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Kim Kardashian admits KUWTK would ‘probably not’ have been as successful without her 2007 sex tape

Kim Kardashian admitted Thursday that Keeping Up with the Kardashians would not have been as successful had it not been for all the publicity surrounding her 2007 sex tape.

‘Looking back, probably not,’ the 40-year-old reality star told moderator Andy Cohen during the first part of the 20th season reunion.

The E! Network reality series famously premiered in 2007 just seven months after Vivid Entertainment released the 41-minute DVD titled Kim Kardashian, Superstar.

Kim Kardashian admitted Thursday that Keeping Up with the Kardashians would not have been as successful had it not been for all the publicity surrounding her 2007 sex tape

The 40-year-old reality star told moderator Andy Cohen during the first part of the 20th season reunion: 'Looking back, probably not'

The 40-year-old reality star told moderator Andy Cohen during the first part of the 20th season reunion: ‘Looking back, probably not’

Vivid purchased the 2002 tape from a ‘third party’ for $1M, and Kardashian reportedly dropped her invasion of privacy lawsuit against them and received a $5M settlement.

The half-Armenian beauty later admitted in 2018 that she had taken ecstasy while filming her 22nd birthday sexploits in Cabo San Lucas with then boyfriend Willie ‘Ray J’ Norwood.

Kim was then asked what she’ll tell her six children – North, 8; Saint, 5; Chicago, 3; and Psalm, 2 – whenever they uncover their mother’s sex tape past.

‘I haven’t had to as of yet,’ Kardashian said.

The E! Network reality series famously premiered in 2007 just seven months after Vivid Entertainment released the 41-minute DVD titled Kim Kardashian, Superstar

The E! Network reality series famously premiered in 2007 just seven months after Vivid Entertainment released the 41-minute DVD titled Kim Kardashian, Superstar 

XXX: Vivid purchased the 2002 tape from a 'third party' for $1M, and Kardashian reportedly dropped her invasion of privacy lawsuit against them and received a $5M settlement

XXX: Vivid purchased the 2002 tape from a ‘third party’ for $1M, and Kardashian reportedly dropped her invasion of privacy lawsuit against them and received a $5M settlement

Regrets: The half-Armenian beauty later admitted in 2018 that she had taken ecstasy while filming her 22nd birthday sexploits in Cabo San Lucas with then boyfriend Willie 'Ray J' Norwood (L, pictured in 2006)

Regrets: The half-Armenian beauty later admitted in 2018 that she had taken ecstasy while filming her 22nd birthday sexploits in Cabo San Lucas with then boyfriend Willie ‘Ray J’ Norwood (L, pictured in 2006)

‘And luckily I think that so many years have gone on and so many things have happened positively that it really erases that. It is something I have to live with for the rest of my life.’

In 2016, Ian Halperin accused the KKW Beauty/SKIMS CEO and her momager Kris Jenner of ‘engineering the deal’ to ‘deliberately leak’ the sex tape for publicity.

‘When it comes to selling a sex tape, both parties need to sign off,’ Halperin wrote in his book Kardashian Dynasty.

‘It is clear that Vivid would not have announced plans to distribute Kim’s tape without a clear indication from the family that they would give the go-ahead once they had come to terms on a price.’

Christmas Eve family portrait: Kim was then asked what she'll tell her six children - North, 8; Saint, 5; Chicago, 3; and Psalm, 2 - whenever they uncover their mother's sex tape past

Christmas Eve family portrait: Kim was then asked what she’ll tell her six children – North, 8; Saint, 5; Chicago, 3; and Psalm, 2 – whenever they uncover their mother’s sex tape past

Kardashian said: 'I haven't had to as of yet, and luckily I think that so many years have gone on and so many things have happened positively that it really erases that. It is something I have to live with for the rest of my life'

Kardashian said: ‘I haven’t had to as of yet, and luckily I think that so many years have gone on and so many things have happened positively that it really erases that. It is something I have to live with for the rest of my life’

'When it comes to selling a sex tape, both parties need to sign off': In 2016, Ian Halperin accused the KKW Beauty/SKIMS CEO and her momager Kris Jenner of 'engineering the deal' to 'deliberately leak' the sex tape for publicity which they denied

‘When it comes to selling a sex tape, both parties need to sign off’: In 2016, Ian Halperin accused the KKW Beauty/SKIMS CEO and her momager Kris Jenner of ‘engineering the deal’ to ‘deliberately leak’ the sex tape for publicity which they denied

A rep for Kim told Page Six at the time: ‘All the assertions are false.’

Many point to Kardashian learning the reality TV ropes from former boss Paris Hilton, whose own Vivid Entertainment sex tape made her even more famous in 2004.

However, the 40-year-old hotel heiress’ Fox show The Simple Life premiered six months before her ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon signed off on releasing their 2001 on-camera tryst titled 1 Night in Paris.

Like Kim, Paris settled her lawsuit against Saloman, who also sued her for defamation, for a reported $400K.

'Please don't talk to me while I'm talking': Many point to Kim learning the reality TV ropes from former boss Paris Hilton (R), whose own Vivid Entertainment sex tape made her even more famous in 2004

‘Please don’t talk to me while I’m talking’: Many point to Kim learning the reality TV ropes from former boss Paris Hilton (R), whose own Vivid Entertainment sex tape made her even more famous in 2004

However, the 40-year-old hotel heiress' Fox show The Simple Life premiered six months before her ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon signed off on releasing their 2001 on-camera tryst titled 1 Night in Paris

Like Kim, Paris settled her lawsuit against Saloman, who also sued her for defamation, for a reported $400K

Paris settled her lawsuit for $400K: However, the 40-year-old hotel heiress’ Fox show The Simple Life premiered six months before her ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon signed off on releasing their 2001 on-camera tryst titled 1 Night in Paris

The second part of the 20th (and final) season reunion of Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs this Sunday on E!

But the Kardashian-Jenner clan aren’t going anywhere as they signed a new multi-year global content deal with Hulu/Star on December 10, which starts streaming in late 2021.

The aspiring lawyer will also voice Delores the Poodle in Cal Brunker’s animated feature PAW Patrol: The Movie, which hits UK theaters August 13 and US theaters August 20.

More confessions to come! The second part of the 20th (and final) season reunion of Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs this Sunday on E!

More confessions to come! The second part of the 20th (and final) season reunion of Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs this Sunday on E!




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