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How much of the Kardashian-Humphries wedding was real?

November 1, 2011 |  2:53 pm

Writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss the topic. Check back throughout the day for more responses and weigh in with a comment of your own.

K.C. Johnson, Chicago Tribune

Carlos Boozer's defense is more real than the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries wedding. Phil Jackson's artificial hip has more substance. The Clippers' title hopes are more legitimate.... You get the idea.

Anyone who bought Kardashian's 72-day attempt at reality show fodder, er, marriage to Humphries should consider gullibility training. Dennis Rodman's marriage to Carmen Electra lasted longer. Enough said.

Counting freebies for the $10-million wedding, sponsorships and paydays, Kardashian's take has been reported at close to $18 million. That can buy a lot of tissues.

In her statement, Kardashian sniffed, "After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage." Careful consideration? Some TV timeouts during sporting events last longer.

There's surely some truth to fond attractions, er, feelings between Kardashian and Humphries. But any reality TV "star" is as in love with his or her bank account as another human. And it won't take death for Kardashian to part with her financial windfall either.

Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times

An estimated 5 million people watched Kim Kardashian marry New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries.

Were they all duped into believing this was a real marriage?


Hard to believe it was after news came down that Kardashian has filed for divorce from Humphries just 72 days after their nuptials.

Maybe Kim just can’t get over the fact that she is the only breadwinner in the family right now, seeing as how Humphries is “unemployed” due to the NBA lockout. Besides, it wasn’t like he was pulling down the kind of bread Kim was. Humphries earned $3.2 million last year in the final season of his contract with the Nets.

Heck, the ring alone he purchased for Kim reportedly cost $2 million.

Supposedly, they earned $17.9 million from the wedding, which included $2.5 million for a photo deal with People magazine and $12 million to $15 million for the four-hour, two-part wedding special for the Kardashian crew.

Now that’s good money, no matter how long you stay together.

Shannon Owens, Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel

The Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries wedding was very real. Just ask the sponsors who paid an estimated $10 million for it.

The marriage, however, is up for debate --  and one I don’t feel comfortable participating in for the purposes of a newspaper.

I don’t know these people and judging by what they’ve shared in magazines, reality shows and interviews, I don’t care to.

Here’s what I do know. He just gave teammates a wealth of comedic material and Humphries should request a private locker room for the rest of his NBA career to avoid the embarrassment that is his personal life.

As if buying a $2-million engagement ring on a $3-million or so salary in 2010 wasn’t funny enough, now teammates have the gift of watching his vows on tape courtesy of E!.

On the bright side, this should help Humphries' NBA career. Coaches know he’ll work hard since he’s got some bills to pay.


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Photo: The Kardashians at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City on Sept. 12. Credit: Ilya S. Savenok / Getty Images.