Kylie Jenner’s Spin-Off ‘Life of Kylie’ Slammed by Critics & Fans
The youngest member of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians crew at 19 years old, she has established an impressive empire through her social media following.
Still, in spite of all of her Snapchats and revealing Instagrams, fans were hoping to catch a glimpse at the real Kylie — something it sounds like we won’t get on her new show, Life of Kylie.
The series premiered to mostly negative reviews on Sunday, August 6.
For critics, it seems like over-producing is the biggest strike against the E! show, while fans took to Twitter to lament the wealthy teen’s total lack of self-awareness.
"I love Kylie but she just said 'I didn't get to grow up normal it's just so hard'…well paying bills is hard we can switch," one fan wrote.
Another chimed in, “I thought this was supposed to show a different side.”
“A lot of pressure to post a selfie. Oh god,” a third Twitter user zinged, while another added, “I legit only hate her more, she's actually a superficial idiot.”
Of course, much of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum’s fan base will continue to tune in to see her do totally relatable things like eat McDonalds and totally unrelatable things like struggle to find a private jet.
Still, it’s hard to feel invested in someone who spends so much of her time complaining about how hard it is being famous.
“Kim always said this is what she’s made for, you know, and I respect that, but it’s just hard to do normal things when every single person knows who you are,” she said in the first two episodes.
“It reminds me that I’m Kylie f--king Jenner.”
Don’t just take our word for it — we’ve rounded up some of the critics’ reviews of Life of Kylie. Click through to find out what they had to say.
“For most great reality stars, though, the show is the engine meant to get them to wherever it is they're hoping to go. For Jenner, by all appearances on air and off actively engaged with her business, it's an ancillary project.
“If she's disengaged from her own show, it may be because she's legitimately a bit too famous for it. But it helps the brand: We're watching a very young PR expert at work.”
“The first two episodes … underscore a peculiar strain of faux-reluctant reality-TV players who combine self-pity with a lack of self-awareness, as Jenner insists that she hasn't mastered ‘this fame thing’ like her telegenic brood while inviting a camera crew to follow her around like a puppy...
“A certain level of vacuity is clearly part of the shtick —especially for those expected to hate-watch the show — but Life of Kylie pushes emptiness toward its limits even by reality-TV standards.”
“Kylie Jenner’s life is — obviously, objectively — incredible. The work that she does to earn her fortune isn’t physically demanding or intellectually strenuous, and even if she retired tomorrow, she’d have more money than the average human being can even fathom.
“She’s so rich she can’t even invent a convincing obstacle to surmount on her reality TV show — when Jenner and her gang get devastating news that the private jet they’re supposed to take to Sacramento has broken down, they just call and ask for a different private jet.”
“Though there are produced attempts at silly shenanigans that are the Kardashians' bread and butter (Kylie goes to prom! Kylie spies on Jordyn's date!), they're all tainted by the bleakness of her reality: Kylie Jenner is trapped in the lifestyle of an A-list celebrity and she has no way out.
“Unlike Keeping Up with the Kardashians — which has found the magical balance between real issues (armed robberies, substance abuse, infertility, etc.) and the lighthearted escapism fans still desire — Life of Kylie is like its star: searching for purpose, but mostly very, very sad.”
— TV Guide
“By staying at a surface level, Life of Kylie doesn't do much more than rehash and expand on Kylie's social media presence, and that's not particularly compelling.
“Life of Kylie doesn't have that extra layer of realism, and so more than anything, it feels like watching a 30-minute Snapchat, and that doesn't make for great television. This isn't a slight — Kylie is a true queen of social media. But if anything, Life of Kylie proves that Kylie's life belongs online, not on TV.”
“The first two episodes … heavily focus on Kylie surprising a teen boy, Albert, by being his date for his prom … it feels way too promotional...
“Plus, it's always troubling for me to see a celebrity who counts her employees as her best friends, because it could mean she's created a bubble of people around her who may not be 100% with her. It really makes Kylie look shallow.”
“While the show does manage to provide moments that break through and feel somewhat poignant, if not wholly authentic, the complete enterprise feels much too engineered to approximate anything revelatory.
“It does seem like there is something about Kylie that’s intrinsically different than Kendall, Bella, or Hailey, and there is a sense that her life is far from perfect, but neither the therapy session nor the show seems all that interested in digging deep into what that is. One feels like shouting at the television, ‘Turn the camera off and let her have a real therapy session!!!!!’”
“It’s the Joey to Keeping Up’s Friends, she’s a star that should work on her own, but it ends up feeling wrong. Everything Kylie does is overly curated, if I wanted a short and sweet 30 minute look into her life, I’d take 30 minutes out of my day to google her name and scroll through her Instagram.
“Nothing about this is groundbreaking, it’s just carefully curated moments that aren’t even vaguely authentic enough to leave us wanting more. If this is as deep as it gets, keep me on the shallow end, please.”
“After months of promotion and countless exclusive clips, the Kris Jenner train has rolled out yet another moneymaker for one of her daughters, a show that is fighting a losing battle to miraculously prove to the world that the youngest member of the Kardashian klan is ‘normal.’”
“Life of Kylie is here and it's essentially a show about selfies, Instagram, and feeling insecure about being in the public eye while literally exposing everything about yourself at the exact same time.
“All in all, Life of Kylie will examine the mundanity of Kylie Jenner, and really honing in on how normal and average her life is. Except for the fact that she's...Kylie Jenner.”
Life of Kylie airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on E!