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It all started when TV critic Linda Stasi of the New York Post wrote a scathing review of Kris, and further lambasted the show on Access Hollywood. Not a punch is pulled. "Horrible. Boring. Self-involved. I couldn't bear it," she said.
A few hours after the Post review hit the stands, Stasi received a package from Jenner. Now listen up, hungry TV critics: Inside the package was a dozen cupcakes from New York's famed Magnolia Bakery! Also a sterling silver Tiffany pen worth $325.
"Dear Linda, Sorry you didn’t like the show," the Kardashian matriarch wrote in the enclosed note. "I’m still a huge fan of your column. Love and blessings, Kris … P.S. When you think I’ve improved, maybe you will write a better REVIEW with this!”
Stasi was not amused. "I cannot be bought -- for a pen," she wrote. "A pen and pencil set, maybe -- but just a pen? To improve your rating, Mrs. Kardashian-Jenner, either you somehow become interesting, which given the data seems as likely as the pope turning Jewish, or you do better with the bribes."
Stasi sounds overly harsh, doesn't she? But then, she knows her readership: New Yorkers who don't suffer fools (or fizzy cooking segments with reality stars, or insipid fashion advice like "how to go from beach to chic"). And within the same harsh review of Kris, Stasi had heaped praise on the five female cohosts of another new daytime talk show, The Real, for being smart and funny. So she's clearly willing to be impressed, if a TV personality is up to the challenge.
As for Stasi's determination that Kris is "horrible, boring and self-involved," well, that's a matter of opinion. Why not watch this clip of Jenner's show, and put Stasi's opinion to the test? In the segment below, typical of Kris, Jenner and her guest co-hosting daughter Khloe Kardashian drink wine and play a round of "I Never." (We soon learn that they've both faked orgasms.) It's not implausible that some people might find this tale entertaining (though it's safe to say Jenner's teen daughters, Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner, were nothing short of horrified).
So what do you think?
Yeah, that's what we thought, too.
And now for some harsh words for Stasi: It's not the reviews, but the ratings, that make or break a daytime talk show. Jenner has six weeks to prove she can draw an audience. And so far, Kris is holding its own.
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.