FOX Good Day Orlando morning news host, John Brown, spoke for so many of us last week–especially those of us who cover popular culture for blogs and news outlets–when he got up in the middle of a gossip segment, refusing to participate in yet another Kardashian story.
“I’m having a good Friday. I refuse to talk about the Kardashians,” Brown declared, as he walked off. “You’re on your own your own!,” he said to his co-host Amy Kaufeldt. “I can’t take any more Kardashian stories on this show.”
Everybody was laughing. The story was about Kylie Jenner naming her new pet rabbit “Bruce,” ostensibly after her father’s former male identity. Or something. It illustrated Brown’s point that nearly everything coming out of the news cycle concerning the family was a “non-story.”
“We talk about this family every freaking day on this show,” he said, off camera. “Nobody cares about this family anymore! I’ve had enough!” even the radio personality reading the story for a gossip segment admitted, “I agree with you!”
I’m feeling you John, as I scroll through my newsfeeds every day, and it’s story after story about that clan. It’s usually one of them getting naked. Or fat. Or pregnant. Or being all around insipid or an asshat in one way or another. I scroll right past nearly every single item I see. The only topic of substance to come out of the Kardashian family’s existence, is the transition of patriarch, Bruce Jenner to Caitlyn Jenner. Otherwise? Zzzzzz.
Today, Brown and his co-host addressed Friday’s “meltdown.” Brown is always sarcastic, said his co-host. He wasn’t actually mad. Kaufeldt attributes the video going viral to it being hilarious. But Brown was making a serious point.
“My issue isn’t with the Kardashians,” said Brown. “I don’t have a problem with them at all, I’ve never seen the show. My issue is from the media standpoint — we feel like the public wants to hear it. The public hears so much about it that they think the media is going to give more. It’s this huge cycle.”
Although there is something to the notion that the media and audience feed off of each other, I think there actually are people who obsess over this family, and they’re making producer Ryan Seacrest a very rich man. I just haven’t met any yet.
Via The Wrap