Caitlyn Jenner flew home with close friend Sophia Hutchins after she was eliminated from I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here

By Eric Todisco
December 30, 2019 02:30 PM
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Caitlyn Jenner is addressing the criticism her children faced for not being by the former Olympian’s side following her elimination from I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.

In a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Jenner, 70, explained that it was her decision to not have any of the Kardashian-Jenner clan present when she departed from the reality series earlier this month. (Normally, after a contestant is eliminated they are greeted by their family and friends on set. Caitlyn, instead, flew home with her close friend Sophia Hutchins.)

“My family are very well-known. I never asked any of them to come down or expected them to — they all have businesses and families,” she said.

Jenner said she was “disappointed” that her famous family was criticized for being absent upon her elimination.

“After the show was over, I texted or called all the kids to apologize,” she said.

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Earlier this month, Kim Kardashian West defended herself on Twitter amid the criticism, writing, “NO ONE from I’m A Celeb even reached out and asked for letters, appearances or anything from any Kardashians or Jenners.”

Kardashian West’s response was in agreement with Caitlyn’s son Brandon Jenner, who echoed similar sentiments regarding the situation when asked about the family’s absence by a fan.

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“Honestly, nobody reached out to set it up,” Brandon reportedly said to a fan on Instagram. “I think it might have been a ‘storyline’ the producers wanted to fabricate in order to get more empathy for Caitlyn. That’s how that kind of TV works.”

Although her family was not there to immediately comfort her, her daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner gave her a warm welcome back in America.

“Thank you my baby’s @kendalljenner @kyliejenner,” Jenner wrote on Instagram with a photo of her house decorated with balloons, including ones that say “Welcome Home.”

During her elimination, Jenner broke down while recalling her time on the show.

“I came here to kind of test myself, because I did the show 16 years ago. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. The first night I didn’t think I’d make it to the next night,” she said, according to The Sun. “I can’t believe I made it all the way to three weeks.”

While on the show, Jenner opened up to her castmates about life in the Kardashian family spotlight and her transition. The former Olympian publicly came out as transgender in 2015.