CHICAGO — An appearance by Kim Kardashian on the National Public Radio show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” has angered among some listeners.
NPR received hundreds of complaints about last week’s episode of the humorous quiz show. Kardashian was in a segment called “Not My Job,” in which she answered questions about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. She answered two of three questions correctly.
But many listeners were outraged that she was on the Chicago-based show. Some have threatened to stop donating to the nonprofit NPR.
In a response posted on NPR’s website, ombudsman Elizabeth Jenson said she wasn’t sure what to make of the outrage over Kardashian’s 11-minute appearance. She said while Kardashian wasn’t a great guest, “she was gracious” and had a couple of funny lines.
I’m still not sure what to make of this week’s outrage over Kardashian, who was indeed a surprising guest, given how often the show has pilloried her and her clan in the past. She wasn’t a great guest—she had a couple funny lines—but she was gracious. Or at least I think so. I’m in the camp of those who have avoided her other ubiquitous media projects and appearances, so I can’t say I’m familiar with her normal demeanor. But I was far from offended by her presence on an NPR show. It was only eleven minutes, after all, and now maybe I won’t be so lost at the next dinner party when the topic of Kardashian-mania comes up.