The socialite, 39, broke the reality TV fourth wall during Sunday night’s show as she hit out at her elder sibling, 40, for refusing to discuss her personal life on camera.
Sisters at war: Kim Kardashian threatened to fire her sister Kourtney from Keeping Up With The Kardashians in a blazing row during Sunday’s episode
The mother-of-four also revealed that she regularly reads fan reviews of the season’s episodes, which give her insight into how to tweak the show and make it better.
Speaking in a confessional, Kim mused: ‘Our job is being open and honest and sharing a lot of ourselves.
‘And it just seems like for the past few years now, Kourtney really hasn’t been open about her personal life on camera’.
Called out: Kim and Khloe called Kourtney to threaten her with being fired after lamenting it ‘wasn’t fair’ that they shared aspects of their private lives that Kourtney refused to
Khloé, 35, pointed out that she had shared her own drama with ex Tristan Thompson, 28, because she felt it was her job to do so, even though she didn’t necessarily want to do it.
Viewers witnessed the ups and downs of their relationship, which saw the fallout when the NBA player cheat on Khloe when she was heavily pregnant, and again following the birth of their daughter, True.
The unfairness of that made Kim see red: ‘All of the days that Kourtney isn’t filming, Khloé and I are picking up the slack,’ she noted. ‘If we’re not sharing our lives, then, what is the show?’
Fuming: Kim mused, ‘Our job is being open and honest and sharing a lot of ourselves. And it just seems like for the past few years now, Kourtney really hasn’t been open’
She ranted: ‘Kourtney spends a lot of time off camera. She won’t talk about her relationship, but you’ll see paparazzi photos of her and her guy that I can’t say his name on the show because Kourtney doesn’t want to.
‘I’ll see things or read about it online and wonder like, “did this really happen? Is she talking to this person?”
‘And realise that it’s true, but she’s so secretive with us that she won’t even tell us.
Secretive: The Poosh founder had been struggling from the beginning of the episode, when Kim and Khloé repeatedly asked who’d given her a love bite on her neck
Fed up, Kim eventually called Kourtney and issued an ultimatum: ‘We have a proposal for you. It starts with an F and ends with D.’
‘I’m down,’ Kourtney agreed during the season 17 episode tiled The Show Must Go On.
Kim later continued: ‘She doesn’t want to show up, she doesn’t want to work, she has too many f***ing boundaries, she’s out.’
Suspicious: Khloé became even more curious what she was up to when she caught Kourtney in a lie, saying that she was with her kids and couldn’t talk, when Khloé was with the children
The Poosh founder had been struggling from the beginning of the episode, when Kim and Khloé repeatedly asked who’d given her a love bite on her neck.
‘My sisters are pretty nosy when it comes to anything in my life, and I like to keep certain things private,’ she explained in a confessional. ‘I don’t like to share about, you know, dating.’
Khloé became even more curious what she was up to when she caught Kourtney in a lie, saying that she was with her kids and couldn’t talk, when Khloé herself was with the children.
Private life: Kourtney in a confessional said, ‘My sisters are pretty nosy when it comes to anything in my life, and I like to keep certain things private’
She and Kim also acknowledged that there were paparazzi photos of Kourtney with a man, but said their sister refused to talk about relationships, and denied it to them.
Feeling as though they knew nothing about her life, Kim and Khloé decided to follow Kourtney’s car on several occasions, which was harder than it looked.
When they tracked her to a private home near her own, she busted them in the yard, asking: ‘Why are you guys so in my business? You guys are literally on my d**k.’
Under surveillance: Feeling as though they knew nothing about her life, Kim and Khloé decided to follow Kourtney’s car on several occasions, which was harder than it looked
Kourtney said she was having a meeting for Poosh, her lifestyle website and e-commerce business, but added that if she was seeing someone, she’d want them to respect her boundaries.
‘This is so crazy,’ she told the cameras. ‘If they wanted privacy, I would never follow them or like, expose them. We’re all different, and this is the kind of stuff that makes me feel that they put the show over me and my well-being and protecting me, and just me as a person.’
Back at Khloé’s house, Kim reviewed the show’s fan reports, as compiled by her publicist.
Secret meeting: Kourtney went to the door of a house in her neighborhood as Khloe and Kim spied on her
Too much: Kim and Khloe were busted by Kourtney in the backyard and Kourtney was outraged that Kim and Khloe ignored her boundaries
‘I’ve done my due diligence on us,’ she told Khloé, and Kourtney’s ex, Scott Disick, 36, noting that viewers wanted to see an escapist fantasy, as well as ‘pranks and podcast humor.’
They also called her relationship with her sisters ‘a key driver of interest.’
‘Khloé, by far, the favorite,’ she read. ‘Funniest, realest, relatable, voice of reason. Kim, interest to see more of her relationship with Kanye. It feels like a whole aspect of her life that we haven’t had access to.’
Due diligence: Kim read out reports from her publicist about fan reaction to the show
The favorite: Khloe was called by far the ‘favorite’ among viewers of the E! show
‘I am the one who signed up to do the show,’ Kim noted privately. ‘So I don’t show everything about Kanye, but I have still figured out how to share so much to where, you know, I do believe the fans get an inside look at my relationship and who we are.’
She read on, noting that 48 percent of the fans wanted to see more of Scott, whom they called ‘the antagonist of the show; an entertaining villain.’
Kourtney, they felt, ‘hides a lot of her life from the cameras.’
Inside look: Kim talked about showing her life with husband Kanye West without putting his life on complete display
‘I’m not surprised that the report says that people don’t feel like they know the real Kourtney, ’cause sometimes I don’t think Kim and I feel like we know the real Kourtney,’ Khloé affirmed.
‘When I found out I was pregnant, I told production before I told my family members, because I wanted them to be able to capture when I first told my family something like that,’ she added.
‘I think that when something big is happening in one of our lives, it’s our job to articulate that to the powers-that-be, and make sure that all of this is captured and documented in an appropriate way.’
Open book: Khloe pointed out how she told show producers about her pregnancy first so they could capture her family members learning about it
Kim said she loved the fact that important moments from their lives had been filmed, from marriage proposals to pregnancy announcements.
She and Khloé than called Kourtney, who was cooking with her kids, and suggested that if she wasn’t interested in being filmed, she might want to leave the show.
She texted them back, saying: ‘F*** you both with your bad vibes. How dare anyone disrespect me like that in front of my daughter? I’m now crying when I have people over taking a cooking lesson.’
Cooking lesson: Kim and Khloe called Kourtney while she was cooking with her children
Yet Kim wasn’t feeling sympathetic, as she fumed: ‘Makes my blood boil!’ before turning her attention to mom, Kris Jenner, 64, who also often avoided being on camera.
‘My mom came up with the term ”mothership”,’ Kim shared. ‘She said, ”No matter what, we’ll always do our show until it stops being fun, and we’ll always have our mothership”.
‘Not only has Kourtney checked out, but Kris Jenner has abandoned the mothership as well.’
Blood boiling: Kim was mad that both Kourtney and her mother Kris Jenner were avoiding the camera
Khloé then took aim at Kris, explaining how much she’d personally given to the show.
‘They get all my cheating stuff, they get all this other stuff that I wish would go away, that I’m stripped in the blogs for being the most pathetic human being, ’cause all they talk about is what a loser I am.’
‘Is it my job?’ she considered. ‘Sure. I take one for the family team.’
Fired up: Kim told momager Kris about how much she’d personally given to the show
United front: Kourtney and Kris not filming was bothering both Kim and Khloe who felt it was unfair
Kris dropped by to see them, and Kim told her she ‘passed the test,’ adding: ‘You can stay on.’
Incredulous, Kris laughed, ‘Passed the test… For the show that I created.’
‘Lord knows you didn’t make it last this long,’ Khloé jabbed.
In the car afterward, Khloé played Kris one of her own radio interviews, in which the momager had opined that it was better for everyone to be open about their lives when filming.
‘What you see is what you get,’ Khloé sang, parroting part of the interview.
Feeling sick: Kris went to meet up with Kim and Khloe despite a nasty cough
Good one: Khloe later replayed a radio interview in which Kris talked about the importance of her family being open with their lives when filming
Kourtney then spoke to Kris about the row, as she pointed out that she had been open about her relationship with Scott on the show, and it had been ‘horrible’ for them.
Explaining that she is now ‘just in a different headspace’, Kourtney continued, ‘It just was a lot of pressure on an everyday life, and I’ve outgrown that.
‘I think the private moments are so special, and I just need more of them. I think what people don’t realize is you live the moment.
‘And then you have to talk about it again in these interviews, and then you have to watch it again on TV and see everyone comment on it. It can really mess with you and drain you, I think, over time.’
Same page: Kris and Kourtney both thought Kim and Khloe were out of line
Special moments: Kourtney told her mother that private moments were special to her
The three siblings gathered with their mom to hash things out, and Kourtney reiterated that she had too much going on to be constantly sharing her life.
‘The excuses don’t make a whole lot of sense to me,’ cracked Kim, who was even busier than her sister.
‘If you are more present, maybe that will help,’ a producer told Kourtney.
‘I don’t think it’s not that I’m present, but sometimes people throw off my mood, if everyone’s being b***y,’ Kourtney replied. ‘It doesn’t make me want to talk or engage with these people that are putting me in the bad mood.’
‘My well-being is more important than the show,’ she insisted. ‘I’m not giving in, and I’m not going to change my boundaries. That’s not gonna happen.’
Family meeting: Kris and her daughters got together to talk it out
Major sharing: A producer noted that Kim and Khloe have shared a lot
More present: Kourtney also was called out by a producer who said if she was more present that it would help
Bad meeting: Kris realized the meeting was going nowhere
In another storyline on the show, Kim helped a former prisoner named Paul regain some semblance of a normal life after incarceration.
‘Helping people get back on their feet after they’ve been through the prison system is something that’s really important to me,’ she shared.
In order to find a better job, Paul wanted to get his facial tattoos removed, so Kim flew her dermatologist Simon Ourian, MD, to his hometown in North Carolina.
She and her husband Kanye West, 42, also flew in to meet Paul and his family.
Helping hand: Kim decided to help out a former prisoner named Paul who wanted to get rid of his face tattoos
Meeting up: Paul gave Kim flowers and a card when they met
Showing support: Kanye accompanied Kim as she met Paul and his loved ones for the first time
They learned that he’d also written to rapper Cardi B. and singer Ariana Grande for help, with no response.
Kim told Paul that Khloé had an ex-husband’s name removed from her skin, while Kanye confessed that he’d had something removed on his arm.
‘It was worse than the tattoo itself,’ he divulged, before attending Paul’s first session with him.
Celebrity assistance: Paul revealed that he’d also written to rapper Cardi B. and singer Ariana Grande for help, with no response
Tattoo removal: Kanye revealed that he once had a tattoo removed and it was painful
Paul had brought Kim flowers and a card that expressed his gratitude, which both she and Kanye were touched by.
Kanye laughed at the fact that Paul mentioned other stars he’d reached out to, recalling the time that he once met a kid through the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America.
The child had asked Kanye if there was anyone he’d ever been thrilled to meet.
‘I just met Tom Cruise,’ Kanye told him, and the kid said, ‘Aww, man, I didn’t even think of him,’ the rapper recounted, laughing. ‘Like he had wasted his wish on me.’
Keeping Up With The Kardashians will return next week with the season 17 finale on the E! network.
Painful procedure: Paul underwent the first of several procedures to remove his face tattoos
Wish story: Kanye got a kick out of Paul mentioning the other stars he reached out to and told Kim a Make-A-Wish Foundation story involving Tom Cruise