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Kris Jenner is coming to TV! Oh, wait -- she's already on TV. Like, a lot. Nonetheless, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star is getting her own talk show. In new promos for Kris, which premieres this summer, Kim Kardashian's mama talks about how her family inspired the show.
"Hi, I'm Kris Jenner, and I'm a mom with a pretty active family," Jenner says in one of the Kris promos. "When we're all just hanging out, that's my favorite time. Lots of laughs, great conversation. And I thought, that would make for a great talk show!"
Or a great reality show, which is what it already is. Do the Kardashians really need more TV exposure?
We all know that Kris Jenner has the personality of a talk show host -- chatty, outgoing, personable. But there's something else she doesn't have, that talk show greats like Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey do: authenticity. You always got the sense that Oprah, despite being a bazillionaire, was telling it like it is. Ellen is so self-deprecating and down-to-earth that she's practically an anti-celebrity. Kris Jenner, on the other hand, is 100 percent about image.
The set for Kris is a perfect illustration. It's an exact replica of the entrance to the Kardashian family mansion, as frequently seen on their E! shows (and Christmas cards). So, it's a fake room designed to look like an actual room. (What were we saying about authenticity?) Also, it's not designed to look like a living room, or a dining room, or someplace where the family would actually have conversations -- it's their big, impressive foyer. Who has an intimate chat in a foyer?
"I know other talk-show sets are intimate and conservative, but I dream big," Kris explained to the press. "I make a grand entrance down my own staircase at least once a day, only there's nobody there to enjoy it. I'm like, 'Where is everybody?' That's why I needed a talk show!'
Um, except talk shows aren't supposed to be about the host, they're supposed to be about the guests ... right? And isn't making it intimate the whole point? (Lifetime's The Conversation, which takes place on a couch, is a good example.)
Maybe Kris Jenner's approach is just radically different from the talk-show norm, which could be interesting. Still, we can't imagine what she has to show us that we haven't already seen on her four other reality shows.