Dr. Mehmet Oz has some stern words for new mom Kim Kardashian: Focus on your newborn baby girl.
On Sunday, the host of The Dr. Oz Show shared his thoughts on Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s pre-term baby (defined as a baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) with US Weekly at the Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills. He said, "We change how a child responds to a world around it in those first few weeks of life, so they ought to really focus in on that little girl. It's sacred, those first few months, for all babies but especially for the premature. It's a sacred time. They should focus on the child."
For reality stars who've traded privacy for profitable careers in front of the camera, it's not so easy to shift gears. Beyond the contractual obligation with a network, there's the contractual obligation with fans (Kim has millions of them) who expect an all-access pass. The over-sharing, and over-receiving, is hard to give up. But some moments just are too real for TV.
Throughout the five-and-a-half year run of “Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s, the 32-year-old reality star has shown us a lot: A Playboy pictorial, psoriasis outbreaks, blood facials, a 10-million dollar wedding and quickie divorce—not to mention the sex tape that started it all. Overall, Kim's personal life has become a national guilty pleasure. The bad times are bathed in luxury and so far out of an average person's real of problems, they're hard to sympathize with. The good times—especially between the sisters—sneak up quietly enough to keep the guilty part of the pleasure in tact.
Generally, that formula is key to the success of guilty pleasure reality TV. But sometimes, life gets in the way. Jon and Kate Gosselin found this out a few years back, when after nearly four years of filming, their relationship imploded, leaving their eight kids to suffer as the cameras kept rolling. By the time the show aired its last season, watching was all guilt and no pleasure. If networks, reality stars and viewers learned anything from that saga, it's that some moments are best left unrecorded.
Maybe Kim learned that too. Since giving birth on Saturday, her Twitter account has been silent, and she hasn’t Instagrammed a hospital gown selfie. Meanwhile, the rest of reliably vocal Kardashian clan has been uncharacteristically quiet about the early birth. Maybe they need a pause from the reality version of their lives, in light of the surprising turn of events. As Kim tweeted earlier this month, “I get I live a public life. I live my life on a reality show for the world to see. I love my life, but when the cameras stop, that doesn’t mean I don’t want a break too.”