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If you've watched Keeping Up With the Kardashians since the beginning in 2007, you'll no doubt remember the earliest cringeworthy memory of a 9-year-old Kylie Jenner twirling around on a stripper pole that was installed in her parents' bedroom. It was enough to make any parent put their child on lockdown, but Kris Jenner is not any parent.
"The watercooler chatter from the first episode was all about [9-year-old] Kylie jumping on a stripper pole," Kris told The Hollywood Reporter. "Kim had one installed in my bedroom and our friend Robin Anton, who is the founder of The Pussycat Dolls, was just messing around, and Kylie hops up there, twirls around a couple times, and it became this thing."
She didn't find it concerning as a mother; on the contrary, she found it funny.
"When I look back on that, I belly laugh," she admits. "I have a very dry sense of humor. You either think I'm hilarious or you think I'm a bitch."
The show's executive producer Ryan Seacrest recalls that the moment was polarizing for the public: "Some people were up in arms; some people thought it was funny."
But he knew he had struck television gold.
"It was in that moment we realized what this show could be. At its foundation, it was an aspirational, Hollywood reality version of The Brady Bunch. They were unvarnished, and that honesty and irreverence resonated."
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