Will the Kardashians Really Get $300 Million to Stay on the Air?
Love them or hate them, the Kardashian-Jenner family is one of the most well-known families in the world. Their crazy escapades are on display every week on E! and the whole family makes sure to use every social media outlet to maximize their family.
The entire family has made millions off of being reality stars, but now, new reports are suggesting that Kris Jenner, momager extraordinaire, is demanding more money this round of contract negotiations. Double what the family made last time around, to be exact.
Radar Online is reporting that though the Kardashians secured a $150 million contract just two years ago, Jenner says the family is now worth $300 million. The question is: “Will they really get $300 million to stay on the air?”
The kids from ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ are now parents
It’s hard to believe that Keeping Up With the Kardashians has been on the air for nearly 12 years. To put it in perspective, when Keeping Up With the Kardashians premiered in 2007, Kylie Jenner was just 10 years old. Kim Kardashian was just shy of 18. Now Jenner is 21 years old with a child herself, and Kardashian has four children and is currently pursuing a career in law.
These changes, in part, are what Kris Jenner reportedly says merit the substantial pay raise. An insider who spoke to RadarOnline said: “Kim is on her way to becoming a lawyer, and is going to be more involved in the show than ever. Kim thinks that is definitely worth a lot more money because he is bringing so many new viewers in right now.”
As for the youngest members of the original cast, the source says that they have upped the ante as well, noting, “Kendall is a world class supermodel now and Kylie is a billionaire. This was not the case in 2017.”
‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ ratings have started to slip
Unless you’re Friends or Grey’s Anatomy, most shows show some signs of slowing down after being on the air for so long. Keeping Up With the Kardashians is no exception. The show has seen dropping rating over the past several seasons with the season 15 finale bringing in the show’s lowest ratings in the series’ history.
However, the recent Jordyn Woods scandal has breathed some new life into the series. The season 16 finale which aired just weeks ago brought in the highest ratings in three seasons with 2.4 million viewers, nearly three times the viewership of the previous season’s final episode. According to the aforementioned source, it looks like Kris Jenner will be relying on the rating boost as leverage in securing a larger contract, with the source remarking, “The finale ratings were everything [Kris] was hoping for and more.”
Will the Kardashian family really get $300 million?
Asking for double the salary is a big ask for anyone, even the Kardashians. It will be up to E! to determine whether the show is worth the money. The ratings have shown a significant jump this season, but the success of the show is hugely reliant on the family’s ongoing scandal. It’s unlikely that the season 16 finale would have brought in such high numbers had the network not monopolized the alleged affair between Woods and Tristan Thompson.
But then again, Keeping Up With the Kardashians is one of the network’s most popular shows and losing such a “big fish” could have a huge impact on the network moving forward. What do fans think? While some fans are ready to be done with the family who got famous for no apparent reason, some fans aren’t ready to say goodbye. But whether fans can’t get enough or have had more than enough, the consensus on the salary seems clear – $300 million is just too much. E!, the balls in your court.