for a long time.”@HodaKotb talks to @KimKardashian and Alice Johnson in their first joint interview, as the two share what it was like to meet for the first time. Tune in to TODAY on Thursday for full interview. pic.twitter.com/cBdYlFQ8J4
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) June 13, 2018
Trump personally called the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star to tell her the good news, and she told CNN that she knew it would be emotional to meet Johnson in person.
“I know I’m gonna cry so much when I see her, but just to know that we changed one person’s life, [it means everything],” she said.
Author: Cover Media