Two weeks after petitioning President Trump to commute the sentence of Alice Johnson and a week after he did just that, Kim Kardashian is finally meeting the woman whose freedom she helped to secure when the two came face to face for their first joint interview.
Alice, a 63-year-old great-grandmother, had her sentence commuted by Trump last week and was released after serving almost 22 years in prison - and she finally met with Kim to speak together in an interview for NBC.
"When Kim told me that I was being released, I started jumping and screaming and crying, and everyone else was crying", Johnson said during her June 7 "Good Morning America" appearance.
Later, when Kardashian West called with the clemency news, Johnson said she "went into a full-fledged, Pentecostal holy dance".
Johnson, who was jailed in 1996 for drug trafficking, has said she turned her life around in the slammer and decided that she wasn't "going to just do time or let time do me".
Kotb revealed to Kim, "She's like, 'I'm ready".
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"She's like lit from inside", Kotb observes of Johnson. So, she started to do her homework, gathering whichever magazines she could find to learn about the mogul.
"Thank you is not big enough, I have to walk it out, I have to live my thank you out", Johnson said.
"I plan on continuing to magnify this issue".
Despite being locked away for what Johnson thought would be the rest of her life, she told Hoda she never gave up. My life is completely intertwined forever with those who were left behind. "I don't have that feeling that others have about meeting her as 'Celebrity Kim, ' but I'm meeting a friend who fought for me".