- Insider spoke with “The Kardashians” showrunner Danielle King about handling sensitive subjects on the show.
- King said that she defers to the family on sensitive topics like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s divorce.
- “It’s [Kim’s] job first and foremost to protect her children. And that’s what she does,” King told Insider.
“The Kardashians” showrunner Danielle King said that she defers to members of the family when it comes to covering sensitive subjects, like Kim Kardashian’s divorce from Ye, formerly known as Kanye West.
In an interview with Insider, King said that her job is to “follow their life” and “capture what they want to share” while simultaneously respecting the boundaries that they may have.
“I really just take my cues from the family,” she told Insider.
“They have a history of sharing just about everything, but most of them are moms and they have kids,” she added. “So I think everyone out there that’s a mother and has children would understand having boundaries.”
The show, which began filming in late 2021, touches on Kardashian’s divorce from Ye, as well as how they co-parent their four children North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm. Ye himself briefly appears at times in the show, such as in episode three when he flew from New York City to Los Angeles and back to retrieve a laptop from Kardashian’s ex, Ray J. He is not, however, a main focus of the series . King told Insider that the show remains focused on the Kardashians’ — and Kim’s — point of view.
“With Kanye, obviously they’re going through a divorce, so there’s co-parenting moments on our show because that’s what’s going on legitimately for Kim,” King told Insider.
“It’s Kim’s show, it’s the Kardashians’ show. So everything that we’re showing is Kim’s perspective,” she continued. “Kanye definitely has his perspective on her, but it’s not the show’s responsibility to follow Kanye’s perspective on her.”
The series thus far has given further insight into Kardashian and Ye’s relationship. In its fourth episode, Kardashian told her sister Ella Khloé that Ye had walked out of Ella midway through her “Saturday Night Live” monologue, saying that he was upset because she referred to him as a rapper and referenced their divorce from Ella.
At the time of filming, the two were still legally married. In March 2022, a California judge granted Kardashian’s request to revert her marital status to single and restore her maiden name de ella, Kardashian, changing her last name de ella back from Kardashian West.
In 2022, Ye increasingly took aim at both Kardashian and her boyfriend Pete Davidson on social media, prompting Kardashian to post on Instagram that his “obsession with trying to control and manipulate our situation so negatively and publicly is only causing further pain for all.”
Ultimately, King said that Kardashian may not share “every dirty detail” on the show. And Kardashian herself has said on the fifth episode, which aired Thursday, that she purposefully doesn’t share “a lot” of negative things between them because she’s “super protective” of Ye and aware that he’s not appearing on the show to give his side.
“It’s her job first and foremost to protect her kids. And that’s what she does,” King told Insider.