*Kris Humphries reportedly found out from the media that Kim Kardashian, his wife of only 72 days, is divorcing him. But, he wasn’t the only ones close to the star who were taken by surprise by the news, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
E!, the cable channel that has aired several seasons of the myriad of reality shows starring Kim and her family seemed to have been taken by surprise, as well.
Even the shows’ executive producer, Ryan Seacrest, didn’t have the full story this morning when the news broke — though he was one of the first to confirm it. And now an E! spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter that network producers and executives are meeting today to discuss how to proceed as a result of the news.
Several topics are up for discussion. Both “Kourtney and Kim Take New York” and “Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami” have wrapped on shooting on their upcoming seasons. The New York series is set to premiere on Nov. 27.
Yet, Kim is on her way out of the country as part of her and her sisters’ work with Sears. And as of now, E!’s cameras aren’t joining them to capture the fallout of Kim’s divorce filing nor are there any plans to shoot more footage for those series.
A source tells The Hollywood Reporter that the New York show has filmed a scene in which the couple decides to “take a break.” Monday’s news instantly makes that ending dated. On top of that, rumors of the impending split have been building over the last week. And reportedly, Humphries stormed off during shooting and asked for a higher salary.
Additionally, the two-part wedding special that initially attracted more than 8 million viewers to its original airing in early October is scheduled to rerun Monday and Tuesday. An E! spokesperson tells THR that the meeting will include discussions on whether to continue re-airing the wedding specials.
Kardashian confirmed the news of her divorce on Monday morning. E! released a statement expressing both shock and support for the couple and the family.
“All of us at E! are surprised and saddened by this news,” it states. “And we send our support to Kim and Kris at this difficult time.”
“The Kardashians have always been uniquely open with all aspects of their lives from joyous events to intimate moments to heartbreaking transitions. E! will continue to share the fascinating real lives and larger-than-life existence of this close-knit family.”