They’ve dominated our televisions for over nine seasons! And Keeping Up with the Kardashians creator, Ryan Seacrest, has finally spilled the details on what led to the Kardashian family’s big break into reality TV.
Seacrest recently opened up to Haute Living about discovering the Kardashians and his decision to thrust them into the spotlight.
In the magazine's January/February issue, Seacreast admitted that it didn’t take much convincing for him to cast the family in the reality TV show. The E! News anchor and television producer says he was inspired to create the show due to his love for the MTV reality series The Osbournes. “I started thinking about what another show could be like or who another show could be about, which is how [The Kardashians] started,” Seacrest said.
After learning from some Los Angeles casting directors that the Kardashians were interested in participating in a reality show, Seacrest said he reached out to the family with the help of a casting director with ties to the Kardashians. He then went about the task of seeing how the family would fare on camera.
“I said to a guy in my office, ‘Why don’t you buy a video camera and go out to their house on a Sunday when they’re having a family barbecue, shoot it, and then we’ll watch it and see what we think,’” Seacrest recalled.
He added, “I remember perfectly. He called me from their house Sunday afternoon and said, ‘It’s absolutely golden; you’re going to die when you see this tape. They’re so funny, they’re so fun, there is so much love in this family and they’re so chaotic—they throw each other in the pool!’” Seacrest then shared the tape with E!, and the rest was reality TV history!
The first season of KUWTK premiered in 2007, with the Kardashian-Jenner crew going on to become one of the biggest names in television. And now we all know who to praise, or blame, for the pop culture juggernaut that is the Kardashian family!
Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall, Kylie, Rob, Kris and Bruce, we hope you’ve thanked Ryan lately!
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