After 20 seasons and 14 years, Keeping Up With the Kardashians is coming to an end — but there’s still one question that is on every fan’s lips: Is the legendary reality series scripted? Here’s what we know about how things are handled behind-the-scenes on the E! series.
In 2014, Life & Style obtained court documents that contained a deposition by one of the show’s producers Russell Jay. In the docs, the producer admitted that two scenes involving Kim Kardashian‘s first husband, Kris Humphries, and their relationship were either scripted, reshot or edited.
The scenes in question included a moment where Kim discovers a party in her hotel room and a scene in which the KKW Beauty founder and mom Kris Jenner are discussing her divorce from Kris. The documents revealed that the basketball player’s proposal scene was also reshot after the Skims founder had complaints about her initial reaction.
There is a little bit of trickery in the way the series shoots their B-roll footage as well. Those exterior shots of the Kardashian-Jenner homes fans are used to seeing between scenes? Those houses don’t actually belong to the members of the famous family.
“My old home in Beverly Hills was really my home [and] I would get people showing up at all hours ringing my gate [and] had to call the police on several occasions,” Kim previously revealed on social media. “People hopping the gate [and] scaring me. It was so unsafe. The Hollywood star tours would stop by, too, [because] they recognized my home from our show. After that, we realized how unsafe it is to show the exterior of our homes. So now we use different homes for the outside for security purposes.”
However, the show is generally pretty real on the whole. Because of all the intense personal moments that are documented on the series, Kim is adamant about previewing the episodes before they air.
“I’m not in the actual editing room but I watch every cut and every edit,” the former personal assistant told model Ashley Graham on her “Pretty Big Deal” podcast in October 2018. “And that, I think, has always been the magic to being ourselves and showing everything, because we know that we could really have a say in it.”