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Keeping up with ‘Kris’

Kardashian-Jenner hosting talk show

  • In this Monday July 8, 2013 photo, TV personality Kris Jenner poses for a portrait in New York. Jenner's new talk show "Kris," will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations.  (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

    In this Monday July 8, 2013 photo, TV personality Kris Jenner poses for a portrait in New York. Jenner's new talk show "Kris," will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

  • In this Monday July 8, 2013 photo, TV personality Kris Jenner poses for a portrait in New York. Jenner's new talk show "Kris," will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations.  (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

    In this Monday July 8, 2013 photo, TV personality Kris Jenner poses for a portrait in New York. Jenner's new talk show "Kris," will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

  • In this Monday July 8, 2013 photo, TV personality Kris Jenner poses for a portrait in New York. Jenner's new talk show "Kris," will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations.  (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

    In this Monday July 8, 2013 photo, TV personality Kris Jenner poses for a portrait in New York. Jenner's new talk show "Kris," will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

  • In this Monday July 8, 2013 photo, TV personality Kris Jenner poses for a portrait in New York. Jenner's new talk show "Kris," will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations.  (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)
  • In this Monday July 8, 2013 photo, TV personality Kris Jenner poses for a portrait in New York. Jenner's new talk show "Kris," will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations.  (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)
  • In this Monday July 8, 2013 photo, TV personality Kris Jenner poses for a portrait in New York. Jenner's new talk show "Kris," will air for six weeks starting July 15 on selected Fox-owned stations.  (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

The driven matriarch of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is taking center stage with her own talk show, and Kris Jenner said she’s ready for the spotlight.

“I’m definitely living my dream,” Jenner said of Monday’s launch of Kris, a daily talk show getting a summer test run on Fox stations in a handful of major TV markets.

If Jenner proves her appeal with viewers, she can expect to join the swelling ranks of national daytime hosts that include reigning queen Ellen DeGeneres, newcomers Katie Couric, Steve Harvey and Bethenny Frankel and, on the fall TV horizon, Queen Latifah.

So what does Jenner bring to the talk-show table? As she explains it, a strong sense of what people want from her and Kris, airing for six weeks in Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Dallas and Charlotte, N.C.

“It’s a day and date show. I think the audience wants to talk about things happening right now in popular culture,” Jenner said. “It’s going to be lighthearted – I’m not into doing depressing stories or sensational stories or hateful stories.”

Jenner isn’t a novice in the talk show game, with appearances and some guest-host gigs on programs including The Talk, Today and The View, said Stephen Brown, Fox Television Stations executive vice president for programming and development.

Viewers “have seen her sub in before (as a host), so they know she can do it. I know she can do it. That’s why we designed the set to look like her house. In essence, she’s inviting the audience into her home,” Brown said.

That’s the home made so familiar to viewers on the E! channel’s Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

But Kris won’t be an extension of the reality show that launched in 2007, Jenner insisted: “It’s absolutely about the viewer. It’s not a show about me and my kids.”

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