Why Are Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner On Netflix Instead of Keeping Up With the Kardashians?
The Kardashians are not shy when it comes to sharing their life with the world. They’ve made their fortune by starring in reality shows, most notably, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Now, another member of the Kardashian group, Kylie Jenner‘s boyfriend, Travis Scott, has a reality show of his very own.
The rapper teamed with Netflix to produce a documentary about his life and career. But why didn’t he just share his story on Keeping Up With the Kardashians or at least a spin-off on the E! network? Here are the details about why Scott chose Netflix instead.
Travis Scott has a documentary on Netflix
While Jenner shares her life with the world through the E! network on Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Life of Kylie, her boyfriend now has his own show on Netflix. The documentary titled Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly, was released on August 28.
Produced by Scott, the show explores his journey becoming a famous rapper and creating his third album. Jenner and their daughter, Stormi, are also featured in the documentary.
There’s plenty of concert footage, mixed with scenes from Scott’s personal life. One particularly sweet moment shows Scott with Jenner in the doctor’s office while they get an ultrasound of Stormi before she was born. In fact, Stormi features heavily in the show. She’s even listed as a producer in the credits and a major theme throughout the documentary is Scott’s love for his daughter.
Critics say Kylie Jenner and Stormi stole the show
Out of all the media reports on Look Mom I Can Fly, they have one thing in common, they all agree Jenner and Stormi stole the show. Meaning that the most touching moments throughout the documentary are about Scott’s love for his family. If Scott had decided to keep his personal life private and make the show only about his career and concerts, it probably would have been a flop. Jenner and Stormi took a fun documentary and made it a great show by drawing attention to the sweet moments in their family.
For example, after Stormi’s birth, the film crew captured a moment where Scott realizes that his daughter only stops crying for him or Jenner. She recognized and preferred her parents to anyone else.
“She was still crying,” Scott explains in the documentary. “As soon as I walked over to her, she stopped crying. As soon as I walked away, started crying. They handed her to Kylie and she stopped crying.”
Why did Travis Scott go with Netflix?
Scott has plenty of opportunities to share his story with viewers on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, although he rarely chooses to appear on the show. So why did he choose to make his own documentary with Netflix?
Keeping Up With the Kardashians mostly features the Kardashian and Jenner sisters. Maybe Scott didn’t want his story to simply be an accessory to Jenner’s story. And we can’t say we really blame him. This way, the attention is all on Scott and the hard work he’s put into his career.
Since the Kardashians already have a long-established relationship with the E! network, why did Scott decide to go with Netflix instead of creating his own spin-off on E?
His network choice may be a matter of money. Netflix has access to far more viewers than the E! network, and they can afford to pay huge amounts for their stars. For example, according to Business Insider, Ricky Gervais was paid $40 million by Netflix for his comedy special.
Dave Chappelle was paid $60 million for his, and Jerry Seinfeld was paid a whopping $100 million for a series of shows which include Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. As far as music stars, Beyonce was paid $60 million by Netflix for her Homecoming special.
Looking at those numbers, it’s clear that Netflix is willing to pay big bucks to attract popular stars to their network. We don’t yet know how much Netflix paid Scott for his show, but it must be a very large amount.
Netflix was smart to work with Scott to create this show. Look Mom I Can Fly promises to be more than concert footage. It shows a complete picture of Scott’s life that will melt your heart.