The Kardashians cameras were with Kim Kardashian when she began to see major backlash after an interview she and her family conducted Variety, which was published at the beginning of March 2022. In the interview, Kim was asked what her advice would be for women who want to go into business. She replied: “I have the best advice for women in business – get your shit together and work. Nobody seems to want to work these days.” Kim was criticized on social media for her general statement about women’s work ethic, and she felt the heat afterward.
“When I made that statement, it wasn’t a general statement toward all women, like I didn’t think all women work hard and respect the work they do,” Kim explained on the Oct. 13 episode of The Kardashians. “I see it every day. The most important people who shaped my life and career and helped me get to where I am today are all women. So I hated that it was misunderstood and for that I’m so sorry.”
While talking to her mother, Kris Jenner, Kim questioned whether she should release a statement to clarify what she meant in the interview. Kris told her to sleep on it before making a decision. Then Kim had her frustrations with Khloe Kardashian. “It just never ends. Is it going to end?” she asked, to which Khloe replied, “No, it won’t end until… I don’t even want to say it… but until we do. But guess what, we were built for this.” Kim then made a shocking statement when she replied: “I don’t know if I am anymore.”
A few days later, Kim and Khloe had lunch with Kendall Jenner, where they further addressed the situation. “I said what I said about people working. Do I believe it? Yes. I believe you have to work hard to do that,” Kim insisted. “I was just so blinded by how angry people got. Enough people are triggered so I want to be responsible and understand why people feel the way they do. I understand that. Many people have not been given the same opportunities as us.”
However, Kim also pointed out that she and her family also went through some difficult times that the public may not even know about. “People don’t know the story of [Caitlyn Jenner] and [Kris] to sell their house in Hidden Hills because they couldn’t afford it and had to move to an apartment,” she shared. “Mom really started making her career and earning money at 50! I grew up seeing her hustle and bustle every day with all these kids she had to take care of… I saw her neglecting herself and figuring it out.”
In a confessional, Kim added: “I think people assume that when I was on a TV show that I had everything handed to me. But being on a reality show — let alone a reality show girl with a sex tape – doesn’t open doors. I always felt like I had to work extra hard or harder to be taken seriously and forget about my past.”
Of course, Khloe had her sister’s back. “No matter what her answer was, people would have crucified her,” Khloe insisted. “They would be like, ‘What do you know, you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth.’ But it’s frustrating when people don’t really know who you are and want to make whatever you say a personal attack. They lack empathy and compassion for other people. So this is the right message..the wrong messenger.”
Kendall admitted she was “exhausted,” but all the false narratives being spread, including that of Kim’s ex, Kanye West. At the time, he publicly claimed that Kim wouldn’t let him see the children – a story he still stands by today. “I’m like… you were there this morning, stop this story,” Kim told her sisters. “But I don’t want to go back and forth on the internet.”