She may be the matriarch of one of Hollywood's most polarizing families, but tabloid fodder and scathing digs can't stop Kris Jenner's hustle. In fact, it's the fuel that keeps the momanger and her money-making brood in headlines and on America's television screens.
This summer, we'll be seeing a lot more of the Calabasas cynosure thanks to her talk show debut on Fox. On July 15, the series will enter a six-week run in markets like New York and L.A where Jenner's perspective on pop culture will be tested for syndication—and a slice of daytime television's billion-dollar industry. Executive producer Robert Clifton has hinted at the 20th Century show's viability, citing Jenner's “cult of personality” as a win; an asset that has made her as much of a household name as it has her most-famous offspring, Kim Kardashian.
In The Hollywood Reporter's latest issue, the reality monarch opens up—even more—about rumors, Kimye, and what she hopes to bring to daytime TV.
On O.J. Simpson's 1994 murder trial:
“The Bible says don't judge anybody else. And I try to live by that. I try not to judge anybody. Am I devastated, am I confused, am I all the things that I felt since that morning when I found out that my girlfriend had been murdered? Yes. But it's taken me a long time to get to this place of where I need to let God judge him and not me."
On a pregnant Kim having plastic surgery:
“No! The reports that she's had anything done while she's pregnant—it's so stupid. I just wish people would use their head.”
On a Kimye wedding:
“This time it will be private and smaller, if she does get married again—not 500 people.”
On the criticism her family faces for their E! empire:
“We've created businesses and a workplace. It's so funny that somebody can criticize a show like ours, and yet we employ hundreds of people. And it's been such a great learning experience for all of my kids. It's the best education I could offer them.”
On what she hopes to achieve with her talk show:
“So many women give up in life when they get a little bit older. I want to be a positive influence. I want to come from a really good place. Some people are just lost, and maybe I can be an inspiration.”