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Can You Guess How Many Reality Shows Can Be Tied Back To The O.J. Simpson Trial?

From Keeping Up With the Kardashians to Love & Hip Hop, get ready to have your mind blown.

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If you've been watching American Crime: The People v. O.J. Simpson like I have, you may have noticed some reality show staples like Faye Resnick, Kris Jenner, and the Kardashians.

It got me to thinking about how many of today's reality shows could be tied to the O.J. Simpson trial, so I decided to give it a shot using the good ol' "six degrees of separation" rule as my guide. Little did I know how far down the rabbit hole I would go...

1. Let’s start with the biggest and most connected show of all: Keeping Up With the Kardashians.


This is probably the show that can be tied to the O.J. trial in the most ways. Not only is it based on the family of Robert Kardashian, O.J.'s best friend and lawyer, but Kris was also one of Nicole Simpson's best friends. Faye Resnick (Nicole's other best friend, who wrote a book about her life during the trial) has appeared on a few episodes.

Degrees of Separation: 0


7. Then there's the Kardashians' extended family, which brings us to Caitlyn Jenner's son Brody's show, The Hills, which, interestingly enough, existed before KUWTK.

8. And that obviously brings The Hills' predecessor, Laguna Beach, into the mix.


Kris Jenner → Caitlyn Jenner → Brody Jenner → Lauren Conrad and Kristin Cavallari (both ex-flames of Brody's on The Hills).

Degrees of Separation: 3


11. Also, bet you forgot about The Princes of Malibu — a short-lived Fox reality show about Caitlyn Jenner's kids Brody and Brandon and her ex-wife Linda Thompson and Linda's then-husband David Foster.


Kris Jenner → Caitlyn Jenner → Brody and Brandon Jenner, Linda Thompson.

Degrees of Separation: 2

12. The addition of David Foster allows me to add his daughters (and Linda's former stepdaughters) in here as well: Hello, Barely Famous!


Kris Jenner → Caitlyn Jenner → Brody and Brandon Jenner → David Foster → Sarah and Erin Foster.

Degrees of Separation: 4

13. Then there's The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which has several connections to the O.J. trial thanks to Kyle Richards, Yolanda, and newest cast member Kathryn Edwards.


OK, so this one is too good for one simple diagram. Star Kyle Richards is best friends with Faye Resnick, who was called out for being morally corrupt for her behavior during the trial more than once on the show. Then there's new housewife Kathryn Edwards, whose ex-husband Marcus Allen was accused of cheating on her with the late Nicole Simpson by Faye in her book (!). And of course we have Yolanda, who was married to David Foster on the show (they are now divorcing). Whew, that was a mouthful!

Degrees of Separation: 1, 2, and 3.

14. Bethenny Frankel's friendship with Kyle Richards also brings RHONY into the mix. The two met before their reality TV days while Bethenny was a waitress in L.A. She also used to babysit Kyle's nieces Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild.


19. While we're here, we might as well throw in Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood because Ray J and Kim Kardashian's *ahem* relationship.

For the sake of everyone's sanity I'm going to stop here, but feel free to continue connecting the dots.

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Half of these people have been on competition shows like Dancing With the Stars, Celebrity Big Brother, and Celebrity Apprentice. And if you start to add those show's spin-offs, who knows where you'll end up!