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Kardashian Widow’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Reality TV Clan, Ryan Seacrest Prods & Bunim-Murray Survives

DJP LEGAL BADGESometimes legal reality has more twists that reality TV. Yes, Ellen Kardashian’s case has been dramatically trimmed and Yes, Kim and her brother Robert Jr. have had all claims against them dismissed but the widow’s legal fight with her deceased husband’s other children, ex-wife and Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bunim-Murray Productions still lives on. Earlier this week Judge Mitchell Beckloff ruled that the very estranged step-mom of the Keeping Up With Kardashians clan can proceed with a defamation claim of her August 7, 2013 complaint against Kourtney, Kimberly, Khloe and mother Kris Jenner as well E! Network Events - 2013the producers of the hit E! reality series. While dismissing  Kardashian’s claims of public disclosure of private facts, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to defame, the LA Superior judge said that several statements made about Ellen by family members on the June 2, 2013 “Enough Is Enough” episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians were potentially slanderous.

To that end, the widow Kardashian, who sometimes goes by Ellen Pearson-Kardashian, is not forced to show she suffered any actual damages to proceed. “The statements alleged by plaintiff would necessarily damage her professional reputation,” said Judge Beckoff in his February 25 ruling while noting Ellen Kardashians’ previous career in real estate. The dismissal of the other claims comes as no surprise after a February 10 in which the Judge indicated he … Read More »

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Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Sue YouTube Co-Founder Over Proposal Footage Intended For E! Reality Series

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 5:29pm PDT

So for once a Kardashian doesn’t want some video of herself out there – at least not yet. Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Kim and hubby-to be Kanye West today filed a complaint in LA Superior Court against YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for filming the rapper’s October 21 marriage proposal to the E! star and putting it online. The breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment filing (read it here) seeks a jury trial as well as unspecified damages galore and gate crasher Hurley handing over any profits he might have made from putting the proposal at San Fran’s AT&T Park up on his new Mixbit site. It seems the duo didn’t want anyone but their own crews filming anything because the footage of the event was intended for M Cable Television, an offshoot of Keeping producers Bunim/Murray and E! – which means you likely would be seeing it soonish on the long running reality series.

“Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are entertainers. Entertainers get paid for their work,” says the complaint, at least telling us Kim’s real status. Slagged as a tech one-hit wonder in the complaint, Hurley actually did sign a confidentially agreement when he tagged along to the invite only event with a friend. There’s a pic of him with it in the filing. … Read More »

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Ryan Seacrest Productions Pulled Into Kardashian Legal Squabble In New Filing By Widow

The cast of Ellen Kardashian’s legal fight with her deceased husband’s children and ex-wife just had some marquee names added. Today a defamation and infliction of emotion distress complaint was filed against Ryan Seacrest Productions and Bunim-Murray Productions in LA Superior Court (read it here) The Kardashian clan of Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Robert Jr and mother Kris Jenner were also named, as was Jenner Communications. The Keeping Up With Kardashians producer and American Idol host was not personally named as a defendant. Very similar to a motion for counterclaim that Ellen Kardashian/Pearson filed in federal court in July, today’s 20-page complaint alleges that the widow of Robert Kardashian is the victim of a manufactured reality TV plotline from earlier this year by the clan and the production companies and a “manufactured lawsuit” in filed in federal court in April. Kardashian/Pearson withdrew her federal motion for counterclaim earlier this month with a window open to file it again if she wanted to. Seeking damages of $500,000, the Kardashian suit against their ex-stepmother claimed that Kardashian/Pearson, who married the family patriarch two months before he died of cancer in 2003, was engaged in a  ”despicable and unlawful scheme” to sell family photos of the children and parts of their father’s diary to the tabloids. Read More »

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WWE’s ‘Total Divas’ Debut Scores For E!

The premiere of Total Divas took it to the mat for E! last night. After some lackluster openings this year, the in-and-out-of-the-ring WWE reality show garnered the channel its most-watched debut since Married To Jonas premiered with 1.73 million viewers on August 19, 2012. First announced during E!’s upfront presentation in April, Total Divas pulled in 1.3 million viewers last night in its 10 PM time slot with 855,000 watching in the adults 18-49 demo. With a repeat at midnight, the wrestling-themed show had 2 million viewers total with 1.3 million in the key demo. It certainly benefited from its lead-in, even if Total Divas did see a big viewership drop-off: Keeping Up With The Kardashians had its second best show of its eighth season Sunday with 2.8 million viewers tuning in at 9 PM. That Ryan Seacrest-produced reality show returned in early June for its eighth cycle with 3 million viewers.

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Kardashians “Scripted” Lawsuit For Their E! Reality Series, Says Court Filing By Widow

Ellen Pearson says that she and the courts are the victims of a manufactured reality TV plotline by the Kardashian clan and she wants Lady Justice to let her state her case. The widow and third wife of Kim, Kourtney, and Khloe’s father Robert Kardashian today filed a motion (read it here) in federal court to be allowed to file counterclaims against the Ryan Seacrest-produced E! series stars’ April copyright complaint against her. A complaint Pearson’s lawyer says was all for the cameras of the supposedly unscripted Keeping Up With The Kardashians. ”Episode 2 from Season 8 of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, entitled Enough is Enough (“Episode”) first aired on or about June 8, 2013…the filing of this entire lawsuit by the Kardashians was nothing more than part of a carefully orchestrated aspect of the Episode. The entire saga culminating in the filing of the complaint in this action was orchestrated off screen by the Kardashians and then scripted for the Episode,” says the 17-page motion. Pearson has requested that her motion be heard on August 12, 2013 in downtown LA. She wants to counterclaim Defamation, Public Disclosure of Private Facts, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Civil Harassment and Civil Conspiracy to Defame. Producer Seacrest could also see himself and his production company dragged into the proceedings if the motion to Read More »

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Kim Kardashian’s Baby Could Debut On Current Season Of E!’s ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’

By | Saturday June 15, 2013 @ 6:34pm PDT
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Her sex was revealed on the Season 8 premiere of E!‘s Keeping Up With The Kardashians less than two weeks ago. And now the baby daughter of series’ star Kim Kardashian and boyfriend Kanye West, born today in Los Angeles, will likely make her debut on the hit reality series later this season. Keeping Up With The Kardashians is currently in production and is slated to continue filming for another couple of months. But unlike the lavish special on Kardashian’s ill-fated wedding to Kris Humphries, the youngest member of the Kardashian clan is not getting her own E! special, at least not for now. According to a rep for E!, the network will air the previously scheduled Episode 3 of the show’s eighth season tomorrow night and there are no immediate plans for a baby special. The extent of newborn’s presence on Keeping Up also is unclear as father West has vowed never to appear on the show again and recently told the NYT that he will be protective of his child, claiming that she “isn’t America’s baby.” The girl’s arrival also coincides with new grandma Kris Jenner‘s promo campaign for the July 15 launch of her syndicated talk show and is likely to give her appearances a boost.

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Baby Viewership Bump For ‘Kardashians’ Season 8 Premiere

The Season 8 premiere of E!‘s Keeping Up With The Kardashians featured footage of Kim Kardashian finding out the sex of her child with rapper boyfriend Kanye West. The made-for-TV moment was intended to capitalize on the tabloid interest in such things, but the 3 million total viewers that tuned in Sunday was up only 6% from the Season 7 premiere. Still, it was the most-watched season debut in three years, drawing 2 million adults 18-49. Following Kardashians was the series premiere of The Wanted Life, which delivered just 600,000 total viewers and 409,000 in the demo. A total of 1.7 million tuned in across three showings of the series, which follows UK pop band The Wanted.

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E!’s Lisa Berger Exits As President Of Entertainment

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 11:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

There is a major executive change at E! Entertainment with president of entertainment programming Lisa Berger suddenly leaving her post. Berger has been at E! for nine years, overseeing the network’s original programming development, first under president Ted Harbert and, for the past year under his successor Suzanne Kolb. Berger led the network during the transition from Comcast to NBCUniversal ownership, where the cable network falls under the purview of NBCU veteran Bonnie Hammer, and was among the executives rumored for the top E! post. During her tenure at E!, Berger shepherded such hit unscripted series as The Girls Next Door, Keeping Up With The Kardashians and its offshoots and late-night staple Chelsea Lately. She most recently oversaw the network’s expansion into scripted programming. Berger, who was a creative executive at Fox Television Studios Production and MTV before joining E! as SVP Programming Development in September 2003, indicated she will likely take on another gig after a short break. “After nine wonderful years at E!, I have made the difficult decision to leave my post as President, Entertainment Programming,” she said. “My time at E! has been an amazing experience both professionally and personally, and it is hard to sum up nearly a decade of show launches, milestone moments and incredible friendships. I am extremely proud of all of our accomplishments taking the network to record heights and forever grateful to my team whose talent and dedication knows no bounds. Although it won’t be easy for me to say goodbye, I look forward to sharing the news of my next challenge in the months ahead.” Read More »

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Kris Jenner In Talks For Twentieth Daytime Talk Show Eying Test Run On Fox Stations

Nellie Andreeva

Kris Jenner Talk Show FoxEXCLUSIVE: Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner, the first lady of reality television, is eying a move into daytime. I’ve learned that Jenner is in talks with Twentieth Television to host a daytime talk show. Discussions are also underway for a test run of the show on the Fox TV Stations as early as this summer. There had been speculation that Jenner, who has built a TV empire with the Keeping Up With The Kardashians franchise, is looking to launch her own talk show. Last year, she served as a fill-in host on The Talk and the fourth hour of Today. Meanwhile, the six-week test run on the Fox stations has become increasingly popular as it has spawned two series to go to national syndication: Wendy Williams and Bethenny. “Everyone wants to do a test with the Fox TV stations,” a spokesperson for the stations said, declining further comment. Read More »

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‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Finale Hits Season High, Down Slightly From 2011

By | Monday September 17, 2012 @ 12:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The birth of Kourtney Kardashian’s second baby rated higher than the marriage proposal of her sister Kim. Last night’s hourlong Season 7 finale of E!‘s Keeping Up With The Kardashians was the most-watched episode of the season with 3.6 million total viewers, ranking as one of the top 25 most-watched telecasts on E! ever. The episode, which featured the birth of Penelope Scotland Disick, edged Kardashians‘ Season 6 closer, which included an hourlong episode on Sunday (3.5 million), followed by the season finale on Monday (3.3 million) that showed Kris Humphries’ proposal to Kim Kardashian. Following Kardashians last night, Married To Jonas drew more than 2.2 million viewers at 10 PM.

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‘Today’ Idiotically Stays With Kris Jenner Interview During 9/11 Moment Of Silence

By | Tuesday September 11, 2012 @ 12:18pm PDT

All the cable networks and rival morning shows Good Morning America on ABC and CBS This Morning carried the moment of silence this morning to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama led the moment from Washington. TVNewser says, though, that NBC’s Today instead aired its interview with Kris Jenner of Keeping Up With The Kardashians fame in which she discussed her breast implants. In New York, the NBC local station did break in to the interview to carry special coverage of the event at the World Trade Center site, where NY police and firemen, the Port Authority and the families of victims were in attendance.

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