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Here’s Why Fans Think The Kardashians Are Planning Their “Exit From Reality TV” And “Rebranding Themselves”

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If there’s one thing the Kardashians have become known for over the decades that they’ve been in the spotlight, it’s drama.

It goes without saying that the sisters have gained quite the reputation for the scandals they’ve displayed on their former E! Reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

From literal physical fights between the sisters to all sorts of messy storylines including cheating scandals and divorces, Keeping Up provided viewers with the ugly moments of the sisters’ lives as well as the pretty ones.

But fans have noticed a considerable shift in the amount of drama featured in their newer Hulu series, The Kardashians, which first aired back in April — ten months after the last episode of KUWTK aired.

The first season, which came to an end in June, hardly tapped into the array of dramatic storylines that the sisters had been living through.

For example, there was no mention whatsoever of the Astroworld tragedy, which saw ten people die and hundreds others injured at a festival headlined and organized by Travis Scott, who is Kylie Jenner’s boyfriend. Both Travis and Kylie’s responses to the event sparked huge controversy after people deemed their minimal statements “insincere” and “disrespectful.”

And yet, the show made no reference to the concert at all, with the sisters even being accused of faking an entire storyline to avoid merely mentioning it.

Meanwhile, most of the episodes centered around pretty bland plot points, with the occasional bit of drama serving an interesting hook for viewers to keep watching.

“How are we already at the last episode of the season?? Literally NOTHING happened,” one person wrote on Reddit when the finale aired. “And we had to wait a week each time for 45 minutes of nothing. I loved KUWTK, it was funny, unpredictable, light and chaotic in the best way. This new show is just a long AD and campaign about how Kim is amazing. I’m so disappointed.”

Fans also began to notice a rise in the amount of business-focused content displayed, which the sisters themselves said would be a key focus within the new show.

But the amount of work-related footage and significant lack of drama in Season 1 was nothing compared to Season 2, which saw a much more noticeable increase in all things business, and decrease in scandal.

And now, with the Season 2 finale having aired just this week, it’s more apparent than ever that the Kardashians’ approach to reality TV is entirely different from what it used to be, with fans actually theorizing that the sisters are sneakily edging away from the genre entirely and undergoing a subtle “rebrand.” Allow me to explain.

So, this season — much like the first — hardly discussed some key moments in the sisters’ lives. While the first episode did dig into Tristan Thompson’s most recent cheating scandal and provided some fascinating insight about his and Khloé’s relationship, the rest proved to be pretty mediocre when it came to drama.

For starters, there was little to no mention of Kim’s explosive feud with her ex-husband, Kanye West, even though this pretty much dominated social media over the months that the show was being filmed.

Kanye, now legally named Ye, repeatedly bashed Kim and her then-boyfriend, Pete Davidson, after expressing a strong desire to rekindle their romance a year on from when she filed for divorce.

Ye outright accused Kim and her sisters of kidnapping their 4-year-old daughter, Chicago, and went on to falsely claim that he’d been denied access to see their children altogether.

Pete ended up responding to Ye with a pretty lengthy series of messages — including the now-viral text about being “in bed” with his “wife” Kim — and the whole thing caused a huge stir online.

However, The Kardashians showed absolutely no footage from the feud, only providing a couple of very brief references to the discord throughout the entire season.

Speaking of Pete, his short appearance in the show was arguably just as lackluster. Fans had expected to see lots of the comedian on the show after producers confirmed he would feature, and he popped up repeatedly in the trailers. But he only made one on-camera appearance — in the penultimate episode of the season.

Meanwhile, Kim, Khloé, Kris, and Kylie were also caught up in a strenuous legal battle with Blac Chyna, ex-finacée of their brother, Rob Kardashian. Again, while we know that the details of the actual trial were incredibly messy, the minimal content we saw about it on screen didn’t provide anything new.

It’s also worth noting that this season saw a significant lack of Scott Disick content, which has been labeled disappointing by fans, too. But we’ll come back to this later.

Taking to TikTok to share a popular theory about the show’s significant lack of drama, user @nataliethehero, who runs the iconic North West parody account @norisblackbook, delved into the topic even further.

“Remember when they first launched the show and they kept saying, ‘it’s different, it’s new, it’s documentary-style?’” Natalie questions. “I figured it out. It’s new in the fact that there is absolutely no drama.”

“They intentionally do not have any drama or any conflict on the show,” she says, before rightfully pointing out that while some might argue that Tristan’s paternity scandal was showcased, the athlete was never actually confronted on camera, minimizing how messy that storyline could’ve been.

“They never made it a big thing, it was more so showing us Khloé and trying to get the audience to have compassion for her,” she says.

Natalie then goes on to suggest that Kourtney’s reasoning for being involved in the Hulu show had everything to do with its lack of drama — something that is entirely plausible, given that Kourt memorably stepped away from filming KUWTK and later accused the “toxic” show of turning her into a “character.”

“I also think the big reason that Kourtney even agreed to do this series is that they agreed that she would not have to put her trauma on display for the world,” Natalie says. “I also think she’s 100% not interested in fighting with any one of the family members on camera anymore.”

Drawing a direct comparison between their former and current reality shows, Natalie summarizes: “On E!, we got soap opera level drama. On Hulu, it is peaceful, it is calm.”

And in a follow-up video, Natalie goes on to suggest that the lack of Scott Disick content in the show — especially in comparison with the amount of airtime Kourtney’s husband Travis Barker received — has everything to do with the sisters opting for a peaceful approach.

Scott was a centerpiece in KUWTK, and while he featured quite heavily in Season 1 — and often complained about being excluded from the family as Kourt and Travis’s relationship developed — viewers wound up finding themselves picking sides as some defended Scott, and others condemned him.

Some people even ended up pitting him and Travis against each other, all of which resulted in more drama.


Kourtney was also incredibly vocal about her annoyance at the show’s editors for including so much of Scott’s reaction in the episode about her and Travis’s engagement, which she claimed “overshadowed” their “fairytale” moment.

Ahead of Season 2, Kourtney also revealed that she had “no idea” if Scott would appear in any of the episodes, despite being listed as an executive producer on the show. And so, some fans now believe that Scott being axed from Season 2 was a deliberate move to stray away from the messy content, giving the Kardashians a more polished public image.

Viewers of the viral TikTok ultimately suggested that the Kardashians’ new style of TV is actually a very conscious effort from them “to rebrand” themselves, and move away from their reality star status entirely.

“Talk about how this is an effort to rebrand them. They’re rebranding themselves currently. The whole family,” one user said.

“It’s possible their attempt / goal to change their image. To be taken seriously. Sales. Advancement. Power,” suggested another. In response, Natalie wrote: “could be their grand exit from reality tv.”

Going on to use Kendall Jenner as an example, Natalie points out that the model has deliberately been branded as “an 818 business girly that also likes to flip houses in her spare time” in the Hulu show. “This is another rebrand. Showing that she’s more than a model, she’s got businesses, she’s got ideas, she’s a creative,” she says.

All in all, people found themselves agreeing with the viral theory, and took to the comments to express their thoughts. “They are hour long commercials for their brand,” one person wrote of the episodes. “No wonder we’re all bored I didn’t even realize this!” said another.

“Its a sanitized version of KUWTK,” a third user agreed. “I get that it’s their prerogative to show what they want us to see but it’s a snooze fest on autopilot.”



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Sarah Hyland Threatened to Walk Out of Her Own Wedding to Wells Adams If He Didn’t Do This One Thing

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Sarah Hyland had specific instructions for Wells Adams on their wedding day. On Monday’s episode of The Kelly Clarkson Show, the Modern Family star confirms that she requested that Adams bring the tears during their nuptials. 

“Yes,” Hyland tells Clarkson after she asks her about the moment. “I actually, specifically, verbatim said, ‘If I don’t see you crying when I walk down the aisle, I’m turning around.’ And he did cry.”

Hyland, 32, and Adams, 38, tied the knot during a star-studded ceremony in August. The pair, finally, made it to the altar following a three-year engagement.  

The ceremony, which was held in Santa Barbara, California, was officiated by Hyland’s Modern Family co-star, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who stepped in to officiate when their co-star, Ty Burrell, had a family emergency.  

“So, I sent a text message to Jesse, ’cause we’re obviously very, very close and I was like, ‘Fake TV uncle, real-life friend, Tony Award-winning Jesse Tyler Ferguson, will you marry us?’ And he so graciously did it,” she said of asking the actor to step in.  

Hyland also adds that Ferguson flashed his clergy badge the entire evening. 

Other Modern Family alums in attendance included Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen, Ariel Winter and Nolan Gould. 

Married life has been “amazing” for the Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin star. During a recent chat with ET, Hyland gave an update on life since saying “I do.”  

“Wells and I keep saying we wish we were guests at our own wedding,” Hyland joked, explaining that the celebration was truly wild. Hyland added, “It’s really great. We’re feeling very good about everything. For me, I was like, ‘I feel like a grown-up now!'” 

In October, Adams dished to ET about married life and his and Hyland’s plans when it comes to expanding their family. 

“I think eventually [we want kids], but we’re both so busy right now. I’ve got two shows out right now,” Adams said of Bachelor in Paradise and Best in Dough, before adding of his wife, “She just did Love Island. She’s got [Play-Doh] Squished coming out in November. [Pitch Perfect:] Bumper in Berlin is also coming out pretty soon. She’s got a movie that she’s going to work on I think pretty soon, as well.”

He added, “I think we’re just going to try to focus on work for a little bit and then maybe down the road have a couple kids.”

 

 



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Chloë Grace Moretz Got Candid About Having Older Men “Infantilize” Her As A Child Star

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Chloë Grace Moretz is getting super candid about her experiences navigating the Hollywood industry as a child star.

Chloë was just 6 when she landed her first movie role in Heart of the Beholder in 2005. The year prior, she briefly featured in the CBS drama series The Guardian.

She gained prominence in the industry at the age of 12 after starring in the hit 2010 film Kick-Ass alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Nicolas Cage.

By 14, had Chloë landed her first leading project with Carrie (2013), in which she played the titular character, Carrie White. She later went on to appear in several popular films, including Neighbors 2 and If I Stay.

But in spite of her years of experience in the industry, Chloë still found herself being “shot down” by others — most of whom, she says, were older men — when trying to bring her ideas to the table.

On the Reign With Josh Smith podcast this week, Chloë, now 25, opened up about having to deal with people on set who were “unhappy with a young woman” in her position.

“It was always odd from my first leading role when I was 14 in Carrie,” she said. “It was always really interesting to see who would be really unhappy with a young woman.”

“At that point, I had already worked for so many years — almost 10 years — and as I continued through having more important roles on set as I grew up, it was always very interesting to see the pushback that I would get from a lot of people,” she went on.

“The majority of it was older men for sure who would infantilize me,” Chloë said. “If I had real things to bring to the table, a lot of the time it would get shot down.”

“It was a really wild power struggle and power dynamic as a young girl who had worked for already 10, 11, 12 years, throughout my teenage years and was the lead of movies, but was still a kid in every sense of the word,” she continued.

“I felt like I was always really fighting against trying to figure out how to conduct myself in a way that I’ll be respected, so I can be respected on set and given the credit that I felt that I deserved,” she said.

“To have a voice in the same game when I’m playing characters that are my age, I’m advocating for female characters of my exact age at the time. And having to even advocate to an older man on behalf of your 14-, 15-, 16-year-old self is a really, really crazy kind of mindfuck,” she added.

Chloë said she learned to be “very sweet” and “back-footed” in how she approached these older men with her ideas.

“It taught me how to propose questions and in a way to make the ideas their ideas, so then it would come back around and be like, ‘Oh my god, what a novel idea that you have on behalf of my character that I totally did not propose to you in no special way,’” she said.

“It was an interesting dynamic and as I grew up and as my characters grew up, I always had to be very sweet and very kind of back-footed in the way that I proposed things, but strong,” she added.

Elsewhere on the podcast, Chloë discussed how she experienced “anxiety and guilt” after getting used to “people-pleasing.” She said, “I always operated for a long time under this guise of what I wanted to achieve outwardly. … Even just in my small groups in my life and people around me, I was just people-pleasing.”

Chloë’s latest comments come just two months after she opened up about struggling with anxiety and body dysmorphia thanks to a “horrific” viral meme about her physique.

The meme, which features an edited photo of Chloë alongside Family Guy character Legs Go All the Way Up Griffin, saw the young actor trending across social media when it was first created in 2016.

“I’ve actually never really talked about this, but there was one meme that really affected me, of me walking into a hotel with a pizza box in my hand,” Chloë told Hunger magazine in September. “And this photo got manipulated into a character from Family Guy with the long legs and the short torso, and it was one of the most widespread memes at the time.”

“Everyone was making fun of my body and I brought it up with someone and they were like, ‘Oh, shut the fuck up, it’s funny,’” she recalled.

Chloë said she became “severely anxious” anytime she was photographed as a result of the public mockery, and she wound up becoming a recluse.

“I basically became a recluse,” she said. “It was great because I got away from the photographers and I was able to be myself, and to have so many experiences that people didn’t photograph, but at the same time, it made me severely anxious when I was photographed. My heart rate would rise and I would hyperventilate.”

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Will Smith explains how he talked to his nephew, 9, about Oscars slap

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Will Smith said his infamous slap at the 2022 Academy Awards ceremony was the result of “a rage that had been bottled for a really long time.”

In an interview on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” the actor opened up about why he slapped Chris Rock, and how, after the incident, his 9-year-old nephew’s reaction broke his heart.

“We came home, and he had stayed up late to see his Uncle Will,” Smith said. “We’re sitting in my kitchen, and he’s on my lap and he’s holding the Oscar. And he’s just like, ‘Why did you hit that man Uncle Will?'”

“D— it!” Smith recalled of his reaction, wiping away tears. “Why are you trying to Oprah me?”

Smith gave more details from the ceremony, which Noah described as what he thought was “one of the best days of your life and one of the worst days” of Smith’s life.

“That was a horrific night, as you can imagine,” Smith said. “You know, there’s many nuances and, and complexities to it, but at the end of the day, I just lost it.”

Will Smith slaps Chris Rock on stage during the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022.Robyn Beck / AFP via Getty Images

“It was a lot of things,” he continued. “It was the little boy that watched his father beat up his mother, you know, all of that just bubbled up … that’s not who I want to be.”

Smith, who is promoting the film “Emancipation” — his first movie since the troubling incident — said he is afraid the team behind the movie may get denied awards consideration because of his actions.

“These top artists in the world have done some of the best work of their career. And the idea that they might be denied because of me is like…” Smith trails off, before groaning and hitting his head against the desk.

“That is killing me dead,” he added.

Smith slapped Rock after the comedian was on stage at the March 27 Oscars ceremony.

Rock cracked a joke about Smith’s wife’s bald head while presenting an award. Jada Pinkett Smith has alopecia, an autoimmune disorder that causes hair loss.

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Will Smith hitting Chris Rock as he spoke on stage during the 94th Academy Awards.Brian Snyder / Reuters

Smith issued several apologies in the days and weeks following the incident, and resigned from the from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on April 1.

A week later, the Academy banned Smith from all of the organization’s events for 10 years. His resignation and ban do not prevent him from being nominated for or winning future awards.

Rock has performed stand-up shows since the slap, and addressed the controversy during a performance in July.

“Anyone who says words hurt has never been punched in the face,” Rock said, later adding, “I’m not a victim. Yeah, that s— hurt … But I shook that s— off and went to work the next day. I don’t go to the hospital for a paper cut.”

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