Keeping Up With the Kardashians was originally turned down for ‘lack of talent’

Keeping Up With The Kardashians is about to embark on its 20th season, but things could have been very different if TV producers stuck by their original thoughts.

After gracing our screens for the first time in 2007, the reality show’s reign is set to come to an end but it has been revealed that the concept was initially rejected by producers as they thought the soon-to-be stars “don’t really have talent”.

Only after the show’s creator Ryan Seacrest took the concept to the boss of E! did its fortunes change.

At the time, Ted Harbert was president and CEO of the Comcast Entertainment Group, which included E!.

He remembers the day the American Idol presenter first showed him the sizzle reel that was set to become KUWTK.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians was nearly never made into a show.

Ted said: “He called me and said in a very polite, respectful way about my own staff, he said ‘I know I’m going over people’s heads but your staff has passed on this tape a few times.

“I know I’m going over people’s heads but I’d appreciate it if you’d give it a look’.

“He sent it to me that day, I took it home that night and looked at it. If I remember correctly it was just seven minutes of a barbecue put together.

“And I went in the next day and said to my staff, ‘we’re putting this on the air. This is a hit.'”

And the rest as they say is history.

KUWTK 20 series
Keeping Up With the Kardashians is set for it’s 20th and final season

After over 260 episodes of the show, it’s safe to say that Ted’s judgement was correct – even if the show divides public opinion.

He admits that his staff were puzzled by his enthusiasm of the short reel with some complaining that the family “don’t really have talent, they don’t really do anything”.

But he said he knew it would be a success as it followed “a classic family drama formula”.

Kardashian family
The family have become household names

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Talking about the passion shown towards the idea by the co-host of Live with Kelly and Ryan, Ted added: “He really believed in it.

“And he took the unusual step of going over people’s heads and so under normal business, I would never have seen it and I would never even known it was passed on.”

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