Bruce Jenner doesn’t exactly come straight out and talk about fending off suitors of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian with his javelin, but he doesn’t exactly deny it, either. Jenner, perhaps jokingly, says the javelin was his weapon of choice when it came to Khloe, particularly in an instance where she snuck out of the house.
Now Jenner, once dubbed “The World’s Greatest Athlete,” has watched the Kardashian sisters get married and instead of having to ward them off, he has to deal with the fact that none of them understand his athletic accomplishments.
Bruce Jenner joined 790 The Ticket with The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz to discuss why he doesn’t get sick of all the cameras, Kim Kardashian’s wedding, the emotional nature of the women he lives with and has helped raise, if his javelin was the weapon of choice to ward off would-be suitors to his daughters and whether Lamar Odom and Kris Humphries understand his athletic prowess.
Don’t you ever get sick of all the cameras?:
“To be honest with you, we’ve just had so much fun with doing the show. The girls certainly work a lot harder than I do. … They’re young and they need the work. Me, I like to think of myself as semi-retired.”
What’s the funniest story you can share with us from Kim’s wedding?:
“There wasn’t too many funny things, they were all drama. Trying to calm her down. When you try to blend two families for the first time — the Humphries and the Jenners and the Kardashians and all this big group — everybody’s sort of listening to each other, seeing what they’re doing and trying to get to meet them. There’s a lot of pressure. Poor Kim, she like physically just lost it. … About a week before the wedding it just all came down on her and she just lost it.”
But doesn’t that happen to her a lot? They’re all pretty emotional aren’t they?:
“They’re women. … That’s my wife, she’s always breaking down. I was even laughing last night, ‘Here she goes again.’ … They are pretty emotional, but I’ve been dealing with this for the last 20 years. If you think this is tough, you should’ve seen them when they were teenagers. It was a lot worse when they were teenagers. When they were teenagers, and the hormones were running crazy and the boys were all over the place, they were still in my house. Now at least they’ve moved out and have their own houses. I only have the two girls, the two young ones.”
Are there any stories of boys appearing when they were teenagers and you chasing them away with a javelin?:
“Honestly there was a lot of that over the years. The worst ones were Khloe, when she was like 14 … sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night to go see some boy. I came home and went by her door and tried to turn the knob and the door was locked. … It was about midnight and I went upstairs to get ready for bed and I jump into bed and I go, ‘You know what? Why is her door locked?’ … I go down there, check it and it’s still locked. So I walk around the house and look in through a window off her porch to look in her bedroom and see if she’s there. It looks like there’s a body in the bed. … I go up and jump into bed and I’m laying there and thinking, ‘You know what? I never really saw. It looks like a body, but I never saw a hair, never saw a hand.’ … Now, it’s like a half hour later and I can’t sleep. I get up and walk back downstairs, pick the lock, open up the door and go inside. Sure enough, it was all pillows in there and this and that. And Khloe was gone.”
Was the javelin your weapon of choice?:
“It was for her.”
Do Lamar Odom and Kris Humphries understand just how good of an athlete you were?:
“No, they have no idea. In fact, I told Robert [my son] when Kim got engaged to Kris Humphries, I said, ‘Robert, this is bad news for you. That makes you the number three, now, the number three best basketball player and number four if my knee was better.’ … It’s kind of cool. Lamar, I love Lamar. He’s just a wonderful guy. It’s really been a pleasure to get to know him.”
What about Kris?:
“Kris, we just brought in to the family. He’s doing good, too. … He’s a good guy; I like Kris.”
But they don’t know that you’re an American icon?:
“They don’t quite understand, although Lamar did go to my website and watched the video of all my performances and stuff. He went, ‘Oh my God, you were a stud back then, weren’t you?’ I said, ‘Yeahhhh, I could take it off the backboard and dunk it behind my head. Yeah, I could do that back then. White boy could jump.’”
Listen to Bruce Jenner on 790 The Ticket in Miami here (Interview begins at 55:00)