Sure, Jon and Kate Gosselin, the Hogans, most of the “Bachelor”/”Bachelorette” couples, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro, and others have split up following their reality TV shows. But Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom are not worried at all.
“It’s definitely much more personal. I will say that. And it’s definitely deeper than I’ve ever given because I’ve never ever put my relationship on camera, not to this extent,” Kardashian tells xfinityTV.com. “But do I believe in the curse? No. These shows, even the family curse like with the Hogans, they do bust up because I think if you already have problems, with our without cameras, you’re going to eventually find out. But with cameras, you find out sooner.”
That doesn’t mean she didn’t hesitate before signing up for “Khloe & Lamar,” the third spinoff from “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” which reared its dramatic head in 2007. “I didn’t want to do ‘Khloe & Lamar.’ I was very resistant because I wanted to keep me and my husband private. Lamar had to really convince me because I didn’t want to put that pressure on him, or us,” she reveals.
xfinityTV sat down with the star to chat to get the dish on what to expect on “Khloe & Lamar”…
Wow. Another “KUWTK” spinoff. When you started that show in 2007, did you have any idea there would be so many spinoffs?
No. I would wish I could say it was part of a master plan, but it wasn’t. When we started ‘Keeping Up,’ Kourtney and I were the most resistant to doing it only because we were so into our daily routines with the stores. I did DASH and she did Smooch [the sisters' retail stores in Calabasas, California]. We were so content with that. But then my mom and Kim wanted to film a show and we just did it. And it took off from there.
Are you surprised at how well it’s done?
We’ve been so excited and happy about it, but we didn’t think that would do well. We just figured let’s do it, it’ll be one season, and that’s it. We had no idea it would be as big as it was.
Why do you think people are so obsessed with all things Kardashian?
I don’t know. You’ve seen how crazy our family can get. But I think people also like it because a lot of shows are more scripted. Ours is not like scripted. We film seven days a week, 12-18 hours a day. We don’t do more of a scripted reality. It’s more like you’re really in our house. That’s why I think our shows do so well.
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Why did Lamar have to convince you into this?
They approached us right when we got married – ‘Do a spinoff! Do a spinoff!’ Ryan Seacrest would ask. I said,’ Absolutely not.’ And Lamar was like, ‘Baby I want to do it. Let’s do it.’ I told him that the way we film it’s a lot, and it’s long and hard. I kept saying to him, ‘You don’t get it. It’s really rigorous stuff.’ He talked me into it. I was like, ‘Okay, fine.’ This is what I do and I love doing it. So if you’re really down, and it’s on you, then I’ll do it.
You’ve said watching yourself on the show is like family therapy for all of you.
It really is. And that’s how Lamar and I are.
What have you found out about yourself through the shows over the years?
Sometimes when I’m talking to someone, I might not know how I really am until I see it back on camera, on the show, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God. I’m such a bitch.’ You see things different. So for my family, we do that, but it’s made us closer. And if we do have problems, we don’t hide them. We will work them out on camera because we get to see our growth visually.
Tell us about the first episode.
The first episode is incredibly heavy. Lamar has a strained relationship with his father. I never met his father when we got married because they weren’t talking at that time. I was at my book signing and his father showed up. He’s done it twice to me. That was the first time on camera, and the other time was at a Quick Trim appearance and there were no cameras and he just showed up.
Did your heart sink?
You see it on the show. What you can’t see, though, is my heartbeat. The security guy told me there’s a gentleman named Joe Odom. But I didn’t know if it was real or just some fan saying that. I was like, ‘Okay…’ I had major anxiety because I never met him before. I wanted to meet him. And, Lamar wanted to be the one to introduce me to his dad. I felt like that’s his only parent, and he doesn’t have a lot of family, so I felt like Joe took that away from him.
Why did he do that? Why didn’t he meet you properly by calling his son first?
I think he just wanted to meet me and probably get Lamar’s attention because they don’t talk a lot. I love that I got to meet him and now I know him.
Is he part of the family now? Is the relationship mended?
We’re working on it and that’s what you get to see in the entire series. There is a transformation going on. But every day is different and you see the process in the show. It’s a sensitive topic for me because I lost my father, so I had to learn to respect how he wants to handle his own relationship with his father.
What else do we see on the show?
You do get to see a very good variety of our relationship. We’ve never been married before so we are still learning. I’ve never lived with a person before. I just jumped right in. There is a learning process for both of us. I’m not gonna say we’re perfect. No. But do I promote love and do we love and respect each other? Yes. And I hope people get that from us. We fight, we bicker and on this show we had our first big fight with the cameras there. At first I almost didn’t want it documented.
What is the fight over? The clips show a fight with his friend Jamie.
Jamie’s part of it. He’s a constant battle. That was one thing, but it was also over my fragrance, our unisex fragrance. We weren’t seeing eye-to-eye. We both wanted to do it. It was Lamar’s dream to do a fragrance and he thought of the unisex idea. It was about Jamie and my fragrance and it built up and I overreacted because I was irritated about another situation. But I felt more insecure because it was caught on TV. Lamar talked me through it. He was like, ‘People fight. It’s okay.’ I love him. I was thinking more like, ‘But we’ve never fought and it’s on camera!’
On another topic – Does it put pressure on you when you’re constantly asked when you’ll have a baby? Even your brother Rob is telling people “soon.”
I know. He doesn’t know. [Laughs] It doesn’t bother me. There’s no pressure. It’s okay to ask. We’re definitely trying. I don’t know when. I appreciate that people care so much. But, I just always feel that I let people down when I’m like, ‘I don’t know.’ I mean, I don’t know. ‘God, tell me when’ because how could I know when it’ll happen?
Maybe you’ll be blessed with baby news for your finale?
That’s what everyone hopes.
The next show can be, “Khloe & Lamar & Baby.”
I know, right? Oh God. That poor child. [Laughs]
“Khloe & Lamar” debuts on Sunday, April 10 at 10 p.m. on E!