Friday, June 21, 2024

Kim Kardashian Turned Alec Baldwin’s Talk Show into “Charlie Rose for Morons”


Alec Baldwin squandered the second hour of his pedestrian talk show by devoting an entire hour to Kim Kardashian. In the middle of a national political debate, this is what he wasted his time on. Ratings? He had none last week. We’ll see if this works.

Who is Kim Kardashian? I have no idea, even now. She and her family are invented celebrities. They are purveyors of trash. Even if they’ve managed to turn that into a fortune, is that a reason to feature her? If that’s the criteria, why not Ron Popeil and the Pocket Fisherman?

Alec didn’t ask this Kim the questions that were pertinent: what about her sex tape? How will she explain that to her children? What’s it like being married to someone bipolar? What about her 72 day marriage to Kris Humphries?

Instead, the conversation was insipid. Alec is not a journalist, so we can’t blame him entirely. Someone must produce this show. But this was an infomercial for banality. “I never realized how much I was jealous of Kanye West,” Alec said. I threw up in my mouth.

Kim Kardashian herself is not interesting in any way. The only interesting parts of the interview had to do with Kanye West and Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner. I could have read the National Enquirer for that information.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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