The Kardashian family was thrown for a loop after seeing Kim Kardashian West and Kourtney Kardashian get physical during last week’s season premiere episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians – which led a halt in the show’s production.
On Monday, March 30, Kim made a guest appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s video chat episode of The Tonight Show: At Home Edition, where she revealed details about the brawl and how their mom, Kris Jenner, reacted to it.
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The 39-year-old reality star acknowledged that physical assault is “not really what we do” on the reality show, which is part of the reason why Jenner was so upset that it even happened.
“I mean, when my mom saw a clip of that, she cried,” Kim told Fallon. “She was like, ‘Who are you guys? What is going on?’”
On the season 18 premiere episode, Kourtney and Kim got into a heated argument stemming from tensions that have been simmering since the show’s last season over Kourtney’s boundaries when it comes to filming the show.
The fight then escalated after Kim expressed her frustrations with Kourtney’s work ethic – mainly her lack of.
“It was pretty intense,” she admitted. “I feel like it’s been a lot of built-up resentment from Kourtney, or just feeling like she doesn’t really want to film anymore.”
“She’s not the type of person to make a decision and say, ‘Okay, guys, I’m not going to film,’” Kim added. “But she would come to work with an attitude every day and take it out on everyone, from the crew to us, and wouldn’t really make that decision. So we would kind of just keep on pushing her to figure out why she was so unhappy.”
Kim said that she and Kourtney are “fine now,” but shared they did have to take a break from filming after the big fight.
“We shut down production for a week after that,” Kim said. “I think everyone was really shook for a minute and just was like, ‘This isn’t our type of show. We want everyone to be comfortable and safe.’”
“But, you know, that happened. And I don’t really ever resort to violence that, but she scratched me so hard,” she continued. “I was bleeding. You didn’t really get to see that detail, but when I looked down at my arm and I saw she had really scratched me … I just went over and slapped her back. It’s not my proudest moment, but we were going through it.”
Last fall, Kourtney revealed that she had taken a step back from the show to focus on her family. Despite making the decision to film for the show’s recent season, the mom of three has decided to once again take a break from the cameras.
“She’s made the decision to take time off now and I think she needs it,” Kim said. “It’ll be so much better for her.”
Ahead of the show’s premiere, Kourtney shared on Instagram that she had found “the courage” to make important “changes” in her life.
“The season premier [sic] of season 18 airs tonight on E!” she captioned her post. “These first two episodes are hard for me to watch but it is in our darker moments that the growth happens. I finally had the courage to change what was no longer bringing me happiness and putting my time and energy into that which is. Choose happiness!”
Keeping Up with the Kardashians airs every Thursday (8 p.m. ET) on E!.