“Growing up on Merv Griffin and Mike Douglas, I just loved talk shows. I thought, ‘Wow, wouldn’t it be a dream come true to have this job?’ ” says Jenner, photographed June 6 at Culver Studios, Stage 11, in Culver City.
Jenner wears a Haute Hippie blazer, La Perla tank, Zara leggings and shoes by Gianvito Rossi.
'Kris' Set Rendering
Jenner now has her own talk show, Kris, which begins a six-week trial run July 15 on five or more Fox stations. On the show, she’ll look at fashion, fitness and beauty, and speak with celebrities.
“I’m a people-pleaser; I want everyone to be happy,” says Jenner, on the stage that will hold her talk-show set, modeled after her foyer.
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Jenner's Newest Role
“So many women give up in life when they get a little bit older,” Jenner reflected. “I want to be a positive influence. I want to come from a really good place. Some people are just lost, and maybe I can be an inspiration.”
Born in San Diego in 1955, Kris Houghton never imagined she would run an empire; she just wanted to be an “air stewardess.” When she was 7, her parents split, leaving Kris in the care of her mother and an influential grandmother.
From left: Kris, younger sister Karen and their mother during the late ’60s.
Kris and Robert Kardashian
Jenner on her marriage with and divorce from her first husband: “You know what I felt like after a little bit? It was like I was married to this guy who was my best friend, and he was an amazing man, [but] I don’t think I was mature enough to know that’s how marriage evolves. I felt like I loved him madly but not passionately. I didn’t know enough to think you can have a companion in life and grow old together and share all these things.”
“There really are no scripts,” says Jenner of the family’s (pictured in 1991) reality show. “Most people don’t believe that, but we don’t have anything preconsidered.”
Kris and Bruce Jenner
Following her divorce from Robert Kardashian in 1991, Jenner married United States Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner the very same year. They have had two daughters together, Kendall (17) and Kylie (15).
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The Kardashian Ladies
Jenner on raising her children under the limelight: “We’ve created businesses and a workplace. It’s so funny that somebody can criticize a show like ours, and yet we employ hundreds of people. And it’s been such a great learning experience for all of my kids. It’s the best education I could offer them.”
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Kim and Kanye
Jenner's second-oldest daughter, Kim Kardashian, is currently expecting a child with her boyfriend, rapper and producer Kanye West. Jenner says there are no plans for a wedding, and if one takes place, it won’t be of the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries sort: “This time it will be private and smaller, if she does get married again — not 500."