Network executives are “moaning” that Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner has promised French Montana, her daughter Khloe Kardashian’s boyfriend, a big fat paycheck to appear on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Montana, 29, who has been dating the reality star since early May, has already appeared on the show and is expected to be a recurring guest on spinoff “Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons,” scheduled to premiere next month. And sources say the platinum-selling star doesn’t come cheap.
Kris Jenner, an executive producer on both programs, did the deal directly with Montana, without much input from anyone else.
“The way that the Kardashians’ (show) is set up is very unusual. It’s the only show that I know of where a producer can say, ‘Here’s the cast and this is what they’re getting paid,’ ” said our source. “Usually to add a cast member to a show, you’d have to fire a cast member to keep the budget balanced. But in this case, Kris just offered French Montana a check to be in the show.
Montana recently explained to Confidenti@l how he got hired for the show. “Me just being a part of her life, they recorded me,” he said, “and asked me for my permission to air my footage out, and they wanted to give me a check to do it, give me a contract, make me a part of it.”
Aside from family members, the shows’ casts are something of a revolving door of friends and hangers-on. Kardashian pals like Malika Haqq, Jonathan Cheban and Simon Huck have at times been regular guests and at others appear only rarely.
An ever-growing number of the sisters’ exes have bowed out, including Khloe’s soon-to-be-ex husband, Lamar Odom, Kim’s former husband Kris Humphries and one-time boyfriend Reggie Bush.
It’s understandable that network number crunchers wouldn’t be thrilled about signing big checks right now. “KUWTK” ratings have slipped from a series high of 3.1 million viewers in season five to just 2.2 million for the Aug. 10 episode.