Ryan Seacrest: Bruce Jenner Told His Kids About Gender Transition With Cameras Rolling

Bruce Jenner and Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest spoke about the Bruce Jenner Keeping Up With the Kardashians special episodes.  Larry Busacca/E/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Can't keep up! Continuing his run as one of the busiest men in Hollywood, Ryan Seacrest stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, May 4, and talked all things Bruce Jenner and Kardashian. 

The American Idol host, who serves as an executive producer for Keeping Up With the Kardashians, dished to Jimmy Kimmel about the show's upcoming special episodes. The reality series will devote two installments to Bruce, 65, and his talked-about transition from male to female. 

"So there are two extra episodes that will air within the season coming up this month," Seacrest, 40, explained to Kimmel, 47. "It's Bruce basically talking to the family and telling the family what he's been going through and what he is going to go through for the first time."

The Olympic athlete first spoke publicly about his gender identity in a celebrated interview with Diane Sawyer last month, saying on the 20/20 special simply, "I am a woman." His children and stepchildren were mentioned in the sit-down and his kids from his first two marriages were shown, but none of the Kardashian-Jenner women made an appearance. 

"You shot him telling everyone?" Kimmel questioned of the brood, which famously includes Kim Karashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, and Kendall Jenner.

"We did," Seacrest said, confirming what Us Weekly first reported. "The show is a docuseries, it's a docu-show, so this is… This is the reality of him having to share with the family what was going on."

 

"It gives you a different perspective because when we saw him sit down with Diane Sawyer, it's like, 'Oh, this is amazing' and he talked about telling each of the kids," Kimmel shot back. "I didn't think about, 'Oh, he told each of the kids with the camera there in the room,' which is crazy!"

As Us reported in March, Bruce sat the women down and had a "very matter-of-fact" chat with them while cameras rolled. "He got a little emotional, but it isn't a jaw-dropping conversation," an insider told Us of the family meeting.

Seacrest, who has been involved in reality television for more than a decade, didn't find the concept quite as crazy and explained how the subtle work is done.  

"He's been doing it for so many years with the camera in the room," the radio host said. "So this is just, this is his story to them… There are times when we have one person in a room and you don't really feel like there is a camera there. Throughout all these years there have been some very unvarnished and raw, real moments with the family. We have what we call a skeleton crew where there's just one person in there with a very small camera."

These cameras have caught some seriously juicy footage over the nearly eight years that Keeping Up With the Kardashians has been on air — some moments so wild that they never made it onto the network.

"Do you ever have stuff where it's just like, 'Oh no, this is too much, we can't put this in here?'" Kimmel asked.

"Absolutely," Seacrest confirmed. "I would like to [release it]… I'm waiting till I have nothing left, and then we'll be pitching the DVD."

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