The 1 Reality TV Show Kim Kardashian Really Wanted to Star On

The Kardashians and Jenners have built an empire with their show on E!, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. It’s been on the air for over 10 years, and the fan base seems to only be growing stronger.

However, that could have never happened if Kim Kardashian found herself down another path. She had dreams of starring on a different reality TV show before she was famous (page 5), which could have left us in an alternate world where KUWTK never existed.

1. She always wanted to be on reality TV

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Kim Kardashian always had reality TV aspirations. | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for LACMA

Kardashian always knew she was destined for reality TV. According to Inquisitr, “Kim Kardashian says that she spent years working in the office of her late father Robert Kardashian and dreaming about becoming famous.”

Since she “didn’t have a career” and “didn’t love college,” reality TV seemed like the perfect next step for her.

Next: This is how she found her fame.

2. She found fame a different way

Kim Kardashian in Paris

She had an interesting path to fame. | Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

While Kardashian ultimately became an A-list celebrity through Keeping Up With the Kardashians, her initial rise to fame was quite the scandal.

In February 2007, a sex tape leaked she’d filmed with her then-boyfriend, Ray J. Suddenly, everyone knew her name — which ended up guaranteeing her a spot on a reality show.

Next: She had one condition with her show’s producers.

3. She wouldn’t do KUWTK without her family

Khloe, Kourtney, Kim, Kris, Kylie attend Cosmopolitan's 50th Birthday Celebration at Ysabel on October 12, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Cosmopolitan

They enjoy doing the show together. | Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Cosmopolitan

Although producers knew KUWTK would revolve around Kim Kardashian, she refused to do the show alone. In an April 2018 interview with Business of Fashion, Kardashian admitted, “My family has [played] a huge role.”

She added, “I remember when we talked about doing the show, and it was me in all the meetings, and I’m like, ‘I’m really not that exciting. I definitely need my family here, or it’s not going to work.’”

Next: The producers didn’t jump on board right away.

4. The producers didn’t want the whole family

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Producers initially didn’t want to feature the whole family. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

While Kardashian pushed for her whole family to join the show, producers reportedly “balked” at the idea. After all, there are a lot of members of the Kardashian and Jenner crew.

However, Kardashian recalled, “We were like, ‘No, it’s our dynamic, take it or leave it.”

Next: This is what she wanted to star on first.

5. She wanted to star on The Real World

She wanted to be on The Real World. | Kevin Mazur/One Voice: Somos Live!/Getty Images

Kardashian may have known exactly what she wanted in terms of KUWTK, but before all that happened, she had a different vision in mind. Her dreams of becoming a reality TV star originated with MTV’s The Real World.

She explained to Business of Fashion how “it clicked” for her:

When I was really young I always was — it’s the weirdest thing — but I loved [MTV’s] The Real World… And I would say to my best friend’s dad who was a manager, “You should be my manager! And when we’re 18 I’m going to send a tape into The Real World because I have to be on a reality show.” Like that’s it! It clicked. This is what I want to do.

Next: It all ended up coming full circle.

6. The Real World producer ended up doing KUWTK

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Keeping Up with the Kardashians ended up crossing over with The Real World in this way. | E!

While Kardashian never got the chance to live in a house with strangers, she did end up achieving some extension of her original dream. She told Business of Fashion, “And then the producers that produced The Real World produced my show, so it kind of all came full circle.”

Next: We can’t imagine living in this world.

7. KUWTK could have never happened

Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian sitting on a couch on Keeping Up with the Kardashians

This phenomenon almost never happened. | E!

While Kardashian would have definitely been an interesting member of The Real World, she probably would have faded from our minds after her season ended. Plus, we never would have gotten the chance to meet the rest of the family, which would be a travesty.

If Kardashian went with her original plan, we could be living in a much-less-interesting world without the Kardashians and Jenners.

Next: The show won’t be ending anytime soon.

8. She hopes KUWTK stays on air as long as it can

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Kim Kardashian attends Harper's BAZAAR Celebration of "ICONS By Carine Roitfeld" at The Plaza Hotel presented by Infor, Laura Mercier, Stella Artois, FUJIFILM and SWAROVSKI on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper's BAZAAR)

The show will be on for several more years at least. | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Harper’s BAZAAR

The Kardashian and Jenner empire may have expanded beyond KUWTK, but Kardashian admitted that she doesn’t want the show to end anytime soon. In 2014, she told the Daily Mail, “I love sharing my life, and I hope it goes on for as long it can.”

Luckily for her, E! extended the KUWTK contract for five more years in October 2017 (for a whopping $150 million), so it looks like they’re sticking to reality TV for a while longer.

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