Despite the fact that the show is quite literally called Keeping Up with the Kardashians, at least one person is ready to admit they “can’t keep up.” This is kind of big deal considering he’s the executive producer. That’s right — Ryan Seacrest told Us Weekly that, despite his close connection to the family, the Kardashians have gotten too big even for him.
“I remember the first meeting I had with Kris. We thought we had a very dynamic franchise and to think of all of the things that the family has covered, I almost need a newsletter every day to keep up with what is happening,” he told Us at the American Idol top-14 taping in Los Angeles.
Daily briefings? What is he, the president? Although to be fair, he does have a point. A lot has gone down since the dawn of the Kardashian age. Marriages, divorces, transitions, spinoffs, makeups (and makeup lines), breakups, apps — what started as a show about a Hollywood family’s blended dynamics has turned into a veritable universe. It’s as though the Kardashians have their own gravitational pull.
And, oh, did we mention babies? Because the next generation of Kardashians is growing by the minute. In 2018 alone, Kim Kardashian West and husband Kanye West welcomed daughter Chicago; Kylie Jenner and boyfriend Travis Scott introduced the world to Stormi; and Khloé Kardashian (with some help from Tristan Thompson) found her Truth.
Happily, Seacrest and the E! network don’t view these sweet bundles according to their future potential for reality TV. “We don’t think of new additions to the world in terms of the spinoffs but we react to the new additions of the world in terms of how it’s all going to be incorporated into the show,” he told Us.
So, at least for the foreseeable future, Seacrest will only have to contend with keeping track of the original Kardashian crew. But it’s possible that he’s dropped the ball in doing so lately due to his own super-busy schedule — not to mention drama.
Speculation has already begun over whether ABC’s reboot of American Idol will be renewed for another season, with many people leaning toward the negative. The controversy over the show’s top 14 finalists lacking diversity certainly hasn’t helped quell the rumor mill.
On a more personal front (that is intrinsically entangled with his professional world), Seacrest was only recently cleared by E! during an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations. The accusations, which were lodged by a former wardrobe stylist, claimed Seacrest subjected her to repeated sexual advances and abuse. After E! concluded their investigation, the Idol host penned a letter to The Hollywood Reporter describing the experience of being “wrongly accused.”
With so much going on in his own life, it’s no wonder Seacrest just can’t seem to keep up with the Kardashians.