Love them or hate them, the Kardashians have been dominating reality TV for over a decade, which feels like a lifetime in the ever-changing celebrity and pop culture landscape.
But even though their flagship show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” continues to dominate in the ratings even as it inches towards its 14th season, it seems not everybody wants to “keep up” with the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner crew, Kylie Jenner.
Jenner has cemented herself as a social media queen and multimillion dollar beauty mogul (her company, Kylie Cosmetics, is expected to be a billion dollar company by 2022), but it seems the newly-minted 20-year-old alone doesn’t automatically translate to reality TV gold, based on new reports about her fledgling E! Series “Life of Kylie.”
Tabloid reports have suggested that the show, which began airing earlier this month, are a “disaster,” with critics bashing the show as feeling “too engineered,” and that it serves as merely a promotional effort for her social media and beauty business and less about giving fans a real glimpse into...the actual life of Kylie.
In the debut episode, Jenner is heard lamenting about how she just never finds the time to driver her Lamborghini, driving one of her many other cars instead. Of course, watching the rich and famous deal with their hilariously first-world problems usually does create insanely watchable reality TV moments (see: any “Real Housewives” episode ever), but critics and fans alike agreed it feels particularly disingenuous and tone deaf when it comes to Jenner.
Before the first episode even aired, tabloid rumors suggested that production on the series was a disaster, with Jenner reportedly refusing to film at times, and now sources report that E! Is desperately trying to figure out how to salvage the show and give it a much-needed boost from critics.
Only time will tell if die-hard Kardashian/Jenner fans continue tuning in to see the “life of Kylie” unfold, but in an era where you can see just as much by clicking on her Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter feed, it seems more likely that a reality show is the slowest way to “keep up” with Jenner.
Even if the show is ultimately cancelled, at least she has close to a billion dollars to dry her tears with.
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