Kim Kardashian Divorce: First Interview In Australia, E! Cameras Stay Home
The upside of being a reality star is that it's possible to monetize every move you make, no matter how mundane or common it may be, especially if you're a Kardashian. The downside is that it means that every move you make is also fodder for intense public speculation, especially if you're a Kardashian. That family has televised and cashed in on so many aspects of their lives that it's now hard to tell just what their aim -- and sincerity level -- is following the news that Kim is divorcing Kris Humphries, but as the symbols of a new evolution (devolution?) in entertainment, it's certainly worth speculating about.
Following a day of "insiders" insisting to various news outlets that Kim is indeed upset about her divorce, and that her marriage was in no way a sham, Kim took to her blog to explain herself and express authenticity. Having let that marinate overnight, she's just given her first interview about the split, again promising true heartbreak.
"I don't think I'm ready to go into, you know, the details of what went on in my marriage," she told the interviewer. "But I do want to make clear that I would never marry for a TV show, for money, for anything like that. I think that's really ridiculous that I have to even defend that... I guess, you know, that comes along with when you film your wedding for a reality show."
Here's the thing: the interview took place at a radio station in Australia, where she flew yesterday to promote one of her many clothing lines. Not accompanying her on the trip? TV cameras from E!, the network that airs all of the Kardashians' programming. The executives at E! are allegedly in a bit of a state of panic; on Monday, they continued airing repeats of the highly successful wedding special that first broadcast on October 9th; according to the New York Times, the network had planned on ramping up repeat airings, with a graphic noting the impending divorce, but changed course at the last minute on Tuesday.
Still, the network defended their airing of the wedding at all, with network head Suzanne Kolb saying, "The program model of television doesn't exactly keep up with the life model of real people."
That's for sure. Later this month, they will be airing the next season of "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," which was filmed in September and October -- or, during the transition from Honeymoon period to breakdown.
How will those episodes do in the ratings? Will people tune in to see what went down, or will they be disgusted by the whole saga and avoid it? And going forward, what will E! be allowed to film? Without a doubt, they'll want to continue making new Kardashian shows (it is a shared lifeblood for the family and network), and so they'll have to capture some divorce proceedings. How real will it get?
As of now, Kris Jenner, Kim's mom, is on a book tour and talking with the press about the split; she was on the "Today Show" earlier on Wednesday defending her daughter once again. But for the most part, Kim's famous sisters haven't been tweeting about the situation -- Kourtney spoke on Tuesday about a luxurious pedicure -- but with all their public events, something will have to give.
Just how closely will this all be broadcast? Will keeping it off the air make people believe that Kim is actually hurt, or make people cynical that the wedding was a sham in the first place? Or will broadcasting it make fans think they're exploiting the split for more cash?
MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 27: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries attend the Amber Fashion Show held at the Meridien Beach Plaza on May 27, 2011 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian are seen shopping at Petco on June 12, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (WireImage)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Kim Kardashian on the set of her new fragrance commercial on July 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Kim Kardashian celebrates her bachelorette party at TAO Nightclub at the Venetian on July 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (WireImage)
Khloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian attend Kim Kardashian's bachelorette dinner at TAO Bistro at the Venetian on July 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 07: (L-R) TV personalities Lamar Jr., Lamar Odom, daughter Destiny, Khloe Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian arrive at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: (L-R) Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries, and Brody Jenner attend the Abbey Dawn by Avril Lavigne Spring 2012 fashion show during Style360 at the Metropolitan Pavilion on September 12, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
NBA player Kris Humphries (L) and TV personality Kim Kardashian attend a welcome party for newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries hosted by Colin Cowie and Jason Binn at Capitale on August 31, 2011 in New York City.
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 31: Kim Kardashian attends Heidi Klum's 2010 Halloween Party at Lavo on October 31, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Event honoree, Kim Kardashian speaks on stage at the 2011 Game Changers Awards at Skylight SOHO on October 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 15: Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian are seen on location for 'Kourtney and Kim Take New York' aboard a Gray Line New York bus on the streets of Manhattan on November 15, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Loud/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Kim Kardashian and Gabriel Aubry attend a game between the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: (L-R) Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian promote their new book 'Kardashian Konfidential' at Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on November 30, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Kim Kardashian and NJ Nets player Kris Humphries leave Barneys on January 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Kim Kardashian sends 'I Love You' hand signals to NJ Nets player Kris Humphries during the Utah Jazz vs New Jersey Nets game at the Prudential Center on January 19, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey.
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: TV personality Kim Kardashian arrives at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 14: Kim Kardashian hosts Valentine's Day at Marquee nightclub at the Cosmopolitan on February 14, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 02: (L-R) TV personalities Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian arrive at Nickelodeon's 24th Annual Kids' Choice Awards at Galen Center on April 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 11: Kim Kardashian hosts the launch of Midori Melon Liqueur trunk shows at Trousdale on May 10, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)