UPDATED: Katie Couric didn’t mean to offend Kim Kardashian when she questioned why the reality-TV star was famous.
So says the talk show host, who is seeking to clarify the remarks she made that prompted Kim to caption a photo of Couric’s baby gift for her and Kanye West with the hashtags “#IHateFakeMediaFriends #MayIHumblySuggest YouNotSendGiftsThenTalkS–t.”
“I’ve met Kim before and I think she’s a really sweet person,” Couric said in a statement to E! News. “I was responding to a reporter’s question, and explaining how I’m intrigued by the public’s fascination with her family. I didn’t mean to hurt her feelings. The gift is genuine, and I’m happy for Kim and Kanye.”
Couric had told In Touch Weekly, referring to the Kardashian family, “I don’t understand — why are they so famous?”
Khloé Kardashian Odom had applauded Kim’s fierce Instagram post, tweeting, “God I love this new side of u!” (Update from Eonline.)
PREVIOUSLY: Kim Kardashian is not accepting Katie Couric’s gift for baby North West. On Friday, the 32-year-old new mom revealed her displeasure with the veteran journalist by sharing on Instagram of the Barney’s New York purchase and personal note the TV personality sent.
“#IHateFakeMediaFriends,” the reality star wrote. She added, “#MayIHumblySuggest YouNotSendGiftsThenTalkSh*t.”
The “Katie” show host sent what looks to be pajamas for the little one, born in June. “Dear Kim and Kanye, Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl!” the card read. “And may I humbly suggest you continue the K tradition.”
Kardashian’s outburst may have something to do with Couric’s recent comments about the reality TV family. In mid-August, the host was quoted as saying she didn’t understand why the Kardashians were famous.
Ironically, Couric, 56, interviewed Kardashian for Glamour in 2011 and was “pleasantly surprised” by the star. “A few years ago you might have heard Kim Kardashian’s name and said, ‘Who?’ That was then. Now her name rolls off our tongue (she was 2010’s most searched term on Bing, after all),” the veteran journalist wrote. “She’s become a one-woman phenomenon and an industry. Everyone wants to keep up with this Kardashian.”