Kardashian-Jenner ‘hellscape’ Christmas card took 3 days & cost $250,000


As we discussed yesterday, the Kardashian-Jenner family Christmas card for 2013 is an utter disaster. It just isn’t Christmasy at all! I mean, there are so many problems with the card in general, but one problem I find particularly vexing is that the Vegas-esque dystopian hellscape has nothing to do with “Christmas”. So, now we’re getting stories about who to blame for this nightmarish vision of The Kardashian Circle of Hell. Radar claims that Kris Jenner worked closely with photographer David LaChappelle to create this mess, and the whole thing cost $250,000. Crazy.

The high fashion Kardashian/Jenner family Christmas card shot by famed photographer David LaChapelle cost a whopping $250,000 to shoot, but the first family of reality TV didn’t pay a dime because the production company for Keeping Up With The Kardashians footed the bill, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

The elaborate photo shoot took “three days just to put the set together. David was extremely involved in all details of the set installation. It was Kim’s idea to get David to do the family photo Christmas picture,” a family insider told Radar.

“At first, David balked because he does photo shoots for major magazines, but Kim convinced him to do it. It wasn’t a cheap photo shoot, and the production company of Keeping Up With The Kardashians paid the $250,000 invoice. Hair, make-up, wardrobe, were all paid for by production, and the Kardashians didn’t pay one dime for their Christmas card!”

On Sunday night’s episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, LaChapelle decided the card should only feature the women of the family.

Kris Jenner loved the scheme, and while Rob Kardashian and Scott Disick didn’t care about being on the card, Kendall Jenner felt bad for her father, Bruce. And when the teen visited him, Bruce looked terribly hurt that he wouldn’t be on the card the source revealed.

“Since Lamar and Kanye can’t do it and Scott and Rob don’t care, I think it’s just going to be the girls,” Kendall said.

The former decathlete raged to Kendall, asking whose idea it was and when Kendall said the photographer was behind it, Bruce scoffed.

“We’ve done it for 23 years and now all of a sudden they want to change it? Maybe mom and I – our relationship is a little different but we’re still a family. It’s your mom’s and my Christmas card,” Bruce told her.

After a heart-to-heart talk with Kris, Bruce was ultimately was included in the photo.

Bruce implied to the cameras it was all Kris’ fault, then fumed to her, “I’ve never in the past had to be invited to our Christmas card.”

The feedback from the Christmas card “has been lukewarm at best,” the source added.

“It’s just over the top, and doesn’t feel like a family Christmas card at all.”

[From Radar]

Of course it was Kim’s idea to use LaChappelle. What in the world? If she wanted to use him for a magazine photoshoot, I would be fine with that. But you don’t choose LaChappelle for a Christmas card! And E! is crazy to foot the bill for this monstrosity too. I just don’t get it.




Photos courtesy of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, WENN.

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    • Rachel says:

      That much photoshopping is expensive…

    • Demi says:

      I will tell you why..

      Above Kim K’s head there’s neon ‘The End’ sign and notice the $ sign too?
      Poor Bruce is trapped in a glass cylinder marked ‘cashier’, his precious medals out of reach, nobody cares.

      Little Mason stares into a boring zombie-like future.

      The jenner girls are all luxury-whored up like their older sisters, continuing the families’ legacy with the magazines under them and illuminate
      Tv screens are everywhere, as are tabloid rags and Kim K faded faces in the background, but none of it seems fresh or new, only old and tired and used. And finally: perfect mannequins that used to wear clothes amazingly, are now strewn around in a morbidly grotesque manner, missing limbs and looking like discarded trash, nobody wants. And the word “Fame” being used all over the picture.

      its not about sending a Christmas card. Its about sending a message.

      • Blissett says:

        That’s some spot on analysis.

      • MSMLNP says:

        That’s way too deep for the Kartrashians.

        Wait a minute, Kanye is that you?

      • Jacqueline says:

        There’s a random Wheaties box in there. Even the TV’s he’s on are locked up. You know how they feel about him. The floor is covered with Kardashian magazines. There are some bare tribal titties in the background. Kim’s face is ALL over the place. I think that the reason all males were excluded is because Kanye wouldn’t participate. He’s the only one they’re trying to hitch themselves to now & Kim wouldn’t be shown-up and the only one shot without her man. The “The End” neon is my favorite part – one can only wish that we’re true.
        Kris should cut the crap and next year she’ll be naked, by herself, with the love of her life – the neon dollar sign.

      • Keri says:

        I think the photographer saw an opportunity here to give a scathing (subversive), money hungry fame whoring portrait. It’s almost like he’s mocking them- and they were naturally too stupid to notice the subtext- or didn’t care! Btw- I thought the dude in the glass (Bruce) was that tool friend of theirs Jonathan cheban! Lol.

      • Hakura says:

        @Demi – “Poor Bruce is trapped in a glass cylinder marked ‘cashier’, his precious medals out of reach, nobody cares.”

        This is the *only* aspect of your spot-on analysis that I disagree with, but just my opinion. I believe that the sign saying ‘Cashier’ is actually *behind* Bruce’s cylinder (showing through the glass) attached to the side of the stand (which looks like a casino cashier’s set-up, where they pay you out your winnings) that Kris is sitting on, wearing her elaborate (somewhat egyptian-queen looking) gold head-piece.

        So I *think* that it makes more sense that Kris has the word ‘cashier’, implying she’s in charge of the money (which sadly, I’m sure Bruce has absolutely NO control over, like everything else). A really sad thing I took from this is also that Bruce’s only *value* to the family is his Olympic legacy, not being the father of the two Jenner girls (who aren’t even anywhere *near* him in the pic), or being good to the other girls. All material, all reputation & appearances.

        When I first saw the picture, I saw a really small version, & thought Kris was wearing a shirly temple-like wig xD & the ‘cylinder’ Bruce is in reminded me of those cylinders they used to use in bank’s drive-throughs. xD But I *think* in keeping with the whole casino-after-hurricane feel, it’s more of a ‘display case’, except *he’s* inside it, instead of all the momentos of his legacy, that you would normally think would be in a display case.

        Yes, I’ve totally put WAY too much thought into this trainwreck.

      • Zwella Ingrid says:

        I agree Keri. I think the photographer is mocking them, and they don’t realize it.

  1. blue marie says:

    $250,000, really? I wouldn’t have paid $2.50 for that crap. Why do Kourtney and Khloe look like they’re staring at Kim? Or is that just me?

    • Hakura says:

      Probably because, what with Yeezus convinced that he’s GOD, that would make North ‘the 2nd coming’, (which, although she’s not in the pic, I think is hinted at by the odd ‘baby-Jesus’-looking pics scattered throughout) so it’d only make sense that Kim would be the virgin(cough) Mary. So, as with all *proper* Kristmas Kards, the ‘lesser’ daughters look on in awe & endless admiration of ‘the chosen one’.

      (MAN this sh!t is f*cked up…)

  2. AG says:

    Kim is such a mouth breather. (Although she’s prob trying hard to be sexy with that facial expression.)

  3. Patricia says:

    Well it’s got everyone talking and wasn’t that the point? I don’t get what Kendall is doing, for being a model she looks very strange and awkward. I actually think Kylie looks really cool.
    Poor Bruce, the most disrespected man in reality tv for sure.

  4. kaligula says:

    Well they just wanted to get people talking, and they did. Heaven only knows how they will up the ante next year. I fear it. Hellscape indeed.

  5. Suze says:

    This family is like the court of Caligula – just about as tasteful and restrained.

  6. paola says:

    I think somebody said it right: It’s La Chapelle’s way of flipping the finger to the kardashians with all the symbolism.

  7. aims says:

    I think the whole thing is bizarre. I tried to give it a go, and got a headache. It’s loud, tacky and chaotic, which sums up this family.

  8. Emil says:

    Awful on so many levels. But I find it funny that Bruce is sealed away in a glass tube, just like in real life.

  9. Malificent says:

    Thank God for Photoshopping! Technology made it so much easier to remove the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as they rode through the casino….

  10. Question; how does E! make money from reality shows?

  11. mollie says:

    I try not to type things like this, but i cannot help it. I just can’t.
    250k on a Khristmas Kard…think of what that money could do for the L.A. poor over the holidays.
    I just don’t get how someone can think it is a good idea.
    I am prepared to get torched for that comment but…I can’t fathom it.

    • AG says:

      I totally agree with you. That money could have done a lot of good for those in need. In the spirit of, you know, Christmas and Jesus. That family is shameless and has zero positive impact on society. Too bad we (the public) have given them such a platform.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I agree. Obscene, when you consider what Christmas is supposed to be about.

    • pamspam says:

      Well if you get torched, I’m standing by with a bucket of water for you because you’re 100% right. What a disgusting bunch. The card actually does capture exactly what they’re about though – money, glitz and image. What a sad, shallow bunch.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      You won’t be getting torched from me, or from lots of people here. This is such an appalling waste of resources & money, & it’s hideous!

      Wouldnt it have been lovely to hear that instead of their usual lavish Christmas card, this year the K Klan was going to put out a modest family card, & give a generous donation to homeless shelters & all the organizations who collect funds every year for kids who aren’t going to have a Christmas or any holiday at all? This might have redeemed their image a bit! As it is, this band of con artists continues to skip merrily down the path to hell in a handcart.

      I couldn’t help giggling at poor Bruce. There really aren’t any men in the photo, are there?! Well, just one, Puppetmaster Kris. When I saw that glass tube thing, I wondered “Who is that odd-looking woman looking scared & trying to escape?”

    • Stef Leppard says:

      My Xmas cards this year cost $75 and I felt wasteful!! These people are just disgusting. What is even the point? To get people to watch the show? Maybe less people are watching now and this is an act of desperation.

    • lucy2 says:

      No torching from me either.
      I don’t begrudge living well and enjoy one’s success, but I can’t stand gross excess. And that right there is the very definition of it, especially in the guise of a holiday which many people celebrate through giving, and at a time when so many are struggling.

    • cleo says:

      But that’s not how it works. The production budget isn’t David’s fee and it’s not charity. It pays the salaries of all the people who worked on the production. And I assure you that would be quite a few people in this case: designers, builders, painters, lighting people, photo assistants, wardrobe, caterers, camera operators and so on. David LaChapelle shoots in his studio right here in Los Angeles. He pays people here for their work, unlike every big movie studio that now shoots in Eastern Europe or other low wage countries with cheap labor so movie stars and moguls can make more.

    • dlo says:

      I totally agree with you! These people are gross and NEVER do anything just for someone else who is really in need.

    • Nina W says:

      You won’t get torched here, I think many people who visit this site feel that Kris is an evil woman and her children are tools for her rotten ambition. I for one have no desire to be famous or rich or on a reality show. Living a life of excess when so many people are suffering is repulsive.

    • VioletCrumble says:

      I completely agree, Mollie. Regardless of who paid for this, why and the exact amount, I find the entire exhibitionism and vulgarity of their latest antic absolutely obscene.

    • Pandy says:

      You won’t be getting torched by anyone for saying this. Mind you, these are the same people who just auctioned off Kim’s Klothes, with only 10% of the proceeds actually benefiting a charity.

  12. Hannah says:

    Why are the nipples of the nursing woman (Mary?) in the second painting pixelated?

  13. Bridgett says:

    I’m not a big LaChapelle fan in the first place… Amd I would guess he balked at the Christmas Card part more than the Kardashian part (remember, he’s been tight with Pamela Anderson for years). But the reaction to this photo has to be embarrassing, even for him.

  14. Moiselle says:

    Taste aside, the whole thing comes across as “LOOK AT US! WE ARE SO RICH AND PEOPLE TALK ABOUT US!”. I don’t know. Christmas means different things to different people, but it’s so crass. It’s hard for me to understand how any recipient of the card would appreciate it, however it’s not a world I live in. At the very least the holiday season should be about helping others less fortunate, being grateful for what you have (which they clearly are!), and eating cookies. The holiday spirit really seems to have left the building.

  15. madpoe says:

    What does any of their eyesore have to do with baby Jesus?
    kinda looks like a subway in vegas blew up – idk never been there.

  16. Florida Girl 50 says:

    I think the card sums up the family perfectly!

  17. Holly says:

    I know it’s completely ridiculous, but the concept was David LaChapelle’s and he was definitely in control of the shoot. I can’t say that if I had a chance to be photographed by one of the biggest photographers in the world that I wouldn’t go along for the ride. That said, it seems like this was a poor choice for a Christmas card.

  18. Zorbitor says:

    The Kardash Krismas kard is kinda kool😃

  19. D'Oh! says:

    Yikes! What a gaudy, tacky mess. This took three days?! It looks like someone swallowed then upchucked a ton of nightclub glow sticks and mannequin parts.

  20. Elisabeth says:

    the shoot was 10 grand the rest went to photoshop

  21. shellybean says:

    Her face looks TERRIBLE in that picture. WTF???

  22. bros says:

    I personally think it’s genius and he was f*cking with them. Kris, the queen of the cashier booth, Kourtney next to the ATM, Bruce in the time capsule with his perfectly preserved plastic surgery face? the detritus of disposable pop culture and cinematic fantasy decaying all around them? I think LaChappell is winning this.

  23. Nicolette says:

    “Hellscape” Christmas card, with that name Kris should feel right at home. This thing is beyond awful, there are no words for it. Who envisions this as a Christmas card? Bruce in the tube pretty much sums up what his wife has done to him, and the almighty dollar sign is of course prominently displayed. I don’t know but isn’t the pyramid with the all seeing eye supposed to be some kind of Illuminati symbol? Why is Mason laying there looking lifeless? It’s disturbing. This is not art, it’s just sick.

  24. Jessibes says:

    This family is utterly risidiculous and I wish they would just go away.

  25. CaTX says:

    I just cant with this. My favorite part? All the additional pictures of Kim in the background. Truly, this picture and the whole backstory just proves whats really important to Kris: Money, Kim, and her other daughters. In that order.

  26. Yelly says:

    Bruce is in an incubator for crying out loud. This is horrendus. I get why Lamar and Kanye weren’t in it but Scott and Rob are missing too? Weird.

  27. lucy says:

    I see armpit rejuvenation surgery in Kim’s future. HA!

    And it is totally appropos for her to be standing next to a big tacky dollar sign. HAhaHAAAAA!

    • bros says:

      I agree Lucy, see my comment right above yours. There is so much symbolism in this-they thought they were doing high art when really Lachappelle was getting one over on them. love the floating baby with the crown of what looks like feathers or thorns. Im pretending that is the second coming of christ lovechild Nori West.

  28. The Original Mia says:

    Well for the sheer amount of photoshopping done, I guess $250K is just about right.

  29. Lindsey says:

    $250K on this shi**y ‘Kristmas’ Kard? LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Bunch of conceited idiots

  30. bettyrose says:

    But their gross spending creates jobs and supports the economy, right? There’s got to be some upside to their self involved, uncharitable existence.

  31. BeckyR says:

    The entire K family should be very ashamed of themselves. They have such opportunities to do for others but it’s all for ME ME ME.
    Ps the Kard sucks.

    • MsT_Shady says:

      Ashamed of what? What has this family done that is SO awful, in the grand scheme of things?!

      I seriously can’t comprehend the level of vitriol aimed at this family, especially the women. Whilst the Kardashians may seem a bit desperate and gauche to me, they really don’t do much of any lasting consequence to any of our lives! Who are we to dictate how they fritter away their legally gained millions? After all, another article= more publicity= more click bait!

  32. Nance says:

    Well, after the Bound video…

  33. The Original G says:

    The Apocalypse is starting to look like a small price to pay to make the Kardashians go away.

  34. Mya says:

    I just can’t with all the pictures of Kim all over the place. Bunch of Kims on the stairs and Kim in the background behind the Jenner girls. That with all the dark symbolism I just feel that this screams “Kanye genius” . Ugh

  35. BooBooLaRue says:

    Whoa, wish I had that cash to piss away…

  36. Mon says:

    Gone way too far with Photoshop

  37. mar says:

    Kim’s face is just so plastic, she killed her face

  38. Ctkat1 says:

    I watched the “Christmas Special” where they made the card (well, I fast forwarded through the first hour when they sat around in pjs looking at old movies) and a few things stood out. The family has done a Christmas card for 23 years, and it was always shot by a family friend. This year Kim asked David LaChappelle to do it, and he came over to explain his vision of basically a hell scape city in ruins. He suggested no men and no kids. Khloe was iffy on the whole thing from the get go, kourtney wanted her kids in it, and one of the younger sisters was upset about Bruce not being included. The meeting with LaChappelle was hilarious, bc Khloe, Kourtney, and little sister were silent and skeptical, while Kim and Kris were totally onboard with everything he suggested and practically salivating over the concept.

  39. TheCountess says:

    The world’s most expensive work of visual flatulence.

  40. toto says:

    This card reminds me of Hidden Object games.

    • Anon says:

      Google the The Vigilant Citizen, “Symbols rule the world, not words nor laws”…….I had to look and sure enough, he had the Kooky card there. Imploding all around with the K-family. Notice Bruce looks like is running out of oxygen and Mason looks like he has the life sucked out of him.

  41. TeresaGiudice says:

    I think we will start to see the gradual media takedown of the Kardashians after this. It’s been awhile since I’ve read or heard a single positive comment on this family.

  42. Meggin says:

    Talk about a waste of money… Especially considering it’s beyond hideous

  43. homegrrrral says:

    This should be a what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas blah blah ad. It’s maudlin drunk and telling.
    From the cheese whiz family who usually pose in denim w white tshirts, I suppose It’s an improvement.

  44. potatoheaded bobby says:

    kim’s a midget at the end of the day

  45. Weegie Warrior says:

    Its hideous – sums up this family completely – LaChappelle is genius.

  46. dagdag says:

    I think the Kristmas Kard is fantastik.

    Truly Kardashian. Nothing is real. Trash, money, glittery facade without substance.
    A KarTRASHian Kristian Kristmas. Very honest, whatever the intentions.

  47. Vilodemeanus says:

    Well the photog laughed all the way to the bank. They buy gold plated toilets, have toilet paper that looks like 100 dollar bills and obviously have a deep need to spend money on something that makes them look superficial and tacky. Brilliant. What I can’t understand is why anyone is buying whatever it is they are selling. Who would want to support these idiots, who are doing nothing to contribute to anything but making more money for nothing. As for their little scam with hurricane Haiyan, they asked people to contribute to, you know the charity no one ever heard of before? The rumor is Kim gave the money and touted the charity and they paid her an honorarium, meaning she got the tax write off and paid by the charity – which the red cross would never do, because the charity disperses almost no money. The only one it helps it the people running it. Can’t wait until that turns into a scandal and we find out who really was taking that money from legit aide charities really trying to help the victims of the storm. Merry Xmas, we made more money from people’s horrific suffering, aren’t we just fabulous! These people are just nightmares and we can’t seem to wake up even if we don’t watch their shows, or buy what ever it is they are selling. Kim is about 2 surgeries from being Michael Jackson, and her nose is going to fall off pretty soon if she doesn’t knock off the plastic fantastic work.