Kim Kardashian Debunks Common Misconception About Kris Jenner Being a ‘Puppet Master’ of the Family

The Kardashian-Jenner family has captivated people all over the world ever since they first became popular on the reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Because of their notoriety, the family has also become a target of many rumors and misconceptions.

Recently, Kim Kardashian decided to set the record straight about her mother, Kris Jenner. Most notably, people often believe that Jenner has a large amount of control over her clan. However, Kardashian says this is not true.

Kris Jenner and Kim Kardashian standing next to each other in white outfits and in front of a dark green background
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Kris Jenner works hard to manage her kids’ careers 

Jenner is famous for being a “momager” of the Kardashian-Jenner family. She is not only a mother to her six children, but she also manages their careers as well.

Jenner’s first foray into talent management came in the early 1990s when she managed her ex Caitlyn Jenner’s career. Then, when her children became more well-known in the 2000s, she took on their careers as well. Although she did not have formal training in marketing or business, she has proven herself to be a competent manager.

In her 2011 memoir, Kris Jenner…And All Things Kardashian, she described her managing style as a laser-focused focused one. Jenner wrote (via Vice), “I started to look at our careers like pieces on a chessboard… Every day, I woke up and walked into my office and asked myself, ‘What move do you need to make today?’ It was very calculated. My business decisions and strategies were very intentional, definite and planned to the nth degree.”

Kim Kardashian says Kris Jenner is not a ‘puppet master’ like people seem to think

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Jenner’s management strategies have inspired awe, with some fans even calling her the “smartest” person in the family. However, others have also criticized her for allegedly being calculated with her children’s image.

In a recent interview, Kim Kardashian explained that her mother is not as much of a mastermind as people think.

“When people say my mom is like the puppet master … I’m like, ‘She literally only makes the best deals for us and has no say in what we do or how we look,’” Kardashian said on the podcast Not Skinny But Not Fat. “She’s never been [like], ‘Okay, this sister do this. And you do this. And this drama’s going on, so you deflect.’ None of those conversations have ever happened.”

Kardashian also added, “If anything, I feel like it would be me, where I’m the one calling the sisters and being like, ‘Okay, so s**t’s going down over here. Okay, guys, do this, do this.’”

Will Kim Kardashian take over her mother’s ‘momager’ business?

Jenner is 66 years old and at an age when many of her peers are retiring. Some onlookers have wondered if any of her kids will take over her “momager” business in the near future. 

In a profile for WSJ in 2021, Kardashian shared that she is involved in negotiating deals with her mother. However, she does not have plans to become a full-time manager.

“We’ve talked about it,” she said. “I would assemble a team of people to take over. I hope it doesn’t happen for a really long time, because I’m really busy.”

In 2017, Jenner told People that she actually has no interest in retiring anytime soon. She explained, “I don’t see myself retiring. Being busy and working hard is instrumental in a long, healthy life. I really believe that. I think you have to take care of yourself and treat yourself well and have treats along the way and vacations and this and that. But I really think that working really hard for a long time is important. It’s important for your mind, body and spirit.”

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