Why the Jenner family can't stand Kris Jenner

When Keeping up with the Kardashians premiered in 2007, it showcased the big, blended family created by the union of Kris Kardashian and Caitlyn Jenner. This included their two daughters together, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, as well as Kris' four children from her previous marriage to famed attorney Robert Kardashian: Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, and Robert Kardashian Jr. But there is another, lesser-known chunk of this supersized reality TV Brady Bunch.

Prior to her transition, Caitlyn (formerly known as Bruce Jenner) fathered four other children: Cassandra and Burt Jenner with first wife, actress Chrystie Crownover; and Brandon and Brody Jenner with second wife, songwriter Linda Thompson. Compared to the Kardashians and the two youngest Jenner offspring, these four have maintained relatively low profiles. 

Throughout Caitlyn and Kris' marriage, Bruce, Brandon, and Burt all presented a united front when it came to their stepmom: They liked her just fine. However, after Caitlyn and Kris split up, the truth came out, and not just from the boys, but also from the rest of Caitlyn's side of the fam. This is why the Jenner family can't stand Kris Jenner.

Blood is not thicker than Brody

Brody Jenner spoke highly of his then-stepmom, Kris Jenner, in 2013, telling the New York Daily News, "Kris and I have had some very deep, long conversations, and we actually really got to know each other, and so we're all good now." It was a stark contrast to the awkward dynamic between them portrayed on the show that same year.

Just two years later, Brody sang an entirely different tune on Sway in the Morning on Shade 45 (via TooFab). "Kris and I, honestly we never talk," Brody said, describing how most of the drama between the two families at that time revolved around Kris and Caitlyn's divorce. Though he did call Kris "a very smart woman" and "an incredible mother," Brody also suggested that since her divorce from his dad, the Kardashians are "not even technically my family anymore."

One year later, Page Six reported that Brody was overheard uttering the same sentiment at Coachella, only with a bit more stank on it this time. "They're not my f***ing family!" he reportedly yelled at a fan who congratulated him on the success of the Kardashians. Yikes! Is it time for another deep, long conversation?

Burt gets blunt

Of all Caitlyn's children, eldest son Burt has been the most outspoken against his one-time stepmom. In a since-deleted tweet (via Radar Online), Burt railed against family members he claimed did not support Caitlyn before she went public with her transition. A source told the tab that Burt's remarks were aimed at Kris and half-sister Kylie. The insider added, "Burt does his own thing and can't be controlled by anyone." Rogue agent Burt also pulled no punches in an interview with Dirt Authority (via inTouch Weekly) when he said that "the Kardashian world is not where I come from." 

He also claimed KUWTK was a destructive force in Jenner family relations. Describing Kris' vision for the series as "the nail in the coffin" for his relationship with Caitlyn, Burt told Vanity Fair, "There was a you-aren't-part-of-this kind of thing. Kris made the choice to make a good TV show that was in their image and brand." Hey, at least he snuck in a compliment while describing how Kris allegedly ripped their families apart for money.

Hell hath no fury like a mother-in-law scorned

Caitlyn's mother, Esther Jenner, ripped into Kris Jenner in a 2014 interview with the Daily Mail that could best be described as a real life chapter of the Burn Book from Mean Girls. As an opening salvo, Esther said Kris was a "controlling monster" who "didn't treat anybody very well." The insults piled up faster than KUWTK spin-off cancellations, with Esther calling Kris "domineering" and "backstabbing." Esther even claimed she told Caitlyn, "Hallelujah. It was necessary," when Caitlyn told her about the divorce.

Think Esther was done there? Hardly. Next came accusations that Kris cheated on both Robert Kardashian and possibly Caitlyn; that Kris didn't help care for Kylie and Kendall when they were babies: that Kris constantly "badmouthed" Caitlyn's children from her first two marriages; and that Kris manipulated Esther's cameo on the family's reality show. It was a takedown tour de force all wrapped up neatly with Esther's sentiment: "I hope she changes her name back to Kardashian, I don't want her to carry the name." Yeesh. Granny don't play.

Hitting Kris where it hurts

Compared to Grandma Esther's scorched-earth approach, Brandon Jenner's denouncement of Kris Jenner was mild at best.

As reported by Vanity Fair, Brandon leveled up to sub-shade Kris when he strenuously opposed Caitlyn's decision to use KUWTK producers for her since-cancelled spin-off reality show, I Am Cait. "You go on E!'s Web site, the Bunim/Murray Web site, and you look at all the shows, every one of them is a circus," Brandon said during a family meeting with a "prospective producer, who was not chosen." He also quipped, "Oh my God, we're diving into the lion's den — they're gonna make a show about the Jenners versus the Kardashians." 

Sure, this was no Grandma Esther making fun of Kris' breast implants, but considering KUWTK is Kris' brainchild and her financial lifeblood, an attack on the show is certainly an attack on Kris Jenner.

Subtle shade is still shade

If you thought Brandon Jenner's "attack" on Kris Jenner was mild, go ahead and spoon yourself some tapioca, because his older half-sister, Cassandra Marino, is about to crank the feud meter all the way down to one. Perhaps the most media-shy of the Jenner clan, Cassandra opened up to People in a rare 2016 interview to address her essentially non-existent relationship with her father. 

"My relationship with Caitlyn is much better than with Bruce," she told the tab. "We didn't talk for years, and now we see each other every couple of weeks and talk." It's safe to assume that if Cassandra wasn't talking to her dad, she probably wasn't palling around with Kris either.

Speaking with People about Caitlyn and Kris' separation, Cassandra seemingly echoed Burt's assessment that Kris interfered with their family dynamic. "He's really embraced his old family and friends that he hasn't seen for years," she said of a pre-transition Caitlyn. You feel the heat of that burn? It's like putting your hand inside an Easy-Bake Oven!

Killing two birds with one Kris Jenner slam

According to Vanity Fair, Chrystie Crownover was married to Caitlyn Jenner from 1972 to 1980. During that time, Chrystie supposedly became the first person with whom Caitlyn confided about her desire to transition, which makes Chrystie's scandalous claim that the whole transgender story was made up by Kris Jenner as part of a plan "to destroy his life" all the more dubious.

Speaking with the Daily Mail about a year and a half before Caitlyn's "coming out" interview on 20/20, Crownover characterized Kris as "not a pleasant woman" who was "out to get" Caitlyn. She alleged that Kris had been spreading rumors about then-Bruce being a "cross-dresser," which Crownover dismissed as ridiculous on account of how Bruce was "a man's man."

It stands to reason that Chrystie blatantly lied to the media to provide cover for Caitlyn until she was ready to make her own announcement about her gender identity. However, there was probably a way for her to do that without throwing Kris under the bus, right?

An ex with an axe to grind

Caitlyn Jenner's second wife, Linda Thompson, has strong feelings toward Kris Jenner, and they aren't pretty. According to Vanity Fair, the rift started in the early years of Kris and Caitlyn's marriage when, according to the elder Jenner kids, "Kris essentially turned on them." According to Kris, the strain came from being "embattled all the time" over visitation disputes with Linda, but Caitlyn told a different story, citing Linda's petition for child support (after she initially waived it during their divorce) as having "had a very negative impact on Kris's willingness to integrate the families."

With that backdrop in mind, it's not surprising that Linda laid some of the blame at Kris' feet for the estrangement between Caitlyn and Thompson's sons, Brody and Brandon. According to Thompson's memoir, A Little Thing Called Life (via Radar Online), she holds her ex fully accountable for failures as a father. However, she did get in the following dig directed at Kris: "Having been present at almost all of the birthday parties and holidays in the five years between our separation and his marriage to Kris … Bruce was a noticeable absence now." We see what you did there, Linda.