Khloe Kardashian reflects on being Nicole Richie’s personal assistant during the ‘Simple Life’ days

  • Khloe Kardashian spoke about being Nicole Richie's personal assistant around the time she starred on "The Simple Life." 
  • The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star said on Monday's episode of the "Emergency Contact" podcast that she went to school with Richie and was "really, really close" with her.
  • "When she started doing 'Simple Life' — I think it was after 'Simple Life' towards the end — she just needed some help and I just needed a job," Khloe explained.
  • Khloe said that she wasn't Richie's assistant for a "long" time. 
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Before Khloe Kardashian became one of the most famous reality stars in the world, she was Nicole Richie's personal assistant. 

The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star recalled working for Richie while she starred on "The Simple Life," a popular reality show that premiered in 2003. Khloe noted that she wasn't Richie's assistant for "long," though.

"I went to school with her," the reality star said on Monday's episode of the "Emergency Contact podcast," adding, "She was one of my best friends growing up and we were just really, really close."

Khloe said that she accepted the job after Richie's career took off.

"When she started doing 'Simple Life' — I think it was after 'Simple Life' towards the end — she just needed some help and I just needed a job," she explained. 

Around the same time that Khloe was Richie's assistant, her older sister, Kim Kardashian West, was working for Paris Hilton, Richie's best friend and her "The Simple Life" co-star.

Kim made multiple appearances on the show and was frequently seen spending time with Hilton. 

Paris Hilton shopping with Kim Kardashian in 2006.
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After "The Simple Life" introduced the world to Kim, it went off air in August 2007. Two months later, in October 2007, season one of "KUWTK" premiered, introducing us to the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. 

Even though her sister Kourtney Kardashian had been on "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive" and Kim was a big fan of "The Real World," Khloe said she "never thought" about being on a reality television show before Ryan Seacrest and Kris Jenner teamed up to get "KUWTK" on the air. 

"For me, I didn't really think about it and I think that's the beauty of it," she said on "Emergency Contact," adding that the family was told they were temporary "show-filler" when season one started.

"We were told we were show-filler and so like, 'Don't get too comfortable. This is just show-filler,'" she recalled. "With that going in your head, it wasn't any pressure. I wasn't like, 'Oh my God, the whole network is relying on me.' They don't even think we're gonna last, so let's just go have fun."

It was recently announced that "KUWTK" will end after its 20th season, set to premiere in 2021. During an appearance on "On Air with Ryan Seacrest" following the announcement, Jenner said Khloe was "taking it the hardest and hasn't stopped crying."

Khloe admitted that she felt heartbroken to close the chapter on the family's reality show. 

"It's sad, but we've been doing this for 15 years. We get two weeks off a year. It's exhausting. We're all in a different place in our lives and some of us need a nap," she said on "Emergency Contact."

Kim recently echoed Khloe's statement, saying that the family really needs a "break."

"It's really simple. We just need a minute to regroup," she told Grazia USA. "You know, we haven't had a break for 14 years. We've gone in filming a season, then a spin off and I think there's no other way to say it other than, we just live such big lives. And we have kids now. And they need us."

Kim also mentioned that Khloe reminded her family members that they still had so much ahead of them after the final episode of "KUWTK" airs. 

"It's not like we're dead," Kim recalled Khloe telling her. "She said to us, 'We're still here.'"

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