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Kim Kardashian Jokes on 'Live With Kelly': Marriage Was a 'Bad Business Decision' (Video)

Host Kelly Ripa gets the E! reality star and guest co-host to explain how she feels about criticism that her quickie marriage to Kris Humphries was fake and done for monetary gain.

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E! reality star Kim Kardashian kicked off Live with Kelly’s week of female co-hosts on Monday. And right away, she shared very personal details about her hairy arms (she gets them lasered) and her bout with psoriasis (her legs are covered with it due to the New York cold) and her controversial quickie marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries.

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“It’s been a hard couple of months,” she says. “I moved in with my mom -- half the time with Kourtney [Kardashian] and half the time with my mom. So, I’ve just been spending a lot of family time. I went to my mom’s, I brought two pairs of sweatpants and a pair of pajamas. That was it. I really did some soul searching. I needed that. I just needed to be with the family.”

Not one to shy away from controversial topics, host Kelly Ripa asked Kim if she was shocked that people believed she faked the marriage for publicity and monetary gain. Kim appealed to the viewers’ logic regarding the accusations.

“If you really think about it, if this was a business decision and I really made all that money that everyone was claiming that we made off this wedding, if the wedding was fake and just for TV,” she starts out. “I would have stayed married longer. This was a bad business decision, you know what I mean? So, if you really think about it, it doesn’t make sense that everyone says that. Um, so I really didn’t know that following my heart would create this much backlash.”

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There’s a lot to take in there. Of course, the family has said that they didn’t make as much from the marriage as people think, which included reported multimillion dollar payments for magazine photo exclusives to the bridal shower, the wedding ceremony and the honeymoon, not to mention sponsorship deals and deep discounts for decorations, food and dresses.

So it stands to reason that they had a lot to make from Kim “following her heart." Then, there’s the timing of of Kourtney and Kim Take New York, which premiered soon after the divorce announcement and documents the marriage unraveling.

Kim goes on to say that watching her marriage disintegrate on television is “therapeutic” and it’s “crazy to see” what goes down when the other castmembers shoot without her.

Given the benefit of the doubt, Kim could have been a victim of her own fairy-tale ideas of what marriage is, as she claims (which is her most winning argument in my opinion). She uses the examples of her sister Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s monthlong romance before marrying three years ago and mom Kris Jenner and Bruce Jenner, who apparently dated for five months and just celebrated their 20th anniversary.

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“I felt like I could do it,” Kim says. “I fell in love and I thought it could work just like the examples that I saw.”

Yet, Kelly probably offered the best argument for why Kim’s marriage didn’t last. Maybe she didn’t expect it to be hard. “The first year was the worst,” the host says of her own 15-year marriage to actor Mark Consuelos. “I cried a lot, we fought [and] tried everything.”

What do you think of Kim’s statements about her marriage? Do you think she tried everything to make it work? Tell us in the comments section below.

Watch the full show opening with Kim on Monday’s Live below.

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