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Kim Kardashian Continues to Falsely Compare Her Show to ‘I Love Lucy’

Kim Kardashian’s claim that her reality shows have been on more than ‘I Love Lucy,’ are as inflated as her ego, according to an examination of both shows. (Photo: Getty)

Kim Kardashian continues to falsely boast that her reality show has aired more episodes than the classic ’50s sit-com “I Love Lucy,” and media outlets continue to foster the myth without any fact-checking. She’s totally off the mark.

Kim repeated the falsehood in a new interview in Love magazine. It was wrong the last time IM busted her over it last October and it’s still wrong now.

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The issue came up when Kim revealed that she doesn’t like people asking her what she does for a living.

The question often has less to do with being clueless about what she does and more to do about not viewing reality television as a real career.

“When someone asks me, ‘What do you do?’ under my breath I want to say, ‘Ask my f–king bank account what I do,’” Kim told the magazine, before adding: “But I would never say that to someone’s face.”

Then she rolls out the big lie. “We’ve had more episodes than I Love Lucy!”

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“So I get a little bit frustrated at people not understanding. Like when they ask, ‘What do you do?’ I mean, what an uneducated question! And I just want to help change the perception that being on a reality show is such a negative thing,” she says.

It may be a small point, a bit of braggadocio from the reality queen, but it illustrates a broader issue. Kardashian, like so many C-list celebrities hype themselves to inflate their self-importance.

Equally frustrating is how so many so-called Internet news sites, from GossipCop to JustJared, repeat her claims without fact-checking.

Here are the facts.

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In all, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” her flagship show, has aired 96 episodes over nine seasons, according to the E! network.

Spinoffs “Kourtney and Kim Take New York” aired 20 episodes, “Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons” aired 12 episodes, “Khloe and Lamar” aired 20 episodes and “Kourtney and Kim Take Miami” aired 30 episodes.

That comes to 178 episodes total.

In contrast, “I Love Lucy,” starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, aired 97 episodes in just its first three seasons. In all, 180 episodes aired over the show’s six-season run from 1952 to 1957.

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And that doesn’t count “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour” which ran for three seasons afterward. It aired 13 episodes.

That adds up to a total of 193 episodes, plus a spin-off movie in 1953.

Since, Kardashian is counting all her spin-off shows, it’s only fair to count Ball’s other “Lucy” spinoffs. “The Lucy Show” aired 156 episodes from 1962 to 1968 and “Here’s Lucy” aired 144 episodes from 1968 to 1974.

Neither show ever finished out of the Top Ten in the Nielsen ratings. Kardashian’s shows have never had a Top Ten finish.

In short, it’s more Kardashian hype.

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