Caityn Jenner broke her silence on Ricky Gervais’s Golden Globe jokes, declaring she’d like to replace him.
“On Ricky, I think what I’m gonna do is call the Golden Globes and see if they need a new host for next year,” said Jenner said at the Television Critics Association winter tour in Pasadena, Calif. “And we’ll solve that problem.”
Jenner was responding to a reporter’s question about the transphobic monologue that Gervais gave to open Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony. He said he had changed, but “not as much as Bruce Jenner,” deadnaming the transgender Olympian. Then he cracked a joke about a fatal car crash Jenner was involved in, saying “she didn’t do a lot for women drivers.”
Jenner didn’t say more about Gervais, but made it clear to the reporters in the The Langham resort ballroom, she doesn’t want to be seen as some kind of transgender icon or spokesperson.
“I’m only a spokesman for me and my story,” said Jenner, “I have so much to learn in this community.” And the reality show star revealed this season she travels the country to meet trans people across America. According to executive producer Andrea Metz, the show hits the road with Jenner and her friends on a tour bus, traveling from Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon, then making stops in Santa Fe, Tulsa, Chicago, Des Moines, Kansas City, St. Louis, New Orleans and Houston.
Although she’s done TV network and print interviews including The Advocate, this was Jenner’s first press conference since coming out last year. After showing a preview of season two of her E! docu-series I Am Cait, which returns in March, she appeared on stage with the trans women featured on the show; Chandi Moore, Candis Cayne, newcomer Ella Giselle, and Jenny Boylan. Jenner and “her girls” answered questions about the show, her transition, and other topics.
One surprise revealed in the sneak peek at season two — Jenner declares she's no longer interested in dating women. "I don't see dating women in the future," said Jenner in the clip. "I've been there. Done that. I've got three ex-wives," to which Jenny Boylan quips, "So now you can have an ex-husband!"
One reporter asked if season two would give Jenner more time to just enjoy being a woman.
“I am sure we all love good clothes, all that kind of stuff,” Jenner said. “But I really wanted the people to get to know all of my girls.” And as for her other girls — her daughters — Jenner’s producer addressed a question about whether viewers would see more crossovers this season.
“You’re going to see a lot more of them, the Kardashians and Cait’s ever-changing relationship with all of the kids, and with Kris,” said Metz, who also worked on Keeping Up with the Kardahsians.
“But this is a different show," Jenner said. “This is about a serious issue.”
“It was a conscious decision I wanted this show to be about the issues. We certainly do have some tough issues with suicide, with the murder rate. Last year we had twice as many murders as we did the year before, towards trans women. There are a lot of serious issues out there. With this show, I want people to know that these are normal people that this happens to. This is an issue that is global.”
And in what appeared to be an entirely impromptu moment, Jenner offered an idea for season three: “I want to take this show global, I want to see trans issues all around the world.”
When asked her advice for young women, Jenner shared a memory featured in an upcoming episode where two of her daughters, Kylie and Kendall, meet trans legend and author Kate Borstein, who asked them: “When was the first time you realized you were a girl?”
“That was probably the most interesting question you could ask anyone. Because for the first time, they thought about gender, about who they are. It’s not about sexuality, it’s about who you are. And I tried to explain to them, that goes through a trans person’s mind 24 hours a day, 365 days out of the year. You can never get away from it.”
“My advice to young women is just enjoy life. Enjoy being a girl. Or enjoy being a trans man,” she said. “The trans issues are out there, and we’re trying to bring them forward.”
Watch a preview of season two of I Am Cait from below.