Last night, things got heated on Keeping Up with the Kardashians as tensions exploded and a fight broke out between Kim Kardashian and big sister Kourtney Kardashian. When the drama spilled over onto social media, though, the fans started suspecting the whole thing was fake. After all, the filming happens months before the episodes actually air. Like, the issue that they were fighting about was literally related to the Kardashian Kristmas Kard, meaning that the filming — and the fight — happened no later than November since the photos started to be released in December. Just to be clear, that was a full eight months ago, and it was probably even closer to nine.
So why would the Kardashian sisters still be in their feelings about a fight that happened over half a year ago? Either it’s still on-going (which doesn’t really seem to be the case considering how Khloé Kardashian alluded to the fact that there was some deeper problem going on in Kourt’s life), or there’s an easier answer: Ratings. Let’s not pretend that the Kardashians (or any other reality star, TBH) are above leaning into a little manufactured drama for the sake of boosting the show’s numbers, or their own. Whether or not the fight itself was real (and we bet it probably was — those tears can’t be faked, or at least not by the amateur actors that are the Kardashians), the social media spillover almost certainly wasn’t. And there’s one pretty obvious tell: They were hashtagging their drama.
At first, they were all just using the hashtag to live-tweet the episode… and weighing in on their fight again as they did it. But then when reliving the drama got too ~real~ (read: not real), even more drama exploded. And that got hashtagged, too.
And that’s not all. When Khloé tweeted that she just “wanted peace” and Kourt responded, “Let’s be honest here,” things really popped off. “What the f–k does that mean??” Koko shot back. “I didn’t want peace? #kuwtk” When Kourt responded that maybe she wanted that “eventually,” but not immediately, Khloé fired back again. “Please explain when I ever jumped in on that situation. I’m the one who f–king called you to make sure you were good. #KUWTK” She even followed it up with another unprompted tweet, writing, “Hey @kourtneykardash are you watching the same episode I am??? Do you think I was picking on you? I was genuinely concerned about your happiness. Stop looping me into your drama with Kim! Don’t ever tweet me that s–t again!
#KUWTK” But after 15 seasons of this, fans could pretty much see right through it all.
The most damning evidence of all? The fact that, as soon as the episode was over, so was the fight. Their issues weren’t resolved in the eight months since filming, but three hours later when it was time for the show to air again, everything had finally been figured out and all feelings put to rest.
But, hey, if it works, why stop?