The New York Times Magazine published a highly-entertaining profile of Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner today, for which writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner spent a day on the set of Keeping Up With the Kardashians at the sprawling Jenner manse in Calabasas. Brodesser-Akner got to sample one those salads the Kardashians are always eating and use Jenner’s special-order black toilet paper. She was not permitted, however, to join Jenner on a filmed Costco trip:

When the time came for us to leave, a producer entered the kitchen. Sorry, she told me, but the plans had changed, and I wouldn’t be able to come along. Costco would only allow four people total, and Kris, the camera person, the sound person and the producer all needed to go. I argued halfheartedly. I had my own Costco card; I could go of my own free will. I had just been there the day before, in fact, the high ceilings and numbered aisles and zombie-driven shopping carts chipping away at my soul. “No offense,” the producer told me, “but we can’t have any association with you there.” They have to keep up good relations with the businesses where they tape; this would not be Kris’s first or last time shooting at Costco. It would be her last time talking to me.

No offense, but if you haven’t read the whole piece yet, what are you doing?

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