On Thursday, Kim Kardashian sat down with Alice Marie Johnson, the 63-year-old woman whose life sentence for a first-time, nonviolent drug charge has been commuted, in their first joint interview since Kardashian helped secure Johnson’s release from prison last week. President Trump’s pardon came several days after Kardashian paid a very public visit to the White House to advocate on Johnson’s behalf.
“It became this mission that I just didn’t want to give up,” Kardashian said in the Today show interview. “I mean, I think to some people it might seem like, ‘Okay, Kim made a phone call to the president, showed up.’ We had been in talks and working on this for seven months. And it wasn’t this instant thing.”
When Johnson heard about Kardashian’s initial efforts, she had never heard Kardashian’s name before and had to do some research. “I started getting every magazine I could find. I started reading everything I could about her, and everyone was amazed, and I was amazed, too,” she said.