Why ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ Almost Never Happened

It can be argued that no other reality television show is as iconic as Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Whether it was Kris Jenner roasting Kim Kardashian’s 72-day marriage, Kourtney Kardashian ignoring Kim’s lost earring, or Khloé Kardashian clapping back at their haters, the show has produced more entertaining, GIF-able content than we can keep up with.

That’s why it’s so crazy to know that KUWTK almost never happened.

Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, and Kylie Jenner
Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian West, and Kylie Jenner | Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 3

Why the show almost never came to fruition

Kim Kardashian opened up on the subject years ago in a 2012 interview with The Guardian. She told the publication that producers believed the idea of the show was just too crazy and hectic. “[Kris] Jenner made a pilot of the family and took it to Ryan Seacrest at US TV network E! Word came back that there were too many characters, too many siblings and that it was confusing,” the outlet reported.

However, Seacrest “backed” the show, pitching the idea that “young fans would be able to choose which of the three sisters was their [favorite]: blank but beautiful Kim, sweet Kourtney or sarcastic Khloé. Meanwhile, Jenner’s conniving entertained adults and, for comic relief, there was Bruce, bobbing around in the background, looking more startled with each season and new wave of plastic surgery.”

And Seacrest’s efforts paid off. E! premiered the show in 2007, and the rest is history.

Kim Kardashian didn’t think the show would last as long as it has

If you asked Kim back in 2012 whether she thought the show would last this long, there’s a good chance she would have said no. She told The Guardian that by season 4, the family had started to struggle with content ideas. “I was like, ‘You guys, I don’t know that I have much more to give,” she explained to the publication. “I can only be myself, like… we’re so boring now, we’ve shown everything.'”

But then a sort of chain of events happened. “Khloé got married, Kourtney got pregnant [with Mason Disick] and everything else just happened organically,” Kim added.

There will be at least one more season of the show

The show’s 17th season airs later this year. It focuses in part on the ongoing drama surrounding Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson’s cheating scandal, which went down back in February.

And there could be more seasons on the way. Kris is reportedly negotiating a contract to extend the series for another five seasons. However, she allegedly wants $300 million, and there’s a chance that officials won’t go for that, as ratings have dipped over the years. But she reportedly promises good content in exchange for the massive payout.

“Kim is on her way to becoming a lawyer, and Kanye [West] is going to be more involved in the show than ever,” a source explained to Radar Online. “Kim thinks that is definitely worth a lot more money because he is bringing so many new viewers in right now.”

“As far as Kendall and Kylie are concerned, Kendall is a [world-class] supermodel now and Kylie is a billionaire,” the source added.

With any luck, the show will make it another 17 seasons. We’ll see.