Us Weekly Retracts Fake Kendall Jenner Interview First Busted By Gossip Cop
Us Weekly has finally retracted its fake Kendall Jenner interview, the day after Gossip Cop first busted the outlet for fabricating quotes and attributing them to the reality TV star. Jenner herself later slammed the magazine, after Gossip Cop drew attention to the suspicious article. On Thursday, Us Weekly offered a retraction and apology.
The magazine initially claimed that Jenner had spoken to them, exclusively, about Bruce Jenner’s gender transition. The interview allegedly happened at last Saturday’s taping of the Justin Bieber Comedy Central Roast. When Us Weekly posted the “exclusive” on its website on Wednesday, Gossip Cop was immediately suspicious as to why the publication would wait several days to report such a scoop, as well as curious about the decision not to include the “interview” in this week’s print magazine.
We even called Us Weekly on Wednesday to voice our concerns about the purported interview, and to suggest they look into its authenticity. Gossip Cop then exclusively confirmed with Jenner’s team that no such interview had ever happened, and Jenner herself tweeted to that effect, slamming Us Weekly for making it up. On Thursday, the tabloid finally provided this explanation and retraction:
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.
Gossip Cop is glad the outlet finally retracted the phony interview. But as we said earlier on Thursday, the fact that Us Weekly let thousands and thousands of people spread a very dubious article around social media for 24 hours is kind of what’s wrong with online celebrity news reporting in 2015. Unfortunately, being outrageous almost always gets more traffic than being accurate. We’re hoping to help change that.