For fans of Kim Kardashian, the news of her pregnancy probably comes with some relief.
The E! reality star and actress has been very open about her hopes for a family and the challenges she has had to overcome in her love life. But, with Monday’s announcement that she’s pregnant with rapper Kanye West’s baby, she seems to have come out on the other side.
An inside source tells THR that it’s probable the pregnancy will be captured by E! cameras, saying the network and the show’s production company, Ryan Seacrest Productions, “will continue to cover all aspects of Kim’s life as it always has.”
When Celebuzzasked show reps for production timing for Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and the next season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, a network spokesperson told us, “We have no information yet on production calendars.”
When the pregnancy does make it to the small screen, what could possibly go down? Here are my predictions.
1. The announcement will be televised. If history repeats itself, then these big events will show up on E!. I predict it will be the cliffhanger at the end of the next season of Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, which returns Jan. 20.
2. Kimye shacking up? There’s no sign of an engagement ring yet, though Kimye may want to wait until the Kris Humphries (remember him? Barely) divorce is actually finalized. So, what they may opt to do is to move in with each other. While they both have homes in L.A., I’m thinking they’ll end up at Kim’s house since she has already filmed there. That should be interesting. She has been notoriously anal about its cleanliness on the show.
3. A daddy crash course for Kanye. Just as we’ve seen sister Kourtney’s boyfriend Scott Disickbecome a pseudo husband and dad on TV, we can probably get a good idea of how Kanye does in the role. That will be new for fans who have become used to his cameos at events, but haven’t really gotten to know him very well. Welcome to the family, Kanye!
4. Maternity fabulousness. If Kourtney’s maternity outfits are any indication, please believe that Kim will make sure to be dressed to the pregnant nines. And while she has been more open about going au naturale recently, it’ll be fun watching her keep it together while managing the rigors of pregnancy.
5. On-camera birth? Who can forget Kourtney reaching down and delivering her own baby… twice? Will Kim do the same? I sincerely doubt it, though I think there’s a good chance the birth will be shot in some way.
How do you think Kim’s pregnancy will play out on TV?
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Which reality shows had everyone buzzing in 2012? Showbiz Tonight’s AJ Hammer counts down the top 5 buzziest reality shows, exclusively for Celebuzz.
#5 – Celebrity Apprentice – America got a kick out of watching a bunch of celebrities turn on each other — for charity, of course. Once all of the bickering was over and everyone was fired, it was former late night talk show host, Arsenio Hall, who Donald Trump hired as the Celebrity Apprentice.
#4 – Kardashian’s Take Over E! – Whether it was Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom in Dallas or Kanye West switching up Kim Kardashian‘s style, the Kardashian’s continued to rack up viewers. The season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashian’s broke ratings records for E!, setting us up for more Kardashian shenanigans in 2013.
#3 – Real Housewives of New Jersey – You just gotta love the endlessly classy ladies of RHONJ, especially Teresa in all of her glory.
#2 – Jersey Shore – Admit it, you’re going to miss the Jersey Shore gang. 2012 marked the final season of the boozy adventures in Seaside Heights. Now, that we’ve watched Snookibecome a mom, there’s no way this show could get any more shocking.
#1 – Honey Boo Boo – TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo had everyone marveling at the pint-sized Georgia beauty queen. How big was Honey Boo Boo this year? She was spoofed on Saturday Night Live and ratings for the hit show rivaled those of the Presidential Conventions.
Which was your favorite reality show to watch in 2012? Are you a fan of Honey Boo Boo? Leave us a comment below.
Tune in to Showbiz Tonight Mon. – Thurs. at 11pm ET/PT on HLN. And be sure to check back every week for AJ Hammer’s countdown of the top 5 buzzmakers right here on Celebuzz.
Sgt. Martin Gardner, the man who was escorted to the Marine Corps Ball by Kim Kardashian, says the reality TV star was his “only choice” when it came to picking a date for the Nov. 15 event in Greenville, North Carolina.
“Kim was my only choice,” Gardner told Celebuzz. “I love her show. She always turns a negative into a positive, and I respect all that she’s done.”
The idea to bring Kardashian to the Ball was first concocted by Gardner, who says he contacted her publicist earlier this year on a whim.
“I needed to somehow prove to myself that anything is possible,” he said.
“I left on deployment in June for a humanitarian mission in Guatemala, and in September I got an email that Kim was going to come,” he added. “I couldn’t believe [she] showed up.”
Kardashian made a splash when she arrived to the 10th annual Ball in a hip-hugging red dress, and earned major point from Gardner for sticking around throughout the night.
“She’s such a cool person,” he said of Kardashian. ”And despite what reports said, Kim was there the entire time — through the ceremony, guest speaker and dinner. And any Marine who asked for a photo, she did it.”
At the event, Gardner said the conversation he had with Kardashian was effortless.
“We talked about everything from our personal lives to our professional lives,” he said. “Talking with her was like talking to one of my friends. She was so cool and laid back.”
What did Kardashian reveal to him?
“We talked about her and [boyfriend] Kanye [West]. She really loves that guy,” he said. “She said people think he’s an a-hole, but he’s a really sweet guy. She feels very protected and safe around him.”
“She also really loves her family and [nephew] Mason.”
The TV veteran also had some words of advice her newfound friend, who has plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment.
“I talked to her about how [I] want to be famous, and she told me there are certain things that are not always cracked up to be — that she can’t go certain places because so many people are following her and she just wants to get in her car and go,” Gardner said.
“But she said to stay determined and to have good people around me and just go for it.”
“And she didn’t say ‘if’ I would become famous, but ‘when’ I become famous. She really cared. She was so genuine, and that’s what surprised me the most.”
E!’s upcoming special, Keeping Up With the Kardashians: Dishing It Out, will take a stroll down memory lane with the superstar family. It airs Sunday at 10 PM.
The program brings the Kardashian Klan together for a meal as they reminisce about some of the most unforgettable moments of the series and share footage that has never been aired before.
In a never before seen clip from the special, Kim Kardashian and mom Kris Jennerfind themselves in a bit of a pickle during an appearance in Dubai.
Jenner, 56, accompanied her then newlywed daughter for an appearance at The Dubai Mall for the first Millions of Milkshakes store opening in the United Arab Emirates in October 2011. Kardashian, 32, even debuted her own “Kim Shake.”
Skeptics can hang their heads in shame because three years later, Khloe Kardashian and basketball player Lamar Odom are still madly in love.
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians couple wed on September 27, 2009 in a private ceremony at pal Irving Azoff‘s estate after just one month of dating. Clad in a Vera Wang bridal gown, Khloe said her “I do’s” in front of 250 guests, including maids of honor Kim and Kourtney Kardashian.
What is their secret to a happy marriage?
The couple likes to keep their relationship relaxed and loose.
“You take the good and you take the bad,” Khloe, 28, says. “You don’t sweat the small stuff.”
“One of our best traits with each other is that we actually are amazing communicators. We make each other a priority,” she adds.
And rightly so! Even on the latest season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Lamar has stood by his gal as she struggled with fertility treatments.
Whether they’re lunching in Hollywood or hitting the red carpet, this pair remain inseparable (and packing on major PDA!).
Andy Warhol may have predicted that everyone would become famous for 15 minutes, but he never guaranteed that everyone would earn the same paycheck for their moment in the spotlight.
Among the stars minted by reality TV, how much you earn — like so much else in America — depends largely on where you started out. Those who are already rich or somewhat famous have an advantage over the previously anonymous, and people from pricier zip codes tend to outearn those from the sticks.
The class divide among reality stars reared its head in recent days with the claim by The Hollywood Reporter that the Thompson clan, the self-styled rednecks from McIntyre, Ga. who star in TLC’s new smash Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, earn as little as $2,000 to $4,000 per episode, or no more than $40,000 for the ten-episode season for the entire family. Family matriarch June Shannon has said the figure is a lot higher than that, but even so, it would have to be much, much higher to match the fees earned by, say, the Kardashian family, the various Real Housewives, or even the souvenir T-shirt sales crew on Jersey Shore.
Read on for a breakdown of who earns what in reality TV.
Honey Boo Boo viewers love to be appalled by Shannon and partner Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson — either they’re bad parents who ply their kids with energy drinks and overstuff them with food while raising them in an atmosphere of privation and backwardness, or they’re bad parents who are exploiting their kids by pushing them in front of a camera even while taking a shamefully low fee for a show that has to be earning TLC millions in ad dollars.
Shannon disputes the $4,000-per-episode figure, telling the Reporter that they’re earning enough from the show to start trust funds for the four kids; in fact, they’re saving all the show money and continuing to live off Thompson’s wages from the local chalk mine.
One guide to how much the Thompsons may earn comes from TLC’s other series built around unorthodox families. At the height of their fame (and before the parental split), the Gosselins of Jon & Kate + 8 were earning $22,500 per episode. (So said Jon Gosselin in a 2009 interview.)
The Duggar family, of 19 Kids and Counting, earn between $25,000 and $40,000 per episode. (Note that the Gosselin family was half as big and lived in suburban Pennsylvania, while the ever-expanding Duggar brood lives in rural Arkansas.)
Over on MTV, the stars of Teen Mom have been doing their part to perpetuate back-country stereotypes (or, if you prefer serve as cautionary tales), but for at least $60,000 per season. But that fee grew as the show aged. Last year, in court documents, Amber Portwood divulged that she was earning $140,000 per season, or $280,000 per year.
Meanwhile, in the higher property tax environs of New Jersey, the stars of Jersey Shore have been earning at least $30,000 per episode each. That adds up to $390,000 per season, or $780,000 per year, for each of the eight roommates. Ever wonder why none of them is motivated to put in a full day’s work at their landlord’s boardwalk T-shirt shop? That’s why.
The reality stars who live largest, the various women of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise, also earn some of the highest salaries in reality TV. Those who’ve been on the longest have earned bigger salary bumps. For example, according to Radar, among the Real Housewives of Orange County, veteran Vicki Gunvalson earns $450,000 per season, compared to just $30,000 for newbie Heather Dubrow. In the middle are Alexis Bellino ($2000,000), Gretchen Rossi ($300,000) and Tamra Barney ($350,0000).
For Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the spread is narrower, with Lisa Vanderpump leading the pack with $250,000 per season and Kim Richards and Yolanda Hadid bringing up the rear at $100,000 each. But the franchise’s queen bee is, not surprisingly, the woman who leads the cast of the highest rated show. That would Be Nene Leakes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, who commands $750,000 per season.
The highest paid performers in reality TV are, of course, the Kardashians. This summer, the family signed a deal for $30 million to star in three more seasons of E!’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Of course, there are a lot of Kardashians and Jenners who get to split that $10 million per season; presumably, Kris Jenner and eldest daughters Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney get the lion’s share.
In fact, Kim Kardashian is, according to Forbes, not only the highest-paid woman in reality TV, but also the second highest-earning woman in primetime, period. She earns $18 million a year; only Sofia Vergara of scripted show Modern Family earns more. But much of Kim’s money comes from endorsement deals; same with Vergara, who also gets money from commercials and movie appearances. For both women, only a small fraction of their wealth comes from their TV salaries; the rest is from ancillaries.
And that’s where the real money is in reality TV, not in the per-episode paycheck. The Kardashians rule here, too, with their multiple endorsements, fashion lines, appearance fees, and more. Not to mention spinoff series. It’s no surprise that Khloe, who has pursued those opportunities especially avidly, isn’t far behind Kim on Forbes‘ top-earning women on TV list, with an annual gross of $11 million.
The Jersey Shore stars may play gorilla juiceheads on TV, but off-camera, they’ve been awfully clever about finding ways to milk their fame. Take Snooki, who’s parlayed her fame into a series of best-selling books, products sold on home shopping channels, speaking fees of $30,000 a pop, a spinoff series with pal J-Woww, and and a fee reported at $250,000 to license first exclusive photo rights to People magazine for pictures of her newborn baby, Lorenzo. The Situation has landed endorsement deals and frequent stints on other reality shows to earn himself at least 45 million a year. But Jersey Shore’s top earner may actually be Pauly D, whose spinoff series, endorsements, and high-profile DJ gigs have earned him $11 million a year.
That ancillary money can continue long after the reality gig that spawned it is over. Just ask some of the Real Housewives of New York alumnae. Jill Zarin claimed she earned $1 million in sales from her shapewear line after she left the show. And Bethenny Frankel famously sold her Skinnygirl cocktail business for $120 million. Not bad for a woman who claimed that, before Real Housewives, she couldn’t even pay her rent
Whether the Thompsons of Honey Boo Boo will be able to drum up similar opportunities for themselves is far from certain. Seven-year-old Alana Thompson, Honey Boo Boo herself, may have the cuteness and ebullience to be a commercial spokesperson, at least until she hits puberty in a few years. And given the popularity of Paula Deen, there must be enough fans of calorie-counting-be-damned Southern cuisine to make a Thompson family cookbook a bestseller. At any rate, two things are certain. First, they shouldn’t count on the largesse of TLC. And second, they’d better strike while the iron is hot. Those 15 minutes go by awfully fast.
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It’s Sunday and that not only means a new episode of E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, but this one also means it’s almost time for the Season 7 finale!
In honor of the season-ender, Celebuzz has been looking back on the First Family of Reality TV’s time on the airwaves. First, we gave you Scott Disick’s best one-liners from the show. And now, we’re looking back at the moments that made us gasp, cover our eyes, laugh out loud or shocked us.
While they’re still creating some amazing moments – as our preview for Sunday’s finale shows – these are the ones that had the fans tweeting, the media going nuts and the family finding themselves at crossroads during the series’ run.
Kim, Khloe andKourtney Kardashian all appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to celebrate the anniversary of their clothing line Kardashian Kollection, but Khloe Kardashian took time to talk about the difficulties she’s had conceiving a baby with husband Lamar Odom.
“It’s going good,” Khloe said on Thursday. “I never knew all the difficulties with getting pregnant with my mom having so many kids and Kourtney popping them out like a Pez dispenser.”
“You realize it’s not as easy as you might think. It was really hard for me to show what I was going through, but I feel like I’m helping a lot of people but I’m still figuring it out myself. ”
Which family member helped her the most as she visited the infertility clinic?
Older sister Kim was the main force in getting Khloe to head to the clinic to obtain more information about her possible issues.
“I do appreciate Kim pushing me to do that. I kind of was just like ‘Oh, I don’t want to know,” Khloe said. “But Kim made a good point. You can’t run from your problems.”
Kim mentioned that, “It was really informative to go with Khloe,” while making a point that “I don’t think I’m ready yet [for children.].”
Khloe detailed the treatment process, saying, “It’s trial and error. You get put on hormones, see if they work and if not, you move to the next step. “
In Sunday’s season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, viewers will get a peek into the more in-depth treatments the Kardashian sister will try, as well as the birth of Kourtney’s daughter, Penelope.
On GMA, Kourtney revealed, “This is my first time I’ve left her this morning, and I’m very upset.”
The season finale of Keeping Up with The Kardashians airs on E! at 9 PM.; the sisters will celebrate the Kardashian Kollection’s anniversary at Sears in Yonkers, NY, on Friday at 4 PM EST.