Category: Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Kris Jenner: Kim's marriage 'wasn't a sham'

Kris Jenner discusses daughter Kim Kardashian's divorce from Kris Humphries
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 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.

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Where TV's Kim Kardashian ranks among quick celeb splits

Kim Kardashian

So, Kim Kardashian's 72-day sprint from wedded bliss to divorce papers must amount to the shortest celebrity marriage ever, right?

Wrong! As a matter of fact, Miss K's marriage to basketball star Kris Humphries — which, in one of the least surprising news stories of the year, began its slow journey to Splitsville on Monday — doesn't even crack the Top 10 of shortest celeb pairings. To be a champion in this category, you have to be fast. We're talking major speed. Seriously, folks, your marriage has to last about as long as a "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" marathon on E!. (Let it be noted: All eight of Elizabeth Taylor's storied marriages lasted longer than Kardashian's. So did Mickey Rooney's. People just did things differently back then.)

Among the hall of famers in connubial quickies:

Comedy star Eddie Murphy and Babyface's ex Tracey Edmonds: 15 days (although they later claimed the wedding was never official).

"Saved by the Bell" star Mario Lopez and Doritos girl Ali Landry: 13 days.

Tattooed basketball star Dennis Rodman and 1990s relic Carmen Electra: Nine days.

Eternal show woman Cher and naughty bluesman Gregg Allman: Nine days.

"Blue Velvet" star Dennis Hopper and ex-Mamas and the Papas singer Michelle Phillips: Eight days.

Tortured pop tart Britney Spears and childhood pal Jason Alexander: Three days.

And the prize goes to ...

1980s hot mess Robin Givens and tennis pro Svetozar Marinkovic: Seven minutes! (That's how long Marinkovic said it lasted until they officially separated).

What do you think of the Kardashian split? Sound off in the comments!

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Photo: Kim Kardashian was married only a short time — but many celebrity marriages have been shorter. Credit: Jumana El Heloueh / Reuters. 





Kim Kardashian files for divorce from Kris Humphries after 72 days

Kim Kardashian files for divorce

Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from brief hubby Kris Humphries. Divorce pool participants, collect your prize now: That was 72 days.

Reports began swirling early this morning — with confirmation coming from Kardashian perpetuator Ryan Seacrest via Twitter: "Yes @kimkardashian is filing for divorce this morning. I touched base with her, getting a statement in just a few mins." It's the second divorce for Kardashian.

Kim Kardashian on the cover of PeopleGuess the wedding trope, especially an uber expensive one, doesn't work in reality TV either? The ratings would disagree, of course. The reality starlet's Aug. 20 nuptials aired as a wedding special, "Kim's Fairytale Wedding," on E! network and scored big ratings, with an average of 4 million total viewers for the two-day TV extravaganza. And it has continued to air on repeats on the station since (believe me, I was watching it this weekend. Again).

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Now there's "Kourtney and Kim Take New York" to contend with. Commercials promoting the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" spinoff, which is scheduled to premiere Nov. 27 and follows the sisters as they set out to open a Dash boutique in New York City, made the rounds not long after the big wedding, with Kim and her basketball player hubby exiting a helicopter trying extra hard to look extra cool. It seemed like a trial run that would lead to the couple's own show, a la Khloe and Lamar. But now the network has lost a half-hour of programming possibilities!

The network released this statement: "All of us at E! are surprised and saddened by this news, and we send our support to Kim and Kris at this difficult time. The Kardashians have always been uniquely open with all aspects of their lives from joyous events to intimate moments to heartbreaking transitions. E! will continue to share the fascinating real lives and larger-than-life existence of this close-knit family."

Inquiries to E! about how the divorce would be addressed were not immediately returned. But perhaps the network will think twice before hyping her next marriage.

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Late Night: Obama and Leno talk Kardashians, Roscoe's Chicken

Obama and Jay Leno

On Tuesday, President Obama made his fourth visit to "The Tonight Show." He and Jay Leno mostly stuck to meaty topics, such as the recent death of Libyan dictator Moammar Kadafi ("I think it obviously sends a strong message around the world to dictators that people long to be free") and his proposed solution to the stagnant job market ("There are some roads that could be fixed").

Eventually, though, their conversation turned to lighter subjects.

Obama spoke highly of his recent visit to Roscoe's House of Chicken 'n Waffles in West Los Angeles, where he ordered the No. 9 Country Boy special. Back in his limo, Obama gave in to the enticing aroma of the wings, even though he was on his way to a splashy fund-raising dinner. "I didn't realize it was so close. Suddenly, we pull up and I've got a spot on my tie, and I'm looking for one of those Wet Ones. It was not elegant," he said.

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Leno asked what the first lady, an outspoken advocate of healthy eating, thought about the calorie-laden meal. "Michelle loves french fries, she loves pizza. Her point is, just in moderation," he explained.

However, the Obamas do disagree when it comes to Halloween. "The last few years she's been giving kids fruits and raisins. I said, The White House is gonna get egged if this keeps up."

Leno broached another highly controversial topic: "The Kardashians." "You recently said that you don't like the girls watching 'The Kardashians'?" he asked.

"I am probably a little biased against reality TV, partly because there's this program on C-SPAN called 'Congress,'" he joked, admitting that he had not actually seen any of the various Kardashian-related televisions shows. "Do you recommend it, Jay?"

Now it was Leno's turn to dodge the question. "It's a wonderful show...I don't know..." he stammered. (Apparently both the president and Jay Leno fear the wrath of the Kardashians.)

Speaking of reality television, Leno asked the president if he'd watched any of the GOP debates. He said he wasn't paying much attention to them -- yet.  "I'm going to wait until everybody's voted off the island."



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Photo: President Barack Obama gestures during taping of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in Burbank, California, on Oct. 25. Credit: Jason Reed / Reuters.

You don't have to be a Kardashian to cash in on reality TV

Bethenny Frankel is among reality TV stars who profit big from endorsements

The Kardashian family is raking in a reported $65 million annually, but you don't have to be reality TV royalty to make big money from a stint on unscripted television. The list of second-, third- and fourth-tier reality show participants signing lucrative endorsement deals keeps growing.

"There's an insatiable appetite out there for new stars. That might even extend to the third banana on a truTV show, who all of a sudden has a big talent agency repping him," said David Reeder, vice president at GreenLight, a consultancy that marries brands with famous faces.

Not everyone can be as lucky as "Dirty Jobs' " Mike Rowe, who has been the rugged face of Ford trucks, Lee jeans and Viva, or Bethenny Frankel, who sold her Skinnygirl cocktails -- introduced to the public during her years on "Real Housewives of New York City" -- for a large, undisclosed sum this year. (Forbes estimates Frankel pulled in at least $64 million this year alone.)

But even a minor star from a hit on the E! network could pull in as much as $30,000 for working the room at a Las Vegas club opening, as could a lesser-known "Real Housewives" cast member for selling exclusive photos to a supermarket tabloid.

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Kim Kardashian's wedding special toasts gigantic TV ratings

Photo: Bethenny Frankel. Photo: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times


Kim Kardashian's wedding special toasts giant ratings

Kim Kardashian's wedding two-parter drew big ratings for E!

To those who wonder what Kim Kardashian does that merits any attention whatsoever, here is the answer: Bring in big ratings for E! Entertainment.

"Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event" — yes, friends, four big hours of television aired in two parts Sunday and Monday nights — drew some of the highest ratings in E! history.

An average of 4.4 million total viewers watched Sunday's installment; Monday's second half delivered 4 million, according to Nielsen.

Now, we're going to guess that a goodly portion of those Monday watchers were repeat customers from Sunday and not an entirely new audience of Kardashian enthusiasts. That is why it's awfully misleading to lump both groups together in a news release — shame on you PR people! — and call it a record-breaking crowd of 10.5 million. (Don't understand how 4 million and 4.4 million add up to 10.5 million? Neither do we, but that's another story.)

The point is, those are still awfully good numbers, especially for behind-the-scenes coverage of a wedding that has already been over-covered everywhere.

In fact, the Sunday episode of "Kim's Fairytale Wedding" is No. 3 on E!'s all-time most-watched list. What's No. 1? Why, last year's Season 4 finale of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," with 4.8 million viewers.

What did you think of "Kim's Fairytale Wedding"?


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Photo: Kim Kardashian's wedding special delivered big numbers for E! Credit: James White/E! Entertainment.


Mandela family reality show? Don't call them Kardashians


Nelson Mandela's granddaughters have been approached about participating in a TV documentary about young African professionals. But one of them has bristled at the possibility that they may be compared to another famous TV reality family -- the Kardashians.

Dorothy Adjoa Amuah told the Associated Press that she and two other granddaughters of the beloved former South African president have been approached about participating in a project designed to focus on the dynamics of Africa and "how it's changing." But she added, "This is by no means a Kardashian show."

For more on the story, read here.

-- Greg Braxton

Photo: The Kardashian sisters, from left, Khloe, Kendall, Kim, Kylie and Kourtney Credit: Danny Moloshok/Reuters

About (Late) Last Night: Anderson Cooper praises Kim Kardashian for silencing butt skeptics [Video]


Pity poor Kim Kardashian. Can't a girl just go about her daily routine (Starbucks, nail salon, plugging diet pills on Twitter) without everyone making up rumors about the authenticity of her famous backside?  I mean, hello: She stars on a reality show. Surely that's all the proof anyone should need.

But no. Like birthers and 9/11 truthers, Kim Kardashian butt skeptics are seemingly immune to empirical evidence. So it was that, on Sunday's "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," young Kim decided the best way to quell the conspiracy theories would be to release her long-form birth certificate get X-rays of her rear.

Anderson Cooper applauded Kim's move on his show Monday night, adding Kim Kardashian haters to his "Ridiculist" because of "what they've driven Kim to do."

However, the Coop was not exactly sympathetic to Kim's plight; if you can believe it, he actually had the temerity to suggest that her butt X-ray was a publicity stunt.

"For a while now, I've had this unsettling feeling that, I don't know, something was off," the Coop began. "Like the universe was slightly out of whack, something was missing. I couldn't pinpoint ths source of the feeling, but then it hit me: No one has really been saying much about Kim Kardashian's butt lately."

As an aside, Cooper wondered, "Are butt implants really a thing?" (Indeed they are.)

The host also gently poked fun at Khloe and Kourtney (dismissively referring to both of the sisters as "the other one") as well as the doctor who administered the decisive X-ray. "I bet when that doctor was in medical school, he dreamed of one day being able to save lives, to really help people. Congratulations."

About (Late) Last Night: Jay Leno sets Kim Kardashian's engagement ring on fire [Video]

 -- Meredith Blake

About (Late) Last Night: Jay Leno sets Kim Kardashian's engagement ring on fire [Video]


Kim Kardashian's 20.5-karat engagement ring is not exactly tasteful, but the more urgent question is: Is it real?

Kardashian stopped by "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday to chat with Jay Leno about -- what else? -- herself. The thought-provoking topics ranged from when Kris Humphries proposed ("It was, like, the most random day") to whether she'll take his name ("I'll probably have it, like, 'Kimberly Kardashian Humphries'") to scurrilous tabloid stories about her personal life ("It's not morally right").

But what  Leno was really interested in -- or at least really pretended to be interested in -- was the authenticity of Kardashian's gargantuan ring.

He proposed a test to see if it was, like Kardashian's love for her fiance, the real thing. "If it burns, it's not real, it's cubic," Leno explained.

"Really? Wait ... no ..." she said, in an unconvincing attempt at spontaneity.

"The nice thing is, if it's real, nothing will happen," he said. "If it's fake, then this Mr. Humphries has some explaining to do."

And -- would you believe it? -- Kardashian agreed to the experiment!

She handed over her gigantic bauble to Leno, who placed it in a small metal holder and lit a match. Sure enough, the ring lit up and turned a scorched, black color.

"That's not good," Leno declared. "Get the prenup."

But please, don't fret about our Kim. It was all a joke -- albeit a somewhat lame one. Fake hair, fake nails, fake breasts? Who knows. But a fake diamond? As if.


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'Khloe & Lamar' doesn't play around with Lakers' embarrassing playoff loss

Khlmar Kim Kardashian, along with  sisters Khloe and Kourtney and mother Kris Jenner, have always proclaimed that the events on their various reality shows on E! Entertainment, including "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and "Khloe & Lamar," are real, unscripted and truthful.

That declaration provoked the intriguing question: How would "Khloe & Lamar," which follows husband-and-wife Khloe Kardashian and Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom, handle Odom's and the Lakers' fall from grace in the NBA playoffs: the four-game sweep of the Lakers by the Dallas Mavericks and especially Odom's ejection from Game 4 following his flagrant foul on the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitski, an act that basketball commentators called outrageous.

That question was finally addressed in the season finale Monday of 'Khloe and Lamar." And despite the claim of reality and honesty, the answer, to use a basketball term, was "a brick." The playoff woes were not specifically addressed and Odom's thuggish act in the final game was totally ignored.

The subject of the Lakers and their fate finally emerged toward the end of the episode when the couple, along with friends and family members, sat down for dinner. Odom's friend Jaime says bluntly that he doesn't want to be insulting but asks Odom how he's feeling after "the disappointing season." Odom initially seems taken aback and a bit miffed.

Khloe quickly chimes in that she thinks her husband had a "great season," pointing out that he won the NBA's sixth man award. Replies Jaime: "Yeah, individually he had a great season. But it's a team sport."

Odom says, "I can't describe it. I'm probably still in shock a little bit. When you experience winning on a certain level, nothing can replace that." He adds that "it's probably what we've needed to rev us back up. The crazy thing is that you don't realize how much time you don't have."

Whatever that means.

The lack of candor about the Lakers on "Khloe & Lamar" may indicate that the show will fall far short of its potential to provide an insightful glimpse into the personal life of an NBA player. But if you want to know whether Khloe Kardashian is healthy enough to bear children, or if her brother Rob impregnated a girl after a one-night hookup of unprotected sex, 'Khloe & Lamar" is your show.

And those lingering questions about whether Odom's participation in a reality show in the middle of the Lakers' season is a good idea will have to wait.

Well, there's always next season -- maybe.

What did you think of the season finale of "Khloe & Lamar?"


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Photo: Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian -- before the Lakers' playoff woes. Credit: Juan Ocampo/Andrew D. Bernstein Associates Photography


Donald Trump may be out, but how about Ryan Seacrest for president? Or....

Buzzards are circling Donald Trump's presidential hopes. But while the Donald's chances have dimmed, there might be other reality show hosts who could conceivably throw their hat into the presidential ring and bring much-needed flash. So while we "fire" Trump, we look to other hosts who might  take up the torch.

 Typenn 1.Ty Pennington from ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover." The commander-In-chief should be both inspiring and energetic. Those qualities define the relentlessly upbeat Pennington, who is like the Energizer Bunny on steroids. He could tackle tough legislation, political opponents, wary diplomats, critical journalists, and still have enough stamina to help build an add-on to the White House. Another plus: While most  reality show hosts have only one trademark phrase, Pennington has two that he could adapt for the Oval Office. Instead of "Move that bus!" he could move his agenda forward with "Move that bill!" And imagine how he could conclude his presidential addresses: Instead of "God bless the United States of America," Ty could declare, "Well, I guess there's only one more thing to say. Welcome home, America. Welcome home."

 Tyra 2. Tyra Banks from the CW's "America's Next Top Model." Yes, we know whenever Tyra goes a bit out of her comfort zone — like singing, dancing or acting — it can be pretty painful to watch. But if she were the POTUS, we could count on her to always look good. People would show up to her speeches just to see her outfit. And unlike President Obama, who has been criticized at times for appearing too passive, Tyra is not afraid to push back when shoved. Just remember her angry salvo at observers who thought she looked fat in swimsuit pictures, "I have one thing to say to you: KISS MY FAT ...!"


Jeff 3. Jeff Probst from CBS' "Survivor": The athletic, handsome Probst has always displayed good humor, diplomacy and command in his "Survivor" duties. He can be stern without being abusive, like Trump. He carries himself with obvious authority, and players on the show listen to whatever he says. He's obviously well traveled. The thought of him saying "The voters have spoken" at the end of a close vote gives us chills.


Ryan 4. Ryan Seacrest from Fox's "American Idol." Those sharp-tongued verbal exchanges with former "Idol" judge Simon Cowell proved Seacrest is no pushover, an essential quality for the Head of State. Seacrest has another endearing quality that would be invaluable for a president: He makes everything look bright even when the world is crashing down. The contestants on "American Idol" who get eliminated on result shows may feel like their dream has ended when Seacrest lowers the boom. But then Seacrest performs his famous flip — he smiles, gives them an encouraging pat or hug, and the fallen singer somehow finds the strength to rally for one more shining moment.  However, his judgment is suspect: We must never forget that Seacrest has given the world a rash of TV shows featuring the Kardashians, so we'd have to always keep a body on him.

Julie1 5.Julie Chen from CBS' "Big Brother": First, she's married to CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, so Chen knows all about what it is to have power. And fans of  "Big Brother" love how the houseguests blindly do whatever the unseen "Chenbot"  commands. Her unflappable, emotionless voice carries enough authority for them to know she is not to be disobeyed. Who couldn't love a president who can stay behind the scenes, carry ultimate authority and be totally stoic in the face of changing, unpredictable events?


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Kardashians' brother: From minor supporting player to celebrity All-Star

The endless stream of shows about the noisy and raucous Kashdashians continues Sunday with the premiere of E! Entertainment's "Khloe & Lamar," which focuses on Khloe Kardashian and her husband, Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom.

In the premiere episode, the groundwork for stories to be explored during the run of the show are established, including newlywed struggles, Odom's strained relationship with his father, who is addicted to heroin, and Khloe's attempts to get along with some of Odom's friends.

But one offbeat incident concerns Khloe's younger brother Rob, an aspiring model who has been a minor supporting player in "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and spinoffs featuring former sex-tape queen turned scenester Kim Kardashian and her sisters. 

Apparently only because he is related to Kim Kardashian, Rob is invited to join the celebrity team at the NBA's All-Star game, which was held in February, playing with stars such as Justin Bieber, Trey Songz, Jason Sudeikis ("Saturday Night Live"), former Laker and actor Rick Fox and others with legitimate celeb cred and who have accomplished more than just popping in and out of reality shows.

Adding to the irony is that Odom is passed over as an NBA All-Star, a sore point with the Lakers player who has had an impressive season. The possibility that Odom's association with the Kardashians may have hurt his chances to win votes from the fans that would have qualified him for the team is never explored.

The questions that are explored: Will Rob show sympathy for his brother-in-law or be self-centered about his All-Star opportunity? Will Odom overcome his hurt and support Rob? Will Kim tweet about the slight?

Will you watch?

Perhaps Rob Kardashian, who lives with Khloe & Lamar, will overcome his hanger-on status and become a legitimate celebrity with the help of the new show.

What do you think his chances are? Will there ever be a "Keeping Up With Rob Kardashian"?

— Greg Braxton

Photo: Rob Kardashian, left, Lamar Odom and the Kardashian sisters Khloe, Kourtney and Kim celebrate the launch of Khloe and Lamar's "Unbreakable" fragrance in Hollywood. Photo credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images.


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