Still feeling duped by Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' lavish wedding and hasty divorce filing?
Well, don't be, says Jonathan Murray, a producer behind the Keeping Up With the Kardashians franchise who, as co-creator of MTV's The Real World, is one of the pioneers of reality television.
Murray denied that the short-lived Kardashian-Humphries marriage was a sham in an interview with Mediabistro -- insisting that producers did not pressure the most famous of the Kardashian clan to wed, or that she sought permission to marry.
We're just the people who document what happens, Murray told Mediabistro. I would not want the responsibility of telling Kim what to do in her romantic life.
But though producers may not have orchestrated the wedding or the marriage's spectacular failure, it was clear from the start that all was not well.
With Kim and her marriage, she showed up for 'Kourtney and Kim Take New York' a week after the honeymoon, and we just documented what happened, and it was pretty clear that these two people maybe weren't exactly right for each other, that they didn't have as much going for them as a couple as they thought they had when they entered the relationship, he said.
Fans -- and foes -- of all things Kardashian cried foul when the impending divorce was announced after a blink-and-you-could-miss-it 72-day marriage. Countless reports questioning the nature of the relationship between the reality star and the NBA player circulated right away. Media outlets, often citing anonymous sources, reported that Kardashian was never emotionally invested in the marriage and that she was in it for financial gain. The wedding was televised for a two-part special on E!, for one thing. Each of the two parts had approximately four million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Some of those questioning the validity of the marriage painted Kim as the puppeteer and Kris as the victim.
[Humphries] is sensitive to marriage both emotionally and religiously, a source told the New York Daily News. He entered the marriage in good faith and genuinely loved her and is devastated that it turned out like this.
On the flip side, there were also reports that Humphries -- a little-known professional basketball player before his relationship with Kardashian surfaced -- mistreated his new bride.
He belittled her in front of people, a so-called insider told Us Weekly. He'd call her stupid. It was truly sickening.
Reasons for divorce aside, Murray assures that Kardashian and Humphries entered the marriage in good faith. Should we believe him?