“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” has taken the country by storm, and on Tuesday’s (March 1) “Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Kris Jenner opens up about the 20-year-old murders, which her family was a part of at the time.

Jenner, who is played by Selma Blair in the FX series, says that her circle of friends had no idea what was going on with Nicole Brown Simpson and O.J.

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“I didn’t know that there was abuse until we heard and saw the whole thing unfold like everybody else, and heard the 911 tapes, many of them, which were going to be used as evidence in the trial. It’s heartbreaking,” says Jenner. “Me and some of her other close friends were really surprised and shocked by that, because we felt like we really failed her as a friend … it was horrible.”

The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star details how she found out about her friend being killed. Nicole and Jenner were supposed to have lunch the day after Nicole was killed because Nicole wanted to talk about some serious subject matter.

“She and I were supposed to have lunch the next day, the day after she was murdered, and she said she wanted to show me some things and talk about what was in her safe. So now, unfortunately, it all makes sense, that that’s probably what she wanted to reveal to me the next day, which broke my heart because I always feel horrible that I didn’t pay enough attention,” says Jenner, adding that O.J. did try to reach out to her after the crime.

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“I met O.J. when I was 17. When I met [my husband Robert Kardashian], I met O.J. He was like a big brother to me,” says Jenner. “[After the murders] he called me a few times and wanted to talk and explain how he felt … it was painfully, it was just the whole entire process, every single day it was something different and it was very difficult because my ex-husband was on one side, I was on the other, the kids were in the middle, trying to explain this to children and then OJ had called — everybody lost so much that night, it was you lost everything you knew as far as — I can’t even imagine being her family. Her sister, her parents, were so devastated.”

“The People vs. O.J. Simpson” airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.

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