Barbara Walters Tells Kardashian Family: 'You Have No Talent'( VIDEO)
You are "famous for being famous," Barbara Walters told the women of the Kardashian family -- Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and mom Kris Jenner --in their interview as part of Walters' 18th annual '10 Most Fascinating People' special.
And there was no sugarcoating it in the interview that aired last night.
"You don't really act; you don't sing; you don't dance. You don't have any -- forgive me -- any talent," Walters told the family.
"But we're still entertaining people," explained Khloe, as Kim chimed in offering her thoughts:
"I think it's more of a challenge for you to go on a reality show and get people to fall in love with you for being you, so there is definitely a lot more pressure, I think for being famous for being ourselves."
But Walters wanted to know about what Kim is perhaps most famous for -- her 2007 sex tape with singer Ray J -- asking if in hindsight the sex tape was a "good thing to have done?"
"I have made mistakes in my life, for sure," Kim admitted as mom and manager Kris jumped in reminding her daughter with the obligatory comment, "You learned a lot from that."
Jenner told Walters the experience was "devastating for the whole family and you cry yourself to sleep for a few nights, then you hire a really good attorney and try to make something, you know, better happen."
Something better like a reported $65 million joint income last year -- a number that Jenner wouldn't confirm to Walters -- but it's safe to say the family has profited from Kim's infamous indiscretions and parlayed it into a international brand.
That may not be talent, but it's undeniably good business. Likewise it could be fair to say their 'talent' is the ability to leave audiences wanting more.
Walters interviewed the Kardashians in September -- before Kim's divorce -- and when Walters appeared on "The Late Show" earlier this week, she told David Letterman that her producers were assured that nothing newsworthy would take place until after the interview would air. But then Kim filed for divorce.
"Then Kourtney gets pregnant. Then Khloe's moving to Dallas. You cannot trust the Kardashians," she said to Letterman.
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)