You’ve seen Khloé Kardashian, well, pretty much everywhere. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, author and media fixture has a new venture, Kocktails with Khloé (FYI, Wed., 10 p.m. ET/PT), an eight-episode, dinner-party-style talk show that will feature famous faces, friends and family. Sharone Hakman serves as chef.
Kardashian, 31, is happy to discuss the show, to be filmed on a home-style set just before broadcast, and other topics, but details of former NBA star Lamar Odom’s recovery is not one of them. She has been supporting him in his recovery even though they were divorcing when he was hospitalized in October. “I appreciate people’s genuine concern, but I don’t give away the details, because that’s up to (Lamar). If he chooses to, so be it, but I want to respect his privacy.”
Q.You’ll have games?
A. Some are standard, like Truth or Dare. Others are games my sisters and I tweaked at my cocktail parties at home. A lot are personal. (Questions) tend to be a little more sexual, fun and flirty. When someone has a glass of champagne, their guard is a little down. It makes it more fun.
Q. How much will family — and family matters — be involved?
A. I’m planning on having some of my family members on, space them out a bit. Whichever sibling is on, it would be a little more about them. Because it’s so conversational, things do come up about my personal life that are on topic.
Q. What about the atmosphere?
A. We want to touch on some fashion stuff. … I’ll have actors, comedians (and) musicians as guests. … There will be alcohol (and) hor d’oeuvres. A lot of the games are interactive and you have to move.
Q. Will you drink?
A. For sure. I want to have a few before. I hosted Chelsea Lately and I was so nervous, I had to have a few glasses of champagne prior. I did a great job doing her show. I’m not saying it’s because of the alcohol. It just put my guard down.
Q. What’s the secret to your family’s business success?
A. We want to see all of us go to the finish line. Where a lot of people are competitive within their own families, all of us want to see the other one do just as well. We start filming Season 12 (of Kardashians) this month and I’m also doing my talk show, so if I’m a little scattered, my sisters (Kim and Kourtney) might help me in other areas of work.
Q. You’re producing another new show, Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian.
A. I’ve said the best form of revenge is a good body. When I was going through a hard time, I focused on the gym. It was a stress reliever (but), as a byproduct, I started losing weight. I felt better and had my head up higher. I realized how much working out can change you, mind, body and soul. So, I’ve put that into a TV format
Q. You’ve been seeing NBA star James Harden, famed for his beard as well as his basketball skill. Do you like beards?
A. I didn’t know that I did. It definitely wasn’t a requirement of mine. It wasn’t something that I looked for, but it surprisingly doesn’t bother me.
Q. Does privacy matter?
A. I try to keep things private, like my relationship with James. It’s important to hold some things close to your heart