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Kris Jenner’s New Talk Show – And 11 Other Reality Show Moms Doing It Their Own Way

kris-jennerMonday marks the debut of Kardashian family “momager” Kris Jenner’s aptly-named talk show, “Kris, and she’s dropping hints that new granddaughter North West may not be a no-show after all.

“I think you’re just going to have to wait and see and tune in, because I’m not sure exactly what’s going happen,” Kris told Matt Lauer on The Today Show this week. “I won’t tell you it won’t happen. (I’ll) give you a little something to think about. You never know who’s going to show up.”

Other guests rumored to be dropping by to support Kris in her show’s first episodes are Ryan Seacrest, P. Diddy, Mario Lopez, Nene Leakes, Maria Menounos, and Kathie Lee Gifford. Kris kicks off a limited city distribution Monday, appearing on air in NYC, LA, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Charlotte and Dallas. Full episodes will also be available online.

The Kardashian family is often criticized for overexposure and questionable celebrity, but one thing is for sure: their business ventures are seemingly endless, wildly successful, and Kris is usually at the helm, keeping things on track. And she does it all with an ever-present smile for the camera. Keeping Up With the Kardashians is due to enter its eighth season, and all six of Jenner’s children, along with assorted in-laws and her husband, Bruce Jenner, are involved with perfume and fashion lines, speaking gigs, and promotional spots for brands. Kris manages it all.

Never shy to speak about her family and its importance in her life, her children don’t stray far from Mama Jenner’s nest, either. This Mother’s Day, new mom Kim Kardashian said there is no one she’d rather be more like than her mother:

“My mom is a strong and ambitious career woman that despite her busy schedule and the millions of things she has going on, she still manages to put family first and continues to look out for us every day,” Kardashian explained. “I’m honored to follow in her footsteps and make her proud like I am of her.” 

Kris will take Jenner away from the reality show cameras and in front of a studio audience for the first time, just like industry peers and reality show moms turned talk show hosts Sharon Osbourne and Bethenny Frankel.

Let’s take a look at some of these ladies who often take some heat for doing it their way — but they do it anyway.

  • "Mama June" Shannon 1 of 11
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    The days of people picking on Mama June Shannon for giving daughter Alana, aka Honey Boo Boo, "go-go juice" to make it through pageants seem very far away. June's recent wedding to longtime boyfriend Sugar Bear featured her inimitable style, and a ride in on an ATV. 

    Image credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Teresa Guidice 2 of 11
    teresa-giudice

    Real Houswives of New Jersey meant public spats with sister-in-law Melissa Gorga and husband Joe, but Teresa Giudice stays focused on her cookbook career and her kids. 

    Image credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Bethenny Frankel 3 of 11
    Bethenny_Frankel_in_Isabella_Oliver

    Bethenny dated, got married, had a baby, and then got divorced -- all on television. Let people talk. She'll be over there, looking fabulous. 

    Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

  • Snooki 4 of 11
    Snooki_at_Seaside_Heights_NJ

    Snooki descended upon the Jersey Shore with several seasons of outrageous behavior, but she's settled down since the arrival of son Lorenzo last year. Her recent letter to fellow new-mom-to-be Kate Middleton says 2013 means a mellower, mommy Snooki. 

    Image courtesy Tabercil, Wikimedia Commons

  • Kim Kardashian 5 of 11
    Kim_Kardashian

    With the arrival of baby North West, Kim Kardashian joins the ranks of reality show moms. From her baby's name to her career choices, everyone seems to have an opinion about what Kim's up to. She apparently learned from the master -- mom Kris Jenner -- to just keep moving. 

    Image credit: Flickr, under Creative Commons 

  • Tori Spelling 6 of 11
    Tori_Spelling

    Post-90210, Tori Spelling was well known for spats with her mother, Candy, until she moved on to a life of lots of kids -- and a few reality shows -- with husband Dean McDermott. After baby number four, we'll see what's next for her. 

    Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

  • Sharon Osbourne 7 of 11
    sharon-osbourne

    From managing longtime husband Ozzy's music career, to her own turns as a talk-show host and X-Factor judge, Sharon has done it all with her opinions on her sleeve. But what she still wishes most? That she could have been a stay-at-home mom

    Image credit: Pacific Coast News

  • NeNe Leakes 8 of 11
    NeNe-Leakes

    Never shy to express her feelings, NeNe does it her way. The Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member has moved on to appearances on Glee and a remarriage to husband Gregg

    Image credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Karen Gravano 9 of 11
    karen-gravano-mob-wives

    Being married to the Mob will get you talked about, for sure

    Image credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Kate Gosselin 10 of 11
    kate-gosselin

    So many people pick on Kate Gosselin, following the very public dissolution of her marriage to Jon Gosselin on their reality show Jon and Kate Plus 8, that a bully-tracking website has identified her most extreme haters

    Image credit: Pacific Coast News

  • Emily Dees Boulden 11 of 11
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    Pretty Wicked Moms has only been on the air for a month, but Emily Dees Boulden is the so-called "Queen Bee" of this crew, "six competitive Atlanta mom breaking all molds." 

    Image credit: Pacific Coast News

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