Let us be clear:
We feel very sorry for Khloe Kardashian.
How can we not, right?
The reality star has seen her entire world shattered, having discovered just one day before giving birth that Tristan Thompson slept with numerous other women while she was pregnant.
Things cannot be easy for Khloe right now.
But here’s the thing.
And this is always the thing when it comes to the Kardashian:
It’s hard to know when real emotions end and scripted emotions begin.
We make this statement because we just learned that E! cameras were on hand when Khloe gave birth early on the morning of April 12.
A Keeping Up with the Kardashians insider has confirmed as much to People Magazine, telling the publication:
"He has practice today, but will spend as much time at the hospital as possible.”
It’s not news that Thompson was in the room when Khloe gave birth.
Nor is it news that Kim was on hand and, according to her own Twitter account, held Khloe’s legs open for the blessed event.
But it is definitely news that footage of Khloe’s birth will air at some point on Keeping Up with the Kardashians Season 15.
Odds are strong that Khloe had agreed to this in a contract a long time ago.
It’s safe to assume she had no idea the awful personal twist that would occur the same week she welcomed her first kid into the world.
A development such as this causes us to wonder just how much of what we’re reading is legitimate and how much is fake.
(For the record, Entertainment Tonight writes that no actual cameramen were in the delivery room; two small cameras were simply installed inside of it.)
Prior to Khloe officially becoming a mother, multiple production sources told ET that E! producers were trying to decide how Thompson’s cheating scandal would play out on television.
They were wondering whether it would become a storyline on future episodes of the show.
Come on, though.
Is there any doubt this will be a major arc whenever the long-running reality show returns?
Months from now, E! commercials will tease the birth and the drama surrounding it as if the whole thing was conjured up by a team of writers.
Which we’re not saying is the case.
We don’t doubt that Thompson really has been cheating on Kardashian and that she is very broken up about it.
But can you blame us for looking at the scandal differently when we know that Khloe and her loved ones will eventually profit from the multiple affairs?
While we ponder this question, we wait for many others to be answered:
What will Khloe name her daughter?
Will she raise the child in Cleveland or Los Angeles?
Will the Cavaliers make it back to the NBA Finals?
Will Lamar Odom make a play for his ex-wife?
Darn it. Now we sound like TV producers previewing what’s to come, don’t we?