Kris Jenner: Kim's marriage 'wasn't a sham'
Personal matters are rarely private matters with the Kardashian clan. So it's no surprise that Kris Jenner, the co-maker of the Kardashian clan, appeared on NBC's "Today" Wednesday and discussed daughter Kim's quickie marriage. Hey, at least she waited two days, right?
To be fair, Jenner was there to promote her new book "Kris Jenner and All Things Kardashian"-- a memoir about "the good times and the rough patches" in the momager's life, according to the book's description on Amazon.com. But the topic eventually -- and understandably shifted to the marriage made in reality heaven, with Jenner attempting to clear up some misconceptions surrounding daughter Kim Kardashian's marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries.
During the sit-down, Jenner insisted the 72-day marriage wasn't just another scheme in building Kim's takeover of the world: "It certainly wasn't a sham, certainly wasn't for TV," Jenner said. "We have enough going on on our show that we don't have to make things up. She felt that she was in love with him. It was an amazing time ... I had no idea there was a problem at the time."
She went on to say that Kim, who headed to Australia after the divorce announcement, did not profit from the wedding extravaganza -- which viewers got to see in a two-day special on E!, the network that airs "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and its sister shows. Rumors have swirled that E! bought the rights to the wedding for a reported $17.9 million.
But things got a little murky when she was pressed about how much money Kardashian and Humphries made during their time together: "They made some money for the pictures that were sold and things like that, but at the end of the day, that money went towards the wedding and Kim had to pay a great deal of money (for the balance of the wedding). We don't sell television rights."
And there are no regrets on just how much of a spectacle the family's life has become.
"This is what we do," she said. "We have people who have invested in our lives from day one, season one, and we enjoy what we do. I feel so blessed and grateful for the TV show."
-- Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: "Today" co-hosts Hoda Kotb, left, and Kathie Lee Gifford listen to Kris Jenner during an appearance on the show to Wednesday. Credit: Peter Kramer / NBC/ Associated Press