Keeping up with the Kardashians doesn’t come cheap.
The most famous family in the world is on the road Hellowith her new reality series The Kardashians, which premieres April 14. and according to the cover story In today’s Variety, the streaming platform is rumored to have shelled out a nine-figure sum for the deal after the E! Network in September 2020.
“Well, money is always an issue,” matriarch Kris Jenner told Variety of the decision to switch networks. “I think anyone would be stupid to say that money is no longer an issue.”
“We certainly had options,” Jenner said of being courted by other services, but she doesn’t name names: “I’m not a kisser and teller.”
The shiny new reality show – which Variety describes as “like a premium version” of their original 20-season juggernaut – will feature Jenner alongside her five eligible daughters: Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Kendall and Kylie. (Rob Kardashian is scheduled to sit out this time, though he might make a cameo from time to time.) Collectively, the family is worth an estimated $5 billion, with television making up only a small portion of their income. It’s important for branding, the article said, but women’s biggest paydays come from partnerships and their other businesses, including Kylie Cosmetics and Skims.
All of the girls had a say in the financial terms of their new TV venture.
“It definitely played a role because we devote so much of our personal lives to entertainment,” Khloé said in the article. “We’re always having our private family talks, and we’re pretty brutal, me and my sisters, with what we settle for or not,” she continued, adding that they’ll split the paycheck from the streaming company evenly.
But they left the dirty work of negotiating with Hulu — which Disney owns — to their mother. “She fights like a pit bull,” Khloé said of Jenner. (Dana Walden, Disney’s entertainment chair for their television division, told Variety that they “did a tremendous amount” to bring the new show to fruition with them.)
For her efforts, Hulu is getting a “documentary-style” series that depicts events closer to where they actually happened in real time. As Kim put it, old drama for E! took its toll: “We hated how long we had to wait [to portray real events]'” Kim said in her earlier series interview. “It was like dying because once we got over something, we had to warm it up again.”
Nonetheless, she remains poised and willing to air the details of her romantic life.
The new storylines will include her public split from husband Kanye West, although Kim said she’s careful not to put her ex down on camera: “I don’t think I’ll ever criticize the father of my kids on my TV show would. That’s just not really what I’m about.”
As for her current relationship, Kim said she “didn’t film with” comedian beau Pete Davidson, but she “isn’t against it.” And she will definitely chat about him on screen. She promises the reboot will cover “how we met and who reached out to whom and how it happened and all the details everyone wants to know.”
So far, Hulu has ordered two seasons of The Kardashians, that’s 40 episodes. After that, Kim says she would consider taking a break from the reality star.
“Sometimes I’m like, ‘Oh my god, the dream. I can stop being Kim K. in 10 years,'” she said. But does she really plan to step out of the spotlight?
“No,” Kim told the mag. “Not me.”
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