Did You Know That The Kardashians Buy New iPhones Weekly To Film Themselves For KUWTK?

Things get weirder every day as the pandemic keeps rising. It is not much of a surprise that the Kardashians won’t give up filming the family reality show even though so many shows and movies have halted to contain the pandemic.

Season 19 of the show is being filmed on their own – using brand new iPhones that are delivered to them weekly despite California’s stay-at-home regulations, which were put in place on March 19.

During an interview with Elle on Monday, executive producer Farnaz Farjam explained that the “KUWTK” team had to either take a hiatus from filming or rely on the cast to capture their own footage.

Matriarch Kris Jenner worked with Farjam to build a system for the family to record their daily lives without the help of a camera crew, a process that Farjam called a “big to-do.”

First, a photographer and technician, both completely covered in hazmat suits, entered Kim Kardashian West and Khloe Kardashian’s houses to properly light rooms for confessionals and set up iPhone-compatible tripods, according to Farjam.

She added that all of the equipment was thoroughly sanitized, and the family members waited a minimum of 24 hours before entering the rooms with gear to prevent coming in contact with any COVID-19 germs.

Once all of the equipment was set up, the cast started filming themselves on the iPhones, capturing around 16 hours of camera-time each week, Farjam said. She continued to explain that each Monday, a showrunner, who wears protective gear, collects the iPhone and drops off a brand new smartphone to the family’s security teams to begin the next cycle of recording.

While Farjam admitted that some of the family members are more diligent than others about recording from home, she said that the experience has ignited a new awareness for the show’s crew.

“Sometimes you’ll hear them mumbling under their breath, ‘Who knew a camera person’s job would be so hard?!'” she told Elle. “But, like, that’s funny. That’s gold. That’s stuff we want to include in the show.”

Farjam said that at least two of the reality show’s episodes during season 19 will be fully made from iPhone footage taken by the family. In a trailer for the upcoming season, the different shooting style is evident.

The family chats over Zoom, Kris talks while wearing a mask, and Kylie Jenner speaks directly to the camera about having someone close to her test positive for COVID-19.

While season 19 of the reality show won’t premiere until September 2020, the Kardashian-Jenner family has already been maintaining a steady stream of content from their homes via social media.

Farjam said that the at-home footage will make the family, who is known for their flashy antics and over-the-top lifestyle, more relatable, some of their behavior during the pandemic has come off as tone-deaf and out-of-touch.

For example, after Kylie pleaded with her millions of Instagram followers on social distance and stay home, she invited her friend Stassie Karanikolaou over to her mansion, giving people the impression that she considered herself to be above the rules.

Her older sister Kendall Jenner received backlash for taking a road trip across state borders to “get some fresh air” despite stay-at-home restrictions.

Khloe also sparked anger after she TP’ed Kourtney Kardashian’s home amidst a toilet paper shortage, wasting goods that many people can’t find.

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