‘KUWTK’ Fans Want the Reality Show to Be Less ‘Staged’

Reality TV fans have been keeping up with the Kardashians since 2007 and watched the Kardashian-Jenner sisters, grow up and start families of their own.

Under the management of their momager, Kris Jenner, the sisters have not only dominated reality TV, but have used their fan base and clout from the show to gain even more wealth through product promotions and their own respective businesses and careers.

Despite Kourtney Kardashian’s announcement that she will be stepping back from the show, a prominent theme this season so far, it seems the series will probably continue on to a 19th season with or without her.

As of now, the first episodes of season 18 have dropped, especially, giving KUPTK fans a lot to talk about. Many cannot wait to see more.

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West | Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images

Is ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ true to real life?

Those that have worked behind the scenes can tell you, sometimes things aren’t as real as they seem on many of these so-called “reality” shows, and the general public doesn’t have to look too far to find such accounts either. But what about the Kardashian’s show, is it the real deal? They’ll probably never tell. As for fans, the opinions seem to be split.

Take the Twitter reactions to the recent physical fight between Kim and Kourtney Kardashian in episode two as a small sampling:

“The fight between Kim and Kourtney is the first thing that doesn’t look staged in all 203 seasons,” one fan tweeted, while another said just the opposite: “The Kourtney and Kim fight was so staged…no passion behind the slaps lol”  

Some fans fell somewhere in the middle of the debate: “Staged fight gone wrong. I think they were only supposed to push one another but Kourtney scratched Kim then… BOOM Kim lost it.”

That last comment might be somewhere closer to the truth. As the fight began, it appeared a couple of the sisters were smirking, though trying to hide it. This could have been a giveaway that the fight was a farce, but it just as easily could have a genuine reaction to what seemed like a truly ridiculous squabble.

The mood turned, however, as the fight got more heated and in the end audiences saw Kim Kardashian bleeding in multiple spots from scratches inflicted by Kourtney Kardashian’s nails.

What do fans of ‘KUWTK’ want to see more of in season 18?

The KUWTK subreddit calls itself: “A place for civil discussion of the Kardashian/Jenner family and their show(s)!”Loyal fans come to the show’s subreddit to discuss episodes, gossip, and share insights on the family. Just before season 18 aired, fans discussed what they wanted to see more of in the season.

Some fans mentioned specific people they wanted to appear on the show more often, such as Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner, who some fans feel are fading away. One fan specifically wanted to see more of the odd happenings from inside the Kimye household.

This fan had the most detailed and heartfelt reply: “I want to see more genuine interactions. I live for the West’s post where we see them being “just like us” and they literally have a reality show so u wouldn’t think I would feel like that content is lacking! Less fake storylines or staged activities. Just more genuine interactions.

The finale this season of ‘KUWTK’ is going to be a bit different

While fans can wish as much as they want, by the time they were discussing the show, all of the episodes had already been filmed. All episodes, that is, except the final episode. Due to the self-isolation orders California residents are following, the Kardashians and Jenners, had to get a little more creative to film for the season’s wrap-up.

Kim Kardashian joined Jimmy Fallon in a virtual interview on The Tonight Show to tell fans all about it. She said each family unit on the show is taking the quarantine orders very seriously, choosing to not even visit each other’s homes, for the most part.

“So now that we’ve shut down production, it’ll be all of us in quarantine filmed separately by ourselves. We have tripods set up, and our iPhones, and the whole last episode will be what we do in quarantine,” she told Fallon.