5:22pm PT by Leslie Bruce
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Baby May Appear on E!
Looks like the E! family may be getting even bigger.
Reality superstar Kim Kardashian is expecting her first child with rapper Kanye West -- he made the surprise announcement during a Dec. 30 concert in Atlantic City -- and plans to document her journey on the network.
"Kim and Kanye are an incredibly dynamic couple, and their baby news is just so exciting," E! president Suzanne Kolb tells The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "Like so many Kardashian fans, we love it when this close-knit family gets even bigger. We look forward to sharing the joy as they prepare for more diapers, more bottle and without a doubt, more fabulous baby wear."
Undoubtedly, the network can also look forward to major ratings spikes for upcoming episodes of the Kardashian franchise -- including the newest season of Kourtney & Kim Take Miami, premiering Jan. 20. One insider says the network "will continue to cover all aspects of Kim’s life as it always has," which implies the series will cover her pregnancy. (The season seven finale of the mothership series Keeping Up With the Kardashians on Nov. 16 saw the birth of Kourtney Kardashian’s second child with Scott Disick and earned 3.6 million viewers, making it one of the top 25 broadcasts in network history.)
Kim, who began dating West in April 2012, is still legally married to professional basketball player Kris Humphries. The pair wed in August 2011 and documented the event for an E! special, Kim's Fairytale Wedding, which brought in 10.5 million viewers over two nights; they separated after 72 days.
For his part, West has already made a handful of appearances during the show's seventh season, including an Aug. 26 episode during which the rap star offers to help Kim clean out her closet and suggests she tosses a shearling tote bag, to which the reality star asks: "Shouldn't I keep this for my daughter one day?"
But Kim, perhaps it's a boy.