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The Kardashians

You Tell Us: Did Kim Kardashian’s Sex Tape Make Her Famous?

Kim Kardashian has a glamorous fashion empire and a hit television show — but does she owe it all to ex-boyfriend Ray J and the infamous sex tape they made back in 2007? Ray J seems to think so. According to RadarOnline, the rapper sent this text to his ex on her big day: "And to think you really have me to thank for all this ;-)" That’s one loaded winky-face emoticon.

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries will reportedly make $18 million on their lavish wedding. But they’re not the only ones raking in the dough; TMZ reports that the website selling Kim’s porn video was flooded with 3 million visitors, more than 10 times their monthly average.

Is this just a case of a jealous ex? Kim’s career skyrocketed eight months after the sex tape was leaked, launching Keeping Up with the Kardashians in 2007 — now in its sixth season. Ray J’s own reality show, For the Love of Ray J, lasted just two trashy seasons before VH1 pulled the plug.

Sources: RadarOnline, TMZ