Keeping Up With The Kardashians backstage secrets – from fake mansions to Kris and Kim's rules for production crew

AFTER 20 series, and almost 14 years of drama, romance, babies, and the most lavish parties we’ve ever seen,  Keeping Up With The Kardashians is finally coming to an end this week.

The hit reality TV show – that has made A-list household names of Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and the rest of the klan – is airing its final episode.

There have been plenty of fights over the years, men have come and gone – with the most recent breakup being Kim and Kanye West – and they’ve kept us all gripped to our screens.

But, just how does momager Kris Jenner and the production crew ensure every series of KUWTK is as good as the previous?

These backstage secrets may have something to do with it…

Fake exteriors

While all the insides of their homes are real, when viewers of KUWTK see a shot from the front of a mansion, it’s rarely one of the Kardashians'.

The family used to shoot exterior shots of their actual homes in earlier series, but Kim had trouble with fans constantly knocking on her door – forcing them to stop.

"So is it true that y'all used a fake house for your reality show?" Kim was asked by a fan on Twitter.

She explained: "When we film inside, that's obviously our real home.

“My old home in Beverly Hills was really my home and I would get people showing up at all hours ringing my gate & had to call the police on several occasions."

Kim calls the shots

While momager Kris is obviously in charge of what goes into the show, Kim is next in line.

It’ll usually be her who alerts the crew of a big storyline that her sisters, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie and Kendall Jenner are experiencing.

“I think if you ask the crew, I probably produce the most because I know what my sisters might not be sharing,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. 

“So I’ll tell them, 'Go over to Kourt’s house right now. Something is going on.'"

Kim has also admitted she gets footage deleted if she’s not happy with how she looks on camera.

She added: "I mean, believe me, I’m not going to lie, there’s been times when I’ve walked away from the camera and I’ve got a big bump in my hair and I’m like, ‘Take that out, my hair looks like s***.’

“I’m too vain to leave really ugly, ugly angles in.”

But they also edit out any footage that's too emotional.

"The most difficult thing [to film] was probably Caitlyn’s transition and just seeing my mom and Khloe having such a hard time," Kim added to the publication. 

"We never really edited content before, but we did edit a bit of Khloe's reaction just because she was so upset."

Kris’ tip for clean floors

The floors of Kris’ Hidden Hills mansion are always immaculate.

And there’s actually a really good reason why they’re so spotless.

The Kardashian matriarch requires all crew members to wear shoe coverings!

In a 2015 New York Times article, a writer visited Kris’ house and wrote that “a production assistant in surgical shoe coverings handed out microphones." 

Maybe we should get all our guests to wear plastic bags on their shoes in future, too?

Hours in makeup

With every inch of their lives documented for all to see, the Kardashians need to look their best at all times.

For that reason, Kris gets her makeup done professionally every time they shoot a scene.

“She gets it done quickly, because she’s so busy,” it was reported in NYT. “It only takes an hour.”

While an hour may seem like a long time, it’s nothing compared to Kim’s routine.

She spends roughly two hours a day on her hair and makeup.

“There’s nothing we can do that’s not documented, so why not look your best and amazing?" she told Paper magazine.

Always filming

On top of the hours it takes for the Kardashians to look their best, the filming can take around 10 to 12 hours too!

According to NYT, "at any given moment, there are one or two cameras on some combination of Kardashians and Jenners.

"They are there 10 to 12 hours a day each day that Keeping Up With the Kardashians is shooting, more if a plotline warrants it, which, between the regular season and the spinoffs, is basically always."

Filmed with iPhones

Due to the fact they’re always filming, a lot of KUWTK is shot by just one person filming on an iPhone.

Former exec producer for the show, Jeff Jenkins, told the Hollywood Reporter: "There are days when there might be 30 crew people at a location to cover an event and there are days where there may be one person with an iPhone covering something incredibly intimate.”

And iPhones were a necessity when it came to filming the show in the coronavirus pandemic.

Executive producer Farnaz Farjam revealed the usual production crew couldn't film because of the rules when it came to the lockdown, so Kris came up with a way the whole family could capture footage themselves.

A photographer and a tech person (wearing full hazmat suits) visited each of the sister's homes to kit them out with proper lights and tripods for their iPhones so they could shoot their confessionals.

"It's less fly-on-the-wall, because we have to give them direction and they have to be more informative with us,” she told Elle. “But because this is the Kardashians and they're entertaining regardless, it will be a fun watch for people."

She added that a show runner, wearing protective gear, visited their home once a week to collect the iPhone and drop off a new one.

No expenses paid

Over the past 20 series, the Kardashians have traveled everywhere from Thailand to Austria to London and Bora Bora.

And, while the family definitely have enough money between them to splurge on these lavish holidays themselves, it’s surprising that it’s not the production company paying for them.

In an episode from season 18, Kourtney kicked off about having to pay a big bill for a trip that featured on the show.

She asked her sisters: "Why am I being sent this other huge bill? 

“Why isn’t production chipping in if we’re using it for the show?"

The most trustworthy team

With the crew knowing all the ins and outs of the Kardashians' lives – including things viewers will never be able to know – it's not surprising they're paid a lot to keep their secrets!

A well-placed KUWTK source reportedly told OK! magazine that the crew were paid very well because "E! knows what a tough job they have and how much they put up with."

And Kris has also confirmed she and the girls trust the production team implicitly.

In a 2018 interview with the Huffington Post, Kris said all her employees "have our back".

She said: "Unfortunately, there are some bad people out there who have not good intentions. And, you know, I obviously can’t control that.

"But to the best of my ability, we try to have people on our team who have our back, who we feel that we can really trust."

Every single person who takes part in filming both on and off camera is required to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to make sure nothing leaks.

Kim confirmed this in 2019, when she tweeted: “Btw NDA’S for all!!!! #KUWTK."

Well, Kris and ko couldn’t let any of their secrets out of the bag, could they?

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