Ryan Seacrest has revealed how he first put together the idea and cast for his family reality show, Keeping up with the Kardashians.
Ryan tells Haute Living what inspired him to create a reality show about a family. He recalls, “I loved watching The Osbournes, which was really the first show of this [reality] genre.” He had the idea to create a show of his own, “I started thinking about what another show could be like or who another show could be about, which is how [The Kardashians] started. We went to some casting directors in L.A. and said, ‘We’re interested in meeting families who want to be on a series or are interested in being in the world of television.’ The Kardashians were interested.”
He also revealed how they cast the girls, “We got linked up through a casting director. I had met the girls before, but I didn’t know the family well. So I said to a guy in my office, ‘Why don’t you buy a video camera and go out to their house on a Sunday when they’re having a family barbeque, shoot it, and then we’ll watch it and see what we think.’”
And the rest is history because the family made great television, he says “I remember perfectly: he called me from their house Sunday afternoon and said, ‘It’s absolutely golden; you’re going to die when you see this tape. They’re so funny, they’re so fun, there is so much love in this family and they’re so chaotic—they throw each other in the pool!’ We watched it and rushed the tape to E! immediately, and that was the beginning.”
He adds, he doesn’t have a favourite Kardashian-Jenner but “I admire Kris, because she has done an amazing job at taking what was just a television show and building it into a massive empire for the family.”
Before appearing on Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kim and Kourtney auditioned for another show, Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive on E! (you can see Kim at 30 seconds and 58 seconds into the sizzle reel and Kourtney is in the promo below that).
Incidentally, Brody and Brandon Jenner also had their own show, Princes of Malibu and Brody also appeared on The Hills.