Kim Kardashian, reality’s reigning queen (princess?) made her debut as a talk show co-host on Monday’s (Jan. 23) “Live with Kelly.” First off, she looked fab: Kardashian was poured into a form-fitting red dress, her hair extensions spilled over her shoulders in dreamy cascades and her makeup was impeccable.
But paired with Kelly Ripa — a woman who is so quick she was always one step ahead of former co-host Regis Philbin — Kardashian came off as kind of ditzy, unprepared and — well — pretty vacant. She may be the star of E!’s highest rated franchise, but let that be a lesson to us in the non-spontaneous prompting and editing that goes into crafting an entertaining version of “reality.” When left to her own devices — or device — Kardashian was sweet and lovely, but hardly compelling.
As we reported earlier, Kim did touch on her recent split from Kris Humphries and she commiserated with Kelly about the news that Heidi Klum and Seal are splitting up after seven years of marriage, but when allowed to talk at length she said stuff like this:
“I’m such a hopeless romantic. I wanted to believe in something so badly. But if you really think about it, if this was a business decision and I really made all that money that everyone was claiming that we made off this wedding, and if the wedding was fake and just for TV – I’m a smart businesswoman, I would’ve stayed married longer … I really didn’t think following my heart would create this much backlash.”
Kelly also had to intervene to prevent Kardashian from mangling the last name of actress Carla Gugino. Let that be a lesson to us: Prepping for a talk show appearance isn’t all about the hair.
But what did you think? Does Kim K. have the chops to pull off a talk show gig?