'KUWTK': Executive Producer Says Kourtney Kardashian Isn't Filming Much Footage During Quarantine
Fans of Keeping Up with the Kardashians know how much Kourtney Kardashian dislikes filming. Her relationship with the show has been strained for some time, as documented in the series. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, then, that Kardashian is shooting even less during the coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine.
Despite being set up with an at-home studio to record in, Kardashian is boasting less screen-time, which ultimately means less footage for fans.
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Kardashian has struggled with filming and her role in the series for some time. The 40-year-old mother of three announced at the beginning of season 18 that she would be taking a step back from filming to spend more time with her kids. As an integral part of the series and the oldest Kardashian sibling, she has garnered a massive following. Several fans were disappointed to learn that Kardashian was going to limit what camera crews filmed.
Kourtney Kardashian is recording even less in quarantine
Despite limiting what camera crews get to film, Kardashian remains part of the show. And, despite the global pandemic, Keeping Up with the Kardashians plans to continue with season 18.
In order to so, the Kardashian-Jenners have had mini-studios set up in their homes. Despite the technical difficulties — “Sometimes you’ll hear them mumbling under their breath, ‘Who knew a camera person’s job would be so hard?!’” executive poducer Farnaz Farjam explained to Elle — the Kardashian-Jenner clan have managed to film about 16 hours of footage a week each on their own — with the exception of the Poosh mogul.
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“Kourtney is very proud when her screen time is down,” Farjam mentioned. “She’s trying to take a detox a little bit from her phone.” In a way, Kardashian is in more control of filming now than she ever has been. Considering how little she’s been shooting, it’s likely the eldest Kardashian sibling won’t be prominently featured in the remaining episodes of this season.
What to expect from the rest of ‘KUWTK’ Season 18
Fortunately, Kardashian’s siblings have been filming enough to make up for her lack of footage. Farjam was happy to report that Kardashian West has been filming anything and everything. “I’m really excited for people to see Kim having to juggle everything on her own, especially early on, when it was so, so scary,” Farjam teased. “Watching Kim juggle four kids will be really relatable. No matter how big her house is, four kids is four kids. It’s a lot.”
Still, Farjam says the quarantine episodes won’t be as eye-opening as the episodes fans expect. Camera crews aren’t around to be the “fly-on-the-wall,” making it difficult for Farjam to capture typical footage. For example, “if Kris gets annoyed and walks out of the camera angle, it’s not like we can follow her and continue shooting,” she said. “She has to come back onto the screen and explain [why she walked away].”
Regardless of how they’re obtaining new footage, Farjam promises an exciting conclusion to the season. “Because this is the Kardashians and they’re entertaining regardless, it will be a fun watch for people.”
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