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The 'Toxic' Show That Made Kourtney Kardashian Rich and Famous

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

Kardashian is a household name not just in the United States but all around the world. Almost overnight, the three sisters went from being little California sweethearts to international icons. Since airing on the E! Network, many viewers have witnessed numerous variations of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, just in the last decade alone.

But now, despite the show’s reputation, success, and wealth, the oldest Kardashian sister is anxious to sever all ties with the syndicate that made them rich and famous. Read on to learn why Kourtney Kardashian is eager to part ways from the 'toxic' KUWTK franchise.

Born on April 18, 1979, Kourtney Kardashian is the oldest of four children born to Robert and Kris Kardashian. While Kourtney and her three younger siblings, Kim, Khloé, and Rob, did not grow up with a silver spoon in their mouths, the son and daughters of Rob and Kris did live under reasonably comfortable conditions in Los Angeles, California.

The family first gained notoriety during the early 90s when Robert Kardashian served as legal defense counsel in a homicide trial for his chum and NFL superstar, O.J. Simpson.

While the O.J. trial was spiraling out of control, Kourtney ventured off to college following her matriculation from Marymount High School, a Roman catholic all-girls school in Los Angeles. Sometime later, Kourtney migrated to Dallas, Texas. During her stay in Dallas, she studied at Southern Methodist University for two years before transferring to the University of Arizona in Tucson.

According to Bravo, Kourtney graduated from the university of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Theater Arts and a minor in Spanish. Her first exposure to reality TV came when she landed a role with the series, Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive. The series served as a viable means of earning money for charity.

Fast forward to two years later, when a risqué sex tape surfaced, featuring the sexual escapades of Kourtney’s little sister, Kim and one-time partner Ray-J. The couple had skidded off to a luxury Esperanza resort in Cabo, Mexico, where they had planned on celebrating Kim’s 23rd birthday. And celebrate, they did.

Not selfish about their sexual exploitation, they video-taped the most salacious details for all the world to see. And see, they did. The tape garnered millions of views on social media.

When all was said and done, the tape became the major catalyst behind the the creation of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and catapulted the Kardashian's into celebrity status.

The family could never have imagined such X-rated revelations would transform their lives forever. While it was the sister, Kim, and not Kourtney who was baring her soul, Kourtney Kardashian acquired brand deals, amassed wealth, and created multiple business ventures all while the cameras were rolling. Did we neglect to mention that she also started a family?

Well before filming Keeping Up with the Kardashians began, Kourtney became romantically involved with her long-term boyfriend, Scott Disick. The dynamic duo would welcome their bouncing baby boy, Mason Dash Disick, on December 14, 2009.

Kourtney and Scott would conceive two additional children, Penelope and Reign, before calling it quits in 2010. After becoming a mother and watching her children grow up in the spotlight, Kourtney was no longer certain life under Hollywood’s microscopic lens was in the best interest of her or her kids.

Throughout the final seasons of KUWTK, Kourtney conveyed her discontent with filming the show. She gave multiple commentaries about filming in a toxic work environment, much to the dismay of her profiting mother and sisters.

While Kourtney outwardly conveyed her displeasure with filming, not all of her fanbase were so willing to adhere to this rhetoric. A number of KUWTK enthusiasts took to Reddit to critique some of Kourtney’s comments regarding the 'toxicity' of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. One fan wrote, “Is toxic the code word for making her rich and famous?” Another fan added, “But talking about 'toxic', isn't KUWTK, truly the reason why you are famous?”

Fans aren’t cutting Kourtney any slack for her own ruinous behavior, either. One fan posted a spicy dialogue that read, “She’s like a hefty ⅓ of the cause for the show’s so called 'toxicity', so I don’t know where she gets off spewing such hate.”

But fear not, you disgruntled, fair weather fans. Even with her publicly voicing her displeasure for the show, it looks like you will be seeing Kourtney in the upcoming seasons of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. But only time will tell how long Kourt will be able to keep working in an atmosphere that she feels is toxic.

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