Three members of the Kardashian family — Khloé Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Kendall Jenner — stopped by Disney’s FYC Fest on Wednesday for an Emmy-centric chat about the first season of their eponymous new Hulu show. The trio appeared alongside executive producer Ben Winston and showrunner Danielle King at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater to discuss their return to television, as well as some highlights from the season, including Khloé’s breakup with Tristan. Thompson and Kendall’s viral cucumber cutting scene.
Although Winston admitted he was “certainly concerned about being the company that ruined The Kardashians and killed it” after the family’s hit 20 seasons on E!, Khloé explained, “We were looking for someone to get the keeping up with the Kardashians of us, but also know that there is so much more that we have not been able to tell. Each sister sets her own limit on what she decides to show on camera – this season including filming Khloé’s breakup, Kourtney’s engagement and fertility journey with Travis Barker and the start of Kim’s relationship with Pete Davidson – but Khloé said Kylie and Kendall learned from their older sisters to keep their lives more private.
“They’ve seen a lot of our mistakes, or they’ve seen a lot of the stuff that we filmed, they’re like, ‘OK, I don’t want to put my relationship or anything on camera,'” Khloe said. Kendall added that she and Kylie were excited to open up more about the Hulu series, and teased, “We’re really ready to dive in, and you’ll see that a lot more in season two.”
The family, who are all six executive producers on the show, also explained their approach to giving editing notes and deciding what to cut or what to let air into the world.
“Personally, I don’t like to release stuff. I’m like, ‘That’s what happened, that’s how it happened,’” Khloé explained. “Even if you don’t like yourself in some way, or you don’t like your tone or something you’ve done or said, it’s a mirror and sometimes you have to take those moments and reflect and learn and improve yourself. There’s been so much growth looking at myself and certain things or scenarios. Khloe added that she and her sisters sometimes ask for fun family times to be added, and “It’s not so much us who take things out to protect ourselves or something like that. It’s more just to make the show hopefully better, with the whole production team.
Winston also noted a moment in the show’s ninth episode when Kourtney candidly explains to the camera how she was unhappy with the editing surrounding her filmed engagement, thinking it focused too much on her ex Scott Disick’s feelings over highlighting his new relationship.
“I liked that we put that in there. We almost gave her her cut voice that she didn’t like, and we put it out there and I think it’s just for her,” Winston said. “I think when they don’t like the show, I like that they say so, even if it means there are articles saying, ‘Hey, you’re doing stuff they don’t like. not. I think it’s really fascinating, and they deserve huge credit for enabling this.
The Kardashian-Jenners also told the moderator, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Beatrice Verhoeven on this season’s biggest challenges as Khloé pondered reliving Thompson’s on-screen cheating scandal.
“It’s definitely not fun, but when things are so public there’s no getting around it. I mean, it’s something that I think viewers would feel disrespected or maybe [say], “It’s not a documentary series, it’s not reality, because you don’t talk about that or show that,” Khloe said. “And the truth is that Kim was filming something else when this story came out in the media.”
“It’s not easy, but it’s also, I think, a form of therapy for me at the same time,” she continued. “I love seeing how the rest of my family reacts to things, like those little things mean a lot to me.”
Kendall pointed to her cucumber scene as her standout moment, after her unorthodox cutting technique exploded online.
“It’s hysterical, but I love seeing it again because I was like, ‘Why did I cut it like that? said Kendal. “I was literally talking to one of our bosses and I was like, ‘Can you help me? Can you teach me, what did I do wrong? How can I do better?’ I took it really seriously, but I think it’s hysterical and I honestly love it, because it couldn’t be more me. Like I was a noodle doing weird things.
She added that the internet reaction took her by surprise, saying, “I obviously saw the episode before it came out and no part of me saw that moment and was like, ‘C ‘is weird’. I even say it in the scene like, ‘I’m not that good at this.'”
For her part, matriarch Kris Jenner said her challenges with the show come from being a mother and seeing her daughters go through ups and downs.
“I don’t know about anyone else, but when you have kids and they have partners and spouses and baby daddies and boyfriends, when they break up with someone, I feel like I just broke up with someone. And then if they break up with someone, and it happens more than once a year, I’m exhausted, I need therapy,” Kris joked. “So my challenge comes from a very emotional place, and I just want them to be happy.”
Closing out the event, Kris congratulated Winston and King on their work on the series, which wrapped up its first season with Wednesday night’s finale.
“You made us grow and made us better, and you taught us a little bit more about how to do what we do,” Kris said. “You made us look really good, so thank you very much.”