The Kardashians have signed a record-breaking, deal to remain with E! for , sources have exclusively confirmed to Page Six.
Momager Kris Jenner recently secured the astonishing deal for herself and daughters Kim, Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Bruce Jenner is not part of the deal, having previously agreed that he will be leaving after the upcoming 10th season of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” Bruce has his own show at E! based on his sex transition.
The Kardashian deal, the highest in TV history for a reality brand, is being kept strictly under wraps. E!’s parent company, Comcast, says it plans to save by spending less on content if its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable goes ahead.
The deal covers at least four more seasons of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” as well as spinoffs, which have included “Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons.” E! executives also believe the family’s huge social media following will fuel future digital projects. Jenner had previously been rumored to be in talks about a Kardashian YouTube channel.
There will be further opportunities for the sisters under the new package. Khloé has been hosting red carpet coverage as well as post-Oscar and Grammy specials for E! Kim is also expected to produce her own future shows.
Kanye West is not part of the deal, we’re told, but he will continue to appear on “Keeping Up.” Show creator Ryan Seacrest is also believed to b
E! also has an eye on future vehicles for the youngest generation of the Kardashian clan. Kendall has quickly risen to become one of the world’s top fashion models. Kylie has had success in modeling and TV hosting, but wants to become an actor.
Our source added, “You’ll be seeing a lot more of the Kardashian family. This is a huge deal, which will see their involvement with the network and its digital properties expand well into the future.”
Neither did Kris Jenner.
A source close to the tense talks told Us that momager Kris Jenner was a lead negotiator for her family, which will be back for four more years of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
The insider said: “This has been in the works for almost a year. Kris is a fierce negotiator . . . She was playing major hardball and threatening to leave.” Ultimately, the network was forced to keep their best-known asset at almost any cost.
The source added, “E! needs them.” If E! needed a reminder of how much it counts on the Kardshians, Kim thanked her fans last night for building her Instagram following to 27 million.
While E! parent NBCUniversal tried to rebuff the $100 million figure, sources tell us the deal is that big, but suits don’t want it to hamper merger talks or other talent deals.