E! “trying to be respectful” of Kim Kardashian’s divorce by scheduling more wedding repeats

E! has responded to the sad, tragic, surprising divorce of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries by scheduling even more repeat broadcasts of their four-hour wedding–which Kim now insists she did not profit from–including during prime-time on Monday, but then backed off once viewers had negative responses.

The network’s president, Suzanne Kolb, told the New York Times that they are “trying to be respectful of the people involved,” and when she was challenged about their obvious attempt to capitalize on the news by repeating the wedding was respectful, she said, “The program model of television doesn’t exactly keep up with the life model of real people.”

The Times’ Brian Stelter reports that “the channel’s executives also added the repeats on Monday and Tuesday night and monitored Twitter and Facebook reactions. Many were decidedly negative; after the interview on Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Ms. Kolb said that the Tuesday night repeat had been scrapped, along with several other planned repeats, and that only one more was left, on Thursday afternoon.”

Defending their decision to air repeats, Kolb said, “If somebody gets divorced, do you immediately take all the pictures off the wall and burn the album?”

An excellent point, but in this case, if we could take all Kardashian footage and burn it, that would be great, thanks.

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