Khloe and Lamar are quitting reality – who knew they even ran in the same circles as reality to begin with? Amid a tumult of trials and tribulations, the E! couple announced that they are “taking a break” from the reality TV grind.
But we all know the odds for surviving a “break.” Remember Ross and Rachel? What if one of them sleeps with another network – or even worse – another strangely powerful short producer? The risks are great, but the Kardashian Klan seems to be taking it all in stride.
Despite rumors that Momager Kris Jenner is seething about the hiatus, she told her home network E! that she trusts Khloe’s and Lamar’s decision and is, as always, still in their corner. Besides, it’s not like they’ll be completely off the reality show radar, as they will most likely show up in the upcoming season of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” which premieres on May 20.
All sorts of speculation and spin have been swirling around the hiatus announcement. From divorce rumors to tanking ratings, it seems like everyone is looking for an underlying reason beyond the one the couple is giving.
“Lamar and I have chosen … to take a break this summer,” Khloe shared. “We just want to take a little time off for Lamar to be with family time, kids, basketball, Olympics, you never know. So, we have a lot on our plate right now.”
It can’t help that Lamar’s short-lived partnership with the Dallas Mavericks came to an end in April and the potentially fading NBA star has no team to call home next season. In the meantime he’s focusing on securing a spot on the Olympic team this summer.
Unfortunately professional problems aren’t the only ones that have been plaguing Khloe’s hubby. He’s recently suffered some heavy personal blows. Odom was a passenger in a car accident in which a teen cyclist was killed and one of his cousins was shot and killed. That’s a lot to deal with when every move you make isn’t caught on camera, and the extra pressure of the show has to be difficult to manage in the face of such significant personal challenges.
“I think the issue at hand is we just want to be happy,” Lamar told “ET.” “So, we’ll take our time and we’ll get back to it when it’s time.”
And despite Khloe pulling out all the stops to deliver full-force reality drama (sex swing anyone?), the show slipped from its personal best season opener to number 15 in the cable ratings with less than two million viewers, as of April 24. Even though the lackluster ratings are not being cited as a contributing factor, you have to wonder if Kardashian fatigue is finally taking its toll.
E! doesn’t think so, having recently sealed a three-year, $40-plus million deal with the first family of reality TV – a deal that isn’t feeling any pain from the postponement of “Khloe & Lamar.” And in an attempt to perhaps avoid the pitfalls of what could easily become Kardashian overload, the network has a slew of new reality shows that will be hitting the lineup to tickle our voyeuristic fancies with peeks into the lives of Clint Eastwood’s wife and daughter as well as the newlywed Kevin Jonas and his bride.
Putting the tantalizing scent of new meat aside, will the wholesome “Married to Jonas” be able to fill the wacky and wild Khloe and Lamar void? My guess is probably not, but then I also doubt that the Kardashian couple will be gone long enough for us to even miss them.