E!'s "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" has been a consistent ratings grabber as viewers continue to follow the exploits of Kris and Bruce Jenner and the Kardashian offspring. While Kim Kardashian has often grabbed tabloid headlines for her physical attributes as well as for her recent turn on "Dancing With The Stars," sisters Khloé and Kourtney are now taking center stage with the spin-off "Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami." Before the series has ever aired, Kourtney has managed to stir up some news with the announcement this week that she is pregnant with her ex's baby. While this interview took place before that piece of news was released, it only bodes well that there are more juicy surprises to come in their new series.
Jim Halterman: How is the "Miami" show different from "Keeping Up?"
Khloé: Kourtney and I were just talking and a natural progression of us opening DASH [the clothing store the sisters own in Southern California] is that we always wanted to open another store so we thought "Let's go to Miami and open up a new store. It's beautiful, we'll be around hot guys and we can put all of our energy into doing something positive." When E! heard about it they were like, "Let's film it!"
Kourtney: Everything was so new. Opening a new store, whatever I was doing, it was crazy adrenaline. There was this excitement and this energy. We were moving to a new city. It was so different filming away from our family and it was just Khloé and I and no parents holding us back or telling us what to do. Also, I think on "Keeping Up" you see us mostly at home and in this show you definitely see us out and being social with other people.
JH: We definitely see different sides of both of you on the show. In fact, Kourtney really cut loose, didn't she?
Khloé: Kourtney went beyond nuts in Miami. It's the first time she was single in about eight years. She always jumps from man to man.
Kourtney: I did! For me, I had just broken up with someone and I had been with him for two years and I had had a boyfriend or five years before that and then two years with someone before that so it's really been back-to-back so it was the first time I've been really single. I could do whatever I wanted, not worry about anyone else and not worry about what people were thinking.
JH: And we'll see in the second episode that you end up kissing another girl!
Kourtney: It was fun. I feel like you live once why not... for me, too, it was just in the moment, in Miami and I definitely don't regret anything.
JH: Kourtney, are you looking to stay single for a while?
Kourtney: You'll have to see on the show but I definitely enjoy being single. I think it's really important to have that time to figure out what you want and I know that the relationship I was in wasn't working the way that it was so I needed a change regardless and I feel like single time is so important. It's so fun even the stupid things like watching TV and I'm watching what I want to watch and not worrying about what the other person wants. It's just fun to have your own time.
JH: Now that you both have spent time in LA and Miami, is one better than the other?
Kourtney: I think for different things they're better. Honestly, after going out in Miami and having all that fun, the nightlife in LA sucks. But I love LA. I love the gay life here. Since I've grown up here I know all the little spots where I like to go. I like to work but when I'm not working I'm definitely ... I like all the places but I love going out in Miami.
Khloé: Everything in Miami is so laid back and people are so much more approachable. In Miami, people will come up to you and it's a very family-based city. Whenever we had events or went somewhere, we always saw the same people. You just get to know the whole social scene but nobody is really snobby and arrogant and everyone is very chill and laid back so you get more comfortable being there. It's a much better vibe out there. Kourtney and I loved it and there's not one thing I hated about Miami. I loved every aspect of it.
JH: Kim shows up in the premiere episode of the "Miami" show. Does the sibling rivalry we see really about how much you all care about each other?
Khloé: Yes! My sisters and I work together, we play together, and basically we live together because we're always sleeping at someone's house. Everything we do, we choose to do it together. We respect each other, we're each other's best friends and there will be fighting but we get over it very quickly.
Kourtney: I love my sisters and, honestly, they are my best friends and I think I would die if I didn't have them. I think whoever is fighting... sometimes Khloé and I are ganging up against Kim or it's two against one with them but when [Kim and Khloé] fight I have to mediate especially when it comes to business.
JH: You have all gotten so much attention since your show came on the air but do you think there's a chance of being overexposed?
Khloé: I don't worry about it. I don't worry about things that I can't control. If I feel like somebody is overexposed I just choose not to watch them or don't buy a magazine. It's something I can't help. I feel like there's a demand for my sisters or something like that so obviously there are more people that like us than don't like us.
Kourtney: For me, the way that I live my life it's kind of nice to have it when you want and not have it when you [don't] want it but I think if it were all the time, it would be annoying. The other day I will say I was walking with my Mom at 8am on a Sunday. We were walking from her house to go on a 4-mile walk and no makeup on and a paparazzi pulls over and jumps out of his car and I yelled at the guy. "How desperate are you?" "I'm just doing my job," he said and I said "I get it but we're walking and just leave us alone." My mom said, "They're just doing their job," but I feel like if it was like that all the time it would be pretty annoying but it's really manageable the way it is now.
JH: Kim is currently going through a very public break-up. How would you react in her shoes with all the scrutiny?
Khloé: I don't know until I'm in those shoes. I haven't been in those shoes yet. I've dated in public and being on TV and I won't do it again because I think, for me, when I was dating in public I never got the guy's real attention and [the guy can] get confused because rumors start flowing and blog sites are talking and they're not used to that kind of attention so they don't know whether to believe me or believe a blog site. I know it sounds silly but it's very true.
JH: Khloé, you also start your own radio show in Miami. How did it feel to have and endeavor to truly call your own?
Khloé: When I was offered to do my own radio show, I'd never done radio a day in my life and I was like "That's such a cool idea, I'd love to try it" and I was so excited to have something of my own. I felt like I was going down the path that I want to go in my future and have a talk show and this was a baby step to get there. My first radio show, though, I did not realize how scared I was going to be until I got there. I was terrified. I was nauseous the whole day and I'm so used to doing things with my sisters and it's really the first thing I've done on my own in years. It was much more terrifying than I thought but I think I did a good job and I'm proud of myself for trying it.
JH: And, without giving too much away, we see on the "Miami" show that you get into some trouble for things you talk about on your radio show. Your producer [and E! correspondent], Michael Yo, who is always so fun on Chelsea Lately, got really scary mad.
Khloé: I'm trying to explain to people... he's really a scary boss. He's really serious. He's definitely fun when we're not working but the minute you get into the office, he is crazy. I called him Hitler a million times because he's so scary! He yelled at me all the time!
JH: Kourtney, where do you see yourself in five years? Still running the DASH stores?
Kourtney: I definitely want to keep doing the DASH stores. The Miami store is doing great and actually it got us really motivated to move our LA store from Calabasas to West Hollywood or more in the center of everything. I definitely love the store. I still want to expand it and do other things and I love doing stuff with my sisters and we have a lot of different ideas in the work. I'd love to start a clothing line.
JH: Khloe, What's the one thing that you think people don't know about you even after watching you the past few years on TV?
Khloé: I think that I'm incredibly maternal and very motherly and... I have very different sides to me. I'm definitely outspoken, a free spirit and very loud but I don't think the show ever showed my maternal side. I am a very home-bodied person. I love to cook and be at home. I go on hikes with my sisters. That's just a softer side of me that nobody thinks I have and nobody really sees.
Fans of the Kardashians can see "Kourtney & Khloé Take Miami" starting this Sunday on E! at 10:00/9:00c.