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Oprah Defends Kardashian Family From Accusation That They Are Famous for Nothing


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The complaint that the Kardashian family is a scourge of society is nothing new — for the past 10 seasons of Keeping with the Kardashians, many have decried the reality TV family for being famous for no reason or talent. But last week, "Pitch Perfect" franchise star Rebel Wilson made a ripple in this decade-old discussion by publicly revealing that she had taken a stand against the E! clan — by refusing to present at the MTV V.M.A. Awards with Kardashian siblings Kylie and Kendall Jenner because they are "famous for no talent" and "seem a bit superficial." On Monday, though, Oprah Winfrey came to the defense of the family, revealing that she is unabashedly Team Kardashian.

"I interviewed the Kardashians two years ago and I can’t believe how hard they work," Winfrey told KIIS FM's Kyle and Jackie O Show in Australia on Monday. "People don't understand that. People think, 'Oh, if a television camera's just following you, then that's just easy.' To really create a reality series that looks like something's actually happening, it means you have to be on all the time."

"I went to film them as a family and I couldn’t believe how hard they worked," Winfrey said, referencing her Next Chapter special on the family for her network OWN. "We were there for seven hours and they were gonna tape another seven hours after I left. No matter who you are, that is work."

In contrast, Winfrey said that she worked with another actress who could not handle the pressure of starring on a reality show — Lindsay Lohan. Using Lohan as an example of someone "uncomfortable" with the responsibility of a docu-series, Winfrey said, "She's one of those people who said, 'Oh yes, sure, I'll have the cameras follow me,' and then when you realize how much work that really is ... [do] you know how much acting you got to do to make it look real?”

Discover Oprah Winfrey's exclusive MAKERS story in the video above.

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