If you're under the impression that Kris Humphries will no longer be a reality star now that he's getting divorced from Kim Kardashian, think again. The Nets' player has a lot of time on his hands with the NBA locked out, and, undoubtedly, a whole lot of secrets to tell about his 72 day marriage.
First and foremost, that means a book will be on the way -- if it isn't part of a hush hush money agreement when the two make the split official. Kris Jenner has a new book coming out on Tuesday -- the coincidence! -- and one can imagine lots of details about the wedding and the not-so-sweet honeymoon will be included. Humphries will have to tell his side of the story, if only because he doesn't want to get trashed by the onslaught of Kardashian-controlled media. Also, to make huge money.
Then, onto TV. How will he handle the divorce? A bit of drugging and drinking? There's a great place where irrelevant celebrities go to recover their health and/or careers: Celebrity Rehab. Dr. Drew, meet Kris Humphries.
Next will be the talk show circuit. Will he go on one of the early morning shows? Which will get him -- ABC, CBS, NBC? And then the afternoon shows. There's no more Oprah, but Dr. Phil could really give him the business. Of course, with Anderson Cooper now in the game, we have to believe that he'll grab that one. Only prestige for Kris Humphries.
Moving forward, we'll have to see Kris Humphries for himself, not just as the ex of Kim Kardashian. Athletes have long done well on "Dancing With The Stars," (see: Ward, Hines), and he's just the perfect candidate for that show. Then, hey, why not a turn on "The Bachelor"? America would love to see him fall in another authentic love.
Moving on, we could see him get his own E! show, if the network is down. Or, if their ties to the Kardashians prohibit them, imagine what VH1 would pay for that. And you thought Carmelo and LaLa's show was big? The show could follow him on the road with his team (once they start the season), and to play sympathetic, he'd definitely have to take the night off from some clubs and sit in his hotel, all sad-like.
Since he plays in New Jersey, how about becoming the newest cast member on "Jersey Shore"? He'd give The Situation a run for his money, that's for sure.
How about an ESPN special? They'd love to get in on that, too.
As you can see, the future is bright for Kris Humphries. Now that he's paid his dues with a marriage, he can really go after the new American dream: becoming a reality star.
Kardashian began dating New Jersey Nets player Kris Humphries in December 2010 after watching him play basketball in late November. The pair took their fast-moving relationship to the next level when Humphries proposed -- on camera for her E! reality show, of course -- in May and they wed on August 20, 2011. But the wedded bliss ended October 31, 2011 when Kim filed for divorce after 72 days of marriage.
Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry announced their split in April 2010, and in November, the model was spotted out and about with newly-single Kardashian. The couple enjoyed a Lakers game and a movie date together, but less than a month later, Kardashian would meet Kris Humphries -- and he would sweep her off her feet.
Kardashian was rumored to be casually dating "One Tree Hill" actor (and her "Beyond The Break" co-star) Michael Copon in October 2010, and he even appeared on her E! reality show, "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," but that's about it.
Kardashian switched teams after splitting from Bush -- literally. She began dating Dallas Cowboys football player Miles Austin in July 2010 but the pair split in September after just a few months together.
Kardashian found love once again later in 2007 -- this time with football player Reggie Bush. Their relationship drama was documented on the E! reality show, "Keeping Up With The Kardashians," and we thought Kim had finally found "The One." However, the on-and-off couple ended things for good in March 2010. Bush continues to play football -- now for the Miami Dolphins -- and was most recently linked to Melissa Molinaro, an actress bearing a striking resemblance to Kardashian.
After her split from Ray J, Kardashian moved on with actor/rapper/comedian Nick Cannon. The couple reportedly split in early 2007 after the release of Kardashian's sex tape. Cannon, who is currently a radio personality on New York's 92.3 NOW FM, tied the knot with Mariah Carey in April 2008. The couple welcomed their first children, fraternal twins, in April 2011.
Also in 2006, Kardashian dated R&B singer Ray J -- who is the brother of singer Brandy. The relationship didn't last, but the public release of their infamous sex tape in early 2007 shot Kardashian into the spotlight...and eventually got her $5 million after settling a lawsuit against Vivid Entertainment. Ray J went on to star in the VH1 reality show "For The Love of Ray J" in 2009, and continues to work in the music industry.
After her divorce, then-stylist Kardashian casually dated Nick Lachey in 2006 -- just six months after his divorce from Jessica Simpson -- but they were never serious. Lachey also began dating TV personality Vanessa Minnillo in 2006 and the couple married in July 2011.
Kardashian may be walking down the aisle on August 20, but it's not the first time she's been a wife. The reality star married 30-year-old music producer Damon Thomas in 2000 when she was just 20 years old. Their love wasn't meant to last, however, and the couple split in 2004. In 2010, their divorce papers were leaked to the press, revealing Kardashian claimed Thomas was physically abusive toward her. Thomas denied the allegations and responded with a press release where he called her a fame-loving liar.