Ex-NBA star Lamar Odom and reality TV wife Khloe Kardashian have reportedly pulled the plug on their show, so Lamar can get his basketball game back on track.
But the handwriting has been on the wall for some time.
TheImproper reported last week that the show’s ratings have been sinking, and neither Khloe nor Lamar have been able to gin up enough fake drama to attract viewers.
Indeed, Khloe’s life with Lamar has been all over the map lately. First it was baby drama. Then, they were on the verge of divorce. In short, Khloe tried every reality show trick in the book.
On Sunday (Apr. 24), her show was buried in 15th place in the cable TV ratings, with only 1.7 million viewers, compared with No. 1 cable show “Game of Thrones,” with 3.65 million viewers.
They did their best to go through the motions until Lamar’s basketball career tanked following his trade to the Dallas Mavericks. Now, the couple claim they are pulling the plug on their show to give Lamar a chance to revive his NBA career.
Lamar, however, is already past his prime as a top pro basketball player. At 32, he’ll be lucky to start over with any team, although a one-year contract to fill a temporary roster hole somewhere is a possibility.
The move leaves their network, E! Entertainment in a lurch. E! tried to get the couple to reconsider, according to gossip site TMZ. Cheap programming is hard to come by, and reality shows are the cheapest to produce.
Keeping “Khloe & Lamar” on the air would beat creating a new show from scratch with unknown characters. Plus, Khloe still has the Kardashian machine to help with promotion. Momager Kris Jenner is reportedly leaning on her to continue, so anything is possible.