"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" has already claimed five spots among E!'s top 10 most watched telecasts in the network's history. Now, with a new season debuting on May 20, will Kim introduce boyfriend Kanye West on camera to keep ratings soaring?
"The next season shows Kim, after her devastating split with soon-to-be ex-husband Kris Humphries, get even closer to her family," a source close to Kim tells me. "Kourtney is getting ready for the arrival of a baby girl, and Khloe is dealing with reports that she might not be the biological daughter of Robert Kardashian. But all 18 new episodes were shot before Kim started dating Kanye."
Over the course of this season, E! says viewers will get a firsthand look at mom Kris and Bruce Jenner's marriage problems (Bruce feels taken for granted). They'll also watch the three sisters work together as businesswomen to move their original DASH boutique from Calabasas, Calif., to Hollywood.
"It was hard for Kim to shoot this season under so much stress, but everything is caught on camera," a friend of Kim's tells me. "You see her start to heal and believe in herself again. The reason this show is such a hit is that the entire family tells the truth on camera about what is going on in their lives."
Will that truth include a cameo from Kanye when the tight-knit bunch begin filming next season?
"Keeping Up with the Kardashians" returns Sunday, May 20, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT only on E!.
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BEFORE YOU GO
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