If you thought we were celebrating a cultural milestone with the 10th anniversary of Gossip Girl this fall, think again: Next month marks the 10th anniversary of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which is how Kim Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner all ended up lined up on Megyn Kelly‘s couch for an interview that aired on Today on Wednesday.
Kardashian konnoisseurs, however, will notice that one K was missing: Kylie Jenner, even though she was reportedly on set when the interview was filmed. Indeed, the interview was in the same location as E!’s upcoming anniversary special, which features Kylie speaking to Ryan Seacrest and sitting at the end of what appears to be the very same couch where Kelly interviewed Kendall, who, like the rest of the family, is wearing the same outfit she wore on-screen with Kelly.
Now, a reason has emerged for why Kylie didn’t stick around: She reportedly “bailed at the last minute because she thought the questions were going to be too tough.” Yet while Kelly may have once been known for her tough questioning, these days, it says something that she can’t even get Kylie to appear on-screen; the 20-year-old is, after all, the only one of the Kardashians to have developed her own spin-off reality TV show, and seems to never miss an opportunity to promote her cosmetics line, which was already predicted to become worth $1 billion by 2022.
With all that, it could have been that Kylie was just too plain busy to stick around, but then again, she’s never been one to shy from unexpected appearances, from the opening of a candy store-restaurant called the Sugar Factory in Orlando late last year to a random prom in Sacramento a few months ago. In fact, it seems more likely that after filming with E!, the network that hosts her and her family’s show, Kylie simply didn’t feel like interviewing with Kelly, who’s been on something of a downward spiral lately, even though she started off the year making headlines when NBC offered her a salary high enough to make her the highest paid female news anchor, complete with a morning show of her own.
But since switching to NBC, Kelly has struggled to maintain the ratings she got at Fox News that were so high, the network offered her a $5 million raise to stay. Even though her NBC show Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly kicked off with none other than Vladimir Putin as its guest, it somehow managed to be so unnoteworthy, especially after all the anticipatory publicity, that even Putin himself seemed bored.
Kelly’s next high-profile and widely hated guest, Infowar’s Alex Jones, on the other hand, definitely drew attention, though it was mostly in the form of internet outrage that didn’t translate to many viewers, but did remind much of the public of their hatred of the host. (So much so that an anti-gun group founded by those involved with the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School publicly disinvited Kelly from hosting an event of theirs, seeing that Jones has questioned whether the shooting was a hoax, and advertisers as big as J.P. Morgan Chase also pulled out amid the uproar.)
By the end of the summer, the show ended its run at only eight episodes instead of its expected 10; apparently, there wasn’t too much progress from the first episode, where even Putin called Kelly’s questions “boring.” It follows, then, that at NBC, Kylie would have had nothing to worry about—and in any case, if there’s any Jenner who would, it’s Kendall, who’s weathered her fair share of controversies lately and still has yet to publicly apologize for her Pepsi ad which trivialized the Black Lives Matter movement—though she has since turned it into TV fodder.
But Kelly, of course, didn’t ask her about that. In fact, ironically enough, practically nothing noteworthy was said in the interview; in the end, the most notable takeaway was that Kylie decided to miss out. Too bad, as she and Kelly likely would have gotten along: Life of Kylie has brought Kylie her own share of less than friendly reviews, low ratings, and lackluster view numbers, and the two could have commiserated over their poor receptions.
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Kylie Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner), Kendall Jenner, and Kris Jenner at the world premiere of The Emperor’s New Groove in Hollywood, California, December 2000.
Kylie Jenner at the Matrix at A Time for Heroes Celebrity Carnival Benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Los Angeles, June 2008.
Kendall, Kris, and Kylie Jenner at the 102.7 KIIS-FM’s Wango Tango in Irvine, California, May 2009.
Kylie Jenner at the release party for Selena Gomez’s Kiss and Tell in Hollywood, September 2009.
Kendall Jenner, Kim Kardashian, and Kylie Jenner at the Teen Choice Awards in Universal City, California, August 2010.
Kendall and Kylie Jenner at the premiere of Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in Los Angeles, February 2011.
Kendall and Kylie prove their twinning days aren’t behind them at the premiere of Prom in Hollywood, April 2011.
Kylie Jenner at the Race to Erase MS in Century City, California, May 2012.
Kylie Jenner at Fashion’s Night Out in Los Angeles, California, September 2012.
Kendall and Kylie Jenner, honing their fashion consultant chops, go on Good Morning America to discuss spring trends, February 2013.
Kylie Jenner wore a dress by Msfts, the label by then-reported boyfriend Jaden Smith, to the Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles, March 2013.
Kylie Jenner opted for white and nude, a palette she’d come to favor down the line much like sister Kim Kardashian, at the MTV Movie Awards in Culver City, California, April 2013.
Kylie Jenner opted for a sleek black two-piece look to attend the premiere of After Earth (the movie fronted by rumored boyfriend Jaden Smith) in New York, May 2013.
Jenner opted for a tonally appropriate graphic tee to walk the red carpet with Jaden Smith at the premiere of Ender’s Game in Hollywood, October 2013.
Kylie Jenner, in Maiyet and Giambattista Valli, debuted a new hair style when she walked the red carpet with sister Kendall at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, November 2013.
Kylie Jenner in Alex Perry with Louboutin heels at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2014.
Jenner opted for an orange Nicolas Jebran minidress, contrasting with her sister’s Fausto Puglisi, at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, Canada, June 2014.
Kylie Jenner in Alexandre Vauthier with Gucci heels at the MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, California, August 2014.
Jenner opted once again for Alexandre Vauthier, this time in burgundy, for the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, November 2014.
Kylie Jenner in Steven Khalil at the GQ Grammys afterparty in Hollywood, California, February 2015.
Kylie Jenner appeared front row at the 3.1 Phillip Lim show — wearing Phillip Lim, naturally — during New York Fashion Week Fall 2015 in New York, New York, February 2015.
Completing the arc that brought her into Olivier Rousteing’s fold, Kylie Jenner wears Balmain at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2015.
Kylie once told us her mom is her style icon — so it makes sense they would pair up on the red carpet, too. Here, Kylie Jenner wears a Cushnie et Ochs top with Alaïa leggins and a Kimora Lee Simmons coat for the premiere of The Gallows in Los Angeles, California, July 2015.
Kylie Jenner in Shady Zeineldine at the ESPYs in Los Angeles, California, July 2015.
Jenner steps out with a bleached ‘do and a new pantsuited look, sitting front row at the Prabal Gurung show during New York Fashion Week Spring 2016 in New York, New York, September 2015.
Wearing Balmain x H&M, Jenner appeared at the launch of the capsule collection in New York, New York, October 2015.
A regular at the American Music Awards, Jenner went custom for the 2015 edition in Bryan Hearns in Los Angeles, California, November 2015.
Also a regular at Vera Wang, though perhaps an unexpected one, Jenner went full-on Kylie Minogue during the Fall 2016 season at New York Fashion Week in New York, New York, February 2016.
Jenner called on Olivier Rousteing to outfit her for last year’s Met Gala, wearing custom Balmain to the Costume Institute gala for Manus x Machina in New York, New York, May 2016.
Jenner sat front-row at Jonathan Simkhai in a denim ensemble with a skull cap during New York Fashion Week Spring 2017 in New York, New York, September 2016.
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