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Kris Jenner Defends Kim’s Marriage: ‘It Wasn’t A Sham’

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Nov. 2 2011, Published 9:15 a.m. ET

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Kris Jenner staunchly defended her daughter Kim On Wednesday’s Today show, saying her 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries “wasn’t a sham.”

Jenner  -- who was on the morning show to promote her new book, Kris Jenner … and all things Kardashian -- said she did know Kim intended to file for divorce, prior to it becoming public on Monday.

“I knew a few days before, of course, because Kim and I are really close,” Jenner told host Ann Curry. “It’s just our job now to wrap our arms around her through thick and thin,” she added.

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Jenner also denied reports that Kim manufactured the wedding as a made-for-TV money-making opportunity.

“It makes me feel sad that some people are reacting that way. It certainly wasn’t a sham. It wasn’t for TV,” she said.

Jenner also said that the Kardashian family did not sell the TV rights to broadcast the wedding, nor did they profit it.

“Kim had to pay a great deal of money for the wedding,” she said.

Jenner also said Kim -- who’s currently in Australia with sister Khloe to promote their new handbag line -- is upset by the stinging criticism directed at her.

“She feels that she’s let a lot of people down. She’s sick about it,” she said.

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Jenner also said that several stories about the wedding were not in fact true. She said Kim was not paid a million dollars by a magazine for the exclusive rights to publish photos from the ceremony and reception. Jenner said Kim was paid “less than a million dollars..but more than $500,000.” She also said all of the money went toward the wedding.

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Jenner also debunked stories that Kim’s ring cost $2 million dollars, saying: “It was less than half of that.”

As for who gets the ring, she said: “It’s none of my business.”

When asked what caused the split, Jenner would not provide any details, saying: “I’m not Kim’s spokesperson…

It’s her personal decision. Something she’ll have to talk to her fans about.”

As for any hope of a reconciliation, Jenner said: “I have no idea.”

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She says she told Kim:  “You’re not the first person to get a divorce, and you won’t be the last.”

Jenner’s new book, Kris Jenner… and all things Kardashian, is in stores now.

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