Kim Kardashian made $10,358.80 per hour for her marriage

After being married for 10 weeks, Kim Kardashian and filed for divorce from Kris Humphries on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences, as if 72 days is enough time to even figure out if you’ve watched the same movies as someone else.

The predictable marriage-was-a-sham stories are surfacing, but the most interesting is some math related to the $17.9 million she received for her wedding.

New York Times reporter Don Van Natta Jr. did the math and reported that “Kim Kardashian sold the rights to her wedding for $17.9 million. Her marriage lasted 72 days. That comes to a nifty $10,358.80 per hour.”

In a statement, Kim said, “After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage. I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision. I had hoped this marriage was forever but sometimes things don’t work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best.”

E! said in a statement that they “are surprised and saddened by this news,” but threatened that “E! will continue to share the fascinating real lives and larger-than-life existence of this close-knit family.”

Update: Kim wrote a letter to fans in which she insists, “I married for love” and says, “I would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show,” calling herself “a hopeless romantic.”

She also denies making $17.9 million from her wedding: “There are also reports that I made millions of dollars off of the wedding. These reports are simply not true and it makes me so sad to have to even clarify this. I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to come to my wedding and I’ll be donating the money for all the gifts to the Dream Foundation.”

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