The E! channel has become nearly synonymous with the Kardashians, having now hosted the original "Keeping Up With..." program and the subsequent spin-offs, including the ill-fated matrimony special of middle Kardashian Kim.
Many have questioned - including Barbara Walters - how viewers could be so riveted to the antics of E!'s reality family, especially considering they're not displaying a particular talent. (The Kardashians themselves consider being able to live out their lives in a fashion that appeals to so many to be a talent in itself.)
The president of the E! channel, Suzanne Kolb, has another answer as to why the Kardashians are such mainstays.
"From every piece of research I've seen, people aspire to be them or to befriend them," she tells The Wrap. "In many ways when you look at the year ... there's obviously been a lot of major events in the Kardashian family's lives. It's just an incredibly fascinating drama that's played out. But at its core, you know that they're going to end up around that dinner table together. ... I think there's something emotionally aspirational around that family dynamic and visually aspirational about the way that family lives."
And although there's been a backlash to the Kardashians, with some even going so far as to petition E! and anyone else working with the family, Kolb says they never considered yanking the Kardashians off the air.
"We take every viewer comment seriously, but no," Kolb says. "We did not consider not being in business with the Kardashians."
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Only self-rightious zealots (left and right) are *so* offended by the kardashians to demand that the shows be yanked. If you don't like the shows, then *don't* watch them. So typical of zealots, wanting to prontificate and dictate to everyone who does not agree with their self-rightious views.
Is there anyone out there that can stop talking about or showing pictures of the Kardashians...
Please....................they are no one we should even follow.................Please stop the madness........
What else do you expect the network execs to say? Of course they will defend this crap to the end as long as there are ad dollars to chase.
The lights are on at the Kadashian house but nobody is at home.
Please cancel this show.
LOVE THE PHOTO UP TOP
IN THE BLUE, LONG AGO PHOTOS.
right now the e channel should be the kardashian network....in 2 years their receptionist will be forbidden to answer their calls
What's the "E" channel?
Kim should change her name to mine.
E! Should just go ahead and change it's name to the K! channel.
I used to look forward to every new show/season – and my family would tease me about it – but it was my guilty pleasure. After that FARCE of a wedding/marriage – I have quit this family/empire. I haven't missed them in the slightest.
they are a bunch of trailer park trash as cheap as a $2 ho
"An incredibly fascinating drama?" ???????????????????????????????????????????????????
What the public does not know is that there is a hired professional publicity team working day and night posting false positives on every market researched viable pop culture and fashion forum on the web about these people.
How is that for truth.
The only thing that E will consider is "lack of ratings" the minute that that happens, it will be the end for the K people. So, it's on everyone's hands to see this people stay home.
E! Is right. We all like watching no-talent hillbilly gypsies on TV make fools of themselves.
Yuck stfu idiot.
when does it end
here we go again.
CNN's censorship is out of control. We can't type actual English words that contain other "bad words" within them now? Have they watched the Kardashians or read some of their own articles? Much worse is said.
Their cla sslessness, ent itlement, and arrogance is bad enough. I could ignore them up to a point. But when she threw her "husband" under the bus after she'd gotten what she needed from him (money, publicity, an "event", gifts, and a flashy ring), she crossed a line into truly amoral behavior that nobody should tolerate.
its easy to ignore them...just don't watch
Yes, E! has to explain it because without a good explanation this buffoonery doesn't have any sense.
What kind of people watch that stupid show?
Reblogged this on primeslist.
I don't like them, so I don't watch them. But I'm clearly not their target demographic.
Most are so jealous, or they wouldn't write, or have more time then they need....get over it.......no one cares.what you think...worry about something you can do something about.....
i'm not jealous
Barb- maybe you're jealous? The rest of us just find it amusing that a talentless hack who's claim to fame was getting a golden shower from a D-list rapper and the family of an OJ Simpson aider and abetter now demand millions for a fake wedding. I guess wide-loads like you enjoy the show...
Worst family ever.
I love being gay.
In other news....I am a gay loser.
whats with all the negativity ? its only TV. The kardashians are no more indulgent than any other rich celebs who flaunt it and they are prettier than most. shame on all the naysayers. makes me think they are just jealous. why worry about it – remember karma – what goes around comes around ;)
They are literally famous for nothing. Even Paris Hilton was an heiress to a family of successful entrepreneurs. These people's closest claims to fame are a father who lied and abused our system to help OJ get away with double murder and a daughter who videotaped herself having s*x with a G-list singer.
Wow moon627...you might be the biggest idiot on the web today. Congrats moron!
Entertainment executives are not known for their keen insights on human nature, but rather for their greed and callous detachment. That said, it's no wonder Ms. Kolb makes such a wrong-headed generalization about people's views on her favorite vapid cash cows.
...Phattee Buttz.......I could not have said it better.....you are right on the money with this...
Hey, CNN, F UCK OFF AND DIE with all these articles on this family of fat wh0res!!!
Hey, we have a family portrait that looks just like that. Not! This family has a giant ego! I don't know why, though!
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Or, you can just not watch – ever consider that? If you don't like the show or these people, that's fine; just change the channel. It's that simple. Why try to ruin it for the people who do enjoy and are obviously watching their show?
I find what you're doing far more annoying than anything I've ever heard about the Kardashians. There are far worse things on TV and, for that matter, in the world towards which you can devote your time and energy. If it's the Kardashians keeping you up at night, something is seriously wrong with YOU.
I wouldn't choose to live my life in the public eye but if that's what they want for themselves, why should you or I or anyone have a problem with it? In fact, I say more power to them for benefiting from all the attention they’re getting – including from people like you.
Aside from watching a trainwreck this is the only appeal I can see.
A bunch of liberal media hacks, who will sell their privacy, discretion and dignity for a few bucks. Ancient Rome much?
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Krish Humphries bashes Kim Kardashian on Stone & Digita Dave.
The Kardashian's are an airbrushed version of the White Trash Culture popularize in the 1990. Now is called WHITE TRASH With CASH. Take money out of the equation and what are you left with?
They have no manners to speak of, and little respect for anything or anyone. Whatever happened to the useful idea of shame; it evaporated as they were cashing their collective dignity.
Paris Hilton looks dignified in comparison.
shame is every bit as important in a society as is pride or self-confidence. of course, there are many accompanying emotions, such as compassion, that leaven the whole mix, but indeed, shame is very important, and the loss of this concept of shame is one of the huge problems with our society today.
it is appropriate to feel shame when one has erred (publicly or privately, in fact). however, the last couple of generations of parents have spent too much time trying to make sure the little ones didn't feel bad about themselves or develop a complex – i.e., there *is* a winner to the race, everybody shouldn't get a medal for participating: those who win get to feel pride, those who don't win hopefully get to try harder and learn from the experience.
guess what, feeling bad is a sure way to evaluate feeling good, and it is an excellent touchstone. if you never feel bad about making a mistake, why would you stop doing it?
it is part of the balance of society – as are manners, which also have been discarded – and the imbalance of all these really important things is where our society is today: breathlessly watching "the kardashians". i weep.
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