Premium- Retro Recaps -'Kell On Earth' Would Not Survive The MeanToo Era
Welcome to Retro Recaps, where we revisit your favorite old shows and give them the modern recap treatment they always deserved. Last week, we dove into Vanderpump Rules. Today, it's Kell On Earth. Caution: snark ahead.
There is nothing I love more than reading stories about abusive work places. I think there’s something sadistic in me that loves reading stories about Hollywood producer Scott Rudin and all of his unhinged behavior toward his staff, like throwing hot potatoes fresh out of the microwave at them. But the real thrill I get is when these people finally get their comeuppance and have to step away from their jobs or reconsider the way they do their business (even if they so often come back, like Steph Corey, the co-CEO of Away luggage). Rewatching the 2010 Bravo hidden gem Kell on Earth, there is no way that this show could have been made in the current climate.
“The fashion industry is a war, which is why we have a take no prisoners attitude,” Kelly Cutrone, the owner of People’s Revolution PR (get it? PR PR!) says in the very first sentence of the show. The idea of the show is that it’s supposed to be a peek inside the very glamorous world of fashion but also about the high-stress world of working for an awful and demanding boss, even though those who work for her, maybe in a bit of Stockholm Syndrome, describe her like a mother figure.