Did Kris Jenner’s Control Issues Kill The Kardashian Magazine Deal?
Looks like the Kardashian Family Magazine Project won’t turn into an actual publication, and we can lay the blame (or sincerest gratitude?) on Kris Jenner‘s control freak tendencies.
Page Six reports that everything was going along swimmingly in Jenner’s deal to create a Kardashian-branded fanzine with American Media, Inc., the same company that owns tabloids like Star, The National Enquirer and Radar Online. But then Jenner did the unthinkable and asked for editorial approval over all stories about her family not just in her own magazine, but in every magazine AMI publishes. And the folks at AMI did not take kindly to that at all. Per Page Six:
Our source told us AMI “balked” at the demand, even though megalomaniac mom Jenner offered to “dish” all of the family “scoop” to the fanzine. AMI execs argued they didn’t want to just swallow saccharine “Kardashian krap,” noting that while they have a television deal with E!, other outlets often get better scoops on the family.
Jenner must have gotten the message that AMI wouldn’t comply with her demands loud and clear when Star and Radar printed a story last week claiming that Khloe Kardashian is not the biological daughter of Jenner’s late husband Robert Kardashian. (Jenner has denied this.) She responded by pulling advertising for all of her family’s assorted products — and they are legion — from Star.
We get why Jenner would ask for total control — she’s running an empire, after all, and probably wants to make sure that no one sullies her brand-building, money grubbing tendencies in the press. But you can’t run a business without understanding its basic tenets, and what Jenner asked AMI to do violates every standard of journalism we can think of. Even at the tabloid level.
Anyway, if you’re looking for news about the Kardashians, we probably wouldn’t expect to see much from Star or The Enquirer for the next few weeks. Now that she’s not in business with AMI anymore, we wouldn’t be surprised if she executed a full-scale embargo on the company’s magazines for not doing what she wanted them to.