Keeping up with the Kardashians has been on TV for 10 years. After 13 seasons, Kris Jenner reflects on what makes her reality shows so enormously successful.
The family is divisive. People love or loathe the Kardashians.
However, they’ve been at the forefront of social media changes (backing proto-Vine apps such as Keek) and they all run businesses. But the show would be nothing without its fans. And people have been tuning in since 2007.
But WHY? Kris has a few theories. Basically, the family is so large they have mass appeal.
“The show became such a great success because there are so many of us so there is somebody for everyone to relate to in my family,” reveals Kris. “I think people just got emotionally attached and invested as they watched us grow up and evolve.”
Kris says they edit very little out of the show (Kim agrees).
“We decided as a family to show everything, and no matter how many edits I saw I wouldn’t take things out if they were embarrassing,” says the businesswoman. “With that philosophy and attitude, I told the kids just not to get on the internet.”
They stayed open with their fans after Kim was robbed.
“It was really tough because this terrible thing happened, and so many people felt that they deserved the explanation of what happened because they had for the last decade followed every moment of her life, and she felt like it would almost be a relief to say it on her terms and explain what happened”, says Kris.
“It was hard to watch, and it took a huge turn with what we show,” Kris explained. “You think five times about what you are going to put out there on social media [to stay safe].”
How are they coping with the spotlight (including Kim)?
“Now, it’s so amplified to this level of “Haters are going to hate” and you just expect the trolls on the internet to criticize every last thing you do,” Kris says. “They’ve got really thick skin.”
But the trolls aren’t as mean as they seem, apparently!
“The couple of times I responded to trolls by the end of the exchange they would ask me for a job or to be my assistant,” says Kris. “It’s wild that they just want your attention.”
Watch video of Kris talking to The Hollywood Reporter.