We can’t imagine Shelley Long as the type who keeps up with the Kardashians, but we were wrong.
Yahoo Lifestyle recently caught up with the Cheers alum, who can be seen in the film Different Flowers, and had to ask if she had even heard about the Troop Beverly Hills-themed baby shower reality queen Kim Kardashian had back when she was pregnant with Saint West, now almost 2. After all, the actress spent long stretches of her career living out of the limelight — kind of the antithesis of the Kardashians. Well, not only had she heard about the party, which paid homage to the 1989 comedy she starred in, but she was invited but had to turn it down.
“Yes, I was aware of that,” she says, “and they wanted me to come, [but] I was busy. It was … on a specific day, [and] I couldn’t to that.”
Having Long bust in on the party (“You call this roughing it?!”) — attended by the KarJenner siblings and friends including Serena Williams, Cara Delevingne, and Gigi Hadid — to talk about black belts in shopping or to teach everyone the Freddie would have been amazing. Kim’s handlers apparently knew that, because Long says they contacted her again about attending another event for the reality star but that it never panned out.
“And then they thought they would have me come for, I think, her birthday party,” she recalled. “The woman that was trying to arrange it said she would call my agent back, and they never called. I thought, Oh, well. They’re doing something else. No big deal.”
There were no hard feelings from Long about never getting the second invite.
“I think it’s wonderful that she’s a fan,” Long says of Kardashian, who is now expecting her third child via a surrogate. “That’s great.” (A rep for Kardashian has not responded to request for comment.)
Kardashian’s baby shower saw the guests, in matching pajamas, camping out in teepees and sipping tea.
Kanye West, Kris Jenner, and Caitlyn Jenner all made cameos at the bash, where partygoers snacked on breakfast food as well as Girl Scout cookies in keeping with the theme. There was no word if another star from the movie — alums include Carla Gugino, Jenny Lewis, Kellie Martin, and even Tori Spelling — attended the bash instead.
Long has a recurring role in Modern Family, and in addition to Different Flowers, she can be seen in the upcoming movie Christmas in the Heartland, which also stars Bo Derek, in theaters on Nov. 23.
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