Kris Jenner Will Be Guest-Hosting The Talk, But Who Wants To Listen To Her?
Kris Jenner has had a busy week. Her daughter, Kim Kardashian, just earned millions off her endorsement-filled, tabloid-chronicled wedding. And now, the mother of the Kardashian sisters has announced a two-week guest-hosting gig on The Talk.
In case you haven’t been watching, and the ratings suggest that you haven’t, The Talk is supposed to be the mother-version of the The View (never mind that all the hosts of The View are mothers, as well). Its first season had Sarah Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Leah Remini, Holly Robinson Peete and Julie Chen tackling tough issues like pole dancing classes for young children and sex dreams. The show which billed itself as an on-air “mommy support group” must have had some negativity issues, because two of the hosts won’t be returning for the second season. Leah Remini, who basically served the purpose of squealing and guffawing for an hour, and Holly Robinson Peete, who was the second-most likable on the panel behind Gilbert, have been dropped from the show.
But never fear, Kris Jenner will be here to pick up the pieces of The Talk. Their first two weeks after summer break will have the infamous ‘momager’ sitting in on the panel. And rumors are flying that she might land a regular spot.
From the beginning of the show, my problem with The Talk was that it trivialized the issues mothers face, instead of its supposed-goal of encouraging support. Don’t get me wrong, we at Mommyish are happy to talk about every aspect of parenthood, from big discussions on religion, politics and parenting movements, to the littlest moments we share with our children. I honestly believe that motherhood has to encompass and embrace all the challenges, big and small. But in the episodes of The Talk that I’ve seen, they seem to be missing the bigger picture. Their idea of a serious discussion involved covering their ears and screaming, “Ew! Ew! Ewwwwww!” at the thought of teaching their children the proper names for their private parts.
So what will Kris Jenner bring to the mix? A little less substance than those she is replacing. Jenner made her mark by promoting and pimping her daughters into tabloid princesses. She’s been known to criticize her daughter’s weight, so that she won’t lose advertising deals. She’s said to encourage her daughters to get plastic surgery and pose nude for Playboy. Basically, she seems much more concerned with her five daughters’ profitability than their well-being. This is someone we want in our “mommy support group”? Should we also include the ladies of Toddlers and Tiaras and Dance Moms? Jenner is obviously a successful business woman, because she’s turned her family from comfortable Hollywood socialites into household names in the last decade. But I don’t think this show is supposed to be about public relations. If this show ever wants to become more than a group of fake, squealing BFFs discussing how to friend your child on Facebook, they are going to need to look a little further than OK Magazine for their next host.