Keeping Up With the Kardashians has become one of TV’s biggest juggernauts, lasting 14 years and 20 seasons. But did you know it began as a “filler” show for US network E!?
“I think we shot a pilot or something for [executive producer] Ryan [Seacrest] and it didn’t go anywhere,” the 36-year-old told host Kelly Clarkson. “And then a show on E! fell through, so they needed something to fill this dead air time. And they were like, ‘You’re getting on the show, start filming, you’re getting on the air, like, in two weeks.'”
The reality star said she and her now-famous family jumped at the opportunity despite TV executives advising them, “Don’t get too comfortable here. It’s, like, just filler.”
Nonetheless, Kardashian said she and her siblings were excited even if they would be one-season wonders. The idea allowed them to be themselves on screen as they had nothing to lose.
“I actually really appreciate that because we were just thinking, ‘Oh, we’re not gonna have a season two, let’s just film, it’s fun, let’s just be ourselves. This isn’t gonna go anywhere,'” she recalled.
“We had no pressure on ourselves. We didn’t even have time to think about it; to really, like, have any pre-conceived, fake anything. It was just who we are on the fly and I think that’s what made the show so good … we just weren’t thinking. And it turned out that was probably the best thing to happen to us because it was so, I think, relatable and realistic to some people.”
Now the family will end on a high note, announcing KUWTK will wrap this year despite still pulling in millions of viewers.
“It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians. After what will be 14 years, 20 seasons, hundreds of episodes and several spin-off shows, we’ve decided as a family to end this very special journey,” the family announced in September.
“We are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years — through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.”
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