The reality show royal family known as The Kardashians are going to be swimming in an extra $40 million pretty soon, thanks to a deal signed with cable channel E! for another three seasons of reality TV. The deal only pertains to the original series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which serves as the family's flagship reality "home" and has been a huge ratings success for E!
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What the deal does not include, however, is any future spin-offs or extensions of current spin-off series such as Khloe & Lamar and Kourtney & Kim Take New York – so if E! decides that they want more of those, they'll have to hammer out a separate contract with the Kardashians. This despite the fact that the $40 million deal is the largest contract ever signed in the history of reality TV!
And how exactly does this $40 million break down among the family? We'll never know for sure, but according to reports, Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, Kris Kardashian and Bruce Jenner are each getting an equal share of the majority of the money, while Rob Kardashian and Kendall and Kylie Jenner are on a lower pay scale.
Kardashian side-characters Scott Disick with son Mason have also signed a deal with E! to continue appearing in episodes of both Khloe and Lamar and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, but that is a completely separate deal from the $40 million contract with the assorted Kardashians and Jenners.
Also of note to fans of extreme wealth: The $40 million deal does NOT include things like product endorsement and other potential revenue streams that would be aided by the family's continued exposure on TV, so this is truly a case of good money being followed by even more money – especially when you remember that the Kardashians have not been shy about racking up those celebrity endorsement deals.
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